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Yippeee! We’re jumping out of our seats because it’s finally the weekend and this one is set to be a whopper! From candy-coated brunches, to devilish doughnut workshops, oh and even a trip to Mars… Yup, this weekend we see it all! So here’s how to spend it:

Bread Ahead International Bakery School

One your marks, get set, let’s bake!

The baking experts at Bread Ahead have formulated a fantastic new concept and it involves a whole lotta baking goodies, yippee! Back in September, the Bread Ahead International Bakery School opened its doors for the first time, allowing international individuals living in London as well as tourists visiting the city the opportunity to learn how to bake, taught in different languages. This Saturday, eager bakers are invited to join their open day where you’ll be able to take part in a sourdough preparation workshop, doughnut filling workshop and the ‘Best of British’ tasting, all conducted in Russian, Japanese and French.

Saturday 19th October

Where: 249 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP
Website: www.breadahead.com

Savage Garden

Who let the dawgs out…

If you’re a little dog crazy like us, then you’ve probably already snapped up the opportunity to head down to Savage Garden for their legendary doggy brunch, but this weekend it’s extra special. Get your mitts on Savage Garden’s brunch this weekend as they partner up with Dog’s Trust. An optional £1 donation will be added to brunch bills which will be donated to Dog’s Trust, and you’ll have the opportunity to enter a raffle on the day to win fantastic prizes for both you and your pooch.

Sunday 20th October

Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0 miles)
Website: www.savagegarden.co.uk

QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl

On Friday’s we wear pink.

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, QUEENS will be transforming their ma-hoosive ice rink perfectly pink and if you’re dolled up in pink, you’ll receive your ice-skating free of charge. Illuminated in vivid rosé splendour, QUEENS Talent Scouts will be giving away prizes for those best dressed in pink so make sure you channel your inner pink lady ‘cos you could be in with a chance of winning bottles of rosé, free bowling and dinner/lunch at their MEATliqour restaurant.

Friday 18th October

Where: 17 Queensway, W2 4QP
Website: www.queens.london

The Perception at W London

You can always bank on The Perception at W London to put on a good show when it comes to brunch, and boy, have they done themselves proud with their all-new candy inspired brunch!

Push your temptation to its limits with their extra-indulgent, sugar-coated candy brunch and treat yourself to their bottomless cookie cream cocktail (um, it’s fully vegan guys!) and Prosecco. Get your choppers around their sticky beef short ribs or dive into their Cornish crab topped with lightly poached eggs and hollandaise. The vegans amongst the group can sink their teeth into their pea and spring onion falafel or their spiced chickpeas and butternut squash topped with coconut honey yoghurt. Of course, in true Perception-esque style, they’ve knocked up a limitless candy, cookie and live smore-station with an assortment of spreads and toppings. I’ve got a sugar rush just thinking about it all…

Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Website: www.theperceptionbar.com

Remembering Lions: Photography Exhibition

Guests are invited to a free photography exhibition that will feature images from Remembering Lions, the charity picture book launching on 14th October, full of beautiful images of lions donated by the world’s top wildlife photographers. The exhibition will feature photography donated by Art Wolfe, Marsel van Oosten, Jonathan & Angela Scott, Greg du Toit and many more.

14th – 26th October

Where: La Galleria Pall Mall, Unit 30, Royal Opera Arcade, 5b Pall Mall, London SW1Y 4UY
Website: www.rememberingwildlife.com

London Literature Festival

Literature lovers feast your eyes over here! London Literature Festival returns, celebrating literature in all its forms. Expect poetry readings, discussions, book launches and workshops.

17th – 27th October

Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XX
Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

CBD In The City Panel Talk

Intrigued by the CBD craze?

South Place Hotel has teamed up with leading CBD brands to immerse and educate consumers about the benefits of the plant extract. Join Rebekah Hall, founder of Botanic Lab and ‘Dutch Courage’ a CBD drink, Maxwell Thompson from Young LDN, London’s chicest new CBD store, and Johan Obel co-founder of The Drug Store for an evening of tackling the myths and benefits surrounding CBD.

Friday 18th October

Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Pl, Finsbury, EC2M 2AF
Website: www.CBDinthecity.com

Trope Gallery Exhibition

For one day exclusively, the photographers and publishers of Trope will exhibit the work of 14 emerging photographers from around the globe. If you’re lucky enough to head down, you’ll have the chance to view featured prints from their book, Trope City Edition: London, and will showcase prints from three London-based photographers. There will also be a Q&A session at 12 pm.

