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What’s on in London: 15 of the best things to do this weekend

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Excited for the weekend? So you should be with all of these wondrous things to do in London. 

London is an exhilarating melting pot of immersive experiences, exciting new restaurants, must-visit exhibitions and much, much more. The only problem with that, though, is there’s almost too much to choose from when organising your weekend plans. 

But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve got our ear to the ground on all things London, to make sure you’re in the know on the coolest, most interesting and unique things to do at the weekend. 

Scroll down for our weekly updated expert guide on what to do in London this weekend. Enjoy!

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  • Visit the Alexander McQueen Roses exhibition

    Things to do in London: Alexander McQueen Roses

    When the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition hit the V&A in 2015, people all over the UK scrambled for tickets, and many of them were unsuccessful.

    So we can hardly believe our luck that the Flagship Store on Bond Street is welcoming visitors free of charge to view the swirling red Rose dress by Sarah Burton dress which walked the finale of the Autumn/Winter 2019 show. And, as if that weren’t enough, you can see the poetic dress Lee Alexander McQueen constructed with fresh flowers for the end of the Sarabande show for Spring/Summer 2007, too. Simply head to the top floor and prepare to be dazzled. 

    Where: 27 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4QE

    Image: Tim Beddow 

  • Eat at Hellmann’s vegan rain-bao truck

    vegan bao buns

    Hellmann’s is celebrating Veganuary adding four, very colourful, new vegan mayos to the market: a vibrant pink beetroot based mayo but also green basil, blue spirulina and yellow turmeric.

    To give Londoners a taste of their new products, Hellmann is opening a pop up food truck at Boxpark Shoreditch. They will be serving four different bao buns featuring the new flavours: candied beetroot, glazed tofu, bbq jackfruit and seared shiitake baos will be served for just £1 on Friday 17th  and Saturday 18th January from 12 to 6pm. Go get them!

    Where: Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Hackney, London E1 6GY

  • Sip cocktails in teacups at a speakeasy

    What to do in London this weekend: Barts

    1920s-themed speakeasy Barts is hosting a party this Friday to mark a century since the introduction of the prohibition, which saw alcohol banned and the rise of underground speakeasys. From 10.30pm those who know the secret password will be permitted entry, where there’ll be music, drinks and dancing. The event is free to book (yay!) but you will need a reservation to get past the doors, and avoid those pesky policemen who are out to spoil the fun

    Where: Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW

  • Transform your breathing at Blakes Below

    What to do in London this weekend: Blakes Below

    Luxury west London hotel Blakes is holding a transformational breathing workshop at its gorgeous underground bar, Blakes Below, this Friday. From 7.30pm to 9pm guests will first enjoy a CBD shot, before being led through a 60-minute high intensity breath work session, guided by Breathpod Founder Stuart Sandeman. 

    With a special soundtrack of mind-expanding and highly vibrational sounds to deepen and elevate the experience, the coach will encourage participants to let go of their negative habits, stresses and anxieties, and move into a higher state of learning, development, self-awareness, growth and flow. Afterwards stay for a non-alcoholic cocktail, which is included within the £35 ticket.

    Where: 33 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 3PF

  • Try 100% organic coffee

    What to do in London this weekend: Beanberry

    Forget about your favourite Australian blend, a new wave of coffee is coming to London and it has a Californian accent.

    The first 100% organic coffee shop in London is opening in Holborn this weekend and it’s set to become a real hot spot for coffee lovers around town. At Beanberry, coffee is a serious matter and customers will be able to choose from a big variety of blends made for organic Arabica beans from Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Bring your reusable cup!

    Where: Beanberry Coffee, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY

  • Discover rice art at Chokhi Dhani

    What to do in London this weekend: Chokhi Dhani

    Battersea has a new delicious local – Indian restaurant Chokhi Dhani brings traditional Rajasthani cuisine to the English capital. Think mango paneer, flavoursome lamb chops, fragrant curries and amazing naan breads.

    Only for the months of December and January, the restaurant is offering a special gift to any big group booking (of 10 people or more): while you enjoy Chokhi Dhani’s delicious food, traditional artist Bhagirath Singh will create a piece of rice grain art for each person.

    Singh residency is part of the brand’s mission to introduce traditional Indian artisans to the UK. A great excuse to eat some delicious curry. 

    Where: Riverlight Quay, 2 Nine Elms Ln, London SW11 8AW

  • Try Nobu Shoreditch’s musical menu

    What to do in London this weekend: Nobu Shoreditch

    Nami, the much-anticipated Japanese street food supper bar from Nobu, only opened in November and already it’s transforming how we’re spending our Friday nights. 

    The unique concept brings together DJ sets from both well-known and emerging DJs, but throughout the night they’ll be playing while wearing a mask, so you only know who they are once you download the set from the back of your menu. 

    There’s also incredible food and art projections to create a multi-media, immersive experience. Dishes to watch out for include the 24-hour slow-cooked confit Dashi fries, soaked in Dashi soup stock and fried twice for a golden crunchy finish. Oh, and make sure you try a few of the creative cocktails, too.

    Where: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, 10-50 Willow St, Hackney, London EC2A 4BH.

  • Jump into a marshmallow pool at The Wonder Factory

    What to do in London this weekend: The Wonder Factory

    This is what Instagram dreams are made of. The Wonder Factory in Dalston opens this Saturday and is calling itself the “most ambitious interactive art exhibition” featuring an incredible 15 rooms filled with the likes of marshmallow swimming pools, confetti cyclones and mirrors that transport you to outer space. 

