1 | Drink The Unexpected: Lyan Cellars Pop-Up (above)
Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) is the young nutty professor of the bartending world – his drinks are genuinely perplexing but delightfully simple to sup; no oversized garnishes or snaps, crackles and pops in sight. So when he says he's created wine – with no grapes – our ears prick up, and so should yours.
The red contains oaked cherry, spring grapes, lapsang and sage; the white mixes apple flower, rhubarb tea and poached apricots; and the rosé is really hibiscus, peppered watermelon and canned strawberry. Give them all a go at the bar's first ever pop-up, Lyan Cellars, which is open for one week only from Monday.
11 – 17 April, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Latana Café Shoreditch, Unit 2, Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road, London, EC1Y 1HQ
2 | Get Your Caffeine Fix: London Coffee Festival
Yesterday was the launch of The London Coffee Festival, which celebrates every aspect of our favourite eye-opener: roasting, brewing, latte art, you name it. In addition to more than 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls to visit, there are workshops, masterclasses, food pairing sessions and a chance to watch the pros in competition.
And, in celebration of the rather punch Espresso Martini, tonight is party night, so head to Corbet Place in Spitalfields if you're game.
Ticket from £14.50; londoncoffeefestival.com
3 | Go For Sunday Brunch: Kricket
Brunch in Brixton is never too troublesome, but you ought to make a beeline for Kricket. Busy, buzzing and full of atmosphere, you will get richly flavourful Indian food without any of that dreaded heaviness. Esquire's tip is the spicy Goan sausage roll – the warmth of the chilli balanced by a bright coriander chutney and feisty pickled red onion. But since these are all small plates, meant for sharing, there is no shame – none whatsoever – in ordering as many as take your fancy on the menu. The bhel puri is very much worth a try, just FYI.
The cocktail list is small but perfectly formed, the star being the Bloody Tonic, a veritable fiesta of burnt orange flavours to liven your mood (it contains gin, bloody orange, orange bitters and tonic). The very brave should try the Yellow Fairy (ingredients include absinthe and turmeric – you be the judge), and we applaud any barman who instructs you to specify which gin you want in your G&T.
Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ; kricket.co.uk
4 | Book A 5-Michelin Star Sunday Lunch: Alain Ducasse & Tom Kerridge At The Hand And Flowers
The godfather of French fine dining meets the gastropub wonder child on 3rd July, as Alain Ducasse teams up with Tom Kerridge for one epic Sunday lunch. Jean-Philippe Blondet (executive chef at the triple-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester) will be packing up his tools and trekking over to Marlow, Buckinghamshire, where Aaron Mulliss (head chef at Tom Kerridge's double-Michelin-starred hostelry), will be waiting.
And though perhaps a curious collaboration, Kerridge and Ducasse both swear by the traditional French techniques and style – they just execute it with their own types of flair. There is a revelatory level of esteem between the two chefs, with their respective teams guaranteed to enter into a nice bit of banter whilst bunking up to share work surfaces. Get ready for four courses worthy of five Michelin stars, with a glass of cider thrown in. Tickets will be gone in a flash, so GO GO GO.
Sunday 3 July, tickets cost £80 and are available via email@example.com