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Things to do in London this weekend: 12 - 13 October

There's no excuse to stay inside!

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From sipping on cocktails to challenging friends to a pillow fight, London has some fabulous events to keep the whole family entertained all weekend. Keep scrolling to see some of our top picks...

Challenge your friends to a pillow fight

If you don't want to be separated from your pillow this weekend, a visit to the Pillow Fight Club pop up is in order. To celebrate the arrival of their new pillow collection, Premier Inn is putting its four hundred thousand leftover pillows to good use in a classic pillow fight which will see contenders learn the rules and techniques before challenging friends or family members to a battle. As well as grabbing some fantastic photos by a giant pillow wall, you can also leave with a free pillow. Sounds dreamy! 

WHEN: Sunday 13 October 2019 - 1-6pm

WHERE: 15 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AQ

Tickets are free and can be purchased from eventbrite.co.uk

Welcome autumn in Hush Mayfair's fall-themed courtyard 

Bars and restaurants always seem to decorate for summer and winter, but what about the deliciously cosy time between both? Hush Mayfair's latest courtyard revamp is all about autumn, and is simply gorgeous - decorated with leaves in burgundy, purple and orange hues along with warm blankets on every chair and outdoor heaters, meaning that you can sit outside, even in October, and enjoy the delicious dinner and drinks on offer. 

With the beautiful restaurant's gorgeous new furnishings comes gorgeous new cocktails, and gin fans shouldn't hesitant to try one of their four new Whitley Neill Gin cocktails, made especially with autumn in mind. Our personal favourites included the Prince of Quince, made from gin, apple liqueur, prosecco, lemon juice, sofa water, dry apple, lemon and tarragon, and Ramble in the Bramble, which as you guessed it, is a combination of blackberry gin with vanilla syrup, lime juice and tonic. The tasty cuisine is also absolutely worth the visit, and we would recommend the wholesome tomato soup with cheese toasties for starters, and the fillet steak with béarnaise and creamed spinach for your main meal. Foodies with a sweet tooth might also like their absolutely incredible Mars Bar cheesecake for pudding as well. Bon appetite! 

WHEN: The Courtyard is no reservation only - so get there in good time to score a table 

WHERE: 8 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY

To take a look at the menu and find out more, go to hush.co.uk

Scare yourself silly at Ghost Stories 

Ghost Stories has returned to London, this time taking up residence at the Ambassador's Theatre, and the critically acclaimed play will have you peeping through your hands throughout! While we're inclined to keep the plot under wraps so you can enjoy it properly for the very first time, the show is certainly one for people who love a spooky thrill! It does a truly excellent job of building up unbearable suspense, then delivering with frights that had the audience screaming (then giggling) during HELLO!'s visit. With Halloween coming up, it would be rude not to give this one a try! 

WHEN: Monday to Thursday at 19:30, Fri at 19:00 and 21:30, and Matinees Sat at 14:30.

WHERE: Ambassador's Theatre, West St, London WC2H 9ND

For more information and to book tickets, visit ghoststorieslive.co.uk

See Judy in the cinema

Fancy relaxing with some popcorn and a good movie? Watch Renée Zellweger play American singer and actress Judy Garland as she arrives in London in 1968 to perform a series of sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town. The film, which also stars Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley and Michael Gambon, sees the performer prepare for the show, battle with management, and begin her romance with her fifth husband Mickey Deans.

Watch the trailer below…

WATCH: Judy trailer.

WHEN: Released on 2 October 2019.

WHERE: Judy is showing in cinemas across the UK.

To see it at the Barbican, visit barbican.org.uk

Enjoy a pamper date for yourself

This is London's newest hair, beauty and spa destination - and we love it! Urban Retreat is a wellness paradise with a range of luxury treatments and services, as well as premium retail products from the world’s finest beauty houses. The space also offers workshops, talks and residencies with globally renowned experts, yogis and spiritual healers.

WHEN: Opened this month

WHERE: The White House, 4 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge.

To book a visit or treatment, email info@urbanretreat.co.uk

Get walking for Schnauzerfest

Credit: Instagram/Schnauzerfest

If you're a dog-owner, grab your furry friend and head on a more unusual walk by joining in with charity fundraising event Schnauzerfest. The walks are taking place across the country to raise money for rescue dogs and increase awareness of the cruelty of puppy farms. Oktoberfest may be over but there's plenty of time to join Schnauzerfest!

WHEN: Sunday 13 October 2019 - staring from 10.30am

WHERE: There are several walks taking place, including one in Hampstead Heath starting on East Heath Road.

There is no cost associated with taking part, but donations are welcome. Find your nearest walk at schnauzerfest.org/

Make your pub visit worthwhile

Stunning destination pub The Hayden on Westbourne Grove has launched! Eight luxury boutique bedrooms complete with high-tech amenities such as wide-screen smart televisions, mini fridges and in-room coffee machines - this is the perfect sanctuary from busy urban life! After undergoing an extensive makeover complete with new menus, this atmospheric London pub oozes sophisticated charm. The menu offers a selection of refined British classics, served from a central open kitchen, including jumbo short rib of beef slow cooked and smoked for 24 hours, steak and blue cheese salad, and seafood sharing platters, as well as a variety of burgers served with skin-on chips - what's not to love?

