MARK THE NEW SEASON: Spring Equinox Dinner At Petersham Nurseries Café
To mark the arrival of the new season, Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond is hosting a spring equinox dinner on Saturday 19th March at 7.30pm. On arrival, diners will receive a seasonal bellini, followed by a four-course meal to showcase the best seasonal produce. While a live band sets the tone, diners can enjoy cestino di verde with asparagus, goat’s cheese, radishes and pea shoots; followed by lamb rump with crispy sweetbread, broad beans and courgettes; potato and anchovy salad with garden herbs; vanilla panacotta with wild strawberries and basil; and a cheese selection served with Petersham honey and seasonal fruit. Tickets cost £135pp.
Off Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB
DONATE TO CHARITY: #CookForUkraine
Unicef has launched the fundraising scheme #CookForUkraine to raise funds to help those affected by the Russian invasion. Currently, 60 London restaurants are taking part to donate a portion of sales to charity, including Blacklock, Brindisa, Carousel, Burger & Lobster, Common Counter, Dishpatch, Fallow, Fenn, Homeslice, Kol, Lina Stores, Norma, Mortimer House, Prawn on the Lawn, Silo, Spring, The Maine and Wild by Tart. Big Mamma Group – the team behind Ave Mario, Circolo Popolare and Gloria Trattoria – has created a bruschetta topped with garlic, Ukrainian 'salo' and freshly chopped herbs, available at all its three restaurants during March. You can see the full list of participating restaurants here, and donate directly via the JustGiving page below.
GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE: The One & Only Designer Sale
The One & Only Designer Sale is hosting its spring showcase on Saturday 19th March at a pop-up store on Regent Street. From 8am to 6pm, shoppers can browse a selection of clothing and accessories from designer brands including YSL, Valentino, Gucci, Off White, Prada, Kenzo, Givenchy, Dior and Gushlow & Cole. Expect to find everything from bags and shoes to spring trench coats and cotton shirts. Entry costs £15 for a two-hour shopping slot.
12 Regent Street, West End, SW1Y 4PE
DISCOVER TASTY TREATS: Pop-Up Grocery Store at Coal Drops Yard
From today until Tuesday 22th March, food writer and photographer Safia Shakarchi is hosting a pop-up grocery store at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. To celebrate the launch of Safia’s new recipe website , shoppers can discover food and drink from some of London’s best independent delis, bakeries and food businesses, including Cafe Cecilia, St John Bread & Wine, Plaque, Little Duck The Picklery and The Good Egg. Visit the pop-up on Sunday morning to feast on Flor’s fresh bakes including Danish pastries, hot cross buns and brown butter cakes, or book one of the pop-ups workshops – we like the sounds of Wildfarmed’s pasta making class on Sunday 20th March at 6pm (£75pp).
108 Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ
GO OUT TONIGHT: Vegan East At Colour Factory
Plant-based food festival Vegan East takes place tonight at Colour Factory in Hackney Wick. In partnership with vegan food brand Future Farm, guests can try a range of street food, listen to music, shop plant-based treats and even get a vegan tattoo. Try tasty bites from Chickenish, The Hogless Roast, Green Grill and Plant Powered Pizza, then book in for a manicure or massage at the wellness area. DJs Benj UK, Shane B, Deccy Jarrett and Kevin The Vegan will spin house and R&B tunes on the decks until midnight, so bring the girls for a fun night out. Tickets cost £8pp.
From 6pm to midnight; 8 Queen's Yard, Hackney, E9 5EN
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Iconic Women Through History Exhibition At South Place Hotel
South Place Hotel has opened an exhibition to commemorate some of the most iconic women from the past century. In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Iconic Women Through History exhibition features portraits of Princess Diana, Oprah, Audrey Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to name a few. The art-inspired experience continues downstairs at the hotel’s bar where guests can sip on limited-edition cocktails including ‘Frida’s Dream’ (Olmeca Blanco tequila, agave syrup and grapefruit soda) and ‘The Oprah’ (Chase vodka, citrus, Angostura bitters and ginger beer). Open until the end of May, the exhibition is free.
