London’s hottest new weekend guide, Friday’s Child offers some invaluable tips on where to go, what to eat, and most importantly, how to make the very most of your precious weekend. With years of experience working within the travel, food and drink arena, FC founder Nicky Clarke is the man to ask if you’re after a little weekend inspiration, and luckily for us, he also happens to be a great friend of Hg2. With his comprehensive guide below, you’ll have Friday, Saturday and Sunday covered. As Nicky says, “your weekend starts here”.
Subdued lighting? Check. Booth seating? Check? Plenty of copper, leather and exposed brickwork? Check. This is 5CC, the latest in a long line of speakeasy-style spaces to spring forth from the darkness, and it’s arguably one of the best. Hit up the cocktails – ideally, the Forgotten Range – where you can pick your poison from an apothecary cabinet, self-pour from vintage perfume bottles and sip custom-mixes from boutique suppliers. You’ll need something to stop you from swaying on your olive-coloured stool afterwards, so sink an oyster or two wrapped in smoky bacon with creamed leeks and crushed hazelnuts. Naturally, you’ll find this basement bar out East beneath The Well and Bucket on Bethnal Green Road: you know, because it wouldn’t be hip if it were easy to find. Tip: you’ll need to book at the weekend, so make it snappy. There are just 30 covers for 30 hot dates.
143 Bethnal Green Road, E2. www.5cc-london.com
Saturday Morning Brunch
Brunch takes its cue from across the pond this Saturday with a decidedly boozy take on the traditional at The Fable – now open in Farringdon. Here’s what you need to know: there’ll be free WiFi and a stack of complimentary magazines and supplements; breakfasts will be ‘fully-loaded’ with smoky baked beans and a fried slice teamed with golden bone marrow; and there’ll be a DIY cocktail trolley where you’ll be able to build-your-own bubbles and bloodies. Yes, it’s only breakfast, but why not start as you mean to go on? The whole place is like taking a trip to Wonderland, so if you’re gathering the girls or guys, we’d suggest reserving the book-lined Aesop’s table for a prime people-watching perch. Trust us, you’ll be here a while.
52 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A. www.thefable.co.uk
Nothing tastes as good as booze does on a Sunday. Perhaps because it’s naughty and there’s work the next day? Whatever it is, we suggest doing it in suitably cool Scandi style by heading to the recently opened Oslo. First there’s the food, and lots of it. The horseradish-cured mackerel, beef-neck soup with bone marrow dumplings and beetroot tarte tatin are all to-dine-for. Next, head to the bar for Oslo Lager, Brooklyn Lager and Red Hook Long Hammer IPA. And finally, head upstairs into the live music venue for a whole heap of Nordic naughtiness that comes with a side of disco. Note: this is not a relaxed Sunday. It’s a seriously hip Sunday. So you’ll need seriously hip facial hair. Seriously hip clothes. Plus some seriously hip swagger. What did you expect from a multi-faceted venue stuffed inside an old railway station in Hackney? Proof, if ever it were needed, that Sundays are not for sofas.
1a Amhurst Road, E8. www.oslohackney.com
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