Time for some gastronomic fireworks? Here are the tastiest events in London from Friday 6 November
If you can tear yourself away from the pretty colours in the sky this week, there could be some pretty dazzling dishes on your plate, too.
Here are all the foodie events in London that deserve your attention. Wrap up warm and get out there!
Raise some dough for charity at Eat Bake Love
Philanthropic foodies unite! This Sunday, all the city's best smells will be coming from Eat Bake Love, an afternoon of baked goodness in aid of Action Against Hunger.
Hosted by artisan bakery The Bread Factory and Duck and Waffle's Dan Doherty, the event at Mayfair restaurant Beast will feature dishes from some of London's top chefs and the chance to vote for a new loaf that will be sold nationally, with all profits going to the charity. Not since Nadiya's GBBO win have carbs done so much good.
1-6pm, Sunday 8 November. Tickets £120, available here.
Get down and boogie at Below & Hidden
They're already famed for their cosy Fitzrovia cocktail dens, airy Clerkenwell restaurant and countless retro events like the Blitz Party and the Prohibition Party – now professional merrymakers Bourne & Hollingsworth can add "clubmasters" to their resumé, as they open brand new late-night drinking and dancing den Below & Hidden.
Tucked away beneath the country house-inspired B&H Buildings, the teeny subterranean bar will provide table service with a twist. No tepid spirits and sparklers here but instead a changing menu of bespoke bottled cocktails, delivered straight to your seat so you can save all your energy for the dancefloor. Swish.
8pm-2am, every Friday and Saturday from 6 November. Tables must be booked in advance.
Veg out at the Vegan Futures festival
Tofu or not tofu? That is one of many questions you can have answered with a trip to Vegan Futures this Saturday. The one-day "plant-based lifestyle festival" is laying down roots at The Trampery in Shoreditch, with talks from vegan chefs, athletes, bloggers, film-makers and activists on everything from vegan bodybuilding to vegan advocacy and why nobody actually needs to eat dairy – plus there's a free yoga session, goodie bag and breakfast smoothie for every attendee.
10am-6pm, Saturday 7 November. Tickets £34.95. Book here.
Eat happily ever after at Night Tales
Londoners know the drill by now: great drinks, great DJs, some of the drippiest, dreamiest and most devilishly Instagrammable street food in the city, and a buzzing atmosphere you want to eat up with a spoon.
Fresh from the success of the jungle-tastic Summer Tales, Night Tales is back and this year the theme is Tokyo Nights – which means 20,000 square foot of Shoreditch market space transformed into Japanese back streets, with sake bars, Asian fusion cuisine, private "houses" to book for the night and a whole lot of neon signs and cherry blossom.
Every Thursday to Saturday until 19 December.
Have a Little Feast
Feast's baby sibling is back, and it has its winter coat on! Shepherd's Bush Yard has been transformed into a Scandinavian forest for the return of Little Feast, with real Norwegian firs and cosy sheds serving up hot toddies and hearty street food to make all your Narnia fantasies come true.
Entry is free, but register on the website beforehand and you'll get a free winter warmer on arrival. We don't know what exactly that will be, but you can bet it'll go down easy.
6pm-11pm, Wednesday to Friday, 12pm-11pm Saturdays and 12pm-8pm Sundays, from Thursday 5 November. Free entry.
Make sure Bonfire Night goes off with a banquet
No sooner has your jack-o'-lantern started drooping than another holiday comes around to get excited about. This weekend we're all about toffee apples, gingerbread, toasted marshmallows – and anything that will keep our hands warm.
Here are the best ever bonfire treats, to have them oohing and ahhing long after the fireworks have finished.
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