Where To Take Her - 3 March

Seven days, seven ways to impress your other half

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1 | Smarten Up For Theo Randall At The Intercontinental (above)

As the guy who got The River Café its Michelin star, it's fair to say that Theo Randall has a gift for Italian cuisine. For the past 10 years, he's been serving it at The Intercontinental on Park Lane and the restaurant has just reopened with a fresh new look. Gone are the starchy tablecloths and in are chic wooden tables to make it feel a tad more easy-going. The vibe may be softer but if you still want super smart Italian food with minimal fuss and maximum flavour, you're in luck. Simple staples like burrata, liver and bacon, and seafood pasta in rich tomato sauce scream with freshness and vibrancy. And if you don't try the clementine sorbet you're a fool.

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N.B. This place is a failsafe all-rounder, so would also be a lovely Mother's Day option if you still need to sort out Sunday.

1 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7QY; theorandall.com

2 | Embrace Your Inner Child With Bouncingham Castle

From the sublime to the ridiculous: there is a bouncy castle for grown ups – exclusively – on the South Bank this weekend. Need we really say more? But if you're curious, it's seven metres high, smells like raspberry, is located outside City Hall and is free. It's something to do with Candy Crush (they're launching the next installment of the notoriously addictive game) but, either way, it'll only be up for three days so get in there sharpish.

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3 – 5 March (10am – 8pm Friday; 10am – 6pm Saturday/Sunday)2 More London Place, The Riverside, London, SE1 2JP; morelondon.com

3 | Order A Pickering Place At The Savoy's American Bar

The American Bar is a quintessentially chic watering hole, but is particularly worth a visit now that their long-awaited new cocktail menu has appeared. Inspired by the secrets of London town, it is divided into sections that are each dedicated to an area of the capital. A must-try is the Pickering Place, in the Westminster chapter, which is designed for sharing: it caters for two extremes of taste, with one chocolatey-rich and bitter Jack Daniels concoction alongside a refreshing and light gin and champagne invention. You are also told the accompanying story in a silent movie acted out by the two barmen, Erik and Declan (Pickering Place is a little courtyard in St. James's – incidentally, right outside wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd – and is the site of London's last recorded sword dual).

The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU; fairmont.com

4 | Find Books and Booze At Waterstones

Thursday this week is World Book Day. That might not mean a massive amount to you if you don't have children dressing up for school, but it's an excellent chance to mention the fact that there is a swish new Waterstones on the Tottenham Court Road that contains a bar and cinema. We actively encourage you to peruse their tomes, drink in hand, for a totally low maintenance yet utterly delightful weekend activity. You'll feel calmer in a flash.

19 – 21 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BJ; waterstones.com

5 | Enjoy A Stylish Dram At Glenmorangie's Beyond The Cask Bar

Glenmorangie has once more opened a Soho pop-up bar, which is ready to welcome you from 5pm each evening for the next week. There are drams and cocktails on offer, plus a special back room for those more curious where you can get flights of the single malt on request, with optional cheese and chocolate pairings. If you're feeling flush, this is the only place in the world where you can currently buy a taste of the 1963 vintage – at £180 a measure, it's one to savour. What's more, you can team drinking with shopping (dangerous, we know), as Glenmorangie has worked with Finlay & Co to create sunglasses made from the American oak casks once the distillery is finished with them, after two batches of whisky has been matured inside. There are only 1843 available (a nod to the whisky's founding year) and each one is chic, lightweight and utterly unique.

15 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AQ; glenmorangie.com; finlayandco.com

6 | Let Rip At House of Holi

The Cinnamon Kitchen is getting rather good at making a mess – a colourful one, of course – after two riotous years of its House of Holi celebrations. Once more, you can book in for a session of paint-pelting without worrying about either getting in trouble or spoiling your clothes, all in the name of springtime. And while you're at it, this delectable modern Indian cuisine ought to be tried: the £38 option gets you a go with the paint, plus five courses of food.

Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL; cinnamon-kitchen.com

7 | Book Onto The Tweed Run

If you like tweed and, furthermore, are not afraid of showing it then book tickets for this year's Tweed Run. They went on sale at the beginning of the week for the 14th May event, which sets you on a leisurely cycle across London with plenty of picnic stops in between – all dressed in your finest tweeds. It's very British, very odd and definitely not your average date. This one gets marks for originality (and bravado).


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