Top 5: Unmissable Events in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
From a whisky takeover to a celebrity car boot sale – we’ve handpicked the best events the capital has to offer this weekend. Happy exploring, London:
What: In case you missed the memo – it’s World Whisky Day on Saturday (we don’t know who is making up these days, but we’ll go with). To celebrate all things boozy, new craft whisky brand R&B Distillers are taking over at Kansas Smitty’s jazz and julep bar on Broadway market for an evening of whisky tastings, juleps and a dedicated whisky-only cocktail menu, inspired by jazz and blues artists who loved the golden nectar.
Where: Kansas Smittys, Underneath ‘Off Broadway’, 63 Broadway Market, London,E8 4PH
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
What: The Piano Works are launching their live music performances on Sunday nights, as a ten piece band perform classic songs of soul, funk and R&B lead by the legendary Patrick Alan, making it the perfect go to destination for a Sunday hair of the dog. Bottoms up, people.
Why: If you would like to spend the evening with the man who helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse, and Christina Aguilera, whilst enjoying great music, food and drink then Sunday nights at The Piano Works are just for you. The Piano Works has become a drop-in destination for London’s most talented musicians. Instruments and mics are plugged in and ready to go at 8pm, with doors opening at 7pm. If you’re hungry, order the rack of ribs – they’re sublime.
Price: £5 for advance bookings and £8 on the door
Where: 113 Corner of, Farringdon Rd, Farringdon EC1R 3BX
What: BRGR.CO are hitting it hard this World Whisky Day (the made-up day we discussed before), by adding a bit of booze to their popular shakes. On Saturday (21st May), for the purse-friendly price of just £3.50, add a shot of liquor in the form of Four Roses Bourbon when you take a photo of your BRGR.CO meal, tagging @BRGRCOUK and using the hashtag #WorldWhiskyDay.
Why: BRGR.CO ice-cream shakes are available in the scrumptious flavours of strawberry, Oreo, chocolate and vanilla, and taste incredible when given a pep from Four Roses Bourbon. This mellow Kentucky Bourbon has tasting notes of caramel, vanilla, cocoa and maple syrup, complementing the delicious creaminess perfectly.Go hard or go home this World Whisky Day at BRGR.CO!
Price: £3.50 per shake
Where: Locations here
One for next weekend…
What: London will be lit up with Latin American spirit this May when Chile’s largest music festival, Frontera Festival, hits the capital for the very first time. Bring your snake hips and your dancing feet. The event is taking place at London’s biggest nightclub, Studio 338 in Greenwich next Saturday (28th May).
Why: The Frontera Festival UK will be the perfect platform for artists who are largely unknown in the UK to gain international recognition outside of their native countries. Frontera Festival London will feature some of the biggest artists from across Latin America, including Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profetica (Prophetic Culture) that boasts over 35 million views on its official YouTube channel, Argentinian electro-pop band Miranda!, massively influential Brazillian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes and Chilean singer-songwriter, Gepe. Frontera Festival seamlessly blends some of the biggest names in Latin music, covering the broad spectrum of music trends and genres, with the best in up-and-coming talent from across the continent.
Price: Tickets cost £35-£40. Available here
Where: 338 Boord St, London SE10 0PF