What to eat, drink and do in London this weekend: first weekend of March

Make the most of your weekend with this wonderful guide to what to eat, drink and do in the capital in the first weekend of March

Mardi Gras at Pop Brixton

Fairtrade Fortnight at TT Liquor

26 February-10 March; 17B Kingsland Road, E2 8AA

Back for its second year, Kingsland Road cocktail bar TT Liquor will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight from 28 February to 10 March. In collaboration with FAIR. spirits, TT Liquor will be serving a special cocktail for the occasion called the Cinq. A donation from each drink will be going to the women of ANAPQUI (The Asociación Nacional de Productores de quinoa) and aid the promotion of a fair living wage and trade for the farmers and workers.

Pop Brixton does Mardi Gras

Saturday 2 March; 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

Pop Brixton, 7Suns & DJ Lil' Koko present the fourth annual 'Mardi Gras Brixton' day and night festival and London's largest Mardi Gras celebration. Expect a full-on immersive New Orleans experience set in old sea containers-turned mini French Quarter. The party kicks off with daytime kids craft activities ramping up to an evening of music, live art, New Orleans film, photography and more. Crafted cocktails and stalls packed full of Louisiana-inspired street food are also available for your delectation until midnight. Grab some shiny beads and shake a tail feather down to Brixton.

SAMPLE Spring market at Greenwich Peninsula

2 March 11am-7pm; Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 OSQ

SAMPLE Spring is a pop-up market on Greenwich Peninsula bringing together fashion, homeware and craft by emerging design talent. Curated by design duo Wayne and Gerardine of HemingwayDesign and iconic 90s brand Red or Dead, the market is all about giving a platform to independent makers of London. Food included. So They'll be plenty of seasonal grub and street trucks to grab a bite or glass of something nice from.

Serendip Supper Club at Pol Boy

2 March 7:30pm-11pm; 77 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU

Serendip Supper Club by Pol Boy is launching at Brixton Pound Café on Saturday 2 March. What's the supper club all about? Well, it's a monthly BYOB vegan Sri Lankan pop-up. So, it's about a lot, really. But all that lot is very good. The menu at Pol Boy's Serendip Supper Club employs a mix of traditional family recipes with flavours inspired by Pol Boy creator, Thuli Weerasena's British-Sri Lankan upbringing. Highlights from the £25 menu include heavily spiced curries featuring jackfruit and beetroot, tempered lentils, and chilli-laden sambols. Mosey on down for a real taste of Sri Lanka.

An Evening In The Peloponnese at The Cleveland Arms

2 March; 28 Chilworth Street, W2 6DT

The evening will be kickstarted by a range of small sharing platters and a welcome drink while Greek travel expert Tim Salmon talks about his experiences in the region. What follows is a Mediterranean feast and three-course meal designed by Head Chef Louis Lingwood, and Yannos, the founder of Maltby + Greek. Tickets cost £35.

Kaia Sunday Brunch at The Ned

Sundays, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ

The all you can eat Asian-Pacific-inspired feast will be served at Kaia every Sunday, from midday until 4pm. Dishes available include sushi, sashimi, poke bowls, robata grilled corn, prawn tempura, Japanese fried chicken, lamb cutlets, teriyaki salmon and more. As if that wasn't enough to have you fit to burst, you can also expect puddings such as matcha cheesecake, chocolate and sesame slices and Azuki and jasmine tea rolls. The Sunday Brunch is £45 per person for as much food as you like along with a welcome drink of sake, Asahi, Umami Bloody Mary or a choice of Asian Teas.

Unlimited pasta at Palatino

Every Saturday; 71 Central St, London EC1V 8AB

Head to Palatino on Saturday's between 12pm-5pm where, for £25, you can get your fill of unlimited plates of pasta. Yes, you read that right. Unlimited. Pasta. There's not really much else that needs to be said, really. Though the dreamy carb deal also includes a free Palatino Spritz. Book ahead now to ensure you don't get left out on the linguine feast.

Rum Punch Brunch at Rudie's

Every Saturday and Sunday; 50 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB

If you fancy sipping on some rum-infused cocktails with some real spicy food, then get on down to Rudie's in Dalston this weekend. Running from 12-4pm every Saturday and Sunday, the rum punch brunch offer allows you to get one of Rudie's delicious main dishes (including a hearty 'Full Jamaican' of ackee & saltfish, lamb sausages, baked butter beans, sautéed spinach, boiled green banana and bakes) as well as access to bottomless rum punch for an hour and a half. All of which will only set you back a mere £18. Jerk and rum is a hard combo to top at that price, so make the most of it this weekend.

Wake up and smell the coffee (and orchids)

Until 10 March; The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB

The ever-popular Orchids Festival returns to Kew this month and this year the gardens has looked to Colombia for inspiration. Perfect for those who'd rather not spend their weekends shivering in a park somewhere, you can escape from the cold and indulge in a multi-sensory journey around the toasty Princess of Wales Conservatory. It's set to be a bright carnival of Colombian colour with the heady scent of flowers and fresh, ready-to-sample Colombian coffee in the air.

Grab a Pie and a Pint at Rochelle ICA

Every Sunday; The Mall, SW1Y 5AH

Never will you ever feel forlorn on Sunday afternoons again, because, starting from 17 February, Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold will be on hand with pints and pastry to save the day. All you have to do is get on down to the Rochelle Canteen ICA where the two chefs will be running a series of Sunday evening 'Pie and a Pint' dining menus. An excellent pie and a pint (or a glass of house wine) for £10? Monday morning doesn't seem too bad after all.

Have a lovely time with Luna Cinema at the Natural History Museum

Until 12 March; Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

Let's face it: we've all, at least once, wished that Night at the Museum was more than just a movie – after all, running around all the galleries after dusk seems like a lot of fun. Luna Cinema at the Natural History Museum is a little like that. If you take out Ben Stiller and that whole magical Egyptian artefact thing that is. And this weekend the roving cinema screen will be showing the likes of Kill Bill Vo. 1, Thelma and Louise and Love Actually. Chairs and fresh popcorn are very much provided, too.