Tag: Bank Holiday

2015_05_03_ARABICA_Lebanese_Wine_6831On August Bank Holiday Sunday (28thAugust), Arabica Bar & Kitchen, one Borough Market’s most exciting venues, will be hosting its first introduction to wines of the Eastern Mediterranean, hosted and co-curated by Master of Wine Sarah Abbot and renowned wine writer, Michael Karam, to capture the spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean’s food and drink movement.

With its ancient peoples and proud traditions the Eastern Mediterranean is a crucible for historic culinary culture, capturing the imagination of foodies and wine lovers around the world. Not least because the vast majority of the colourful and exotic ingredients tick all our healthy-living boxes. The wines from this fascinating region are beginning to make as much waves as the food; Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel are all garnering international plaudits for their wines, made in many cases with exciting grape varieties that have been around for thousands of years but which are now being enjoyed by a new wave of consumers.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen wants to capture the spirit of this new food movement by offering an introduction to the most exciting flavours and taste sensations from this thrilling part of the world. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to try red, white, rose and sweet wines from Israel, Turkey, Cyprus and Crete and a Bekaa Butterfly cocktail made using ingredients from the Bekaa Valley in Eastern Lebanon, paired with a sprightly selection of summery Levantine inspired meze.

Sarah comments “I met James at a Kayra wines harvest tour in Istanbul last September. We bonded over chicken pudding, sheep’s heads and Turkish coffee (and wine!). He has an amazing passion and knowledge for the food and flavours of Turkish cooking and culture. We have been talking about doing an event together for a while - hopefully this will be the first of many!”

“I’m really thrilled to be back at Arabica with the wines,” says Michael: “The restaurant has stamped its authority on interpreting the traditional cuisine of Lebanon and Eastern Mediterranean and I believe it is the perfect venue to showcase the best wines coming out of this region.”

Arabica founder, James Walters, comments: “We are really happy to welcome Sarah and Michael to Arabica Bar & Kitchen to highlight the variety and quality of wines coming out of the Eastern Med. Michael and I spent time in Lebanon last summer exploring the awesome food and wine culture and I am really looking forward to sharing some of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets with our customers.”

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Summer may sadly be coming to a close, but fortunately for Londoners it’s always a vacation to a tropical destination at Barrio. Especially, when every month reaches it's last Saturday and Barrio Shoreditch transforms into a Hawaiian dream with strictly 40's to 60's vinyl action for Hawaiian Bop. This bank holiday weekend,  DJ Richio Suzuki will be firing up the dance floor with the best of 50’s Rock’n Roll, 60’s soul, Motown, Ska and Latin beats, while the Barrio bartenders will be firing up the cocktails. 

Hawaiin Bop is a night hosted by London DJ and vinyl lover Richio Suzuki, also regularly taking place at Peckham's coolest haunt, The Bussey Building. Party goers at Hawaiin Bop are invited to escape the London streets, and vibe to the Hawaiian beat for a night. Dressing the part is encouraged - guests should get as down and tropical as the Barrio surroundings with their funkiest Hawaiian shirts, brightest colours and biggest flowers.  

On the night you can even put your waistline to the test and take part in a limbo or hula-hoop contest. If in need of a cool off or breeze out from all the heat and festivities inside, take a step out onto the Barrio East backyard terrace or refresh with one of the most authentic Piña Coladas being served up in London! 

Saturday 29 August 2015

Barrio Shoreditch

9pm- 2am

Advanced Tickets £5 - http://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/east-london/barrio-east/hawaiian-hop

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What is a Bank Holiday for if not a Boozy Brunch? We've rounded up some ideal contenders for your Londo Bank Holiday hair of the dogs that include Bunnychow, The Jam Tree and Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings.

Whether it's recovery & refueling you are looking for, or an excuse get the party started once more- boozy brunch is the way to go. 

South African Street Food heros in Soho,  Bunnychow  have a menu that includes feisty, flavoursome ‘bunnys’ (freshly baked buns, hollowed out, crammed with delicious hot fillings and topped with a bread ‘lid’) and 4 fresh juice cocktails. Brunch at Bunnychow includes their award winning Full English Bunny as well as their Veggie Breakfast Bunny which are available for only £4.50. 

