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34 best things to do in London in March to kick off the start of spring

The ultimate guide to welcome sunshine in the city

Londoners, is it too early to say spring has officially sprung? With an array of exciting new restaurant openings, thrilling events and an exciting list of pop ups coming to the city this March, it certainly feels like it has!

SEE: 11 things to do in London with your mum for Mother's Day

If your social schedule is feeling a little dry, why not use HELLO!'s guide as inspiration for your weekend? From snapping the beautiful pink blossoms blooming across London for your Instagram, to enjoying a romantic river cruise down the Thames, here is our ultimate guide to kicking off the start of spring in the city.

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Best alternative things to do in London in March

Indulge in International Waffle Day at London's iconic Duck & Waffle

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We totally didn't need an excuse to eat waffles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but International Waffle Day on 25th March is a good place to start. Marking the sweet occasion is Duck & Waffle, found just a whimsical glass elevator ride away on the 40th floor of London's Heron Tower. Ths stunning skyrise restaurant is inviting guests to indulge not only on the 25th, but all week, as they introduce several new additions to their eclectic menu - all inspired by traditional British desserts.

Highlights include the rich Black Forest Waffle with rich dark chocolate, cherry compote, Chantilly cream, and cherry ice cream; an indulgent Red Velvet Waffle adorned with lashings of cream cheese frosting and raspberry coulis; the comforting Yorkshire Rhubarb & Custard Waffle – a staple British favourite; and a heavenly Sticky Toffee Pudding Waffle laced with butterscotch sauce and clotted cream.

This year’s Waffle Week experience comes full circle with the Waffle on the Rocks cocktail - Duck & Waffle’s newest libation. The ‘waffle experience you can drink’ begins with the rich and comforting aromatics of maple syrup, inviting the nostalgia of childhood and cosy mornings with friends and family. 

To book, visit https://duckandwaffle.com/

See the blossom in London's parks

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There's nothing quite like spring in the city. Watching the pastel pink blossom start to bloom over the weeks of March and April might not sound like a thrilling activity, but trust us when we say there really is no better way to explore London than on foot.

London is stunning in spring, and crisp March days can be spent rambling through the city's best parks. Why not try Richmond Park for your chance to spot deer? Or take the family through Regent's park for a glimpse at the animals in London Zoo. Stroll through Kensington Gardens, one of the most glorious royal parks in the capital, or soak up the sunset in Battersea Park at dusk.

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Sign up for an inspirational event that could transform your life

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Join Lydia Kimmerling and The Happiness Explorer™ team for an inspirational event that promises to expand your mind, level up your life and reach your soul.

The event is not taking place until 2 April, at London's Regent's Park, but tickets are available now, so make sure you are not missing out!

The exhilarating, one day, in-person event, will breathe life back into who you are, what you do and how you live.

Lydia will make you feel excited about the future again, will recharge your batteries and your positivity and boost your confidence and your self-belief.

For more details and to book tickets visit thehappinessexplorer.com/alive-event/

Get serenaded on this BYOB boat trip

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Struggling with weekend plans? How does sipping on your own drinks whilst taking in the gorgeous riverside views of London on The Music Boat sound? Enjoy the musical stylings of some of the city’s most spellbinding talent with a live performance on board, soaking up the March sunshine as you cruise down Regent's Canal.

Better yet, we've found an offer that promises a boat ticket for up to seven people from just £14, saving you up to 30% off The Music Boat's prices.

To book, visit wowcher.co.uk

Grab your friends for some virtual gaming!

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Electric Gamebox has opened a brand new game called James Bunny, so what better time to get your friends together for something a little different? As soon as players enter one of the private gameboxes they will be transported to a  tropical paradise through Electric Gamebox’s unique technology, projection mapping, motion tracking set to a soundtrack of big band show tunes. After infiltrating Casino Royale, players will work as a team to complete a series of mini games and puzzles with the aim of finding out what self-proclaimed “most feared amphibian in the Caribbean” and criminal mastermind Francisco Salamander is up to.  
Info and booking: electricgamebox.com/

Get ready for Christmas - yes, already!

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There might be over 270 days left until Christmas but LaplandUK tickets only come around once and they sell out pretty fast – so make sure you (and the family) don't miss out!

LaplandUK is a spectacular immersive experience that transports its audience - Small (child) and Big (adult) Folk - to a magical place of wonder from the very moment they step inside this fantastical world.

