From sipping cocktails into the wee hours to perusing Greenwich Peninsula’s spring design market, we’ve rounded up the best things to do, see and drink this weekend.

Sip into the night with this new cocktail menu

Journey across the world through cocktails thanks to GÔNG at Shangri-La The Shard, London’s new drinks menu. Paying tribute to Shangri-La, the menu is inspired by an ancient Chinese Treasure Ship from the early 15th century Ming Dynasty, in the fleet of Admiral Zheng He.

Their team of mixologists have travelled around Asia to bring Londoners a varied and carefully curated mix of flavours, tastes and combinations, highlighting eight countries that are linked to Shangri-La. 

Travel to China with the Jianguo, a sweet and bitter mix of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, white apricot dry vermouth, chestnut, Campari, Gong bitters and Angostura bitters, before making your way to Singapore with the smoky-citrus Temasek, a blend of Herradura Plata Tequila, Ilegal Joven Mezcal, Akashi-Tai Umeshu, blue curacao, lime cordial, citrus seasoning and pink salt.

Where: Level 52, Shangri-La The Shard, London, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU

Website: www.gong-shangri-la.com

Visit J. Sheekey’s oyster & Champagne bar

Covent Garden’s famous seafood restaurant has teamed up with Moët & Chandon to create a bar dedicated to life’s two greatest pastimes: fresh oysters and Champagne. 

Popping up at J Sheekey’s restaurant until 6th April, enjoy fresh seafood and oysters, served with a complemented glass of chilled Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage. Menu specials include fillet of hake served with smoked red peppers and roast chorizo; slow-braised lamb with caramelised cipollini onions, salsa verde and white wine jus; and a dark chocolate and blood orange fondant with vanilla ice cream. 

Sunday to Tuesday there’ll also be live instrumental jazz music to heighten the atmosphere and help you celebrate the change in season. Cheers! 

P.S Don’t miss their intimate dinner and In Conversation With… Dame Judi Dench on Monday 4th April. Reserve your table by emailing [email protected]holdings.co.uk

When: Until 06.04.2022 

Where: 28 – 32 St Martin’s Court, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AL

Website: www.j-sheekey.co.uk

 

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Get into the spring spirit at Greenwich Peninsula’s design market

Greenwich Peninsula’s design market SAMPLE Spring returns this weekend, bringing with it the best of London’s designers and creators across a whole host of sectors together for a weekend. 

Taking place this Saturday, you’ll be able to peruse and shop independent brands, from beauty and skincare to ceramics and homeware like East End Prints and Jivan. Expect an array of food and cocktails to sip into the afternoon with, courtesy of Design District’s food hub, Canteen. 

While you’re at this side of the city, don’t miss your chance to check out NOW Gallery’s latest artist commission, Feeling Good by Joy Yamusangie, a series of paintings on paper and fabric that are inspired by conversations and moments inside a fictional jazz club.

When: 02.04.2022

Where: Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, North Greenwich, SE10 0SQ

Website: www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk

Stop by Selfridges’ rosé pop-up

We’ve officially hit rosé season and where better to spend it than at Selfridges’ Rosé Lumière. Popping up until June, you’re invited to step inside a traditional French cinema house and sip on some of the world’s best rosé wines. 

Expect rosé wine portfolios from Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Château d’Esclans to be lighting up the room. From wine tasting flights to cocktail masterclasses with pros, book in for a weekend of wining. 

When: Until 06.2022

Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Website: www.selfridges.com

Grab a pint at one of these canalside boozers

It’s the first full weekend of longer nights since the clocks have changed so why not spend it catching up with friends and family at one of London’s canalside boozers. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favourites. 

From Hackney Wick, the epicentre of canalside drinks in the sun, to Gordon Ramsay’s famous pub and restaurant, and a bursting with colour barge that’s been designed by none other than Sir Peter Blake himself, here are 11 places to slip back into your social life this weekend.

Fall back in love with your childhood favourite at this musical

Channel your inner imagination and fall in love with the wonderful world depicted in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical. Based on the children’s classic of the same name by Roald Dahl, this award-winning production at Cambridge Theatre has been making children and adults alike smile with its intriguing tale of the inquisitive girl, Matilda. 