Saturday 19th October

Where: Protein Studios, 27-31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY
Website: www.trope.com

Core Collective Studio Opening

We’ll let you onto a little secret…

We’ve found the hottest new gym and it’s launching this Saturday! That’s right, Core Collective is launching a new location, only this time it’s in St John’s Wood. This luxury, pay-as-you-go fitness space will push you to new limits as you jog your way through the three studios and into one of their popular classes. Oh, and this Saturday to celebrate the opening the tunes will be pumping and they’ll be giving away free smoothies, yippee!

Opening 19th October

Where: 47-51 St John's High Street, NW8 7NJ
Website: www.core-collective.co.uk

Esquire Townhouse 2019

Back again for a fourth year, Esquire Townhouse with Breitling is a three-day luxury living brand experience featuring a curation of interviews, live talks, masterclasses, supper clubs and fitness sessions, with talent from the worlds of style, sport, TV, technology, travel, food and film.

17th – 19th October

Where: 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, SW1Y 5AH
Website: www.hearstlive.co.uk

The Rum Fest 2019

Where’s the rum at? Right here in London, baby! The tropical Caribbean climes will be making their way to London this weekend as RumFest takes over the ILEC Conference Centre in Earl’s Court. Rum lovers can enjoy a selection of over 400 of the rarest and diverse selection of rums from across the globe, and you can rest easy knowing cocktails will be flowing freely from two of London’s award-winning rum bars, Maki Kane and Trailer Happiness.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October

Where: ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Rd, Earl's Court, London SW6 1UD
Website: www.rumfest.co.uk

Growing Underground

There’s something lurking beneath the streets of London… Yes, we know there’s the underground that whizzes you from one end of the city to the next, but there’s something a little more exciting that’s popped up and it involves produce… Growing Underground is essentially an underground farm – located in one of the bunkers beneath Clapham Common Tube Station (that’s 140ft below ground in case you were wondering). Explore this urban farm for yourself…

The next underground slot it Saturday 19th October, 5-6:15pm

Where: 1A Carpenter's Place, Clapham, SW4 7TD
Website: www.growing-underground.com

Moving to Mars

Pack your bags, we’re off to Mars!

The much anticipated exhibition finally arrives at the Design Museum this weekend, hurrah! Following their blockbuster exhibition Stanley Kubrick, fly over to the Design Museum and travel to Mars without actually leaving London in a multi-sensory adventure fit for all ages.

Opening 18th October

Where: 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG
Website: www.designmuseum.org

L’ortolan

For a delve into the romantic nature of modern French cuisine, why not feast at The Kitchen or even The Chef’s Table? Michelin star restaurant L’Ortolan is a shining beacon of Berkshire’s fine dining restaurant scene offering a unique, luxury, timeless quality in its style and setting. A trip to the restaurant not only allows you to dine in Reading’s only Michelin, but also experience what makes it oh, so spellbinding.

The Kitchen Table boasts a dining experience where guests indulge by the hand of a personal chef who’ll prepare and cook eight courses. Washing down the feast with sumptuous tipples you’ll smack your lips with delight after benefiting from L’Ortolan’s season fare straight from the development kitchen. Plus, if you’re feeling punch, why not pair the experience with wine?

The Chef’s Table follows a similar suit, allowing guests to feel the heat from the kitchen, quite literally. You’ll be seated by the pass and watch as the busy chefs plate up aesthetically pleasing and deliciously tasting dishes before your eyes. You’ll be guided through a seven-course lunch offering or ten-course dinner offering, and you’ll leave patting your belly with delight.

Where: L'Ortolan, Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, UK
Nearest station: Earley (2.7 miles)
Website: www.lortolan.com

The Understudy 5th Birthday Party

If you’re a lover of craft beer, join The National Theatre’s craft beer bar, The Understudy, and celebrate their 5th birthday with a beer-filled bash featuring some of the world’s best and most exclusive brews. Give into your temptation and devour tasty treats from Burgerworks. We’re talking dirty burgers, bacon Mac and cheese fritters (yum!) and fried pickles.

Saturday 19th October, free entry

Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, SE1 9PX
Website: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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