Co-founders Mike & Alison Battle have thought of every single detail that makes this day-trip one to remember.

Tickets go on sale at midday on Monday 21st March.

The experience located in Ascot will open its magical doors on 12th November 2022 running until 24th December 2022.

Show tickets from £59.00 plus booking fees available from tickets.laplanduk.co.uk/booking-portal/

Grab a hot cross bun doughnut

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Back for a second year is Crosstown's limited edition Hot Cross Bun doughnut, and this time it's vegan-friendly and available for nationwide delivery. the Hot Cross Bun Doughnut is crafted with Crosstown's Easter spiced vegan dough, which has been filled with a deliciously creamy cinnamon custard, topped with Seville orange glaze and finished with a spiced cross and candied orange peel. Individual doughnuts will be available in-store, for collection and on-demand delivery from the 21 March. Or stock up on these specially curated gift boxes to gift or share with family and friends throughout the Easter celebrations.

Find out more at crosstown.co.uk/easter/

Colour basket weaving workshop

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Homeware and craft brand, La Basketry, is hosting a two-hour workshop at Native Hyde Park on 24th March to show attendees how to create their own colourful coiled baskets. Celebrating traditional Senegalese artistry, the experience is inspired by community activities and the passing of skill from generation to generation. All materials are included along with instruction from the La Basketry team, whose designs have been stocked at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The class costs £40 per person including refreshments.

To book, visit eventbrite.co.uk


Best restaurants to visit in London in March

Embark on an exciting culinary journey at Latin-American restaurant Zuaya

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Whether you are looking to relax and indulge over cocktails in the chic bar, or wish to be taken on an exciting culinary journey of Latin America with tempting exotic and inventive Latin American (Brazilian, Peruvian, Mexican) & Spanish dishes, Zuaya is the place to be. With a resident DJ playing Latin American vibes on select nights of the week when you enter, you can be assured to leave the outside world at the door.

The menu is divided into eight sections: snacks, ceviche, tiraditos & tartars, salads, tacos, robata grills, stews and desserts. Designed for sharing, the dishes feature punchy and unusual flavour combinations.

To book a table visit zuaya.co.uk

Indulge with a Nordic Feast at Ekte

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Part of the sparkling Bloomberg Arcade, Ekte offers an array of delectable Nordic dishes to feast on. From fish dishes to traditional meatballs with creamy mash and lingonberries, Ekte's eclectic menu is ideal for those in search of a unique evening out. Some highlights include toasted rye Smørrebrød topped with roast chicken, tarragon mayo and spring onion, sautéed wild mushrooms on grilled sourdough and a warm cinnamon bun dessert melded with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Quench your taste buds with Ekte's host of crisp cocktails which add a Norwegian spin on some classic favourites. Fiery ginger undertones, Scandinavian juniper and orange zest complement artisan alcohols in mouth-watering concoctions. Ekte's staff truly make the experience even better, as they warmly guide you through the menu and ensure you have a memorable meal out. With its classy minimalist layout and central location in the Square Mile, Ekte infuses the bustling city with an intimate, contemporary Nordic touch.

To book a table visit bloombergarcade.com

Try bold Burmese flavours at new restaurant Lahpet

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If you've never tried Burmese food, then you're in for a treat as Lahpet has just opened its second outpost in London following the success of its Shoreditch spot. Meaning 'tea' in Burmese, the restaurant delivers its own unique take on the authentic cuisine of Myanmar. A country that borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, it's no wonder there are so many exotic and bold flavours in its traditional and regional dishes. The menu is totally unexpected, especially if you aren't au fait with Burmese cuisine.

A must-try dish is the Rakhine mohinga – a fish noodle soup made with rice noodles, sea bream and grilled squid. More akin to a Vietnamese pho, the soup is healthy, light, and refreshing and embodies so many exciting flavours thanks to the lime, coriander, tamarind lemongrass, and fermented fish paste. It's typically served as a breakfast dish using catfish in the Rakhine region. A second standout dish, and another example of the restaurant's fusion cooking, is the hake masala. A delicious meaty portion of hake is slathered in masala sauce and accompanied with a cassava rosti. It's not like anything you will have tried before. Also new to Lahpet West End is the robata grill; make sure to try the chicken thigh grilled skewers and the black tiger prawn ones too.

