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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND

15.10.15

Whether you’re spending a few days in London as a visitor or a resident, there’s never a shortage of things to do. From last-chance exhibition viewings to the latest pop-up bar, we’ve compiled our top 5 suggestions for the coming weekend to put the ease into making a plan.

1. LOUIS VUITTON: SERIES THREE

Launched on the 21st of September and positioned just opposite Somerset House, the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition has undeniably caught the attention of both the fashion and art crowd. Now approaching its final weekend, it’s your last chance to get a taste of what it’s all about, and what’s more, it’s free entry, so even the fashion non-enthusiasts amongst us can give it a go. A multi-sensory experience that uses video and photography, Series 3 explores the current AW15 collection, giving it an edge over the more traditional historic fashion exhibitions that we are used to seeing in London.

The exhibition is be open to the public from now until October 18th, 2015

180 Strand WC2 London

2. BLIXEN

A weekend in London isn’t a weekend in London without a good brunch, and topping our list this month is Blixen in Old Spitalfields Market. Opened earlier this year by the same people who created Riding House Café and Village East, it has successfully carved its place in the city’s ever-growing brunch-related landscape. One for the Instagram lovers, the interior boasts considered design details, with booth-style tables by the bar and white wooden alternatives and overgrown plant-life in the room out the back. We recommend the smoked trout, poached eggs and avocado on toast but were definitely tempted by the banana bread and blueberry pancakes. And if you’re in the mood to celebrate, there’s an extensive cocktail list on offer that runs throughout the day and into the evening.

65A Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA

3. FAT BUDDHA YOGA: THE REHAB

If you’re looking for a workout fix with a difference, why not try Fat Buddha Yoga on Sunday? Designed with the ‘urban yogi’ in mind, The Rehab class is a dynamic flow session to music that’s fun and light-hearted. It’s perfect for those more into the physical benefits than the spiritual side of the practise and focuses on stretching and exercising the internal organs as well as the outer limbs. A great way to bring some balance back into the fast-paced London lifestyle, the hour-long class is taught by FBY founder, Jessica Skye, and will help you unwind and detox in time for Monday. If this isn’t enough to persuade you, the steam rooms in the hotel spa are booked out afterwards for that final shot of relaxation.

Tune in to the Fat Buddha Yoga playlist on Soundcloud to get a taste of the class.

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF, 13.00 - 14.00

4. COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

London markets are a favoured past time for locals and tourists alike, and with the variety that’s on offer around the capital, it’s not hard to find a different one to visit each month. Columbia Road is our choice this weekend. The famed flower market plays host to a row of stalls selling the best fresh blooms at bargain prices, and even if you’re not browsing to buy, it’s a beautiful place to wander through. Stop off at Beagle on Geffrye Street for a caffeine hit. The coffee is delicious and the atmosphere never too crowded, so it provides the perfect respite from the madness of the outdoors.

397-400 Geffrye Street London E2 8HZ

5. THE MANHATTANS PROJECT

For after-dark drinks with a twist, head to Dalston, and more specifically, POND, where The Manhattans Project has set up residency. Launching on the 4th September and due to stay for further three months, this must-visit pop-up is available for a limited time only. Their all-new cocktail menu is designed to put a unique spin on retro favourites and combines seasonal ingredients with traditional recipes to offer something new and fresh. POND’s head chef has designed a bespoke selection of Hawaiian fusion cuisine to accompany the tempting drinks menu, which ranges from a classic House Manhattan to the somewhat more eccentric boozy hot Ribena. What’s to stop you settling in for the evening and making your way through the list? With a menu like this it would be hard not to.

G2, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett St, London N16 8JH