Ahhh... October. The Summer is officially over, but that's no reason to hibernate!
To help you embrace the gorgeous burnt amber tones of Autumn we've pulled together a selection of our top-rated things to see and do to get you out there and enjoying the last of these lighter evenings. From Oktoberfest East to a new Rum Room that has just opened in Mayfair, you'll have plenty to do and drink this October, plus you have the chance to win some posh grub for two at one of Raymond Blanc's á la carte restaurants.
Have a fabulous month,
Jane, Lucy and the RSG Team x
We’re offering the chance for you to WIN Dinner for Two at celebrity chef Raymond Blanc’s group of restaurants, Brasserie Blanc.
The lucky winner and their guest will enjoy a free bottle of wine and three courses of simple and hearty French dishes of their choice. The menu reads like a storybook of flavours from Raymond’s childhood.
Guided by seasonality and prepared from scratch by skilled chefs, the à la carte menu is filled with the best of British Isles produce treated with French flair. There is something to suit all taste buds, whether you’re in the mood for delectable French classics or something a little more daring. Favourites such as Cheese Soufflé and Boeuf Bourguignon are available all year round whilst seasonal treats such as wild boar or Confit Duck Leg are new on the winter menu.
Expect decadent desserts including chocolate and almond torte and the famous ‘BB’ Pistachio Soufflé with chocolate ice-cream.
Brasserie Blancs have all recently been refurbished (…look out for some design touches from Rockett St George!) and the lucky winner can choose to enjoy their prize at any one of the 18 brasseries across the UK.
To be in with a chance of winning simply click the link above to be redirected to the competition page where you will find one very simple question to answer… Good Luck!
With so many creative events happening this month we have decided to choose our top 5 recommendations to make it a little easier to digest. If craft and design isn't your thing, don't forget it's also the BFI London Film Festival this month (5-16 October) so grab yourself a guide and get yourself to one of the many exciting screenings happening across London.
- Midcentury East - Haggerston School. If like us you are a big fan of mid-century modern furniture and design then we'd definitely recommend you head along to Haggerston School where modern furniture dealers will be gathering. The space designed by architect Erno Goldfinger is worth a look in itself. 9th October, www.modernshows.com
- Made London - One Marylebone. One of our favourite annual craft events where you will not come home empty handed or disappointed. Pick up something unique and feel inspired by all the works of art on display. 20th-23rd October, www.madelondon.org
- Teenage Bedrooms: 'Like a House Inside a House' - Geffrye Museum. This event made us laugh at first - the thoughts of exploring our own teenagers bedrooms is quite frightening... But this is all about viewing them from a different perspective. The exhibition explores the identity, memories and expression of our teens, at such an important time in thier delevopment. 4th October, www.geffrye-museum.org
- Handmade at Kew - Royal Botanical Gardens. We never miss a chance to visit Kew Gardens and this event sees over 200 designers and makers come together for an allmighty display of their works. Furniture, textiles and ceramics. 6th-9th October, www.handmadebritain.co.uk
- Handmade in Edinburgh - The Hub. If you fancy a short trip away then we can strongly recommend Edinburgh! Aside from plenty of other things to see and do, on the 28th-30th the handmade event travels to The Hub for a different selection of makers. 28th-30th October, www.handmadebritain.co.uk
This bright little store is one of the only old-school shops left in Soho. It's been resident in the area for over 70 years and is a firm favourite with the locals. The deli contains the most mouthwatering food, authentic Italian coffee and so much more. It is the place to go if you want to create a little piece of Italy in your kitchen. The little deli is stacked from floor to ceiling with regional Italian products and the deli olives, meats and cheeses are always a massive hit, we really could go on...
Whilst this fantastic little deli really is worth a visit, for those of us who are strapped for time or live far away you can still get your Italian cuisine fix by shopping on their online store, and they deliver nationwide! Once you shop you won't be able to stop!
For more information please visit their website.
18 Brewer St, London W1F 0SH
New kid on the block, Burlock Rum Rooms, is the hottest new place to drink. Located in swanky Mayfair the bar stocks an impressive 200+ rums making it one of the largest Rum Houses in the country and a great date-night location / cool hang-out.
A hilarious drinks menu always wins us over - try 'Mary's Pickled' (and you will be!) with Bacardi Heritage, Maraschino, Pineapple Shrub, Clementine Juice and Pomegranate - YUM! The Hurricane #1 and A-Give-Us-A-Cole both sound delicious too, and if you're feeling really adventurous / brave - why not go for the Grasshoppers Delux? Yes, that's right... an actual grasshopper! If you wash it down with a shot of rum you get the special treat of ringing the the champions bar-shop bell - a challenge we recommend you try after a few drinks...!
For more information please see website.
31 Duke Street London W1U 1LG
Lost World is a handmade cinema experience brought to London by Backyard Cinema - a homemade project that started in the company founder's own backyard!
The experience is all about stepping into the unknown and involves an adventure through a dangerous temple ruin to find a selection of bean bags, food and cocktails! As you settle down to watch your adventure film, you will be surrounded by tropical plants, sound effects and special surprises! Treat yourself and your date to either the Cocktail Ticket (£25.00 each) for a signature jungle themed cocktail or the Date Night Ticket (£65.00 for 2 tickets) for a bottle of fizz, popcorn, ice cream and blankets! #Winning
Open with various screenings and movies from now until 6th November. For tickets and more information click here.
Munich's world famous beer festival is coming to London... Exciting!
Live music, food stalls, marquees and of course German beer - What's not to love?! Don't be surprised if you see a few dirndl and lederhosen either! For two weeks there will be an array of venues to choose from, but our pick would be Oktoberfest East which is a little twist on the traditional. Enjoy great music, beer and traditional Bavarian style food on tap.
Opening on the 29th of September for two weeks at the Oval Space, tickets start at £15.00. You can find out more information here.
29-32 The Oval—London E2 9DT
As the temperature drops, the days get darker and Christmas looms closer; stacks of office goodies are creeping in and venturing outside is becoming more off-putting. So to combat our muffin tops and save ourselves from ourselves, we have found an ideal solution...
Joining an online class = easy, no excuse workouts wearing what ever you like, whenever you like! We recently discovered an online Yoga hub that will help de-stress and get you moving with over 400 classes available. The network features some of the country's top yoga instructors meaning that you don't have to be in London to learn from the best. All you need is your computer or laptop and a yoga mat!
Our favourite classes include Hungover Yoga, The Sleep Challenge and Moves for Computer Users. Classes cost £10.99 a month with a free 14 day trial when you first sign up. For more information please see the Movement for Modern Life website.