From foodie festivals and sky high cocktails to free-flowing brunches and delectable truffle menus, whet your appetite with The Wordrobe’s pick of 20 things to try in London this weekend
1 Celebrate World Vegan Month at Town House
Hungry for some plant power? To celebrate World Vegan Month, Town House in Kensington will be serving a delectable, plant-based menu throughout November.
Full of vibrant dishes, highlights of the brand new menu include Pearl Barley Salad with figs & lemon dressing (£7.00), Chickpea Panisse with macerated raisins, tomato, relish & plum wine tomatoes (£16.00) and Cardamom Rice Pudding with spiced poached pear (£8.00).
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5LP
Bookings: Click here or phone 020 7589 6300 to make a reservation
2 Spend a free-flowing Sunday at Brigadiers
Brigadiers, the latest and largest venture from JKS Restaurants, which opened within the Bloomberg Arcade last month, is hosting ‘Free-Flowing Sundays’ from Sunday 12th August. Visit to enjoy Indian Roast menus, free-flowing drinks, live sport and a dedicated Campari spritz bar on the outside terrace.
Every weekend, Free-Flowing Sundays at Brigadiers will offer the ultimate Sunday social, with all the sporting action screened, alongside a three course BBQ Roast menu. Dig into everything from Wood Roasted Goan Pork, Smoked Mackerel Sambol to Dry Tandoori Masala Steak, Sappers Egg and plenty more.
Where: Brigadiers, 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, City of London, EC4N 8AR
Bookings: For private events or group booking enquiries please contact: email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 3319 814 0.
3 Feast on free cheesecake at Cakes & Bubbles
Ready for a pastry fix? On Thursday 8th November, Hotel Café Royal will launch the highly anticipated, Cakes & Bubbles with world-renowned pastry chef Albert Adrià.
Originally inspired by La Dolça, the much-loved area at Tickets in Barcelona reserved for experiencing desserts, Cake & Bubbles will be Adria’s first bricks and mortar sites outside Spain. Cakes & Bubbles will offer the perfect blend of tradition and modernity – with the whimsy and playfulness that has come to define Adrià’s work – serving a parade of exceptional desserts that defy description
Even better, to celebrate the new launch, Cakes & Bubbles will be giving away free cheesecake and champagne for first 40 guests; as well as free cheesecake for the next 100 people through the door.
What’s more, one lucky visitor will win an all expenses paid trip to Barcelona for two including flights, accommodation and a dinner at Tickets.
With doors set to open at 12pm, this is one sweet giveaway you won’t want to miss.
Cakes & Bubbles will open their doors at 12pm on Thursday 8th November.
Where; Hotel Café Royal, 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY
Bookings: Click here for reservations.
4 Try everything at Taste of London
Grab a fork – from 15-18th November 2018, The Festive Edition of Taste of London will return to Tobacco Dock for a foodie fantasia.
Designed to showcase the capital’s culinary scene, the festive edition of the capital’s finest culinary celebration will offer visitors the unique opportunity to explore distinguished artisan producers, indulge in dishes from London’s best restaurants, engage one-on-one with London’s most exciting chef’s and to be on the front line of cocktail innovation in the capital.
Some of London’s most acclaimed restaurants will appear over the 4-day duration of the festival, with a number of top chefs alongside them. Attendees will also have the chance to try their hand at fun interactive (and boozy) masterclasses, as well as wine and cheese pairing sessions.
Fire-chief-in-residence, DJ BBQ, will also return to headline the renowned Fire Pit in association with Food Network stage, where acclaimed chefs will dial up the temperature and unlock some mouth-watering flavours as festival goers stay cosy by the fire to watch.
Where: Television Centre, Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7FR
Bookings: Tickets from £15. To make a reservation, click here.
5 Enjoy sustainable sips at Quaglino’s
Quaglino’s Bar, synonymous with style, glamour and great cocktails since its establishment in 1929, is launching a new cocktail menu that aims to highlight the importance of sustainability.
Using inventive techniques such as milk clarifications, sous vide infusions, and butter washing, the menu has been designed to be as much a visual experience as one of taste and flavour. Expect plenty of unusual ingredients and thoughtful flavour combinations are matched by ingenious presentation.
Separated into three sections, Past, Present and Future, the menu takes the guest on an enlightening journey that explains the path of sustainability through cocktails. What’s more, for ‘The Science Of Sustainability’ menu, Quaglino’s Bar has teamed up with Hunger Project UK and food waste collection service, Indie Ecology, and made sure that every aspect of the menu adheres to the values of its message.
