EAT TACOS HERE: El Pastor
El Pastor has opened its second Pastorcito market taqueria, this time at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle. Pastorcito is inspired by the market taquerias of Mexico, offering a short menu of tacos on homemade heirloom corn tortillas, and ‘Super Gringa’ wheat wraps. Pastorcito at Mercato Metropolitano will also offer frozen margaritas, Mexican beers, tequila and mezcal. Guests can expect to sample the group’s signature Al Pastor taco, made with 24-hour marinated pork shoulder, caramelised pineapple, guacamole taquero, white onion and coriander; Baja fish taco with beer-battered sea bass, shredded cabbage and pico de gallo; chipotle-braised and shredded chicken tinga tacos with onions, jalapeño and sour cream; and fresh pea, charred corn, jalapeño and oregano tacos. Super Gringas will be served filled with carne pastor, pineapple and Oaxaca cheese and grilled.
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6DR
WATCH THIS: A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces is the latest film from Sam Taylor-Johnson, based on the bestselling book by James Frey. An alcoholic and a drug addict, 23-year-old James (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has two options: treatment or death. After waking up on a plane with a smashed-up face and no memory of the past few weeks, he heads to rehab where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. As James endures the white-knuckle journey of mending his broken body, he heals his broken soul by connecting with other kindred spirits who also yearn and fight for a better life.
In cinemas now
HEAD TO A HOT NEW POP-UP HERE: Flank OG
Flank has launched a residency at The Print House in Stratford. Founded by Tom Griffiths, Flank operates from Market Halls Victoria and Old Spitalfields Market, promoting nose-to-tail eating and cooking over fire using lesser-known cuts and layers of smoking to create dishes full of flavour and texture. Flank OG’s menu comprises small plates such as pig head sub roll with BBQ glaze; burnt end beef naan with chilli sambal; and coal-buried summer squash and goats curd. On Sundays the pop-up will serve sharing trays of roasted meats such as Belted Galloway beef with mustard bone marrow and smoked pork belly with crispy pig’s ears and apple ketchup. All roasts will be served with beef fat roast potatoes, BBQ greens, creamed spinach and peas, roasted maple spiced carrots, blood cake stuffing and gravy. An apple slice and frozen custard will be served for dessert.
The Print House, 133 High Street, Stratford, E15 2RB
CELEBRATE ALL THINGS DENIM HERE: Gap
Gap is celebrating ‘50 Years of Denim’ with a London pop-up shop, selling its limited-edition 1969 ‘Premium Denim’ and ‘Denim Through the Decades’ collections. Launched as part of the retailer’s ‘It's Our Denim Now’ autumn campaign, the pop-up will be located on Soho’s Brewer Street and will sell denim, namesake logo hoodies, shirts and jackets. Launching on Sunday, the store will be open from 10am-7pm throughout September, and will also offer one-off customisation options, such as denim tattooing, hemming and distressing.
52 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9TQ; from 1st September
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Bridget Riley At Hayward Gallery
Next month, Hayward Gallery is hosting a retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of British artist Bridget Riley. Organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in partnership with Hayward Gallery, this comprehensive exhibition will be the first large-scale survey of Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years. The exhibition will look closely at the origins of Riley’s perceptual paintings and will trace pivotal, decisive moments in her acclaimed career. It will feature the artist’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, early representational paintings, expansive canvases in colour and recent wall paintings, as well as studies and preparatory material. Alongside her best-known canvases, the exhibition will also include the only three-dimensional work that the artist ever realised, ‘Continuum’, as well as new wall paintings made specially for the exhibition.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; from October
TRY ALL THINGS BRUNCH HERE: London Brunch Fest
London Brunch Fest is back for a second year. Within Old Truman Brewery there will be coffee, booze, workshops, talks, music and loads of food. Guests can wander around the marketplace and sample all things brunch related, from smoothies to juices, teas from around the world, granolas, yogurts, pastries and more. Shakshuka Sundays, the Middle Eastern brunch series, will be curating music all weekend and there will be a headline performance from resident DJ, Ari Houmous. New for 2019 is an area called Sweet Street: a whole room dedicated to desserts. Expect doughnuts, brownies, ice-cream, boozy lollies and pies.
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR; 31st August-1st September
GET FEASTING HERE: Meatopia
Always a highlight in our calendar, Meatopia brings together the very best BBQ chefs for a full-on weekend of smoking, grilling and charring. Each day, 25 different cooks will set Wapping’s Tobacco Dock ablaze with food, drink and music as the meat masters showcase both technique and dishes – ‘meatbucks’ will be on hand for visitors to sample the goods. Of the chefs selling their wares, we’re most excited about Andrew Clark of St Leonards, Tom Brown of Cornerstone, Elizabeth Haigh of Kaizen House and Robin Gill of Darby’s.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF; 30th August-1st September
TRY A NEW BRUNCH HERE: Oblix At The Shard
This weekend is the final outing of Oblix at The Shard’s month-long bottomless seafood brunch. Exec chef Marcus Eaves has created a menu that evokes the flavours of the sea via a combination of fresh fish, seasonal dishes and bottomless champagne. An abundant seafood counter will be piled high with dishes including sustainably-sourced scallops with samphire, chilli and grapefruit; crab salad, marinated fennel, red pepper relish; and seared tuna, sesame, coriander and lime. Guests can kickstart their feast with sharing starters such as salt cod brandade croquettes, before moving onto crayfish and crab ravioli and desserts such as pistachio and raspberry choux, churros, mini chocolate cornettos and rice pudding with strawberry and lemon verbena.
The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY; 1st September
WIN A PUB QUIZ HERE: Skylight Rooftop
Skylight Rooftop has teamed up with Sounds Familiar to bring its well-loved music quiz to east London this Sunday. SFMQ is not your average pub quiz; guests can expect non-stop hits from a huge range of genres and decades and teams can consist of two to ten players. It's not all about winning at Sounds Familiar, there are still plenty of chances to bag a prize including 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, last place and best team name. Skylight Rootop’s urban lawn games, such as croquet and pétanque, will be available for guests to play after the quiz, while brunch can be booked beforehand, where drinks offers will include 50% off prosecco and Bloody Mary jugs from 12-2pm.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF; 1st September
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: The Son
Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out? Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre, the five-star hit play transfers to the Duke of York’s theatre for ten weeks only from 24th August.
104 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4BG; until 2nd November
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