    If you’d like to visit, opening times are 12pm – 8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am – 9pm Saturday and Sunday, until the end of February. Tickets are priced at £23.

    Where: The Wonder factory, Unit B, Dalston Works, Dalston, London, E8 2FQ.

  • Enjoy a fondue with a London view

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    What to do in London this weekend: Tutankhamun: Hilton fondue

    The ultimate winter treat: indulging in a thick, creamy and flavourful cheese fondue while sipping a glass of wine, overlooking the London skyline. And you can do just that at the Hilton Metropole, which transforms its 23rd floor into a winter wonderland for the festive season.

    From November to January, guests will be able to enjoy one of the most incredible views of London and a classic Alpine meal: delicious cheese fondue, raclette, chocolate (boozy or classic) fondue with fresh fruit, mouth watering desserts and more elaborate small plates such as miso glazed salmon and slow roasted short-rib. All the incredible food will be accompanied by traditional mulled wine, winter spiced-gin and tonics and even Jägerbomb shots.

    Where: 225 Edgware Rd, Paddington, London W2 1JU

  • Watch a film at the new Electric Cinema White City

    What to do in London this weekend: Electric Cinema White City

    With dreamy loveseats and vintage lamps at every seat The Electric Cinema is one of the best spots on Notting Hill’s Portobello Road. So, it makes sense, then, that London deserved (at least) one more. Soho House has just opened its second branch in the former BBC Television Centre in White City. Luxury touches include mohair armchairs, cashmere blankets and footstalls with a stylish bar serving drinks and pick and mix to nibble on.

    Where: Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7FR.

  • Explore artifacts at Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

    What to do in London this weekend: Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

    To commemorate a century since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Satchi Gallery is housing 150 glittering world heritage artifacts in a six exhibition, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Learn about the life of the famous kind and see precious artefacts that have never before left Egypt. The exhibition is open until 3 May 2020, and tickets are priced at £28.50 for an adult.

    Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY.

    Picture credit: IMG

  • Cosy up in a winter lodge

    What to do in London this weekend: Tutankhamun: Holborn Dining Room

    What screams cosy more than a Scandi-inspired winter lodge? One of London’s finest hotels, the Rosewood, joins forces with luxury vodka brand Absolut Elyx to transform its terrace for the winter. 

    From November 2019 to February 2020, the hotel’s courtyard will be a dreamy Swedish winter wonderland. Mulled wine and fancy old fashioneds will be accompanied by Holborn Dining Room’s chef exquisite menu. Oysters, gin cured salmon and an indulgent Paris-Brest to finish – The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London is ‘the’ destination in London this winter. 

    Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

  • Go back to the 1940s at Cahoots' The Ticket Hall and Control Room

    What to do in London this weekend: Cahoots' Ticket Hall and Control Room

    Cahoots, the underground post-war themed bar just off Carnaby Street, has made a name for itself as a go-to venue for creative cocktails, an immersive concept and tongue-in-cheek humour. Now, Londoners are being treated to a second site which is opening on 7 November, close by the original. 

    The Ticket Hall and Control Room will be split across two floors and in-keeping with the 1940s theme. Think vintage phone booths and ticket machines, cocktails served in tin cans over the old station kiosk with high-spirited swing dances for entertainment. 

    Where: 5 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, London, W1B 5PF.

  • Carb-load from Cecconi's Pizza Bar £5 menu

    What to do in London this weekend: Cecconi's Pizza Bar

    Cecconi’s is the authentic Italian restaurant from Soho House, where stylish decor reigns supreme and hearty indulgence is the only thing on the menu. With branches in Shoreditch and The Ned already going down such a treat, it was only a matter of time until it landed in Soho, and now the Cecconi’s Pizza Bar is one of the area’s must-visit haunts.

    Just when we thought a menu full of pizza, pasta and Italian-inspired cocktails (think Aperol Spritz and Negronis on tap) couldn’t get any better, the restaurant has now introduced a £5 menu, running from 3pm until 6pm Sunday to Friday. On there you’ll find a long list of cocktails, one choice of beer and seven different pasta dishes all priced at £5. A welcome rarity in central London we think you’ll agree.

    Where: 19-21 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JJ

  • Have a drink at newly-opened The Lost Alhambra

    What to do in London this weekend: The Lost Alhambra

    When it opened in 1854, The Alhambra Theatre in Leicester Square was one of the only bars to accept women without the escort of a man. 

    Now, 100 years after it was lost to a fire and then demolished to make way for the Odeon Cinema, this gem is being resurrected by the people behind renowned Instagram-worthy drinking holes, Tonight Josephine and Blame Gloria. Think fun, fluorescent signage, 70s-inspired décor and a mean happy hour.

    Where: 28A Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE

  • Indulge in a seasonal pizza

    Try Pizza Pilgrims’ latest guest pizza: the Popeye. Created to celebrate the best of Britain’s seasonal ingredients, it is adorned with creamed spinach, ricotta, garlic oil, grilled artichoke, and a crispy parmesan crust. 

    If you’re struggling to adapt to the longer nights and cooler temperatures, this dish will get you loving the autumnal vibes.

    Where: Any Pizza Pilgrims restaurant.

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