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It’s not every day you get to explore London’s best bars on a budget, but that’s what’s on offer this week! If cocktails aren’t your thing, there are rum and beer festivals, theatre transporting you back to 1974 West Africa and free DJ workshops for aspiring DJs. It’s gonna be a big weekend…
The Slice’s Pick
Le Petit Chef
Le Petit Chef is named after the tiny animated French chef who graces diners between courses with a cartoon skit of how the food about to be eaten has ended up on the plate. Think fun Tom and Jerry stuff, such as dramatically slicing a lobster in two in front of your eyes with a lot of muttering and the odd ‘merde’ drop.
The projector lighting and limited tables create an intimate yet theatrical atmosphere but the food really delivers too. We opted for the Classic Menu, which starts with a fresh burrata salad, followed by beautifully fishy bouillabaisse, a lobster risotto, a perfectly pink Hereford beef, and the final course a delightfully creamy and sugar-cracking vanilla crème brûlée. It’s a lot to eat, and starting from £119 per head, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s expensive – but if you’ve got that sort of money, this is definitely an enchanting foodie experience. Bon appétit!
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Food & Drink
WIN! A year’s supply of Wine PLUS exclusive tickets to the Naked Wines Winter Tasting Tour
Metro Drinks Club has joined forces with Naked Wines to give you the chance to WIN a year’s supply of delicious wine, plus exclusive tickets to the Naked Wines Winter Tasting Tour.
These aren’t any old wines. Every single bottle is made by a talented, independent winemaker. So whether you’re a fizz lover, Malbec nut or Sauvignon fan, you’ll get the perfect selection to savour.
5 lucky winners will also get tickets to the Naked Wines Winter Tasting Tour that’s hitting 5 UK cities (Leeds, Nottingham, Oxford, London and Ipswich) from 1st-5th November. Ticket winners will meet the likes of Carmen Stevens from South Africa, an award-winning trailblazer who gets a Beatles-style welcome at any tasting she attends.
Loved by over 330,000 UK wine drinkers, Naked Wines connects everyday wine drinkers with the world’s best independent winemakers. They support hundreds of talented winemakers, so they have the freedom to make the best wines they’ve ever made. In return, you get to enjoy better wine at insider prices.
You have until midnight on Wednesday 18 October to enter, so make sure you sign up soon!
Step aboard this decommissioned Victoria Line tube carriage and let Head Chef Bea Maldonado take you from London to Latin America. Each of the six courses promises a plate full of flavour with our highlights being the yellow corn-based arepas served under black beans and a tomato relish. With its original 1960s patterned seats, this unique supper club set within the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum is sure to be enjoyed by both foodies and train enthusiasts alike. And if you’re neither of those… It’s a great spot if you’re looking to impress a date with your knowledge of the London restaurant scene off the beaten (train) track.
Scuttle across the Pan Pacific London courtyard plaza to its industrially chic destination bar, Silverleaf and taste the new ‘Building Blocks’ menu. Based around two core ingredients, each cocktail is a masterclass in mixology, art, science and design. Try the Tomato Shiso, Watermelon Sake, the Raspberry Vetiver, or any of them really. The bar team are ready to immerse you in the DNA of each drink, or not. This is cerebral sipping, if you want it to be, or just aesthetic and tasty cocktails if you don’t feel like braining. It’s well worth the scuttle.
RumFest, the world’s longest rum festival is back in London this weekend for its 17th year! Perfect for rum enthusiasts, the festival will showcase over 400 rums from all over the world to test and try. Tickets include access to all 400 of the delicious rums on offer, cocktail masterclasses hosted by industry experts, tasting sessions, live Caribbean music and dancing during ‘Carnival Hour’, and delicious and perfectly paired Caribbean food stalls. And you get a tiny tasting cup to take home, of course. It’s a must for all rum and spirit lovers!
London's best... cocktails London Cocktail Week, 12 - 22 October
Every bar on London Cocktail Week’s list will offer at least one signature cocktail for just £8! Get your £15 wristband from any of the bars and show it when you order – as many times as you like during the week!
BEST EXPERIENCE: Gin Mare’s Med Transfers
Combining a bar crawl with a road trip around the Iberian peninsula, Gin Mare’s cocktail-quaffing expedition sees guests ferried around town in a VW campervan for a bar-hopping evening of perfectly paired gin cocktails and light bites at Parillan, Kwant and Bar Daskal.
London Cocktail Week is practically designed for post-work drinkies, and this blush pink hangout atop a trendy hotel is the perfect spot to sip and watch the sunset. Their £8 offering is the aptly named Shoreditch Sundowner – a punchy concoction with Patron reposado tequila, Cointreau, agave, lime juice and blood orange soda. Rock up with your wristband and stay till late.
BEST FANCY-PANTS: Baccarat Bar and Studio Franzten
It’s not often we can actually afford anything in Harrods, let alone swanky cocktails. But these are under a tenner! Start with a Pepper Berry Club (served in an exquisite Baccarat crystal glass) in the dazzling bar downstairs, then up to the rooftop for a knockout Vastkusten – with Don Julio blanco tequila, Mandarin Napoleon, Linie Akvavit Sherry cask and Montelobos mezcal.
Black History Month
Start From Scratch: Free DJ Workshop
The Slice is celebrating Black History Month every week of October, and today we’re highlighting the Start From Scratch DJ Workshop series which looks to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black DJs around the world and throughout history.
Join Pioneer DJ and KISS Fresh Breakfast presenter DJ Esi at the famous Fabric London for a free three-hour session where you will explore the fundamentals of DJing, try out Pioneer DJ’s latest gear and receive a complimentary 3-month license for the online educational platform Virtuoso. Spots are limited so make sure to sign up now!
Rumble in the Jungle Rematch★★★
This immersive production transports you back to 1974 Kinshasa where Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fought for the title of undisputed world heavyweight champion. Taking place in a warehouse in London’s Docklands which doubles as the luxury Kinshasa Hotel, you’re left to walk around and experience the tasty Congolese street food and performances from James Brown tributes before the main event is recreated, cleverly mixing film clips and live actors. Ultimately, London’s latest immersive production is more party than story. The show is entertaining, but you only belatedly care about the fate of the fighters at its core.
Get ready for two weekends of Bavarian fun as Pink Oktoberfest, the world’s largest queer beer festival returns to Between the Bridges. Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series 5 star, Ginger Johnson, expect a night of hilarity and tasteful vulgarity. Joining her are renowned queer drag and alt-cabaret artists, including His Royal Hairiness, Dave The Bear, and The Sisters of Shesus. The six-piece synch-pop band, Topsie Redfern and the Morning Afters, will provide a camp twist to the festivities. Enjoy German sausage, cold Steins, games and table dancing, and join the party! Lederhosen or Dirndl optional.
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