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How is it September already?! If the news is anything to go by we’re in for an Indian Summer and I’m all for that as I’m not quiet ready to welcome Autumn. If you’re looking for some inspiration of what to get up to this month then look no further. Here are a few of our tops picks from all over the UK for you to check out. Enjoy x

Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper at Coal Drops Yard

Disco Carbonara by Martino Gamper at Coal Drops Yard

London Design Festival - London

14th-22nd September

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns to venues and institutes across the city from 14-22 September 2019. There are lots of installations, projects and events taking place all around the city, a lot of which is free and fun for all the family. During the festival there is also the London Design Fair located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair is a four-day event that brings together 550 exhibitors from 40 countries, including; independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions.

Words and Source: The Design Festival for more info click here.

Photo : Matt Clayton

Photo : Matt Clayton

Open House Weekend - London

21st - 22nd September

One of our favourite events in the London calendar, Open House Weekend is a chance to go behind the scenes, on roofs and inside London buildings which are usually off-limits to the public. The full programme of over 800 buildings for this year was announced on the 20 August. The more exclusive openings need to be booked in advance and sell out almost instantly — for others, it's a case of perusing the programme, turning up during the opening hours, and being prepared to queue for your peek inside.

Source/Words Open House London for more info click here.

The London Standard - London

Now Open

Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex in London’s thriving King’s Cross neighbourhood, the 1974 Brutalist building has been meticulously restored and sets the perfect stage for The Standard’s first hotel outside America. The Standard, London has 266 rooms in 42 unique styles ranging from Cosy Core rooms to terraced suites with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station. The lobby lounge, with a carefully curated library pays homage to the building’s original use, with a Sound studio hosting weekly live music and talks. Executive Chef Adam Rawson’s street facing bar, Double Standard, offers lunch, happy-hour and casual drinking and dining, while his garden restaurant, Isla, features a seasonally-driven, coastal inspired menu. Board the street level, exterior red lift directly to the 10th-floor where Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ forthcoming restaurant will showcase his live fire cooking and the building’s 360-degree views of London.

Source/Words The Standard London for more info click here.

Coworth Park - Instagram

Coworth Park - Instagram

Dine under the stars - Coworth Park - Buckinghamshire

Now - until mid September

Until mid-September, country house hotel Coworth Park is hosting an al fresco summer dining concept in collaboration with Dom Pérignon. ‘Dining Under The Stars’ is a pop-up private dining concept held in Coworth Park’s Lime Grove, devised by executive chef Adam Smith. Here, guests can dine under a starry night’s sky in a geodesic dome, where the menu perfectly pairs with a hand-picked selection of Dom Pérignon. Dinner packages offer three or five courses, offering best-of-British dishes such as langoustine with tomato, kimchi and ginger; Kentish lamb kebab with buttermilk, salted cucumber and mint; BBQ veal cutlet with garden salad, pickled tongue and truffle; and Kentish mango and coconut sorbet with lime and chocolate mint. An afternoon tea is also on offer, and a telescope will be on hand during the evening sessions to allow guests to explore the galaxy.

Words and Source from Sheerluxe. For more info visit

York Food Festival - Instagram

York Food Festival - Instagram

York Food and Drink Festival

20th-29th September

One of the biggest foodie festivals in Britain, York Food and Drink Festival celebrates the best local and regional food and drink.

Make sure you call by for some of the best street food the region has to offer along with a huge range of product traders throughout the ten days. Festival bars will be well stocked to grab a drink from on the way to check out demonstrations from some of the best chefs York and Yorkshire has to offer.

We’ll again be hosting our Food Factory to give you the opportunity to learn more about how our food is produced, this will again feature a strong community element that engages with many local schools.

Entry to demonstrations and the Festival is free but we’ll also be putting on some exciting ticketed events in conjunction with many of our favourite local food & drink businesses.

Words and source from York Food and Drink Festival. For more info click here.

Turner Prize 2019 Nominees - Turner Contemporary Website

Turner Prize 2019 Nominees - Turner Contemporary Website

Turner Prize 2019 - Margate, Kent 

28 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary in Margate. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year.

Words and Source Turner Contemporary for more info click here.

Mahe Padstow - Instagram

Mahe Padstow - Instagram

Mahé Cookery School, Cornwall

Now Open

Paul and Emma Ainsworth have opened their fourth Padstow venture, Mahé Cookery School and Chef’s Table. The cookery school, which can host up to five guests at a time, offers a space for students to develop their kitchen skills while learning how to master a selection of delicious dishes from their chosen course. Each class has been designed to ensure each student receives one-to-one time with exec chef John Walton and leaves with expert skills and know-how from his wealth of experience. Courses throughout the year include ‘Dinner Party Secrets’, ‘Sugar and Spice’, ‘Pasta Masterclass’, and ‘Bistro Cooking’. Seating ten guests, The Chef’s Table element of Mahé offers visitors the chance to witness the creation of restaurant-quality food from start to finish – and then sample it.

Words and source Sheerluxe. Visit for more info.

The Gin Society - Instagram

The Gin Society - Instagram

The Gin Society Festival - Multiple locations throughtout the UK.

From the 31st August- Onwards

Friendly and sociable Gin Festivals for gin-lovers. The Gin Society brings you the opportunity to discover over 120 different Gins in a friendly and sociable environment in a beautiful venue near you. Our dedicated and approachable staff will be able to make recommendations, whilst local and national distillers will showcase their expertise and share their knowledge in masterclasses. The Gin Society brings you not only unique gins but also amazing entertainment and street food, making it the perfect night out. Source and words by The Gin Society - Eventbrite

What you can expect:

*Free Gin! A voucher for your first Gin & Tonic
*Your own Copa Glass and booklet to take home
*Access to over 120 gins, plus selected cocktails, Rums, prosecco and ales
*Gin sampling and Masterclasses from Distillers
*Live entertainment
*Street food and snacks to purchase separately
*Festival Gin Shop
*Environment friendly festival: biodegradable straws, glass and cardboard recycling.