22 of The Best Things to Try in London

Live la vida London with these fun and fabulous happenings. New menus, new openings, new events – here’s where to find the city’s best things to try right now

1 Book the Biltmore Brunch in Mayfair

Café Biltmore Restaurant & Terrace at The Biltmore Mayfair, are launching a mouth-watering Biltmore Brunch menu on October 9th, to be available every Saturday.  Guests can enjoy Mayfair turning autumnal from the large, semi-open, heated terrace, surrounded by the foliage covered walls whilst tucking into brunch classics and signature dishes. From breakfast favourites to seasonal specials, Michelin-starred, Jason Atherton and Executive chef, Paul Walsh, have created the ultimate brunch menu for anyone looking for their new neighbourhood spot in Mayfair. 

For a more leisurely brunch experience, Café Biltmore offers a two-course or three-course brunch menu available from 11am to 5pm, focussed on indulgent yet refined options. Those with a sense of adventure, The Confit duck leg comes with kimchiand a fried Clarence Court egg atop an English muffin, whilst Clarence court eggs also take pride of place in the Biltmore Benedict, and Florentine Royale to make you feel you have escaped Mayfair for Milan, however briefly!

For a sweeter start to the day, choose the Buttermilk Pancakes with vanilla cream, berries and maple syrup or tuck into timeless all-day favourites, the Croque Monsieur or Madame, served with a house salad. For those with a bigger appetite, the menu will also feature favourites such as Fried calamari, two-day aged Sourdough pizzas, and the signature Buttermilk chicken burger. Those wanting to draw out brunch for as long as they can, desserts are a retro finish with a Knickerbocker glory or a Crème brulee with Tahitian vanilla and caramelised apple compote. 

For 90 minutes, brunchers can also add free-flowing bubbles to their day for £25 per person when eating two courses or more, whilst bottomless Mojitos and Bloody Marys are £18 per person. The usual wine and cocktail menu is also available to suit any other preferences.

When: The Biltmore Brunch will be available every Saturday on October 9th from 11:00 – 17:00 with two- courses for £32 and three-courses for £38. Drink packages for 90 minutes start from £18.
How: Email biltmore.restaurants@hilton.com , phone 020 7596 3200 or click here to make a booking.
Where: 44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 2HP  

2 Party until 3am every Thursday with Latin American restaurant Amazónico

Bedtimes, schmedtimes, This October, Latin American restaurant Amazónico is celebrating the return of late night revelry in the capital with the launch of Noche Tardiva. Taking place weekly on Thursdays from the 7th October, party long into the night, with music from Amazónico’s bands and resident DJs playing the soundtrack to its extended live jungle sessions.

Reservations can be made and walk-ins will also be welcomed in the Bar & Lounge, where Amazonico’s signature ‘electro-pical’ music from resident DJs will be accompanied by live drums and trumpet performers. Think an energetic mix of House and tribal rhythms to accompany late night dining, table bottle service and dancing, transporting guests to the heart of Latin America. Beneath the restaurant and through the kitchen lies The Club, an intimate invite-only area; the place to be seen, offering exclusive Amazonico Club cocktails and special Guest DJs.

Aside from the live music and performances guests will be able to take advantage of super late-night dining. Amazonico kitchen will stay open until 1am offering a menu boasting a variety of vibrant, seasonal dishes – ranging from salads and vegetables; raw dishes; small bites; wok-cooked dishes; fish and seafood; and charcoal grilled meats are on offer, as well as a selection of tropical Nikkei-style sushi. After all, you can’t party on an empty stomach!

Menu temptations include wagyu beef with huitlacoche cream Empanadas, Amazónico’s take on egg fried rice, Arroz Chaufa, which combines red, black and white wholegrain rice, grilled duck and a fried egg, and Langosta Arrebatada, native lobster cooked in tandoor ovens as well as over hot charcoal grills, served in miso and a spiced shellfish butter.

Don’t forget the cocktails either – a boozy array features sip-worthy treats such as Peacock Spritz, a blend of Ciroc Vodka, Aperol, Maracuya, Lemon, Champagne and the Monkey Business, a mix of Fennel Pollen Infused Bulleit Bourbon, Lemon, Corn, Banana, Ginger Ale.

