What’s On: August

From rooftop summer sessions to free movie screenings and sumptuous supper clubs, here’s Good Things pick of the best events and foodie offerings taking place this August.

1 Feast at Lahpet’s Burmese supper club 

Lahpet, one of London’s only Burmese restaurants, is launching a new monthly Supper Club that’s set to showcase a selection of the finest authentic and contemporary dishes from the extraordinary yet gastronomically unknown cuisine of Myanamar (Burma).

Centering on carefully crafted small plates of crispy fritters, distinctive salads, vibrant curries and fresh seafood, this all-new Supper Club will launch on Thursday 17th August, at Lahpet in London Fields. In his thoughtfully devised menu, head chef, Zaw Mahesh, uses only the very best Burmese and British produce available.

When: Thursday 17th August 2017, 6.45pm
Where: 5 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
Tickets: Priced at £35 per person. Click here to book

2 Enjoy a roof terrace summer session at Ham Yard Hotel

Summer Sessions at Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel’s exclusive pop-up bar is returning with Summer Sessions. From 31st July to 30th August, the roof-top bar will be hosting three different concepts over four weeks, with a brand new selection of innovative cocktails inspired by botanicals grown in the roof-top garden, and an exciting collection of unconventional rosé wines from around the world.

From a special new rosé menu to exciting botanical cocktails, there’s plenty to try. For more information, click here.

When: 31st July to 30th August 2017
Tickets: £15 including a welcome drink and entry to Ham Yard’s Roof Terrace. Click here to book or email summerevents@hamyardhotel.com

3 Watch marvellous movies at Merchant Square


Throughout the month of August, Merchant Square will be hosting movie nights on their outdoor cinema screen. All movies are free to watch and start at 6.30pm – head down there early to grab a good spot on one of the deckchairs! Enjoy Save The Last Dance on Thursday 10th August, Pitch Perfect on Thursday 17th August and Man on Wire to finish the movie trio on Thursday 24th August.

Tickets: Free to attend
When: 10th, 17th & 24th August. All movies start at 6.30pm. See more here
Where: Harbet Rd, London W2 1BF

4 Tuck into a Ben’s Canteen x BrewDog Burger


Neighbourhood burger hangout, Ben’s Canteen, has teamed up with BrewDog to launch Ben’s Canteen x BrewDog Burger: the first in a series of Ben’s and BrewDog collaborations. Available from July 31 for a month at both Ben’s Canteen sites as well as a selection of BrewDog bars in London, they’re deal for beer and burger connoisseurs alike.

Think two beef patties, double smoked cheese, streaky bacon and BrewDog’s scene-stealing flagship Punk IPA barbecue sauce – stacked with crack fries (fries in BrewDog’s Kingpin batter) to give it that extra height and crunch.

Price: £12
When: Available throughout August
Where: Both Ben’s Canteen sites in Earlsfield and Battersea as well as the following BrewDog bars: Camden, Clerkenwell, Shepherd’s Bush, Shoreditch and Soho

5 Indulge with Food for the Soul at Tate Modern
Tate Modern’s landmark Soul of a Nation exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.  In celebration of this ground-breaking exhibition, Tate Executive Chef Chris Dines has developed a US soul inspired menu.

From 8th August, Tate Modern’s Level 6 and Level 9 restaurants will be serving up a southern feast of lip-smacking dishes for the duration of the exhibition. Hungry exhibition-goers can educate their taste buds as well as their minds, fuelling up on delicacies such as Cajun crab Cakes, Buttermilk fried chicken, Salt Cod and polenta fried okra. There will be a selection of American wine and beer pairings to accompany each course. Showcasing the best of American craft beer, the chosen brews include IPAs, Stouts and Porters from the likes of Two Roads Brewing Company, Flying Dog Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets: Combined Soul of a Nation menu and exhibition ticket are available at Level 9 restaurant for £29 (2 courses and ticket). Click here to book.
When: 8th August – 22nd October 2017
Where: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

6 Celebrate Glorious Twelfth at Rabbit Restaurant 


In honour of the start of the grouse season, in celebration of the Glorious Twelfth, Rabbit Restaurant in Chelsea will team up with The London Shooting Club to bring Londoners the very first grouse of the season, actually on Saturday 12th August.

The London Shooting Club will bring the first grouse of the season down from the Yorkshire moors on the 12th August, just in time to serve diners a delicious dinner of Roasted Grouse served with Candied Beetroot, Smoked Onion petals, Blackcurrant and Armagnac Game Sauce. Due to many shoots distance from London, is hard to ensure that grouse arrives in London restaurants actually on the 12th August, meaning guests who dine at Rabbit are in for a real treat this Glorious Twelfth.

