Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this weekend is the last bank holiday weekend for a grand total of 34 weeks. Alas, don’t sob into your pillow or regress into winter depression quite yet, there’s quite the weekend to get through first.
In the name of taking advantage of this whole extra night to eat, drink and be merry followed by a Monday not at work, Just Opened London have laid down some suggestions to make the most of it:
11am – Raw Duck for Brunch (above)
Sister of Soho’s Ducksoup, Raw Duck is one of London’s best-kept secrets. Freshly ground coffee, a handy garden, a well thought out wine list as well as house cocktails and fresh food populating the eclectic menu – there’s few places better for a relaxing brunch.
Set in the heart of Hackney, Raw Duck is evidence of Hackney’s rise in the food stakes. On the breakfast menu try a pork or cinnamon Hackney bun; broken egg and sage toast and local favourite, avocado on rye with coriander, chilli and lemon. Wash down with coffee, or to get the day started, a Vermouth Spritz.
2pm – Bookstock-on-sea for a street festival in Shoreditch
Those well-seasoned London August bank holidayers will be well acquainted with the annual knees up on Leonard Street (100-106 Leonard) courtesy of The Book Club. Well, for 2013 this celebration heads to the British seaside, in the most urban sense with Bookstock-on-sea.
Chuck together sticks of rock, ice cream floats, sea salt cocktails, live music, DJs, fish & chips, a surf stimulator, an amusement arcade and 4,000 people - and you have an unlikely bank holiday party on your hands.
Free entry all day. A limited number of priority entry wristbands are now available at The Book Club, but those without wristbands can still gain entry subject to capacity.
9pm – Party in Tijuana at BARTS
For those who long to be in sunnier climes this weekend, ‘Wish You Were Here’: Party in Tijuana at BARTS nightclub may just be the next best thing.
Taking the Mexican theme very seriously, bar tenders shall be doing their best Cheech Marin impressions and donning Mexican moustaches whilst mixing up Margaritas, serving nachos, smashing piñatas and getting down to the Mexican tunes – you’re encouraged to get involved.
With a fancy dress box filled with ponchos and sombreros a plenty, where else can you go for pure, unadulterated, childish fun. With alcohol.
From 6pm till late. Free entry
1pm – Lunch at the Clove Club
Since these guys opened Upstairs at Ten Bells, they’ve gained a serious foodie following. At The Clove Club, this following has grown. A glace at the menu and a mouthful of the food at this much welcome Shoreditch establishment and it’s clear why. It’s just so damn good.
From their signature buttermilk fried chicken with pine salt served hidden amongst pine needles; smacked cucumber with chili oil and peanuts; confit pork belly with smoked onion, borlotti beans and peas and a regularly changing wine list and a unique house cocktail menu, there’s few better places in town to while away a bank holiday Monday.
3 courses for £35. Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT
4pm – The 3 Crowns for afternoon drinks
Nothing says ‘I’m not at work’ come Monday than being in the pub. All afternoon. This newly opened east London pub, The 3 Crowns stands out from the crowd as perfectly bridges the gap between a traditional boozer and modern bar with the prerequisite exposed brick walls, dim lighting and large wooden tables.
With plenty of cocktails and an extensive selection of red, white and sparkling wines and, of course, beers, there is little doubt of going thirsty. If you recover from lunch’s food coma, the food on offer is fresh, seasonal and damn tasty.
8 East Road, Old Street, London, N1 6AD