When: Noche Tardiva will take place weekly from Thursday 7th October 2021.
How: Table reservations require a minimum spend of £500. Walk-ins are on a first come, first served basis. Food is served until 1am. Table and bottle service is available. To book, contact reservations@amazonico.co.uk
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

3 Sip on scent-ational cocktails at One Aldwych

Calling all cocktail lovers! One Aldwych, London’s cultured, independent hotel, has partnered with its Covent Garden neighbour, the sustainable Floral Street Fragrances, on a creative new cocktail concept.

This collaboration is part of a new curator programme offered by the hotel – featuring Floral Street founder Michelle Feeney – to provide guests with an immersive, insider experience of London and to shine a light on some of the creative spirits that give Covent Garden its soul. In One Aldwych’s historic Lobby Bar, previously the printing press for The Morning Post newspaper, guests can, from today, experience ‘A Sensory Journey of Scent’.

Inspired by Floral Street’s ‘clean’, modern floral scents, One Aldwych’s master mixologist, Pedro Paulo, has created a unique new drinks list, comprising seven cocktails and two mocktails, all powered by flowers. The sensory experience starts with the menu, where alongside each drink option, a pink dot can be pressed to release the fragrance it has been inspired by. A far cry from a QR code.

Even better, the all-vegan menu features gluten, dairy and sugar-free creations with each drink under 100 calories.

The list features the Wonderland Peony (£18) showstopper, a fruity mix of pineapple infused Havana Club 3 Años rum, Muyu Vetiver Gris liqueur, blueberry cordial and Henners English sparkling wine. Along with a sparkling Electric Rhubarb (£18), a mix of daisy infused Plymouth gin, Campari, ginger, lemongrass, citrus, and Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne and the mystical Ylang Ylang Espresso (£18) of Absolut Elyx vodka, June flower liqueur, coffee liqueur, cold brew coffee, CBD and coconut sugar. As well as intoxicating tipples, alcohol-free options are also available.

In addition to this new cocktail list, One Aldwych guests can experience an exclusive scentschool™ at Floral Street, which is a short five-minute walk from the hotel, exploring a world of vibrant colours, mood boosting smells and sustainable storytelling.

How: For more information, please visit www.onealdwych.com and www.onealdwych.com/the-curators/.
Where: One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

4 Park up at Coppa Club Putney

Ideal for long riverside lunches, Coppa Club is opening a stylish new site in Putney, bringing a distinct café culture experience to Southwest London this November. The café, bar, restaurant, lounge, terrace and private dining space is Coppa Club’s second London opening and the ninth Coppa Club following the successful openings in Clifton Village and Cobham earlier this year. Situated on the riverfront and serving breakfast, brunch, intimate dinners, after-work drinks and daily caffeine fixes, Coppa Club Putney will create a welcoming riverside retreat for locals and guests alike to enjoy from morning to night.

As part of Coppa Club’s home-from-home ethos, Coppa offers the very best café qualities and will be partnering with Grind at Coppa Club Putney – a renowned and sustainable cult coffee brand. One setting that offers something for everyone, the neighbourhood retreat will also host speaker events and supper clubs on a regular basis to bring locals interesting and topical discussions straight to their doorstep. 

Inside boasts a sophisticated yet relaxed setting, guests can hold business meetings and work from the quiet library snug, read a good book with an even better Grind coffee or enjoy a leisurely brunch with friends. As the evening hits, the space offers a lounge-like feel, dimmed lights, fireplaces, and a full-service bar.

Expect a mix of British and Mediterranean classics, with favourites such as the Smoked Haddock and Salmon Fish Cake and a fresh Club Caesar Salad. The menu also includes healthy specials with seasonal twists as well as Coppa highlights such as Parmesan Croquettes and Buckwheat and Rye Pancakes.

There will also be fresh pasta and sourdough pizza to devour, plus a bespoke cocktail menu with inventive options from the bar – including a sweet and aromatic Cookie Old Fashioned and an indulgent Tiramisu Martini.

Those who are lucky enough to nab an igloo booking can order off the exclusive igloo menu, with specials including the truffled wagyu burger and a decadent, warm chocolate fondant with caramelised white chocolate and salted caramel ice cream.

