Autumn 2015: Our Ultimate Guide

For autumn, we’ll often head inside for new openings, as pop-ups and permanent openings turn away from open-air parking lots and towards pubs and pickle factories, as inside spaces are decked out for the seasons of great joy and goodwill – anything to forget the impending weather.
Here’s our pick of Autumn’s best openings and events.

Contentious Fringe Theatre

 

If there’s one time of year to get into the fringe theatre lying on your doorstep it’s the autumn, when new seasonal programs begin that trump nights in front of bad TV. Top of our list is Theatre503’s season where next up is psychological thriller Valhalla; and the Bush’s F*ck the Polar Bears, the first in an autumn run that encompasses their RADAR season of new plays, taking place throughout November.

Discover more: The Bush | Theatre503

It’s Game Season

These most British of dishes are best eaten well, or not at all. Game can be a fussy and pretentious seasonal delicacy if you’re unlucky – our advise, head to one of the restaurants below and eat grouse, guinea fowl, hare and pheasant with aplomb – shortly after a-bang.
Discover more: Lyle’s | Maze Grill 

Contemporary Pubs & Bars

Moth Club London, Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, Hackney, E9 6NU
MOTH CLUB really took our notice this month. It’s an ex-servicemen’s club made modern, with all of the original types of entertainment you’d expect – bingo, karaoke, games nights – yet, there’s another side to it that hosts a fresh tinge of the east London scene with dj nights and hipster décor. Wonder what the ex-servicemen’ll think of the gold spangly walls?
Discover more: MOTH CLUB

New Pub Openings

Masters of the refit, London’s pubs tell the best stories in our city. It is lucky that our contemporary interest in renovation and restoration means period features (exposed bricks, Victorian tiling) is now ten-a-penny in London pubs. We cover as many ‘new’ public houses as we can, but really, you should stick to your local if you love that the most. If you’re out on the hunt, here’s a couple we love at the moment:
 

 

Street Food Relocates

While standing outside at Christmas is charming and an Indian Summer is just that, standing outside in the interim – late September to early December – is rather pointless and frankly horrifying. So, lots of pop ups we’re used to seeing on pavements , ‘street food’ if you will, head in. The best of the autumnal crop is Le Bun, whose brand of French American comfort food sets up shop at Market House Brixton this month for autumn. Going by the name #PLATES, the buns you’d expect are now sharing plates of haute cuisine. Fancy that! Raw tuna, duck poutine, the lot, all in fun French American form.
Discover more: Le Bun #PLATES at Market House Brixton

The last of the Summer Markets

While summer feels over, the possibility of an Indian Summer over the next few weeks isn’t out of the question, as Britain’s unkempt weather fails to rule anything out. In case of this, London’s food and drink markets stay open oddly long, in the hope of nostalgic punters dropping by as the sun takes its final curtain. You can still eat at Dinerama until October 4th, at Roofnic until September 25th, Storeys until October 11th, Dalston Yard until September 26th and Model Market until October 3rd.
 

Underground Drinking

There isn’t much that satisfies like a downstairs drinking den when the days draw in. We particularly like the modern jazz bar and club, Kansas Smitty’s, on Broadway Market and named after its house band. Traditionally, the cocktails served are juleps and the live music is round-the-clock.
Escape underground to Aidan McGee’s second venture, The Truscott Cellar, a contemporary wine bar in Belsize Park (weirdly, a first to the area). The sixty cover bar has a ground floor and downstairs seating area, with charcuterie and 50 independent bottles by the glass.