Sure, BarChick like to booze hard, but when you live in the best city in the world we say make the most of your weekend cocktail or no cocktail (although go for cocktail, yeah?).
Get up and get out there, people!
What’s a weekend without brunch? Caravan gets BarChick’s vote every time. Load up on coconut bread, smoked haddock and poached eggs. Sure there’s no reservations but you can wait for a table in the coffee roastery out back; caffeine fix: sorted.
If you’re wanting to kick off the weekend with booze (who doesn’t) fill your boots at South Place Hotel’s bottomless brunch on Saturday morning. It’s £22.50 for 2 courses and £15 extra for unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Marys and Mimosas until 4pm; cheers to the weekend.
Mum’s in town? Treat her right, and take her for brunch at The Wolseley – no one does Eggs Florentine and Champagne better than these guys - then whizz her round the Royal Academy next door for extra brownie points.
On your Bike, love
Boris may not be your dream ride, but every Londoner has to give him a go.
Regent’s Canal is so pretty it’s the perfect hangover cure / kids day out / both. Pass London Zoo, check out birds in the aviary and the warthogs, stop off for Pimm’s in Primrose Hill, and onwards to Little Venice. You won't get bored with all those pubs en route.
Art always looks better with a glass of Champagne in hand, luckily Lates at the National Portrait Gallery has a bar and live music. Don’t dig the crowds? Hit up the smaller museums - Holborn’s John Soane’s Museum is like the British Museum for those with a short attention span.
The South Bank gets busy, but it’s your one-stop shop for British culture, right on the river. You’ve got the National Theatre (£12 Travelex tickets for many shows); art at the Hayward Gallery/Tate Modern; the Royal Festival Hall for music; and the BFI for film. There’s a food market round the back for nibbling, and end the day hit up Ryan Cheti’s hot new cocktail bar, Dandelyan, at The Mondrian Hotel. Tick, tick, boom.
Booze on a boat
Take your weekend to the water and book onto a Vestal Voyage with a group of mates; it’s one big canal party. With Captain Willy on board mixing up some cocktails all you have to do is kick back for a few hours and do sightseeing in style. Like a boozy, sexy Duck Tour.
Got a thirst for views and booze? Head to the river, because there’s only one way you’ll see the entire city in one weekend and that’s from The London Eye. Even better, book tickets for the champagne capsule - spend an hour before your ride in the Pompery Champagne Bar before heading up to the sky, glass in hand.
P.S. Book online and get 10% off. And, obviously, tick yes next to ‘extra glass of champagne’.
Kew gardens is stunning in Spring. Book into The Orangery for lunch, climb The Pagoda, get sky high on the tree top walk, visit The Palm House and Cherry Walk, or just enjoy a glass of rosé on the lawn.
Richmond Park is the biggest of London’s eight Royal Parks and is a must on the weekend. Particularly if you want to get up close and personal with herds of deer (or herds of men in lycra). It’s a beautiful park to walk and explore in, and The Plough is just a stone’s throw away for a beef & Guinness pie when you need a pick me up.
Got a dog that needs walking (or a love of dogging?) head to Hampstead Heath. This spot is as close to the countryside as London gets, and if you climb up Parliament Hill you’ll get a killer view of the whole city. Plus, every time BarChick’s been there for a wine picnic (yeah we know, amazing concept) we’ve spotted an a-lister. Daredevils can be brave and take a dip in the ponds, or if you’re after a history hit then check out Kenwood House.
The foodie fix
Our favourite is Maltby Street Market - the smaller, less touristy alternative to Borough Market. Start with a Summer Mary at Little Bird Gin’s bar; eat a gourmet Scotch egg; move onto Champagne and Rockefeller oysters; and then hit Tozino for tapas.
Booze in the back row
Keeping it chilled at the cinema? BarChick loves nothing more than getting a film fix alongside some back row boozing at London’s best cinemas. Not in London? No biggie, BarChick and The Debrief have got the rest of the UK covered too.
East is beast
Even if you hate beards and jam jars, if you’re doing a tour of London you can’t leave without heading East. These great bars will make it bearable for the moaners - go to White Lyan for experimental drinking; Demon and Wise for something special; Satan’s Whiskers for hip hop, cocktails and naughty taxidermy; and Mission for Californian wine and Italian style dishes under the railway arches.
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Kick things off at the legendary Toucan with a pint of Guinness; swing by Barrafina for some mouth-watering tapas; blag your way into the members bar upstairs at QV for a couple of their mega cocktails; next up hit Mark’s Bar at Hix for a deadly Hix Fix; and then (carefully, mind those stairs now) ease yourself into El Camion’s legendary basement, The Baja Room for some Margarita-fuelled madness. Swing by Bar Italia for a panini and a coffee to straighten you out before heading on.
Dance it out
Broke? Hit up the Bussey Building in Peckham for a dirty rave. Big one? Crop top at the ready, Alibi is the place to dance on the speakers and dutty wine. Ballers? Drop some cash and watch some kinda kinky sh*t at The Box.
24hr Party People
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Shop ‘til you Drop
Dodge the snail-paced tourists and the Japanese fashion bloggers with selfie sticks - it’s worth it for the vintage shopping at Brick Lane’s Sunday markets. Early starter? Colombia Road Flower Market is older than your Gran, and smells better.
Sunday Recovery Roast
It’s the ultimate Sunday roast. We’re talking the best beef in London and bone marrow gravy. Hawksmoor roast for £20 - need we say more? Been there done that? Here’s London's best.