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Five ace new venues to check out this September

By Time Out London contributor

September is here, but that doesn’t mean that you have to swap your Pimm’s for a glass of mulled wine just yet. Autumn doesn’t officially start until September 22, meaning that we still have plenty of time to lap up the last dregs of British summertime. Because the venue experts at Hire Space are just as stubborn when it comes to leaving summer behind, they've picked out five awesome new spaces which are available for events. So keep that sombrero on, and slap on the factor 50 as you banish the September blues in these swanky spaces.

1. The Rum Kitchen Brixton

Nothing screams summer like rum cocktails, a chilled­-out atmosphere and Jamaican vibes. A night at the Rum Kitchen will make you feel like you’ve just been whisked away to a West­ Indian paradise – without the package holiday price tag. After establishing its name in Carnaby Street and Notting Hill, this September Rum Kitchen is coming to Brixton. The 110 ­cover restaurant can be hired in part or as a whole depending on your event requirements. And if you need any more convincing, there are 200 varieties of rum on offer, alongside 40 different cocktails and a beach­-shack-­inspired menu, which includes fried jerk chicken burgers, crispy fish roti and saltfish fritters. 

2. Ormer Mayfair

Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin has undertaken an exciting new venture at the newly refurbished Flemings Hotel and created a menu inspired by Jersey, including fresh lobster, hand­-dived scallops and Jersey royals. The art deco inspired interior oozes 1920s glamour, with its leather seating, dark wooden panelling and glass tiles. You can experience Ormer’s cuisine and the glamourous high life by hiring one of its unique private dining rooms, a sophisticated and elegant option for a special occasion.

3. Savurè

If the Carribbean doesn’t float your boat, how about a little slice of Italy? This September, Savurè, the authentic pasta restaurant and shop from Turin, will be bringing hand­made Italian delights to Shoreditch. Following the success of their Pastificio con Cucina shop in Turin, Savurè will freshly prepare homemade pasta daily to eat in, take away, or cook at home. With the option of high­top sharing tables, intimate booths or alfresco dining on the patio, you can tailor­make your very own Italian experience.

4. Calcutta Street

Following the success of several pop­-up restaurants, Shrimoyee Chakraborty is now bringing the vibrant flavours of Bengali cuisine to London. Inspired by Shrim’s mum’s homecooking and local cuisine, Calcutta Street sources the finest seasonal British produce, and pairs it with a rainbow of imported Indian spices.

Dishes on the menu include panchmishali torkari (seasonal vegetables cooked with panchphoran), mach bhaja (whitebait spiced with chaat masala, cumin and chilli, and shallow fried in mustard oil), and alur bhaja (Calcutta’s version of shoestring fries). The downstairs room will host up to 16 for a private, authentic Bengali home dining experience and the whole dining room will also be available for private hire.

5. PISTE Bar at Archer Street

Strap on your skis and get ready to hit the slopes of Soho. This autumn, due to popular demand, London’s original après ­ski bar, Piste, is back at Archer Street. Hidden below Archer Street Cocktail Bar, Piste will be a warm and snug space inspired by traditional Scandinavian mountain cabins and beautiful Swiss chalets.

The pop-­up bar will have a chic ski-inspired decor – think reindeer fur, vintage skis, and a toasty fireplace with 'panoramic views of the Alps' through fantastical windows. With a maximum capacity of 250 people, the flexible floorplan makes the perfect venue for both intimate and large-scale events and is a great option for Christmas parties (if you can bear to think of them yet).

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