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Oh hey, weekend! We’ve been thinking about you and boy are we glad you decided to stop by. And how can we expect to be spending our two days of freedom? Indulging in London’s best brunches, perusing Steve McQueen’s impressive multimedia collection and getting fitness on at London’s big wellness summit.

Here’s everything to get up to:

Catch The Iconic Work Of Steve McQueen

It’s not everyday you’re presented with a Turner Prize at the age of 30, but then again, we’re not all as creatively brilliant at Steve McQueen, who has been dubbed one of the greatest visual artists of our time. This spring sees Tate Modern honouring the first black filmmaker to win Best Picture at the Oscars for his phenomenal masterpiece, 12 Years A Slave with a major retrospective of his work. The exhibition features 14 of his major works spanning film, photography and sculpture. It’s seriously worth catching.

One of the greatest visual artists of our time

When: Until 11th May
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Website: www.tate.org

Catch The Theatrical Version Of The Prince Of Egypt

When a non-Disney animated film is one of the highest ranking of all time, it comes as no surprise to hear it’s being turned into a musical adaptation that’ll be swinging its way to the West End this Spring. Enter The Prince of Egypt, a story which follows a mother who sent her child into the unknown abyss and sees another woman hide the truth of where he once came from. Watch the beautiful story unravel on stage this season.

When: Until 12th September
Where: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
Website: www.londontheatredirect.com

Boogie To The Beat Of The Drum At Chiltern Arts Festival

Travel a little further afield and enjoy a weekend of music, arts and creativity at the Chiltern Arts Festival. From a performance from Septura Brass Septet, the musicians who are redefining the brass chamber genre, to the youth music and arts day, a day dedicated to showcasing young talented musicians, you can expect a weekend of boogieing and tapping your finger to the beat.

When: Friday 28th February – Saturday 7th March
Where: Various Venues in Chiltern Hills
Website: www.chilternarts.com

Learn The Art Of Flower Arranging

Florals for dai-sies! 

Mews of Mayfair have just launched a new event series and you’ll be glad to know there’s Champagne involved. This weekend you’ll be able to learn the delicate skill of flower arranging and the wonderful powers of florals in mood boosting, stress busting and healing. Alongside the workshop will be free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Bloomin’ marvellous!

Florals for dai-sies! 

When: Saturday 29th February
Where: 10-11 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, W1S 1EY
Website: www.mewsofmayfair.com

Take Part In London’s Next Big Wellness Summit

Fitness fanatics, wellness warriors and beauty lovers, your prayers are about to be answered thanks to the huge Wellness Summit landing in London this Saturday. Ponder on over to Canary Wharf and expect a day jam packed with fitness classes held by the likes of Barry’s Bootcamp, Third Space, Sweat by BXR and Maia Well co., zen sessions, pamper treatments from Blow ltd, Le Salon, Essential Therapie and Blink Brow Bar, and even little craft workshops too. Oh, and if you opt for the VIP ticket, you’ll be going home with a goodie bag bursting with £120 worth of treats, eek!

When: Saturday 29th February
Where: East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NX
Website: www.wellnesssummit2020.com

Catch The Last Few Days Of This Wonderful Light Festival

Here to light up your weekend for one last time is London’s leading light festival, Lightopia. Running until Sunday, Lightopia will be lighting up your ‘grams as you’re thrown into the magical world of gigantic lollipops, life-size bumblebees and immaculate building-size peacocks – think Alice in Wonderland meets Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. As you enter this mile-long adventure, you’ll explore the 47 different lantern groups work come together for this mega installation exploring the differing world of expression and raw emotion. It’s truly mesmerising and beautiful.

when: Running until Sunday 1st march
where: chiswick house gardens
website: www.lightopiafestival.com

Indulge In Pizza Pilgrims’ Cheese Overloaded Pizza

Oh my gouda! Have you ever seen anything more indulgently brilliant?

London famed pizza group Pizza Pilgrims have teamed up with The Cheese Bar for one mega cheese fondue pizza. We’re talking Italian mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan, Cornish gouda and Cotswold hard cheese all slathered onto one piece of dough. Boy, it’s indulgent but oh, so so good. Catch it quick as it’s only on the menu until Sunday!

