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20 Fabulous Things To Do This Weekend

Hurrah for the weekend! As it rolls round again – and boy are we glad it has – it’s time to immerse yourself in the following weird and downright wonderful things to do:

Shangri La Hotel At The Shard

Shangri-La is launching a new afternoon tea this weekend and on Saturday and Sunday, mother’s will get a bouquet of flowers – so that’s your presented sorted if you’ve forgotten it’s Mother’s Day. The Royal High Tea is a celebration of motherhood, inspirational women and the upcoming arrival of the royal baby. Honouring the women who taught them to cook, the cakes and pastries have all been created by using the chefs’ family recipes. As well as mocktails (there are cocktails too), expectant mums will also receive a special surprise gift.

Where: The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9QU
Website: www.shangri-la.com

101 Bucketlist Restaurants

London has the richest, most diverse and fun eating-out scene in Europe, if not the world. Whether you’re 40 floors up, enjoying perfectly formed tasting dishes while ogling at the endless views, or you’re munching down street food in a South London market, there is no end of incredible food, a constellation of Michelin stars and a lifetime to enjoy them. So what are you waiting for, here’s our take on the best restaurants in London.

Website: Find Them All Here

Players Bingo Experience

It looks as though it’s all about bingo this weekend and we’ve got our Kelly’s Eye on that jackpot! Mecca, the O.G of the bingo world, has launched a crazy new night of bingo in Camden Town, called Players and it looks set to include more than just bingo balls! Guests will delve into street foot trends, craft tipples, live music and fun and games as you play bingo like you’ve never played before! On the foodie front, street food brand Cheeky Burger are jumping in to provide you with all the treats and we think this night, which will run every Thursday and Saturday, is pretty unmissable!

Don’t hate the player(s), hate the game!

The night will run every Thursday and Saturday night

Where: Players Inverness Street, Camden Town, NW1 7HJ
Website: Get Tickets Here

Brasserie of Light

On Saturday 30th of March the worldwide movement of Earth Hour will be celebrated, and for those wondering what the heck that is then you can find more information here, but essentially it’s a way to encourage turning off non-essential electric lights for one hour. Brasserie of Light are leading the way in London with a recognition of Earth Hour so spectacular that we’re bidding them to carry it on for longer than just 60 minutes! The decadent restaurant housed within Selfridges will illuminate your lives with a dining in the dark experience where, for one hour, the lights will switch off and the space will be transformed into one lit strikingly by candlelight.

What’s more, there’ll be live music and performances from LED ballerinas to whisk you away during the evening meal. Finding the light in the dark, Brasserie of Light is the place to be this Saturday.

Saturday 30th of March

Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB
Website: www.brasserie-of-light.co.uk

Guilty Pleasures

Happy Birthday to you Guilty Pleasures! We’re super glad it’s your 15th birthday because it means we get to party at Electric Ballroom and that’s never a bad thing! Guilty Pleasures launched in 2004 and has since sold out venues nationwide having appeared at Latitude, Bestival and even Glasto! For those who don’t know, Guilty Pleasures is in fact a booming club that comes with all the “shots, shots, shots,” dance floor shaking and new friends making atmosphere you need! For it’s 15th birthday on the 30th of March there’ll be DJ’s, live performances, cabaret, glitter, oh and a confession booth which we imagine would come in more handy the following day… but we’re not judging!

Saturday 30th March, 10:00pm – 3:30am

Where: 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, NW1 8QP
Website: www.skiddle.com

Reside On One Of These Roof Terraces

There’s a heat wave coming! No, really! A year on from Beast From The East and we’re now talking about a hot spell that will take us into May. So how are you going to spend it? Stock-piling Magnum Classics and working on an epic tan? Working in the garden on the mother of all topiaries?  No, like the rest of us you’ll be making a bee-line for the closest rooftop bar. So here’s where we’ll be hanging out this summer and this weekend.

Website: Find Them Here

Celebrate Mother's Day

As Mother’s Day rolls around once more on the 31st of March, it’s time for a bit of love and appreciation for the woman who always finds your missing sock and sends you selfies that show just her eyebrow (millennials they are not)! From spa deals that are jammed full of R&R to afternoon teas that will appease mum no end – a cup of tea always sorts everything out after all – here are the wonderful ways you can make Mum happy this Mother’s Day…

Website: Check Them Out Here

B&H Garden Room’s Living Bar

Launching today, the B&H Garden Room living bar might sound like something from a sci-fi movie but it is in fact London’s first living and breathing bar – eek! Get yourself down there this weekend to experience hand-picked ingredients in bespoke cocktails at a location that is brimming with botanicals and herbs. If you’re all for bringing the outdoors in then this is one for you!

On a side note: B&H Garden Room will be offering a complimentary cocktail at the Living Bar for the first 100 bookings!

