What To Do This Weekend 01.11.23
What To Do This Weekend 01.11.23

What To Do This Weekend 01.11.23


Wondering what to do with your downtime? SLMan has you covered. From a Hockney exhibition to a historic car race, here’s what to get stuck into…
Photography The Brown Dog/ Zuz Galczynska/ Unsplash

Steve Ryan

Meet The Boys

40ft Brewery x St. John Launch Party

Dalston’s 40ft Brewery has teamed up with restaurant St. John to create a limited-edition beer, the Eccles Cake Stout. It’s a dark stout, brewed using the spiced fruit filling for St. John’s signature Eccles cakes. To celebrate, the brewery is throwing a launch party on Sunday 5th November, when guests can try the beer alongside St. John dishes cooked on the grill at 40ft’s neighbouring sister restaurant Acme Fire Cult, as well as plenty of Eccles cakes topped with Lancashire cheese. If you can’t make it this weekend, look out for the stout at various London restaurants, or order a case online. 

Bootyard, Abbot Street, Dalston, E8 3DP; 5-9pm

Visit 40ftBrewery.com

Fill Your Boots

Wine & Truffle Festival at Eataly

Eataly kicks off a three-day wine and truffle festival tomorrow. Eataly has the largest collection of Italian wines outside Italy – and this weekend, visitors can sample over 50 bottles from ten producers including Frescobaldi, Ca' del Bosco and Borgogno. You can also meet some of Eataly’s suppliers, who have travelled over especially from Italy. Alongside an array of fresh truffle, you can try things like porchetta buns with truffle cheese cream, pizza with truffle sausage and ricotta, and vanilla ice-cream with truffle honey. Tickets start from £30, which include a wine glass and Eataly bag.

135 Bishopsgate, City, EC2M 3YD; 2nd-4th November, 4-10pm

Visit Eventbrite.co.uk

For A Culture Fix

David Hockney: Drawing From Life Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Back in early 2020, the National Portrait Gallery opened the biggest exhibition on David Hockney’s drawings – it was open for just 20 days before the pandemic hit. On Thursday 2nd November, the gallery will restage the exhibition, which includes portraits created in pencil, pastel, ink and watercolour, as well as iPhone and iPad apps. There are also 30 new works, painted at Hockney’s Normandy studio between 2021 and 2022, which will be displayed for the first time. 

St Martin's Place, West End, WC2H 0HE

Visit NPG.org.uk

Steven Joyce

Get Date Night Right

Bocca Di Lupo Birthday Celebrations

Bocca Di Lupo turns 15 this month, and we were pleased to hear one of our favourite Italian restaurants is celebrating with a menu of classic dishes. Diners can enjoy sharing plates and wine from its opening menu back in 2008 – with each dish even served at its original price. Start with a radish, celeriac, pecorino and pomegranate salad (£4); followed by ricotta tortellini with burnt walnut pesto (£5); and white fish topped with breadcrumbs, aubergines and tomatoes (£7). Splash out on a 2008 vintage wine, then finish with a brioche sandwich filled with hazelnut, pistachio and chestnut gelati (£7) made at sister gelateria Gelupo across the street.

12 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7BB

Visit BoccaDiLupo.com

Take The Kids Out

Waltham Forest Light Show Spectacular

It’s Bonfire Night this weekend and Waltham Forest council is throwing a family-friendly extravaganza. On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November, Waltham Forest Town Hall will be illuminated with a light show featuring special effects, projections and musical performances. If you’ve got kids in tow, get there early to watch pre-show entertainment from fire jugglers, stilt walkers and ballet dancers, then enjoy dishes from food street market Kerb+. Over on Blackhorse Road, Big Penny Social will have you covered with pints on tap and a new limited-edition beer. Tickets start from £5.

Fellowship Square, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF

Visit Eventbrite.com 

See Some Serious Wheels

The Veteran Car Run

The Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton is the world's oldest motoring event. On Sunday 5th November, spectators can watch over 100 cars – all made pre-1905 – set off from Hyde Park and head through Lambeth towards Croydon, and on to the coast. The race begins at 7am, so set your alarm to see some rare cars, bicycles and motorbikes. If you’re Brighton-based, head to Madeira Drive to see them lined up at the end of the run.

Various sites

Visit VeteranCarRun.com

End The Weekend Well

The Brown Dog, Barnes

The Brown Dog in Barnes has reopened its doors following a big refurb. In a historic Victorian building, the pub has refreshed interiors and a new menu. Do Sunday properly with beef, lamb, chicken, cod or grilled celeriac – all served with roast potatoes, seasonal veg and gravy. If you’ve got room, there’s sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream or chocolate torte with ginger and creme fraiche. There’s a decent wine list too, as well as local beers. 

28 Cross Street, Barnes, SW13 0AP

Visit TheBrownDog.co.uk

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