Where: Quaglino’s Bar, 16 Bury Street, St James, London Sw1Y 6Aj
Website: Visit quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk for more.
6 Watch movies in mouth-watering style at Bluebird Chelsea
Ideal for gourmands, Bluebird Chelsea is launching a weekly movie night with films, food and cocktails throughout winter in collaboration with Cointreau.
Back by popular demand, Foodflix will start on Tuesday 30th October with The Greatest Showman. Cointreau will be transforming Bluebirds cinema room into an extraordinary winter orangery and guests will receive Cointreau cocktails, food and popcorn from Bluebird. Sit amongst orange trees and tuck into tasty food and perfectly balanced cocktails whilst the films’ soundtracks encapsulate you.
Enoy a Cointreau Fizz of Cointreau cocktail, as well as Bluebird’s menu of upmarket cinema grub alongside popcorn from their resident popcorn machine, as no cinema experience is complete without it.
Guests can either have the Bluebird Hot Dog with spiced pork, pickled cabbage and chilli mayo or their Vegan Burger of mushroom and edamame with sriracha mayo and baby gem.
Wallet: Tickets are £25 and include a welcome Cointreau cocktail and either Bluebird’s hot dog or vegan burger. To make a reservation, click here.
Where: 350 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU
Schedule | Tuesday:
30th October The Greatest Showman
6th November Dreamgirls
13th November Moulin Rouge
20th November Whiplash
27th November Love Actually
4th December The Holiday
7 Join Pedro Evia for mouth-watering Mexican residency
Dessert will be a classic Mayan dish of passion fruit, Mayan honey from the Yucatán and bee pollen.
8 Sample Plateau Restaurant’s autumnal offering
Plateau Restaurant, Bar & Grill in Canary Wharf has welcomed a brand new Head Chef, Frederick Forster. Former National Chef of the Year, Forster has conjured a new European inspired menu that reflects the seasonal changes from warm summer days to the winter chill.
Sink your teeth into Plateau’s autumnal heartwarming dishes. A selection of steaks aged between 21-30 days sit alongside hearty dishes such as cushion of lamb with couscous, yoghurt and olives and baby chicken spatchcock with harissa, lemon, chilli and mixed salad on the Grill menu.
Frederick’s new Restaurant menu is more refined including baked baby beetroots with goats cheese raviolo, soft quail eggs and pine nut dressing; loin of venison with parsnip puree, braised leaves, quince and spiced sauce and poached monkfish with glazed cauliflower and mustard seed sauce.
Where: 4th Floor, Canada Place, London, E14 5ER
Bookings: Visit www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk to make a reservation
9 Enjoy Film & Fizz at One Aldwych
Website: Click here to find out more and make a booking
10 Indulge with London’s first wine-based spa
Wine lovers, you’re in for a treat. With Ella Di Rocco’s Wine Therapy treatments, you can relax knowing that the wine’s antioxidant benefits are delivered straight to your skin, working to combat premature ageing and encouraging a fresh, more vibrant appearance for your skin.
From a Merlot wine scrub to a Sangiovese Detox Wrap, there’s plenty to choose from. Indulge your senses with a scrub containing red vine leaves and a 50/50 blend of high quality Sangiovese and Merlot grapes from the Goretti Vineyard in Italy – then pitstop for a glass of the good stuff afterwards.
Bookings: Click here for more and to make a reservation
11 Make your own s’mores at The London Shuffle Club
Looking for ways to wile after a chilly afternoon? Sink your teeth into the delicious delights of campfire treat S’mores as they open their brand new, fully-covered winter terrace on 10th November at The London Shuffle Club.
The outdoor terrace that has welcomed thousands of shuffleboarders over summer has been stylishly repurposed for winter. The newly converted outdoor area has been aptly named Winter in S’moreditch after its East London location.
Covered with specially designed winter parasols to keep the elements out, each cosy seating area will have its own open fire pit and to add to the authentic, wintry theme there will be faux fur rugs, warming throws and plenty of other alpine comforts.
As well as the indulgent option of chocolatey S’mores, guests can also try a brand new cocktail menu. Designed to warm your cockles, the Wolf’s Tooth mixes Union Mezcal with Arrette Tequila, chilli, winter spice and chocolate while the Hans-On-Gretel fuses Koskenkorva Sauna with dry cider, apple, lemon and honey.
Bookings: Visit londonshuffle.com.
