1 | For A Smart Pub With Clout: The World’s End Market (above)
Standing regally at the end of the Kings Road is The World’s End – a nineteenth century public house epitomizing what people mean when they say ‘gin palace.’ Looking as cool as it does, it’s nice that such a lovely new restaurant has now inhabited it. Inside, it is also a smart-looking establishment with a big bar in one corner and, at the other end of the room, a fresh fish counter, meat display, and a hatch through to some chefs beavering away in front of a Josper Grill (which smells awesome).
The menu is simple but abundant, brimming with seafood and steak. Decisions are aided by the simple format of all mains being served with fries and a house salad. Though, of course, there are other sides available and easy-going options like burgers in case you get stage fright in front of all those fish staring back at you. The carpaccios in the starters are knockout, and the wine’s a bit of alright too.
459 Kings Road, London, SW10 0LR; theworldsendmarket.com
2 | For Tea With Benefits: Kettner’s High Societease
Sitting in the very heart of Soho, Kettner’s is making the most of its neighbourhood’s saucy reputation by putting on afternoon tea with an added bonus this weekend. Did you know that the first-floor dining room is where Edward VII entertained his mistress? He even had a secret tunnel installed to it from the Palace Theatre, so they say.
This Saturday, you can enter that now notorious Apartment and learn all about it – and much more – as you sup on finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, with lashings of tea and, obviously, champagne. This will all be accompanied by cabaret, burlesque and circus acts, to add a little bit of zing to your weekend.
Tickets cost £49.50
29 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5HP; kettners.com
3 | For The Simple Pleasures: Beer & Buns
The name says it all. This pop-up near Liverpool Street Station is one big love-in of Japanese beer and complementing hirata buns. In case you didn’t know, the latter are fluffy, spongey, steamed Japanese buns that are folded in half and filled with goodness. Here, that takes the form of chicken karaage, pulled duck leg, barbeque pork belly, and so on.
Drinks-wise, you’ll find the biggest selection of Japanese craft beers in the country (true story). And if you, or your other half aren’t sold by that, there are also frozen cocktails including a Sake Bomb. If you make a dash for it and get there either today or tomorrow, you’ll get two-for-one on everything.
Upstairs @ K10, 3 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AF; beerandbuns.co.uk
4 | For Any-Time Brunch: Bad Egg
The intrepid Neil Rankin opened Bad Egg at the end of November and it has been offering all-day dining mid-week since then. But this weekend will see its first Saturday opening – perfect timing for a spot of brunch, and your chance to get in on the act before the full blown boozy brunch menu launches, drawing in the crowds in a couple of weeks' time.
Loosely inspired by the Chicago diner scene, and the ever-burgeoning concept of fusion food, you will find brunch-style dishes with inspiration from all over – North Africa, Korea, Mexico and Europe, to name a few. The nduja, black pudding and pork belly hash comes highly recommended, as does the Indian-style jhal muri and egg salad. Despite the name, only half the menu is egg-based, and the rest is made up of mouthwatering tacos, burgers and salads. Our tip: make sure you try something with their home-made cheese fondue.
City Point, Unit 1b, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW; badegg.london