Ah, September. Summer is officially over and typical British weather reigns once again. To help you get out of your funk, we've rounded up four of the best events in the Square Mile this month.
From art to fashion, to a foraged feast.
Whats more, they're inside, where it's warm and toasty. Three of the events even include tipples...autumn isn't sounding too bad now, is it?
1. Shop ‘til you drop at the London Fashion Week night market - It’s that time of year again, when London’s style crowd dress to impress and venture across the capital for the biggest event in the fashion calendar. Yes – it’s London Fashion Week. For us mere mortals, who don’t have front row passes for the fun, Spitalfields Market is hosting a free evening of catwalk shows from Zadig & Voltaire, Belstaff, Lululemon and many more. There’ll also be live music, a goodie-bag giveaway, late-night shopping and a vintage pop-up market, plus all the street food you can eat. We recommend mini-slider-burger-heaven, Bleecker Street.
2. Sample a foraged feast with Mama Xanadu - When a food event is held in Shoreditch, you just know it’s going to be good. After all, this is the birth-place of the hipster foodie. On 14 September, experiental culinary studio and botanical apothecary - a.k.a supper club - Mama Xanadu will prepare a three-course dinner of nature’s finest at 42 Acres. How does fermented fairy ring mushrooms, rainbow summer rolls and ground elder and water mint gazpacho sound? Tickets cost £45 and also include a plant identification workshop, flower elixirs and a remedy goodie bag.
3. March across the capital for margaritas - March; to walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread. Margarita March; to stumble across London in a manner dedicated to gobbling down speciality margs at eight different bars on 16 September. Tickets cost £29 and can be purchased at Café Pacifico between noon to 3pm. Then, proceed to each partner venue to collect your drinks, including One City favourite, Simmons Clerkenwell. The tickets are valid until 10pm and include special prices for beer, food and - you guessed it - margaritas, too. Jose Cuervo tequila will also be hosting special masterclasses with trucks along the way.
4. Discover 80s NYC street art at the Barbican
Fancy yourself an art buff? You might've seen our brief mention last week of the Barbican's new exhibition. On 21 September, visit Boom for Real for a showcase of works from the American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Born in Brooklyn, he is well-known for his street art and graffiti works inspired by scenes from a gritty downtown NYC in the 80s. More than 100 pieces will be on display, including rare film, photography and archive material. Standard tickets cost £16, students pay £10 and those lucky under 14s can go for free. Make sure you book in advance.
Check in next month for our top events in the Square Mile during October!