What To Do This Weekend 31.08.22

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Wondering what to do this weekend? SLMan has you covered. From new openings and drinking experiences to a state-of-the-art gym, here’s what to get stuck into…

LOOSEN YOUR BELTS

Meatopia, Tobacco Dock

Meatopia takes place this weekend at Tobacco Dock. A highlight in our calendar, the food festival brings together the very best BBQ chefs for a full-on weekend of smoking, grilling and charring. Across the event, more than cooks will set the Dock ablaze – there’ll be drink and music too as the meat masters showcase both technique and dishes. We’re excited to try dishes from Akwasi Brenya-Mensa (behind Southwark newcomer Tatale), Hawksmoor’s Iain Heywood, Joro’s Luke French and Two Hot Asians – aka Anca da Costa and Emily Yeoh. Tickets cost £25.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF; 2nd-4th September

Visit Meatopia.co.uk

START THE WEEKEND RIGHT

Neil Rankin & Andrew Clarke at Acme Fire Cult

On Friday 2nd September, BBQ kingpins Neil Rankin and Andrew Clarke will host an evening at Acme Fire Cult in Dalston to celebrate all things veg. Using seasonal British greens and Symplicity Foods – Neil’s own zero-waste products made from fermented vegetables – the duo have created a menu that includes dan dan spring greens with grilled cucumber and chilli ramen broth; crab and bone marrow toast with salted cabbage and jalapeno verde; and chargrilled leeks with pistachio romesco. Carnivores can tuck into quality cuts from regenerative farms and day-boat fish from sustainable suppliers – pimped with grilled vegetables. 40FT Brewery has even created a limited-edition beer for the night using waste by-products. 

Abbot Street Car Park, Dalston, E8 3DP; 5.30pm until late

Visit AcmeFireCult.com

TRY A NEW WORKOUT

Rumble, Fitzrovia

Carbon-neutral gym Rumble is about to open a new site in Fitzrovia. With gyms in Dalston and Primrose Hill – and a fourth site set to open in Dalston later in October – the brand is known for its Rumble HIIT Circuit class, which helps build muscle and improve stamina through mobility training, cardio, resistance moves and conditioning. Classes change daily to target a different part of the body, with a focus on upper body, lower body, full body, abs and glutes. You can work out with help from built-in screens on the walls and the gym’s pro trainers. The best part? You don’t have to be a member to get stuck in – single sessions start from £18.

Visit Rumble-Gym.com

FEAST ON THIS

The Rockfish Pizza At Pizza Pilgrims

South-west restaurant chain and online fishmonger Rockfish is the place to go for sustainably caught British fish. Pizza Pilgrims has teamed up with the chain to create a limited-edition pizza. Available at all Pizza Pilgrims sites until Sunday 4th September, the Rockfish is an authentic Neapolitan basd with Lyme Bay mussels, datterini tomatoes, ’nduja and a sprinkle of parsley. A great summer dish to share with your mates, wash it down with a couple of beers or Pizza Pilgrims’ own fizz.

Various sites

Visit PizzaPilgrims.com

BRING THE BOYS

Taste In Colour Experiment by Glenfiddich x Silverleaf

Scotch brand Glenfiddich has teamed up with one of London’s coolest new bars, Silverleaf at the Pan Pacific hotel, for an immersive drinking experience. Artist Jake-Andrew Nason has taken over the bar’s private dining room and created an installation with abstract paintings, digital projections and soundscapes. Open until Sunday 4th September, guests can take part in the ‘Taste in Colour Experiment’ to try a range of Glenfiddich Scotch and whisky cocktails that aim to engage all five of your senses. 

Pan Pacific London, Devonshire House, 3 Bishopsgate Plaza, City, EC2M 4JX

Visit DesignMyNight.com

VISIT A NEW BOOZER

The Marquis of Westminster, Pimlico

The Marquis of Westminster is a new boozer to know in Pimlico. With outdoor seating at the front of the pub and slick interiors inside, it’s one to bookmark for a Sunday roast or Friday night drinks in the last of the summer sun. The menu features elevated pub classics like beef burgers with smoked cheddar, burnt onion mayo and triple cooked chips; and cider-battered cod with chips, minted mushy peas and tartare sauce. As well as a decent range of draught beers, there’s an extensive cocktails menu to choose from.  

50 Warwick Way, Pimlico, SW1V 1RY

Visit MarquisOfWestminster.co.uk

BOOK AHEAD

The Two Popes At Rose Theatre

The Two Popes received three Oscar nominations back in 2019 thanks to Jonathan Pryce’s and Anthony Hopkins’s portrayals of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict. Now, the same remarkable story is set for the stage in this new play written by Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour). Nine years ago, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by resigning, the first pope in 700 years to do so. What drove this arch-conservative to break with sacred tradition and make way for a former tango club bouncer and football-loving reformer with the common touch to become Pope Francis? Stars Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown) and Nicholas Woodeson (Baptiste, The Danish Girl).

24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1H; 9th-23rd September

Visit RoseTheatre.org

CATCH UP ON WORLD EVENTS

The News Agents Podcast

Kermode and Mayo aren’t the only podcasters to ditch the BBC this year. Emily Maitlis and Jon ‘Soaps’ Sopel left fans wanting more when they stopped recording the Americast podcast back in March. Now they’re back with a new co-host in the form of journalist and author Lewis Goodall – and a new show. Starting this week, The News Agents will air every Monday to Friday to highlight the biggest news from the UK, the US and beyond, spanning politics to culture and everything in between. 

Listen here

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