3 South Place, Moorgate, EC2M 2AF
FIND A NEW OUTFIT: By Rotation Garage Sale
On Saturday 19th of March from 12pm to 6pm, rental platform By Rotation hosts its first garage sale at its store in Marylebone. The one-day event will feature more than 250 designer items from some of the app’s top sellers and notable names such as Amelia Windsor, Jessie Bush and Evie Henderson. Shoppers can browse a range of clothes and accessories from brands like Jacquemus, Rixo, Zimmermann, Balenciaga, Rejina Pyo, Fendi, Alaïa, Poster Girl, Ganni, Kitri, Staud and more. Entry costs £10pp and will be donated to Nova Ukraine, a charity providing urgent humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
98 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2JE
GET CREATIVE FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Philippa Craddock Mimosa Tutorial
Philippa Craddock has uploaded an online tutorial to help raise funds for victims of the war in Ukraine. During the online masterclass, Philippa will show you how to arrange a bouquet of mimosas and create a spring table arrangement. There’s also a downloadable eBook with a step-by-step guide and care details on how to get maximum longevity out of your flowers. Philippa has specifically chosen to work with mimosas as the flowers symbolise solidarity, while yellow is representative of Ukraine’s flag. Tickets cost £38 and all proceeds will go to the International Rescue Committee, which is providing support and aid to Ukrainian refugees.
MEET THE GIRLS: Throwback Thursday Music Night At 100 Wardour Street
100 Wardour Street has launched a Thursday night event where guests can listen to 90s and noughties throwback tunes. During the weekly party, a live band and DJ will play R&B, pop and indie music until late, from the Spice Girls and Mariah Carey to Lil Kim to Craig David. The support act starts at 6.30pm, before the main party kicks off at 8.15pm – tonight, band Neo Waves will take to the stage. Guests can dance the night away or enjoy a three-course meal plus a glass of fizz for £35pp.
100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN
DINE LIKE LADY WHISTLEDOWN: Bridgerton Afternoon Tea At The Lanesborough
To celebrate the upcoming second series of Bridgerton, the Lanesborough has created a regency-inspired afternoon tea. It launches with the Netflix release on 25th March – book ahead to dine like Lady Whistledown in the hotel’s dining room. The menu takes inspiration from key characters in the drama, including ‘The Rake’ – a chocolate mousse cake decorated with a cream cravat in honour of Viscount Anthony; ‘The Lady Whistledown’ pistachio financier, made to look like the narrator’s quill and ink; and ‘The Queen’s Diamond’, a chocolate cased in a jewel-coloured ring box dedicated to Edwina Sharma. These will be served alongside finger sandwiches, brioche sliders, and scones with cream and jam. Add on a regency cocktail or glass of champagne for a special occasion. Prices start from £65pp.
Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7TA; from 25th March
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC: Late-Night Jazz At The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall kicks off a jazz programme in its Elgar Room on Friday night. On select Wednesdays and Fridays in March and April, the series will highlight the freshest sounds on the London scene, with a mixture of soul, RnB, pop and jazz. Upcoming performers include singer Renato Paris, Harlem swingers Shirt Tail Stompers, and soul newcomer Raelle who will be performing tracks from her debut EP. Ticket start from £13.
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
FIND ONE-OFF HOMEWARE: Tat London Vintage Sale
This weekend, between 18th-19th March 10am-5pm, Tat London will be opening its studio to host a vintage clothing sale by Lines London. The pop-up will bring together two passions: vintage clothing and tat – plus, there'll be food and wine available, depending on the time of day. Lines London will also be selling her 'Slava Ukraine' badges at the event, with all profits going to the British Red Cross, and there'll also be a general collection on the day for victims of the Ukraine invasion.