For a truly unique dining experience and to discover a cuisine you might not be familiar with, take a trip to Lahpet.

To book a table visit lahpet.co.uk

Have a good brai at Kudu Grill

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Peckham is overrun with excellent restaurants to dine at, and one such establishment that opened last year is Kudu Grill. The fourth outpost of the Kudu Collective, here the focus is very much on South Africa's signature style of cooking – open fire. In other words, expect a bloody great brai. Co-founders Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams have put their heart and soul into their kitchens and you can tell from the quality and thoughtfulness of the menus.

Every dish we tried was virtually sublime that it's almost hard to pick a favourite, but stand-out orders included the pork chop with monkey gland sauce, the beef fat crispy fingerlings, and the understated grilled potato flatbread with wild garlic. The pork, generous in size, was smothered in sweet and smoky barbeque sauce while the fingerlings were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The poussin with acacia honey glaze was also a welcome sight compared to yet another standard poultry dish, while the charred gem with lemon dressing was a refreshing surprise and the perfect pairing to all the smoky flavours. Absolutely make sure you leave room for dessert. The MelkTert choux bun with candied kumquats and jasmine ice cream is hands down one of the best puddings you'll try in Peckham.

Kudu Grill could just rely on its top-notch menu to draw the crowds in, but they put just as much effort into the décor and vibe of the restaurant. Exposed brickwork, velvet green booths and vintage-style lighting give an immediate chic feel to the place.

To book a table, visit kuducollective.com/kudu-grill

Celebrate The Batman at London's first DC-inspired restaurant

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After months of anticipation, The Batman is finally here, dominating the box office and garnering widespread critical acclaim. With the caped crusader marking such a poignant return to our screens, there's no better time to head down to London's first-ever DC-inspired restaurant, Park Row.

Specially curated alongside Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, step through the hidden bookcase door, head down a dark spiralling staircase and you'll find yourself at a neon-lit entrance to Gotham City. A treasure trove of Batman references, enjoy a glass of champagne, and a cool cocktail or two at The Iceberg Lounge, inspired by the villainous Oswald Cobblepot. Just a stone's throw away, gaze at the stolen artworks acquired by Selina Kyle – AKA Catwoman – in the Rogues Gallery, before visiting the nearby Pennyworth's restaurant and bar to celebrate the Wayne family's faithful butler.

From the Batman-inspired decor to the themed menus packed with culinary masterpieces, Park Row is the definition of a Batman fan's paradise – and it's not to be missed this spring.

To book, visit parkrowlondon.co.uk

Dine like a royal at Madhu's of Mayfair

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You'll find Madhu's of Mayfair tucked inside The Dilly, just a stone's throw from Picadilly Circus. As soon as you walk in you'll be struck by the welcoming ambience, the heady glow of grand chandeliers and the glamorous glisten of the crystal bar - you know you're in for a treat before you've even seen the menu.

A favourite amongst Prince Charles, Madhu's of Mayfair is a delight for the senses. This is traditional luxury Indian cuisine at its best, with recipes passed through the generations by Founder Sanjay Anand MBE and Head Creative Chef Poonam Ball. The sharing starters are unmissable, with Chilli Garlic Prawns, Tandoori Salmon, Robata Lamb Chops, Seekh Kebabs and Murgh Tikka on offer to kickstart a wave of spice to start the meal. Highlights include the rich and buttery Murgh Makhani and the unforgettable Karahi Paneer. Fittingly, the service here is warm, attentive and charming, with servers always keen to share the history behind the cuisine.

To book, visit madhus.co.uk

Enjoy a taste of Scandinavia at Aquavit

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Aquavit's new Swedish-born Jonas Karlsson chef brings with him over two decades of experience working in top kitchens, including Harvey Nichols ‘Fifth Floor Restaurant’, and puts a subtle modern twist on traditional Scandinavian dishes turning them into contemporary classics. Sensational new starters include seasonal raw venison with roasted hazelnuts, green apple and blue cheese; and Maties Herring with soft boiled quail’s egg and potato salad; as well as duck liver parfait with cassis compote and toasted brioche. We tried the pickled herring - which was delicious! Must try mains include herb stuffed chicken with baby leeks, fine herbs and potato dumplings; roasted halibut with palourde clams and saffron butter sauce; and fillet of stone bass with baked celeriac and smoked caviar. All Aquavit London’s signature favourites remain on the menu, including the restaurant’s iconic traditional Swedish meatballs served with creamy mashed potato, lingonberry and pickled cucumber.