When: Available until Sunday 1st March
where: Various locations
website: www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk

when: Saturday 29th February – Sunday 29th March
where: troubadour, Wembley Park theatre
website: www.troubadourtheatres.com

OPENING WEEKEND: Waiters, There’s A Murder In My Soup

We love immersive dining experiences as much as the next person, and we’re up in arms over this brand new concept. Introducing Waiters, There’s A Murder In My Soup, the brand new comedy murder mystery that’ll see you laughing for hours on end. 

You’re thrusted back in time to 1946 and it’s the grand opening of a performance by none other than venerated prima donna the Marchioness du Jour. You’ve been invited to dine the night away alongside dignitaries, cultural heads and socialites, but as the name of the show suggests, there’s a murder scattered into the night and Detective Susan Gusset needs your help…

Enjoy A Cocktail At Doña

Seriously if pink is your thing, you’ll love how dreamy Doña is.

Doña was an easy inclusion with its dreamy pink hues, sparky jazz club vibes and being hugely female-led. Open Wednesday through to Saturday, the bar specialises in temptingly good Mezcal cocktails, and we can already vouch that our favourite is the Fiorella packed full of Dangerous Don Mezcal, ginger, supasawa, agave, lime wheel and coffee beans.

where: 92 Stoke Newington High Street
Clapton, N16 7NY
website: www.bardonalondon.com

Munch Your Way Through London’s Brunch Offerings

Thanks a brunch!

We’re as obsessed with brunch as the next millennials and London’s brunch scene is continually having a moment. From stacks of pancakes dripping with syrup and bacon juices, eggs poached to perfection, to the classic English brekkie, we’ve rounded up the ultimate guide to London’s brunch scene, and as the weekend is upon us, get your brunch on and munch through this mega list…

Try Biff’s Jack Shack’s New Katsu Sando

The pioneers of delicious junk food, Biff’s Jack Shack, have outdone themselves again with their new curry-themed burger, Jacksu Sando. Launching this Sunday and available the whole of March, the burger comprises of a panko-dipped Crispy Fried Jackfruit cutlet, creamy tonkatsu sauce, tempura broccoli, and a zingy sesame and mirin slaw with cabbage and apple, all served sandwich-style in vegan brioche.

where: BrewDog, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8BJ
website: www.biffsjackshack.com

Illustration by Justyna Stasik

Explore The Royal Exchange’s Latest Love Is… Campaign

Earlier this month we chatted to Justyna Stasik about her love inspired art installation at The Royal Exchange, why not explore the wildly wonderful illustration for yourself?

Champion love in all its form through The Royal Exchange’s Love Is campaign. Throughout February and March, the venue will be home to masterclasses from the likes of Equinox and Fortnum & Mason’s self-love yoga class to exclusive promotions. Explore it for yourself and fall in love with love once again.

when: Running until 25th March
where: The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR
website: www.theroyalexchange.co.uk

Wander Around The Baby Show

What to expect when you’re expecting…

You never fully know and recognising one baby brand from another is near impossible. That’s where The Baby Show comes in. The Baby Show is the UK’s longest running pregnancy and parenting event that boasts an impressive selection of the best boutique brands, exclusive show offers and live talks with leading pregnancy and parenting experts too. It’s a really insightful weekend and will leave you bursting with joy for your new special arrival.

The Handbook has also partnered with top baby brand Stokke to give one lucky winner tickets to The Baby Show and a £250 bundle from Stokke. Enter this way… 

when: Friday 28th February – Sunday 1st March
where: ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, E16 1XL
website: www.thebabyshow.co.uk

Enjoy Afternoon Tea With A Twist 

There’s something rather special about delighting in British classics and this weekend why not try afternoon with a twist courtesy of Brigit’s Bakery.

See London’s iconic sites as you make your way around the city by double decker while munching through afternoon treats made especially for you.

where: different pick up locations
website: www.b-bakery.com