The Handbook
The Handbook

It’s been four long weeks since our last 4-day week but it’s finally that time again. Spend your Sunday with as many Bloody Marys as you can handle, without fear that you will start your working week feeling sorry for yourself. Despite what the weather forecasters want to have us believe, we are an optimistic bunch, so this weekend sees the launch of rooftop bars, brunches and street food markets, all opening for the summer season. Boozy bowling, happy hours and Top Gun screenings, it’s all happening this weekend.

Dirty Martini Clapham

Dirty By Design

Obviously you never need a reason to party, but a birthday and a bank holiday weekend are two pretty good reasons, don’t you think? Good, so do Dirty Martini Clapham who’ll be hosting two parties this weekend. Tomorrow is their 1st birthday which means free entry all night, happy hour all night and £10 off bottles of Prosecco and Champagne! Then on Sunday night they’ll be joining Dirty Martini Covent Garden, Bishopsgate and Islington for four Dirty By Design parties with DJs playing late until the night and £6 martinis all night – well with no work on Monday it’d be rude not to.
Friday 29th April and Sunday 1st May

Where: 67 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7TG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Clapham High Street (0.2 miles)

The Grand

Celebrate 30 years of Top Gun

Launch into your bank holiday in full celebratory mode as you pay homage to 30 years of Top Gun. We can’t quite believe this classic is 30 years old this year but the bomber jackets and ‘Mom’ jeans do look pretty old-school. A huge screen inside The Grand will show the film in all it’s glory at 8pm on Friday night, with free popcorn, aviators and beach volleyball to get you in the mood. DJs will take to the decks from 10.30pm – it is a Friday after all.
Friday 29th May

Where: 21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT
Website: http://www.thelondongrand.com

The Fable

Books for Brunch

Come the weekend we love switching off our phones, grabbing a coffee and immersing ourselves in a good book for an hour or so. Combine books and brunch though and that is a game changer. This weekend sees the launch of Books for Brunch at The Fable. Inspired by the fables of Aesop and the world of fairy tales, the bar and restaurant will hosting monthly brunch and author sessions. It’s super relaxed so you can grab a complimentary tea or coffee and free pastries and listen to authors discuss their books, followed by a Q&A and if you want you can stay for brunch too! First up will be Rachel Elliott, a writer and psychotherapist, she’ll be discussing her debut novel Whispers Through a Megaphone – which explores a way to connect with others in a meaningful way in our chaotic world, apt for us Londoners!
Saturday 30th April

Where: The Fable 52 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD
Website: http://drakeandmorgan.co.uk/blog/2016/04/15/books-for-brunch/

Dalston Yard

Dalston Yard Street Feast opens for summer

A weekend isn’t really a weekend without a trip to a food market. Make it a trip to Dalston Yard and you won’t be disappointed – opening for summer this weekend, the market is the hub of London’s best street food. The challenge comes when trying to decide on just one stall; when Bleecker St, Burger, Le Bun, Grill My Cheese and Club Mexicana are all present you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Friday 29th and Saturday 20th May

Where: Hartwell Street, Dalston, E8 3DU
Website: http://www.streetfeastlondon.com/where/dalston-yard

ME London

Brunch with a view

If you fancy your brunch with an iconic view then you’ll want to go to ME London’s Radio Rooftop Bar, as this weekend sees the launch of their Weekend Brunch menu. Available every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer months, the brunch includes both sweet and savoury dishes with new dishes being added to the menu for 2016 – think ricotta pancakes with banana and honeycomb butter, buttermilk chicken with waffles and maple syrup as well as poached egg with croissant, avocado, chilli, lime and coriander. Following on from last year’s success the Bloody Mary Bar will return – meaning you can make bespoke Bloody Marys exactly to your tasting.

Where: ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Website: www.melondonhotel.com

Be:FIT

Women-only health and fitness festival

Europe’s only womens health and fitness festival is back for another year, with a whole weekend of fitness, food and beauty. Refreshingly, tickets include everything so you can take part in a 1Rebel Ride class, sample food from nutritionists in Oatly Kitchen and listen to Madeleine Shaw, Amelia Freer and James Duigan sharing their wisdom on the main stage. VIP tickets are available which include bubbly on arrival, facials, hair styling and a goody bag.
Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May

Where: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH
Website: http://www.befitlondon.com

Coya

Peruvian punch and brunch

Listen up, there’s a new brunch in town and it is far more exotic than your standard scrambled eggs and bacon. Launching on Sunday, contemporary Peruvian restaurant, Coya are introducing a Sunday Brunch (12-2.30pm) with freshly prepared ceviche, slow roasted pork and spicy beef fillet all designed for sharing. Get involved at interactive food stations which allow you to flavour your guacamole exactly how you like it, then sit back and let the DJs and musicians do the hard work. Oh, and because you don’t have work tomorrow, you can make the most of unlimited Champagne, Peruvian Punch and Bloody Marys.

Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Website: http://www.coyarestaurant.com/index

All Star Lanes

Boozy bowling

Bowling and booze – either the best or the worst combination ever. Who’re we kidding, it’s definitely one of the best ideas of all time! Add to that killer combo the opportunity to win prizes including free shots or a lobster dinner and you’ve got all the ingredients of a fantastic night. All Star Lanes is a haven for big kids everywhere, and makes for the perfect spot to spend the extra hours off work this bank holiday weekend!

Where: Various
Website: http://www.allstarlanes.co.uk