Things to do in London this weekend

Things to do in London this week 12th-14th October





Best for: Brunch in London

Avenue Restaurant & Bar

The vibe: Classic New York-style brunch in the heart of St James

Need to know: Nobody does brunch better than New Yorkers, but having to get a transatlantic flight to enjoy it isn't really in keeping with the spirit of a lazy, boozy weekend afternoon.

So, instead, check out Avenue's indulgent new brunch menu - found conveniently close to Green Park tube.

Packed with indulgent US-style treats, including ice cream sundaes, buttermilk pancakes and a French Toast Parlour. You can also enjoy an upbeat soundtrack, provided by the resident DJ and bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Marys and Spritzes.

Website

Serving times: 11am-6pm
Getting there: 7-9 St James' Street, SW1A 1EE
Nearest tube: Green Park
Price: £25.50 (2 courses), £28.50 (3 courses), £18 for bottomless drink upgrade

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.

Website

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

Night Tales

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, including Luke Solomon, Sonny Fodera and a Halloween special with dubstep pioneer Skream.   

Website

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: Clubs in London

Request Line

The vibe: A new night of throwback classics

Need to know: Hackney's OSLO are turning back the clock on Thursday nights, inviting some of the finest DJs in town to spin their favourite retro party music. And they'll be taking requests for your favourites as well.

Expect everything from 80s pop to disco, funk, synthpop and electro at this new club night. And, for the full retro vibe, 2 for £9 special deals on cocktails, from classics like Negronis to old school-inspired drinks like Disco Coladas.

Website

When: Every Thursday
Opening hours: 9pm-2am
Getting there: OSLO Hackney, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
Nearest tube: Hackney Central (Overground)
Price: Free entry, 2 for £9 on selected cocktails


Best for: Bars in London

Bottles

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.

Website

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

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

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).

For all the latest news and travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

If you're planning on spending more than a day in London, then we have plenty of London hotels.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.


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Things to do in London this weekend

Things to do in London this week 12th-14th October





Best for: Brunch in London

Avenue Restaurant & Bar

The vibe: Classic New York-style brunch in the heart of St James

Need to know: Nobody does brunch better than New Yorkers, but having to get a transatlantic flight to enjoy it isn't really in keeping with the spirit of a lazy, boozy weekend afternoon.

So, instead, check out Avenue's indulgent new brunch menu - found conveniently close to Green Park tube.

Packed with indulgent US-style treats, including ice cream sundaes, buttermilk pancakes and a French Toast Parlour. You can also enjoy an upbeat soundtrack, provided by the resident DJ and bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Marys and Spritzes.

Website

Serving times: 11am-6pm
Getting there: 7-9 St James' Street, SW1A 1EE
Nearest tube: Green Park
Price: £25.50 (2 courses), £28.50 (3 courses), £18 for bottomless drink upgrade

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.

Website

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

Night Tales

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, including Luke Solomon, Sonny Fodera and a Halloween special with dubstep pioneer Skream.   

Website

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: Clubs in London

Request Line

The vibe: A new night of throwback classics

Need to know: Hackney's OSLO are turning back the clock on Thursday nights, inviting some of the finest DJs in town to spin their favourite retro party music. And they'll be taking requests for your favourites as well.

Expect everything from 80s pop to disco, funk, synthpop and electro at this new club night. And, for the full retro vibe, 2 for £9 special deals on cocktails, from classics like Negronis to old school-inspired drinks like Disco Coladas.

Website

When: Every Thursday
Opening hours: 9pm-2am
Getting there: OSLO Hackney, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
Nearest tube: Hackney Central (Overground)
Price: Free entry, 2 for £9 on selected cocktails


Best for: Bars in London

Bottles

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.

Website

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

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

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).

For all the latest news and travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

If you're planning on spending more than a day in London, then we have plenty of London hotels.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.