Summer may be well and truly over, but don’t worry – while you were away sipping on cocktails on a European island (we hope), some fantastic new businesses opened up shop in the City. Below, once again, see some of our recommendations of what to check out.

If you’re after: a beer (or three, or four)Bierschenke Bierkeller

German beer hall Bierschenke has opened its second branch in the form of a basement bar – just in time for Oktoberfest. With Bavarian beer halls being synonymous with tasty beer, fun outfits and a great deal of camaraderie (plus dancing on tables), your City social life just might get a little more lively after hours. 

The Bierkeller, a stone’s throw from Tower Hill station, specialises in importing authentic beers and delicacies straight from Germany, so you can be guaranteed a genuine experience with their Bavarian cuisine. But don’t stick to the sausages – vegetarians and vegans are well catered to (even carnivores can’t deny how tasty the vegan schnitzel is). 

And get ready – the venue’s about to gear up for Oktoberfest. From Weds – Sat, 18 Sep – 2 Nov across both Bierschenke’s sites (Tower Hill & London Wall), enjoy big Steins of the venue’s exclusive German beers, platters of authentic Wurst, live oompah bands playing a mix of German classics and modern anthems, and much, much more. Prost!

Find it: 9 Crutched Friars

Learn more: | @bierschenke | click here for Oktoberfest group bookings

If you’re after: the best sandwich in LondonSub Cult

Get here early to beat the queues, because Sub Cult is (rightfully) in high demand – submarine rolls fit to burst with fresh, gourmet ingredients in winning combinations. Sub Cult was born from a love of the great American sandwich, and how we Brits are starved for it over the pond – merged with the founders’ love of subcultures, the cult favourite sandwich brand has opened up its first sleek, stylish shop on Watling St, serving up superior sub rolls to the masses.

The food is the star here; we can’t pick just one sub to recommend, but you can rest assured all tastes are well catered for, from the truly original ‘Submarine’ (pulled pork, crackling and seafood? Trust us – it works) to the award-winning ‘Subterranean’ (blue cheese, truffle mayo, garlic herby mushrooms and more) to the meatball packed ‘Subfather’ … we could go on. Make it your new lunch spot – the reviews speak for themselves.

Psst – read our interview with founders Ben and Gaz here.

Find it: 82 Watling St

Learn more: | @subcultsubs

If you’re after: some new sights on your commuteSculpture in the City 2019

Wondering what that strange and fascinating new sculpture outside your office is? It just might be part of 2019’s Sculpture in the City – a series of public artworks spanning the Square Mile from internationally acclaimed and emerging artists.

This year, thanks to our ever-changing City, the artworks are more diverse than ever. Highlights include: Jennifer Steinkamp’s Botanic playing on a loop on the enormous LED ceiling screen in the foyer of 120 Fenchurch St, creating a dazzling 3D flower show that’ll make you want to lie down to appreciate properly; Nathan Coley’s The Same for Everyone, with illuminated letters that glow against the glassy buildings of Cunnard Place and create an atmospheric, thought-provoking art piece; and over at Bury Court, Reza Aramesh’s extraordinary marble statue The Site of the Fall … (pictured) explores issues of war’s impact on the individual and masculinity. All this and much, much more as part of #SITC’s 9th annual edition.

Find it: all over the City

Learn more: | @sculptureinthecity

If you’re after: a hot new takeaway lunchWaka

Great news for the City – once again, another brilliant London eatery wants a slice of the action here in the Square Mile. Waka, a favourite Japanese-Peruvian spot of White City, is about to open a takeaway joint in Houndsditch, bringing its classic ‘Nikkei’ fusion cuisine to your lunch break. What’s Nikkei, you ask? When Japanese migrants settled in Peru, Nikkei food was born (the term literally means Japanese folk who live outside Japan) – merging traditional Peruvian cuisine with Japanese ingredients.

Waka prides itself on ‘Japanese minimalism and harmony mixed with the fire and playfulness of Peru’ with a mix of hot and cold dishes available to take away, including Sake & Miso Salmon Anticucho, Vegan Bento, and Chicken Katsu Salad. It opens next week, so try it, fall in love, and report back – we want to hear your favourites.

Find it: 120 Houndsditch

Learn more: | @wakalondon

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