Boating Along Regent’s Canal & Free Yoga: 10 Things To Do This Weekend

The classic British weather is leaving us in two minds – do we go outside and enjoy nature in all its glory or do we watch the rain from the comfort of a restaurant. How about both? This weekend we have everything from Indian feasts fit for an emperor to boating along the Thames… just don’t forget your brolly (it is England after all).

Drink lip-smackingly good cider from Somerset restaurant Osip

Shop at a pop-up grocery store in Coal Drops Yard

Fresh pastries and hot-cross buns from Flor, lip-smackingly good cider from Somerset restaurant Osip, and confit potatoes and pies from Quality Chop House – this is a grocery store at its finest. And there’s even a pasta-making course on Sunday.

This concept store is popping up to celebrate the launch of Another Pantry, a recipe platform created by food writer and photographer Safia Shakarchito that champions seasonal, slow and conscious cooking.

The store will be at Coal Drops Yard and feature independent restaurants, bakeries and British-based food businesses. The aim is to support the hospitality industry, encouraging us to think about where food comes from, whether we’re dining in or out. With wine, cocktails, ceramics, kombucha, and olive oil from Hackney’s most-talked about new restaurant, Café Cecilia, we suggest you dine out on this occasion…

When: Until 22.03.2022

Where: 108 Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ

Website: www.anotherpantry.co.uk

Celebrate Holi festival

If you’re looking to partake in the colourful celebrations for Holi this year, celebrate this weekend at the Indo-Chinese restaurant Fatt Pundit for their special Holi Momos.

If you didn’t know, Holi is the ancient Hindu festival that traditionally marks the start of spring. It is celebrated as the festival of colours with bonfires, traditional folk music and by throwing bright powders.

To celebrate, Fatt Pundit’s famous momos are getting a colourful new look. These white dumplings are filled with beetroot, spinach and saffron and a choice of chicken, beef, kid goat or vegetable, and will certainly get the party started.

When: 18.03.22 – 20.03.22

Where: Fatt Pundit Soho and Fatt Pundit Covent Garden

Website: www.fattpundit.co.uk

Sake tasting at Japan House London

This weekend there’s a sake party at Japan House London, where you can go on virtual brewery visits, meet experts and taste exclusive samples. Around the great hall will be samples of signature sake from the nine featured craft sake breweries. See if you can pick out the shinshu (a newly, specially brewed sake) from the line-up.

When: 18.03.22 – 20.03.22

Where: Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA

Website: www.japanhouselondon.uk

See the V&A’s latest exhibition

Remember when Harry Styles posed on the front cover of Vogue in a dress and it caused quite the stir? Well, you’ll find more to keep tongues wagging this Saturday, as the V&A opens its doors to a new exhibition devoted to the story and significance of male clothing through the ages. Designed by architectural studio JA Projects, “Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear” will uncover the hidden meanings of masculine attire from the days of ancient Greece to the present. Eat your heart out Harry.

Eat your heart out Harry Styles

When: 9.03.22 – 6.11.22

Where: V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL

Website: www.vam.ac.uk

Cocktails at Harvey Nics

When it is looking a little drizzly outside, there’s only one thing for it: a stiff drink. Warm up your cockles with the mouthwatering menu at Harvey Nichols and the cocktail list from House of Suntory, the home of Japanese spirits. Plus, if the sun does decide to appear you can soak it up on the terrace outside. Get yourself along to the Fifth Floor Café to enjoy three courses for £30 or two for £25, all with a House of Suntory Akemi cocktail made with the Japanese blended whisky Toki.

When: Until 31.03.22

Where: Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ

Website:www.harveynichols.com

Paddleboard along London’s canals

Bob along past Hampton Court Palace, down the Regent’s Canal or explore the beautiful London Docklands – all from the comfort of an electric boat. With the spring weather upon us (ignore the rain), us Londoners will be flocking to the outdoors wearing only shorts and a pair of sunnies. And GoBoat is behind us every step of the way.

They are reopening this Saturday so groups of up to eight people can set sail on London’s waterways on an eco-friendly boat. Go for up to one, two or three hours on the water and take a picnic so you can enjoy the ride. Simply navigate your way down the water without the need for a licence. Bring your children and your dogs and – ahoy you go!

When: From 19.03.2022

Where: GoBoat Paddington, GoBoat Kingston and GoBoat Canary Wharf

Website: www.goboat.co.uk

Be one of the first to see Chris Martin’s solo exhibition

No, not the Coldplay Christ Martin. The other one. The one who is based in Brooklyn and makes brightly coloured abstract paintings that give you a warm feeling inside. The Mayfair gallery Timothy Taylor will be showing his first ever solo exhibition in London.

Chris brings together expressive paint, unconventional materials and kitsch pop culture references to experiment with shape and colour. Born in 1954, Chris has spent a long time honing his techniques to create glittering paintings, delicate watercolours and foil-encrusted collages. In a world that can often appear gloomy, this is a visual treat you don’t want to miss.

WHEN: 17.03.2022 – 29.04.2022

WHERE: TIMOTHY TAYLOR, 15 BOLTON STREET, MAYFAIR, W1J 8BG

WEBSITE: WWW.TIMOTHYTAYLOR.COM

Go climbing

Rockclimbing might be one of the most underrated sports out there. Not only is it fun, it helps build body strength, improves your balance and even helps your problem solving skills. Of course, you don’t have to start scaling cliff faces to be a climber: there’s plenty of indoor climbing walls around where you can get stuck in.

Whether you’ve rock climbed before, or are trying to get past your fear of heights, there are a plethora of destinations to do it in London, from the Arch in Bemondsey to The Reach in Woolwich.

Take your St Paddy’s Day celebrations into the weekend

So you think it’s okay to celebrate St Paddy’s day for just one night? Think again. Continue the Guinness guzzling at The George with their week-long celebrations. They’ll be serving up Irish cuisine including oxtail croquettes served with wild garlic mayonnaise; and beef and Guinness hot pot with a side of butter hispi cabbage. Wash it all down with an Irish coffee made with Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, Guinness reduction, origin coffee and cream – and the job’s a good’un.

WHEN: 13.03.2022 – 19.03.2022

WHERE: 55 GREAT PORTLAND STREET, FITZROVIA, W1W 7LQ

WEBSITE: WWW.THEGEORGE.LONDON

Free wellness classes in East Dulwich

The delightful Oru space, which is a café, coworking space and wellness sanctuary all at once, is expanding. They have invested in two new studios and this Saturday they’re offering free taster sessions to get people involved. Walk down to East Dulwich, and find a place of calm in the new Suryan and Sanctuary studios. There will be classes here everyday, but for one day Oru are offering barre, meditation, vinyasa flow and sound bath sessions for free! You’ll also be able to enjoy complimentary tea and snacks from the café, and take home a goody bag filled with treats. Keen? They also have a pop-up bar opening in the early evening, so you can stay for a drink or two! We’re sold.

When: Saturday 17 March

Where: 20, 22 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8HN

Website: www.oruspace.co


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