CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST HERE: Brigadiers
Brigadiers is celebrating Oktoberfest with a new menu item: an Indian BBQ twist on a spiced currywurst topped with a tempered mustard slaw in a kati roll with a Bengali kasundi mustard sauce. The Oktoberfest celebrations will continue in full force on the Brigadiers terrace throughout the weekend. The terrace’s wooden tables will be rearranged to mimic a Bavarian beer hall and there’ll be themed bunting, lederhosen t-shirts for anyone willing to wear one and, of course, overflowing steins up for grabs. As no beer hall is complete without some music, the restaurant will also welcome a roaming oompah band on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to get guests truly into the spirit of things.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, Bank, EC4N 8AR; until 13th October
DRINK LIKE DOWNTON HERE: Aqua Shard
Aqua Shard’s new cocktail menu is inspired by the characters and events of Downton Abbey. Guests will be transported to the Crawley family abode via a series of playful cocktails – to be enjoyed with panoramic views of London from level 31 of the Shard. The drinks list from new bar manager Sophie pays homage to events from the Edwardian era through to the Roaring 20s. We like the sound of ‘The Head Housekeeper’ which draws inspiration from Downton’s Mrs Hughes. A light and refreshing drink served in a stemmed teacup, Bratt was inspired by the classic gin sour for this serve, elevating it with English ingredients including Warner’s Honeybee gin, lemon and raspberry jam.
31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY
SEE A RISQUE SHOW HERE: House of Kittens
Theatre company House of Kittens is dedicated to exploring the world of erotic storytelling. Its latest adventure focuses on the endless expression of pleasure, with the aim of engaging audiences in a new, liberated theatrical movement. ‘Amatory Asylum’ will see guests taking the role of medical observers in an immersive experience. Taking inspiration from cult films, high fashion and musical icons, the show will be hosted in the newly reopened Wellington Club on Jermyn Street. Don’t make any plans for the next day: the after party – a whirlwind of drag and disco, kink and high kicks – goes late.
91 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6JB; 10th-11th October
WATCH THIS: Joker
Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks: the one he paints for his day job as a clown; and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
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SEE A FILM HERE: One Aldwych
‘Film & Fizz’ at Covent Garden’s One Aldwych is back. An array of the latest cinema releases will be screened in the hotel’s private 30-seat cinema. The accompanying dinner, champagne and popcorn make it an ideal date night or evening with friends. The autumn lineup showcases some of the year’s must-see movies – picked by the film buffs at Curzon Cinemas – and includes dramas, feel-good comedies, a thrilling Halloween special and, this Sunday, Downton Abbey. The screening will be followed by a three-course dinner at one of the hotel’s two restaurants, Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar or the recently refurbished Indigo.
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ; 13th October
FEAST IN STYLE HERE: Smoke Sundays
Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s much-loved Honey & Smoke celebrates its third birthday with ‘Smoke Sundays’, a series of three feasting events with a trio of their favourite fire-loving chefs. Gill Meller, Ben Chapman and Olia Hercules will share their stories about making a life in food for a live recording of Sarit and Itamar’s celebrated podcast, ‘Honey & Co: The Food Talks’, before taking to the grills to cook a one-off sharing feast. Kicking off the series this Sunday is Hercules, the award-winning food writer and chef. She’ll be cooking up an Eastern European-inspired menu cooked over the coals.
216 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 5QW; 13th October
BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS: Two Ladies
Irish playwright Nancy Harris’s latest play is at the Bridge Theatre for the next few weeks. As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends, or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? And can they trust their husbands? The cast includes award-winning stage and screen actor Zoë Wanamaker, who is re-united with director Nicholas Hytner for her Bridge debut, and Zrinka Cvitešić, who returns to the London stage after her Olivier award-winning performance in Once.
Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, Bankside, SE1 2SG; until 26th October
FIND A NEW READ HERE: Wimbledon BookFest
Wimbledon BookFest runs until Sunday, offering a vibrant programme of talks, debates and workshops covering literature, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, children’s events and comedy on Wimbledon Common. Guest speakers include Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and novelists John Lancaster, Michelle Paver, Tracy Chevalier, Robert Harris, Alexander McCall Smith and Booker Prize winner Ben Okri. A packed children’s programme features Harry Hill introducing his latest children’s novel Matt Millz Stands Up! and Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who will talk about her highly anticipated sequel to the Tracy Beaker series, We are the Beaker Girls.
Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon, SW19 5AZ; until 13th October
CELEBRATE BRITISH FASHION HERE: Bicester Village
Following the success of last year’s British Fashion Council series, Bicester Village has launched the second edition of ‘The BFC x Bicester Village Pop-Up’. For 20 days, the event will welcome 30 of the most exciting British designers to the village, where visitors will be able to shop clothing, gifts and accessories from Alighieri, Rixo, Bella Freud, Born in the Sun, Camilla Elphick, Cottweiler, Erdem, Eudon Choi, Holly Fulton, Huishan Zhang, Mary Katrantzou, Mother of Pearl, Nicholas Kirkwood, Palmer Harding, Paper London, Phoebe English, Preen by Throton Bregazzi, Sharon Wauchob, Sophia Webster, Teatum Jones, Teija Racil, Winser London, Marques Almeida, Hilier Bartley, House of Holland, Roksanda and J&M Anderson. Perfect for a bit of early Christmas shopping.
50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, OX26 6WD; until 27th October
BE A VIP HERE: Chotto Matte
Chotto Matte has launched its ‘Harajuku Heaven’ weekend brunch – and SL VIPs can get 40% off the menu. Reminiscent of stepping on to Takeshita Street in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, guests enter a world of colour. A large, illuminated wishing tree takes centre stage while a team of Harajuku girls in traditional outfits brighten up the brunch. The Nikkei menu includes the likes of sushi doughnuts, seabass ceviche, vegetarian tacos, nasu miso beef tataki and sizzling beef teriyaki tobans. Soufflé pancakes will be the perfect accompaniment to the brunch’s yuzu margaritas, Nikkei Bloody Marys and gin ‘Mar-tea-nis’, all served in Kawaii teapots. Underground DJs will keep the party alive from 12-3pm. Not yet a VIP? Sign up using the link below.
11-13 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4RB; 12th October
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