Stuck for ideas? We've rounded up the most exciting events you should consider this weekend
While we welcome a free weekend every now and then for some well-earned R&R, sometimes an empty calendar isn’t that desirable and you feel like you need to do something with those two days of freedom.
That’s why we’ve curated a short and sweet list of the fun, foodie and festival themed events you should consider popping over to. Consider these the Marie Claire approved weekend destinations (no, really, you’ll probably see some of us there).
Free weekend guilt, be gone.
Visit Studio ’76 for a Benefit beauty blast from the past
Beauty lovers, listen up. Benefit is launching Studio ’76, a pop-up celebration of all things 70s in honour of the year they came to be. We’re talking brow treatments, cocktails and dancing the night away, disco-era style, all in a trendy East London venue on Brick Lane.
And, before you roll your eyes thinking it’s ‘just another London-only event’, Team Benefit is taking Studio ’76 to Camp and Furnace Liverpool a week later. Attendance costs a mere £12.50 and free make-up samples will be handed out all night long, so you’d be mad to miss it, really.
Having said that, you’ll have to fight us for one of the coveted tickets…
Benebabes can book their tickets for the Glamorous 70s Disco Parties from the Eventbrite page now
Indulge your chocoholic tendancies at The Chocolate Show
It’s UK Chocolate Week, which means you have as good an excuse as any to eat all of the chocolate you can get your hands on. Get down to The Chocolate Show this weekend from Friday to Sunday to experience chocolate masterclasses, edible sculptures, celebrity chef demonstrations and a chance to eat in a pop-up Chocolate Restaurant.
Sip on cocktails throughout the event while sampling chocolate pairings chosen by the country’s top chocolatier, Paul A Young (he’s the mastermind behind the billionaire’s shortbread that you’re drooling over above).
You’d be mad to miss it if you call yourself a chocolate lover.
Tickets can be bought through The Chocolate Show’s website for £10, or on the door for £12.50
Enjoy epic views of London by climbing The O2 at sunset
As Up at The O2 celebrates its 5th birthday, why not get your hiking boots on and see if you aren’t thrilled by the stunning view from the top?
The climb will take you on a journey 52 metres high to the very peak of the iconic landmark formerly known as the Millennium Dome, where you’ll get unprecedented access to the gorgeous London skyline.
Choose to make your way during the day, at twilight or even better – at sunset. This summer, watching the sun go down as you take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the city is a must-do.
To mark Up at The O2’s birthday, groups of five looking for an adventure-packed day out in the capital will be offered a free climb for the fifth member.
Prices start at £30 for adults and children over 9 years. Book your ticket for Up at the O2 here
Drink delicious cocktails and dine in luxury at Searcys St. Pancras
Tucked away from the busy crowds of Kings Cross station is Searcys St. Pancras Restaurant & Bar. With an opulent Gatsby-esque feel, the restaurant offers sanctuary to travellers arriving or leaving one of London’s busiest train stations.
However, you don’t need to be about to board the Eurostar for an excuse to visit. Pop along for a delicious 1920’s inspired three course meal complete with wine pairing, and allow yourself time to relax. If you’re after a drink, you can’t miss the decadent cocktails – the Strawberry Cheesecake cocktail gets a huge thumbs up.
Take a look at the menu and book yourself a table at Searcys St. Pancras here
A secret shindig down at Juniper Manor (featuring a lot of gin)
Sipsmith and Gingerline are teaming up for a secret bash over at Juniper Manor that you’ll want to get involved in. If you’ve never been to a Gingerline event, this one sounds like it’ll be dreamy with an experiential dining experience (but you don’t get to find out anything until the day of).
Set in the mysterious and enchanting Juniper Manor, diners will feast on a fine dining menu inspired by Sipsmith’s signature gins and entertainment tied to the Manor’s eccentric family. It sounds like it’ll be a boozy night of debauchery and great fun – especially if you’re open to an adventure.
Buy your tickets here: Gingerline & Sipsmith Juniper Manor for £52.50-70 from Juniper Manor
So there you have it – whether you’re after a sun-soaked London festival, or a night of cocktails and chaos, London has it all this weekend.
And if you really can’t choose, why not do it all?