This Saturday 2nd September, Windsor Castle's biggest ever Family Festival is inviting visitors to become a medieval knight for the day. Throughout the day, a huge range of drop-in activities will guide children through the training required to become a knight.
Once they have gathered enough stamps on their 'Passport to Knighthood', fully trained young knights will be eligible to take part in a knighting ceremony in St George's Chapel and be presented with a special Windsor Castle medal. Children can learn to joust on hobby horses, practise their sword skills and find out just how heavy a knight's armour really was among other activities!
Before you step foot inside The Ivy, you know you’re in a for a good meal - the high end food chain celebrating its 100th year feeding London, has a just reputation for delectable meals and great drink.
But the experience of dining at the restaurant’s newest destination - beside the river at Tower Bridge - is something else entirely. Views from the terrace are divine - literally in the shadows of Tower Bridge, the iconic London landmark looms above you. From inside the views are just as spectacular - this time of the Tower of London across the River Thames.
There are few more awe-inspiring backdrops for a meal. And the food lives up to its reputation. The seasonal soup was divine when we visited and members of the party are still talking about the taste of the fresh garden peas. As a vegetarian, the fish offerings were awesome - blackened cod, roast salmon and whole lobster - not to mentioned the Raw Market Salad, quite simply pretty as a picture.
There are cost-aware options too; an Ivy Tower Bridge burger comes in at under £15, whereas a shepherd’s pie is just £13.50. Puds are divine - and the atmosphere perfect for a special night out, while the restaurant is also suitable for a quick bite after work. The decor is elegant, the service attentive - it’s definitely one for your To Do list.
Aviator at Hush Mayfair
Fancy giving a helping hand to one of the best bars in London this Monday? The Aviator lounge at Hush Mayfair have a long list of libations inspired by all corners of the globe, and this month they're inviting Londoners to help them put together a brand new cocktail menu.
You'll be tasked with tasting two new tipples, before making a cut-throat decision and casting a vote on your favourite one. The winning tipple will feature on their new menu, launching this November - so be wise with your choice. Get your ticket to this stupendous evening for just £14.
Which is better, meat or fish? The answer will be revealed at the Meat Vs Fish festival on 6th September, hosted by The Change Group, in partnership with Action Against Hunger.
Ten of London's best restaurants, including Salt Yard and Aqua Shard, will compete against each other, showcasing five meat and five fish dishes. One prize will be given to each category and there will also be an award for the overall winning team. The question is, will it be a surf or turf team that comes up on top?
Dubbed the UK's Brokeback Mountain, God's Own Country follows the story of Johnny Saxby (played by Josh O'Connor), a young farmer who lives in rural Yorkshire and numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. His life is turned upside down with the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe Ionescu, played by Alec Secareanu, who lends a helping hand on the farm.
The pair embark on an unlikely romance, forcing Johnny to confront his true feelings of love for Gheorghe and the feeling of being loved for the first time. This poignant coming-of-age film is well worth the watch and beautifully shot.
FOOD AND DRINK
Off the Wall and onto the Plate
There's never been a pop-up in London quite like it. Experimental chef, Pedro Passinhas, is launching a truly unique pop-up restaurant during London Design Festival, where guests can dine on a seven-course menu entirely inspired by wallpaper.
The menu includes 'sheet scallop' served with slow cooked pork neck, metallic paper made from fresh oysters, and an edible wallpaper napkin amuse-bouche. The pop-up, which will be open for two weeks from 22 September, can be found at The House of Wallpaper by Graham & Brown at 19 Greek Street, Soho. Book ahead!
Data Dollar Store
Ben Eine has created limited edition artwork in his famous lettering style to go on sale at the Data Dollar Store in Old Street, East London. Opening its doors on Wednesday 6th September, the pop-up will give fans the chance to purchase a piece of Ben's work, but with a twist.
Created by Kaspersky Lab, the pop-up shop encourages shoppers to be mindful of the value of their digital data. To bring this to life, shoppers will be presented with a totally new way of transaction – use data* as currency in exchange for goods.
It's September,which means one thing for health junkies and foodies alike - Organic September! The Soil Association is encouraging the nation to go organic this month, holding a range of events around the UK, from talks to demonstrations and tastings, to make it that much easier for the consumer to try organic. For example, on 16th September, Wholefoods Kensington in London will host organic cookery demos, and later on 28th, the store will have a panel discussing clean living. See the website for the full list of events.