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I mean, I know February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s seriously racing by without a care in the world. Better still, it means we’re inching closer to the Summer months quicker so we don’t mind at all! That said, despite the brisk weather and storm Ciara trying to do her worst, this weekend is littered with cosy happenings around every corner. Here’s to one seriously sensational weekend ahead, my friends.

Venture To Dominique Ansel Treehouse

If there’s one man we have to thank in the food industry, it’s Dominique Ansel and his creation of the ‘cronut’. News of his latest endeavour has spread like wildfire, with eager cronut fans hoping for another spot to nab up his devilishly delicious creations. And, of course, we don’t want to be the bearers of bad news but there’s said to be no cronuts on the menu…

But, what you will find is a plethora of new experimental concepts just waiting to come alive. Tucked on Floral Street in Covent Garden, Ansel’s new concept champions the artistic expression of pastry cooking and techniques. With interiors inspired by treehouses, the two-storey venue will see you revive your inner child as you enjoy a bite to eat on the ‘treetop canopy’. Downstairs, you’ll find a bakery, while upstairs you’ll find a cosy bistro awaiting your arrival. This weekend in honour of Valentine’s Day, they’re setting up a ‘Tree of Love’ stand on the Piazza and will be offering free (yup, free!) desserts and polaroid photos for lovers on the ‘love bench’. How blooming romantic! 

Put Your Bingo Lingo To The Test At Peckham Springs’ Drag Bingo

Prepare to experience a bingo night like no other at Peckham Springs’ Valentine’s themed drag bingo night. Hosted by two of London’s iconic queens, Johnny Bones and Mynxie, expect a night of sequins, sparkles and silliness. And, make your Aunty Mavis proud by winning the hefty cash prizes. 

when: Friday 14th February
WHERE: UNIT 4-5 DOVEDALE BUSINESS ESTATE, PECKHAM RYE, SE15 4QN
WEBSITE: WWW.PECKHAMSPRINGS.COM

Feast Vegan Style At Brigade Bar + Kitchen’s Supper Club

Veganuary may be long gone but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a feast fit for a king, vegan style. This Saturday, Brigade Bar + Kitchen, the social enterprise restaurant who train up individuals affected by homelessness, will be inviting a series of talented chefs for an evening of gourmet vegan fare. All of the profits go towards funding for their training programmes. 

WHEN: SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
WHERE: 139 TOOLEY STREET, SOUTHWARK, SE1 2HZ
WEBSITE: TICKETS THIS WAY

Dance The Night Away At Bunga Bunga Battersea

It’s not every day that our favourite restaurant-cum-club unravels its brand new redesign so when we heard about Bunga Bunga Battersea’s revival we couldn’t help ourselves! Bunga Bunga is reemerging, bringing with it Italian cliché and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Launching: Thursday 13th February
Where: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA
Website: WWW.BUNGABUNGA.COM

Speed Date In Adorable Style At M Victoria

Forget dating the conventional way, M Victoria is hosting one totally adorable ‘speed doggy dating’ session. On the menu for your little fluffers will be black pudding granola and bone marrow risotto, while you tuck into buttermilk fried chicken waffles and chicken livers on toast. Delicious.

WHEN: Saturday 15th February
WHERE: 74 Victoria Street, SW1E 6SQ
Website: www.mrestaurants.co.uk

OPENING WEEKEND: Pretty Woman: The Musical

Pretty woman, walkin’ down the street. Pretty woman the kind I like to meet…
The Broadway miracle production is making a beeline for the West End this week and, boy are we excited! The film that shone Julia Roberts into the spotlight, Pretty Woman: The Musical tells the story of a prostitute and a wealthy businessman who fall curiously, but sharply, in love. All we need now is a silky red ballgown and our very own Mr Gere on our arm…

Debuts: Friday 13th February
WHERE: PICCADILLY THEATRE, 16 DENMAN STREET, PICCADILLY, W1D 7DY
WEBSITE: TICKETS THIS WAY…

OPENING WEEK: Pass Over

Taking inspiration from the biblical Exodus story and a sprinkling from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Antoniette Nwandu’s Pass Over delves into the national debate surrounding prejudice and bias in the world of theatre in America. Expect to be laughing one minute and shedding a tear the next.

Running: Thursday 13th February – Saturday 21st March
Where: The Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR
Website: Tickets This Way…

Dine In Style This Valentine’s Day

If you haven’t realised, it’s Valentine’s Day on Friday which means you need to start planning the ultimate date night with your lover. To help you out, we’ve rounded up a whopping 50 of London’s best restos offering extra special date night treats.

Dance Into The Night With nhow Hotel’s Jazz Sessions

Jazz hands at the ready! London’s hottest new hotel, nhow London has launched with one hell of an entrance and have welcomed another jazz session that you need on your weekly radar. Every Friday night, the hotel will be home to a saxophonist and DJ, and will be sure to see you grooving your way into the early hours of the morning. 

 

When: Every Friday evening
Where: 2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG
Website: WWW.NHOW-HOTELS.COM

Catch The Last Weekend Of The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

From elevating young photographers into the limelight to showcasing established professionals, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 showcases outstanding portrait photography from budding photographers across the globe. Add this one to your January must-see list.

When: Running until 16th February 2020
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Website: www.npg.org.uk

Enjoy Bottomless Espresso Martinis

Is it really the weekend if you aren’t sipping on cocktails?

The Espresso Martinis Society is back at it again with an all-new cocktail pop-up making a beeline for the city. This time, the return comes with an extra Valentine’s spin so all you couples, singles and nomads can enjoy the experience, celebrating the magic of love too.

 

When: Friday 14th & Saturday 14th February
Where:
KO Coffee, 258 Pentonville Road, N19JY
Website: 
www.designmynight.com

Plan Out The Half Term With A Little Help From The Handbook

Somehow we’re already half way through February which ultimately means it’s February half term season. From channeling your inner pirate at Cutty Sark, getting up close and personal with Vincent Van Gogh to whipping out your wand at the Warner Bros Studio, here’s everything you should be planning for half term. 

 

Catch London Fashion Week’s Best Show: Mulberry

London Fashion Week has arrived and it’s already serving up seriously inspirational looks. This weekend why not explore all that iconic fashion brand Mulberry has to offer in their Mulberry: Made to Last edit. You’ll be invited behind the scenes to discover the brand’s past, present and future through craft workshops, pop-ups and exclusive fashionista events. You won’t want to miss it.

WHEN: FRIDAY 14TH – SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 
WHERE: 50 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1BJ
WEBSITE: WWW.MULBERRY.COM

Delight In An Afternoon Tea At The Milestone Tea Academy

This Saturday delight in the British classic with a little help from The Milestone Tea Academy. Dananjaya Silva, Managing Directer of PMD Tea, will guide you on a tea-mendous journey through the history of tea and how to pair your food just perfectly with each differing brew.

WHEN: SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 
WHERE:
1-3 KENSINGTON COURT, KENSINGTON, W8 5DL
WEBSITE:
WWW.MILESTONEHOTEL.COM


Looking for other cool stuff to do?
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Plus, find our guide to 101 dating ideas here!

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