WHEN: Open now

WHERE: 65 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 4UJ

Book your stay here, haydennottinghill.com

Livin' in a mushroom paradise at Carluccio's 

Settle into autumn (or mushroom season, as Carluccio's calls it), with their fabulous mushroom wonderland menu!  The delicious grub, made faultlessly, includes Truffle Lasagne and Mushroom Fonduta – mixed mushrooms in a rich taleggio sauce with white truffle oil and garlic. If you fancy, you could also have a twist on your fillet steak, and have it on a bed of mushrooms, beautiful!

WHEN: The menu is a limited time only, so book in your visit soon

WHERE: The mushroom menu is available at any of the Carluccio's restaurants 

Find out more and visit carluccios.com

Become a gin connoisseur for London Cocktail Week 

Gin-lovers are in for a real treat this weekend. A number of masterclasses are being held at  The Rooftop in celebration of London Cocktail Week, each of which focuses on different types of gin. The Sipsmith-focused masterclass will celebrate the Negroni, where you can make one classic version and one with Sloe gin. The welcome drinks and numerous tastings are worth every penny of the £12 ticket. 

WHEN: Sunday 13th October 2019

WHERE: The Trafalgar St. James, 2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS

Purchase tickets at designmynight.com

Celebrate Cocktail Week with a cheeky oyster and a cocktail

Like oysters? Love cocktails? The Wright Brothers are offering a ‘Ten to the Dozen’ cocktail for just £6 at all restaurants alongwith a martini & oyster platter for just £20 (exclusively at Spitalfields). This weekend will be the last chance to celebrate London Cocktail Week, so we're all about trying out this special offer! The special cocktail includes Bombay Sapphire, bitter bianco, elderflower cordial, grapefruit juice & lemon juice, and is specifically designed to complement your oyster platter. Enjoy but FYI, you will need a LCW pass for this one! 

WHEN: Finishes Sunday 13, available during all opening hours(

WHERE: Available at Battersea, Soho, Spitalfields, South Kensington and Borough

Find out all the information you need at thewrightbrothers.co.uk

Silent disco fitness class

Credit: Instagram/London Jungle Runners

Treadmills and exercise bikes can get repetitive and boring, so mix up your workout by taking to the woods for a London Jungle Runners class. Listen to some fabulous Jungle/ Drum and Bass music while dancing, running and stretching in a calming atmosphere - and rest assured the only witnesses will be the woodland animals! All abilities are welcome, but remember to bring your own wired headphones and be prepared to get your sweat on.

WHEN: Saturday 12th October 2019, multiple times from 9:30am.

WHERE: Highgate Woods, London, N10 3JN

Tickets cost £12 and can be bought at londonjunglerunners.com

Book a plant workshop

Credit: Instagram/Botanical Boys

Who doesn't love a plant to brighten up their desk or home? If you want to make your own, Botanical Boys is holding terrarium masterclasses where you can sip on Prosecco while you build a miniature garden in a 3-litre glass jar. Learn about the history of terrariums, hear about layering and planting techniques, and choose from a range of colourful plants and materials. Escape the stress of everyday life and walk away with a cute plant - a treat for the eyes and the mind, there really is no downside. Book soon because places fill up quickly.

WHEN: Book the next available slot on Saturday 2 November 2019 - 1-3pm

WHERE: Samsung KX, Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross, London N1C 4DQ

Tickets cost £60 and can be purchased at botanicalboys.com/samsungexperiences/

Enjoy the Rugby World Cup at The Prince

The Prince at Earl's Court is like a pub had a baby with a conservatory, and the result just works SO well. With gorgeous, flowery vibes and different eateries available so you can order food while sipping on your Aperol Spritz, this is certainly the place to go if you're hanging onto that last wisp of summertime - or you want to enjoy the Rugby World Cup (the pub holds screenings)! During our visit, there was also a downpour of rain, but sitting cozily in The Prince hearing it tip tap on the plastic roof was idyllic. 

WHEN: Visit on Saturday to watch the Rugby World Cup Final 

WHERE: 14 Lillie Rd London SW6 1TT

Find out more about the pub at theprincelondon.com

Transport yourself to Italy at Bunga Bunga

You can ALWAYS guarantee a good time at Bunga Bunga - how can a mix of pizza, cocktails, and a fabulous show (that you can get involved in) be anything other than amazing? Fridays brings their Italian Circus to the stage, and we promise you’ll laugh until your cry and dance until your feet hurt. As summer holiday season is over, you can pretend you’re really in Italy (sort of) with some of the best pizza in London, and entertainment that will make you feel like you’re in an Italian piazza.

WHEN:

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from September - December.

WHERE:

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

Book online at bungabunga.com