BOO! Did we scare you? Or was it just the trick or treaters banging at your door? Either way, it’s the spookiest weekend of the year and we’re here to spread a little Halloween festive spirit with this week’s weekend guide. From cheering on England in the Rugby World Cup final to flying about the city on your finest broomstick, we’ve rounded up the very best of things happening in London this weekend. Oh, and happy Halloween! 🎃
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There’s some art that just instantly catches your eye and that’s certainly the case for Lisa Wright’s glorious work. Infinite Forest is a new selection of paintings from the British painter, following sculputral works in her outdoor public commission in Thetford Forest. And while I’m sure you all want to zoom off outta the city this weekend, Lisa’s exhibition in London offers the forestry retreat you’re dreaming of.
Running 29th October – 6th November
Where: 55 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8EG
Do you like chocolate? Yes? Well, listen up because Fitz’s Bar at Kimpton Fitzroy London has launched an all new afternoon tea championing the season of indulgence. As you enter the glamorous bar, you’ll find yourself surrounded by roaring open fires and rich interiors as you settle in for an afternoon of indulging in patisserie and cocktails.
From a decadent cherry and Bahibé chocolate serve, to a floral Champagne spritz, Director of Bars, Sean Fennelly has spent months perfecting the paired cocktails to align with the fragility of the patisserie. Meanwhile, Executive Pastry Chef and Winner of Bake Off: The Professionals 2019, Thibault Marchand has crafted rich chocolatey cakes, delicate limey choux and classic scones for you to enjoy.
Available from Friday 1st November
Where: Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel, 1-8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE, UK
Nearest station: Russell Square (0.1 miles)
Looking for a spooky bite to eat this Halloween weekend? Look no further than MOLO. Seafood specialists are continuing their seafood special series bringing us Londoners one with a little Halloween twist. This weekend dive into their seafood bun stuffed with sustainable John dory with roasted squash, beetroot frisée and beet mayonnaise, all packed into a charcoal brioche bun. Forget the tricks, this one’s a real treat!
Sink your teeth into the bun Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November
Where: Netil Market, 13-23 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
Shop ’til you drop this weekend as bespoke gentlemen’s outfitters Oliver Brown launches an exclusive pop-up shop in the heart of Piccadilly! Peruse through collections from their flagship store in Chelsea, including shooting attire and smoking jackets.
Running from Friday 1st November
Where: 12 Piccadilly Arcade, St. James's, SW1Y 6NH
Happy Halloween! Is that something people say? Either way, it’s the spookiest time of year so why not trick or treat yourself to these Halloween plans…
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Let’s face it, us Londoners are always on the hunt to get our morning coffee fix so when a new coffee pop-up opens for one day, you know we’ll be racing down there at the speed of light… In honour of World Vegan Day, La Plantisserie, a pop-up vegan coffee shop, will open its doors exclusively for one day only. Crafted by La Boulangère, you’ll find vegan croissants, pain au chocolat’s and a big ol’ selection of plant-based artisanal coffee too. Yippee!
Friday 1st November
Where: 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
I know, we can’t believe it either… England has made it into the Rugby World Cup final, eeek! This Saturday will be the one day of the year no one will bat an eyelid at you drinking a pint at 9am as you cheer on your country, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite haunts that allow you to do just so. Come on, England!
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Fancy escaping the city for a day at the races? Of course you do! From whizzing around on the dodgems, to gazing up high at the showstopping fireworks as the sky comes to life, there’s something for all the family this weekend at Ascot Racecourse. The Fireworks Spectacular will commence at 6pm, or make a day of it and catch the Rugby World Cup Final from 9am in the Pavilion.
Saturday 2nd November
Where: Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, UK
Nearest station: Ascot (0.4 miles)
This week we said goodbye to October for another year and hello to some seriously good restaurant openings! From seafood specialities to sensational salad bars, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites that opened this month here…
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Returning for its second season, Mayfair & St James’s Literary Festival will be celebrating today’s literary community, and women’s creativity and success in the wonderful literary world. Find everything from literary workshops to glorious readings, panel talks with formidable female chefs to poetry readings.
Running until Sunday 3rd November
Where: Venues Across Mayfair & St James's
One shot, two shot, three shot, floor…
If Halloween isn’t your bag, why not celebrate properly with Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It’s a day where Mexicans celebrate life by honouring those who’ve died. Oh, and there’s a whole lotta tequila drinking involved too. Here’s where to celebrate the festivities in London…
You’re a wizard, Harry…
Potterheads rejoice, this weekend The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns once again to the Royal Albert Hall for the fourth instalment of the witchy saga! Uncover the magic of your favourite witches and wizards in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s iconic and unforgettable score.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
Ignite your light this weekend with Diwali on Trafalgar Square and watch the city burst with colour, celebrating the festival of lights. You’ll find everything from music performances to yoga workshops, dance classes to traditional cuisine.
Sunday 3rd November
Where: Trafalgar Square
This weekend is your last chance to try out The Montague on the Gardens bottomless cocktail making experience! Head on over to Bloomsbury for Mix It and find yourself surrounded by spirits, mixers and garnishes, complete with your own personal bartender.
Running until Sunday 3rd November
Where: 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
Nearest station: Russell Square (0.3 miles)
Yippee! It’s World Vegan Month so why not challenge yourself to and cut out animal products for a month? To help you along the way (and to prove vegans don’t just eat leafy greens), we’ve picked out the very best of London’s vegan eateries that’ll satisfy any food craving…
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