When: Opening November 2021
How: For more information about Coppa Club Putney, please visit https://coppaclub.co.uk/coppa-putney/.
Where: 28 Brewhouse Ln, London SW15 2JX

5 Shimmy over to Bisushima for ‘Shima hour’

Japanese restaurant Bisushima has launched the ‘Shima hour’, an innovative take on the classic Italian aperitivo. Pay a visit to the hidden Covent Garden restaurant for a signature cocktail from Bisushima’s carefully curated list, alongside a delicious small plate – all priced at £20.

As we move into autumn, it is the perfect spot to watch the light change and the sun go down whilst enjoying the brand new Shima Hour menu. 

Cocktails on offer include the Hanafubuki (Hendrick’s Gin, Sakura, Raspberry, Rose, Egg White and LEC Soda), the Shibumi(Zacapa 23 Rum, Sherry Manzanilla, Coconut and Matcha), Shinrin Yoku(Roku Gin, Dill, Pine, Lemon and Egg White) and Natsukashi (Pampero Blanco Rum, Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Tonka). Dishes to choose from include Squid or Chicken kara-age, Crispy tofu, Wagyu gyoza and Pork tonkatsu.

The Shima Aperitivo hour will run from 6pm until 7.30pm, Tuesday – Saturday, from Tuesday 14th September. Booking is recommended but walk-ins are also welcome. 

Where: 8 St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2N 4JH
When: Bisushima’s Shima Hour runs from 6pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday- Saturday. 
How: Find out more and make a booking via bisushima.com

6 Discover wild food with an expert foraging masterclass at The Milestone Hotel

Calling all foodie explorers! You can now join The Milestone Hotel and a Totally Wild UK professional forager to learn the art of foraging and discover the vast range of wild edibles lying all around us. Meet the forager at The Milestone Hotel to learn how to take a responsible role in the sustainable collection of wild food, allowing nature to flourish as we interact with wild spaces.

Travel together to a foraging location to discover what exciting wild foods are growing nearby. During the experience, the professional forager will introduce guests to a number of edible species, giving tips on harvesting, correct identification and possible look-alikes.

Guests will have an opportunity to sample wild food tasters from pickles to jams, chutneys, syrups, flavoured salts, alcohol infusions and much more. Guests will then return to The Milestone Hotel with their bounty and allow Executive Chef Daniel Putz and his team to create a personalised dinner and cocktails using the produce gathered during the foraging, with the likes of Coastal Quiche and Elderflower Cheesecake on the menu.

How: The Milestone’s ‘Introduction to Foraging’ experience starts from £250 for two people, including chauffeur transfers, three-hour introduction and foraging with an experienced guide (accredited by Association of Foragers) and a printed foraging guide. Guests can add a two-course lunch using foraged ingredients, cookbook and a Totally Wild tote bag from £380 for two people. Find out more and make a booking via this link.
Where: Starting at The Milestone Hotel and Residences 1, 3 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL

7 Devour Burger & Lobster’s limited-edition dish in collaboration with Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green

Londoners, it’s time to dabble in decadence, seduce your senses and dive tastebuds-first into Autumn as renowned surf and turf specialists, Burger & Lobster, have teamed up with Giz ‘n’ Green, aka the legendary chef Gizzi Erskine and world-class musician Professor Green, to bring you a limited-edition, wild Atlantic lobster dish of dreams.

Created in partnership with Burger & Lobster’s talented chefs, the celebrated food duo’s Sleezey’n’Bisquey Mac & Cheese (£25) is an elevated and unashamedly indulgent take on the classic creamy macaroni and cheese. Starring succulent meat from half a lobster – claws and all – sustainably sourced from the coasts of Nova Scotia, Canada; a rich, boozy lobster bisque-infused cheese sauce; and fresh tarragon, all loaded into a lobster shell and encrusted with a Gruyere and garlic breadcrumbed top. This is comfort food turned up a gear and the pinnacle of mac & cheese excellence.

The Sleezey’n’Bisquey Mac & Cheese will be available exclusively in eight restaurant locations from Monday 4th October – Sunday 31st October. Take your pick from Burger & Lobster’s expansive terrace at West India Quay, through to its City and West End locations.

Cost: £25, with £1 from each dish donated to RISE.365, a charity close to Gizzi and Stephen, which focuses on supporting, educating and empowering young adults and community members in Hackney.
How: Find out more and book a table via this link

8 Shop & sip at Porte Noire, Idris Elba’s new bar and shop

Home to around 800 wine bins, world renowned actor, producer and DJ, Idris Elba, and founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, David Farber, are launching their first bar and shop from the wine and Champagne brand Porte Noire on Monday, 18th October.