Complete with original songs from Tim Minchin, see your favourite children’s book come to life on the big stage as you cheer on Matilda as she discovers her special power and take down the horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull.

When: ON STAGE UNTIL MAY 2023

WHERE: CAMBRIDGE THEATRE, 32-34 EARLHAM STREET, WC2H 9HU

WEBSITE: WWW.UK.MATILDATHEMUSICAL.COM

Explore Hackney’s new neighbourhood foodie store

You know you’ve reached peak adulthood when you get excited about going to your local deli or health food store to buy nice bits for dinner. And Hackney dwellers are about to get a new store to spend their lazy Saturday afternoons in stocking up for the dinner party they’re hosting that night. 

Introducing Provisions Wine & Cheese, the brand new neighbourhood store founded by wine and food entrepreneur Hugo Meyer Esquerré. Opening on Friday 1st April, the East London concept will stock classic pantry provisions, deli products and an exciting daily fresh sandwich menu curated by Chef Maximilien Truel (ex-Pollen Street Social and Frenchie). 

Expect sandwiches loaded with miso butter, mushroom, pesto, coppa, pickles and melted Comte, as well as fresh cheese, wines and produce to purchase for the week ahead.

Image by Laura Jalbert
Image by Laura Jalbert

When: Opens 01.04.2022

Where: 308 Hackney Road, E2 7SJ

Website: www.provisionslondon.co.uk

Stream the Academy Awards’ Best Picture winner, CODA

Following last Sunday’s award ceremony, you might be wondering where you can stream Sian Heder’s Best Picture winner, CODA. Luckily for you, you can stream it on Apple TV. 

CODA follows a 17-year-old named Ruby from a small town in Massachusetts as she strives – and struggles – to become the singer she’s always wanted to be. But it’s not as simple as that. She’s the only hearing member of her family, and is supposed to be graduating school before staying in her family’s fishing business. 

Throughout the film, we see her family struggle to come to terms with her ambition, journeying through the ups and downs as Ruby joins her school’s choir club and tries to get a scholarship into Berklee College of Music.

WHERE CAN I WATCH? APPLE TV

Catch this new Punchdrunk production, The Burnt City 

Returning to London this spring is internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Punchdrunk and their new production of The Burnt City. The production follows the story of the greatest Greek tragedy – the fall of Troy. Only set in a future parallel world… 

As you step inside the theatre space, you’ll be able to explore the dystopian landscape, from royal palaces to the underworld of Troy. Choose which characters to follow as you emerge from the shadows, saturate themselves in the show’s shifting atmosphere, or break free of the crowd and discover mysteries lying in wait at the heart of the labyrinth.

When: Until 28.08.2022

Where: ONE CARTRIDGE PLACE, WOOLWICH, SE18 6ZR

WEBSITE: WWW.PUNCHDRUNK.COM

Check out M&S’s exciting fitness pop-up

From Friday 1st to Saturday 23rd, M&S will be hosting a pop-up to celebrate Goodmove’s latest summer collection across womenswear, menswear and kidswear.

Taking place in Covent Garden, there’ll be a host of exciting workshops and classes to get involved in throughout the month, from vinyasa flow classes with integrative health coach Rosie Underwood to cardio and strength training with fitness instructor @mamawelluk.

You’ll also be able to shop new products from M&S’s best selling own brand, Goodmove.

When: 01.04.2022 – 23.04.2022

Where: 6 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AA

Website: www.marksandspencer.com

Take part in this sparkling Searcys masterclass

Take part in this sparkling Searcys masterclass

Landing on April Fool’s Day, St Pancras by Searcys will be adding a spin on their Champagne masterclasses, providing that not everything that sparkles is Champagne. You’ll be deep diving into the world of sparkling wines and the traditional methods behind them,  including Franciacorta and Goriška Brda. All paired with a three-course dinner. 

When: 01.04.2022 

Where: Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, King’s Cross St. Pancras, N1C 4QL

Book via www.sevenrooms.com


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