1 The Wood House launches a Burger Shack
The Wood House on Sydenham Hill has had an overhaul, both inside and out. The garden now has giant games, alfresco huts and even a Burger Shack. Inside, as well as a newly created lounge area with leather sofas and a real log fire, plus a cosy spot called Paxton’s Study, there’s a casual dining room and a light-filled conservatory where you can enjoy the likes of herb-crusted hake with lardons and fennel, lovage and pomegranate salad.
39 Sydenham Hill SE26 6RS; 020 8693 5666; thewoodhousedulwich.co.uk
2 Druid Street Market opens in Bermondsey
As if we weren’t already spoiled, there’s a new foodie destination in town – Druid St Market in Bermondsey. The market, open Saturdays 9am-4pm, runs along a row of historic arches that houses delis, breweries and bakeries. Stock up on British produce from the likes of Bioscheme (organic fruit and veg) and O’Shea’s Butchers, try street food like the F.A.T. by Freddie’s pork and fennel meatball sandwich (left) and sample locally brewed craft beers.
3 Hope & Greenwood’s salted caramel treats
Award-winning confectioners Hope & Greenwood have combined the year’s biggest flavour – salted caramel chocolate – with chunks of honeycomb for a real sweet treat (right). The south London duo, Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood, stars of BBC Two’s Sweets Made Simple, no longer have their East Dulwich store, sadly, but you can still buy online. £4.99.
4 Greenwich Feast with #GreenwichHour
Greenwich Feast, held in conjunction with community tweetchat organisers #GreenwichHour, showcases local businesses with an end-of-summer supperclub on Friday 25 September. The menu, which includes pumpkin and goat’s cheese tortellini and beer-brined, roasted pork belly, is devised using ingredients from the borough. The event takes place at Progress Hall in Eltham. Tickets are £32.
5 Dine in the Sky returns
London in the Sky, a 22-seat restaurant suspended 25 metres above the ground, returns from 17-30 September after a successful debut at Canary Wharf last year. Originally planned for St Katherine’s Docks, it has just been announced that instead it’ll take place on the South Bank. Some of London’s most famous chefs have signed up to serve their signature menus, including Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle, Robert Ortiz of Lima, Sophie Michell of Pont Street and Tom Aikens of Tom’s Kitchen. Guests will also be welcomed with a Champagne Taittinger reception and will enjoy their food with wines supplied by Villa Maria.
Breakfast in the Sky is £50pp, Lunch in the Sky is £125, Taittinger in the Sky is £75 and Dinner in the Sky is £200. To book see eventsinthesky.co.uk