Coming round so soon that you might believe it was a weekly event, it’s almost the weekend again! Hurrah! Yay! Crack open some bubbles. So as you contemplate what to do with your two days of freedom, here are some ideas from The Handbook. We hope they help.
Get Away From the Ice
If you love Dancing On Ice (watching it, rather than the daily walk to the tube during Beast From The East) then maybe you’re headed to the Wembley Arena for Dancing On Ice Live? If so, then it would be worth stopping in at The Hilton Wembley for their special Mexican menu at The Association Restaurant. The event menu is available all weekend at 6:30pm, perfect for heading on to the show.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March
Where: Lakeside Way, Wembley HA9 0BU, UK
Nearest station: Wembley Stadium (0.2 miles)
Like Pancake Day...But Not
‘And in the morning, I’m making waffles’. If there is ever a time to quote Donkey from Shrek then it is this Sunday because it is World Waffle Day. You could choose the now classic combination of Duck & Waffle or if one waffle isn’t enough then we suggest The Gallery. It isn’t open 24 hours a day and it doesn’t have views out across London but this West Hampstead restaurant does have a brunch menu that is not only bottomless but entirely devoted to waffles of both the potato and sweet variety. Go for the chorizo with fried egg and padron peppers waffle before getting stuck into the raspberry, granola, honey and coconut yoghurt.
Where: 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY
The one time you’re welcome to get up in my grill is when there’s cheese involved. So handily street food ‘champions’ Grill My Cheese are on-hand with an Easter popup at Selfridges Foodhall. The star of the show will be suitably seasonal as we welcome the mouth-wateringly cheesy Hot Cross Bun Cheese Toastie, a classic hot cross bun filled with brie, Cheddar and spiced salted caramel.
Available until 6pm on Sunday 1st April
Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)
Which Blue Are You?
Whether you know about paddles, strokes and crabs (we’re talking about rowing here, minds out of the gutters please) or you’re just there for a Sunday drinking session, this weekend it’s The Cancer Research UK Boat Race or better known as the Cambridge and Oxford Boat Race. Choose which blue you are and then head down to the Thames between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge to watch the crews – if you want to set yourself up in a pub to watch, then check out our guide here.
Saturday 24th March
Where: Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge
Game for a bit of Michael Wignall
The Game Bird will be playing host to a special guest this Friday evening as Michael Wignall steps in for their first in a series of guest chef events at The Stafford Hotel’s restaurant. Bringing his Lancastrian upbringing and experience at The Latymer and Gidleigh Park to bear he’ll be producing a menu that includes torched eel, pigeon, cod, duck and a pudding of praline parfait. It’s an unmissable five course meal.
The guest chef event will take place on Friday 23rd March
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, SW1A 1NJ
Switch the Lights Off
This Saturday from 8:30-9:30pm local it is Earth Hour, calling everyone to switch their lights off for an hour to show their support in securing Earth’s future. One restaurant joining in is Caravan, they’ll be switching off the lights across all four of their sites and instead will be hosting an hour of candlelit dining, all rather romantic really. They’ll also be serving a complementary dish of cauliflower stalk kimchi, which showcases how they are using leftover ingredients to create new dishes.
Saturday 24th March
Where: Caravan (Across London)
Work Out With Your Pets
Argos, the Mary Poppin’s Bag of high street, is hosting the House of Fitness this weekend. Realising that sweaty locker rooms, giant mirrors and the sound of grunts coming from the weights room can often put people off, they have created a pop-up that is like a home from home, with free fitness classes, scents proven to drive productivity and motivational music – you can even take your pet and take part in an pets-ercise class. FitBit, Reebok and USN will all be lending expertise, with fitness specialists such as Carly Rowena, Bradley Simmonds and X factor PT James Stirling teaching a variety of classes. Why? All to showcase that Argos has over 2000 fitness products in its range.
Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th March
Where: 62–64 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AR
Website: Sign Up Here
We Don't Just Live For The Weekend: Cocktail Hour In The Rib Room
After ‘free food’ if there was ever a phrase to get us going then it’s got to be ‘cocktail hour’. Well at The Rib Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower they’ve got both! The Rib Room will be running a daily cocktail hour, during which time it’ll be two-for-one. And what’s more, they’ll be throwing in free canapes as well!
Runs weekday evenings from 5pm to 6pm
Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
Can’t you tell? It’s officially Spring! As if to prove it, Ascot Racecourse have launched their Spring Family Raceday, an extravaganza of jump racing, plus activities for kids with the site split into zones, each zone offering a different learning experience including pony rides, dogs, falcons and, in honour of Easter, chocolate eggs.
Saturday 24th March
Where: High St, Ascot, SL5 7JX
Hendricks Time Inversion
So you know how the clocks go back this weekend? Gin maker Hendricks have decided to go a different way and instead of changing the clocks back an hour this weekend they have devised a surreal contraption that flips time on its head/upside down instead. We don’t fully understand how it works, but we do understand one thing: it’s free G&Ts all day today (Thursday) and surreal fun all weekend.
Until Sunday 25th March
Where: Euston Road, Kings Cross, NW1 2AR