Info and bookings available at aquavitrestaurants.com

Celebrate Holi at Cinnamon Kitchen City

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Celebrate the festival of colour, love and positivity at the Cinnamon Kitchen. Food and feasting as a family are central to Holi, and on Friday 18th March, Cinnamon Kitchen City will host a Holi Festival Feast Supper Club with five masterful courses from Vivek Singh and the restaurant’s head chef, Raju Ramachandran. Bring friends, family and colleagues together to indulge in an assortment of delicious dishes from seam bream paturi to paneer butter masala, accompanied by sides of garlic naan and 24-hour simmered black lentils. Be sure to save room for a sweet serving of hot gulab jamun & mapula with banana ice cream for dessert. And that’s not all, those who book the supper club will each receive a pot of gulal - coloured powder paint - to decorate their face at the table in true Holi style!

To book, visit eventbrite.co.uk

Toast the feast of St Patrick

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This March, Honest Burgers is teaming up with Guinness to launch the GUINNESS FONDUE burger, on offer at all Honest restaurants and for delivery from 1 to 28 March. Available in time to celebrate St Patrick's Day and the Six Nations, the limited-edition burger combines Honest beef with candied bacon, Guinness fondue, crispy onions, Guinness beef & bacon gravy, rocket and pickles. Served with Honest's homemade rosemary salted chips as standard, the burger comes in at £14 (eat-in price).

Get ready for Easter

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This Easter, Cake connoisseurs Lola's Cupcakes and trail-blazing chocolatiers Tony’s Chocolonely are joining forces to bring us the tastiest collaboration we’ve all been waiting for. Together they are united on a mission to create the most delicious chocolate and cake, whilst being a force for good when it comes to people and the planet. Inspired by the classic flavours of the famously unequally divided bars, the limited-edition Lola's X Tony's range includes both a selection of tasty cupcakes, in regular and tiny form, and an indulgent celebration cake. All made using Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate which is Fairtrade certified and responsibly sourced from West Africa – a delicious and more sustainable addition to your Easter table!

Visit lolascupcakes.co.uk

Dine at a chic French brasserie and try their new cocktails

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Aster in Victoria, central London just oozes elegance as soon as you walk in. The French brasserie, which has touches of Nordic influence, is a relaxed yet vibrant place to dine where dishes are made up beautifully, there's a lively chatter in the air, plus a new astrology-focused cocktail menu to try.

There are hearty and comforting dishes such as the lamb rump, confit duck, or Toulouse sausage, but steak lovers should treat themselves to the succulent fillet du boeuf – a 28-days dry aged native breed grass-fed cut of beef, served with pepper sauce and green beans. Make sure you order a dessert too; the Ballon D'Or was a mindblowing showstopper made up of a golden chocolate sphere, hazelnut praline light milk foam, and vanilla ice cream. The restaurant has also introduced its new Asterology cocktail menu, which is a fun way to pick your poison depending on your star sign.

To book a table, visit aster-restaurant.com

Check out this new Japanese hotspot

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The Aubrey London is the remarkable new drinking and dining space in Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The Aubrey, which replaces Bar Boulud, is described as ‘an eccentric Izakaya’ with two distinctive bar experiences and accompanying Japanese cuisine. The food menu draws on the classical techniques of Edomae sushi, Tempura and Robata, and the overall experience is an interpretation of the philosophy of a traditional izakaya. Guests can enjoy small dishes designed for sharing, with expert drink pairings in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, served to the soundtrack of Japanese trap music, capturing the energy of a night out in Ginza.

To find out more, visit mandarinoriental.com

Escape to Little Kyoto

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Fulham's most glamorous hotspot, Neverland London, is home to vibrant pop-up Little Kyoto. A total Instagram lovers' dream, the perfect pink paradise has just launched a new beautiful venue you won't want to miss.

The Little Kyoto pop up is the perfect destination to catch up with your besties. Feast on delicious soft bao buns, the finest sushi and crispy gyozas. Celebrate with cocktails inspired by Spring, Yuzu and Lychee Martini, Midori Sour, Raspberry Blossom and Kyoto Mule, curated by Neverland’s very own in-house mixologist.

With multiple seating areas, allowing intimate or social settings, get together with friends this spring to enjoy delicious food, yummy cocktails and great vibes. It’s also great for private parties, special occasions like hen nights, and team building events.

To book, visit neverlandlondon.com/little-kyoto

Check out Wimbledon's newest Indian restaurant

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It's been open less than a month, and the buzz is already out about Ajay Chaurasia's new Indian restaurant Bombay Delight in Wimbledon - as it was packed full on the Saturday evening we paid a visit. And rightly so, as this restaurant offers delicious Indian food with modern, vegan and healthy twists on traditional favourites.

I can't think of the last time I've found so many dairy-free options on an Indian restaurant menu - we tried the vegan pappadums just for the novelty value. But the entire meal (we went for a combination classic dishes like chicken tikka masala to less-usual fare like a calamari starter and regional fish speciality. All delicious. The deserts also looked amazing but we didn't have room! Pace yourself!

Reservations available at bombaydelight.co.uk

The rooftop bar you can’t miss

8 at The Londoner is a decadent rooftop izakaya lounge that reimagines the informal and traditional Japanese style of dining and drinking. There are three stunning spaces, which set the scene for a sophisticated rooftop experience above the capital’s most iconic neighbourhood. The cocktails are not only pretty, but absolutely delicious, we recommend the Lychee Rosé for the tastiest and most Instagramable drink we’ve ever seen! Be sure to try their incredible seared beef gyoza tacos too - honestly, we can’t recommend this place enough!

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To book, visit here 

Discover Pizza Express' new pizza wraps

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PizzaExpress has transformed some of its most popular pizzas into lunchtime wraps – and you can't miss out! Made with their famous pizza dough, the wraps offer a lighter, handheld option for lunch and are available in five of the nations' favourites including American Hot, for a spicy pepperoni fix; Padana, for gooey goats cheese goodness; Pollo Ad Astra, Sloppy Vegan and BBQ Burnt Ends.

Make sure you don’t miss out and visit your nearest PizzaExpress pizzeria Monday-Friday until 4pm. As well as dine-in, the wraps are available via delivery or collection. All the wraps are offered with a choice from 5 new side salads, including Raw Slaw, Grains & Greens, Mixed Side Salad, Baby Caesar and Rucola as part of a lunch bundle for £9.50.

For more info, visit pizzaexpress.com

 Boogie at a bottomless brunch at 100 Wardour Street

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Rhythm & Brunch is 100 Wardour St’s Party Brunch, with 90s and 00s R&B, hip hop, and party hits. Join them for a 2 or 3-course brunch with bottomless bubbles as your favourite London DJs take to the stage every Saturday 12-5pm. Book now, to avoid disappointment!

For more info, visit here

You'll love this all-new chick burger from GBK

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Hey chick, you deserve a lunchtime treat! Burger-giant GBK has launched their most tempting burger yet - but hurry, as she’s not here to stay.

Renowned for their sensationally stacked buns, GBK has just launched the latest addition to their delicious and premium burger menu, but she’s not sticking around for long. The Chick by GBK burger, which comprises a crispy tortilla-chip-crumb chicken breast, grilled pineapple, sriracha mayo and a red Thai curry sauce, is a limited-edition item and will only be available until 19th April.

Check out Sticky Mango on London's Southbank

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I've actually walked past the townhouse that is home to Peter Lloyd's incredible restaurant, every work day for the past six years - and I had no idea what lay inside. I'm glad I've finally found out! And despite the unassuming exterior, if you ever find yourself on London's Southbank, be sure to make a reservation.

The restaurant sits over three floors: a basement, the ground floor and the first floor, decorated by indoor trees bursting with cherry blossom to give it a very Instagram-friendly feel. But as pretty as the setting is, it's the food that really makes this restaurant outstanding. ;

The modern East Asian fusion food is mouth-wateringly good - we feasted on the tasting menu (vegan and veggie options are available) and the stand out dishes included the black pepper prawns (literally melt in your mouth), the wok-fried monkfish and the truffle egg fried rice. The desserts were also incredible - so leave room. The Sticky Mango is appropriately impressive - black sticky rice, mango sorbet and coconut milk. But the pandan macaron with soy sauce ice cream (you have to taste it) is out of this world.

