1 | Celebrate London Cocktail Week: World Class House (above)
We find ourselves in the midst of London Cocktail Week, which means that, whatever your poison and whatever your location, you will be spoiled for choice for a tasty drink. This week-long festival of mixology has grown and grown over the years and now has every good bar, every talented bartender, every top quality tipple you could want on board. But if the incalculable choice is simply too blinding, make a beeline for the hub of activity at World Class House, in Piccadilly.
Here you will walk into a sensory safari as you are immersed 'Into the Unknown' to explore both the past and future of cocktails. Customize your own Bloody Marys at the Ketel One Vodka Kitchen with the help of Typing Room chef Lee Westcott, forage for your own botanicals to pep up your Tanqueray No. TEN gin, learn how to choose which Scotch whisky is for your or simply kick back with a concoction made by the UK's best barman, Aidan Bowie, who's Pollen A Pollen Bee (Ketel One Citroen vodka with banana liqueur, bee pollen vermouth, egg white and pomegranate bitters) wowed the judges only last week at the World Class global finals in Miami. With so much to try, it's a good job this place is open until 1am.
4-6 Glasshouse Street, London, W1B 5DQ; drinkup.london/cocktailweek
2 | Eat Like A King: Yosma
Curiously good eateries just keep popping up around Marylebone. And at the incongruous end of Baker Street, you will now find a little taste of Istanbul. Actually, it's quite a big taste – it's absolutely delicious. And if you really want to get into the Turkish spirit, make the most of the raki bar too (it's not for everyone but comes with delightful ceremony).
That's only if you can draw breath from the food, mind you: irresistible meze include the amazingly fresh melon, feta and basil salad, surprisingly hearty fava (crushed broad beans with oil and herbs), and delicious babaganus and hummus. To follow, any of the lamb is exquisite – said lambs arrive at the kitchen whole, are butchered on-site, and account for the majority of the menu, mostly cooked on the mangal grill. Fresh fish come from Cornwall are served to you whole, on a big silver platter – ideal for dining with friends. And if you don't try the Kűnefe for pudding, you'll never forgive yourself – trust us.
50 Baker Street, London, W1U 7BT; yosma.london
3 | Get Some Inspiration: Oskar's Bar
Given that cocktails are on the mind this week, it would be worth celebrating Oskar Kinberg's new Cocktail Cookbook, which went on sale this week. This is the man behind Oskar's Bar, beneath the Michelin-starred Dabbous restaurant in Fitzrovia, who likes to have fun with his concoctions and yet still maintains his trademark laid-back style.
His recipes are listed not by alcohol, nor occasion, but by key ingredient (think apple apple, pineapple, rhubarb, and even olive oil, condensed milk and tea) and are decidedly doable at home. But if that all seems like too much bother, then go and see what they're meant to look like at the stylish subterranean bar itself.
39 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2SF; dabbous.co.uk"Cocktail Cookbook" (£18, Quarto Publishing Group UK)
4 | Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Dominique Ansel Bakery
The man who invented the Cronut has just opened his first UK bakery in Belgravia. Far removed from gimmickery, Dominique Ansel is a star pastry chef, who just so happens to enjoy playing around with ideas and flavours (hence a French twist on the New York classic that became so popular, which he created whilst living in the Big Apple).
The man himself has been installing his team in the new bakery, which is offering old favourites like the now infamous Cronut, delicate Madeleines made to each order, and the DKA (aka Dominique's Kouign Amann, which is an extra caramalised little croissant that looks like a Yorkshire pudding – Dominique has one every single morning). New for London are the Welsh rarebit croissant made with Guinness cream inside, a banoffee paella, and a little box of Eton Mess, which you jumble up yourself like a packet of Salt 'n' Shake. All well worth the calories….
17-21 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9RP; dominiqueansellondon.com
5 | Book Ahead: The Esquire Townhouse
It's high time we put something on for our ourselves. So join us as we take over The British Academy, just off Pall Mall, to bring Esquire to life through a series of live interviews, masterclasses, screenings and talks. Learn about the intricacies of buying, preparing and cooking good quality beef from The Ginger Pig, followed by a lunch with their team; come and hear Heston Blumenthal explain his unique food philosophy; join an intimate tasting session of cheese and beer (yes, they really can be paired). And that's all just on the first day! Check out the full schedule on the website, where you can buy tickets, and we shall look forward to seeing you there. We'll be in the bar.
13-16October10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London Sw1Y 5AH; esquire.co.uk/townhouse