Poptails, cocktails and chocolate tastings; here’s what not to miss this weekend in London
Words Helen Brown
What’s on this weekend in London
CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL AT CANOPY MARKET
Canopy Market has collaborated with Cocoa Runners to host a one-off celebration of all things cocoa. Expect a weekend of total sensory pleasure as the dedicated chocolate market brings together exceptional craft chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations, all under the beautifully restored Victorian roof. With a focus on bean-to-bar producers, visitors will be able to sample rare, single-origin chocolates, meet international specialists and learn from the best. All your cocoa-covered dreams come true.
DAIRY SWAP WITH BIO-TIFUL DAIRY
This weekend, Londoners have the chance to swap their dreary dairy for super dairy thanks to the UK’s leading kefir brand, Bio-tiful Dairy. The kefir kings are on a mission to redefine dairy by providing Brits with healthier, tastier and better quality products and will be offering free Kefir and Kefir-Quark in return for any empty yoghurt pots, milk cartons and more. To bag yourself a tasty and nutritious freebie this weekend, head to the following locations with your used pots and bottles.
- Friday 11th May Breakfast: 7:30am-9:30am at Bank Station
- Friday 11th May Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm at Green Park Station
- Saturday 12th May: 11am – 3pm at Clapham Common
- Sunday 13th May: 11am – 3pm on Brick Lane – next to the Truman Brewery
GIN MARE G & TEA
The Soho Hotel is bringing a taste of the Med to a quintessential British pastime as they partner with Gin Mare to launch a new afternoon tea. Think Eton Mess with a playful basil twist, olive paninis and orange polenta cake with green cardamom. Warning: evokes wanderlust.
Available now until 31 July at £35pp, inclusive of all food and a Gin Mare cocktail; firmdalehotels.com
POPTAILS AT SOUTH PLACE HOTEL
East London’s South Place Hotel has partnered with award-winning popcorn mavericks Joe & Steph’s for the creation of Poptails, a new series of signature cocktails to be enjoyed with innovatively flavoured popcorn. Available throughout June, Sweet Sass is a gin-based tipple, blended with thyme infused Cointreau, cinnamon liqueur and marmalade and designed to be enjoyed with Joe & Steph’s Honey and Toasted Sesame popcorn.
JOHN LEWIS SUMMER OF SOUND
Inspired by the capital’s love of music and sound, The Gardening Society at John Lewis Oxford Street has had a makeover. Launching with immersive studio spaces curated by revered audio heavyweights Sonos, Ruark Audio and Naim, the newly landscaped rooftop will play host to a season of sound. This summer’s roof garden will feature live gigs, DJ sets and acoustic music against the breathtaking panoramic backdrop of the capital’s skyline. Music lovers and audiophiles can soak up the sunshine and kick back with the best in hi-fi entertainment, whilst enjoying food from award-winning fried chicken specialists, Butchies, and drinks courtesy of Fever Tree’s Gin & Tonic Garden and Background Bars.