1 | For A Superlative Sunday Roast: Bob Bob Ricard
Anywhere that equips its tables with buttons to be pressed for champagne is worthy of a date, but now you have an extra reason to visit Bob Bob Ricard: the most dazzling of Sunday roasts. And don’t assume that just because you’re amidst such art deco glamour that a roast dinner will entail modishly modest portions. No, sir. You will be fighting to finish the slab of meat placed – with ceremony – in the middle of the table.
You have but one option for the roast: a 16oz corn-fed Arkansas USDA Prime Black Angus. And why would you want anything else? It comes beautifully pink and liberally spinkled with sea salt, with gigantic Yorkshire puddings (not even bordering on dry), beef dripping roasted potatoes, carrots and parsnips glazed in honey and thyme, caramelized onion, the freshest of creamed horseradish and your own little jug of truffle – yes, that’s truffle – gravy. You have most certainly not had a roast like this before, and it’s also available on Saturdays if you just can’t wait.
While you’re at it, you should also give the rest of the menu a try, so perhaps opt for some refreshing seabass ceviche, or even the traditionally Russian lobster, crab and shrimp dumplings which come in a vibrantly fishy bisque. The puddings are a bit of alright too; hot tips are the amazingly flavourful dulce de leche crème brûlée, or the palate-cleansing sorbet trio doused in vodka. And don’t forget that bubbly.
1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DF; bobbobricard.com
2 | For A Kick: The Festival of Heat
If you need to inject a bit of spice into your relationship, then you’re in luck. Now in its third year, The Festival of Heat is dedicated to, you’ve guessed it, the chilli. So if you head to Old Street on Sunday, you’ll be able to wander round listening to live music from around the world whilst sampling chilli-infused cocktails (or beers if you need something more cooling), and taking in samples and workshops by chefs on how to grow the plants, make salsas and chilli oils, and who knows what else.
Chilli producers from across the UK will be attendance and entertainment will last throughout. Something a little different for your Sunday.
27 September, 12 – 6pm
Red Market, 288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA; thefestivalofheat.co.uk
3 | For Some Philanthropic Culture: Art Social @ House of St Barnabas
The House of St Barnabas is a private members’ club located in the heart of Soho, which is also a charity for helping the homeless. As such, it is hosting its second Art Social, a week of creative activities where the place is opened up to the public; it’s a stunning building, so worth a visit. In fact, you may have already noticed something awry in Soho Square, just outside the house, where a giant, inflatable teapot has landed. It’s by artist Hester Reeve, and explores the ritual of tea-drinking in relation to human needs. If that’s a bit much, how about a silent disco on a secret courtyard on Saturday night?
Until the weekend, all events are free, and day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are £10. There will be screenings and performances, talks, and installations of various sorts across both the Georgian townhouse itself and its 19th Century chapel (which gets used for concerts and the like). One art exhibition, by Marike Etsna, includes edible clothing for you to eat/wear as you mosey through.
1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London, W1D 4NQ; hosb.org.uk
4 | For One Last Summer Hurrah: Dinerama
Roll up, roll up. The last of the summer terraces are just about holding their doors open, but you’ll be stumped for rooftop eateries in the not so distant future. If you haven’t already, give Dinerama a try. It’s a street food market from the masters that comprise Street Feast, open until this Sunday.
In addition to a million “twinkling” LED lights, this vast street food festival boasts six diners, six bars, five street food shacks and two trucks – just in case you’re hungry. There is plenty of space to sit down, thankfully, and also a DJ on the go to raise the mood. This place has provided a party from Thursdays to Sundays throughout the summer, and will be closing on 4th October, so you’ve still got a chance…
Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays 12pm – 12am; Sundays 12 – 9pm
19 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EJ; streetfeastlondon.com