Nobody wants to wake up on a Saturday morning with absolutely nothing to do, so it's time to start planning ahead. Whether it's staying in your pyjamas and watching a Netflix movie or relaxing in a forest hotel suite, check out some of these fabulous activities in London this weekend...
Practice your skating skills at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum's ice rink opens this weekend which means the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Get in the festive spirit by slipping on some skates and showing off your skills (or lack thereof), or simply enjoy the atmosphere by sipping on some hot chocolate or mulled wine on the viewing platform. With the Alfred Waterhouse building and fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, it is a magical place for the whole family. You could be the next Torvill or Dean, you won't know until you try.
WHEN: From Saturday 19 October 2019 - 10am-9pm.
WHERE: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Tickets cost £12.65 for adults and £8.80 for children. For more information, visit nhm.ac.uk.
Watch the Breaking Bad movie El Camino
If you hadn't got your fix of Breaking Bad after it ended, you're in for a treat. Directed and written by Vince Gilligan, the new El Camino movie will explore what happens to kidnapped man Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, following the show’s finale. And what's more, it's available on Netflix! So you can stay in your pajamas and curl up on the couch with some popcorn.
See the trailer...
WATCH: What happens to Jesse Pinkman?
WHEN: Released on 11 October 2019
WHERE: Netflix, so anywhere!
Join in the celebrations of The October Plenty
What better way to celebrate autumn than taking to the streets of Lambeth for The October Plenty. The Corn Queene and Berry Man will star in the procession from the Imperial War Museum garden to Roots and Shoots in Kennington, where a number of events will take place. From playing apple games to watching Morris dancers to storytelling for children, the 22nd year of the event is set to be as fun-filled as ever.
WHEN: Sunday 20 October 2019 - 12pm onwards
WHERE: Starts at the Imperial War Museum
For more information on what to expect at the free event, visit thelionspart.co.uk/octoberplenty/
Eat an incredible burger - and invite your vegan friend along too!
Hache, the chic, Parisian inspired restaurant serving the most exquisite burgers in London, has just done the impossible - created a vegan burger which honestly is impossible to tell from its normal meat counterpart. The 'Beyond Le Fume' comes in its own glass dome, which once opened, releases the most sumptuous smokey aromas guaranteed to whet the appetite of everyone, meatear or vegan. Mouthwateringly juicy, flavoursome and melt in the mouth, this plant-based burger is an incredible treat. Served with a grilled aubergine and semi-dried tomatoes plus a melting slice of Violife Cheddar and topped with zucchini straws it's a meal in itself. Though it would be a shame to miss out on the sweet potato fries!
WHEN: Launched this week - available all weekend
WHERE: Hache has branches in Balham, Clapham, Chelsea, Camden, Holborn, Kingston and Shoreditch
Stay in a houseplant hotel suite
Thejoyofplants.com and design-led hotel Leman Locke is offering Londoners the opportunity to swap the urban jungle for a more stress-free forest experience by staying in one of its three houseplant suites. Award-winning biophilic designer and architect Oliver Heath, This Morning’s Mr Plant Geek Michael Perry, and creative designer and Founder of Grace & Thorn Nik Southern have transformed the studio suites into photo-worthy and healthy environments with houseplants taking over the walls, windows, bathrooms and ceiling. In each room, specific houseplants have been chosen to help boost productivity, increase romance or provide tranquillity.
WHEN: It is open from Saturday 19 October - Sunday 10 November 2019.
WHERE: Leman Locke, 15 Leman St, Whitechapel, London E1 8EN
To book your stay, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a spin class in a nightclub
Nightclubs aren't just for dancing! Enjoy a unique fitness experience at the 'Digme Live' pop-up at Fabric nightclub, where you can get fit during a 60-minute spin class before letting your hair down for the afterparty. If the fun fitness class isn't a big enough incentive to get involved, you'll also receive a Digme tote bag filled with goodies and a recovery smoothie from Innermost.
WHEN: Saturday 19 October 2019 at 4pm
WHERE: Fabric, 77A Charterhouse St, Farringdon, London EC1M 6HJ
Tickets cost £42 and can be bought at digmefitness.com/digme-live
This street food menu is not one to miss
Freak Scene is a must-try for all the bold food lovers. The Soho based pan-Asian restaurant run by chef Scott Hallsworth has announced a host of new dishes for their autumn menu and a new street food concept for their lunch offering. Dishes to try include the Chilli Crab and Avocado Wontons, the Whole butter roasted lemon sole with spicy shiso ponzu and the Crispy Furama Fried Chicken. Yum!