Where: 4 Ebor St, Shoreditch, London, E1 6AW
12 Tempt tastebuds with Orrery’s truffle menu
Orrery, the French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, is celebrating the advent of winter truffle season with a delectable menu dedicated to the prized delicacy.
Chef Patron Igor Tymchyshyn has created a bespoke five-course menu using both classic French cooking and well-sourced British produce, with each savoury dish incorporating fragrant fresh truffle.
From roasted cauliflower floret with shavings of northern Italian white truffle to filet mignon pan-fried in butter, and topped with a slice of foie gras, there’s plenty to devour.
When: Available now until 25th December
Where: 55 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5RB
Wallet: From £95 per person
How: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking
13 Take a walk on the wild side at Wild Food Café’s new Islington site
If you love natural food, you’re in luck. Joel and Aiste Gazdar, the duo behind Covent Garden’s hugely popular vegan eatery, Wild Food Café, are opening a new restaurant on Angel’s Upper Street at the beginning of December.
Following in the footsteps of Wild Food Café, which opened in Neal’s Yard to critical acclaim almost seven years ago, Wild Food Café, Islington, will expand on the couple’s vision for plant-based innovation, offering a menu featuring gluten free wood fired pizzas, a ‘wild’ brunch plus a superfood cocktail bar.
The menu will follow a traditional three course format, with starters including innovative dishes such as the Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich Bites – Raw walnut and courgette bread, little gem, black garlic cashew cheese, BBQ pull jack fruit;Succulent scallops of king oyster – Biodynamic oyster mushrooms, herb & garlic dip, wild sea purslane.
Mains will include a Living Laksa, a vegan twist on the popular Malaysian dish, which combines a fragrant coconut broth with galangal, lemongrass, ginger, nori, squash. Queen of the Forest will see coconut-seared plantain stew, combined with romanesco, black rice, amaranth, cacao nibs, brazil nuts and pink camu-camu berry essence.
When: Opening early December 2018. To find out more, click here.
14 Sip on satirical cocktails at Scarfes Bar
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has launched a spirited new cocktail menu in the style of a beautifully vandalised book, featuring drinks inspired by the satirical work of the bar’s namesake: Gerald Scarfe.
Enjoy a delectable menu inspired by key cultural figures in recent British history year-on-year, ranging from 2001 to 2018. From Paul McCartney to Boris Johnson, the creative menu features extraordinary techniques, rare ingredients and even some never-before-seen caricatures.
An artwork in itself, the menu joins the extensive gallery of Gerald’s work that currently adorns the bar’s marble walls.
Must-tries include the foamy, coffee-flavoured Macca-iato and Back to Black, a milk-punch style drink teeming with smoky notes.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Website: Click here to find out more.
launches on the 13th August until September.
Where: 350 King’s Road, London SW3
15 Get your chip fix at ChipNation
Chip fans, you’re in for a treat. Opening this September in Soho, ChipNation is a carb lover’s dream. Not like your typical chippy, ChipNation’s spuds are hand cut and double fried in pans rather than your typical basket fryer, to give guests the ultimate chip that’s crispy on the inside and deliciously fluffy on the inside.
Guests can choose from 7000 different flavour combinations, making it fully tailor-made to everyone’s unique taste– not only that, but it’s fully vegetarian, with an abundance of fantastic vegan choices.
Choosing between nak’d, rub’d, sauc’d, topp’d, and arm’d, the options are practically endless. Among the special toppings are Cajun Spice or the zesty Peri Peri seasoning, mouth-watering sauces including Sticky Korean BBQ, Smokey Baconaise or to test the limits, the Deadly Hot Chilli.
Where: 40 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LY
Website: Click here to find out more.
16 Keep your eyes on the pies at Dominique Ansel Pie Night
Pie addicts, you’re in luck. Dominique Ansel is bringing pie night to London for the first time this year – and it’s set to be filled with baked beauties.
Taking place on two evenings, guests can enjoy a feast of ten sweet and savoury pies. Expect ale-braised steak and rock oyster; tarragon-poached chicken and ham hock with honey roasted celeriac as well as classic lemon meringue and salted caramel apple.
When: 24 – 25th October
Bookings: Visit dominiqueansellondon.com to make a reservation
16 Try Marcus Wareing’s new lunch menu at The Berkeley hotel
Marcus Wareing is not a man that’s known for sitting still – he’s recently launched an enticing new lunch menu at his two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Berkeley hotel.
