Things to do this weekend in London: 1 to 3 March

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Have an avo-tastic brunch


So you call yourself an avocado aficionado? Then you must have been to Avobar, the Californian-inspired eatery that specialises in all things avocado! There's a variety of fish, meat and veggie dishes on offer but they all have a common ingredient - the refreshing avocado, of course. Tuck into their superfood brunch dishes, or visit in the evening and share some smaller plates, tapas style. The restaurant also does happy hour where diners can enjoy a delicious pre-theatre cocktail and a pair of tacos for just £10. Simply pick from fish, vegan or pulled beef tacos, topped with avocado, naturally.


Have A Night to Remember at the cabaret


Lio is one of the most famous nights in Ibiza – it's an incredible cabaret show that makes for a night of pure fun and entertainment – and now it's coming to London! The renowned cabaret night at Lio London will include a decadent four-course meal, cabaret, acrobatics and burlesque – along with plenty of opportunity to dance yourself. Lio London is only in the capital for six weeks and is housed at hotspot The London Cabaret Club in Bloomsbury Square. Book in ASAP for a night to remember! Tickets cost £180 and can be purchased online.


Snack on bao buns at Rotate, Shoreditch


Try some amazing bao buns at Tiger Bites, the amazing food vendor which is currently in residency at the Rotate venue in Shoreditch. The cool venue has a casual, fun atmosphere and 'rotates' through vendors – meaning that Tiger Bites won't be there forever, so try them out before they're gone!


Go Carnaval partying with Sushisamba


This weekend Sushisamba will be hosting an unforgettable Carnaval party to mark Rio de Janeiro's most amazing celebrations! Enjoy a bossa nova musical brunch, or visit at night for a incredible performance from samba dancers, drummers and DJs. And of course, don't forget the food! There will be special Brazilian-inspired menus to make the party complete – enjoy! 


Dance the night away at Opium London


Opium London is a popular Spanish super club and restaurant located in the heart of Soho on Rupert Street.  The venue combines the benefits of a restaurant, bar, and nightclub where guests can enjoy dinner and then party into the night – making it the perfect destination for friends and couples! The restaurant is led by Portuguese head chef, Diogo Amaro, who has envisioned a menu of Mediterranean cuisine with Japanese influences.  The food menu is an upscale dining experience for the discerning London customer, with a menu split into a seafood and raw bar menu of fresh sushi and sashimi, while offering a selection of popular Mediterranean favourites. Once your palates are satisfied, head over to the bar where their forward-thinking head mixologist has created something for everyone even vegans.


Have a complimentary makeover at Code 8


Love beauty? Why not call into the new Code 8 beauty pop-up located at No.4 Burlington Arcade. Shoppers can treat themselves to a complimentary express makeover while the peruse the brand's latest stunning must-have beauty products. In need of a new lipstick? The shop's Colour ID Lab offers a bespoke lipstick creation service where you can create your own shade in two luxurious formulas, matte and creamy. Your Colour Maestro will help you choose the blend, heat up the formula for 15 minutes, then freeze and set it and hey presto, you have your new lipstick. The shop opens every day from 10am to 7pm and from 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. Email bookings@codeeight.com or phone 07894 413 895 for more information.

Feast on authentic Vietnamese cuisine


Baos are all the rage right now, and if you haven't been to Pho & Bun on Shaftesbury Avenue, you need to go! The Vietnamese eatery does incredible baos and pho, plus rice dishes and healthy wraps - there's something for everyone. We can highly recommend the BBQ honey pork belly bao, the tender beef pho, the ginger beef fresh summer roll and the tiger prawn fresh summer roll. Delicious!


Lose yourself in Richmond


Take in the beautiful sights of Richmond from here. Head to Bingham Riverhouse for the perfect Sunday brunch or lunch, whilst soaking up the stunning atmosphere, overlooking the Thames. The Bingham is a luxury hotel, restaurant and events venue – ideal for any kind of celebration. The hotel has reopened following its revamp – definitely worth a visit.


Get into the Spanish fiesta spirit


Head to the contemporary Spanish restaurant, aqua nueva, to celebrate the international Jerez Festival - an annual Spanish fiesta devoted to the creation of Flamenco dancing. Here guests will also get the chance to try the special Jerez Festival cocktail - delish!


