Things to do this weekend in London

Whether you’re searching for the most haunting Halloween events, want to embark on a journey through whisky or you just want to know where’s hot this weekend, we’ve rounded up the best things happening in and around London. Read on to get inspired…

Journey through this Wes Anderson-inspired exhibition

One for the film fans: Accidentally Wes Anderson, the popular Instagram dedicated to interesting locations that look as if they’ve been plucked from a Wes Anderson movie, has launched a new postcard series. To celebrate, an immersive exhibition and bedroom experience have launched at One Hundred Shoreditch Hotel. 

Presented by The Old Bank Vault, the pop-up experience allows Londoners to journey on a city-hopping trip across the world, from Tokyo to Ohio. Step through the photographs and immersive 3D model recreations of the postcards’ scenes, and feel as though you’re Bill Murray in one of Anderson’s iconic films. 

Alongside the exhibition, the hotel has transformed one of its rooms into an Accidentally Wes Anderson paradise. 100% of the revenue will be donated directly to REFUGE, the hotel’s charity partner dedicated to helping women and children fleeing abuse.

When: 25.10.2022 – 13.11.2022

Where: One Hundred Shoreditch Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ

Website: www.onehundredshoreditch.com

Learn from the culinary experts at this special talk

Heckfield Place will be hosting a special in conversation with Jeremy Lee, one of Britain’s most cherished chefs and Chef-Proprietor at London’s Quo Vadis. Jeremy will be joining Heckfield’s Culinary Director Sky Gyngell and journalist Mina Holland. 

Celebrating the publication of Jeremy’s book, Cooking: Simply and Well, For One or Many, the three will dive into discussions surrounding cooking with the British seasons, the delight of good food writing, ingredients they live by, and why eating should always be an occasion to celebrate whether alone or in groups. 

Following the talk, there’s the opportunity to join dinner in Heckfield’s open-fire restaurant, Hearth. Book your spot by emailing [email protected]

When: 29.10.2022 

Where: Heckfield Place, Hook, RG27 0LD 

Website: www.heckfieldplace.com

Dive into deadly cocktails and desserts 

It’s Halloween weekend so naturally all of London’s restaurants and bars are serving up some deadly but delicious cocktails and puddings. Our favourite? The Ivy Soho Brasserie, which hasconjured up two cocktails to sip on, including the Devil’s Mule, a BOO-zy blend of Monkey 47 Gin, Wyborowa Vodka, Lillet Rouge, chilli, cinnamon, lemon and ginger beer. Or, if you’re looking to be haunted, tuck into their Chilling Praline Parfait with a frozen hazelnut coffin decorated with dark chocolate soil, raspberry sauce and confectionary treats. 

Looking for other Halloween cocktails to sip? Click here for 15 BOO-zy cocktails and puds to try this Halloween weekend

Shop Jones Road’s launch at Liberty

Jones Road, the edited collection of makeup products designed by makeup artist Bobbi Brown, has just dropped its first in-store launch at everyone’s favourite high-end store, Liberty London. 

Designed for every age, skin type and skin tone, the collection is made up of clean, high-grade formulations perfect for those wanting to get that no-makeup makeup look. 

Head down this weekend and shop everything from lip tints to face pencils, foundation to miracle balms, mascara to glosses, and see for yourself if the What The Foundation is really like.  Perfect as stocking fillers or for just treating yourself.

Where: Liberty London, Regent Street, Carnaby, W1B 5AH

Website: www.libertylondon.com

Explore London’s Chinese Food Festival

This weekend sees the return of the Chinese Food Festival, a three-day immersive Chinese cultural and culinary celebration with food, craftwork, workshops and performances at the centre. 

Taking place at London’s largest private Georgian garden, the festival will offer Londoners the opportunity to experience an array of diverse cuisines from different regions of China, including food and drinks from Master Wei, Noodle & Beer, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice and YiFang. 

Alongside the food, there’ll be live folk music and classical dance performances, as well as workshops and demos on traditional Chinese crafts, from woodblock printing to lantern making.

When: 28.10.2022 – 30.10.2022

Where: Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DP 

Website: www.chinesefoodfestival.com 

Visit London’s coolest new restaurant & speakeasy

Brunch favourite Drunch has just launched a new restaurant-cum-speakeasy over in Fitzrovia. Specialising in Mediterranean style dining, the restaurant is led by Head Chef Valerio Vivetti and serves up dishes such as toro tuna tartare; wagyu yoast; crispy veal milanese with oscietra caviar and parsley cress; and roasted wild sea bass and ravioli ricotta with black truffle. 

Head downstairs though and you’ll find Kave, their new beautifully restored speakeasy. Expect an eclectic cocktail menu, live DJs, a sharing style menu that nods to the Mediterranean and a late night licence, meaning you can party into the early hours.

Where: 71 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 6RB 

Website: www.drunch.co.uk

Uncover the beauty of whisky at this special tasting

Whether you’re a whisky lover or you want to learn more about the refined drink, Silverleaf will be hosting a special tasting event this Saturday. Join Octomore, the world’s most heavily peated whisky, for an evening of sampling some of the greatest whisky on offer. 

Christy McFarlene will guide you through this tasting, which will see you sampling Bruichladdich Classic Laddie, Octomore 13.1, Octomore 13.2 and Octomore 13.3.

When: 29.10.2022

Where: Silverleaf at Pan Pacific London, Devonshire House, 3 Bishopsgate Plaza, EC2 M4JX

Book here

Sample this Scandinavian-inspired tasting menu

Not exclusively a supper club but too good not to include, Aquavit London has launched a new tasting menu series centred around the tastes of Scandinavia. 

Created by experimental Head Chef Jonas Karlsson, the six-course Nordic-inspired menu features dishes such as Orkney scallop with glazed chicken wing and Jerusalem artichoke puree; loin of venison with chocolate gnocchi and pear gel; and a sweet pistachio and almond parfait with raspberry mousse and white chocolate. Take the evening up a notch and add on a drinks pairing for an additional £85.

UPCOMING DATES: 28.10.2022 & 25.11.2022

WHERE: ST JAMES’S MARKET, 1 CARLTON STREET, SW1Y 4QQ

BOOK HERE

Book in for a haunting Halloween party

Got the perfect costume but nowhere booked to show it off? We’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best Halloween events this weekend, from sipping cocktails at Sexy Fish and knocking back Champagne at Sky Garden’s spooktacular soiree to Stranger Things themed karaoke at Lucky Voice.

Click here to get inspired…

Get spooked with one of these Halloween screenings

Backyard Cinema has undergone a Winter makeover – expect carriages of a 1920s-inspired steam train to await you taking you towards a constellation of stars and Northern Lights. The cinema will be surrounded by snow-topped towering trees, but you can expect a few Halloween treats in store too. 

Hunker down and catch all of the horror classics including family favourites like Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice and Addams Family Values, or horror classics like Scream and IT.

WHEN: 24.10.2022 – 31.10.2022 

WHERE: ARMOURY WAY, SW18 1SH

WEBSITE: WWW.BACKYARDCINEMA.CO.UK


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