From high society Bridgerton balls to exhibitions celebrating Black femininity, new restaurant openings to International Women’s Day celebrations, we’ve rounded up the best events taking place this weekend. Read on to find out more. 

Take your International Women’s Day celebrations into the weekend

International Women’s Day may have been earlier this week but it isn’t stopping London from celebrating women’s achievements. This weekend sees a flurry of events taking place, from Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World – Festival to chef takeover dinners and exhibitions. 

We’d recommend booking in for one of Carousel’s female chef takeovers. The spectacle is created in collaboration with Clare Finney, the award-winning food writer and author of The Female Chef, and features a really exciting line-up of chefs, with each chef cooking up a five-course menu. 

The line-up includes Angela Hartnett OBE of Michelin starred Murano and Cafe Murano restaurants; Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn of Hangfire; chef Romy Gill MBE; chef and food writer Sabrina Gidda; and Julie Lin of Julie’s Kopitiam in Glasgow.

Celebrate Holi with this vibrant painting & cocktails workshop

Holi, the annual celebration of colour, love and positivity, falls on 17th March but Cinnamon Kitchen City is kicking off celebrations early with a technicolour painting masterclass and cocktails. 

Taking place on Saturday 12th, Pooja Kapoor from The Petals Studio will be hosting an interactive Holi painting workshop on the terrace in Devonshire Square, offering you the chance to get creative with watercolour. Once the workshop is over, you’ll be invited to tuck into a selection of traditional Holi canapés and appropriately colourful cocktails.

On 18th March, they will also be hosting a Holi Supper Club, a five-course menu from Vivek Singh and the restaurant’s head chef, Raju Ramachandran.

When: 12.03.2022

Where: Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL

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Try this restaurant’s new Belgian inspired concept

Inspired by their former owner, William Alexander, and his spirit of adventure and love of travel, 100 Queen’s Gate’s W/A restaurant have launched a Belgian inspired menu. It’s created in honour of Alexander’s favourite place to visit and features the likes of mussels, oysters and a tasty waffle burger you have to try. 

Expect dishes such as Belgian endive and watercress salad with pecan nuts and sherry vinaigrette; slow cooked beef brisket with carbonade flamande and smoked bacon; and of course their super tasty new waffle burger. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a dessert alternative topped with your favourite sweet sauces and ice cream, from salted caramel sauce to raspberry ice cream.

Plus, get The Handbook readers get 30% off using the code THB30 in Reservations Notes. Offer is valid until 31st March 2022.

When: Open now, soft launch running the rest of the month

Where: 100 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5AG

Book your spot here 


Join society’s elite at Secret Cinema’s Bridgerton Ball

It’s time to join Her Majesty the Queen and dance with the ton at the event of the season. Dig out your finest ball gown and head to the secret location in Wembley for a night of frivolity and fun. Side rooms will prepare guests with dance classes, choir practice, delicious food and enticing liqueurs. A string quartet, playing throughout the evening, will bring the ballroom to life with re-imagined pop classics.

Become a member of the Bridgerton world during one of the most extravagant evenings in London. Fusing music, art, theatre, and dance, Secret Cinema creates unique spaces for social encounters, adventures and discoveries where the world’s greatest films and TV adaptations come to life.

As the scenes of Secret Cinema presents Bridgerton unfold before you, take a moment of respite amongst the wisteria and pop for a refreshing San Miguel in the beautiful Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. 

When: From 16th February

Where: Secret location in Wembley


Visit Peckham Levels’ exhibition exploring Black femininity

Running in line with International Women’s Day, Peckham Levels has a new exhibition that offers a visual exploration of Black femininity. 

On display from now until 9th April, head down to explore the subject through the medium of art. Expect a variation of art forms, from photography to digital art, textile to animation.

When: Until 9th April

Where: Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST


Liberty Gallery, Bonnie and Clyde, Time To Daydream, print Giclee silkscreen and glazes on Somerset paper

Grab a bargain at the Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair is returning this weekend, bringing with over 1,000 artworks from 200 handpicked galleries. The fair, running from today until Sunday, will take place in Battersea Park and is a celebration of contemporary art. 

You’ll have the opportunity to shop art from galleries around the world, with prices starting at a very reasonable £50. Head down to discover new talent and find that perfect piece of art your blank dining room wall.

Expect over 1,000 artworks from 200 handpicked galleries...

When: 10.03.2022 – 13.03.2022 

Where: Evolution London, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ



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Head to this climate fighting lifestyle pop-up

Refillable beauty retailer Circla is hosting a six-day pop-up this March to help raise awareness about the climate crisis. They’ve teamed up with over 40 brands who are helping to lead the way to fight against waste to run a series of workshops, events and panel discussions. 

Book in for a candle making and wine tasting workshop with Wax Wine or add some colour to your living room with Pimp Up Your Plants and Della Vite’s pottery painting and Prosecco class. There’s also terrarium classes, vinyasa yoga brunches and late-night shopping with ByRotation.

WHEN: 07.03.2022 – 12.03.2022



Be the first to visit this new opening

From the creative team behind The Lighterman and The Broadcaster comes The Arber Garden, a brand new public house with a botanical themed gin bar and urban oasis garden terrace. Just from that lead-in alone, this place sounds pretty special, and you can trust us when we say it is. 

Adjoining the Fitzrovia Chapel, this new drinking and dining spot is inspired by the botanist and philosopher, Agnes Arber. The space nods to Arber throughout, adorning the walls with floral prints, potted plants and dried flowers. 

On the menu, expect a new take on British classics, from a decadent brunch menu and hearty Sunday roasts to flatbreads made in their wood oven. The space will be stocked with all of the best local and international gins, and offer a range of tempting cocktails. The one to watch being the Martini by the Sea, an oyster shell infused gin.

OPENING DATE: 09.03.2022



Perfect your downward dog at this puppy yoga session

Channel your inner zen this weekend and head down to The Mitre, the riverside retreat in Hampton Court, to try their morning puppy yoga session. Taking place on 11th March, the yoga class is in collaboration with Puppy Yoga London and will see you combine your love of yoga with your love of puppy cuddles. Open to all abilities, this will be a super fun morning. 

Once you’ve finished, head for bottomless brunch at their on-site restaurant, CopperNose. Expect 90 minutes of unlimited bubbles, delicious food and views over the Thames.

Expect 90 minutes of unlimited bubbles, delicious food and views over the Thames.

When: 11.03.2022

Where: The Mitre, Hampton Court Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9BN

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Support Ukraine by dining at one of these restaurants

What’s happening in Ukraine right now is devastating. We’re all looking for ways in which we can help do our bit, whether it’s donating or volunteering, and now London’s hospitality scene is helping by running fundraising events and showing support.  


If you’re looking for ways to help out, we’ve rounded up some of the best campaigns running at London’s restaurants, from supper clubs to donations.

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