B&H Buildings- Greenhouse

Clerkenwell's all day hang out, B&H Buildings' menu combines fresh English dishes with delicious Bellini & Bloody Mary bottomless cocktails, creating a relaxed party atmosphere with a faded stately grandeur backdrop, trailing plant and light filled spaces. 

The Jam Tree boasts an impressive list of 9 Bloody Marys ranging from the classic to the more adventurous Bloody Bull made with 3 day aged Beef Stock. Their food menu ranges from simple, fresh and modern options that have been given an interesting twist which whilst sat in their out door space, is the perfect spot to catch the last of the summer rays. 

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The Water Poet
August Bank Holiday Cider Festival & Hog Roast
With live steel band from 6pm
August Bank Holiday Saturday 29thMonday 31st
All day from 12pm
The Water Poet Cider Festival (Saturday 29th August - Monday 31st all day from 12pm)

The Water Poet Bank Holiday Cider Festival and Hog Roast returns this year to celebrate the August Bank Holiday and all things cider! From traditional scrumpy to the funkiest of flavours, The Barn will be overflowing with a who’s who of the best new and classic cider producers around.

A scrumptious hog will be spit roasted in the sunny beer garden and there will be a steel band daily from 6pm for those who want a touch of Notting Hill Carnival (but without the stress). Grab a cider or perhaps one of our special cider cocktails, pull up a hay bale and enjoy the best cider related bank holiday weekend ever. There will also be ice cream available from the Drunken Dairy including their very own mango and cider flavour!
An extensive and supremely delicious selection of craft ciders from a variety of producers all over the UK will be available, including Herefordshire’s Abrahalls cider, Welsh purists Hallets, fruity Annings from the West Country, Devon’s Sandfords, and absurdly moreish Thistly Cross from Scotland plus many others.
Come and try a festival pint for just £4.50, or spend the afternoon making your way through the lot, in the beer garden! Available from the barn, everyone’s favourite apple based booze will flow throughout the weekend and all day Bank Holiday Monday.

There really is no better way to while away a bank holiday afternoon than relaxing in a beer garden with a delicious scrumpy in hand, munching on pig and enjoying live music.



£10 – HOG & PINT ( with flyer)

Insta_Music In London for bank holiday weekend and stuck for a Sunday something to quench your cultural and musical thirst?

East London's LAND OF KINGS festival returns for a sixth year on Bank Holiday Sunday 3rd May, for sixteen hours of forward-leaning music, art, food and film.

Spanning key East London venues including The Alibi, The Nest and Birthdays, Arcola Theatre, subterranean labyrinth the Bunker, Dalston Roof Park, hidden oasis Eastern Curve Garden, plus Rio Cinema, back-street live den Servant Jazz Quarters, and Total Refreshment Centre.

Some of the live music offerings include Nathan Fake, Waze & Odyssey, Young Turks’ Koreless, BBC6 Music-tipped NZCA Lines and duo Wyles & Simpson to name a few.

As well as mask-clad producer Brolin; dark nostalgic pop siren Chloe Black, seamless indie troupe Flyte and singer-songwriter Esther Joy Lane.

Making its first festival outing, Grime Karaoke invites wannabe wordsmiths to step up to the mic. Before punters can realise their dreams as latter-day rap stars, prolific US producer Lex Luger – credited with the creation of trap and a hit list that includes Rick Ross and Kanye, makes a rare UK appearance.

Arts and Interactive programme invites revelers to veer off the main drag and into the fringes of Kingsland’s cultural curiosities. Be it Death Drawing with Art Macabre, backstreet cinematic happenings courtesy of Lost Picture Show, midnight shorts at the Rio Cinema presented by the London Short Film Festival, LAND OF KINGS sprawls 15 spaces within walking distance. Masters of camp irreverence Gideon Reeling preside over their hub for late night antics “Land of Queens” and, new for 2015, “Royal Thoughts”, a salon of talks, interviews and ideas, holds court at Arcola Theatre. Clever futurists Let’s Be Brief bring their creative forum to the fold, as does the East End’s answer to the WI, Dalston Darlings.

Bugged Out are holding the after party till 6am at Oval Space. You can purchase tickets for a bargainous £25 at http://landofkings.co.uk/