Summer might be over, but this month is so freakin’ hot who cares! We’ve got London Cocktail Week, Oktoberfest and Halloween to look forward to and that’s not to mention all the hot new openings. We’re talking a new joint from Ryan Cheti, The Shed’s new animal friend and a pop-up gone permanent. Get scrolling and get your pens out:
WHY OCTOBER ROCKS
Until 5th October - Oktoberfest: This month it’s fully acceptable to dress as a Bavarian beer maid, drink more than your weight in steins of beer and get as much German sausage as you can handle. Here’s where and how to do it properly. 6th – 12th October - London Cocktail Week: There is a whole load of drinking to be done this month… sober October who? 200 of London’s hottest bars will be offering £4 cocktails. Here’s how we’ll be doing it. 31st October: Halloween: For some, it’s an excuse to wear their sexiest Agent Prov. underwear out in public (with slightly heavier make-up than usual, you’re a zombie right?), for others it’s a chance to scare the f*ck out of your mates. Here’s how we’ll be doing it.
1st October - The Sun Tavern: An east end boozer from the peeps who brought us The Discount Suit Company. There’ll be classic mixed drinks, punches, fine ales and BarChicks. 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2, 0AN 1st October - Dandelyan: Venue number two from Ryan Chetiyawardana who brought us The White Lyan only a short while ago. Where? Within the cooler than cool Mondrian Hotel on the South Bank, of course. Expect views across The Thames to St Paul’s and a botanical themed menu. Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9LH October 1st - Bubba Gump: Taking over the former Planet Hollywood site, we’re taking shrimp by the bucket load. Bibs at the ready! 7-14 Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1D 7DH 1st October - Fields: The folks from Balham’s M1LK are set to spruce up the vacant building next to Clapham Common’s skate park. Expect Aussie style café culture with treats like house pressed organic almond milk, banana bread with Nesquik mascarpone, boozy slushies, natural wines and local beers. 2 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DD 8th – 9th October - The Fish and Chip Shop City: This new fish and chippy in the City is offering 50% off at its soft launch so get down there. We’re not talking fancy fish, we’re talking back to basics, fresh and delicious. Mush mush! 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1QS 9th October - Herman Ze German Fitzrovia: Fancy a bit of German sausage at their new venue? Go on, what’s the wurst that could happen? 33 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RS 10th October - Ippudo: Huge ramen restaurant chain are opening their first restaurant in London. With over 120 branches worldwide and serving 50,000 bowls of ramen / day, it’s gotta be good. Central St Giles, London, WC2H 8AG October 14th - Spring: Skye Gyngell (of Petersham Nurseries fame) is branching out on her own in the new wing of Somerset House. It hasn’t been open to the public for 150 years but we’re sure she’ll nail it. Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA 20th October - Senor Ceviche: Our favourite Peruvian pop up is going permanent, serving up tasty tapas style plates of fresh ceviche, Peruvian street food, fiery BBQ food and punch pisco cocktails. Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London 23rd October - ROKA Aldwych: ROKA is set to launch its contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine in London’s Northbank. ROKA Aldwych, will be located at No. 71 Aldwych, the second London opening this year it’ll mark the 10-year anniversary of Rainer Becker’s flagship on Charlotte Street. 150 Aldersgate Street, Barbican, London, EC1A 4AB October - Rabbit: Hop to it and book a table at this hot new restaurant from the team behind the loveable Shed. We won’t rabbit on, just book in for nose to tail cooking. 172 Kings Road, London, SW3 4UP October - Spiaggia: Life’s a beach, well it is in this restaurant anyway. This Italian hangout will have sun loungers for you to chill on, vintage arcade games to amuse, sharing dishes to make friends with and beach-themed cocktails to take the edge off the day. 461-465 North End Road, London, SW6 1NZ Mid October - One Two Five Church Street: By day we’re talking Cuban sandwiches in a relaxed café environment, but by night it’s out with tea and cake and in with the booze. If you’re into your craft beer then put this in your diary. 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UH October - World’s End Market: Don’t hold your breath for this one, it’s been promising to open for a while now. This all day restaurant and underground bar will be taking over the former pub space. Big focus on locally sourced market produce. 495 King’s Road, London, SW10 October - Delancey & Co: NYC deli / café focusing on bagels piled sky high with smoked salmon and salt beef. Wash them down with American beers and prosecco on tap. Goodge Street, London, W1
