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Things to do this weekend in London: 31 August to 2 September

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Hurray for the short week and for Friday coming around so quickly! There's plenty to do in the capital this weekend, from incredible restaurants to check out, to more heart-racing activities like ziplining! Read on for fun things to do in London...

Fly across London on an exhilarating zip wire


You'll find just about everything in London, including the world's largest city centre zip wire. Travelling at 30mph, get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you slice through the air past London's stunning skyline. 35 meters above the capital's bustling streets, you're guaranteed unobstructed views on this unique experience.

Silver Lining and Every Cloud

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East Londoners, gather ye round! Silver Lining is the intimate, tapas restaurant of your dreams, and whether you order their delicious duck breast with cherry or their potato wedge chips with curry sauce, there is a small plate that everyone will love. The eclectic range of food made for a gorgeous dining experience – which was only improved by visiting the Every Cloud bar, their sister bar which is right next door and boasts of a tiny outdoor terrace to scoop up those last bits of sunshine before autumn.

An out of this world cocktail experience

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Not all heroes wear capes. The Grid is London's newest immersive experience brought to you from the brains behind Breaking Bad pop-up, ABQ – and they need your expertise to help save the human race. You'll learn how to use Artificial Intelligence tools, drink sci-fi cocktails (we know – it's tough at the top) and defeat the system. Up to the challenge? During the hour and a half slot, you'll be treated to two drinks and a LOT of fun.

Try an Italian aperitivo tasting menu


If your idea of traditional Italian food is just heading out for a pizza, then you have to try the pre-dinner menu at LUCA in Clerkenwell, where you can sample traditional dishes curated by the head chef from one of the oldest restaurants in Italy, Matteo Baronetto of Del Cambio. The four-course menu includes veal marinated in chestnut honey, tomato tart with salted green peach, lettuce leaf with citrus mayonnaise and dried green olives, and the Scotch olive encased in rabbit meat. Plus, to wash it down, you can sip from their exclusive never-tasted-before cocktail menu, where the Martini-based drinks are inspired by the classic aperitivo. The aperitivo trend is blurring the lines between what we drink before and during dinner, and we are definitely up for anything that encourages cocktails... The menu is available from 6 September to 4 October, and costs £35 for four dishes and three cocktails.

Treat yourself to something sweet in Chelsea

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For a limited time only, Bluebird Chelsea has teamed up with British shoe designer, Camilla Elphick, to create a dessert menu of two of her favourite things - ice cream and shoes! You can indulge in the black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet (which is incredible), or Camilla's Heart & Sole sneaker, which is an extension of her famed 'Lover' collection featuring cross over heart straps. The pudding consists of a delectable wafer red heart ice cream sandwich with raspberry sorbet and pink meringue. The final sweet treat you'll want to try is the dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre – not one to miss! Ends this weekend.

Madison Sunday Sessions

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Come rain or sunshine, Madison London is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. In the sunshine, you had the rooftop bar, with a stunning view of St Pauls, to enjoy – and if it's a rainy day, there couldn't be a better place to enjoy a fantastic Sunday lunch than their indoor restaurant. To make Sundays even better, there is live music and DJs on during Sunday dinner, meaning that you can tuck into your Yorkshire puddings while listening to some fantastic live tunes.

Make some new furry friends at PupAid


PupAid returns this Saturday 1 September, promising a day of canine fun for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. There will be dog displays, a boutique doggy shopping village, have-a-go dog agility sessions and other fun activities to take part in, not to mention delicious vegan food to tuck into. Celebrities expected to attend include Rachel Riley, Love Island's Eyal Booker, Stephanie Pratt and Lottie Moss so you can do a bit of star-spotting too! Show your support in the fight against puppy farming by attending the event at Primrose Hill, running from 10am to 5pm.

Run across London for a free kebab


To celebrate the launch of its second site in Islington and the second year of being open in Battersea, BabaBoom restaurant is holding a Kebab Chase. That's right - run across London for your kebab! Jog, run or powerwalk from one branch to the other and share your experience on social media to claim your free kebab. You can participate any time from 9am to 9pm on Sunday 2 September. Take any running route you want - just don't hop on the tube or your bike!

Head to Notting Hill for an Asian-inspired feast 


If you haven't been already, you are missing out! For somewhere guilt-free and tasty to go out to over the weekend, head to Notting Hill Asian restaurant ULI, a favourite with celebrities including Caprice. There, you will find a menu of freshly made Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean dishes ranging from small plates to mains consisting of salads, curries and meat dishes. With enthusiastic staff there to help you pick from the vast menu, and a cool, minimal setting that is very Instagram-friendly, it's the ideal place to go for lunch through to dinner, and did we mention that they serve cocktails on the terrace too?

Make the most of the last days of summer with a poké picnic

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It's almost time to say goodbye to summer, but before the sun completely hibernates for the next six months, make the most of the warmer days with a cava and poké picnic. Visit the Island Poké Great Titchfield St restaurant this Saturday and order two or more poké bowls. Diners will then receive a complimentary bottle of Freixenet Cordon Negro, along with two wine glasses that they can take to a nearby park for a picnic. The experience, which starts from £15.70, is only available to the first 120 customers, so be quick!

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