An embodiment of sophisticated dining, the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant from the revered chef is a Knightsbridge hotspot. Recently, after 10 glorious years as Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, the restaurant underwent a major renovation, and a name change, to reopen as a more relaxed and contemporary environment. Serving modern European cuisine rooted in British culture, the Marcus menu presents sumptuous offerings packed with fine, seasonal produce.
His brand new autumn menu aims to showcase the talent and personality of each of the restaurant’s most senior chefs – with a dish inspired by each member of the team. With an exciting five-course feast filled with seasonal British produce, the new menu even uses ingredients sourced from Wareing’s very own farm.
Priced at £55 per person, here’s what foodies can expect from the new menu:
Essence of gin: Cured trout, juniper, cucumber, rose yogurt
Sweetcorn, tarragon, Coolea, black pudding
Roast Cornish bream, potato cream, watercress
Iberico pork, borlotti, chorizo, lemon
Sesame, milk and dark chocolate
For those still peckish, there’s also an additional cheese selection to order for a £19.50 supplement too.
When: Available now
Where: Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Bookings: To make a reservation click here.
17 Get your carb fix with Poilâne®’s Bring Back Bread campaign
Carb lovers, step this way. Poilâne®, the French-style bakery renowned internationally since 1932, has teamed up with five of London’s top chefs to create special-edition tartines on their world-famous wheat sourdough bread.
The new campaign aims to teach customers how exciting bread can be. By bringing together a collection of chefs to create tartines (which are quintessential French open-faced sandwiches), Poilâne® is also celebrating the wide range of different cuisines available in London.
Leading chefs have designed seasonal tartines using Poilâne®’s signature loaf as the base of their creations. Chefs include: Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Neil Rankin (Temper), Max Halley (Max’s Sandwich Shop), and Edson Diaz-Fuentes (Santo Remedio).
From Mexican mouthfuls to delicious Italian influences, there’s plenty to devour.
When: Now until 16th November, available during weekdays only.
Where: 46 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9PA
Website: Click here to find out more.
18 Feast your way through free pasta at Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
Whether you’re partial to pappardelle or bonkers for Bolognese, get a taste of your favourite pasta dishes on the 25th October with Emilia’s Crafted Pasta.
To celebrate the beauty of World Pasta Day, guests can choose from 7 signature pasta dishes, such as hand-crafted long silky-smooth golden ribbons of pappardelle paired with a 4-hour slow cooked Bolognese sauce and creamy homemade basil pesto paired with a curvy and ridged pasta shape, casarecce.
There’s a few conditions of course. It’s only set to rain pasta from 12-4pm and 5-10pm on the day. There’s only one serving per person for each sitting, and bookings are off the menu – so arrive early to make sure you get your Italian fix.
When: 25 October 2018, 12-4pm and 5-10pm.
Where: C3, Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 1AT
19 Experience a suave evening at Albert’s Private Members’ Club
Good news for those who love the fabulous things in life – Albert’s Private Members’ Club has re-opened its doors in the heart of Chelsea. The relocation to Beaufort House this October will see Albert’s deliver a bigger and better return as the concept is re-imagined in a three-story townhouse on Chelsea’s Beaufort Street.
Spread across three floors, make the most an all-day restaurant, two sleek bars and a nightclub. Sophisticated and relaxed, expect a dose of British charm and exciting modern European cuisine.
Where: 354 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UZ
When: Open now
20 Marvel at Madison’s new cocktail menu
Fancy a sky high sip? Created by mixologist Fred Tartas and his team, Madison’s exciting new cocktail menu emulates the perfect balance between nostalgia and modernity.
Pay a visit this November to enjoy concoctions such as the ‘Madison Sour’ – a pioneering twist on a classic New York sour, perfectly combining Rittenhouse washed with roasted almond, Marco’s mix, egg white and Port.
Also on menu will be the ‘Fair and Square’ – an intense, nutty blend of Pusser’s Navy Rum, lime juice, homemade spiced syrup, grated dark chocolate and vegan vanilla foam made from xathan gum and cellulose. We’ll take them all, please.
Where: Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF
Experience a Day In The Kitchen with Roth Bar and Grill
A feast for the senses, Roth Bar and Grill’s food culture is entirely based on the seasons and what is readily available on that day, week or month. On November 12th, join the venue for a day in the Roth Bar & Grill kitchen to learn about using the best of the season’s bounty.
From baking to fermenting, the day will cover a variety of basic skills, using different ingredients sourced from their own kitchen garden and farm. Post-masterclass, you’ll devour lunch on the terrace with the team and will even take home your very own apron.
When: Monday 12th November, 10am – 3pm
Bookings: £150 per person. Click here to make a reservation.