GET THE BEERS IN
Pitching up at Pergola is always a good idea, so we were excited it’s got itself a Bavarian beer hall to celebrate Oktoberfest. Until the end of this month, guests can try a range of German craft ales and beers – including a special brew from Camden Town Brewery – plus tasty treats from the pop-up Wursthaus, like fried potato dumplings, bratwurst baguettes and stollen bites. Expect live DJ sets, oompah band performances and other live entertainment in each beer hut.
4 Kingdom Street, Paddington, W2 6PY
MAKE LIKE BOND
To celebrate the release of No Time To Die, The Ivy West Street has created a 007 cocktail menu. Inspired by Daniel Craig’s final runout as Bond, there are drinks like the ‘Francisco Scaramanga Martini’ (Wyborowa vodka, Gun Powder vermouth and sesame oil) and the ‘Auric Goldfinger’ (Maker’s Mark bourbon, Kamm & Sons aperitif and Angostura bitters). Available until mid-October, enjoy them alongside Bond-approved dishes like caviar and grilled whole lobster.
1-5 West Street, West End, WC2H 9NQ
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST
Ex- Radio 6 presenter Shaun Keaveny has a lifetime’s worth of festival moments – and those are just the ones he can remember. In each episode of his new podcast, he asks a music-loving guest to share their favourite acts to watch in a field somewhere – from the first band waking up your senses to that emotional sunset slot and the all-important headliner. Don’t miss the latest episode with the Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, who reminisces about Glastonbury during the 90s, confirming it was as hedonistic as it sounded.
VISIT THIS COOL POP-UP
On Saturday, The Old Bank Vault gallery in Shoreditch opens an exhibition with @AccidentallyWesAnderson, the Instagram sensation run by Wally Korval which posts pictures of real-world scenes that look like they could be straight out of the director’s films. The account, which has amassed 1.5m followers, is showcasing a selection of prints to celebrate the real Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The French Dispatch (in cinemas on Thursday 21st October). Visitors can also browse cool merch, including Korval’s book and a range of limited-edition prints. The exhibition will run until Saturday 30th October; tickets are free.
283 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, E2 8NA
SHOP COOL MERCH
Queen fans, this one’s for you. To celebrate five decades of the iconic rock band, Carnaby Street has opened a pop-up merch store. There’s a limited-edition vinyl of Queen The Greatest Hits (only 1,000 have been made) plus band t-shirts, books, games and other lifestyle products. You can also have a go on retro Queen-inspired arcade machines. The pop-up will be open until January 2022 – every month there will be a new art installation to showcase Queen’s success through the ages. If you can’t make it in store, visit the online shop instead.
57 Carnaby Street, West End, W1F 9QF
On Friday 8th October, MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 winner Alex Webb is hosting his first solo supper club at Rekki in Kensal Green. Diners will be treated to a six-course menu featuring dishes Alex served to the judges on MasterChef. Dishes include mackerel with avocado and carrot; chicken served with cauliflower and truffle; and apple, elderberry and popping candy with strawberries and cream. Tickets cost £115pp, including a £10 donation to The Felix Project which helps feed hundreds of vulnerable Londoners each day. There will also be a charity raffle with some fancy kitchen gadgets up for grabs.
Salusbury Road, Kensal Green, NW6 6RJ
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS
It’s no secret the climate crisis has reached a tipping point. We have ten years to change the fate of our planet's future, and this book tells us how. Earthshot is a powerful manifesto for tackling the environmental crisis with collective action, featuring an introduction by HRH Prince William. Other contributors to this sobering but important read include Sir David Attenborough.
GRAB SOME STREET FOOD
The National Theatre has teamed up with street food masters KERB for a new food and drink experience. Guests can tuck into a range of Pakistani (Baba Dhaba) and Mexican (Dos Mas) dishes in 11 spaces in and around the theatre – ideal for a pre or post-show feast. Lucky’s Hot Chicken is also on hand, serving up its signature southern fried chicken sandos. Right now, head to the NT for Ayub Khan-Din’s East Is East, adapted for the stage for the first time and running until the end of October.
HIT THE SOFA
This three-part HBO doc has just been added to streaming service Now. Chronicling the personal and political journey of Barack Obama, it features conversations with colleagues, friends and critics, interspersed with his own speeches and interviews. From childhood to the challenges he faced both personally and in the White House during his two terms, the doc paints a cohesive picture of America under its first Black president. It also reflects on the Obama administration at large with contemporary understanding of the challenging pursuit of equality in America.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, French restaurant Le Pont De La Tour is hosting a special dinner on Tuesday 12th October from 6pm, in partnership with Laurent-Perrier. A dinner to book ahead of next week, exec chef Tony Fleming has created a new menu featuring some of the restaurant’s most loved dishes over the years. After a champagne reception with oysters, scallops, poached lobster and langoustine, diners will tuck into a three-course menu of dishes like Dover sole with capers and parsley, whole lobster thermidore, beef fillet bordelaise, and tarte tatin with calvados ice-cream. French jazz musicians will set the vibe with live music, too. Tickets cost £140pp.
36D Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, SE1 2YE
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