From London Cocktail Week to London Restaurant Festival and two of London’s hottest art fairs – Frieze and Moniker – The Resident picks out 15 of the best things to do this weekend in London…
Lead image: London Restaurant Festival
1 London Restaurant Festival, various locations
Not that we ever need an excuse to eat our, but given that OpenTable has taken the trouble to partner with London Restaurant Festival to launch exclusive Festival Menus across the capital, we might just indulge a little more than usual this month. The Festival Menus will showcase a number of bespoke menu offers with six themes to help you find just what you fancy. There’s London Legends, which will take you top some of London’s long-standing establishments; Amazing Spaces, for those who covet stunning aesthetics and Instagrammable décor; Talk of the Town, which showcases the hottest openings and rising stars; Avant Garde, for those who crave cutting-edge cuisine; Flights and Pairings, which will upgrade food experiences with drinks pairings; and London with a View, which, frankly, speaks for itself.
To scope out all the Festival Menus, see opentable.co.uk
2 Moniker Art Fair, Chelsea
This October, Moniker Art Fair, which has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture, is moving home from Shoreditch to Chelsea. To celebrate its 10th birthday, the five day arts festival will move to Chelsea Sorting Office on King’s Road, where it will continue to push the narrative of urban art with a daily talks and film programme hosted by The Art Conference, as well as art workshops, immersive experiences, Live DJs and great food and drink. The nature of the urban art scene has always been one of transience – what we know as the ‘moniker’, a tag or a symbol marking an individual’s presence, began just over a century ago and has now evolved into colourful self-expression. Moniker Art Fair has become a touchstone of the Shoreditch contemporary art scene, and the event’s galleries, artists and cultural programming is set to break new boundaries in west London’s traditional art scene, ushering in a new wave of collectors. Tickets £12-£25.
Chelsea Sorting Office, 90-100 Sydney Street SW3 6NJ; monikerartfair.com
3 London Cocktail Week, across London
London Cocktail Week is back for 2019, celebrating 10 years of the London-wide event with some 300 bars signed up to the Cocktail Tours – each serving at least one £6 Signature Serve – and a Cocktail Village in Brick Lane hosting 40 pop-up bars including an authentic Japanese Izakaya alley. From Clapham to Clerkenwell, the LCW team has cherry picked a list of venues serving the very best drinks in the capital, alongside a curated collection of cocktail classes, special menus and more. Highlights include the Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini Townhouse in Shoreditch, serving up tini martinis alongside micro pianists and dinky artists, and The Whisky House takeover at east London whisky bar Black Rock, where you’ll find an immersive maze of pop-up whisky experiences and late-night DJs. A London Cocktail Week pass is £10, granting you access to £6 festival cocktails in 300 bars, first-look access to pop-ups and parties and free entry to The Cocktail Village.
4 Selasi’s Signature Afternoon Tea at DUKES LONDON
Until 7 October
DUKES LONDON has just taken its afternoon tea up a notch by collaborating with GBBO’s Selasi Gbormittah for British Food Fortnight. The semi-finalist from Series 7 of Great British Bake Off has launched an exclusive Signature Afternoon Tea for DUKES LONDON in collaboration with Chef Nigel Mendham. Created for British Food Fortnight, the new afternoon tea menu makes the most of both Selasi’s signature contemporary twist and Nigel’s signature focus on exceptional ingredients, featuring delicately-designed sweet treats like the decadent chocolate cluster with orange cream and crunchy feuilletine, and a fig and almond tart with spiced almond cream, toasted almonds and a honey glaze. The sandwich selection includes the H. Forman’s London-cure smoked salmon with dill cream cheese on beetroot bread, and the free range egg mayonnaise with autumn truffle and watercress on white bread, reflecting Nigel’s passion for sourcing only the finest British ingredients. Selasi’s signature Afternoon Tea at GBR is priced £35pp or £45 with glass of Champagne.