1st October – 7th October: Pickle Jar pop-up at The Well in Clerkenwell: Buffalo Trace will transform The Well into a cosy hideaway, decorated with wooden crates, vintage mirrors, old vinyl, and specialising in vinegar-based cocktails just in time for London Cocktail Week. Drink Picklebacks galore, fermented vegetables are the way forward. 180 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JY 3rd October – 31st October: The House of Peroni: Explore four floors of a transformed townhouse showcasing specially-commissioned artworks by Italian designers, artists and architects. House mixologist Federico Riezzo will be taking up residency once again with a menu of bespoke drinks influenced by Rome’s modern lifestyle, architecture and ingredients. 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 2JX 4th - 25th October: Bread Street Sessions This Autumn Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen will be hosting a series of collaborations with street food traders at its One New Change site, near St Paul's Cathedral. Launching with Busan BBQ, Korean DJ's and Soju cocktails, we know where we'll be every Saturday in October. 8th – 11th October: OysterFest: The very first of its kind at the Newman Street Tavern, get involved with a schedule of oyster related antics including a shucking masterclass, a shuck off and an oyster brunch. 48 Newman Street, London, W1T 1QQ 9th – 12th October: Angostura Butterfly House at London Cocktail Week: Bringing tropical Trinidad to Shoreditch, Angostura Rum will be hosting an array of butterflies and cocktail masterclasses in this ethically created butterfly house. Cancel your trip to the zoo. 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY 6th – 12th October: Cuervo’s Hacienda at The Hoxton: The Hoxton’s atrium space will be transformed into the courtyard of the famous Cuervo’s Hacienda, complete with fresh fruits, herbs & spices and mini agave plants. Forget shots, Cuervo’s Hacienda is all about tequila cocktails; proving that Margaritas aren’t just for summer. 81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU 15th October: Babylon Winter Terrace at The Roof Gardens in Kensington: Babylon, the winter terrace at The Roof Gardens in Kensington has re-opened its cosy winter roof terrace. Keep warm with blankets, hot cocktails and baked cheese. Alright then. 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
2nd October: The Oktoberfest Party at Barts: We’re talking Asahi steins, a tonne of Jagerbombs, a lot of German songs to drink along to and Accordian Karlotte. Plus the infamous fancy dress box will be stocked full of lederhosen, traditional Bavarian dress and drinking hats for all – hurrah! Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3 3DW 4th October: Bread Street Sessions at Bread Street Kitchen: London’s hottest street food traders will be taking over the bar every Saturday, with banging cocktails and hot stuff international DJs on the decks. They’ll be kicking things off with Busan BBQ – Korean chicken and pork belly buns. One New Change, 10 Bread Street, London, EC4M 9AJ // 4 – 9pm 8th October: Little Red Door at The Zetter Townhouse: The awesome bartenders from our favourite Paris bar, Little Red Door will be taking over The Zetter Townhouse for one night only. Get down and enjoy a selection of their finest cocktails. 49-50 St John’s Square, London, EC1V 4JJ Every Saturday night: Urban Food Fest: Wanna get involved in a street food party? Hell yeah you do. Every Saturday night the best of Britain’s food trucks park up in the Euro Car Parks. 162 – 167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
THINGS TO BOOK
1st October: Doodle Pong at The Doodle Bar: Erm hello ping-pong league in Battersea. Battle it out on Wednesdays with friends, colleagues, enemies and lovers to win the coveted Doodle Pong cup, aka a £50 bar tab. The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP 4 & 5th October: Metropolis Whisky Show: Taking over Vinopolis, this weekend will see the largest collection of fine and rare whiskies in the UK. Line up for David Beckham’s new whisky, Haig and whisky cocktails by the mega Ryan Cheti. Tickets are left for Sunday 1 Bank End, London, SE1 9BU 4th October: Silent Disco at The Shard: Get high and ignore your mates at The Shard’s silent disco. Three DJs battle it out for your love as you channel flick and fist pump simultaneously. 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG October: Bump Spirit Courses at Bump Caves Max Charter, Bump chemist, distiller and rectifier will be breaching the limits of flavour and aroma with three different bespoke evenings. With a vermouth evening, a gin night and a night distilling your own gin – we say book in baby (whevever suits you). 208 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP Monday 16th – Sunday 12th: Cocktail and Cocktails at The Gorringe Park: The Gorringe Park in Tooting will be showing the Tom Cruise classic Cocktail, three times daily and serving up four mega cocktails throughout the show, as well as cocktail flavoured popcorn (once you pop…). 29 London Road, London, SW17 9HW