5 glorious things to do in London this weekend (7-9 February 2020)

Natasha Afxentiou

3 February 2020

This week, dine by candlelight beneath the world-famousstaircase at theSt Pancras Renaissancehotel, tuck into a Picasso-themed afternoon tea and embark on a guided tour of Mayfair's illustrious art district

3 February 2020 | Natasha Afxentiou

Art walk with Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair (Saturday) 

Join Brown's Hotel for a walking tour of Mayfair's art district this weekend, hosted by BBC Art Correspondent Maeve Doyle. A tour of up to four local galleries will be followed by a three-course lunch at Brown Hotel's new restaurant, Charlie’s, including a welcome glass of Champagne. 

Brown's Hotel, photography by Janos Grapow

Date: Saturday 8 February 2020 Time: Welcome tea at Brown’s at 10:30am; lunch at 1pm Price: £85 per person Location: Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP Closest Station: Green Park 

Website: roccofortehotels.com 

Culinary masterclass at Claridge’s, Mayfair (Saturday) 

Claridge's kicks off a new series of culinary masterclasses this weekend, starting with shellfish. A welcome tea in the glitzy Fumoir bar will be followed by a hands-on workshop, where you will learn how to prepare dishes including oysters, mussels and langoustines. Following the tutorial, guests can enjoy an aptly-themed seafood lunch, served in Claridge’s kitchen. 

Date: Saturday 8 February 2020 Time: Price: £280 per person Location: Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR Closest Station: Bond Street 

Website: www.claridges.co.uk 

National Pizza Day, across London (Sunday) 

This Sunday 9 February marks National Pizza Day. Grab a slice of the action at Crazy Pizza in Marylebone, the latest restaurant from Italian entrepreneur and ex-Formula One boss Flavio Briatore. The kitchen forgoes using yeast in its dough for an impressively thin, light crust, and the menu flits between classic and - you've guessed it - crazy. Watch the chefs theatrically toss mozzarella in the open kitchen and enjoy live DJs in the evening. You can usually recognise Briatore's restaurants by their signature red teddy bears, playfully dotted around the dining room. On Sunday, Crazy Pizza is offering diners an exclusive 20% off the final bill after 5pm when 'National Pizza Day' is quoted upon booking. 

Crazy Pizza, London 

South of the river, celebrate fermentation in its varying forms at Four Hundred Rabbits in Nunhead, which offers a succinct menu of craft beer and sourdough pizzas. The restaurant is owned by a  DJ double act, who swapped playlists for pizzas to open the relaxed neighbourhood bolthole. As expected, dinner is served with expertly curated beats. 

400 Rabbits, Nunhead

Picasso Art afternoon tea at Rosewood London, Holborn (all weekend)

Coinciding with a new art exhibition at the Royal Academy, Rosewood London has launched a new afternoon tea inspired by Pablo Picasso. Created by executive pastry chef Mark Perkins, the afternoon tea artfully recreates Picasso's most famous work in diminutive pastry-form. A meringue sponge infused with orange blossom is inspired by Still life with Guitar (1921) while Picasso's Head of a Woman (1924) is recreated as a dainty cheesecake, with a sweet strawberry filling. For more afternoon tea inspiration, click here

Mirror Room, Picasso Collection ©Patricia Niven 2020

Date: all week Time: weekdays: 2:30pm-5:45pm; weekends: 12pm-5:45pm Price: From £65 per person Location: Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN Closest Station: Holborn 

Website: rosewoodhotels.com 

Candlelit dinner under the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel staircase, St Pancras (all week)

Adorned with gold leaf and lined with rich tapestry carpet, the ornate grand staircase at St Pancras Renaissance is considered one of the most Instagrammable in the world. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and gained in a place in pop culture history when the Spice Girls danced on the neo-Gothic in the 1997 video for Wannabe. For the first time in the hotel’s history, Londoners can sit down to a romantic candlelit dinner at the foot of the famous stairs. A champagne reception is followed by four-course meal with wine pairings. Tuck into Devon crab cakes and slow-cooked beef cheek, with vegan and vegetarian options also available. 

Photo credit: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Date: see website for available dates to book Time: canapé reception at 6:30pm, dinner served from 7pm Price: dinner starts at £155 per person, includes champagne reception and wine flight Location: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, King’s Cross, London, NW1 2AR Closest Station: King’s Cross 


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