Hurray for Friday, the weekend is finally here! If you're looking for things to do in London, read on. We've got something for everyone, from a very lavish drinks and dinner combo in Mayfair, to the opening of the more budget-friendly, fast food giants Jollibee.
Cocktails and dinner at London's exclusive Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
As evenings draw in there's nothing nicer than treating yourself to a luxurious cocktail in a warm, elegant and enticing environment - and Mayfair's gorgeous Sheraton Grand is exactly that. Their cocktail menu at Palm Court is the perfect antidote to a busy day spent working or shopping in London, and the bar is an Art Deco oasis inside a bustling city - it almost feels like you're stepping back in time. From a classic Champagne Cocktail or more manly Manhattan, to a Vintage Mint Julip, drinks aficionados will be happy with the options. The wines hail from all over the world - even the UK, and the British red is surprisingly delicious.
After drinks at the Palm Court, dinner at the hotel's Mercante restaurant is a must. Wonderfully relaxed and low key for such a high-end destination, Head Chef Davide D'ignazio has created a restaurant that's ideal for family get togethers, friend reunions as well as quiet dinner dates. The menus change regularly but always contain comforting Italian delicacies with a modern twist. The pumpkin soup and potato-crusted turbot were favourites of ours. But there's plenty on the menu for whoever is dining - from pizza to steak and chips, and a variety of delicious pastas, such as the fettuccini bolognese which smelled like heaven. Waiters and waitresses are attentive and spoil you, leaving you feeling like your special night out in Mayfair was one to remember.
Celebrate Chocolate Week with a decadent afternoon tea
It's one of our favourite weeks of the year - Chocolate Week! What better way to celebrate than at one of London's most famous institutions, The Wolseley, which has created a limited edition chocolate afternoon tea for just £29.75. Expect the traditional cucumber and cheese and smoked salmon sandwiches, as well as the new roast beef with pumpernickel and cocoa bread. Sultana scones will be served with white chocolate cream, while the pastry offerings include a dark chocolate and raspberry éclair, a milk chocolate orange tart and a white chocolate and passion fruit delice. There's even a chocolate flavoured tea to top it all off.
Visit the UK's first Jollibee in Earl's Court
After months of anticipation and rumours, Jollibee has finally landed in the UK, opening its first store on 180 Earl's Court Road, west London. Expect big queues – this is a launch that Chickenjoy fans have been waiting decades for! On Saturday 20 October, the first 100 customers through the door will be rewarded with Jollibee's free Chickenjoy meals. Apart from their signature dish, which comes with rice and gravy (as all Jolly fans know), other highlights on the fast-food menu include the iconic Jolly Spaghetti and the Yumburger. Doors will open extra early on Saturday at 8am. See you in the queue!
Party at Erdinger Oktoberfest
Dust off your dirndl; Erdinger are bringing the UK's biggest Oktoberfest to East London for the next two weekends and it's like nothing you've ever seen before. Set up in a gigantic beer tent, expect funfair rides, tonnes of themed props and Bavarian waitresses alongside entertainment from famous Oktoberfest bands hailing all the way from Munich.
Drink to the Last Nights of Havana
Still not ready to admit that summer's over? Cue Last Nights of Havana, London's newest immersive pop-up experience. Taking inspiration from the days before the revolution, this Cuban-inspired spot will sweep you off your feet with live jazz bands, exotic dancers and a menu of applause-worthy rum cocktails. Fancy 50% off your ticket? Just enter 'LNOH PREVIEW' at the DesignMyNight checkout for any day up until 23rd October.
Get inspired at The Affordable Art Fair
Looking for a new piece of art to decorate your home or office space? The Affordable Art Fair has been changing the way people shop for art for years, and this weekend it's returning to Battersea Park until Sunday. Over 1,000 local, national and international artists are setting up shop to showcase their unique pieces – who knows, you could pick up the next Banksy. Artwork is priced from £100 to £6,000. Plus, there'll be a number of workshops and talks from leading art schools and organisations.
Wine and dine your loved one at Zizzi's
Treat your loved one to a lovely evening at Zizzi's. The popular Italian restaurant chain has launched its new autumn menu - and it's fabulous! Must haves include wagyu beef rustica pizza, beef brisket and venison tagliatelle and the delicious ruby chocolate cheesecake.
Pergola Paddington is back for the winter
Hurray! Pergola Paddington has reopened its doors for autumn and winter. For those who don't know the venue, Pergola is a secret hideaway that serves street food and cocktails galore a stone's throw away from Paddington train station. Spread over two floors, which are fully covered and heated for the cooler months, are four food stands: Canard, Patty & Bun, Mam and Yucatan. Two bountifully-stocked bars will be dishing out the drinks, including Porn Star Martinis and Espresso Martinis on tap. The venue seats 850 people and it's always full, so make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment!
Take part in a free Korean cookery class
Not technically on this weekend, but this event is not one to miss! Ji Young Kim, executive chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Balwoo Gongyang in Seoul, is hosting a complimentary cookery class at Le Cordon Bleu on Monday 22 October. In collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre UK, the class will focus on Korean Temple Food, which means no animal products, onions or garlic, and an abundance of herbs, wild green, fruit and flowers. Some of the dishes you'll get to sample include Napa cabbage kimchi with ripe persimmon, and deep-fried assorted mushrooms coated with sweet and spicy Gochujang sauce. Tickets are complimentary on a first-come-first-served basis; book by emailing email@example.com.