BOOK IN FOR THIS NEW BRUNCH: Allegra
For weekend brunches in the capital, those in the know head to Allegra on the seventh floor of the Stratford Hotel – just a seven-minute Overground journey from King’s Cross St Pancras. Head chef Patrick Powell has just launched a new brunch menu – think Cornish crab, potato latke, pickled fennel and sesame; or truffled croque madame with baked ham and confit egg. There are also a handful of dishes to share ‘For The Table’, including a whole roast Yorkshire free-range chicken, aioli and caramelised lemon. New cocktails include the East Side (Ojo de Dios mezcal, cucumber, lemon balm, honey and lime) and the Wrong Bianco (Allegra’s own dry vermouth blend, Luxardo Bianco, Pet Nat and bitters). The brunch is also available on a Friday.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 20 International Way, Stratford, E20 1FD
AVOID THE 10PM CURFEW: Daylesford, Brompton Cross
Head to Daylesford on Sloane Avenue, where the restaurant will be offering free-flowing organic prosecco and wood-fired pizzas 3-5pm, Monday to Saturday every week. For £26 a head, take advantage of non-stop pizzas for the full two hours. Toppings include truffled mushroom; chorizo, olives and wild garlic pesto; and tomato, mozzarella, Milano salami and kale & basil pesto. Bonus: children under 10 eat for free.
76-82 Sloane Avenue, Brompton Cross, SW3 3DZ
TUCK INTO VEGAN FISH & CHIPS: By Chloe
Plant-based eatery By Chloe is launching Fish Free Fridays to celebrate its trademark vegan Fish’N’Chips. The unique dish will be available at all By Chloe sites (Covent Garden, Oxford Circus and Tower Bridge) and across all delivery locations for the first time. Orders are pre-packaged and come in sealed bags with complete utensils. Finally, as a special offer, two people can now dine in on Fridays for £14.50, plus a drink each, or enjoy 10% off one dish. If the Fish’N’Chips aren’t for you, your options still include a ‘Guac’ burger and a tofu-take on the classic club sandwich.
Various locations across London
RAISE A GLASS TO FRANCE: Mirabeau Coco Bar
If you missed out on your annual trip to the south of France, head on down to meet the Mirabeau team at Coco, the brand’s rosé pink airstream that will be parked up on the north side of Covent Garden Market for October. It’s open on Thursdays and Fridays from noon, and Saturday and Sundays from 11am, where you can enjoy a delicious chilled rosé, or a dry rosé gin cocktail.
HEAD BACK TO THIS BOROUGH MARKET FAVOURITE: Flor
Flor – the Borough Market bakery, restaurant and wine bar from the co-founders of Lyle’s – has a new weekend brunch menu. With Pamela Yung at the helm in the kitchen, expect to find seasonal pastries aplenty, including a poached quince and lemon verbena Danish, and a savoury braised greens and cheese pastry. From noon, the team will be sending plates out that go beyond the regular eggs benedict: look out for smoked eel, sourdough waffle and black figs; mozzarella in carrozza with fried egg and bottarga; Baghrir pancake, apple butter, anthotyros; sausage and collard phyllo pies; and turmeric rice, smoked trout and a soft egg. Available every Friday and Saturday from noon, reservations should be made via Seven Rooms.
1 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
DON’T MISS THIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM: The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the US government over countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, The Trial Of The Chicago 7 tells the story of the trial which transfixed the nation and sparked a global conversation. Critics agree the movie’s release couldn’t be timelier. Available to stream this weekend on Netflix, the film –written and directed by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) – has a stellar cast, including Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Available from 16th October
CHECK OUT THIS RESTAURANT RELAUNCH: Publik
Greg Almeida (Pollen Street Social) and Charles Montanaro (Nola and Duck & Waffle) have relaunched South Ken restaurant Le Petit Sud as Publik and have immediately teamed up with Belvedere vodka for London Cocktail Week (which actually runs throughout October this year). Publik is a modern take on a pub, with a seasonal menu offering sustainable and quality-driven sharing plates and cocktails, as well as organic wines and local beers. In tandem with Belvedere, it’s hosting a series of ‘Positive Dinners’. From organic greengage and foraged pineapple weed vodka cocktails to perfectly paired food options including oysters with ceviche, T-bone steak and goat’s cheese mille-feuille, the pair have sourced ingredients from small, quality-driven producers to bring their vision to life. Tickets are £50, with only 16 seats per sitting.
1 Palace Gate, South Kensington, W8 5LS
GET CRAFTY AT HOME: Sculpd’s At-Home Pottery Kits
Clay is shaping up to be the next big thing for mindfulness and relaxation. That’s why Sculpd is encouraging people to get creative with its at-home DIY clay pottery kits, which launched earlier this year to help overcome lockdown boredom. Not only does creating something with clay have a natural calming effect, it’s a complete sensory experience that relaxes the mind by encouraging participants to detach from the digital world. Sculpd Clay Pottery Kits are £39 and contain everything you need, including two packs of premium air-dry clay (enough for two people), white paint and paintbrushes, varnish, carving and shaping tools, and sponges. Follow the step-by-step guide make a plant pot or let your imagination run wild. The kits are suitable for all ages and abilities.
BOOK A TABLE FOR THIS LIMITED TAKEOVER: Stoney Street X Tom Cenci
Having transformed Stoney Street into an evening wine bar, Alex Hely-Hutchinson is now opening the doors to her kitchen to support chefs affected by the pandemic. To kick off Stoney Street by Night, Tom Cenci is doing a three-month residency. Every evening from Wednesday to Saturday until the end of the year, Tom’s menu will showcase quality British produce with a focus on sustainability and reducing food waste. Starters include cornmeal pancake with Old Bay butter, charred corn and spring onion; and griddled Navajo flatbread with strained yoghurt, chilli and rose oil. To follow, look out for smoked salmon bellies with grape mustard mayo topped with radish and turmeric dill pickles. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be an indulgent banoffee cheesecake with a hob nob crunch and puppy chow cereal (a typically homemade American snack with peanut butter, melted chocolate and cereal) served with a light chocolate yoghurt mousse and drizzled with hibiscus syrup. The wine list will continue to showcase acclaimed natural wine suppliers from across the world, alongside a short cocktail menu.
2-3 Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AA
SAMPLE THIS ARTIST-BASED FOOD EXPERIENCE: Tate Eats X Andy Warhol
Tate Eats is inviting visitors to enjoy a simple set menu, including witty Warhol-inspired dishes, to celebrate the final weeks of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern. Served Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 15th November, the menu is available at the Level 6 Kitchen & Bar, with two courses costing £18.50 and three courses for £25. Following extensive research into the artist’s life, works and unique approach to dining, the menu includes two dishes Jon Atashroo has devised specially to accompany the exhibition: they are ‘Tuna Fish Disaster’ and ‘Bringing Home the Bacon’ ice cream. Both demonstrate the chef’s playful approach to simple ingredients, using complex techniques and unusual flavour combinations to create something unexpected.
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG