Things to do in London this weekend
Things to do in London 14th-16th June
Best for: Cocktails in London
The Alchemist - Old Street
The vibe: A new home for the theatrical cocktail specialists
Need to know: They do cocktails a bit differently at The Alchemist. Specialists in sophisticated molecular mixology, with more than a touch of theatre, they've even dabbled in high-tech "augmented reality" drinks experiences. So they'll be sure to fit right in with the neighbours at their new Old Street branch, right by "Silicon Roundabout". It's a great shout for post-work drinks with a difference.
Opening times: Mon-Thu – 8am–11.30pm, Fri – 8am–Midnight, Sat – 10am–Midnight, Sun – 10am–11:30pm
Getting there: 145 City Road, EC1V 1LP
Nearest tube: Old Street
Best for: Art and beer in London
The vibe: A blockbuster art show meets a refreshing craft beer
Need to know: Tate Britain's Van Gogh exhibition is possibly the hottest exhibition in town this summer, combining fascinating insights into the artist's formative experience of living in London, works by the generations of British artists who were inspired by him, and, most impressively, more than 50 of his own masterworks.
If you're planning to pay it a visit (and you really should), then why not stop off for some refreshment afterwards and enjoy the Tate's limited edition Van Gogh-inspired beer.
Brewed by Siren Craft Beers, the Thousand Things IPA was particularly inspired by Van Gogh's famous Starry Night (which can be seen in the exhibition, on loan from Paris' Musee d'Orsay).
Combining tropical hops with ingredients like coconut, passion fruit and mango, it's a full-flavoured, fruity beer. There's also a touch of cypress wood, as an homage to the tree that featured in so many of Vincent's paintings.
It's available in the bars at both the Tate Britain and Tate Modern. And, if you're feeling peckish, you can even tuck into a full Van Gogh menu at the former's Rex Whistler restaurant, influenced by traditional Dutch flavours, and the vibrant colours of his canvases. Items include sunflower seed crusted fillet of Halibut, white wine pickled herring and Gevulde Koek (a popular Dutch almond tart) for dessert.
When: Until 11th August
Opening hours: 10am-6pm
Getting there: Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Nearest tube: Pimlico
Best for: Cocktails and afternoon tea in London
The vibe: Exotic drinks and dining with a literary twist
Need to know: You can find a little bit of Sri Lanka in leafy Bloomsbury this weekend, if you pop into the literary-inspired restaurant, Dalloway Terrace. The elegant venue has undergone a transformation for the spring and summer season, with a wall of orchids and passion flowers overlooking diners, in a nod to Bloomsbury Set writer Leonard Woolf's novel The Village in the Jungle.
Dalloway Terrace is also offering a new Sri Lankan-flavoured menu, including cocktails like include Ceylon Punch, created with Mango-Infused Ceylon Arrack, Ceylon Black Tea, Citrus Shrub, Coconut Water, Jungle Old Fashioned, a fiery blend of Ron de Jeremy Spiced Rum, Ginger, Falernum, Orange Bitters, and Tropical Negroni a delicious twist on a classic made with Mór Pineapple Gin, Belsazar Dry, Cinnamon Tincture, Pink Grapefruit & Kumquat Shrub, Amaro Montenegro.
Dining options include a Smoked Jackfruit Salad with Lime & Chilli Dressing, and side dishes such as Moong Dahl Lentils alongside delights such as Sri Lankan Curry with Tofu, Chickpeas, Lime Pickles & Poppadom. There's also a Sri Lankan-style afternoon tea, which offers the traditional sandwiches and scones alongside treats like Mango & Coriander Tart with Pink Peppercorn Meringue, Lychee & Coconut Cake with Lime Glaze and Pineapple & Red Chilli Terrine with Red Vein Sorrel.
Opening hours: 8am-10.30pm
Getting there: 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
Best for: French Cuisine (and Unusual Cocktails) in London
Monsieur Le Duck
The vibe: The quackingly good pop-up gets a permanent home
Need to know: After their wildly successful pop-up run near Liverpool Street, canard-themed French restaurant Monsieur Le Duck have taken flight, and found a new permanent home in Clerkenwell. Centering on the titular ingredient, the small - but perfectly formed - menu offers a variety of duck dishes, including confit duck leg, duck magret breast and a duck burger (with a seasonal French vegetable tart option for non-carnivores).
