7 New Places To Try In London This Week

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1 | Octopus with a View: Osteria

Two Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre is heading up this new restaurant right in the middle of the striking Barbican building – go for dinner, when the lights surrounding the lakeside terrace make it all look even cooler. Head chef Patrick Leano, one of Demetre's protégées, says that his biggest problem is 'taming' the wealth of beautiful fresh produce he has, and the result is charming. And splendidly flavourful. Start with the grilled octopus and finish with olive oil gelato (you're curious now, aren't you?). Top tip: they're seriously generous with their cheesboard.

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Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS; osterialondon.co.uk

2 | Weekend Shopping: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

If you're keen on accruing an art collection (of whatever sort) but don't think you have the necessary budget, then pop along to Battersea Park this weekend, where a plethora of galleries will be displaying offerings that start at £100. This particular occurrence of the Affordable Art Fair has a tribute to David Bowie, with new (and exclusive) works of art inspired by the great musician that will be very worth snapping up.

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10 – 13 March

Battersea Park Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com/battersea

3 | Guilt-Free Gourmet: Indigo

What if gluten-free, dairy-free, overall terrifyingly healthy food didn't have to have all the labels and life advice that normally accompany them? Well at Indigo, the newly revamped restaurant at the convenient One Aldwych hotel, the entire menu lacks gluten and dairy but without any of the fuss, and without scrimping on any of the flavour. This is the fine-dining equivalent of 'free-from,' where you can still enjoy pork with crackling, Highland partridge, potted shrimp, gnocchi, lamb, rabbit – you name it. It's delicate, refined, and means that if either of you is on a strict diet, neither of you has to suffer. Don't skip dessert.

One Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ; onealdwych.com

4 | British Pies: Albion Bankside

Nobody panic: if you hadn't realized that we are in the middle of British Pie Week, you still have time to set things right. The smart Albion restaurant near the South Bank has a special 'Best of British' set of pies on the menu to celebrate, but our favourite remains their regular Fish Pie, which arrives looking anything but regular, with a giant prawn sticking out of the top.

Albion Bankside, Block B, NEO Bankside, Holland Street, London, SE1 9FU; albiongrill.co.uk

5 | Old-School Film Night: Alexandra Palace Drive-In Cinema

As the evenings get lighter, head to Alexandra Palace at sunset for a bona fide drive-in experience. From today until the end of the month, you can book tickets to this car park cinema, where they will also be serving food and drink. Films include Oscar-nominated Carol, plus the new Star Wars or The Martian, starring Matt Damon. (There are also Grease sing-alongs but that's your call).

Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY; alexandrapalace.com

6 The Hangover Fix: Patty & Bun

If you need a hangover-curing lunch, then get yourselves to the new Patty & Bun. STAT. On the site of former Soho institution, The Stockpot, this darkened new venue from the burger wizards has low ceilings and the hint of dodgy red lights - ideal if you just want to keep your head down. It may be new, but the staff make the place feel like it's been there forever. Start off with a salty fix of roasted chicken or fried pork skin and then move onto a Smokey Robinson - a beef burger on brioche bun, full of caramalized onions, cheese, bacon and smoky house mayo. Opt for a side of chips with chicken butter if really struggling.

18 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TN; pattyandbun.co.uk

7 | The Best Bars Under One Roof: Cocktails in the City

Within the vaulted grandeur of One Mayfair, you get the pick of London's bars in one go at Cocktails in the City, which runs all weekend. Bar teams from the capital's favourites will be teaming up with drinks brands to produce cocktails and samplers for you to peruse. These include City Social (with Bulleit Bourbon and Ketel One Vodka - pictured), Reverand JW Simpson (with the artisanal Sauvelle Vodka), Dishoom (with rose petal spirit Lanique) and Hawksmoor Spitalfields (with Rittenhouse Rye and Maxime Trijol cognac).

There are also international visitors, like the bartenders from Paris's Little Red Door, which is regularly on the World's 50 Best Bars list; they'll be offering previews of their soon-to-be-launched menu. Elsewhere, there are masterclasses galore, a rooftop whisky bar and a liquid nitrogen bar to have a play with.

Tickets cost £15; One Mayfair, 13A North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZA; cocktailsinthecity.co.uk/London

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