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The Weekend Guide

chocolate festival!

This weekend is choc-a-bloc.

INDULGE
The Chocolate Festival
What:
Three days of tastings, talks and cooking demos from chocolatiers like Outsider Tart, Artisan du Chocolat and William Curley.
Why: Any excuse will do.
When: Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Southbank Centre, Southbank Centre Sq., Belvedere Rd., SE1 8XX.

DRINK
The Zetter Townhouse Opens
What:
Toast the Clerkenwell guesthouse hotel inside its intimate bar (a collaboration with 69 Colebrooke Row).
Why: Sidle up to an apothecary counter in the laboratory-style space for cocktails inspired by tinctures, bitters and herbal remedies.
When: Sun.-Wed., 8 a.m.-midnight; Thurs.-Sat., 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 49 & 50 St. John’s Sq., EC1V 4JJ (020 7324 4444).

EXPLORE
Dirt: the Filthy Reality of Everyday Life
What: Examine a street in Victorian London, human waste clearers in Delhi, a hospital in 1860 and what a New York landfill might look like in 2030 via artifacts, documentary photographs, film and literature.
Why: It’s certainly not garbage.
When: To 31 Aug. Tues.-Wed. & Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Wellcome Collection, 215 Euston Rd., NW1 2BE (020 7611 8888).

SHOP
Paul Smith Warehouse Sale
What:
Ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories for men and women from £8.
Why: You’re a cheap date.
When: Thurs., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 37 Kingsway, WC2B 6UJ.

EAT
Bistro du Vin Clerkenwell
What:
Regional boutique hotel group (Malmaison, Hotel du Vin) opens its first London stand-alone restaurant. The menu is classic French.
Why: In-house butchery (visible from the shop window), glass-walled chef’s table and produce sourced from within 30 miles.
When: Mon.-Fri., noon-2:30 p.m. & 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. & 6-10 p.m.
Where: 40 St. John St., EC1 4AY (020 7490 9230).

Photo: Jakob Fridholm / Getty Images

LOCATIONS
40 St John St
London, UK EC1M 4AY
Paul Smith Warehouse Sale
37 Kingsway
London, UK WC2B 6UJ
Wellcome Collection
215 Euston Rd
London, UK NW1 2BE
02076118888
49 & 50 St John's Sq
London, UK EC1V 4JJ
02073244444
Belvedere Rd
London, UK SE1 8XX
08448750073
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