Located at the foot of the stunning Gasholders, opposite Regent’s Canal Towpath at Coal Drops Yard, the vibrant shopping and restaurant district in London’s King’s Cross, the new bar and shop will be a celebration of the brand itself as well as an extensive selection of exceptional international wines, accompanied by artisanal cheese and charcuterie, and an earthy brasserie-style menu.

Designed by leading design agency Kanvass, Porte Noire will feature an outdoor space, a beautiful dining room and a bar which can seat up to 70 guests. The new bar and shop will also be home to around 800 wine bins as well as one of the largest fine wine tasting rooms in London. Curated by co-founder David Farber, the wines will range from some of the best and rarest bottles to a more accessible selection of wines on tap to suit all tastes. Most bottles will be available to purchase in the shop that sits by the entrance of the bar. 

The food menu at Porte Noire will be a succinct selection of classic French brasserie-style dishes split into tasters, bar snacks, starters, mains and desserts. Sample dishes include the Oeuf Meurette – a classic Burgundian dish of poached eggs in a rich and flavourful red wine sauce and Slow cooked beef cheek, pommes purée, leek persillade. For those looking for something lighter, there will be an extensive selection of high-end European cheeses and charcuterie available to order as a platter. A selection of cocktails will also be available, made solely with premium spirits. 

How: Find out more via www.portenoire.co.uk.
When: Opening October 2021
Where: Unit A Gasholder 10, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY

9 Let your hair down with DJ Severino of Horse Meat Disco at NYX Hotel

Ideal for some early Halloween fun, on Thursday 21st October DJ Severino, resident of the UK’s legendary music collective Horse Meat Disco, will grace the NYX Hotel in Holborn’s decks, offering an unforgettable night of flamboyant disco anthems and boogie-night beats, sure to attract a star-studded VIP guestlist like no other.

An internationally acclaimed party starter and Master of Music, Severino, and the Horse Meat Disco collective, are celebrated for reinvigorating London’s nightlife and resuscitating the dance music genre over the past 16 years. With a spectacular entourage of disco balls and dazzling dancers in tow, Severino is set to ignite the night and bring all the good vibrations to NYX Hotel this October.

Joining Severino will be self-confessed party girl and the fashion circuit’s favourite DJ, Ella Durston – who will kickstart the party with an electric set. Closing the night, DJ Doug Marshall will command the dancefloor to ensure London’s party scene returns with a glitter-ball bang.

Kicking off at 7pm, guests can expect six hours of non-stop tunes and sensational original mixes set against the ‘Instagrammable’ backdrop of NYX Hotel. Tipped to be one of the capital’s hottest party nights, this is one night you definitely won’t want to stay in for.

When: Thursday 21 October
Where: 50-60 Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 4AR
Wallet: Tickets start from £20pp.
How: To find out more or make a booking please visit designmynight

10 Dive into decadence at Bardo St James’s

Italian food addicts, prepare to twirl your forks this way. Entrepreneur Luca Maggiora has announced his first hospitality venture, Bardo St James’s, opening Wednesday 13th October 2021. 

Located at One Pall Mall, Bardo St James’s is a high-end, immersive Italian restaurant, centred on sophisticated, fine-dining dishes using the best produce sourced from both the UK and Italy and is set to change the landscape of the traditional Italian trattoria with a fun, high energy restaurant that will be a true destination in London.  

The 11,000sq ft behemoth is a multi-sensory meeting place comprising a large restaurant with an intimate open kitchen, walk-in wine cellar with an extensive fine wine selection, whisky room, private dining room, private lounge, intimate and secluded booths that look out onto the main space and a beautiful long marble bar providing a gorgeous focal point for well-heeled guests to sip exquisitely made cocktails. 

Graziano Bonacina, formerly Head Chef at Sette in the Bulgari Hotel, will take the helm in the kitchen. With over 25 years of experience, Graziano has created a seasonally rotating menu, championing classic Italian flavours with a strong focus on contemporary and luxurious veg-led dishes which will serve the 150 capacity restaurant and ‘at bar’ diners 

Highlights from the menu include: Burrata with fig puree, pickle radicchio, Chioggia beetroot, and white balsamic; and Frittura di Calamari e Gamberi. Tagliolini cacio pepe with porcini and hazelnut crumble and Lobster tagliatelle with calabrian chilly, all’acqua pazza and black crumble all feature as the hero dishes in this striking new space. Goodbye diet, hello decadence.