37-38 St James’s Place, St James’s SW1A 1NS; To book email email@example.com, call 020 7491 4840 or see dukeshotel.com
5 Wimbledon BookFest, Wimbledon Common
Wimbledon BookFest returns with a vibrant programme of talks, debates and workshops showcasing literary names, politics, current affairs, sport, film, music, children’s events, comedy and much more in the Big Tent on Wimbledon Common. Headliners include Harry Hill, James O’Brien, Emilie Maitlis, Levison Wood, Mariella Frostrup, Konnie Huq, Nadiya Hussain, Patricia Cornwell and Sir Trevor MacDonald. The weekend of 4-6 October sees an eclectic mix of events including LBC’s James O’Brien on his bestselling book How to be Right; The Little Library Supper Club, where books including Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels are bought to life though food; explorer and TV presenter Levison Wood; a nature therapy walk on Wimbledon Common; a comedy night headlined by Adam Kay and Bridget Christie, the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival, and Harry Hill headlining the kids programme, introducing his latest children’s novel, Matt Millz Stands Up! Tickets from £7.
Wimbledon Common SW19 5AZ; wimbledonbookfest.org
Vegan Oktoberfest debuted at Greenwich Market last year, and if you missed it then, don’t miss it this year! Buckets of beer and bratwurst might not sound like the most vegan-friendly of events, but this special event offers vegan ‘würstl’ and ‘knödel’, as well as a fruitful variety of crisp refreshing vegan beers. There’ll be plenty more street food to indulge in too, with vegan eats from the likes of @TheGreengageTree, Let’s Do Temaki, Veganauti, The Nooch, VforVegan and more. A local band will get the Oktoberfest vibe flying, too. 6.30pm-10pm.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
7 Herne Hill Music Festival, various locations
Herne Hill Music Festival returns with a programme offering locals their usual range of music from jazz, folk and blues, to family and children’s concerts and classical music, with 22 events planned this year. The festival kicks off on Friday 4 October with The Junction Club at the Half Moon featuring jazz singer Becky Handley, and nonclassical, challenging Western classical traditions, at Off the Cuff. There is music every night of the week, including two performances celebrating Herne Hill’s own John Ruskin in his bicentenary year. Other highlights include a Junior Open Mic Concert at Off the Cuff on 6 October, Big Band Jazz in the Park at the performance space in Brockwell Park on 13 October, and a classic silent film, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last, with live piano accompaniment at St Faith’s Church, also on 13 October. Ticket prices vary.
8 Disco Ice Party @ ICE BAR London, Mayfair
ICE BAR London, which recently underwent a complete refurbishment in celebration of its 15th birthday, now has four offerings for guests: Fire Bar, the Summer Terrace, Yuu Kitchen @ ICE BAR London and, of course, ICE BAR London. And now, the venue is launching the Disco Ice Party @ ICE BAR – its first ever club night. The super-cool venue will be transformed into London’s only nightclub where the thermostat is set to a frosty -5 degrees, complete with a full club set up of lights and DJ. The classic thermal capes are, for once, not required, but guests are encouraged to wrap up with a nod to the Disco Ice theme (a magnum of Moët is up for grabs for the best outfit). Tickets are £39pp, including entrance and two drinks per person. 10.30pm-1am.
31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BN; icebarlondon.com. To book call 020 7478 8910 or see designmynight.com
9 Four Seasons Pop Down Cinema, Camden
Four Seasons is bringing its immersive global event series, Pop Down, to London with their Pop Down Cinema in Camden Town’s Hawley Wharf Basement on Friday 4 October. Nostalgic moviegoers can relive the ‘heart and soul’ of their childhood with a screening of the Tom Hanks classic, Big, the story of a boy who wishes to be older, but soon rediscovers the joy of being a kid. Hawley Wharf Basement will be transformed into an underground playground designed to capture imaginations and immerse guests in the magic of Four Seasons. Guests will be able to connect with fellow film lovers and tap into their inner child while enjoying culinary delights and bespoke cocktails created by renowned Four Seasons Chefs and Mixologists. A limited number of complimentary tickets to this one-night-only screening via Eventbrite.
