What better news for a weekend then that of a sandwich festival? It's in Hackney, it's happening all afternoon and evening tomorrow, and it's going to be nothing short of delicious. Your £9 ticket to one of the two time slots will get you a beer and one of the 'signature' sarnies put on by each stall, of which there are eight. The butties themselves range from grilled cheeses to pork belly Bao buns, from haggis toasties to salted caramel ice cream bonanzas. Choosing which one to pick with your ticket may be tricky, so you might just have to try a couple. Or three. Or four. There are drinks and music too.
Saturday 20th May; 12 – 4.30pm and 5 – 10pm SPACE Gallery Courtyard, Warburton Street, London, E8 3RH; sandwichfest.co.uk
Foxlow is the younger sibling of the Hawksmoor restaurants and so it is more casual, whilst still offering some steaks, which are now being served in the new Soho venue. The sharers are the real treats, with massive rib-eyes and porterhouse cuts to be enjoyed by the whole table. But there's a lot more than beef here. The fried chicken burger, in particular, is worth sampling (it's got Friday lunchtime written all over it) and there are snacks, starters and even some vegan options to satisfy your whole gaggle of friends. The cured salmon is a breath of fresh air drenched in lime, soy, chilli and zingy ginger, and the cocktails are a must to kick off with.
8 – 10 Lower James Street, London, W1F 9EL; foxlow.co.uk
Bar Termini Centrale
Compton Street's Bar Termini is a gem. Discreet, tiny and desperately stylish, it's as though a café from The Talented Mr Ripley was magically teleported into the bowels of Soho. But it's so small that you worry about recommending the place lest it costs you your own spot at the bar. Just as well that it's just opened a second and much bigger site then. Bar Termini Centrale is located in Marylebone and, like the original, it takes you from coffee to cocktails, as created by the owners: master mixologist Tony Conigliaro and Illy coffee guru Marco Arrigo. This one serves more food to soak up the incomparable Negronis, which are aged in the bottle and served perfectly chilled. New variants include the Bergamot Negroni, plus an Olive Bellini.
31 Duke Street, London, W1U 1LG; bar-termini-centrale.com
National Whisky Day at Oblix
Saturday is also World Whisky Day, which means that a dram or two might be in order. And you can find one in true style at Oblix, in the Shard. In fact, it'll come from a drinks trolley hand-crafted out of an old sherry whisky cask once used to age The Macallan, the results of which you can sample alongside some cheese. Plenty of sampling, at that, since there will be many ages and styles of The Macallan for you to try, along with a cheeseboard map. There is also a special cocktail on offer called the Mac 'N' Cheese: Macallan 12 year-old mixed with white onion, dry vermouth and Benedictine, and served with a knob of Hafod Welsh cheese.
The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY; oblixrestaurant.com/bar