When: Wednesday – Sunday(dinner only) – 6pm – 11:30pm. Sunday lunch: 12pm – 8:30pm (closed Monday and Tuesday)
How: Find out more via bardostjames.com or email reservations@bardostjames.com
Where: 4 Suffolk Pl, London SW1Y 4HX

11 Blossom this autumn with BLOMMA Beauty’s new store

If you’re a natural beauty worshipper, head straight to the chic streets of Coal Drop Yard this autumn to explore sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free and organic beauty, with a personal approach. BLOMMA Beauty’s brand new store has been carefully designed to answer high levels of demand from regular online customers who want to have a personal and tailored experience.

BLOMMA Beauty stocks a carefully curated selection of award-winning Natural Lifestyle and Beauty brands, and having just won Best Cruelty Free Retailer 2021 (Southern Enterprise Award by SME News), they are a name that consumers can trust to provide quality, Sustainable solutions to all their Beauty questions. Of course, it’s business as usual for the online platform too.

Pay a visit to enjoy added in-person perks such as:

  • Makeup Bag Detox – a one-on-one conversation where customers receive personalised suggestions for conscious beauty swaps 
  • Consultations – for anyone looking to learn more about changing up their beauty and wellness routines 
  • Sample Bar – to test new releases, formulas and explore new brands 
  • Express Facials – for quick and effective facials to suit your skincare needs on the go, the BLOMMA Beauty team will talk you through options and get sprucing!
  • Monthly Workshops and Events, including a brand new course on how to switch to a Natural Beauty Routine

Where: Unit 93 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
How: Find out more via visiting coaldropsyard.com or blommabeauty.com

12 Bite into flavours of the mediterranean at JOAN

Head to East London for a relaxed visit to JOAN, which has reopened this summer following lockdown restrictions lifting. Offering an all-day modern mediterranean menu, JOAN draws inspiration from head chef Niko Kontogiannatos’ native Greece – incorporating his own breezy, eclectic food style using some of London’s best ingredients and suppliers. Previously Head Chef at Caravan Fitzrovia, Niko’s talent and expertise means the quality of the dishes are second to none, with everything in house made from scratch, from the bread to the sorbet. 

Offering lunch and dinner throughout the week, the menu offers a huge variety of something that everyone will enjoy, with large plates including; Cauliflower ceviche tostadas, artichoke, avocado mousse, coconut sauce; Slow-cooked lamb shoulder, fregola salad, labneh and harissa and Grilled chicken breast, king oyster, bacon marmalade, garlic puree, Madeira sauce. Pizzetta options include San daniele prosciutto, stracciatella cheese and wild rocket and the loaded vegan with grilled courgettes, caramelised onions, roasted mushrooms

On the dessert side of things, devour items such as Orange pie, white chocolate cream, orange gel and crispy filo and Vegan coconut mousse with passion fruit, lime and roasted pineapple

With plush blue velvet seating, dark oak and large green potted plants throughout, the interiors of JOAN make the perfect backdrop for a vibrant meets relaxed dining experience.

13 Take on a fiery obstacle course at The Icelandic Adventure Bar

Fancy yourself a bit of a thrill seeker? Take on a fiery obstacle course, then enjoy delicious cocktails at The Icelandic Adventure Bar in Shoreditch! Reyka Vodka brings you this unique pop-up bar experience inspired by Reyka’s home in Iceland.

Join an elite team of lava-leaping scientists known as the Reyka Volcanology Unit as they search for rare volcanic rocks and refreshing cocktails. In this sizzling hot night out, you’ll navigate obstacles and overcome tricky challenges across the treacherous volcanic landscape of Iceland; when you emerge triumphant on the other end, you’ll be able to celebrate with some truly Icelandic Reyka Vodka cocktails and exciting photo-ops!

