TRY A NEW RESTAURANT HERE: Chiringuito
New to the East London foodie scene is Chiringuito, an all-day Spanish-style bar and restaurant with a rooftop over-looking Bethnal Green’s Museum Gardens. Peruvian Head Chef, Marco Padilla has created a menu inspired by fresh Hispanic and Latin American flavours and embracing the sharing ethos of tapas and pinchos – featuring classic dishes para picar such as padron peppers, patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo – as well as South American signatures such as Seabass ceviche in Peruvian leche del tigre. Alongside an impressive cocktail menu, which puts Latino twists on classic drinks (the Bloody Maria is a must-order), you’ll also find a long list of cavas and Spanish wines to sip in the sunshine.
Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA
TAKE THE KIDS HERE: Circus 250 Weekend
Head down to the Southbank Centre for a weekend of workshops and performances as part of the national celebrations of 250 years of circus. From showmen and strongwomen to thrilling performance art, celebrate the past, look to the future, have fun and even learn a new skill at this immersive free event – think The Greatest Showman singalongs, hula hoop classes, live DJ sets and contemporary circus acts.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX; 17th-19th August; FREE
SIP A COCKTAIL (OR THREE) HERE: Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest
Now in its second year, Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest is once again celebrating the capital’s most famous cocktail export. Over 100 of London’s top cocktail bars, all across the city, are taking part; pouring £6 variations of espresso martinis, all made with their own take but specifically using Mr Black coffee liqueur. With the likes of Original Sin, London Cocktail Club, Sager + Wilde and Bourne & Hollingsworth taking part for 2018, the four-day festival looks set to be a good one.
Various bars across London; 16th-19th August; digital passes £10, all cocktails £6
GET 50% OFF FOOD HERE: Gunpowder Tower Bridge
Harneet and Devina Baweja’s second Gunpowder restaurant is set to open its door on 3rd September, but, prior to this, they’re running a soft launch until the 1st; offering 50% off food at lunch and dinner. The latest opening still focuses on the duo’s signature Indian home-style cooking and will serve up all the old favourites – from spicy venison and vermicelli doughnuts to Maa’s Kashmiri lamb chops – alongside a new menu of small dishes and bar snacks, and in a much bigger space. Expect the likes of peanut masala chaat with chopped onions and chillies, chicken lollipop madras-style, Bengali fish fingers with crisps and kasundi tartar sauce and the original chutney cheese sandwich.
4 Duchess Walk, Tower Bridge, SE1 2SD; 50% OFF food until 1st September
GRAB THE LAST TICKETS TO THIS: Secret Cinema Presents Romeo + Juliet
Don’t miss your last chance to see this summer’s Secret Cinema Romeo + Juliet extravaganza – a 5,000 capacity, five-hour open-air festival and film screening packed with fierce feuds, high-octane cars, immersive theatre, glorious music and, of course, the most beautiful love story ever old, inspired by Baz Lurhmanm’s film. The event ends this weekend and there are a very limited number of tickets left, so be sure to snap them up fast!
Secret London location; until 25th August; tickets from £77
HAVE DINNER WITH A DIFFERENCE HERE: Studio 88
Sample the new Californian-inspired menu at Studio 88 (think shrimp tacos, BBQ cauliflower and pulled pork bowls), alongside bottomless prosecco and a side of live music – of your choosing. The evening starts out with two pianists, but come 8pm gives way to a full live band, who will play any song you should request. SL’s new favourite central London spot for a fun Friday night with friends.
47 Whitcomb Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7DH
BOOK A STAYCATION HERE: The Grafton Arms
Fancy a night away from home? This classic British pub-cum-hotel makes the ideal getaway spot. Centrally located, with 11 luxury boutique bedrooms (think quirky interiors, TVs with Netflix, big modern bathrooms and fresh juices and pastries delivered to your door in the morning) just opened this summer. But before you hit the hay, be sure to try the restaurant’s delicious Asian-fusion dishes (the gyoza and pork belly are must-orders) and head up to the ‘secret’ roof terrace bar for a nightcap.
72 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, W1T 5DU
ENJOY A SEASONAL SUPPER CLUB HERE: Three Girls Cook Summer Garden Party
MasterChef finalists and supper club queens, Three Girls Cook, are back at Brother Marcus for a third time, serving up an array of summery delights in their delightful, sun-soaked garden. Inspired by all the wonderful produce the summer kitchen garden has to offer, Alison, Lorna and Giovanna are bringing Londoners a colourful three course menu of tasty seasonal vegetable dishes, aptly titled ‘A Summer Garden Party’. Expect the likes of British tomato, whipped ricotta and herb crostini; Burford Browns frittata with summer vegetables; pea, artichoke and herb salad; and strawberries in mint and English sparkling wine with Jersey yogurt ice-cream.
Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, Balham, SW12 8JA; 17th and 18th August; £40pp, including a welcome drink
PICK UP A BOTTLE HERE: Wine Car Boot
Try and buy from over 30 of the best wine merchants around, including Café Murano, Berry Bros & Rudd, Paxton & Whitfield and Tonkotsu at Anzu, at this pop-up independent wine market. Entry is free, so just turn up pick up a tasting pack and tokens then start sampling. Whether you want to taste, drink or shop there’s something for everyone, from fledging enthusiasts to seasoned tasters and solid session drinkers. And if you need a break from wine, there’s beer, plus a bit of music and plenty of food from some of London’s best street food traders and chefs.
St James's Market, St James’s, SW1Y 4AH; 18th August; FREE entry, tasting packs £12, pay as you go from £6