Ice skating followed by a bottomless brunch; here’s what we’ll be doing this weekend in London
By Zoë Delmer-Best
What not to miss this weekend in London
Candy Brunch at the W London
Indulge in a sugar-fest at W London with a Candy Brunch. Let the resident DJ’s set the mood for an unforgettable Saturday whilst sipping on a bottomless choice of prosecco or vegan Cookie Cream cocktails and dine on an lip-smacking savoury brunch course before treating yourself at the candy station with unlimited flame-torchedgooey marshmallow and chocolate s’mores to satisfy your sweet tooth. Brunchers can choose from a hedonistic menu including the stand out dishes W Huevos Rancheros, freshly prepared Scottish crab benedict topped with zesty hollandaise and melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork burgers served with apple slaw and crisp fries.
Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle
Be transported to a Nordic Wonderland at Broadgate Circle’s Winter Forest pop up. Complete with snow-covered pine trees, twinkling Christmas lights and the occasional visit from Santa Claus, visiting the Winter Forest is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. With an exciting array of seasonal activities to choose and plenty of food and drink, visitors will leave the forest full to the brim with festive cheer.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Whether you glide across the ice in an elegant flourish or gingerly cling to the rinks edges, make sure to schedule in an ice rink visit this weekend. As one of the city’s most romantic and picturesque rinks, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink makes an ideal spot for a glide with friends. After you’ve finished skating, take a break and enjoy a sip of mulled wine or hot chocolate at the café bar and balcony. Check out Absolutely’s favourite London ice rinks here.
A must visit for any London based food fanatic. The place where cattle would once cross on their way to Smithfield Market (c.1123) has now been transformed into a seasonal foodie pop up destination. With history, food and culture are at the core of Cowcross Yards’ philosophy, visitors are welcomed into a space where they can explore, eat and enjoy the latest foodie trends. Featuring a series of seasonal foodie pop-ups, YUM @ Cowcross Yards offer a sensory adventure through favourite British dishes inspired by the areas culinary history.
DOÑA MEZCAL BAR
New bar, Doña opens this week on Stoke Newington High Street and is kicking things off in style with a Day Of The Dead themed party on 31 October, inviting guests to dress like their wackiest female ancestor. The new pop-up mezcal bar comes from Mezcal enthusiast Thea Cumming, founder of Dangerous Don, and Lucie Massey, the brains behind Cuppa Gumbo & Slap Ya Papa. Bold, strong and stylish, the basement bar will combine mezcal, music and a female-led cutting-edge programme of entertainment.
Tickets available here.
Skylight Rooftop is back with its winter season, this time themed around an urban après skate bar. Running from 31 October to 25 January, the east London venue will once again house Europe’s only real-ice rooftop ice rink and the popular igloos, which you can enjoy alongside warming wintery cocktails, mulled wine, ice hockey shootings, street food and a line-up of live DJs.
MOVING TO MARS
Prepare for liftoff. The latest exhibition from The Design Museum takes visitors on an expedition through time and space to explore what it takes to live on Mars. Through science, creativity and design, Moving to Mars showcases the new technologies and concepts that could make life on the hostile Red Planet possible in the not so distant future.
THE CHEESE BAR
With autumn in full swing and Londoners looking for a carby, comforting hug, The Cheese Bar in Camden is back with Return of the Mac, inviting some of London’s favourite restaurants to put their spin on the classic mac’n’cheese. Collaborators have been given free rein with their menus, with one rule and one rule only, the cheese used must be British. The tantalising line-up sees bubbledogs, Club Mexicana, Darby’s and POLPO contribute their own unique mac’n’cheese recipes, with each dish appearing on The Cheese Bar’s menu for one week only. This weekend, indulge in the delicious workings of Bleeker. Their ‘Angry Mac’ re-imagines the restaurants cult favourite Angry Fries into a mac’n’cheese made with Cropwell Bishop Stilton, topped with lashings of spicy, vinegary hot sauce.
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