Gastronomy from the cool north and the hot south converge on the capital, doors open on hidden London and a community party takes off.
First, the cool north. HEL YES! is a pop-up restaurant in a former depot in East London that for two amazing weeks starting 15 September is bringing a blast of hyperborean delight from Finland. Key ingredients are shipped from Finland, but most of the daily ingredients will be collected locally by foragers known as hunter/gatherers. We can’t wait to sample the innovative design and Karelian stew with potatoes and liquorice crème brulée.
The hot south is Festival Sud de France, a colourful extravaganza designed to seduce you with the pleasures of the Languedoc and Roussillon areas of the south of France. Wine tasting tours at Vinopolis, special free one-day pop-up markets in Cavendish Square (17 September) and Duke of York Square (25 September) and wine tastings at Robersons are some of our favourites among the list of events through 3 October, though best of all has got to be the giant cassoulet at Borough Market.
From the glamorous South of France to street-cred South of the Thames, the Bermondsey Street Festival on 18 September promises more than 70 stalls of fashion and art, Dog of the Year competition, al fresco screening of The Wizard of Oz and very best of all an amazing array of food stalls, including a hog roast, Greek nosh, drinkies from Village East and delicacies from Del’Aziz.
This weekend, 18 – 19 September, Open House London throws wide the doors of more than 700 of the capital’s most fascinating buildings, spaces that are normally locked up tight. Not strictly a food event, but racing round the city on foot is hungry work. May we suggest a toptable special offer? Plan your route, book ahead and have a terrific time.