From inspiring walks around Covent Garden to Valentine’s Day inspired nails, new West End hits to brunches filled with a side of magic, there’s so much to see and do this weekend. So if you’re still prepping for the weekend and looking for ways to pack it over, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of the best things going on in and around London.
Get inspired by creativity at this pop-up
Winter time isn’t easy. The days are short, it’s freezing and there are few ways to spark joy. Here to help you change that is Covent Garden and their exciting positive affirmations campaign. They’ve teamed up with Manchester-based duo Feel Good Club to create ‘Notes To A Stranger’, a campaign that sees 200 envelopes dropped around the estate filled with uplifting quotes on.
The campaign is running until 14th February, and hopes to spread messages of joy and self love in the run up to Valentine’s Day. The envelopes will be handed to visitors at random throughout the estate, as well as at a number of Covent Garden retailers and restaurants including VASHI, Happy Socks, Sticks’n’Sushi, Free People and Lilly’s Cafe.
When: Until 14.02.2022
Where: Dotted around Covent Garden
Try this magic-themed brunch
The Last Talisman is launching London’s very first Magical Brunch and we’ve got you an exclusive offer!
Book in for their opening brunch on Saturday 5th february and enjoy 20% off your ticket with code HANDBOOK20.
So what can you expect? A modern magic show paired with bottomless cocktails and Asian inspired brunch dishes. The brunch will be hosted by Edwin Todd, and he’ll be combining magic, mind-reading and hypnosis during his well-crafted show. pecially crafted tricks to take your weekend to an-abracadabra-other level.
Launching every Saturday from 5th February, there will be two seatings, at 12 pm and at 2 pm. For £45 a ticket, you can enjoy Bottomless Cocktails for 90 minutes, an Asian Inspired Brunch dish from their brunch menu and live magical entertainment. Book for the 5th February and enjoy 20% off your ticket with code HANDBOOK20.
When: Every Saturday from 05.02.2022
Where: 171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
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Watch the Six Nations at Bounce
Bounce might know more about ping pong balls than rugby but that isn’t going to stop them from cheering on England this Six Nations season.
Head down this Saturday and pair your Six Nations viewing with a side of unlimited beer and pizza. This weekend the championship begins and you’ll find Bounce serving up the goods from kick off until the final whistle. Once it’s finished, you can challenge your pals to their own sports competition with a round of ping pong.
Where: 241 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9EY
Wear your heart on your nails with Young Ldn
If you’re more into wearing your heart on your nails- rather than your sleeve- then look no further than Notting Hill’s coolest salon. Young Ldn know a thing or two about beauty, so expect killer nail designs, refreshing facials and lashes for days.
Flowers are overrated, so why not treat yourself to a relaxing rose water facial instead this Valentine’s? The skincare experts at Young Ldn provide a whole range of treatments to help you pamper yourself this V day. The Rose Facial combines the powers of Circadia oxygen treatment, and rose water infused jelly mask, to plump, calm and hydrate the skin, leaving your skin glowing and date night ready.
Whether you’re loved up, single and mingling or just ignoring the Hallmark holiday, don’t forget some self- love on the 14th.
WHERE: 228 WESTBOURNE GROVE, NOTTING HILL, W11 2RH
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See your favourite movie come to life on the big stage
Nobody puts Baby in a corner… Dirty Dancing returns to the stage this February for a limited two month run. The stage production returns following two successful West End runs, four UK tours and a handful of exciting international performances.
The stage performance will be packed out with all of the best hit songs, from ‘Hey Baby, Do You Love Me?’ to the all-time favourite, ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’. Watch as all of your favourite movie moments light up on stage as the story of Baby and Johnny unfolds.
When: 02.02.2022 – 16.04.2022
Where: Dominion Theatre, 269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
Try this revolutionary facial
It’s the little things that are going to get us through this last wintry month, and if that means indulging in a little extra ‘me’ time, then so be it. Thankfully, Heavenly Spa has our back with their new facial treatment.
Available exclusively at the spa will be Philosophia Botanica’s revolutionary Meridian Flow Golden Facial and exclusive skincare range. Guests will be able to book in for this luxurious facial treatment for the very first time in the UK. Created by Chinese Medicine Practitioner Francesca Canzano-Franklin, the treatment is inspired by a fusion of African botanicals and Eastern traditional techniques. It plumps the skin, promotes vitality, and defines, sculpts and lifts at a cellular level.
Book in to really spoil yourself this weekend and make the most of the other facilities at Heavenly Spa while you’re at it.
Where: 2nd Floor, Heavenly Spa by Westin, 60 Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3AD
Keep Dry January going into February
Thinking about continuing Dry Jan into February, but worried you’ll fall off the wagon? Enter Clean Co., the non alcoholic tipples created by former Made In Chelsea heart-throb Spencer Matthews. Collaborating with Swingers crazy golf, the business mogul has brought together a fun night out, without the hangover the next day.
Swingers City and Swingers West End, has partnered CleanCo, to introduce a selection of delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic cocktails for guests to enjoy at the famed crazy golf venues. Thirsty crazy golfers can take their pick from a selection of sophisticated Clean cocktails, such as ‘Rumour Has It ’,made with Clean R, lime juice, vanilla syrup, pomegranate basil syrup and basil leaves, and ‘No Gin & Juice’ combining Clean G, lemon juice, hibiscus syrup and pineapple juice.
Where: West End & City
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Book in for Eataly’s weekend wine festival
How well do you know your wines? This weekend, join Eataly as they celebrate the best of Italian wines at their February Wine Festival.
Sessions are running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and each one will see you meet Eataly’s team of wine specialists. They’ll take you through their wine cellar, sharing their knowledge and passion to the festival-goers. You’ll have the chance to taste more than 30 types of wine, with the option to buy a ticket including five or ten 75ml tastings.
When: 04.02.2022 – 06.02.2022
Where: Eataly, 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
Learn more about Bob Marley at this new exhibition
An exhibition dedicated to the reggae icon has opened up this week, offering Londoners the chance to learn more about the life and times of the celebrated artist.
Open from 2nd February for ten weeks, Saatchi Gallery’s exhibition will showcase unseen Marley photographs and memorabilia, immersing fans of his work in his lifestyle, passions, influences and enduring legacy. There’ll also be a multi-sensory aspect to the exhibition, with a live listening experience.
When: 02.02.2022 – 18.04.2022
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY
Celebrate Independent Venue Week
Independent Venue Week is in full force, with over 200 independent venues across the UK taking part. Running until Sunday 6th, the event is packed out with intimate gigs, Q&A interviews, comedy shows and films.
Excitingly, there’s one hell of a mega line-up. Grab tickets for everyone from James Bay to Nova Twins, Idles to Pom Poko, or simply do a lucky pick and uncover your new favourite artist.
When: Until 6th February
Where: Venues across the UK