The weekend: your guide to the best events, galleries and more in London

By Rose Adams | 08 Feb 2018 | Culture

From blockbuster Black Panther to a royal afternoon tea, here's where to get your kicks in London this weekend

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* Check out Cirque Beserk!
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* The Royal Valentine's Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster Hotel 
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* Black Panther hits box offices nationwide this weekend
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* Try out the Gourmet Encounter with André Jaeger at Sopwell House
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* Cirque Berserk! is a marvellous spectacle [ODKA Photo: Piet Hein-Out]
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* Celebrate Valentines Day at Avenue
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It’s been a week full of firsts, from Elon Musk's car exceeding Mars to the debut of Steinway & Sons handmade pianos at the iconic Abbey Road, but we’ve finally made it to the weekend, so there's absolutely no excuse not to fill your downtime with the best in culture and cuisine our capital city has to offer. The sunshine may still be missing in action but who needs summer when you’ve got your pick of a tasty alternative Valentines Day date ideas to the much anticipated release of blockbuster Black Panther? Make the most of the next two days with our guide, your weekend officially starts here. Read on for more.

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The Royal Valentine's Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster Hotel 

Sample renowned Grand Chef André Jaeger's culinary delights this weekend as the pioneer of fusion cooking hosts a tasty gastronomic event with an exclusively curated seven-course menu in collaboration with Sopwell House. The delcious dishes on offer include Paupiette of lemon sole with Scottish scallops, Kwan Tung spices, edamame, pumpkin and cherry tomato; and Granny Smith apple and truffle potato mash. European classics also feature on the gourmet menu such as Pan-fried duck liver with figs and duck essence; and Passion fruit soufflé with passion fruit chutney, vanilla ice cream and meringue. A three-course menu is available for £75 per person, a five-course menu is available for £90 per person and a seven-course menu is available for £105 per person. We're salavating at the thought.  

Available from 7-20 February £50 per person 

Black Panther 

Featuring a stellar cast, including Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and Martin Freeman, Black Panther is a superhero movie - but not as we know it. Charting the story of leading character T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who returns to his home in the hidden, high-tech African nation of Wakanda to become King, it's a gripping flick packed with fantasy, fight scenes and romance. We first met T'Challa in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War but now his position as King and Black Panther in his isolated home becomes threatened when an old enemy comes back to test him, putting the entire fate of Wakanda and the world in jeopardy.

In cinemas nationwide

Gourmet Encounter with André Jaeger at Sopwell House

Take a break from the washing up this weekend and sample renowned Grand Chef André Jaeger's culinary delights instead. The 'pioneer of fusion cooking' is hosting a tasty gastronomic event with an exclusively curated seven-course menu in collaboration with The Restaurant at Sopwell House team. The delcious dishes on offer include Paupiette of lemon sole with Scottish scallops, Kwan Tung spices, edamame, pumpkin and cherry tomato; and Granny Smith apple and truffle potato mash. European classics also feature on the gourmet menu such as Pan-fried duck liver with figs and duck essence; and Passion fruit soufflé with passion fruit chutney, vanilla ice cream and meringue. We're salavating at the thought. A three-course menu is available for £75 per person, a five-course menu is available for £90 per person and a seven-course menu is available for £105 per person. 

Available 8 – 10 February 2018 

Cirque Berserk!

If you're still obsessed with The Greatest Showman, you can get your next spectacle fix at Cirque Berserk! Celebrating the monumental 250th anniversary invention of Circus, this unforgettable slice of entertainment gives the live concept a contemporary update in a jaw-dropping show created especially for the theatre. Combining cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunts, this talented perfoming troupe includes jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, and daredevil stuntmen. Arguably the highlight is the ‘Globe of Death’ - just as exciting and dangerous as it sounds!

 

Valentines Day at Avenue

From a deliciously decadent menu to romantic drinks at the bar, Avenue is tailoring to every taste this Valentines Day. Enjoy a special set menu for £60 per person, with live, soulful music from Lifford Shillingford to set the mood as you dine - versatile, soulful and charismatic, Lifford’s voice has received critical acclaim, bringing her global success. Guests can start with a spiced tuna tartare followed by gochujang marinated grilled rack of lamb, finished off with a moreish chocolate and black cherry frozen parfait for the ultimate Valentines treat. Special cocktails to try include the South American-inspired Venezuelan Lover, ​and Asian-influenced Fell in love with a Geisha. Love is in the air!