10 Things To Book This Weekend

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With the weather as temperamental as it is right now, it’s hard to know what to wear – let alone what to do – when one minute it’s pouring and the next the sun is blaring down on us. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best things to do in and around London, no matter what the weather throws at you.

From pretty-in-pink afternoon teas to the new exhibition dedicated to painter Philip Guston, scroll on for inspiration.

Things To Do This Weekend, From Tate Modern’s Philip Guston Exhibit To Big Zuu’s Pop-Up 

Philip Guston, Painting, Smoking, Eating , 1973 Oil on canvas, 196.9 × 262.9 cm Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. © The Estat e of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Catch Tate Modern’s latest exhibition dedicated to Philip Guston

Tate Modern is hosting the first major UK retrospective in 20 years dedicated to Philip Guston, the famed 20th-century Canadian-American painter. 

Known for pushing the boundaries of painting, it looks at Guston’s determination not to be defined by categorisation. Spanning more than 100 paintings and drawings, the exhibit draws on Guston’s momentous fifty-year career, from his early formations to his period of abstraction and thought-provoking later works.

When: 05.10.2023 – 25.02.2023 

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG 

Website: www.tate.org.uk

Try this pretty-in-pink brunch

If you didn’t know, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign raising awareness around secondary breast cancer, and many venues across the capital have launched activations to help raise money in support of the charity. As the Shard’s spire turns pink this month, Shangri-La The Shard, London has also unveiled three activations to go alongside. 

Guests will be greeted with artistic pink installations in the lobby inspired by feathers and neon, with fresh pink flower displays dotted throughout the hotel. 

Throughout the month, you can look forward to a special Pink Sky Brunch at Sky Lounge, offering a blush twist on the classic Sunday experience. Or, if you’re more into your afternoon tea, book in for their pretty pink tea offering complete with delicate pastries, savouries and sweets.

When: Until 13.11.2023 

Where: TĪNG RESTAURANT, Level 35, Shangri-La The Shard London, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU 

Website: www.ting-shangri-la.com

Head to the CURLYTREATS Festival

This Saturday 7th October sees the return of the annual festival celebrating Black hair, history and heritage. 

Taking over both Novotel London West and 245 Hammersmith London, the day festival will feature seven exciting events, from the AfroEats Village Block Party to the Black Wellness Advancement. 

It’s a chance to celebrate Black culture, creativity and community, with various workshops, talks and activities to get involved in.

When: 07.10.2023

Where: Novotel London West & 245 Hammersmith London

Website: www.curlytreats.co.uk

Delight in a quintessentially English tea experience

Those after a classically English afternoon tea, look to the return of The Gore’s tea time experience. 

Back in time for cosy autumn moments, chef Frederick Forster has created a new menu to remember. Think warm scones with seasonal jam and clotted cream; Cumberland pork buns; Loch Duary smoked salmon and lemon butter sandwiches; and a selection of seasonal cakes inspired by the British pastry tradition.

Where: The Gore, 190 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5EX 

Website: www.collezione.starhotels.com

Don’t miss Big Zuu’s special pop-up restaurant 

If you love the Big Zuu’s Big Eats series, you can actually experience the British rapper and all-around foodie’s intoxicating charm at an all-new pop-up that’s landing this weekend. 

Coinciding with the release of series four, Big Zuu will be partnering with TV Channel Dave to set up an exclusive two-day restaurant. 

The idea behind the ‘Big Eatery’ is that the space will feature ingredients that have been recycled and are often overlooked. The three-course menu will use these under-appreciated food products and transform them into gourmet dishes that are packed with flavour.

When: 06.10.2023 – 07.10.2023

Where: 4 Mercer Walk, WC2H 9FA 

Website: www.eventbrite.com

One To Bookmark: Eco’s 30th Birthday Celebrations 

We’re all about celebrating milestone achievements here at The Handbook and when pizza is involved, we get excited. This month sees legendary sourdough pizzeria, Eco, celebrate its 30th anniversary serving up pizzas on Clapham High Street. 

Throughout the month, the pizzeria team will be celebrating in style with a revival menu from 1993. And that’s not all! On Monday 23rd, Eco will be bringing back the original prices from 1993, meaning you can get your hands on their much-loved pizzas. £4.50 pizza? Count us in! 

The team is running an exciting competition in partnership with the oldest and best sourdough pizzeria in Italy, L’Antic Pizzeria Da Michele. They are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a trip to Naples! Find out how to enter here.

When: 23.10.2023

Where: 162 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UG 

Website: www.ecorestaurants.com


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Visit Queer Britain’s must-see exhibition

Catch it before it’s gone, Queer Britain and Levi’s® have partnered for an exciting pop-up exhibition. Running until Thursday 12th October, you’ll have the chance to delve into the Levi’s® Archives and see never-before-displayed iconic outfits. 

Expect everything from Jake Gyllenhaal’s Brokeback Mountain costume, a 60’s Lesbian Black biker club vest and dedicated Levi’s® items designed for the likes of Elton John, Warhol, Haring and Beauregarde. 

When: Until 12.10.2023

Where: Queer Britain, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH 

Website: www.queerbritain.org.uk

3 Events Worth Travelling For 

Get spooked at Tulley’s Pumpkin Nights

Spooky month is officially here and kicking off celebrations early is the return of Tulley’s Pumpkin Nights. 

Anyone who knows anything about Halloween events will know how popular Tulley’s spooktacular events are. Head down during the day for a classic pumpkin pick-your-own experience or drive after dark to experience their Pumpkin Nights, complete with live music, bars, woodland walks and live roaming characters. 

Fun for all the family, this is the ultimate experience to book for any Halloween lover.

When: throughout october 

Where:  Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road, Crawley, RH10 4PE

Website: www.pumpkinnights.co.uk

Get inspired at this literature festival

The Cheltenham Literature Festival returns this weekend, packed out with a ten-day celebration of written and spoken word. This year’s festival line-up is the best yet, with some of the finest literary names and emerging authors. 

Highlight events include Dinner with Michel Roux; Queer Love, Actually; David Mitchell; and Spice Up Your Life with Nadiya Hussain.

When: 06.10.2023 – 15.10.2023

Where: Across Cheltenham 

Website: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com


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Travel down to this food festival

Get that true countryside experience this weekend and head over to The Forest Showcase Food Festival for a day packed with food, music and art. 

Taking over The Speech House Hotel Grounds, this Sunday’s event will see producers from across The Forest of Dean and surrounding areas showcase the best of the area’s produce. Expect everything from cheese mongers to bakers, brewers to baristas.

When: 08.10.2023

Where: The speech house hotel, speech house road, coleford, gloucestershire, GL16 7EL

Website: www.forestshowcase.org

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