10 ways to make the most of London this weekend

From free dance classes, hair-raising charity abseils and fascinating art trails to Open House’s design and architecture weekend, Broadgate is the place to be this weekend. 

And with bottomless brunches across our foodie destinations, delicious cocktails, tasting menus and family-friendly lunches - start planning your weekend here with our helpful guide...

1. Watch a breath-taking charity event

What: Broadgate abseils at Broadgate Tower
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning

On Friday morning at 9am, teams of three will be taking on the LandAid’s London TowerAthlon which will see competitors raise money by running, abseiling and cycling a gruelling course in support of young homeless people in the capital. 

Then on Saturday and Sunday morning, brave fundraisers will be abseiling down Broadgate Tower in support of Place2Be and Stoll. Come along and show your support and donate to these incredible charities.

2. Learn to dance

What: Swing Patrol at Finsbury Avenue Square
When: 6-8pm on Friday evening 

Swing Patrol are passionate about their swing dancing. And on Friday 16 September from 6pm, they’ll be offering free, easy taster lessons to even the most inexperienced of dancers at Finsbury Avenue Square. Bring your dancing shoes.

3. Take an enlightening art tour

What: Rosie Glenn presents Broadgate Art Trail - Open House 2016
When: 10am, 12noon and 2pm and 4pm.
Duration: 75-90 minutes. 
Tours leave from The Welcome Centre (EC2M 2PA).
Max 15 persons per tour, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Broadgate plays home to an impressive art collection by acclaimed British and international artists. Out in the open air, stunning sculptures in bronze, ceramic, steel and stone, these modern masterpieces are accessible to all. Continuing indoors, paintings and other masterpieces are enjoyed by people in our buildings every day. But these are out of sight to the public eye - until now. Broadgate’s Art Curator, Rosie Glenn, will take you on a tour of Broadgate’s art highlights, explaining more about these exquisite works and the artists.

4. Energise your weekend workout

What: Classes at 1Rebel
When: Saturday and Sunday, from £20
From full-body cardio to mixed martial arts, 1Rebel will give you a workout to remember - no sign-up fee necessary. Just pick your preferred session and pop along. But prepare to be seriously pumped...

5. Hear some new tunes (over brunch)

What: Electro Brunch at Gaucho
When: 11am-3pm, Saturday, £45

Meet Gaucho's brand new Electro Brunch: for £45 feast your way through the new brunch menu with dishes including steak and eggs, chivito sandwich, smashed avocado on toast and the introduction of the 'blend your own juice' station. Or indulge in a cocktail with delicious Aperol spritzes or Gaucho Bloody Marys while listening to their in-house fusion of cool beats, melodic tunes and bassy rhythms.

6. See London from a new perspective

What: Visit the rooftop of 201 Bishopsgate - Open House 2016
When: 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday

Broadgate invites you to take a tour of the 201 Bishopsgate rooftop. As access to the rooftop is normally restricted, this tour will show you a side of London that is not experienced by many and gives a whole new view on the city.

7. Try a tasting menu

What: Supreme Saturdays at Yauatcha City
When: 12-6.30pm, Saturday, £49

Supreme Saturdays take over Yauatcha City every Saturday. The awe-inducing menu features some of Yauatcha’s most luxurious dishes exclusive to the restaurant, accompanied by a selection of signature and classic dim sum all to be enjoyed with friends and family throughout the afternoon.

8. Discover hidden design gems

What: Open House 2016 at Broadgate
When: 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday

Pick up a guide to Broadgate’s architecture and see an interactive model of the campus in the Broadgate Welcome Centre (Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M 2PA) before exploring the breathtaking receptions of 199 and 155 Bishopsgate; 201 Bishopsgate and its award-winning sustainable green rooftop, 10 Exchange Square; 1&2 Broadgate with their striking atria and Broadgate Tower.

9. Toast Saturday evening in

What: Bottomless dinner and drinks at The Botanist with live music
When: 6pm-late, Saturdays, from £45

Offering menus of two or three courses for £45 or £50 per person respectively complemented by free-flowing Prosecco, house wine or Bellinis, Bottomless Dinner and Drinks is the Saturday evening destination. Complete with live music and some of London’s most sought-after mixologists, once dinner is over, dancing will take over along with weekend cocktails until late.

10. Do Sunday lunch like an Italian

What: Franco Manca
When: 12-10pm, Sunday

Complement our Open House 2016 events on Sunday with one of Franco Manca’s seriously tasty pizzas sourced with the best and seasonal of ingredients (they even make their own mozzarella) - no reservation necessary.

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