6 Castlehaven Road, Camden NW1 8QX; fourseasons.com
10 It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It! at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
1 October-20 November
A major new exhibition from GALERIE PRINTS in Wimbledon features gorgeously candid shots of the best known faces of Rock & Pop, from Elvis Presley to The Rolling Stones and Blondie and Bruce Springsteen. Spanning over 50 years of music photography, the exhibition features heavyweight photographers such as as Terry O’Neill, Michael Putland, Jill Furmanovsky, Christopher Simon Sykes and Duffy. Led Zepplin, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Oasis feature in this spectacular display of iconic music imagery. Free Admission.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com
11 Frieze London, Regent’s Park
The 17th edition of Frieze London launches this month with a showcase of international contemporary art from more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries and 1,000 leading artists. The annual curated programme includes Frieze Artist Award, presenting new, site-specific works; Frieze Music, the fair’s off-site music programme; and Frieze Talks, a dynamic series of panel discussions, conversations and keynote lectures. There’s also Focus, which features presentations by galleries aged 16 years or younger, Live, a space for performance and participation works, and Frieze Sculpture, with works popping up in the park itself. Be sure to head for the Bombay Sapphire Lounge too, which is hosting a new collection of AI art developed in partnership with leading artist Yinka Ilori to highlight the possibilities created by combining human creativity and cutting-edge technology. Tickets £36.
12 Crafty Fox Market at Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle
Crafty Fox Market returns to the super cool Mercato Metropolitano food market in Elephant & Castle with a carefully curated pick of the freshest independent brands. As well as more than 40 makers each day, there’ll be a programme of free and paid-for workshops throughout the weekend. Traders include Memories of Green for elegant sustainable and recycled homeware; Peggy Beard for playful contemporary jewellery; Lucy Loves This for hyper-local prints and products; and KOKO KIDS for unique, handmade kidswear. Workshops include the Feminist Embroidery Workshop with Wimperis Embroidery from 2.30pm-4.30pm on 5 October, and Make your own glass sphere flower necklace with Lizzy Chambers from 2.30pm-4.30pm on 6 October. 11am-5pm.
42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6DR; craftyfoxmarket.co.uk
13 Wandsworth Artists’ Open House, various locations
5-6 & 12-13 October
Each year, around 12,000 people are welcomed behind normally closed doors to browse incredible paintings, mosaics, textiles and glasswork as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House. Some 130 artists will be taking part this year, with four distinct trail areas: Battersea & Nine Elms, Southfields & Wandsworth Town, Putney & Roehampton, and Tooting & Furzedown. Highlights include 91-year-old Nairobi-born Sheikh Nur Ali, a philosopher and ‘international artist of peace’, in Roehampton; partially sighted artist Karen Levan, who is inspired by a lifelong interest in history and the natural world, on Lower Richmond Road; and the ever-popular sample sale of Anna Jacobs, whose work the Evening Standard described as ‘exquisite’, in Earlsfield.
14 The Cake & Bake Show, ExCel
The Cake & Bake Show at ExCel is the UK’s biggest event dedicated to the nation’s current great love of baking. The show is brimming with all things baking, decorating and sugarcraft, with celebrity experts on hand to show you the way to the best bakes. The fabulous line-up includes Great British Bake Off winners Candice Brown and John Whaite, semi-finalist Selasi Gbormittah, Master Patissier Eric Lanlard, top chef and cookery teacher Rosemary Shrager, and Cutter & Squidge‘s Annabel and Emily Lui. There will also be book signings, Le Cordon Bleu Demonstrations & Workshops, market stands, a kids zone, champagne bar, sugarcraft zone, baking theatre, decorating stage and a showcase of inspirational wedding and birthday cakes. Tickets £14 in advance or £18 on the door (premium tickets £29).
15 Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery
4 October-2 February
An enduring storyteller; a master of light – Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters who ever lived. Experience a cinematic retelling of the Dutch Master’s pivotal years in this landmark exhibition, which celebrates 350 years since his death. As well as 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings, Rembrandt’s Light also includes major international loans from The Louvre and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. You can also gain first-hand insight from one of the gallery’s own Rembrandt experts, Assistant Curator Helen Hillyard, with Rembrandt’s Light: Curator’s Introduction on 10 October, where you’ll find out more about her innovative curatorial approach to the Dutch Master’s work, including his mastery of light and power for visual storytelling (12.30pm, tickets £12 adults). Rembrandt’s Light exhibition tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk