No plans yet? Here are some more cool things to do this weekend in London. If you have tips we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below… Taking a Eurostar soon? 23 ideas to have fun around St Pancras this way.
♥ That’s London, baby ♥
1. Take a stroll in Greenwich, who will be welcoming the Tall Ships Festival – more than 30 boats await and you can get on board on some too. Bonus: street performers, jazz, soul, contemporary and world music and even fireworks on Saturday.
2. Celebrate the Bengali New Year at Rich Mix this Friday with music, poetry, dance and traditional rituals.
3. If sunshine appears, head for the nearest terrace or rooftops… Here is a fantastic list for London but be warned: the weekend will not be long enough to try them all.
4. Have lunch at The Blues Kitchen in Brixton on Sunday – DJs will play cult hits from the Tarantino movies.
5. Take a (free) lesson in Dancehall, Jamaican street dance, at the Southbank Centre this Saturday.
♥ Art and culture ♥
1. Marvel at Mat Collishaw’s extraordinary hummingbirds zoetrope at the BlainSouthern Gallery.
2. The South Terrace of the Tate Modern has been turned into an immersive art installation – a wonderful fog sculpture that wraps around you…
3. Ever wondered what happens to the Fourth Plinth sculptures? The boat in a bottle is just behind the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The very first, Mark Wallinger’s Ecce Homo, can now be found on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
4. In the 50ies and 60ies, British artists approached sculptures differently: new materials, bright colours, minimalism. The result? Amazing pieces that remain modern to this day – have a look at the Sculpture in the 60ies exhibition at the Pangolin Gallery to know more.
5. Cathie Pilkington brings doll-like creations into the realm of the Royal Academy of Arts Schools’ Life Room, traditionally used for the practice of drawing from casts and models. Here, their simultaneous beauty and strangeness will be revealed in various stages of completion, accompanied by other bodily fragments and remnants of the creative process.
♥ Yum! ♥
1. Love places with a story? Take your friends to TT Liquor, which used to be a police station in the 19th century: the alcoves used to be jail cells
2. Easter is not only for kids: the South Place Hotel is organising a chocolate egg hunt for adults on Sunday with hints in Cockney rhyming slang. Not only sweet treats, there are a few cool prizes too (bottle of champagne, brunch for 2…)
3. Discover Rotherhithe, the Scandinavian area of London with a foodie tour on Sunday: it finishes with an authentic Norwegian buffet lunch plus as much coffee, cake & waffles as you can eat.
4. Yum! At the Aviary, you can order Eggs Bunnidict: hot cross bun topped with a wedge of gooey marshmallow, vanilla and coconut panna cotta ‘eggs’ filled with mango ‘yolk’ and drizzled with crème anglaise and lemon balm. They also serve Easter tipples on their rooftop… in mini chocolate eggs!
5. Dirty Martini is celebrating Easter with 3 chocktails (chocolate cocktails): the Maltease (rum, Mozart white chocolate liqueur, coconut water, maple syrup, Ovaltine malt powder, Nutella, whipped mascarpone foam), the White Rabbit (spiced rum, blood orange liqueur, crème de cacao, caramel syrup, mascarpone, citrus, chocolate bitters) and a decadent chocolate martini (vodka, Frangelico, crème de cacao liqueur, double cream, cocoa powder).
♥ 5 ideas to make your little ones smile ♥
1. Rich Mix is organising a book swap for children this Saturday.
2. Artdepot has a new playground and it’s geometric: there are cogs to turn, levers to pull, pendulums to swing. Working with a mix of woods and perspex brings variety and texture to Kristi’s large-scale pieces, while her bold designs take inspiration from machinery and the Memphis movement.
3. Kids are sure to have a lot of fun at Fulham Palace this Sunday: storytelling, a historic costume photo booth, a workshop to make colourful paper flowers, songs, an opportunity to learn to scavenge like a bird and to build their very own nest.
4. Taking kids to see a ballet might be your idea of a nightmare… But do try the Cinderella one at Sadler’s Wells. The English National Ballet designed it to be perfect for little ones – not too long and with a narrator so they can understand the story.
5.If your adventurer to be is fascinated by dinosaurs, do take them to Jurassic Kingdom in Osterley Park: 30 impressive installations of animated dinosaurs with electronic moving parts blend into the paths, ponds, gardens, woodlands and greenery of the parks.
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