Monday is in the distant future and the next two days are solely yours to spend as you please, so why not make it a weekend to remember? With our guide to what’s on you’ll be spoilt for choice on things to do. We’ve scouted high and low to discover the best in culture and cuisine, so you can fill your days with fun. >>
This week saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking Broadway hit Hamilton finally make its way across the pond right here to the West End. Through the entertaining genres of hip-hop and rap, the show tells the real-life story of one of America's founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, played by RADA graduate Jamael Westman. Despite delays in the Victoria venue's restoration pushing back opening night, Wednesday saw it’s first night thrill its audience, with critics calling it ‘the best first preview of a musical since Miss Saigon’ and ‘truly special’. Don't throw away your shot to see this modern masterpiece.
If you fancy whetting your appetite somewhere new, look no further than Mortimer House Kitchen, situated on the ground floor of Fitzrovia’s delightful Mortimer House members club. Now open to both members and the general public, the diverse Mediterranean inspired menu offers hints of Middle Eastern flavour and organic produce. The 90-seat restaurant features an open kitchen and chef’s counter where guests can observe the inner workings of the kitchen, an indicator to just how fresh the ingredients are. Avocado fans will be enthused by the variety of breakfast options dedicated solely to the green fruit.
If you’re after a powerful watch this weekend, Stronger is your go-to. The biopic charts the highs and lows of inspirational 2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, whose iconic photo from the race captured the hearts of the world. After tragically losing both of his legs to the explosion, he penned a New York Times best-selling book about his experience. The moving flick stars the brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, and newcomer Tatiana Maslany as his girlfriend, and is guaranteed to leave no dry eyes in the house.
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This Christmas, Royal Lancaster London will be inviting guests to dine like royals in the recently renovated hotel, as part of its 50th Anniversary year. Putting a festive spin on an age-old British tradition, jingle bells will be ringing inside the lounge as guests can enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea. The Christmas cream tea is the perfect way to relax following a busy day of buying gifts. Or, if you prefer savoury to sweet, the hotel’s sustainable restaurant Island Grill will be offering a seasonal set menu with warming festive favourites such as Home-Smoked Salmon; Turkey Ballotine; and homemade Christmas pudding.
Festive Afternoon Tea available until 7 January 2018 and set menu available until 30 December 2017 exclusing Christmas Day Royallancaster.com/
Saturday night was made for cocktails, and we’ve found the perfect venue to sip on a good old fashioned Cosmopolitan this weekend. Housed atop the beautiful Mondrian hotel at Sea Containers, this boutique rooftop bar offers unparalleled views of the iconic city skyline. Think lush greenery, plush comfortable sofas and inviting lounge spaces, perfect for enjoying the view morning to night-time Thursday saw the venue host our very own Tempus Christmas party, and after its roaring success we can’t recommend this trendy haunt enough.