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.
London off the beaten path
1. Passing St Paul’s on your way? Stop by the Marie Curie’s pop-up garden in Paternoster Square, planted with 2,100 daffodils. Particularly pretty at night when it is lit.
2. Try chromotherapy at the Now Gallery: Fred Butler’s giant, super colourful, origami style sculptures are sure to cheer you up! You will even be given headphones to make the most of the experience – music heals, says the artist.
3. For its Late Evening this Saturday, the Royal Academy is reinventing the atmosphere of King Charles I’s Whitehall Palace. DJs will combine baroque, hip-hop and contemporary-classical music, courtiers will introduce you to artists, writers, musicians… In other apartments, you will learn about royal fashion, experience an extravagant court masque, admire paper architecture, or even join wild and energetic social dances.
4. Enjoy a free yoga lesson at Lululemon (Covent Garden) this Saturday.
5. A movie option sure to wow you: see Star Trek in the stunning galleries of the Natural History Museum.
Culture and art in London
1. A must see: All too human, the Tate Britain’s new exhibition, or 100 years of emotion in painting. With masterpieces by Bacon, Freud and other geniuses.
2. The little secrets of the Parliament (did you know Westminster used to be an island?)
3. Discover the work of Victorian photographers (Lewis Caroll for example) at the National Portrait Gallery: they marked the beginning of art photography.
5. A dark room, filled with smoke… Add rays of light and you have art, disappearing as soon as you touch it. At the Sprüth Magers gallery.
1. Mixology meets magic at The Cauldron, an absolute must for any Harry Potter fan. Here wands open drawers, dim lights and can even pour pints from a magic beer tree… There’s more! You get to concoct your potion yourself, collecting ingredients from a Narnia-esque wardrobe. Some creations will smoke, others change colours or even catch fire.
2. The Blind Pig found inspiration in children’s books for its new cocktails and they’re irresistible: he Very Hungry Caterpillar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Rabbit…
3. If you only try one bakery this week, make it Fortitude Bakehouse, which has just opened: Lemon, yoghurt, poppy seed sourdough… Buckwheat sable biscuits…. Lemon, rosewater, pistachio buns… Apple and thyme crumble… Need I say more?
4. It’s *almost* spring! To give us a little ray of sunshine, 108 Pantry has designed the sweetest floral afternoon tea.
5. Stop by the Maltby market this Sunday to try wheel cakes: Japanese treats cooked in front of you filled with red bean paste, matcha, chocolate or vanilla cream…
London for families
1. The kids will love Big Fish Little Fish this Saturday, a rave for little ones with DJ, face painting, Playdough workshop, bubbles, glitter cannons…
2. The Tate Britain will organise a tour of the galleries for under 5s this Saturday.
3. The Prince Charles Cinema has a Disney Pyjama party this Saturday – 7 movies in a row!
4. Kids can recycle organic material and fabric to make futuristic clothes at the Royal Academy on Sunday,
5. On Sunday, children can try their hand at experimental etching, in the style of Milne at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
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