Foodie London: Residencies, Pop Ups & Events this September

Whether you’re looking for a date night treat or something fun to do with friends, London’s restaurants, pubs and bars are have a host of events this September offering feasts for the stomach and mind. And here’s our pick…

Photo: The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

1 Cinnamon Kitchen City, City of London

Following his successful run on MasterChef: The Professionals 2020, former head chef at Cinnamon Kitchen City Santosh Shah, is hosting an intimate residency that will showcase fine-dining, Nepalese style. In what sounds like a delightful evening, Shah has created a 15-course tasting menu inspired by the food and heritage of his birth town, Siraha, offering a fresh take on traditional south Asian cuisine. Each sitting serves just 15 people each, and dishes are taken at the open plan kitchen counter and the dishes served includes things like canapes of miniature lamb brain doughnuts and duck breast salad, and chicken momo – traditional Nepalese dumplings that have been zhooshed up with the not-so-traditional additions of pickled cucumber and caviar. For the sweeter courses, there’s sweet dumplings filled with chocolate, chilli, cinnamon and orange, as well as the impressive-sounding kodo ko kheer and mango snowball with mango leather, Sichuan biscuit, caramelised mango and a gold leaf finish. A vegetarian tasting menu is available on request.

The menu is £75 per person, and tickets are available here; 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL; cinnamon-kitchen.com

Palm 34 at 34 Mayfair, London. Photo: 34 Mayfair

here; 65 Jermyn Street, St. James’s SW1Y 6LX; wiltons.co.uk

3 Jenga Competition, The Hawk’s Nest, Shepherd’s Bush

Steel your nerves and take some risks in The Hawk’s Nest’s round robin Jenga competition. There are four rounds each night with the final round played on the Giant Jenga set. For their efforts, weekly winners take home a cash prize of £200. Also, best team name wins a round of drinks – so brainstorm some puns. You can also just tuck into sourdough pizzas and cocktails, in The Hawk’s Nest’s large, green courtyard, which sounds like a pretty good idea too.

On Wednesday, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 7pm-9pm; tickets from £5 and available here; Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush Market,  W12 8DF; the-hawks-nest.co.uk

4 Palm 34 at 34 Mayfair

Summer may have been a wash out and overseas holidays a hassle this year, but not all summer travel is off the table. In fact, Palm 34 is putting some dishes on the table this September that might take you away from London’s grey skies at least for a little while. A collaboration with Perrier-Jouët Champagne and Malfy Gin, the bar and grill restaurant has created a Palm Springs-inspired cocktail and food menu (and installation) for the last days of summer – for brunch, lunch or dinner. It features items such as a salmon poke bowl, shrimp burger and a Korean BBQ spiced spatchcock chicken, as well as a range of gin-based cocktails like the 34 Palm, with Malfy Rosa Gin, apricot liqueur, lime and Grenadine.

Monday to Friday, 12pm-11pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm;34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, W1K 2HD; 34-restaurant.co.uk

5 Civilised Sundays programme at Jikoni, Marylebone

Restauranteur and chef patron of Jikoni, Ravinder Bhogal will launch her third series of the sell-out Civilised Sundays programme this September. First up, she welcomes BBC Woman’s Hour co-host Anita Rani who will discuss her her first book, The Right Sort of Girl. Future guests include food writer Claudia Roden and composer, sitarists and activist Anoushka Shankar. Each talk is followed up by a slap-up meal, put together by Ravinder so each dinner pays tribute to her guests in some way.

First talk is on Sunday, September 19; 6.30pm; tickets are from £65pp and available here; 19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DH; jikonilondon.com

Anita Rani as part of the Civilised Sundays programme, Jikoni, Marylebone

6 Wunderbar, an Oktoberfest celebration at Pergola Paddington

Brush of your lederhosen and get your drinking shoes on for this kinda Oktoberfest. Pergola Paddington – one of west London’s largest alfresco eating and dining halls – becomes a huge, Theresienwiese-inspired beer hall, serving up real German beers and hearty Bavarian food. It features live DJs, Oom-pah bands, weekend bottomless brunches, an LGBTQ+ party and the opportunity to be crowned Beer King and Queen of Wunderbar with a year’s supply of beer as a prize.

Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 31; 4 Kingdom St, W2 6PY; tickets include a stein or cocktail and start from £10, on sale here; bookings recommended; pergolapaddington.com

7 Chelsea Flower Show-inspired Afternoon Tea at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, Mayfair

Celebrating one of the world’s greatest flower fests, a limited edition menu has been created featuring floral-inspired cakes such as the chocolate and blackberry ‘Pink Hydrangea’ and the mango and passionfruit ‘Sunflower’. These of course, are served up after a selection of sandwiches – the avocado, grilled courgette, coriander and almond one sounds pretty good – and scones with jam and clotted cream. Also, good to know – your pooch is welcome to join you for tea too.

September 21-26; Monday to Saturday 12.30pm-4.30pm, Sunday 12.30pm-5.30pm; 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ; athenaeumhotel.com


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