HAVE A ROAST HERE: Saatchi Gallery Bar & Brasserie
The Saatchi Gallery Bar & Brasserie by Searcys has launched a new Sunday lunch menu, where autumnal British produce takes centre stage. Ideal for art lovers and family lunches, the new menu includes a selection of nibbles for the table, along with crowd-pleasing starters including a leek and potato vichyssoise with herb crème fraiche, and confit chicken and pistachio terrine. The main event includes a choice of three roasts, from a slow-roasted quarter of Suffolk chicken and aged Hereford sirloin to vegan-friendly smoked aubergine caviar – all served seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Desserts include a Valrhona chocolate tart with salted caramel ice-cream and an Earl Grey panna cotta with shortbread.
90 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4RY; 25th October
UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO FOR CHARITY HERE: Take A Moment
Over 250 personalities have endorsed the use of their images – taken by photographer Ray Burmiston – for a new exhibition from mental health charity Mind. ‘Take A Moment’ has been curated using a decade of outtakes from Ray's studio, hundreds of moments where he’s asked his subjects to close their eyes for a few seconds, to refresh their connection with the camera. Now, along with selfies from the public, Ray hopes it will expand from hundreds of photos to thousands while raising funds and awareness for Mind. There are three ways that you can join the movement: pay £3 to upload your own image to the grid; donate £30 to purchase an authenticated print; or pay £300 for a custom, authenticated and signed print of your choice. At least 90% of each sale will be donated to Mind.
GET STOCKED UP HERE: Ambassador General Store
JKS Restaurants has launched Ambassador General Store, an online retail platform offering wares from top restaurants Gymkhana, Trishna and Brigadiers. It’s a one-stop shop for ready-to-drink cocktails, restaurant-prepared meal boxes, plus chutneys and spices. Best of all, it’s available nationwide – a first for these three restaurants. The meal box experiences will reflect each restaurant’s signature style, while also offering a range of wine, beer and cocktails through the platform’s Indian off-license Daru Shop. Over the coming weeks the group will continue to develop the store offering with celebratory Diwali and Christmas specials and new beer and cocktail collaborations on the way.
BOOK AN IGLOO HERE: Coppa Club
This winter, London locals are invited to raise a glass of Piper Heidsieck champagne in Coppa’s much-loved igloos. The igloos will undergo a winter transformation with individual speakers and underfloor heating, ideal for staving off cold evenings. Seating six guests (from individual households and bubbles only) against the backdrop of the Thames and Tower Bridge, diners can expect to sample dishes such as sashimi-grade tuna tartare with a yuzu-spiked caper dressing; whole lemon sole cooked on the bone; and a 1kg porterhouse steak for two with café de paris butter, grilled mushrooms and crispy onion rings. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be baked Alaska and a chocolate fondant served with caramelised white chocolate and salted caramel ice-cream.
3 Three Quays Walk, Tower Bridge, EC3R 6AH; bookings can be made from 23rd October
HAVE APERITIVO HERE: Sette by Scarpeta
Sette by Scarpetta has launched a new cocktail and cicchetti menu. In the Bvlgari Hotel, Sette’s Italian-style aperitivo is now available between 5-8pm, with complimentary cicchetti bites, warm nuts and olives served with the first aperitif of the evening. Additional traditional Italian delicacies will also be available to order, such as short rib crochette with salsa verde mayonnaise; and burrata bruschetta with anchovies and grilled pepper. Guests can select cocktails or mocktails from a dedicated menu crafted by senior bartender Giacomo Ellena, which showcases Italian spirits and seasonal flavours.
171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
HAVE MARGARITAS HERE: No. Fifty Cheyne
Cointreau has teamed up with Chelsea neighbourhood restaurant No. Fifty Cheyne to launch a new al fresco autumn terrace, offering a five-strong menu of margaritas. With an elegant patio seating area featuring tropical blues and oranges to capture the essence of both Cointreau and the restaurant, guests can enjoy margaritas throughout the day and into the early evening with a view over the River Thames. Drinks on offer include an ‘Original’ (Cointreau, tequila and lime juice, garnished with salt and a lime wedge), a ‘Spicy Cucumber’ version and an ‘End of Summer Berry’ margarita.
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
TRY THIS LIMITED-EDITION MEAL KIT: Patty Shack DIY Kit
Burger champs Patty & Bun and Shake Shack have joined forces to create the Patty Shack DIY Kit. The resulting burger is a fusion of the two brands’ signature styles. The kit contains all the ingredients needed to make four 'Patty Shack' burgers. The kit also includes a step-by-step guide on how to cook and assemble the burgers, so you can make them exactly as intended from your own kitchen. The kits are only available until 23rd October, so get in there quick.
WATCH THIS: On The Rocks
Acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola brings a light touch to this exuberant love letter to New York. On The Rocks is a generation-clash comedy about how we see relationships differently from our parents, and a funny celebration of the complications that bind modern families even as they tie us in knots. Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.
STAY HERE: Birch
Recent hotel launch Birch is just 30 minutes north of London – ideal for a last-minute weekend minibreak. Calling itself a community, the hotel aims to give city dwellers the chance to take a step back and focus on whatever they need to relax – whether that’s finding some headspace in meditation or the running track in the surrounding woods, or pottery, baking, glass-blowing and candle-making workshops. Foodies can opt to to garden with farmer Tom Morphew or eat at The Zebra Riding Club, a new spot from Sorella and The Dairy's head chef Robin Gill. And at the moment, anyone who books a Friday and Saturday night stay will get Sunday night free of charge too.
Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, EN7 5HW
COOK THIS: Stein At Home Box
Stein's At Home recipe boxes bring fresh Cornish seafood and Rick Stein's classic dishes straight to your door. Each box serves two people – and includes a starter, main and dessert – along with cooking and plating instructions. There are currently four boxes available on the website: the Hake Box, Lobster Box, Indonesian Curry Box and Coq au Riesling Box. For £50, the latter includes smoked salmon pâté with sourdough bread and mixed leaves from Padstow Kitchen Garden, coq au riesling served with lots of parsley and buttered potatoes, and chocolate torte with clotted cream. Each box is available for delivery across the UK every Friday.
GET FREE PASTA HERE: Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
To celebrate World Pasta Day on 25th October, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta is giving away free dishes. More than 600 guests celebrated with Emilia's last year, and this year the team is aiming to serve even more – despite social distancing and reduced seating capacity – as both sites are taking part. Guests will be able to choose from seven pasta dishes between 12-4pm and 5-10pm. Among the choices are silky-smooth golden ribbons of pappardelle paired with a four-hour, slow-cooked bolognese sauce, or homemade basil pesto paired with casarecce.
Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1AT and 77 Alie Street, Whitechapel, E1 8NH; 25th October
READ THIS: Essex Girls by Sarah Perry
Essex Girls is a new read from the bestselling author of The Essex Serpent. In this feminist defence of the Essex girl, Sarah Perry re-examines her relationship with her much-maligned home county. She summons its most unquiet spirits, from Protestant martyr Rose Allin to the indomitable Abolitionist Anne Knight, sitting them alongside Audre Lorde, Kim Kardashian and Harriet Martineau, and showing us that the Essex girl is not bound by geography. She is a type, representing a very particular kind of female agency, and a very particular kind of disdain: she contains a multitude of women, Perry argues – and it’s time to celebrate them.