Where: B&H Garden Room, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS
Website: www.bandhgardenroom.com

Check Out This Incredible Cherry Blossom Pop-Up

Surely one of the prettiest seasons, cherry blossom celebrations or Sakura will soon be taking place in Japan, blooming in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April in Kyoto (roughly between 20 March and 14 April). If you can’t make it to Japan to see the blossoms (you’d need to be quick, their beauty is fleeting) then check out this incredible pop-up we simply can’t get enough of…

ROKA Charlotte Street, has once again transformed its underground bar, Shochu, into a spectacular cherry blossom-filled hideaway. The instalment encourages guests to take part in the Japanese tradition of Hanami, aka enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, and it’s just SO Instagrammable – eek!

Website: Find It Here

Scout Out A Speakeasy

A few years ago, going for a drink in London meant stumbling into an old-man boozer or an outdated wine bar. But now the speakeasy; a different breed of bar based around the atmospheric drinking dens of Prohibition America, have swept the city by storm, bringing formidable cocktails and an unbeatable array of spirits to the table. Here are some of London’s best:

Website: Find Them Here

London Dog Week

Looking to pamper your pooch? Bring your four-legged friend along to London Dog Week, an event that is aimed at promoting dog-friendliness in London and raising awareness of the mental and physical support they offer. So, indulge your furry friend in a day full of fun events such as a doggy fashion show and a food fest with tons of biscuits and other delicious (human) treats.

March 24-31

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.londondogweek.com

Bongo's Bingo

We all love Bongo’s Bingo – if you don’t know who they are then do you live under a rock?! No, we’re just kiddin’ but it’s so much fun that we totally recommend going along to one and this weekend is your perfect chance. The vivacious bingo show debuts this Friday at Steel Yard, creating a brand new venue that gives you all the more reason to visit. Doors will be thrown open at 6pm and the bingo will begin at 8pm so there’s leeway to get a few drinks in before the two fat ladies and legs eleven make their appearance. So, if you’re up for a night of singalongs, dance-offs and the chance to win a pink unicorn (we’re en-route…) then Bongo’s Bingo is where it’s at this Friday!

Friday 29th of March, doors open at 6pm

Where: Steel Yard, Allhallows Lane, EC4R 3UE
Website: www.bongosbingo.co.uk

Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers

An emotional masterpiece, Mike Nelson’s ‘The Asset Strippers’ is an exhibit that you will not want to miss. Nelson repurposed neglected objects and turned them into magnificent sculptures filled with metaphors. A depiction of the world crumbling, Nelson’s artwork is certain to inflict heartache, whether personal, political, or global.

March 27-March 31

Where: Tate Britain, Westminster
Website: www.tate.org.uk

RE-TEXTURED Festival

This electric festival will combine experimental music, modernist architecture, and unconventional lighting installations that will make for an unforgettable experience. With over thirty artists performing, this is sure to be one banger that you will not want to miss out on!

March 28-31

Where: Various Locations
Website: Get Tickets Here

Boom Cycle Battersea

Boom, boom, boom, shake the room! Boom Cycle Battersea are saying “on ya bike,” to Mum this Mother’s Day with their booty shakin’, high energy bike ride which will be followed by a delicious brunch. Highlights from the feast will include sourdough pizzas and light dishes made ‘al momento’! After that, the Champagne will be popping’ over at Moyses Stevens, the luxury florist, where you’ll learn all the techniques to make a boutique which, let’s face it, you should probably give to Mum given the occasion!

The Boom Cycle ride, Mother lunch and Moyses Stevens floristry workshop takes place on Sunday 31st of March (so, Mother’s Day). To book call 020 3034 0711 or email battersea@boomcycle.co.uk.

Where: 1 & 3 Arches Lane, Station Circus, SW11 8AB
Website: www.boomcycle.co.uk

Country Living Spring Fair

Time to spruce up your home with the coziest and craftiest of pieces from the Country Living Spring Fair. The magazine’s annual spring fling will be running all weekend at Alexandra Palace and will feature loads of stalls, food, and workshops. The event is family-friendly with children under the age of 5 allowed free entry.

March 29-31

Where: Alexandra Palace
Website: www.countrylivingfair.com

Neon Art Rave

Paint Jam London is giving you the opportunity to intentionally paint in a club for the first time. We’ve all had the incidental splash of club colors on the canvas of our trousers, trainers, and every other imaginable item you bring onto the strobe-flashed dance floor but never are these strokes from our own brush. Their pop-up art studio allows you to take control of the club canvas with a unique painting class inside of their crossover club and art studio, which outfitted with large canvases, dance floor, DJ, and bar.

March 30

Website: Get Tickets Here

Jo Malone Immersive Experience

Fragrance company, Jo Malone, is hosting a two-day immersive exhibition that celebrates the launch of their brand new Blossom Fragrances. The exhibition seeks to bloom guests an understanding of Blossom’s by presenting the flora in new before seen ways. The exhibition seeks to intimately in tune you with the inspiration to their new line of perfumes. There is also the opportunity to attend a masterclass given by the architects of the new fragrance line, Marie Salamagne, and Emma South, where they will give insights into the inception and ingredients of the scents.

March 29-30

Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA
Website: Get Tickets Here

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