FIVE THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND: 11TH – 13TH MARCH

At a loose end when it comes to the weekend ahead? We’ve got you covered with our top five things to do in the city…

1. Cocktails in the City

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All the best booze and bartenders under one roof? Umm… Yes please. Cocktails in the City is BACK this week, bringing together innovative drinks from 20 world-renowned bars in London, Paris and Amsterdam. With a liquid nitrogen bar, masterclasses, a rooftop whiskey bar from our own Coq d’Argent and a full program of live music, this is set to be one very boozy weekend…. Quote Coq d’Argent when booking your tickets for a chance to win VIP tickets to the Saturday masterclass.

2. British Pie Week(end)

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Everyone’s favourite anti-Atkins week is coming to an end, but it’s not too late to eat all the carbs! We propose a pie tour on Saturday, fitting three of London’s best offerings into one day. It’s actually going to be SUNNY this weekend (shock horror), so get out there and make the most of it.

Have an early lunch at Blueprint Café, with a traditional beef or ham pie served with piccalilli and a chilled bottle of London Meantime. Next up, take a stroll along the Thames and over London Bridge to the Paternoster Chop House for their daily pie special. Think flaky pastry, rich fillings, and maybe another beer just to keep the momentum going. Walk off the double lunch by heading west to Avenue on St James, where they’ve gone all-American with lemon meringue, pecan and pumpkin pies on the menu. According to Google maps, you’ve just walked 3.7 miles, so go on – have all three.

3. Skylon Sunday roast

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Despite every London pub and its neighbour declaring they cook the best Sunday roast, it can be surprisingly challenging to find a good one! Enter Skylon: table-side carving, all the trimmings and REAL gravy. Enjoy the stellar riverside views and add bottomless Prosecco for just 15 quid. Sunday? Sorted.

4. St Patricks Day parade & festival

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As the old saying goes, everyone is Irish on St Patricks Day – so get ready to party like one this Sunday! With Trafalgar Square as the backdrop for London’s official celebration, the craic is going to be well and truly flowing with floats, live music, marching bands and dance displays. The parade leaves Piccadilly at midday so you have plenty of time to bang down a couple of green pints along the way, before ending up at the festival and food market in Trafalgar Square.

5. The Big London Night Walk

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Aside from all the boozing and eating, do something altruistic this weekend by participating in The Big Issue annual Big London Night Walk. Walking is a survival tactic used by people new to sleeping on the street, to keep them safe and warm when night falls. The 20km route through central London is lined by vendors of The Big Issue who will share their eye-opening experiences of living on the streets. Expect to see the capital in a whole new light, learn more about homelessness and raise money for the fight against poverty – register here.

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