There’s nothing like a time limitation to make you get off the sofa and out of the house more. From special nighttime museum viewings to brand new craft brewery launches, this month in London is leaving you with no excuses to stay in.
1. Don Perignon’s ‘Transformation’
Do you drink Dom, darling? If you’re a lover of all things fizz, then you’ll be pleased to know that Dom Pérignon are presenting their new art installation ‘Transformation‘ between 20th and 23rd October. Transformation will be located on South Molton Street in Mayfair (where else?), where they’re offering 15 minute multi-sensory experiences that will explore the sight, sound and taste of Dom Pérignon. All experiences will start with a tasting of the Dom Pérignon vintage 2006. They’ve also teamed up with Claridges to put on a Dom Pérignon P2 tasting menu. The tasting sessions don’t come cheap (as expected) and start at £120 per person, but if you are interested in booking yourself in, head to their website.
South Molton Street, London
2. London Shuffle Club
Would you believe us if we told you that Shoreditch, London’s home of the super-cool, has just got a whole lot cooler because of shuffling. Yes, shuffling – that game for old people which involves pushing discs. When we gave London Shuffle Club a go, we were surprised to find that, a) the oldies make shuffling look easy (there is a serious trick to the game) and b) it’s possibly home the coolest new venue in East London. Located in a huge warehouse space within the Truman Brewery, London Shuffle Club has been decked out with 8 shuffle lanes, 2 bars, a bike that serves Prosecco on tap, a pizza vendor, live DJ’s and plenty of other retro games. They’re currently taking bookings for lanes up until December, which you can check for availability via the website here.
91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
3. Diwali at Dishoom
This year, Diwali falls on 30th October and Dishoom are beginning the festivities this weekend under the West Handyside Canopy in King’s Cross. On Sunday 23rd October between 3.30pm and 8pm, Dishoom will be gathering some of the city’s finest street food vendors, including the likes of Sticky Bundits, Born and Raised, Oli Baba’s, Curry on and You Doughnut, as well as putting on some live music, drinks and a chance to get involved in some collaborative pavement art. The event is completely free and open to everyone. To find out more, head to Dishoom’s website.
Twice a year, museums across the country are invited to stay open after hours and from Thursday 27th until Saturday 29th October, you’ll be able to visit the London museums and heritage sites that are getting involved. As this Museums at Night festival falls over the Halloween weekend, many of the events will have a spooky theme, including Dickens After Dark at the Charles Dickens Museum and the pumpkin carving workshop at the National Gallery. Other events include special evening visits to Westminster Abbey and cake decorating with bubbly at John Keats House. Have a look at the Museum at Night website for the full list of events.
5. Jura’s ‘The Isle of the Unexpected’ Immersive Game
East London’s Looking Glass Cocktail Bar is holding a whisky-themed immersive pop-up experience (literally, all of the buzzwords), which has been created by Jura. This mystery adventure game, named ‘The Isle of the Unexpected’ combines the tastings of the tipple with a team task. Dangerous, we know. Guests work in teams of 4 to help Eric, an enigmatic movie director with creative block and a looming deadline, complete his masterpiece. Teams will be challenged to test their wits and agility (slightly under the influence, perhaps) as they explore an elaborate theatrical set-speakeasy, discovering the unique and inspiring stories of Jura’s coasts, craft, community and culture. It’s running between 19th and Saturday 22nd October. For more information, visit the website.
Looking Glass Cocktail Bar, 49 Hackney Rd, Hackney, London E2 7NX
6. Pillars Brewery Launch Weekend
The newest craft brewery kids on the block, Pillars Brewery, are launching their brand new tap room in hopping great style. Based in the bustling social hub of Ravenswood Industrial Estate in Walthamstow, their tap room opening party will bring DJ’s, live music, food, great vibes and lots of beer to thirsty Londoners. The launch will spread across two days, held on Friday 28th October between 5pm – 11.30pm and Saturday 29th October between 2pm – 11.30pm. What’s more, the party is open to everyone and completely free to enter! Pillars Brewery was founded by four friends, who began to follow their passion for beer in a garden shed (which, by the way, belonged to one of their ever-so-kind mothers). Now they’ve moved away from the shed to a state-of-the-art London brewery to bring the great brewed elixir to the city in its finest form. Join the event on Facebook to find out more here.
6. Pop Up Porridge Cafe
As winter fast approaches, we’re get excited to tuck into hearty comfort food. Nothing warms the soul in the morning better than a hot, creamy bowl of porridge. Quaker Oats are celebrating the start of ‘Porridge Season’ by opening a pop up Oat Cafe in Shoreditch. Keen foodie Instagrammers are sure to love this one, as the changing menu is driven by the recipe that gets the most like on Instagram. The cafe will be open every morning between 9am – 12pm from 28th – 30th October. So come hungry and with a fully charged phone.
Shop 11, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
7. The Opening of Flat Iron Square
Launching in the heart of Bankside, Flat Iron Square is bringing a fresh line up of foodie vendors, bars and a live music space to six railway arches and the Grade II listed building, Devonshire House. On 20th October, they will be celebrating the official opening of the space, so you can sniff out the area and the new delicious offering. Some of the mouth-watering names include Savage Salads, Portuguese cuisine from Bar Douro, Thai food from Ekachai, Baz & Fred’s stone baked pizzas and Where The Pancakes Are, as well as many, many more. It’s set to be London’s next best foodie hub, so if you can’t make the opening night, we suggest you head over soon!
68 Union Street, London SE1 1TD
Feature image: Philipp Pley – Instagram @philipp_pley