It's OCTOBER! Which means it's nearly Halloween! I am told that running around with plastic vampire teeth shoved in your gob for weeks on end does not count as an official "thing to do" in London this month (we'll agree to disagree on that one) so what's good aside from the obvious ghoulish fun right at the end?
Well there are plenty of things going on that aren't pumpkin related, actually. You could indulge in London Cocktail Week, bowl a strike whilst watching The Big Lebowski or sign up for a monthly cheese delivery box (yes, really) amongst other things.
Here's my pick of what to see, eat, drink and do this month in our capital....
Learn from the best and get inspired at Stylist Live.
Imagine everything you love about Stylist Magazine being brought to life - the shopping, the food, the career advice, the celebs, the booze, the beauty experts, the book reviews - and you basically have Stylist Live. It's a four day festival of cocktails, culture, catwalks and conversation hosted by Edith Bowman and Dawn O’Porter from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 October at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The schedule is incred and tickets (from £25) look like they'll be money well spent. Find out more info and book your ticket here.
Play Goldilocks at the London Porridge Championships.
On the 16th of October at 10am, Rude Health will be hosting their third annual porridge championships at Whole Foods Kensington. You can expect all sorts of oaty concoctions as a whole host of culinary greats battle it out to be crowned king of wintry breakfasts. Porridge is the main upside of summer being over, so start porridge season with some serious food inspo with this free event. Just be sure to turn up on time if you want free samples. Over 1000 people have RSVPd on Facebook already! More info here.
Book your Halloween tickets early.
If house parties seem like too much hassle (nobody likes cleaning up fake blood with a hangover) then make sure you lock down your Halloween plans sooner rather than later. Our venues will of course be getting in on the action, but if you fancy something a little more orchestral then you couldn't do much better than watching Alan Howarth conduct various excerpts from his original Halloween scores whilst gory clips from the Halloween movies show on the big screen. Oh and did I mention this all takes place IN A CHAPEL?! Tickets to Chills in the Chapel are £20 to non-Union Chapel members and *will* sell out so get in there quick. More info and booking here.
Get your cocktail on with London Cocktail Week.
Obviously we are very excited that Cocktail Week is back and of course we are ready and waiting to serve you cut price cocktails all night long across our venues. Just make sure you get your £10 wristband here and then the £5 cocktail goodness will be yours for a full week. Read up on who is taking part - 275 bars are this year! - and get more info on tours and other special events here. CHIN CHIN!
Celebrate Chocolate Week with a drinkable #Selfie.
What comes after Cocktail Week? Chocolate Week! Yep from the 12th-18th of October it's apparently chocolate week (I don't know who decides this stuff either) and whilst I'm all for eating loads of Dairy Milk, I know I'll be using this 'special week' as an excuse to drink more #Selfies than ever down at Foundation. As well as a pic of you on the side of the glass (really) the #Selfie sees Stoli chocolate raspberry vodka, white chocolate and raspberry liqueur, milk, fresh raspberries and egg white all shaken together and double strained to create this perfectly fluffy cocktail. It's one of my absolute favourites and I don't need any encouragement to drink more of them. Book a table at Foundation here.
Beer with beery bread? YES PLEASE!
A beer bakery pop-up - the world's first, no less - is opening in Hoxton at the end of the month. Expect a limited edition range of never tasted before beer breads inspired by and created with the same ingredients found in some of the world’s most popular beers, including Stella Artois, Budweiser, Leffe, Beck’s Vier, Hoegaarden and Corona. It's all the handiwork of the Fabulous Baker Brothers and it's designed to showcase and celebrate the undeniable link between beer and bread - they share the same ingredients after all. The Beer Bakery will be open from Tues 27th - Sun 30th October 2015, 12pm-8pm at 186 Hackney Road, Hoxton, E2 7QL.
This epic Barrafina Burger from Meatliquor.
What happens when Meatliquor team up with the Michelin-starred chef from 'The UK's Best Restaurant' Barrafina? This slightly brilliant burger happens, that's what. You get two patties for your buck (your £10.50, to be precise): the standard Meatliquor beef patty which has a fanclub of its very own PLUS a deep friend panko crusted morcilla sausage burger. This double act of meaty awesomeness is then topped with nutty Ermesenda cheese before being slathered with a mojo picon sauce. Basically, you need this in your life if you have taste-buds and like meat. The Barrafina Burger is available from now until December 1st at Meatliquor and MeatMission. BOOM!
Get artisan cheeses delivered to your door, every month.
I often think subscription boxes are a silly fad and a waste of time, but when I found out about Les Nouveaux Fromagers I was stopped in my tracks. Forget mini mascaras and perfume samples, this subscription box is just packed full of CHEESE. And the finest French cheeses, at that. Each box is themed according to different cheese related topics such as wine pairing or the seasons, which enables subscribers to experience each box differently. It's £25.90 per month and no commitment is necessary, making it an ace gift too. Sign up here.
Dine in silence on Halloween Eve at a "Dumb Supper".
If thinking of interesting things to say over dinner fills you with dread, then why not go somewhere where talking is expressly forbidden? For one night only you can attend a traditional ‘Dumb Supper’ at Barts Pathology Museum, an event which in days gone by would have been held to honour the dead...making it the perfect fit for Halloween. There will be three courses but they are eaten backwards, beginning with dessert first in an inversion of the 'living' meal ritual. There'll be no chatter as the food is served, just the sound of a live jazz quartet accompaniment. Tickets are £50 and this includes a short introductory lecture and the chance to peruse the exhibits...and obviously you can mingle and chat before and after the food! Get your ticket for Friday 30th before it sells out here.
The new Bond film.
Spectre comes out on October 26th, you'll have to see it sharpish if you want to join in with any conversations at work. Watch the trailer here.
Watch The Big Lebowski whilst boozing and bowling.
Feed Me Films continue to do awesome things and this time it's all about the Dude. On the 15th and 29th of October you can you can exchange £40 for 3 drinks, dinner, 12 lanes to show off your bowling skills for an hour and a half and a Feed Me Film pack that lets you eat and drink along with the film. The only rule is, when the Dude drinks, so do you. Oy! All details and tickets here.
Heaps of fantastic movies (or just one or two, your choice) at the 59th BFI London Film Festival.
There are so many brilliant events and screenings going on during the two week festival (7th-18th October) that it's hard for me to single out the top picks, but *personally* I am most excited about seeing The Ones Below, Being Evel, Warlock and The Wave. Find all the info you could ever wish for here.