Hibernate, us? Never! Here are the coolest places to warm your cockles in the capital, from Friday 16 October
The temperature may have plummeted, but things are hotting up on the food scene this autumn. Get up, go out and tuck into the best events London has to offer.
The sofa will survive without you, promise.
Crack a yolk at the Scotch Egg Challenge
Via: The Canonbury Tavern / PR
The only competition where leaving with egg on your face is a good thing, London's annual Scotch Egg Challenge will be rolling into The Canonbury Tavern this Tuesday night. Featuring chefs from some of the city's greatest restaurants, the competing entries will be judged on three criteria – taste, texture and appearance – before the winner is announced and the crowd gets to feast on the leftovers.
Previous finalists have involved chorizo and fennel, curried smoked haddock and wild boar, heart and liver varieties, so you can be sure of a few eggciting tasters.
7:30pm, Tuesday 20 October. Admission to watch is free, £25 to compete.
Pop along to Cuisson's POPdown
If you thought pop-ups meant queuing for an hour to stand around eating overpriced burgers in a cold, fluorescent-lit garage, you need to get yourself to Cuisson's POPdown at Waterloo Vaults – stat.
Hosted by the fine-dining caterer supremo Cuisson, the interactive subterranean dinner promises a totally different experience. Chef Chavdar Todorov will serve up four or five courses of elegant, creative seasonal dishes (think cured mackerel with lovage emulsion, daikon and horseradish snow, or carrot cake with coconut custard and brown butter brittle), plus modernist cocktails and plenty of surprises along the way. Even better, everyone sits down to eat at 7:30pm – so no need to stash emergency biscuits in your bag.
Tuesday 20 October to January 2016. Tickets £39. Book here.
Raise the bar (or several) at The Chocolate Show
Love chocolate? Of course you do. Want to spend a whole weekend immersing yourself totally in all things chocolate*? Of course you do!
The UK's biggest celebration of the The Chocolate Show will be feeding the capital's cocoa cravings at Olympia this weekend, with chocolate workshops, celeb chefs and chocolatiers, dessert bars, artisan producers, a tasting room, kids' activities and even a chocolate-themed fashion show.
*Not literally … although you just never know.
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October. Adult tickets £12.50. Book here.
Take it back to the 80s with the Chinese Laundry
Eggs benedict, your days are numbered. We're putting money on Asian brunches being huge news this winter – and as if to prove us right, brand new breakfast vendors Chinese Laundry have opened this month in Islington, ready to throw some serious shade on the usual avo toast and pancakes.
Inspired by 80s Chinese family life, the kitschy all-day dining room promises a slice of nostalgic home-style cooking. Expect plenty of fermenting, ageing and low-and-slow cooking, with breakfast offerings like silken tofu curd, crispy fried Youtiao bread and freshly made soy milk. "Dishes here take time and heart," they explain. We're pretty sure it'll be worth the wait.
Fill your face at Wembley Park Market
Wembley has a whole new flavour, thanks to new natural street food company Foodshed. Nestled between the famous stadium, arena, discount outlet and chain restaurants, Wembley Park Market is dishing up gorgeous global cuisine to shoppers, workers and punters every Wednesday. Expect lovely local meat, handmade pasta, freshly caught seafood and acres of cake.
Eat ALL the aubergines
Quick! Aubergine season is nearly over. Now's your chance to make up for lost time and eat all 10 of these absolutely stonking recipes. Caponata, moussaka and pickle – oh my!
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