Visit stickymango.co.uk for booking information

Indulge in vegan afternoon tea at Holy Carrot

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Holy Carrot, a plant-based restaurant in Kensington, is on a mission to challenge veganism's dowdy reputation - and the afternoon tea (a collaboration with royal relation Lady Amelia Windsor) certainly does just that! I've flirted with plant-based diets for years so the idea of an afternoon of vegan treats was right up my street. But I wasn't sure if I'd be able to convert my teenage son to the idea.

Turns out I needn't have worried! The platter - fit for any self-respecting Instagram feed - tastes just as good as it looks! From the purple potato croquette (my son's absolute favourite) to the crostini with 'crab' salad, the savoury element of afternoon tea were as scrumptious as any traditional meat or fish offering. And the sweet treats (free from refined sugar so nutritious as well as delicious) were just as delicious.

For a special treat, tea can be elevated with a glass (or bottle!) of Piper-Heidsieck champers.

Make a reservation at holycarrot.co.uk

 

Best bars and clubs to check out in London in March

Nine Lives unveils an unmissable cocktail menu

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Introducing Tropicalifornication, Nine Lives' latest cocktail list curated with the same consideration and passion musicians put into creating their albums. Londoners will love the heady botanical interior of this laid-back-yet-luxe London Bridge haunt, with tasty tacos and exciting tipples on offer as part of an eclectic menu.

Tropicalifornication comprises 12 cocktails, including innovative twists on classics; quaffable low-alcoholic spritzes; and soulful stirred down numbers. The carefully selected ingredients are either seasonal or share the same sustainable ethos as Nine Lives does – such as Discarded’s Banana Peel Rum, Avallen’s Calvados, Coast’s tonic & soda water.

For more information, visit ninelivesbar.com

Check out London Bridge's hottest music venue

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Amazing Grace is London's hottest new haunt, bringing the life and soul of the city's bustling music scene to the newly revamped St Thomas' Church. Having joined forces with South-East Asian favourites da ja Street Food, this is the perfect place to indulge in a delicious range of street food inspired by the Far East before hitting the dance floor beneath stunning stained glass windows.

Da ja, loved for their flavours coming directly from the food markets of Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan, will be serving a menu of their signature bites including their Boneless Fried Chicken, ‘Konnichiwage’ Dipping Chicken Burger and Sesame Halloumi Sticks to name a few. Not forgetting a selection of both gluten-free and dairy-free options, plus a sensational variety of vegetarian dishes including Crispy Chilli Mushrooms, Sesame Cauliflower with Honey, and their super Spicy Halloumi Burger.

Whether you're tempted by Amazing Grace's newly launched Gospel Bottomless brunch, or a vibey live DJ set is more your vibe, there's no denying this is the best place to dance your way into the weekend.

For more information, visit amazinggraceldn.com

Sip a taste of the East End in Paddington

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Bow Bar is a new destination bar that is bringing to West London the creative dynamism of the East End, an area renowned for its eclectic design, gastronomic-innovation, trend-setting philosophy and vibrant atmosphere. Bow Bar’s name references the Bow bells of London, as to be a true Londoner, one must have been born within the sound of these East London church bells – so make sure you impress your friends with that fact! It’s a vibrant space serving late-afternoon and night-time drinks, including quality spirits and East London crafted beers, and shareable, creative small plates made with British ingredients and featuring the East End’s iconic Jellied Eels. The venue takes residence inside the flagship Hilton London Metropole hotel on the Edgware Road and hosts an array of DJs from Thursday – Saturday.

Hilton London Metropole hotel, 225 Edgware Road, Paddington, London W2 1JU

Visit a hidden gem in Mayfair

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Tucked away in a historic courtyard in the heart of Mayfair, Hush Mayfair is a true hidden gem, founded by Jamie Barber and Geoffrey Moore, Sir Roger Moore’s son. From Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth to Victoria Beckham and Joan Collins, Hush Mayfair has been quietly attracting those in the know for over two decades. Whether you’re after a perfectly crafted classic, a shaken or stirred serve, or a mind-blowing new mix, The Bar At Hush won’t disappoint. Driven by a desire to excite and intrigue, the impressive team of mixologists, led by Bar Manager Massimo Bosio and Head Bartender Luca Cicalese, champion artisanal ingredients and innovative processes to bring drinkers unimaginable mixes and never-seen-before blends. Signature sips include the refreshing Perrito Caliente, a mix of Ketel One Vodka with homemade rosemary honey, lime, and Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Soda, finished with a Tajin rim; as well as the Hidden Gem – available only to those in the know, drinkers must ask their bartender for a ‘key’ to reveal this secret serve - so impress your friends with that! Our favourites? The smoky negroni and fried Brussels sprouts bacon to nibble on - you'll want to stay all evening.