When: 21 – 23 October.  Duration: 90 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before the time of your booking; late entry is not permitted.
How: Book tickets via feverup.com
Wallet: £25pp, includes two cocktails.
Where: Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

14 Go Below des Prés at Bar des Prés

Bar des Prés, the glamorous Franco/East Asian restaurant on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street has launched a downstairs cocktail bar, accommodating both regulars and new diners. The buzzing downstairs space is the ideal setting for dinner with friends or a pre/post dinner drink, offering intimate booths and counter dining with custom-designed interiors.

Bar des Prés opened its doors in May 2021, and is the first international venture for acclaimed French chef Cyril Lignac. Moving to London from Paris, the original Bar des Prés opened in November of 2016; an understated concept tucked away in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it swiftly became one of the capital’s best kept secrets. In London, the menu offers Franco/East Asian creations both warm and cold. Elegant seafood is on the menu alongside refined meat dishes, including: ‘Galette Craquette’ (crunchy crab galette); Lobster roll with avocado, baby gem lettuce; and Satay beef fillet with lime condiment. Cyril’s dessert menu honours his mastery of traditional French pastry – in revisiting the gamut of French patisserie classics the menu comprises his take on French toast, Chocolate tart, and Vanilla and pecan praline mille-feuille. 

Guests downstairs will be able to enjoy the full A La Carte menu alongside one of Mayfair’s most accessible ‘by the glass’ menus, offering an unrivalled selection of quality wines by the glass.

Don’t forget the cocktails – such as the Germanopratin and its euphoric blend of gin, Saint-Germain, cucumber, lemon juice and Champagne – as well as creations exclusive to London, including the Mayfair Sour: Yamazaki whisky, lemon juice, ginger syrup, coconut batida, tonka bean. The beverage programme is overseen by Head Sommelier, Sabrina Manolio. Manolio has over 10 years’ experience under her belt, and was recently awarded ‘Best Head Sommelier’ at the 2021 GQ Food and Drink Awards.

Where: Bar des Prés, 16 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HW
How: Find out more via bardespres.com/london-restaurant

15 Drink up for Oktoberfest at Pergola Paddington

September 18th will see Pergola, one of the capital’s most loved hideaways, launch Wunderbar at Pergola Paddington: a horn-blaring, stein-sloshing Bavarian knees up. For six weeks only, West London’s largest alfresco drinking and dining destination will be transformed into a majestic beer hall, reminiscent of those on the Theresienwiese in Munich, serving up real German beers, a special collaborative brew with Camden Town Brewery, delicious Bavarian food and a hearty helping of ‘Gemütlichkeit’ in celebration of Oktoberfest.

Decorated with rich reds and greens, bursting with flower-laden barrels and filled with jolly beer drinkers, Wunderbar at Pergola Paddington will offer guests a Pergola spin on a traditional communal beer-hall, or a more intimate experience in one of its cosy Beer Huts.

To mark the occasion, Pergola Paddington have teamed up with Camden Town Brewery to create an exclusive Oktoberfest Lager which will only be available at Wunderbar for a limited time only. There will also be a selection of real German beers, including Spaten and Lowenbrau, alongside refreshing beer cocktails and, of course, Schnapps.

Pergola Paddington will also play host to its own Bavarian food pop-up,‘Wursthaus’, serving classic, hearty Bavarian dishes. Menu highlights include: Knödel, poached and fried potato dumplings served with a beer butter dip; Bratwurst baguette, a grilled German bratwurst sausage, toasted baguette, caramelised onions, sauerkraut, mustard, chopped pickles and dill, and a Hot Smoked Salmon Flammkuchen to share – plus plenty more.

When: Wunderbar at Pergola Paddington will run from 18th September – 31st October.
Cost: Tickets start from £10 and are now available to purchase online here. Booking in advance is highly recommended. Each ticket includes a stein of beer or a beer cocktail. Further details of the additional events will be announced shortly.
How: Find out more and make a booking via designmynight.com

16 Burn off excess energy at 9Round

Whether there’s an ex you’re still festering over or simply looking to work off some work-related stress, 9Round is the place to work up a sweat and punch out any excess energy. Featuring a revolutionary combination of no contact boxing and kickboxing and a full body workout, 9Round’s high impact workouts are perfect for breaking away from an ordinary gym routine.

Helping people train in an effective way tailored to their ability levels, the 30-minute sessions are a no class times concept, with rounds starting every three minutes.  Members turn up at a time that works for them and get started straight away – ideal for those either looking to get moving before work, step away from the desk at lunch or relieve some stress at the end of the day.

