Weekend Guide March 11 - 13
Prepare to drink this weekend. The guys from Worship Street Whistling Shop have opened a new bar; same goes for the guys behind Callooh Callay. Plus, there’s a vodka and caviar pop up, a new izakaya, and a ‘ghetto house’ party at XOYO. Come Sunday, we’re rounding things off with espresso martinis. Cheers!
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI XOYO • SAT Little Bat • SUN Anomalisa
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Caviar & Vodka
We’ve paired caviar with chai martinis at Blake’s, picked at the caviar trolley at 45 Jermyn St., and now, we’re going for the classic vodka and caviar combo at Brown’s Hotel’s Beluga Vodka and Volzhenka Caviar pop-up. Finishing tomorrow, head in tonight for your fill of caviar dishes (oysters, duck eggs, ham, salmon – all paired with caviar), Beluga cocktails and, of course, shots. Risky business!
Beluga Vodka and Volzhenka Caviar pop–up at Brown’s Hotel,
Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP
March 8-12. To book a table in The Caviar Library, call 020 7493 6020 or email reservations.browns@roccofortehotels.com

Black RockDance Mania takeover
The guys behind London’s Worship Street Whistling Shop have turned their attention to whisky at their new subterranean bar in Shoreditch. Quashing the old-boys stereotype, the idea here is to drink simple whisky cocktails in a relaxed, minimalist setting to a soundtrack of hip hop and electro beats. Tick, tick and tick! Look for the roaming bartender, who’ll be mixing up drinks ad hoc. Don the hoodies and sneakers for a blasting of “ghetto house” at XOYO. The original maestro of the genre, DJ Deeon from the CHI, will be making his UK debut churning out his high tempo tracks from Dance Mania – think rough-around-the-edges house concoctions – with the help of another ghetto house veteran, Parris Mitchell.
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Prices vary
9 Christopher Street,
From £6.50
32-37 Cowper Street,
Tiny Leaf:
Party pad
Have you been to Tiny Leaf yet? If not, the space that used to be Bumpkin in Notting Hill has been transformed into a four floor eating, drinking and dancing emporium. The ground floor is a brasserie and juice bar (good vibes!), the first floor is a restaurant (great furniture), the second floor is a Pollock-esque paint splashed disco den with a botanical bar, and the top floor is a dark sultry lounge. There are fancy cocktails (edible soil?), and they operate zero waste, too. There’s a lot on offer, but what we’re mostly excited about are the bookable bars. Great spaces, good cocktails, open late. Need somewhere to host an event or private party? Get in touch — they’re only open until April 4, so the time is now to throw your soirée. To find out more contact justin@tinyleaflondon.com.
Tiny Leaf, 209 Westbourne Park Road Notting Hill, W11 1EA
SosharuLittle Bat
Jason Atherton is trying his hand at Japanese cuisine at this sleek izakaya-style restaurant. Go for teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sashimi before descending to the basement bar Seven Tales. Manned by Geoff Robinson (previously of Happiness Forgets and Experimental Cocktail Bar), the bar specializes in hip-hop, sake cocktails and beer. Need more persuading? There’s a cocktail vending machine. The highly anticipated second bar from the team behind Callooh Callay has opened. The style is similar here – think eclectic furniture, floating bookshelves, and, like Callooh Callay, look for the magic wardrobe. Drawing inspiration from classic serves, the drinks list will be divided into cocktails, sharing cocktails and decanters. Snacks are kept simple with marmite butter popcorn, rosemary and onion scotch eggs and sausage rolls.
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Prices vary
64 Turnmill Street,
Prices vary
54 Islington Park Street,
N1 1PX
Covent Garden GrindAnomalisa
If you find yourself in Covent Garden and need a quick pit stop, head to the newly opened Covent Garden Grind. As with the others, come here for espressos, juices and a light fuel of salads and sandwiches. Plus, we’ve heard rumours of pistachio cronuts flying off their shelves. Order an espresso martini for a guaranteed pick me up. Now that Oscar season is over, it’s time to catch up on your art house flicks, starting with Anomalisa, the new stop motion drama from surrealist director Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich). Expect the usual Kaufman themes of sadness and melancholy but with 3D-printed human protagonists.
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Prices vary
42 Maiden Lane,
Various times
From £15
Curzon Soho
99 Shaftesbury Avenue,
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