More info can be found at hush.co.uk/the-bar-at-hush

Enjoy wine tasting at Aspen & meursault

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Aspen & meursault is an exciting new addition to Battersea offering a cosy coffee and grocery spot by day and an intimate wine bar by night. The low intervention wine bar aims to demystify the natural wine trend and share the joy of natural wines with guests in a relaxed and intimate setting. Alongside a menu of small plates and charcuterie, guests can sample Biodynamic Champagne, a range of of-the-moment Orange wines and low intervention classics all in the rustic yet classic surroundings of the bar. Perfect for Mother's Day, treat her to a wine-filled weekend where impeccable service, hospitality and a special experience for all is guaranteed.

To book, visit baraspen.co.uk

 

Best luxury things to do in London in March

Get a Hydra-Tite facial at SkinIQ clinic

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If it's good enough for the Kardashians...! If you have a special event coming up and need a perk up to make you feel red carpet ready, a Hydra-Tite facial at Chelsea's luxurious SkinIQ clinic is just the ticket. In an hour, you can go from being in a March meltdown to feeling glowy and ready for action, thanks to the instant effects of this 60 minute treatment. Our Head of Digital, Sophie, went to check out SkinIQ, and the results are seriously impressive.

"I was given a hydrafacial - this feels quite pleasant and satisfying as an industrial strength facial vacuum literally sucks all the impurities out of your face while bathing your pores with water and an array of goodies to restore hydration and fill your pores with anti-oxidents. A gentle peel followed by some manual extractions (this isn't quite so relaxing - but no pain, no gain, right?!) and it's time to move downstairs for the second half of the treatment.

"This section of the facial is called Forma, a skin-tightening and lifting treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) to support the production of new collagen and elastin. It feels so relaxing, like you're having a warm wand waved across your face and you drift in and out of dreams it's no less comfortable than having a facial massage.

"After the session my face felt plumper and glowing - this really is a great pre-event treatment and it's no wonder the A-listers love it. And the Forma part of the treatment has longer lasting effects."

To book, visit skinplusiq.co.uk

Relax in the heart of London with Cloud Twelve

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Cloud Twelve, the luxury wellness Club in Notting Hill, is offering a lovely Mother's Day pampering and relaxation wellness package available from 16-31 March. The Mother's Day Spa package begins with a full-body massage to relieve built-up tension and soothe muscles, while their specialist therapist provides a personalised facial to target specific skin concerns.

To make the most of the experience, guests can enjoy full use of the spa facilities including salt, sauna and steam rooms available in their Thermal Suite.

To book, visit cloudtwelve.co.uk

Treat yourself to an amazing manicure

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One of our favourite nail salons, Townhouse, has got a brand new collaboration that we're obsessed with. To celebrate Sisley Paris's Black Rose Collection, you can pick from two gorgeous nail art designs in the brand's iconic colours. After the pampering manicure, customers will also receive a complimentary, exclusive Sisley make-up bag and sample set which includes a selection of travel sized products. What a treat!

To book, visit mytownhouse.co.uk

Treat your mum to a spa and brunch experience

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Unsure what to get your mum for Mother's Day? Why not treat yourself both with the ultimate Spa & Brunch experience thanks to an exclusive new Sette by Scarpetta and Bvlgari Hotel collab! Start the afternoon with a visit to the luxurious Bvlgari Spa, which includes access to the spa's pool prior to their divine 90-minute massage. After being pampered, head to Sette where your mum will be greeted with a cocktail, before celebrating with The Good Life Brunch.

The extravagant five-course menu ncludes freshly baked pastries, followed by a choice of Italian twists on traditional brunch dishes such as polenta and truffled mushrooms, and creamy burrata with roasted pear and fig. Sette has saved the best til last with their San Marzano tomato and basil spaghetti, or rich short rib and bone marrow agnolotti.

Secure a gift voucher at bulgarihotellondon.giftvouchers.uk

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