Evenings are getting longer and you’ve seen the sun for the first time in, well, forever. The time to come out of hibernation is here and to ensure you make the most of March, we got in touch with DesignMyNight. Whether you feel like drinking bottomless bubbly at a fairytale-inspired brunch or becoming a buccaneer, sailing on a secret underground lake in pursuit of rum, this guide is the key to your happy ever after.
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Bars hidden in toilets and behind old SMEG fridges? London's not shy of secrets and although we're really not meant to - we're going to let you in on one. There's a secret underground lake called the Lost Lagoon and it's like nothing you've ever seen before. It'll see you and your crew travelling in a boat, battling against surprising weather conditions, in search of ingredients to make the Captain's secret rum punch. And the final stop (if you manage to save yourself from being shipwrecked)? A hidden party bar with more booze than you can shake a treasure map at.
If you were ever looking for an excuse to get your own back, you need to grab tickets (and invite your foe) to Holi in the City. This quirky experience will see you lob fistfuls of paint at your mates (or whoever's in the party pod with you), for a full 30 minutes. With a pop-up bar serving colourful cocktails and Cobra beer, and the option to have food while you're there, it's one of the best ways to get over your winter blues.
Rising rent and adult responsibilities getting you down? In need of a little escapism? Yeah, same. Luckily, When You Wish Upon a Brunch has rolled into town... Brighton town to be precise. This magical brunch is inspired by all your favourite fairytales and like any good party - fancy dress is encouraged. Dig out your finest prince or princess attire and get ready for an evening brimming with sing-a-longs, silly entertainment and bottomless prosecco.
St Patrick's Day doesn't have to be all about pints of Guinness and oversized leprechaun hats from Poundland, not if you go to Midnight Apothecary. This secret and cute as hell rooftop will celebrate the Emerald Isle with a live Irish band and a special Hot Toddy guest cocktail. Encouraging sing-a-longs around their roaring fire pit, you'll have mighty craic at this gorgeous garden.
Tell us what you want, what you really, really want. The Booking Office have released one helluva menu and it's inspired by one of the greatest girl bands of all time: The Spice Girls. Make your way down to this iconic King's Cross venue (where one of the band's famous video shoots took place) and choose from Baby Colada, Ginger Kick, Good Sport, Bloody Scary and Posh on the Rocks.
If your childhood dream was to become an astronaut, but somehow life got in the way, we've got the next best thing. Head down to Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen and live out your fantasy in their luxurious space capsule that's the actual size of the ship Neil Armstrong travelled back to earth in. For £50 per person you'll get a signature rum cocktail, alongside a sweet and savoury platter of snow crab California rolls, tuna tartare, lollipop tamarind chicken wings and to-die-for truffle fries. Gordon, we're ready for take off.
It's 1920s America and you're thirsty, you're thirsty as hell... but alcohol is banned. Bourne & Hollingsworth are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Prohibition with a top secret floating party, and it's going to be one dapper affair. Promising eccentric entertainment, roulette tables, Charleston flash mobs and some stunning scenes of the capital, make sure you go all out with your finest tassels (they are compulsory after all).
Sure, you can't beat an espresso martini, or a margarita now that you mention it, but The Living Room in Manchester has something super special on their cocktail menu that you really can't miss. Book a table and make your way down to their powder pink restaurant to order their Porn Star Martini Tree. It might set your purse back £54 but it works out at £6 per cocktail, which is actually a bargain.
Date night becoming a bit… dull? We've got just the solution. Birdcage Cabaret is taking place every Friday and Saturday throughout March, and it promises a whole evening of glitz and glamour. Kick back with their gold package that guarantees you a welcome cocktail, three-course meal, an after dinner shot (because YOLO), and entry to Camden's famous club night, FEST. From twirling tassels to bawdy body movements, you won't regret this epic night out.
Just how much do you love gin? If it's a lot, then you're gonna wanna listen up. The World's Best Gin Bar was announced recently and it's in - can we get a drum roll please - Birmingham. 40 St Paul's aren't shy of a few awards but this might be their proudest one yet. Scoot down to their glorious institution and wrestle over their 140-strong menu and find out why this joint is so goddamned special. Also, you'll want to check out Zizzi's new spring menu that launches nationwide on 12th March!
Dropping 15th March, Zizzi's restaurant will launch a delicious new vegan mozzarella pizza dubbed Mozzarisella and made from germinated, Italian whole rice, without milk and lactose. A range of along non-gluten containing dishes and a vegan dessert will also make their debut, so gather your mates for a sampling session. ud83dude0b
Remember that girl who got Harry Styles' face tattooed onto her face? Yep, well you can follow in her footsteps (kinda) at Three's pop-up temporary tattoo studio, 'InkDecision' on Friday 15th March, to celebrate the launch of their Pay As You Go Rewards programme. The limited-edition tattoo is totally temporary, so don't fret - you won't have a One Direction marker on your face forever. Head down to Three's flagship store (297 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DY) from 12:00 – 18:00, Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March 2019 to get tatted up, baby!
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Between the 25th and 31st of March, you can grab a free cup of Oatly coffee at Boxpark Shoreditch. So just what makes this coffee sustainable, we hear you ask? Well, swapping milk in favour of Oatly's Barista Edition oat drink produces 73% less CO2 emissions than dairy, so you'll be helping the environment whilst satisfying your coffee cravings. Double win.Visit Oatly at Boxpark Shoreditch between the 25th and 31st of March from 7.30am to 7pm. Head to 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6GY. Coffees are finite and available on a first-come-first-served basis.
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