FEET Globetrotter’s guide to the feetWeekend Festival

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Every year, on the early morning of the very first Saturday in September, a stable stream of numerous thousand well-dressed individuals make their method through evictions of Kenwood House gardens in north London, triggering intrigue amongst the park’s joggers and dog-walkers. Navigating their method around the grand 18th-century exterior of your house itself, they head in the instructions of the rippling flags and big white camping tents that have actually turned up in the sweeping premises over the previous week. There is enjoyment and anticipation in the air as a line forms outside the entryway to the website.

The celebration website in Kenwood House Gardens © David Baird

This phenomenon can just indicate something: the yearly arrival of the feetWeekend Festival, a component in the calendar for feet readers not just from London, however from around the world too. Now in its 8th London edition, the celebration has actually broadened to 10 phases, each representing a various area of the weekend paper, inviting over 175 speakers throughout 72 sessions. The day ranges from 10am up until 7pm, and for the unaware, the line-up of unmissable talks, tastings and arguments can appear a little frustrating — a shame of riches that needs accuracy and preparing to browse. This year’s celebration consists of a live podcast camping tent, cooking presentations, a pottery-making session, a sound bath and even an unique pre-festival trip of Kenwood House’s own Vermeer by historian Simon Schama (see listed below).

Whether you are an habitué or a celebration first-timer, FEET Globetrotter is here to assist you prepare and take advantage of your day — along with how to check out the spectacular environments and the different restaurants and hostelries around the huge area of Hampstead Heath.

Before you go

Historian Simon Schama and others at the FTWeekend Festival
Historian Simon Schama and others at the FEETWeekend Festival

To conserve time anxiously checking out and getting your head around the printed program provided on entryway to the celebration, inspect it out here online in advance and exercise a master plan. Many festival-goers coming as a couple or a group divide and dominate — someone’s Portuguese red wine tasting is another’s dispute on the future of democratic industrialism. Alternatively, download the feet Edit app for iOS, which is the main buddy guide for the occasion and will include an interactive program on the day plus lots more unique material in the week prior to the celebration.

At 9.30am on the day, historian and feet factor Simon Schama will be taking a little group of festival-goers into Kenwood House for an unique up-close conversation of its charming homeowner Vermeer, “The Guitar Player” and other Dutch masters because space. Pass holders will be offered the chance to grab among the 20 readily available tickets in the next 2 weeks. If you don’t get the golden ticket, don’t fear — Simon will be hosting a thorough conversation on Vermeer and the craze around the Rijksmuseum display in the Arts camping tent at 11am.

Honey & Co’s sell-out stall at the festival
Honey & Co’s sell-out stall at the celebration © David Baird

Another professional suggestion: FEET Magazine food authors and restaurateurs Honey & Co’s food stall at the celebration constantly offers out, with their unctuous chocolate babka flying off the table by midday. You do not wish to discover yourself stuck in a line for cake and missing out on the live leader dispute on the Big Ideas phase, where feet editor Roula Khalaf and other feet reporters choose the feet’s take on the problems of the day. This year you can protect yourself a whole babka (£15) or a nibble box for 2 (£40) consisting of nuts, dips, crispy crudités, pitta and peaches, by booking beforehand here (with a 10 percent discount rate code for those who buy prior to August 25: FTEARLYBIRD10).

There will, obviously, be a wide variety of other kinds of food readily available at stalls on the day — not to discuss cheese and chocolate tastings (see listed below) — so don’t misery if you don’t dedicate to the above: you will not go starving.

If you are remaining regional, you may wish to schedule your supper appointment now at one of feet Globetrotter’s advised haunts noted below.

Furry Friends

Pampered pooches are more than welcome
Pampered pooches are more than welcome © Mark Green

Well-acted canines are more than welcome at the celebration. The most gaining hound of the day will be commemorated on our social networks platforms.

How to arrive

The gates of the celebration open at 10am. For those visiting Tube, there is a celebration minibus transfer operating from outdoors Golders Green station on North End Road. Follow the linen fits! The celebration is a five-minute trip away.

For those visiting vehicle, there is some totally free parking on Hampstead Lane — however the abovementioned dog-walkers and joggers catch the areas early on, so it deserves pitching up an hour approximately prior to the celebration starts to declare your area and extend your legs.

Early birds can head to Kenwood House’s Brew House café, which opens at 9am.

There is more details here on bus paths, taxis and parking.

Once through the celebration gates . . . 

Pastel de nata pastries will be on offer to festival-goers on arrival
Pastel de nata pastries will be on deal to festival-goers on arrival © David Baird

After you have actually revealed your pass and gathered your celebration goody bag and program, you will be used a totally free pastel de nata and a little coffee, thanks to our sponsor Visit Portugal. You will likewise see that other festival-goers have actually taken a seat to circle their programs. But you won’t require to lose time doing that as you will currently have a sense of where you wish to head to initially.

Now is the time to get another coffee from among the lots of suppliers (Rosslyn is FEET Globetrotter’s present favourite) and head to the Big Ideas phase for 10.15am’s brain sharpener with the one and just Tim Harford on “Why smart people believe silly things”.

Hogging versus grazing

The Big Ideas stage — the engine room of the festival
The Big Ideas phase — the engine space of the celebration

At 11am, sessions start throughout all 10 phases. Festival-goers will be seen determinedly stepping throughout the turf to bag a seat in their camping tent of option. Those totally devoted to the session will stay up front, while others who choose to graze on different sessions instead of dedicate will move into a seat at the back, so they can slip out to another camping tent in the future.

FEET Globetrotter has actually discovered some hogging of seats going on in the Big Ideas phase — unsurprisingly, possibly, as this is the celebration engine space where feet reporters and a range of stellar speakers address the swingeing concerns of the day. This dedicated lot understand who they are and likely cannot be discouraged from their strategy. But those of more of a grazing nature need to not be dissuaded — a big screen outside the primary phase will stream all talks live, and there will be lots of deckchairs to lounge on.

