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Things to do this week in London: 18 to 24 May

Your weekend plans sorted...

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It's the weekend we've all been waiting for at HELLO! Towers - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot! This definitely calls for a celebration, but if it's too late to organise your own party at home, there are a range of events dotted around London. As for the rest of the weekend and week ahead, we've got some other great activities to get involved with...

Attend the Royal Wedding Party

If you're looking for an immersive way to celebrate Harry and Meghan's big day on Saturday, you're in luck. Taking place at a Grade I listed church, The Royal Wedding Party will see you watching the ceremony with flutes of Champagne, trying your hand at headband and bouquet making, and getting involved in quintessentially British games. But wait - there's more. You'll learn facts about the royal family, be taught how to make the ultimate Bloody Mary and you'll get to part take in first dance dance classes to Elton John and Ed Sheeran tribute acts.

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Play a round of mini golf at Swingers West End 

Royal wedding fans and mini golf enthusiasts, this one's for you! Swingers West End will be screening the wedding on Saturday while also playing a round of crazy golf. To toast the happy couple, the venue has created a limited edition cocktail menu featuring tipples such as Make Your Markle and The Royal Cup. For true royal wedding vibes, Swingers will be smartly dressed for the occasion with flags, bunting and royal wedding themed props galore to use on their exclusive 3D photo podium.

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Hop on the London Gin Cruise

Want to toast the royal wedding from the water? Setting sail from Little Venice, the London Gin Cruise will take you on an idyllic journey past Regent's Park and London Zoo, whilst paying ode to all things juniper. On board, you'll get three expertly made G&Ts, a masterclass with the distiller, gin-inspired tapas and a goody bag to take home. Three G&Ts not enough to keep you fuelled throughout your three-hour cruise? You can always order another round of mother's ruin from their summer-ready menu.

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Afternoon tea at Balthazar

In time for spring, Balthazar has collaborated with FLOWERBX to create an exquisite afternoon tea that's almost too pretty to eat! The French brasserie and restaurant will be serving its traditional scones and sandwiches, but the real showstoppers are the colourful cakes and pastries. The desserts have been lovingly made by hand in the shape of flowers, from the blossoming Salted Caramel Anemone to the stunning Apple and Blackberry Tulip. Tickle your tastebuds with the FLOWERBX Fizz cocktail or opt for the classic glass of champagne.

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Have a melted cheese feast at Alpes

Raclette and fondue in the spring and summer, we hear you cry? You can never get bored of melted cheese. At Pop Brixton, Alpes has just set up shop, offering some of our favourite Alpine dishes. The tartiflette is a winner, as is the traditional raclette. The restaurant is actually the first place in London to serve the delicious, gooey cheese at your table, with the server scraping it off the wheel in front of your eyes. Instagrammable moment or what? And if you're ordering fondue, you'll be treated to unlimited sides of potatoes, fries, salad, pickles and baguette. For the non-dairy eaters, the pork belly, beef cheeks and grilled asparagus are must-haves. It's a win-win for all. 

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Order a Mahiki Treasure Chest 

Organising your own royal wedding bash this weekend? Get the party started with Mahiki's signature Treasure Chests, which can now be delivered to your door thanks to Deliveroo. The London nightclub was made famous by party-loving Prince Harry and his brother Prince William, so it seems only right to toast the royal bachelor the Mahiki way! Each £19.50, hand-crafted wooden chest contains the club's very own coconut rum. 

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Enjoy a truly Royal Afternoon Tea at Dukes

Get into the celebratory spirit in the heart of Mayfair with a visit to DUKES LONDON. The hotel is serving a specially created royal afternoon tea, which can be enjoyed in the Drawing Room or the Great British Restaurant. A highlight of the tea is the red and blue Battenberg cake to mark the union of Britain and America, while other sweet treats include delicate doughnut pralines, peanut chocolate délice and fruit tartelette topped with edible flowers. The tea is priced at £32.50pp or £42.50 with a glass of bubbles. To make a booking at GBR call 020 7491 4840 or visit www.gbrrestaurantslondon.com. Nightly rates at DUKES LONDON start from £320; to reserve, call 020 7491 4840 or visit www.dukeshotel.com.

Relax in Yauatcha City's new Tea Garden

Make the most of the spring weather at Yauatcha City's new Tea Garden, which is in full bloom at Broadgate Circle. The east terrace of the wraparound restaurant has been transformed into a zen paradise, filled with florals and featuring a canopy of green and vibrant foliage. A bespoke cocktail menu of Tanqueray No. TEN gin and teas has been unveiled for guests to sip on while they relax.

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Sample The Alchemist's new cocktail list 

Enjoy an early start to the Bank Holiday weekend by trying out The Alchemist's new cocktail menu – featuring new additions such as the Pot O' Gold – a mix of rhubarb gin and grapefruit juice topped off with a serving of pineapple gin jelly. Espresso Martini fans will also love their very Instagram-friendly take on the popular tipple – Ice Charcoal Latte. What's more, its new food menu covers everything from breakfast and brunch right down to dinner. And with their new pledge with Foodnite, selected dishes ordered will see a local person get given a hot, nutritious meal. 

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