WHEN: From 18 October
WHERE: 54 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SL
To reserve a spot, visit sevenrooms.com/reservations/freakscene/snap
Kick off the weekend in style!
Bill's Restaurant & Bar are celebrating the first anniversary of their first phase of new look restaurants by creating a special cocktail which will be available at the celebrating restaurants with a percentage of the takings being given to a charity local to the restaurant.
WHEN: From now till 30 November
WHERE: Bill’s Greenwich, Soho, Hammersmith, Clink Street, Wimbledon and High Street Kensington
To book a table, visit bills-website.co.uk/
View some classic cars in Waterloo
The monthly classic car show Waterloo Classics is back this weekend, bringing together car owners and enthusiasts alike. Head to the Lower Marsh Market to stroll through stalls, grab something to eat, and lust after some beautiful vehicles. But be warned, you must have a designated parking disc to park in market spaces, so take note of the restrictions and charges if you want to bring your car!
WHEN: Saturday 19 October 2019 - 12-4pm
WHERE: Lower Marsh Market, Waterloo Station.
Free to attend, for more information visit waterlooclassics.com/
Enjoy drinks and dinner in a winter jungle
Lost in Brixton has undergone a winter transformation, which means heaters are in place, the roof is back on and a brand new drinks and dinner menu is on offer. Revellers are invited to get lost in this cosy jungle in the heart of Brixton that is the party spot of the season. Tuck into street food from village traders Fish Wings & Tings, Jalisco, Honest Burger, Seven Brixton and Thunderbird; all you have to do is order via the app and runners will collect your food from the market. Plus, make the most of the Winter Warmers drinks offer which is 2 for 1 cocktails from 5-7pm Wednesdays and Fridays and 5-8pm Thursdays.
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PS
To book a table, visit lostinbrixton.com
Celebrate Diwali at Trishna restaurant
Trishna, in the heart of Marylebone will offer a 6-course Diwali tasting menu next week The tasting menu will offer the “very best of contemporary Indian coastal cuisine including, Nandu Varuval soft shell crab, Kozhikode Chicken Masala, Coconut & Corn Tikki and Saffron Poached Pear Cheesecake”. Over the Diwali weekend, Trishna will offer an intimate candlelit dining experience for guests accompanied by live acoustic music and authentic Diwali dress up. Make sure you don’t miss out and book your slot online.
WHEN: Monday, 21 – Sunday, 27 October
WHERE: 15 – 17 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 3DG
£75pp/£70pp (v), book via trisnalondon.com
Head to Legoland for their ‘Brick or Treat’ Halloween fun
Legoland Windsor is a mere half hour drive from London, so why not escape the big smoke for the ‘little bricks’? During the spooky season, the theme park is hosting a number of events such as costume competitions, ghost hunts, dance parties... and a lego pumpkin patch in Miniland. Plus, if you book on days where there are firework displays, you can pick up a pair of 3D glasses which will transform the fireworks into lego bricks in front of your very eyes - magical!
WHEN: 17th October - 2nd November
WHERE: Legoland Windsor
Book online at legoland.co.uk
Enjoy one of the best views of the city in an igloo at Aviary
Talisker and Aviary invite all ‘Wild Spirits’ to disconnect from everyday life and experience the ‘Skye-line Igloos’ which are elevated 10 floors above The City on Finsbury Square. From the moment guests step onto the terrace, they will be immersed into Talisker’s Scottish homeland, providing an inner-city escape, whilst overlooking the breath-taking views across London. The igloos are kitted with blankets, fires, and fairy lights - so kick start your Autumnal Instagram feed with a cocktail there
WHEN: Opened 17th October
WHERE: Aviary Rooftop Restaurant & Terrace Bar EC2A 1DX
Book your igloo at aviarylondon.com
Rebulid London with LEGO
Running over from the weekend into half term, LEGO fans listen out – on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22nd October a series of London Rebuilder Workshops will be taking place in the Southbank Centre near Waterloo. Families can take part in fun and creative workshops where they’ll use their imagination (and get hands on with some LEGO bricks!) to help come up with solutions to three real-life challenges to help make the world a fun, better and more playful place.
You can reimagine London as a greener space, reimagine it as a healthier, happier city, and try to come up with easier, healthier travel solutions. Architect Dara Huang, and designer Dominic Wilcox are among the names getting involved. Workshops are free but you must book.
WHEN: 21st and 22nd October
WHERE: London's Southbank Centre
Workshops are free but you must reserve your spaces here