Tantalise your tastebuds with a burger pizza or pizza burger


Feel like a burger or a pizza? Decisions, decisions... Thankfully, there's no need to be torn. For the next couple of weeks, both Patty & Bun and Homeslice will be serving their 'Love Child' creation in their St James' restaurants. If you head to Patty & Bun, you can order beef shin ragu, tallegio, sour cream mayo and roquito peppers encased in a brioche bun. Or, if you eat at Homeslice, you and your friends can feast on a pizza topped with the same ingredients. Which will you choose?

pattyandbun.co.uk and homeslicepizza.co.uk

Head to Fortnum’s for luxury homeware


Turquoise Mountain was founded by Prince Charles in 2006, and aims to “revive historic areas, communities and traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills, and a renewed sense of pride”. A selection of their stunning ethically-made homeware is currently on display on the first floor of Fortnum & Mason for you to browse and buy. Find lacquerware pots in coiled bamboo from Myanmar, carved Nuristani boxes from Afghanistan, and mother-of-pearl inlaid trays made from Syrian artisans in Jordan all at the iconic Piccadilly store. The pop-up ends on the 29th March, so make sure you arrange a trip soon!

Book your next bottomless brunch


Bottomless brunches are officially one of the most fun things to do in London. This Saturday, 100 Wardour Street have launched their ‘Jukebox Brunch’ series - where roaming bands visit the restaurant, take requests and mix up the guests’ favourite tunes. Tuck into brunch treats and enjoy endless fizz while listening to live music - and from 3:30pm the resident DJs will continue the party into the night.

£30 for 2 courses or 3 for £35, plus £20 for unlimited bubbles.

See the roaming bands and book here: https://www.100wardourst.com/event/jukebox-brunch-at-100-wardour-st/

Take a journey around the world through spirits


If you’re the adventurous type but can’t quite afford a round-the-world plane ticket, then book a spot on Mr Fogg’s Spirited Journey. Every Tuesday from 7pm, you embark on a trip around the world, kick-starting your evening with a G&T before sampling four exotic spirits and enjoying one and a half hours of historical tuition on the alcohols’ origins and and how they were perfected. Then enjoy a cocktail with your chosen spirit and receive a personalised libations cryptographer certificate - a memento of your travels!


Try a gin-flavoured eclair (yes, really)


Boozy dessert lovers, this one’s for you. Slingsby Gin has teamed up with Maitre Choux to create the most beautiful (and delicious) Rhubarb Gin eclairs. The cream filling is infused gin, and the stunning eclair is decorated with a pink glaze, real rhubarb pieces, and edible gold flakes. Your Instagram feed will LOVE it of course, but you’ll have to be quick, as the collaboration is only running until 12th March in the Kings Road and Soho Maitre Choux stores.

Enjoy a detox brunch weekend 


Looking for a healthy brunch option without the heavy calories? The Skinny Kitchen is where you need to be. The new Islington venue boosts sleek bright seating with fresh plants and foliage throughout alongside chic elements such as gold retro light fixtures and marble-top tables making it an Instagram-worthy dining experience. Most importantly the restaurant offers an all-day dining experience including their renowned acai bowls and protein pancakes, perfect for a detox weekend.


Celebrate International Women’s Day at an inspirational event


Celebrate International Women’s Day a few days early at the first ever S.H.E Summit and Bacardi event in Europe, Spirit Forward. With speakers including June Sarpong and Andrea Riseborough, you can expect talks about gender, diversity and inclusivity at this inspirational one-day event. 4 March, 10am-6pm. Tickets cost £48 and include a complimentary lunch.


Prepare for pancake day


With Shrove Tuesday just around the corner, start making plans so you won’t be disappointed with your pancake day. Covent Garden’s wide array of restaurants will be putting on extra special menus to celebrate - the only thing you need to worry about is deciding where to go. For example, if you’re still not over the avocado obsession (and frankly, why would you be?), head to Avobar for matcha and avo-butter pancakes. Pancs is hosting a Duck Confit special for a fancier treat, Creme De La Crepe has the ‘Billy Goats Gruff’, and Balthazar is putting on Buckwheat Blinis. But for a truly French experience, you can’t go wrong with chez Antoinette - in fact, do you even need to use Pancake Day as an excuse?

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