5 Fun Things to Do This Week in London, March 21-27

Sunday roasts, Mother’s Day and the start of daylight savings; there’s plenty of things to look forward to this week, and here’s five of them…

Photo: The Puppet Barge

1 Mother’s Day, London-wide
London has countless ways to spoil your mum – whatever her cup of tea may be. Thinking about dinner? Try the delightful Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith, bang on the Thames. Or Michelin-starred Jamavar has as special tasting menu for the occasion. Also, Frog by Adam Handling. Maybe you fancy a roast or a brunch? Sea Containers, Bankside, is offering both which come with bottomless glasses of Della Vite Prosecco Superiore DOCG (and mum’s lunch is on the house) . Looking for a spa day? The Langley is far enough out of London to feel like a city escape, but close enough for it not to be a hassle.

2 Sunday lunch at Galvin Bar & Grill, Russell Square
Michelin starred brothers Christ and Jeff Galvin have launched an elegant take on the traditional Sunday lunch at Galvin Bar & Grill. It’s a classic affair that starts with the choice of torched mackerel with vegetables; crispy duck salad watermelon and watercress to start. Coming with all the trimmings, you’ve got a Torre Meadow roast beef or Cotswold white roast chicken for the main event. Try the venue’s signature tarte tatin with crème fraiche for dessert and wine pairings selected by the sommelier.
Date: Sundays 12pm-3pm
Price: £45 for three-courses
Address: 1-8 Russell Square WC1B 5BE

3 Burlesque Idol, West End
Now in its 13th year, Burlesque Idol is back thanks to showgirl crew, House of Burlesque, which has rounded up the best of UK’s tassel-twirling starlets who will shimmy their way with grace and humour through the competition. Performers will be put through their paces by House of Burlesque founder Tempest Rose on the last Friday of every month until the grand final which takes place on October 28. The first round kicks off this Friday, March 25.
Date: Friday, March 25
Price: £15, booked through
Address: The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square WC2H 7JH

4 The Puppet Barge, Little Venice 
Always whimsical and enchanting, The Puppet Barge’s newest show is a rendition of the Three Little Pigs who are mischievous, but naive. One half of a double bill, the second show, Captain Grimey, tells the story of the dirtiest, most miserable sea captain who pollutes the ocean with his grot.
Date: March 26-April 24
Price: £13/£9/£10 adult/child/consession
Address: On the canal, near Blomfield Road (opposite 35) W9 2PF

5 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Islington
For lovers of adventures in the great outdoors, Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to London, showcasing the world’s best adventure film-makers documenting extreme expeditions, untamed characters and remote, stunning scenery – and this is your last chance to catch it. Films include Exit the North Pole, in which polar explorers attempt to ski 1,500km across the Artic Ocean, via the North Pole in -40 weather, 24-hour darkness and the threat of polar bears to boot; Link Star which narrates the first ascent of one of the last unclimbed mountains in Pakistan’s Karakoram range; and Dream Mountain in which an elite climber returns her passion after the birth of her son to climb the Nepalese peak Cholatse.
Date: March 21-22; 24-25
Cost: From £16.71
Address: Union Chapel, Islington N1 2UN


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