Inspired by the cuisine of Gascony, the menu celebrates the best flavours of South-West France, including a carefully selected wine menu and a selection of classic French desserts.
And the duckiness doesn't just cover the main courses. Monsieur Le Duck have also teamed up with the Cocktail Trading Company to offer the truly unique cocktail, Duck À L'Orange. Made with armagnac washed with smoked duck fat, orange marmalade and honey sherbet. Think a sweet, refreshing tipple, with a satisfyingly rich savoury taste too.
Opening times: 12pm-11pm
Getting there: 27 Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon, EC1M 5RN
Nearest tube: Farringdon
Best for: Vegan Cuisine in London
The vibe: Indulgent plant-based comfort food
Need to know: Think dining vegan means having to put up with a bland and limited choice?
Not at The Meet, Clapham's new plant-based pop-up. Inspired by comfort food classics - from burgers to sunday roasts, the menu has something for everyone. Whether you fancy a healthy salad or juice boosts, relaxing over a long leisurely brunch, or an indulgent cocktail, you'll find it here, all expertly prepared by Chef Dominic Taylor, formerly of local favourite The Jam Tree.
Opening times: From 5pm Tuesday-Friday, From 11am Saturday-Sunday
Getting there: 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX
Nearest tube: Clapham North
Best for: Beer in London
Porterhouse Brewing Company Crafternoon Tea
The vibe: Afternoon tea, with a twist
Need to know: You've got through another busy week, which we'd say is a pretty good excuse to start with the weekend with a pint (or a few).
But, if you're really serious about your beer, how about really doing it justice with a trip to the Porterhouse Brewing Company in Covent Garden. The Irish craft brewer is taking on the quintessentially English afternoon tea, turning it into a tasty-looking "Crafternoon Tea".
Offered in Light and Dark varieties, each Crafternoon Tea includes three glasses of the Porterhouse's craft beers, paired with dishes to perfectly match their flavour profiles. You could tuck into a mini Pilsner battered fish & chips, perfectly balanced by a glass of refreshing Porterhouse Pilsner, while the Dark menu includes Porterhouse's Oyster Stout (brewed with freshly shucked oysters), paired with Clonakilty Black Pudding on Irish Soda Bread, and Plain Porter, served alongside Dark Chocolate Tart with Maraschino Cherries.
Serving times: 1pm-5pm
Getting there: 21-22 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Price: £14.50 pp
Best for: Late Dining in London
The vibe: Hackney street food spot reopens for winter
Need to know: There's plenty of competition for the title of coolest Hackney nightspot. But, with its new look for the winter season, Night Tales might just take the crown.
Open Thursday-Saturday nights throughout the season, the terrace has been inspired by the classic style of Japan, with an Asahi beer garden and a brand new Izakaya restaurant, Fat Baby. Among the other highlights are an indoor cocktail bar, a futuristic LED light installation, and plenty of fire pits and heaters, to make it extra cosy, even in the coldest weather.
Throughout the season there'll be a great selection of house and techno DJs playing sets at the venue.
Opening hours: Thursday - 6pm-midnight, Friday & Saturday - 6pm-3am
Getting there: 14 Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU
Nearest tube: Hackney Central (Overground)
Price: Free before 9pm, £5 after (check website for tickets for special events)
Best for: Bars in London
The vibe: Italian warmth meets London edge
Need to know: Since it opened at Elephant and Castle's Mercanto Metropolitano back in 2016, Bottles & Battles has been a huge hit in South London. And now the team have headed north of the river, with the recent opening of their brand new bar, Bottles.
Bringing Italian flavour to Old Spitalfields Market, Bottles is set to showcase the best of regional and indigenous varieties, as well as forgotten grapes and a selection of international produce - with around 180 labels on offer. And, if that all sounds a bit daunting, no need to worry - every member of waiting staff is a sommelier in their own right, and will be able to advise you on the best wines for your taste, as well as the best matching dishes from Bottles' tempting food menu.
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 11am-10pm
Getting there: 67 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6AA
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
Essential weekend information
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We've also pulled together a list of the city's best riverside pubs and bars, or for something a little cosier, the best pubs with open fires. (And a list of 28 things to do in London when it rains, just in case).
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