PEEK INSIDE SOMEONE’S HOME:
Open House London
Celebrating London’s unique architecture and neighbourhoods, Open House Festival takes place across the capital from today until Tuesday 12th September. Visitors can tune into talks, take part in guided tours and drop into studios – with some great chances to look inside some of the city’s coolest buildings. Highlights include a self-guided tour of the Victorian Crystal Palace Subway (Friday 15th September), a tour of Haberdashers' Hall in Barbican (Saturday 16th September) and a tour of a design-led Victorian mid-terrace house in Walthamstow (Saturday 9th & Friday 15th September).
ENJOY A LIVE RECORDING:
London Podcast Festival
London Podcast Festival 2023 kicks off this weekend with its first batch of live recordings. Taking place in front of an audience at Kings Place in King’s Cross, the annual festival will showcase some of the UK’s most popular shows – and there’s something for everyone. Highlights over the next two weeks include a recording of ‘I Weigh’ with Jameela Jamil (Friday 8th September), an evening with the hosts of ‘The Divorce Social’ podcast (Saturday 9th September) and an episode of ‘Fame’ with Jo Elvin and some of her famous friends (Saturday 9th September). Tickets start from £9.
90 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AG; 7th-17th September
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE:
Award-winning chef, author and activist Ravinder Bhogal will host Jikoni’s annual fundraiser, in collaboration with Emma Freud, at her restaurant in Marylebone on Sunday 10th September. The evening will raise vital money for the St Mary’s Children’s Fund by the Imperial Health Charity, which supports seriously ill children across the UK. Tickets cost £150pp which includes dinner from her new book Comfort & Joy. Expect dishes like burnt courgette and cardamon with saffron sheermal, hot and sour sweetcorn risotto with lime leaf butter; and îles flottantes with saffron, cardamom custard and pistachio praline. Guests will also listen to a talk from Ravinder and Emma Freud. Don’t miss the silent online auction to win prizes like a framed still from Love Actually, signed by Richard Curtis, an evening for ten at Quality Chop House with wine critic Jancis Robinson, a bespoke batch cocktail delivery from Mr Lyan and a three-hour recording session with composer Nitin Sawhney at his studio in Brixton.
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DJ
TAKE THE KIDS OUT:
Tarka x Wild by Tart
Eccleston Yards’ restaurant Wild by Tart has partnered with holiday camp pros Tarka London for a monthly kids’ club. Each second Sunday of the month, parents can drop little ones off at the club where they can enjoy a range of fun developmental games and a mindful cooldown with stretches and breathing exercises so they leave invigorated and relaxed for the rest of the day. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy dishes from the restaurant’s seasonally changing menu. The next session takes place on Sunday 10th September from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets cost £40pp.
3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
SHOP NEW HOMEWARE:
Big Mamma’s Charity Flea Mercatino
Regular SL readers will know we love Big Mamma Group for its party atmosphere and fun interiors, so we were excited to hear it’s hosting a charity homeware sale at Circolo Popolare on Saturday 9th September. Shoppers will be able to buy a selection of Sicilian crockery, glassware and vintage Italian furniture, with all proceeds going to youth homeless charity, Depaul UK. Once you’ve nabbed a bargain, stop for complimentary tea, cappuccinos or boozy sgroppinos. Entry is free but you’ll need to sign up for a ticket at the link below.
40-41 Rathbone Place, Soho, W1T 1HX; 10am to 2pm
UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE:
Raey Sample Sale
SL’s fashion team love Raey for its quality and timeless pieces. This weekend, the brand is hosting a sample sale at The Box in Hackney. Shoppers will find a selection of womenswear from past collections, from jackets and coats to knitwear and tops. There will also be an edit of one-off samples you won’t find elsewhere – with everything up to 80% off. Book a shopping slot at the link below.
4-6 Ram Place, Hackney, E9 6LT
END THE WEEKEND RIGHT:
Miznon Notting Hill launches a brunch menu this weekend. The cult restaurant by Israeli chef Eyal Shani will now open at 10:30am on Saturdays and Sundays to serve brunch until 3pm. Diners can tuck into new dishes like avocado and egg pita with aioli, hard-boiled eggs, pickles, and tomato; and the zaatar omelette pita with scrambled eggs, sour cream, pickles and tomato salsa. You’ll also find old favourites like the steak and egg pita. Add on brunch cocktails like The Miznon Mary, a take on the classic, and mimosas.
14 Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill, W11 2HX
DISCOVER NEW BEAUTY:
Aesop will open its first UK pop-up in Soho on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. To celebrate the launch of its Ouranon Eau de Parfum – the sixth and final instalment in Aesop’s Othertopias collection – it will be the first event of its kind in the UK with a multi-sensorial installation. Check out the new arrivals, then book a fragrance workshop to discover your go-to scent.
15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE COOKING:
‘Lost Giants’ Guest Chef Series Outcrop
Outcrop, the restaurant, bar and arts space at 180 The Strand, and art-collective Marshmallow Laser Feast will host a series of collaboration dinners with some of London’s top chefs. The ‘Lost Giants’ events will see each chef pay homage to one of the UK’s ancient trees with a menu that explores the relationship between food and the UK’s ecosystems. Confirmed names include John Chantarasak, of AngloThai fame (Sunday 10th September), Chantelle Nicholson (Monday 11th September) and Skye Gyngell (Sunday 17th September). Tickets cost £85pp, which includes dinner, a welcome drink and talk from sustainability speakers like George Lamb.
Strand, Temple, WC2R 3DA