There’s lots of fantastic events and activities taking place in London this weekend. Why not learn about the slow artistry of gin at Star of Bombay’s one-off dinner, or celebrate som saa turning one at their special late night birthday bash. Whether you’re into shopping or meditation, we’ve got something for everyone. Here’s 7 ideas for this weekend in the capital:

 Friday 31st March

1. For Shopping: Benefit Cosmetics 

What: Benefit Cosmetics’ annual philanthropy initiative – the Bold is Beautiful Project – returns this spring with a pink twist. Launching in London’s Covent Garden on Friday, and then touring three other cities across the UK during April, the #RaiseABrow charity shop will fling open its doors and raise vital funds for two UK charity organisations, Refuge and Look Good Feel Better, which empower and support women and girls across the country.

Why: Containing only pink donations the #RaiseABrow pop-up will be bursting at the seams with clothes to candles, furniture to fragrance, books, bags and blooms, all donated from your favourite celebrities, brands, and vloggers – if it’s pink, it’ll be there, and one hundred percent of the sales will be donated to the two brilliant charities. In addition, their team of expert benebabes will be on hand for brow treatments which customers can indulge in after shopping for must-have pink items from the likes of GHD, ASOS, Marcus Lupfer and The Cambridge Satchel Company. 

Price: Free entry

Where: 35-37 Neal Street, WC2H 9PR

2. For a Supper Club: Tanner Warehouse

What: Bermondsey Street gem Tanner Warehouse invites guests to its inaugural supper club, aptly entitled ‘The First Supper’, for a memorable feast at their unique warehouse venue. It will be an evening dedicated to exquisite food and tantalising paired cocktails created from unique spirit infusions.

Why: Say farewell to the standard 3-courses and bottle of wine, Tanner Warehouse is stepping it up a notch. Hosted by Tanner’s Chief Booze Engineer, Patrick Hobbs, courses of sharing platters will each be paired with a house-infused spirit cocktail – think classic cocktails with a twist. From a gin collins made with pear and sage infused gin, to scotch flavoured with burnt toffee or rum with peanut butter; Patrick’s unique infused cocktails are guaranteed to tantalise the taste buds.

Price: Tickets are £45 and are available to purchase here.

Where: 50 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD

3. For a Boozy Dinner: STAR of BOMBAY x Carousel 

What: Slow Artistry is a concept intrinsic to the development and distillation of STAR of BOMBAY. This innovative gin is slow distilled, which extracts deeper intensity of flavours and aromatics from the botanicals, producing a smooth and intensely flavoured gin. You’ll learn all of the above and more at Carousel and Star of Bombay’s one-off Slow Artistry dining experience.

Why: The evening includes a three course menu cooked by Carousel’s resident chef Ollie Templeton and a selection of bespoke STAR of BOMBAY cocktails along with education and masterclass tasting led by UK Brand Ambassador, Renaud de Bosredon. From the drinks creations to the slow cooked food, each element of the evening has been designed to demonstrate the positive impact of slow preparation in order to heighten the senses and encourage diners to savour the delights of the experience.

Price: £40 per person. Tickets here.

Where: Carousel, London. 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB

4. For a Mexican Knees Up: Festival of the Dead 

What: Festival of the Dead returns with its deathly fiesta on Friday at the Troxy after a sell-out show last year. The parties are unlike anything else – like Cirque de Soleil with a Mexican twist. Prepare yourself for a real carnival atmosphere.

Why: Festival of the Dead infuses elements carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying to bring you a fiesta like no other. Expect giant skull processions, acrobats and circus performers, DJ’s and live music, pinatas, and free skull face painting. 

Price: Tickets from £22.50. Buy tickets here.

Where: 490 Commercial Rd, London E1 0HX

Saturday 1st April

5. For Mindfulness: CENTRIC: 3TRIBES 

What: Need to relax? Head to CENTRIC: 3TRIBES for their two hours of gong and meditation, led by leading Prana Kriya Yoga teacher, Leo Cosendai who has also previously trained with Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux and Yogi Ashokananda.

Why: So much more than just an old musical instrument, the gong produces harmonic and dissonant tones which give the individual the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is totally aligned with the body. This helps to burn up emotional history and karmic blockages. From a physical point of view, a gong bath is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and for re-establishing a healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sounds) and sympathy nervous system (ruled by vision). The gong also enables the brain to become efficient in producing Theta and Delta waves, which are produced by the brain during deep sleep and trance-like stances.

Price: £30. Tickets here. 

Where: CENTRIC: 3TRIBES, The Exchange, 71 Crouch End Hill, London N8 8DF

6. For a Birthday Bash: som saa 

What: In celebration of their first birthday, som saa are kicking off festivities with a very special late night music session. Inspired by the after-service nightlife available in cities like Bangkok and New York, owners Tom George, Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie will be bringing back the classic dishes from their original Climpson’s Arch residency in this late night food offering with rotating DJs and a bar open until the early hours.

Why: Once regular service has wound down, birthday celebrations will begin with resident DJs from Dalston’s Total Refreshment Centre taking to the decks and turning up the tempo. In the kitchen, Andy and Mark will be stoking up the grills, paying tribute to the classics from the arch, with their one off birthday menu including Naem Si Krong Mu, deep fried rice fermented pork ribs and other street food hits. Open until 3am, the som saa bar will be serving Asian brews supported by Singha beer, whilst mixing cocktails like the Siam Sling with cherry blossom tea, byrrh quinquina, lime, vodka and wild rose petals.

Price: Free entry

Where: 43A Commercial Street, London E1 6BD

Sunday 2nd April

7. For Foodie Fun: Eat and Drink Festival

What: Celebrating the newest and most exciting trends in modern cuisine and street food, from the team behind the world-famous Ideal Home Show, comes Eat & Drink Festival. Experience a pioneering live show, showcasing the best the country has to offer in the world of food and drink.

Why:  Top chefs, foodie favourites and experts will be on hand, cooking up a storm to educate and inform with flair on The Foodie Lab. You can indulge in a selection of the world’s finest flavours, crafted by the country’s most celebrated street food visionaries at The Great Eat. And you can also choose from a specially created menu made up of favourites from their renowned street vendors, delivered to you at The Chef’s Table. A diverse selection of the highest quality produce will be available for sampling and shopping at the Artisan Producers Market, featuring the freshest handmade products, and brush up on your kitchen skills with a selection of live demonstrations from top cookery schools at the Cook’s Academy.

Price: Tickets from £13. Book here. 

Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

Photo Credit: Bircan Tulga Photography