The Handbook
The Handbook

Hooray! You’ve made it through another week of tiresome and laborious work and it’s time to kick back and celebrate with a weekend of festive fun. You’d better get an early night tonight because it’s gonna be a wild one! Here’s 16 ways to seize the weekend:

Exhibit Here's Art Maze Exhibition

More than 100 artists have come together to transform the Bargehouse’s four-storey warehouse space into a mysterious maze of art. Among the collection you’ll explore artist Samantha Louise Emery’s glorious multimedia portraits of author and feminist Germaine Greer and animal rights activist Jane Goodall that’ll no doubt take your breath away.

Running until Sunday 17th November

Where: Bargehouse, Oxo, Tower Wharf, Southbank
Website: www.oxotower.co.uk

Off Piste Winter Lodge Pop-Up

Can’t afford to hop off to Switzerland for a quick ski getaway? Fear not because there’s an all new apres-ski themed bar popping up in Canary Wharf. While we can’t quite promise it’ll be twinkling with snow, we can promise bundles of festive fun. Sink your teeth into sourdough pizza oozing with cheese from Radio Alice before quenching your thirst with a crisp Pravha pilsner. Perfection!

Running until Saturday 29th February

Where: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5AX
Website: www.offpiste.bar

London Jazz Festival

From modern to classic, fresh thinkers to innovators, the jazz scene has never looked so good and you can join in this week with London Jazz Festival. Boogie your way through the weekend with your favourite jazz artists from up and coming performers to renowned legends.

Running from Friday 15th – Sunday 24th November

Where: Various Venues
Website: www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

The Journey of (Tini) Martini Enlightenment

Skylight Rooftop and Hendricks have teamed up to bring us Londoners a theatrical evening littered with gin. You’ll be guided by three mini tipples on a three-part liquid journey, just be weary you’ll have a sore head the following morning…

Friday 15th November

Where: Tobacco dock, St Katherine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF
Website: www.skylightbar.com

Cahoots: The Ticket Hall & Control Room

You might not be whizzing off on the Orient Express this weekend (it’s impossible to nab up a ticket anyway) but scoot on over to Soho to the new Cahoots Ticket Hall and Control Room. On the ground floor, Kingly Court train station has been taken over by a bunch of Scoundrels, fitted with mismatch furniture, a humongous station clock and a scattering of afternoon tea options (or cocktails if you head after dark).

Venture on downstairs to the Control Room, Soho’s newest well known speakeasy, and settle in for an evening of live performances and elaborate cocktails. This weekend Auntie Maureen will be taking to the stage to show off her moves and entertaining all in the Control Room.

Saturday 16th November

Where: 13 Kingly Court, Soho, W1B 5PW
Website: www.cahoots-london.com

Wimbledon Art Fair

Another one for you art lovers. Watch Wimbledon Art Studios come to life as each room is transformed into an interactive and immersive space. From jungle-inspired rooms scattered with tropical plants to a soothing meditation room, all of which coincide with each artists art series.

Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th November

Where: 10 Riverside Yard, Riverside Road, SW17 0BB
Website: www.wimbledonartfair.com

Angler 'Glistening Christmas' Rooftop Terrace

We’re dreaming of a Michelin-starred Christmas… 

Michelin-starred restaurant Angler have joined forces with Laurent-Perrier for a ‘Glistening Christmas’ installation upon their heated roof terrace. The Champagne elves have been busy at work building two specially created cocktails. The LP winter is a delicate combination of honey, sloe gin, lemon juice, clove, rosemary, berries and, of course, Laurent-Perrier. If nothing else, you’ll nab yourself some Christmas interior inspiration – it’s truly beautiful.

Open from Wednesday 13th November

Where: 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Fleabag's Guinea Pig Café Pop-Up

Would you pay £12.55 for a stale ol’ cheese sandwich? No, we wouldn’t either but when there’s a cute guinea pig for cuddling thrown into the mix, it’s a whole other story. If you’re a Fleabag fan you’ll know what we’re harping on about. Fleabag’s legendary Guinea Pig Café has opened for one weekend only and we’re super excited.

Technically it’s only a set and you won’t actually be able to nibble your way through a micro meal or overpriced sarnie but you’ll be able to take a few snaps of the guinea pig trinkets and the show’s notorious golden nude statue.

Open until Sunday 17th November

Where: 203-206 Piccadilly Street, St. James's, W1J 9HD
Website: www.waterstones.com

Perfect Winter Dates

Whether you’re gliding around an ice rink with your loved one or clinging onto the handrail for dear life, strolling along the Thames or buried under a faux-fur blankie on your first date, here’s 15 places to head for the perfect Winter date.

Website: Date Ideas This Way...

Le Pont de la Tour's Truffle Hut

Everyday I’m trufflin’…

Welcome in the winter and soak up the glorious views of the River Thames at the Truffle Hut. Tucked on the terrace of Le Pont de la Tour, this adorable little cabin is hidden among wintry foliage, hanging fairy lights and faux-fur throws. Step inside and prepare yourself for an indulgent truffle tasting menu and a bottle of Moët & Chandon.

Running throughout November

Where: 36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE
Website: www.lepontdelatour.co.uk

Mary Poppins

Anything can happen if you let it, including heading to see Mary Poppins at the West End this weekend… Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s much adored musical Mary Poppins has returned to the big stage and your favourite Nanny is in need of your help. Let the magic unfold this weekend.

Where: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4HS
Website: www.seetickets.com

Morty & Bob x Kricket

There’s only one person we trust to make us a toastie oozing with cheesy goodness and it’s Morty & Bob’s (and my dad, he makes a bangin’ cheese blend). This month Morty & Bob’s and Kricket have joined forces to bring us lucky Londoners the ultimate Bombay inspired sandwich mash-up. Expect lashings of Krickalilli (Kricket’s very own version of the yellow pickled condiment) coriander chutney, grilled between two thick slices of sourdough bread and smashed together with melted cheese. Ugh, sounds dreamy.

Available throughout November

Where: 49 Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ
Website: www.mortyandbobs.com

Fentimans Life-Size Gingerbread House

To celebrate the launch of their new Pink Ginger soft drink, botanical drinks company Fentimans will also launch a life-size gingerbread house. Hidden up on the 9th floor of Skylight, channel your inner Hansel and Gretel as you sip on the festive ginger cocktail inside your very own edible house. It’s totally adorbs.

Open from Thursday 14th November

Where: Tobacco dock, St Katherine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF
Website: www.fentimans.com

Enchanted Woodland

The nights have well and truly drawn in, but rather than heading straight home to curl up under the duvet, head over to Syon Park and explore their Enchanted Woodland. The 600 year-old gardens will become illuminated by a gloriously Instagrammable light show guiding you and your date around the lakes. It’s truly magical and will no doubt spark up the perfect opportunity for a cheeky peck…

Running Friday 15th November – Sunday 1st December

Where: Syon House, Brentford, TW8 8JF
Website: www.enchantedwoodland.com

Britain's Smartest Boat

Argos and Google isn’t a collaboration we were quite expecting but either way, they’re unveiling ‘Britain’s Smartest Boat’ this Friday and it’s looking pretty swish. It’s to help demonstrate how to use there smart home devices in a helpful way and become your very own captain. Jump on board and grab some inspiration.

Friday 15th November

Where: 50 St Katherine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 1LA
Website: Register This Way...

Forget Veganuary, Where To Go In NoVEGber…

Yippee! It’s World Vegan Month so why not challenge yourself too 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…

Website: Vegan Restos This Way...

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