The Weekend Guide

chocolate festival!

This weekend is choc-a-bloc.

The Chocolate Festival
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.

The Zetter Townhouse Opens
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).

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).

Paul Smith Warehouse Sale
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.

Bistro du Vin Clerkenwell
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

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
49 & 50 St John's Sq
London, UK EC1V 4JJ
Belvedere Rd
London, UK SE1 8XX