When: Saturday 12th August
Where: Rabbit, 172 Kings Road, London, SW3 4UP
Bookings: Phone 020 3750 0172 or email info@rabbit-restaurant.com for more

7 Enjoy a taste of Cuba at Skylounge 

Sky lounge

Pay a visit to the chic Skylounge rooftop bar for a taste of Cuba this summer. Havana Rum, pioneers of pure original rum, have remodelled the rooftop bar terrace into a Cuban retreat, allowing guests to immerse themselves within the relaxed Cuban vibe and feel as if they have travelled to Old Havana.

Ideal for a post-work bite, indulge in unique traditional Cuban food and incredible Cuban cocktails, including classics such as Cuba Libres, Mojitos and Daiquiris. Casa Havana’s food menu is inspired by the Havana heat and traditional treats you would find in Cuba such as fried green plantains with garlic mojo, Red Snapper ceviche with serrano chillies and a tomato jelly, chargrilled octopus with smoked Piquillo Pepper, as well as the classic tacos and pulled pork quesadillas.

When: Until the end of September
Where: Double Tree Hilton Tower London, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF

8 Join Bunga Bunga Covent Garden for No Place Like Rome

Bunga Bunga

Every Friday in August is set to be an absolute chaRIOT at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden. The unique dining experience will transport guests back to the ancient ruins of Rome for an orgiastic experience full of food, wine, gladiators, emperors and togas galore.

In true Bunga Bunga style, it’s time for guests to find out what the Romans really did for us. All inhibitions will be lost as Bunga Bunga’s resident satirical comic, Joe Morose, adorned with goats legs and horns, hosts a variety of acts. Indulge with a three-course menu alongside full of Roman flair, as well as irresistible evening cocktail list of all-Italian classics.

Where: Drury Lane London, WC2B 5PG
Bookings: Phone 020 7590 3602 or click here

Tempt your tastebuds and try summer classics with a twist at St Christopher’s Place Summer Tastefest 


This August, St Christopher’s Place is embracing the flavours of British summertime culinary classics, bringing unique twists to seasonal favourites, at its three-day Summer Tastiest. Taking place from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th August, the famous piazza at St Christopher’s Place will transform into a tasting pop up festival – mixing the latest food and dining trends with some of the world’s rarest ingredients. Read more here.

Where: 4 Gee’s Ct, Marylebone, London W1U 1JD
When: Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th August 2017
Tickets: Free to attend

10 Join Three Girls Cook for a British Summer Time Supper Club at Bluebird


MasterChef may have only just left our screens but finalists Alison, Giovanna and Lorna have teamed up as Three Girls Cook, a trio of talent hosting supper clubs and events around London. Join the girls at Bluebird for a delectable four-course feast inspired by British summertime.

The meal will focus on fresh seasonal local produce and will be hosted in one of Bluebird’s beautiful private dining rooms. Enjoy  a refreshing welcome cocktail on arrival, followed by picnic themed canapés, crab rolls, tender barbecued lamb as a main, and fresh blueberry, lemon and verbena Eton mess for desert.

When: 4th 5th & 6th August 2017
Where: Bluebird 350 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UU.
Price: £65, includes four-courses and welcome drink. Phone 020 7559 1000 or email enquiries@bluebird-restaurant.com to reserve a space

11 Celebrate Princess Margaret’s birthday at Maggie Jones’s

Chicken and Artichoke Pie at Maggie Jones's (2)

To celebrate Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon’s birthday on Monday, 21 August, British restaurant Maggie Jones’s is serving a special twist on the G&T as well as one of her favourite dishes, The Chicken & Artichoke Pie, for the duration of the week. The restaurant, which opened in 1964 in Kensington, was at the time Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden’s favourite restaurant and was actually named after the Princess, who used to book under the alias “Maggie Jones”.

To honour Princess Margaret, who would’ve turned 88 this year, Maggie Jones’s has created “Maggie’s Cocktail” (£8.50), a twist on the G&T with gin, tonic, orange juice and bitters, as gin was the princess’s alcoholic beverage of choice. Diners are also encouraged to taste the restaurant’s famous Chicken & Artichoke Pie (£16.50), which was one of Princess Margaret’s favourite dishes.

When: Monday, 21 August to Sunday, 27 August.
Bookings: Please call 020 7937 6462
Where: 6 Old Ct Pl, Kensington, London W8 4PL

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