Happy Friday! Anyone else excited that the weekend has rolled around? There's plenty to get involved with in London, from a new cruise dinner to a sax night in the sky. Read on for fun things to do in the capital...
Take to the water for a special banquet
To mark the end of summer, London Shell Co has introduced its Sea Harvest feasting voyages. The floating restaurant has been transformed into a coastal hideaway, where diners will sit around a shared feasting table and tuck into all sorts of seafood. There'll be live music as well as a fab drinks list, focusing on cider and wines from home and abroad. Tickets cost £55 per person, with 50 per cent off food until Friday.
The Instagram pop up shop
Head to Instagram's Covent Garden pop up boutique on Friday, 5th and Saturday, 6th October for a shopping experience like no other. At the exclusive two-day event some of the most exciting fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands on Instagram including RIXO, Never Fully Dressed and Carrie Elizabeth will showcase capsule collections within an achingly-Instagramable venue.
As well as browsing the rails and sampling products, shoppers will have a chance to hear first-hand from the founders about what it takes to build and manage a business on Instagram.
Friday Night Sax and DJ at The Gherkin
Did you know that there's a bar in the dome of The Gherkin? Situated on level 40, Iris Bar has jaw-dropping views of the city and for this month only you can get £15 tickets to their sax and DJ night, which includes a complimentary glass of Champagne when you arrive. Taking place every Friday night, you'd be a right fool to miss out.
St Germain Brunch at B&H For London Cocktail Week
When it comes to brunch, Bourne & Hollingsworth is one of the prettiest places there is. Dotted with floral-print armchairs, falling foliage and cute garden chairs, it's a botanical paradise with tonnes of Instagram opps. For London Cocktail Week, the team have joined forces with St Germain to bring an exclusive £25 bottomless brunch to the table. Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday with two hours of endless cocktails, it's the perfect way to say bon voyage to this year's cocktail festival.
Have dinner at Soho's newly opened Old Compton Brasserie
Looking for a new place to eat central? Head to Old Compton Brasserie, which aims to revive the identity of "forgotten Soho". Decorated with pop art paintings and quirky lights, this vibrant restaurant serves modern British food as well as cocktails constructed by The Talented Mr Fox. Stand-out dishes include the tender steak frites, the juicy pork belly and the indulgent truffle mac'n'cheese. Wash it down with cocktails named after characters, like jazz club owner Ronnie Scott and artist Francis Bacon.
Be inspired at The Other Art Fair
The culture vultures out there will want to visit The Other Art Fair this weekend - the place to meet and buy art direct from the very best emerging artists. A total of 140 artists are presenting their work at London Bloomsbury's Victoria House, but even if you don't fancy splashing the cash, it's a good place to be inspired and appreciate all the art on display.
Test your nerves at The London Dungeon
It's time to start making plans for Halloween, but if you're looking for something extra spooktacular, head to The London Dungeon, which has just launched its annual Screamfest event. Scream, scream, and scream again as you make your way through the attraction, hearing tales about Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer. Ride the underground water ride to Newgate Prison before plummeting into the depths of the dungeon on the exhilarating vertical free fall drop ride, Drop Dead.
Feast on the ultimate seafood menu
Wright Brothers seafood and oyster specialists reopened the doors to their Soho restaurant on 5th October. To celebrate the reopening, Wright Brothers have created the ultimate Seafood Feast. On 13th and 14th October guests can feast on mussels, clams, prawns, langoustines, and squid & monkfish cheeks along with corn, potatoes, mange tout, brioche roles and much more. The menu will also feature the Grey Goose Oyster Shucking Cart – perfect for oyster lovers to get their fix.
Indulge in something Canadian
Air Canada's popular Poutinerie is back! Head to London's Spitalfields for a fabulous taste of the famous Canadian dish. This year the experience will offer something a bit different, introducing new twists on old favourites inspired by some of Air Canada's international destinations.
Dine at an unusual pop-up cafe launched by Jamie Oliver
Sample some delicious dishes inspired by the most commonly wasted food ingredients in the UK at the Fresh Thinking Café, run by home appliance expert Hotpoint and officially opened by Jamie Oliver. This pop-up eatery aims to get people thinking differently about the food in their fridges, after research found that UK households throw away almost 10 per cent of their food shop each week. It will operate on a 'Pay-As-You-Feel' basis, with all proceeds donated to the campaign's charity partner FoodCycle. Book a table at hotpoint.co.uk/pages/fresh-thinking-roadshow. The cafe will also accept walk-ins. Open 10 and 11 October, 9am-9pm. Food will be served from 12pm each day.