Tasting and shaping

Tastings are a big part of the day
Tastings are a huge part of the day © David Baird

While your buddy is hectic gobbling up in the Big Ideas camping tent, you might be of a more epicurean persuasion, eager not to lose out on the different tastings throughout the day. If you are arranged, you can avoid from a chocolate tasting with Pierre Marcolini to a Portuguese red wine tasting with Master of Wine Julia Harding and feet beverages writer Alice Lascelles to a lesson on how to consume cheese correctly with Marcus Brigstocke or a rum-sipping masterclass, with simply an hour in between each of these to come to your senses and capture a talk or dispute. You can even discover how to enhance your taste buds along the method too.

As well as tastings, you can get your hands unclean too at a pottery workshop with Martha Freud, running throughout the day at the Fearlessly Pink camping tent.

For wordsmiths

Lexicographiles remain in for a genuine reward: author Julian Barnes will be going over the pleasure of the dictionary with Sarah Ogilvy on the Literature and Life phase; on the other hand, crossword enthusiasts can delight in a fiendish Saturday puzzling crossword live — with professionals — on the House & Home phase.

Post-celebration beverages and supper

All advantages need to pertain to an end, and as the magnificent trees of Kenwood cast long shadows throughout the website and the last couple of festival-goers wend their method towards the exit, ideas will be undoubtedly wandering towards beverages and supper. Many will return house, however for those wishing to make a night of it, FEET Globetrotter has a couple of area favourites to suggest.

The Bull & Last

The Bull & Last — a perfect place to repair to after the festival for drinks and dinner
The Bull & Last — an ideal location to fix to after the celebration for beverages and supper

Frequently voted amongst London’s leading gastropubs (especially kept in mind for its blowout Sunday roast), the Bull & Last, a historical Heath-side inn with spaces, is among the finest locations to dine in the location. A 20-minute golden walk from Kenwood House gardens throughout Hampstead Heath or a brief taxi trip away, it is the ideal inviting area to fix to after a revitalizing day out. My staples are the generous grazing fish board and, when in season, the English pea salad with pea fritters, goat’s curd and pink fir potatoes. I constantly leave space for among their outstanding puddings.

Book well beforehand. For those who wish to attempt the Sunday lunch, the club likewise has 7 gorgeous spaces upstairs called after historic regional figures (Mansfield wants the first Earl of Mansfield, owner of Kenwood House and protector of Hampstead Heath, while Dido wants Dido Belle, who coped with her great-uncle, those Lord Mansfield, in Kenwood House).

The club likewise does excellent picnic obstructs to handle to the long turf throughout the roadway. 168 Highgate Road, London NW5 1QS (Website; Directions)

Jin Kichi

Neighbourhood favourite, Jin Kichi restaurant
Neighbourhood preferred, Jin Kichi dining establishment © Keiko Oikawa

In the other instructions, nestled in Hampstead Village is Jin Kichi, a Japanese dining establishment that has actually two times made reference in the feet — advised by Nikkei’s Joshua Ogawa in his short article on the very best Japanese dining establishments in London, and likewise by supermodel Kate Moss in her guide to her preferred dining establishments worldwide.

Even prior to these awards, it was nigh-on difficult to get a Saturday-bedside table in this cherished regional restaurant, so book NOW. It has actually just recently broadened in size, however, so more individuals have an opportunity to buy among its yakitori menus (Set A is my preferred), an umami surge in the kind of a plate of sizzling mini kebabs, or the killer grilled black cod marinaded in white miso. 73 Heath Street, London NW3 6UG (Website; Directions)

The Holly Bush

The Holly Bush — FT Globetrotter’s favourite Hampstead Village pub
The Holly Bush — FEET Globetrotter’s preferred Hampstead Village club © Zoltan Csipke/Alamy

Tucked away behind Jin Kichi is The Holly Bush, FEET Globetrotter’s preferred Hampstead Village club. This higgledy-piggledy 18th-century structure has plenty of cosy nooks to hole up in with a pint, and is popular with walkers after a tramp throughout the Heath. There is likewise a fulsome pubby menu available too. 22 Holly Mount, London NW3 6SG (Website; Directions)

The Southampton Arms

This charming regional, simply down towards Kentish Town from the Bull & Last, prides itself on being an Ale and Cider House serving beverages just from little, independent breweries around the UK. Its spartan yet cool site states everything: “We don’t have a phone and we don’t take bookings, reserve seats, tables, areas or any of that caper.” Swing by for a glass of something revitalizing with an enjoyable team of regulars. 139 Highgate Road, London NW5 1LE (Website; Directions)

Ponds and beyond

This is, obviously, the subject of an entire other short article, however it would be remiss of me not to discuss among the greatest draws to Hampstead Heath: the 3 wonderful swimming ponds — monitored wild-swimming sanctuaries that are the pride of this corner of north-west London.

The wonderful Highgate Men’s bathing pond on Hampstead Heath
The fantastic Highgate Men’s bathing pond on Hampstead Heath © Getty Images

FEET Globetrotter hesitates to send out potentially sloshed feet readers for a post-festival dip, however simply down the course from Kenwood House is the magnificent women-only Kenwood Ladies’ Pond, and a little more on the Highgate Men’s Pond. In the other instructions is the Hampstead Mixed Pond. For tickets, go to Eventbrite.

Swimming at either prior to the celebration is incomparably possible — especially as you can simply pitch up and pay at eviction prior to 11am — although it will destroy your hair.

Festival passes

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Rebecca Rose is editor of FEET Globetrotter and FEETWeekend Festival editor

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