Pop-ups in London
Sip botanical cocktails, pile round campfires, toasting marshmallows, tuck into Greek street food and venture into the Brunel tunnel - a giant subterranean concert hall - at this quirky cocktail takeover at the Brunel Museum's rooftop garden. On Friday's you'll find Piccalilli from Surrey Docks Farm on the roof providing a feast of fine food and artisan bread. On Saturdays, the Great Greek Grill will be dishing up grub.
The intimate supper club that combines the talents of a potter and a chef joins forces with female writers group, Dear Damsels. Olivia the cook will concoct a fab four-course menu based loosely around a theme (this month it's a Middle Eastern-style vegetarian brunch) and everything is served on potter Kitty's elegant crockery. Tickets include all food, plus a writing class with DD.
Grab some candles and start blowing up those balloons. Time Out is turning 50 and to mark our half-century we're throwing a huge birthday bash. Join us in Granary Square for Time Out 50 – a one-night birthday bonanza celebrating the very best of London, across food, drink, performance, comedy and music. The awesome line-up includes performances on a floating stage by east London party crew The Glory; awesome alternative choir Some Voices taking on the discography of London boy (and regular Time Out cover star) David Bowie on a main stage dressed with blindingly brilliant neon art from God’s Own Junkyard; a special piece by hot choreographer Holly Blakey, curated by the Southbank Centre; music from Notting Hill Carnival favourites Mangrove Steelband; wrestling shows by feminist wrestling group EVE; interactive ‘artist piñatas’ being brought to life by Art Night (cause it ain’t no party without a piñata); and distillers Sipsmith and food wizards Bompas & Parr teaming up to create a huge gin cloud. Don’t miss DJ sets throughout the night curated by King’s Cross’ very own Spiritland, with Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip supplying a storming stint behind the decks to end the night on a high. And we’ll have comedy to laugh yourself silly to courtesy of Reginald D Hunter, Phil Wang, Lolly Adefope and Twayna Mayne, with Andrew Maxwell as MC. After all that, you’ll be feeling peckish – so try the city’s best street food, handpicked by Time Out London's food editor and brought to you
This week of foodie events showcasing the restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and delis of SW12 returns for another dose. Balham Food Festival's highlights include The Balham Banquet on Hildreth Street with exquisite street food, alfresco bars, live music, circus skills workshops and cookie decorating (Sun Sep 23).
The Deptford food scene has bubbled over in the past year. The arrival of Marcella – sister restaurant to Peckham’s acclaimed Artusi – and Winemakers Deptford (reopening September, yay!) brought a new touch of refinement with their elegant small plates and banging wine lists. The area’s railway arches also got in on the act with craft breweries and bars filling up Resolution Way. Then there’s the swish, newly redeveloped Deptford Market Yard, whose arches pack in all sorts of traders selling everything from cocktails to tandoori fried chicken. Now a new weekly food and craft market Deptford Bites, curated by the events collective Eat Me Drink Me, is about to call the Yard’s cobbles home. Every Saturday between 10am and 4pm, the courtyard will be filled with fresh farm produce, piping hot street food and crafts. Be sure to head to the launch day, where the Guardian’s restaurant critic Grace Dent will lead a series of talks tackling topics including regeneration and food porn for Deptford Bites Live. With live music and workshops also in the mix, it’ll be a debut worth crossing the river for. And if you’re lucky enough to live there, then stay put and order a dosa.
For decades now, Germany’s famous Erdinger beer have been throwing raucous Oktoberfest parties where the Weissbier flows and the oom pah bands lead raucous table dancing in huge wooden-clad beer tents. If you can’t afford flights to Bavaria, lucky for you the beer brand is transporting its huge annual festival to London, building a massive beer tent covered in floral garlands and a traditional blue and white striped roof, smack bang in the middle of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, between the Aquatic Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Around 3,000 beer lovers will pile in to sup on frothy pints of Erdinger Weissbier and Fischers Hell. Expert waiters and waitresses dressed in Lederhosen and Dirndls serving crowds in traditional fashion (ie carrying around 10 steins at a time). While the main stage be will boast live acts and DJ sets. There's a full funfair too, outdoor beer garden and Alpine huts transported from Germany to shelter in. Just be careful how you time your go on the waltzers. No body needs to see the return of your bratwurst. Tickets: Tickets start from £5 for general admission to the fun fair and beer garden £15 - £17 entry to the beer tent £20 - £32 entry for reserved seating £187.50 for a special VIP area which includes complimentary food and drink all evening in a special elevated area.
Do you go simply silly over sake? Head to the Joy of Sake and celebrate the ancient art of sake-brewing by trying drops of the rice wine from over 192 breweries across Japan. Soak up the spirit with sake-themed small plates from selection of top London restaurants, including SushiSamba, Gymkhana, Sake no Hana by Hakkasan, Dinings and Chisou.
Always game for gin? Head to The Botanical Garden, an immersive cocktail experience from The Botanist Gin and The Worship Street Whistling Shop where you can sip on cocktails inspired by the botanicals hand-foraged on the Isle of Islay, where The Botanist is made. Forage for your own ingredients, learn how they work and get tipsy on creations made with nettle, sorrel and chamomile.