On the radar: September 2013

Keeping up with London can be a challenge, new openings, events and exhibitions come up all the time. It’s almost impossible to remember all those places you hear about on twitter, in the office, at the bar and amongst the pages of Time Out magazine. I’ve decided the best way to keep track and make sure my visit list is up to date is to write them down, so at the beginning of every month (I promise October will be earlier!) I’m going to share what’s on the radar.

It won’t be comprehensive and it might not be new news, but hopefully you’ll find a few new resources along the way to help develop your own list and keep up with an ever-changing city.  I’ll update the post if new things pop up so favourite, like or store it in your inbox!

Here goes!



Obika, Charlotte Street – I may be behind the times but the mozzarella bar is a new concept to me, yet something I’m sure to like it. Plates of mozzarella and Italian meats with glasses of wine, yes please!

Grill Shack, Beak Street – As the weather cools it looks like this new opening will be ready to satisfy all of our grilled meat and corn cravings following a summer of BBQs.

Union Street Cafe, Borough – Gordon Ramsay’s latest venture, with David Beckham as partner, is due to open mid month. A Mediterranean affair with some produce sourced from the local Maltby Street and Borough markets. Book your table now.

Top of the Pop Ups – Mexican night – Supper clubs are having a moment right now and yet I’ve not managed to get to one. Mexican is always a social sort of food so this one caught my eye.

Meat and Shake, Tooting – Not a big deal in the city but when a burger chain opens in my local area that doesn’t look like a late night takeaway option it’s got my attention!


Hoxley and Porter, Islington – Possibly the most intriguing launch this month! Enter an opulent train carriage and you’re transported to a Victorian era of exploration. I don’t know about you but the cocktails on this press release make me thirsty.

Bitter Sweet, Soho – A modern addition to the cocktail bar scene in Soho and a new place to enjoy a few post-work Friday drinks.

The Key, Margaret Street – Set to open this Autumn, its launch date seems as secret as the venue. Enter through an Italian loo with a secret password and you’ll find the latest speakeasy cocktail bar to land in London.

The Southsider Cocktail Club, Clapham – One for the South West Londoners, I’m not sure how long it’s been open but the cocktail menu looks pretty tasty!

Wine Car Boot – Slight more sophisticated than it sounds, the city’s best independent wine shops sample and sell their favourite wines in one of London Fields’ car parks.


The Thames Festival – 6 – 15 September. It may have already started but there are plenty of events taking place during the annual festival celebrating the capital’s beloved river.

Open House London – 21 – 22 September. Visit plenty of places not usually open to the public and discover the wide range of design and architecture in the city.

Dark Circus Party – Taking place on 21 September, Belle Epoque and Torture Garden will host an evening of costumes, cabaret, acrobats and sword swallowing. Expect electro-swing, ballroom blitz and party mash-ups from the DJ and a retro night out in the city.

Cutty Cargo – 12 September. Whisky makers Cutty Sark host an event aimed at highlighting homegrown creative cultures and talents. London is their first stop and features the likes of singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, food from Meat Liquor, cocktails by 69 Colebrooke Row and a photography exhibition by Tom Oxley.


London Design Festival – 14 – 22 September. An annual event that aims to promote the city’s creative residents, there’s so many events to get involved in I’m going to have to spend some time narrowing down my favourites.

John Dolan exhibition, Howard Griffin Gallery – 19 – 26 September. You’ll find this street artist’s work around East London, but this exhibition will bring together the pieces you won’t find on a street corner, including some city skyline illustrations with a difference.

Buy now, enjoy later

London Restaurant Festival – 3 – 21 October. In its fifth year, this annual festival will focus on restaurant-hopping, sampling London’s finest restaurants with a variety of tours across the city. The Graze Passport is my favourite, £15 will get you a drink when you buy a small plate across a number of great restaurants.

London Cocktail Week – 7 – 14 October. Definitely an autumn highlight, buy a wristband for £10 and discover new cocktail bars where you only have to pay £4 a cocktails.

Paul Smith, Design Museum, – on sale 22 September, opens 19 November. A British Fashion Designer icon, I can’t wait to check out his exhibition at the Design Museum.

Main post sources – Hot-dinners.com, BarChick.com.

What’s on your radar? Have you heard of any great events or openings for September?

P.S. Regular readers may have noticed the lack of Friday finds recently, I’m currently working on some new style posts for the last day of the working week so watch this space!


  1. September 9, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Wow, Grill Shack and Cocktail Week have now made my must do list – awesome! I’m also really looking forward to trying Notting Hill Kitchen soon as I can’t go past amazing sounding Spanish and Portuguese.

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      September 9, 2013 / 9:11 pm

      You’ll have to let me know what you think of the Notting Hill Kitchen. I always like to add new restaurants to my list 🙂