Londoners, your foodie to-do list awaits! Here's where to go and what to eat, from Friday 9 October
It's Friday again, what luck!
And this week it's also Chocolate Week, London Cocktail Week, London Restaurant Festival and the start of October, so there's no shortage of feasts to be had in the capital. Swot up, head out and enjoy.
Get stuck into London Restaurant Festival
London is bad for FOMO at the quietest of times, but this month brings an extra special portion of get-out-and-eat-everything panic. London Restaurant Festival runs throughout October, meaning special offers, bargain menus and cool events at some of the city's top eateries.
To save you time and help you choose, we've rounded up our top picks here. Take a gastronomic road trip, have a film feast at Bafta, or go on a culinary crawl around your favourite neighbourhood. You've got a fortnight left. Go go go!
Throughout October. Find out more here.
Go loco for cocoa at Chocolate Week
As if we needed an excuse to celebrate chocolate, next week is the UK's annual Chocolate Week and it'll bring all manner of Willy Wonka magic to the capital.
You can learn how to pair meat and chocolate (what do you mean, you don't already?) at Rococo's workshop with The Ginger Pig, hunt down Divine's special fairtrade chocolate cocktail in bars across London, or swap the hard stuff for a good brew and enjoy one of the special chocolate afternoon teas being dreamed up for the occasion.
For more information, click here.
Create a stir at London Cocktail Week
It's been flowing all week, but we're nowhere near the dregs of London Cocktail Week yet. You've still got time to snag a ticket to Bacardi's 24 Hour Bar Build, an ambitious cocktail showdown between four teams from London's best bars, dreaming up their most inventive cocktails to be mixed, judged, and most importantly, drunk. And if you're interested in swotting up on the latest cocktail trends coming out of LCW, then read this.
Then there's the all-female charity speed bartending challenge Speed Rack, Edinburgh Gin's literature and liquor night, and a final fling at the Sunday afternoon wrap party. Don't forget the Alka Seltzer.
Events until Sunday 11 October. Find out more and book tickets here.
Join the queue at the new Dishoom
Famed for bacon naans at breakfast, black daal at dinner and a whole lot of deliciousness in between, Dishoom keeps going from strength to strength, and postcode to postcode. Head down to its shiny new outpost off Carnaby Street this week for more of the beautiful Bombay cafe cuisine Londoners have come to know and love.
The branch opens officially on Thursday 15 October, but until then it's a no-reservations soft launch with 50% off all food. Go early, and twice as hungry.
Meat your match at King Cobra's Hops & Chops
Bored of bars? Have a night out in a butcher's shop instead! It was only a matter of time.
Booze experts and comedians – it turns out the two go hand-in-hand rather well – Thinking Drinkers are teaming up with Broadway Market master butchers Hill & Szrok on Tuesday to host Hops & Chops, a night of education, beer and meat-matching.
You'll learn about the history and mystery of hops and put your new knowledge to the test with rounds of Cobra beer and plates of chops, wings and tenderloins. Beer and meat: officially the new wine and cheese.
7-9pm, Tuesday 13 October. Tickets £7.50 including food and drink. Book here.
Swing a stein at Oktoberfest
There's only one question on everybody's lips at this time of year: now where did I put my lederhosen?
OK, that might be bit of a stretch – and so might the leather shorts – but there's a reason Germany's biggest drinking holiday is a growing hit on British shores. Head to Oktoberfest at Tobacco Dock this week for four days of excellent beer and hearty food in authentic Munichian style. With catering from Herman Ze German and plenty of live music to lend the weekend a little oompa-oomph, it promises to be the grandaddy (or großvater) of beer festivals.
12.30-11pm, until Sunday 11 October. Buy tickets here.