We don’t want to alarm you, but it’s here. The weekend is finally here. Let’s rejoice for the wonder that is the weekend. Spring is on the way, there are new brunches to be eaten, art to be appreciated, restaurants to visit and exercise classes to take part in. Let’s go:
What: Live Jazz
Why: Evenings at The Savoy are about to get a whole lot more sophisticated thanks to live jazz. Every Thursday and Friday night, guests dining or drinking in the Thames Foyer (the bit with the domed atrium) will get to enjoy three sets from talented singer Nicola Emmanuelle and her pianist surrounded by candles and with cocktail in hand. Tickets are not required, just book a table in the Thames Foyer and the music is an added bonus.
Every Thursday and Friday, 8.30pm-11:30pm
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London
What: Art You Can Afford
Why: The Affordable Art Fair is returning to Battersea Park this weekend to explore the relationship between art and tranquillity, mindfulness and mental wellbeing. There’ll be workshops such as paper folding, meditation classes surrounded by art and mindful photography which encourages us to take stock of the photos we take, rather than just post them online. It’ll showcase a mix of modern paintings, prints, sculptures and photography and the reason it’s affordable? You can buy the art work for as a little as £100.
Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th March
Where: Battersea Evolution, Battersea SW11 4NJ
What: Yoga With lululemon
Why: This weekend lululemon are joining up with yogini, Kirsty Gallagher for a morning of yoga followed by breakfast. Kirsty will take you through a yoga sequence which will both rejuvenate and relax you after your busy week. Follow the hour long class with the likes of avocado on toast, acai bowls with granola and fresh fruits. We would say start your weekend the way you mean to go on, but inevitably you won’t stay this righteous all weekend – or maybe you will, in which case well done you.
Saturday 11th March and Saturday 18th March
Where: 47 Welbeck Street, London W1G 8DN
What: All the Wine
Why: Think ‘raw’ and you probably think salads, slaws and courgetti. But we’re talking about wine made with fewer additives and less processing. RAW WINE fair is back for another year as part of Raw Wine Week, bringing natural wine producers from across the globe with London venues including Sager + Wilde, Frenchie and Duck Soup hosting wine pairing dinners and wine list takeovers with the growers. Visit the main space on The Strand and enjoy free tastings once inside or book in to one of the pairing dinners.
Sunday 12th March, 10am-6pm
Where: The Store, 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA
What: Not One But Two Parties
Why: We’ve been reading about Holi festival for a while now but it’s finally happening. Celebrate the festival in a foodie way (come on, how else?!) with Dishoom, who are putting on not one but two parties over in Bethnal Green – a family-friendly day party complete with street food and gelato from Nonna’s. Come the evening, live music and drinks will take things up a notch but if you want to get your fix without being drenched in coloured powder you can get a taste of Holi in any Dishoom, with special dahi bhalla chaat fried dumplings.
Sunday 12th March
Where: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ
What: Prosecco and Pasta Brunch
Why: Cantina del Ponte have could up with perfect Sunday formula – a prosecco and pasta brunch which, of course, has the option of being bottomless. Served every Sunday from 12pm – 3pm, the menu will be made up of small plates, such as poached eggs with spinach and Mornay sauce and pasta dishes including braised beef with ravioli butter and rosemary. Finish with espresso panna cotta and Tiramisu and thank Cantina del Ponte for a great Sunday.
Sunday 12th March 12pm – 3pm and then every Sunday
Where: 36c Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
What: Luxurious LEGO
Why: You’ve probably heard about the huge LEGO exhibition and if so, you’ll know that it kicked off last week. ‘The Art of The Brick: DC Super Heroes’ is taking place in Doon Street Car Park, just 6 minutes from the stylish Mondrian London, who are getting involved with a Live Like a Super Hero package. Families who stay in the hotel from now until 2nd September will get two tickets to the LEGO exhibition thrown in with their stay, as well as breakfast for two to fuel you up for a day of LEGO hunting. The exhibition is the largest LEGO exhibition in the world and features over 120 superheroes and villains made from 2 million of those tiny bricks.
The overnight stay package at Mondrian is available now
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
What: Real Life MasterChef
Why: If you’re anything like us, eating just isn’t enough, you’ll watch all the cooking programmes too. In that case you’ll definitely know who Monica Galetti is – and she’s about to get even bigger, known in her own right for her debut restaurant Mere which opened earlier this week. Nestled amongst some of the most promising London restaurants (Michelin star in her sights perhaps?) on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street, visit this weekend for French/South Pacific-inspired dishes like black scallop curry and blood orange mousse with lemon confit. Monica’s husband, David, is in charge of the booze – what a dream team.
Where: 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QJ
What: 90th Anniversary Menu
Why: The original Boulestin Restaurant opened back in 1927, that’s 90 years ago, (just in case maths isn’t your strong point) and to celebrate they have an anniversary menu running throughout March and April. Dishes include gravadlax with pickled cucumber and sweet mustard dressing; duck confit with pommes aligot, thyme, mushroom, truffles and shallot sauce and for pudding milk chocolate and Earl Grey mousse with dark chocolate shards, blood orange and lemon meringue.
Where: Boulestin, Saint James's Street, London
What: Eat Me Drink Me
Why: W5 Food Market is returning to Ealing this weekend, which means your Sunday can revolve around trying the finest Italian truffles from Mr Truffle, gorging on cheesecake from GB Cheesecake and getting your fill of Spanish delicacies from Montadito. Mr Truffle will also be taking part in Ealing Bites, a series of talks on food, nutrition and cooking. In coming weekends, they’ll be joined by the likes of Desi Baker Boy and Tribeca Studios.
Where: Forecourt, Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY
The Cocktail Trading Company are launching ‘Come Down With Me’, a weekend brunch. Expect hash browns, MacMuffins and fresh pastries, washed down with ‘Morning Glories’ cocktails and bubbles. Launches next weekend (18th and 19th March)
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