Come around the world with us this bank holiday weekend as we take in a global array of… well, mainly alcohols.
Passoã from Brazil (by way of France) in SE1, Mezcal from Mexico (by way of Brooklyn) in west London, prosecco from Italy in a range of bottomless situations across the capital — plus free burgers from Hard Rock Café to soak up all that alcohol.
And with our inhibitions suitably lowered, we’ll be treating you all to our voices at Bunga Bunga’s karaoke night as well as joining in whole-heartedly and full-throatedly at Mrs Riot’s new Musical Mondays.
We hope she knows what she’s letting herself in for!
Free burger? What an Ace deal
What better way to celebrate National Burger Day — today! Diaries, people, diaries! — than with a free burger, courtesy of one of the most iconic burger joints in all of glittering London?
We actually can’t think of a better way.
Just make sure you’re one of the first 100 in line at Hard Rock Café, ready with the password ‘Love All, Serve All’, so you can take advantage (there’s a tennis pun in there, if you’re interested) of their ‘buy one get one free’, which includes the Original Legendary Burger, the Big Cheeseburger and the Double Decker Double Cheeseburger — oh, and the vegan Moving Mountains Burger.
But do make sure you book a table!
Tomorrow, Mayfair, Oxford St and Piccadilly, plus nationwide
Yam-tastic beats and where to find them
It’s bank holiday, August bank holiday at that, our last chance to really go for it before the summer — such as it was! — ends.
That’s why we’re heading to Clapham Common, where a couple of brand new festivals are calling us.
First up is Yam Carnival, a much-needed celebration of black culture after the cancellation of Notting Hill Carnival for a second year in a row.
With music from Davido, Beenie Man and many more, plus food and drinks, this is our kind of celebration.
Then there’s ALT+LDN, the first alternative hip-hop/rock festival in the UK. Walk This Way, why don’t you? Playboi Carti, Architects and The Kid Laroi are just three of the draws.
Saturday, Yam Carnival; Monday, ALT+LDN
Are you a bit of an animal?
You know what it’s like, you’re out there on your picnic blanket and you’ve had it up to here with chips‘n’dips and sausage rolls that are greasy in the mouth and go down like screwed-up tissues.
Never fear, Peperami is here! And thanks to their new GPS picnic blanket — this is not a joke, by the way! — you can press its geo-locating emergency button and have a delicious, meaty, pimped-up picnic delivered by drone.
Not for general consumption, the ‘Pepnic blanket’ (see what they did there?!) is being trialled at the moment, and you can be part of that by heading to their Insta, following them and sharing your fave picnic snack in the comments.
It’s the future, people!
Bottomless bubbles and Bloody Marys
Join us in going bottomless down at the newly opened Skylight Peckham as they launch their Bottomless Brunch Weekends — with capital letters and everything!
Order yourself up a two-hour slot in which to neck the maximum amount of prosecco or DIY Bloody Marys, with a side order of amazing views and plenty of not-your-usual brunch offerings: burrata with Tropea onions, smoked aubergine and pepper, toasted sourdough and ’nduja… no freezer-burnt hash browns or rubbery eggs here, thank you very much!
And it’s Peckham, so make sure you’re wearing your Veja trainers and plenty of no-make-up make-up…
Saturdays and Sundays, 120 Peckham Hill Street, SE15
Give ’em the old razzle dazzle
Jazz hands at the ready, our favourite new Covent Garden hangout, Mrs Riot, is launching a theatrical night for you to bring all your drama — and lung power! — to.
It’s on Mondays, and bearing in mind that the first one is this bank holiday Monday, we think the time is right to unleash our very best Broadway vocals on London’s West End alongside all the top musical stars they’ve assembled from shows such as Sister Act, Kinky Boots and Hairspray.
Add drinks and some deliciously bistro-style food and sharing boards and Monday need never be No-Fun Day ever again! *Changes into something less comfortable but infinitely more glamorous*
Mondays, 10 Henrietta Street, WC2
A Passionate rooftop affair
We love finding new things to drink — no disrespect to old things to drink — which is why Passoã is exciting us so much.
Of course, being way ahead of the curve, you’ll already know this passion fruit liqueur as the key ingredient in the classic Porn Star Martini.
And now it’s taking centre stage at Vinegar Yard, where they’re launching a Passoã Summer Sunset Rooftop. Imagine an outdoor paradise with views over the Shard, where you can float away an evening on a sea of passion fruit cocktail twists…
And with swings and florals aplenty, you can rest assured there’ll be Insta opps enough even for show-offs like ourselves.
August-September, Vinegar Yard, 72-82 St Thomas Street, SE1
Prosecco, pizza and power ballads
It wouldn’t be a proper bank holiday without a trip to Bunga Bunga — whether it’s the Covent Garden branch or down in Battersea — especially when they’re going bottomless.
The plan is to get down there on Sunday afternoon for brunch (yes, you can have brunch in the afternoon! It’s a bank holibobs!), so we can tuck into three courses of doughnuts and fruit and charcuterie and pizza (it’s nothing if not eclectic!), and then hang around for karaoke later on.
We’ll have had as much of the free-flowing pink fizz as we can get our mitts on, meaning bye-bye inhibitions… so if you fancy a boozy day/night out with a flawless rendition of Goldfinger thrown in, you know where to find us!
Sunday, 167 Drury Lane, WC2 and 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11
New York… by way of Notting Hill
Anyone who knows anything about cool knows that the epicentre — the global epicentre! — of coolness is Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. It’s where the current version of cool was actually born.
Which is why we are more than happy to welcome to our fair city Sunday In Brooklyn, a Williamsburg institution that puts a spin on American favourites.
We’re talking beef tartare complete with a Worcestershire (pronounced Wor-cess-ter-shire) egg yolk, Clams Casino, whole smoked artichoke, and that US favourite s’mores, which is basically toasted marshmallow dipped in chocolate.
Oh, and that other classic, biscuits and gravy — and we don’t mean Hobnobs! Fresh, simple, delicious and with signature cocktails such as the Mezcal-infused Devil’s Backbone to make even us sit up and take notice!
A little corner of NYC in London.
98 Westbourne Grove, W2
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