New theatre, exciting exhibitions and the chance to get up close with some of the cutest puppies in London; here’s what not to miss this weekend in London
Words Helen Brown
What’s on this Weekend in London:
Belvedere is bringing the iconic cocktail – the espresso martini – back to its spiritual home in Soho with Café Belvedere, open today, just in time for London Fashion Week. This cool, new coffee cocktail only pop-up invites Londoners to try the new Belvedere Espress, designed to share with six friends or to choose from three new coffee cocktails with a twist. Don’t miss the Belvedere branded tuk-tuks which will be shuttling show-goers to and from destinations with a pit-stop, pep-up at Café Belvedere.
Chelsea Restaurant and Bar – GOAT – is hosting a brunch party certain melt the hearts of all this weekend as they encourage diners to bring along their puppies. The event, in support of Dogs Trust, will see guests enjoy canapes, bottomless prosecco and music from the restaurant’s resident DJ, while their four-legged friends feast on Lillie’s Kitchen treats. Everyone will leave with a doggy bag filled with goodies from luxury wholesaler of pet products, Fletcher of London.
This week saw the opening of Feast Canteen, a slick canteen for the modern age and a first for its kind. Featuring an impressive line-up from London’s street food, Feast Canteen will be west London’s latest hotspot for brunching, lunching, feasting and food on the go. Diners can choose from a mouth-watering array of dishes – from the likes of Made of Dough, Patty & Bun, Breddos Tacos, Salvation in Noodles – and share the same table without having to book.
MARY STUART AT DUKE OF YORK THEATRE
Two queens. One in power and one in prison. It’s all in the execution. Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of the most crucial days in British history. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.
GIN AND TEA COCKTAIL PAIRING MENU AT BENARES
Michelin-starred chef Patron Atul Kochhar and luxury brand, The East Indian Company, are bringing the vibrancy of the East to a modern dining setting in the West with a delectable new menu for Benares in Mayfair. Exclusively for the month of February, visitors can indulge in a bespoke gin and tea cocktail paired menu inspired by Atul’s frequent trips to his homeland. Highlights from the menu include South Indian Tellicherry Pepper and Tamarind Soup paired with a Ginger Sparkler cocktail, Fenugreek Flavoured Chicken Supreme served with a Tropical Punch and Coconut Panna Cotta with a Gin SOur Twist.
ANGRY AT SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple ﬂee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals. The world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.
DAVID MILNE: MODERN PAINTING
Bringing together over 90 oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and photographs, Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of David Milne. As one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, Milne has developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.
OCEAN LINERS: SPEED AND STYLE
Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world’s greatest ocean liners with an impressive showcase of artefacts, imagery, artwork and clothing. From the Titanic to the Queen Mary, the Normandie and the Canberra, discover how these breathtaking vessels helped shape the modern world.