With its fun, high intensity, circuit-based training consisting of nine rounds, each three minutes long, 9Round focuses on easy to master kickboxing moves helping to build strength and stamina.

Each round is trainer guided, making sure to support members one-on-one rather than from afar in the middle of a room. The trainers are on hand to guide members and help motivate them to ensure they get the most of their workouts and celebrate each individual win.

Workouts change daily, with the designated stations differing each time. Every session involves no contact and is full of high energy moments that leave members knowing they have worked hard and feeling stronger.

Plus, workouts are tracked using leading heart-rate wearable technology from Myzone which helps members see their in-session efforts, track calories burnt and reach their fitness goals.

How: With clubs in London, Belfast and Glasgow, prices for the challenge starts from £134 for the 30 Days with full kit included. Membership without the challenge starts from £79. Sign up for a free trial at https://www.9round.co.uk/find-a-club/
Where: London locations include Acton, Wandsworth, Walthamstow, Seven Sisters, Bow, Cannon Street, London Dock, East Village, Bankside, Fulham, Earls Court and Shoreditch.

17 Go ‘Cray’ for Nuet X EKTE’s Late Summer Crayfish Party

The month of October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the team at Napoli Gang want to do their bit raising awareness and, of course, money! The restaurant are proudly supporting CoppaFeel!, the first breast cancer charity in the UK to specifically target raising awareness amongst young people, whether that is at festivals, shower cubicles, university campuses or Instagram.

They proudly spread knowledge and healthy checking habits for your boobs, chests and pecs. For the month of October eat the pink ribbon to show your support! With a voluptuous centre, the sexy Puglian burrata is a stunning rose shade thanks to a generous padding of beetroot hummus. Un-bra-lievable.

How: Napoli Gang’s CoppaFeel! Boob-rata is available from www.napoligang.co.uk, Deliveroo and UberEats throughout the month of October.

18 Get your plant-based burger fix at Neat Burger’s new Finsbury Park site

Award-winning plant-based fast-food group, Neat Burger, is launching a brand-new site in Finsbury Park this month. Opening on 19th August, just in time for National Burger Day, the new venue is part of the landmark development leading the Finsbury Park renaissance, and the first of many new openings to soon be announced for the group. 

Founded in 2019 by The Cream Group in collaboration with Lewis Hamilton, Neat Burger is proof that burgers can be as ethical and sustainable as they are delicious. 

The menu will feature popular favourites including The Big Stack: double Neat Meat, triple bun, lettuce, onions, pickles and Tangy Big Stack Sauce; Chick’n Burger: crispy chick’n patty, lettuce, tangy mayo;and Burger Bowl’s: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Smash’d Avo, Neat Patties, Grilled Onions, Neat Sauce, Crispy Onions, Spring Onion; as well as Little Neat meals with free eco-friendly toys for kids to enjoy! 

Where: 38 Well’s Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3FP
How: Find out more via neat-burger.com

19 Take a trip through the terroirs of Italy, with Eataly’s week-long celebration of Italian wine

Take a trip through the terroirs of Italy, with Eataly’s week-long celebration of Italian wine this October. Offering tastings, special offers and a series of unique wine and food events.

Running from 15th-24th October, Eataly will have a special wine menu available in all their restaurants and bars, allowing customers to try rare wines by the glass for a limited time only. Guests will also experience a series of wine focused events, including the likes of a ‘Barolo and friends’ dinner at Cucina del Mercato restaurant and wine workshops in La Scuola.

Kicking off with a one-off sale shoppers can take advantage of Vino Days on 15th & 16th October with 20% off all wines in Eataly’s enoteca when purchasing 6 bottles or more, some fine wines excluded. With over 2,000 labels of wine, shoppers will be spoilt for choice but can be assured, with experts on hand, there will be a tipple for every pocket and taste. For those that don’t want to carry their haul home, Eataly will deliver it nationwide, too.

With a mission to change the bottomless-brunch-induced-perception of Prosecco in the UK, Eataly will host their first ever Prosecco tasting festival, with fourteen top Prosecco producers from Italy coming to share their knowledge and passion, as well as their wine, with visitors. On the 22nd and 23rd of October, Prosecco Festival visitors will be able to taste up to thirty different Proseccos and explore specially curated Italian street food throughout the store, with the help of an exclusive map ensuring the discovery of a treasure trove of different bottles.

