BOOK A BRUNCH HERE: Sarona
This weekend, Clerkenwell hotspot Sarona will be bringing a slice of the Middle East to London’s brunch scene with its new Mezze Brunch. Featuring live music, bottomless bellinis and a delicious menu of contemporary Middle Eastern breakfast delights, this is one not to be missed. And if you order just one thing? Make it the spicy shakshuka – we’re deadly serious when we say that it’s the best we’ve ever tasted.
27 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RN
GO BEHIND THE SCENES HERE: Natural History Museum
There’s never been a better time to become a member at the Natural History Museum. This week, the museum unveiled The Anning Rooms, a members-only extension located over two floors in the iconic Waterhouse Towers, where guests can enjoy lunch in the private restaurant, retreat to the study with a coffee or take a closer look at some of the wonders in the cabinet of curiosities. We’re even a fan of the name, in honour of legendary fossil hunter Mary Anning.
Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD
WATCH THIS: Heathers
Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Based on the 1985 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, this new musical lives up to the hype.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, Covent Garden, SW1Y 4HT; until 24th November
TRY A NEW MENU HERE: Galvin at Windows
With an interior evoking the glamour of the 30s, Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows is renowned for its stunning views over the capital. As autumn approaches, the kitchen has launched a new menu that focuses on Korean ‘degustation’, a tasting menu of dishes chosen by Head Chef Joo Won. Comprising seven courses, dishes include raw kingfish, cucumber, kohlrabi and sweet chilli; deep-fried lobster tail, tofu, barley, courgette and soybean stew; and summer fruit salad, strawberry juice, melon ice cream and lemonade foam.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1BE
CELEBRATE WORLD AREPA DAY HERE: Arepa & Co
On 8th September, Arepa & Co, the home of Venezuelan cooking in London, is throwing open its doors and staying up late in honour of World Arepa Day. El Día Mundial de la Arepa is dedicated to the traditional Venezuelan street food and to celebrate, the team will be serving up theirs for just £1 with every main course ordered at their Bethnal Green site. They’re also be pouring cocktails with a Latin American twist all night long.
254 Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, E2 9LE; 8th September
BOOK A BRAND-NEW FRIDAY LATE HERE: Flank
This weekend, chef Tom Griffith’s Flank launches LATES, a Friday-night pop-up at Old Spitalfields Market. Taking place each week of September and October, the nose-to-tail chef will rattle the pans from 6:30pm at the kitchen counter (serving up to ten guests at a time), alongside a short list of natural wines and craft beers. New plates will include the likes of fried chicken with burnt chilli sambal; aged duck with crispy rice; and baked dripping chips with chicken sauce and peas.
Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, E1 6EW
WATCH THIS: Yardie
Recently reeling from his brother’s death in a shooting when he was a child, Dennis Campbell, aka ‘D’, is hired by Jamaican crimelord and reggae producer King Fox to deliver a package of cocaine to British gangster Rico, who resides in the Hackney. But when Dennis finds out that the man who killed his brother years ago is also living in England, he is torn between revenge against the murderer and the duty he was sworn to do. Idris Elba’s directorial debut, based on the novel by Victor Headley, is a startling drama.
In cinemas now
DISCOVER HEALTHY NEW TREATS HERE: Go! Organic Festival
A fun-filled weekend celebrating everything natural, sustainable and organic, Go! Organic Festival will take over Battersea Park this weekend. Expect a 100-stall strong marketplace showcasing food and lifestyle brands (selling everything from artisan breads to vegan wines, speciality cheeses and zero-waste soaps), an organic beer festival, live music, inspiring talks, chef demos, children’s entertainment, a ‘Meet the Farmer’ area supported by Waitrose and a family eco camp.
Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ; 8th & 9th September
TRY A MEATY AFTERNOON TEA HERE: The Jugged Hare
This Saturday, Clerkenwell boozer The Jugged Hare will launch its Gentlemen’s Game Afternoon Tea. Not just for blokes, the tea will add a gamey twist to a British tradition: expect hare scones with horseradish cream and Cumberland sauce; partridge and bilberry muffins; grouse doughnuts; meat fruit pâté; bird buns and meaty finger sandwiches, alongside game chips. The tea will be served with a beer flight of three cask ales, as well as game consommé (served in a teapot).
49 Chiswell Street, Clerkenwell, EC1Y 4SA; every Saturday from 8th-24th September
HEAD TO A CEVICHE POP-UP HERE: Tate Modern
Martin Morales’ Ceviche is taking over the Tate Modern’s Level 9 restaurant for a one-off weekend residency, bringing the exciting flavours of Lima with him. The Ceviche team has created a special three-course menu in honour of end the gallery’s Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition. To celebrate, the gallery will have extended opening hours, making it the perfect place for a late-night viewing of Picasso, followed by a Pisco Sour.
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
WATCH A CLASSIC FILM HERE: Secret Market Screenings
St James’s Market is set to transform into an open-air cinema complete with a giant screen, red carpet and rows of authentic cinema. With a choice of three screenings across three days, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Kicking off Friday is out-of-this-world 80s movie E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, followed by Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Saturday and finishing with the all-time classic Singing in the Rain on Sunday. The screenings are free, as is the popcorn. See you there.
St James’s Market, St James’s, SW1Y 4AH