Things to do in London this weekend
Things to do in London this week 14th-16th December
Best for: Christmas Shopping in London
Crafty Fox Market
The vibe: A special South-of-the-River festive edition of the beloved craft market
Need to know: Looking for a Christmas gift with real personality? Check out Crafty Fox's Christmas takeover at Brixton's newest venue, Downstairs at the Department Store.
Regularly bringing together some of the finest designer/makers in the UK, Crafty Fox will be hosting more than 80 of them this weekend, for their first market at this new venue. There'll be a different line-up each day, but among the highlights will be ceramics from Hilda Carr, cards and calendars by Alice Tams and Scandinavian design homeware from Jonna Saarinen. There'll also be a spoon carving workshop with 2HungryBakers, and the chance to make your own decorations with Little Dot Loves.
When: Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th December
Opening times: Fri: 12-8pm, Sat & Sun: 11am-6pm
Getting there: The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8FR
Nearest Tube: Brixton
Price: Free entry
Best for: Winter Pop-ups in London
The vibe: The vintage ski bar returns
Need to know: Bringing the glamour of Courchevel to the heart of the City, Lodge d'Argent is an enchanting space for a warming winter tipple, decorated with vintage ski props, winter forest backdrops, furry blankets and snow scene jars.
The pop-up's alpine themed-bar is offering a new menu of winter warmers, created in collaboration with Hennessy Very Special. These include Lodge Fashion, made with Hennessy Very Special, orange marmalade and Angostura bitters and Avalanche, which mixes the spirit with Mozart dark, gingerbread syrup and topped with chocolate foam.
And you can tuck into favourite Alpine dishes too, like raclette, baked Vacherin cheese, tartiflette and traditional Savoyard charcuterie platters. While, if you're looking for something even cosier, the Lodge has two private ski chalets, available to book in advance.
When: Until 28th February 2019
Getting there: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Nearest tube: Bank
Best for: Clubnights in London
The vibe: Check out a chart-topping house duo at one of London's most exciting venues
Need to know: The W London Leicester Square's Perception Bar are bringing some of the world's hottest DJs to the West End with their MOODS Series. This Saturday, it's the turn of Grammy-nominated house duo CamelPhat, known for their club smash Cola.
Playing tunes that range from deep house to vocal and tech-edged sounds, the intimate surroundings of this 5-star hotel's luxurious nightspot is the perfect venue to check them out.
When: Saturday 15th December
Getting there: The Perception at W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Price: £21 (includes a complimentary welcome drink) via DICE
Best for: Greek Cuisine in London
The Athenian Canary Wharf
The vibe: Street food favourite comes to the financial district
Need to know: Over the past four years, The Athenian have been introducing Londoners to the authentic tastes of Greek street food.
Their authentic gyros, souvlaki and halloumi have proved to be such a hit, that they've just opened a new branch - in the heart of the financial district. So if you're looking to spice up your lunchtime this weekend, pop down to their new Canary Wharf branch, and find out what all the fuss is about.
Opening times: 11.30am-10.30pm
Getting there: Unit 4, Wharf Kitchen, Jubilee Place, E14 5NY
Nearest tube: Canary Wharf
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: Rum in London
Rum Masterclass at Last Nights of Havana
The vibe: Become a rum expert in just a couple of hours
Need to know: Dedicated to classic Cuban style, the Last Nights of Havana pop-up at Tobacco Dock's Quayside Bar is just the place to warm up the cold autumn nights.
And if you want a serious taste of Cuban spirit, why not head down to one of their weekly rum masterclasses, where you'll be able to try the drink in all its forms and then sip on a cocktail before enjoying some live music in the bar.
When: Saturdays from 3rd November
Opening times: 3pm-5pm
Getting there: Wapping Lane, Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
Nearest tube: Shadwell (DLR/Overground)
Price: £60 from Designmynight
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.
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.
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
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.