How: 15 – 24 October. Find out more via eataly.co.uk
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD

20 Dig into a Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée with Park Chinois

Ideal for a decadent weekend outing, Park Chinois has launched the Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée – a luxuriant dining experience with an abundant menu served up alongside immersive performances. It’s not brunch, it’s not lunch but the Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée will see Club Chinois bring late night to the afternoon.

Hungry guests at the Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée will be led down the velvet spiral staircase to Club Chinois and welcomed with a glass of Champagne, followed by a three-course menu from Park Chinois’ Executive Chef Lee Che Liang, showcasing honest flavours, creative touches and unique influences from travelling the world.

Beginning the menu will be small plates including Chef´s Selection of dim sum, followed by larger plates including sweet & sour prawns with caramelised pineapple, and stir-fried French corn-fed chicken with ginger sauce. Finishing the menu will be a daily seasonal dessert from the pastry chef.

Curated by Park Chinois’ Creative Director, Diana Pintado, entertainment at the Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée will feature captivating aerial acts, circus performers, fire-acts and more, sure to stun guests while they dine.

When: Saturday:12-5pm with exquisite entertainment from 1.30-3.30pm. Tickets are priced at £85pp and bookings can be made viareservations@parkchinois.com.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA
How: Find out more and make a booking via www.parkchinois.com

21 Play a round of UV cricket at Sixes

Forget the traditional crazy golf – meet Sixes, the social venue co-founded by Mac & Wild’s Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon offering a world first: UV Cricket.  

Open in Fulham and Fitzrovia now, the ground-breaking new activity allows budding cricketers to show off their batting skills in Sixes’ specially designed nets under pioneering UV lights. Soon to become London’s must-try new activity, guests can cool off from all the UV Cricket action and explore the specially curated new cocktail menu.  

Adding another playful element to the world of cricket, the unique experience is mesmerising and magical – and is predicted to quickly attract and engage a new generation of participants while also revitalising a passion for the sport from long-term players. With captivating lights coupled with state-of-the-art technology, Sixes UV Cricket launch is set to revolutionise the capital’s entertainment landscape once again.  

The revolutionary nets aren’t the only star of the show though, with Sixes offering a stunning Great British BBQ themed menu. The menu includes low and slow chicken wings, house-smoked sausages you can order by the half metre, overnight coals sweet potato, next level vegan burger, whisky glazed short rib, bubble, and squeak pakoras, mac & cheese croquettes, smoked chicken Caesar salad and the signature Sixes meat volcano.

How: Prices from £30 for a 30 minute UV Cricket play for two people. Visit https://www.sixescricket.com/ to book.
Where: Sites at Fitzrovia, Fulham and Manchester.  

22 Pay a visit to South Place Hotel’s Enchanted Forest

South Place Hotel http://www.jamesbedford.com

Ideal for the creative crowd, South Place Hotel, a stylish boutique retreat, is launching a new exhibition of intriguing works by celebrated East London artist, Pure Evil. The artist’s Warhol-inspired Nightmare Series adorns the walls of the hotel’s first floor exhibition space, the perfect destination for a slice of culture before unwinding over a signature cocktail in the hotel’s new Enchanted Forest, a magical bar and lounge filled with stunning autumnal installations.

The Nightmare Series by Pure Evil
The latest in a series of guest installations and inspired by the golden age of cinema and glamour, Pure Evil’s Nightmare Series depicts world-famous icons such as Jackie Kennedy, Grace Jones and even Snoopy, in a vibrant Warholian style contrasted by melancholic tears that fall from the subjects’ eyes. The pieces were influenced by a collection of 1960s pop art books belonging to the artist’s father and utilise unconventional hues to convey subliminal meanings.

The Enchanted Forest
After exploring the artwork, the hotel invites guests to step into its new Enchanted Forest, a whimsical space featuring a striking installation of autumn botanicals draping from above. The dreamy bar has been redesigned in collaboration with Woodford Reserve and features an enticing menu of innovative cocktails such as Violetta, a delicious combination of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, violet liqueur, Angostura bitters and demerara syrup.

How: An overnight stay costs from £245 per room. Visit Southplacehotel.com.
Where: 3 South Place London EC2M 2AF

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