<strong>OPENING OF LIQUID NATION BAR</strong><br />Fresh on the scene is the communistic sounding &ldquo;live music venue for the people&rdquo;. Communism has its upsides: drinks are &pound;2.50; there are two smoking terraces each with their own bar and live music and DJs every Thurs-Sat. More controversially, there are also big pictures in the windows of those involved in the economic crash, from Fred Goodwin to Gordon Brown. Best keep those City creds quiet. 161- 165 Ladbroke Grove, W10 6HJ. Tel: 020 8960 1702.<br /><br /><strong>BRUNCH AT LE BOUCHON BRETON</strong><br />Brunch goes French at this eccentric, high-brow Gallic restaurant in Spitalfields, known for its towering platters of shellfish. The menu is a delight, and not for the faint-hearted (or vegetarian). Salmon tartare, made at the table; veal kidneys with creamy mustard sauce on toasted brioche and sauteed wild mushrooms on toast, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise are the kind of thing you can expect. 8 Horner Square, E1 6EW, tel: 020 7377 1839.<br /><br /><strong>AYRESHIRE CONCERT WITH THE LSO</strong><br />Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti joins forces with compatriot James MacMillan in a programme all about northern places. These range from the unnamed &ldquo;dear place&rdquo; remembered by Tchaikovsky to the Hebridean seascape of Mendelssohn&rsquo;s overture, to evocative portraits of the island of Iona. With the LSO Chamber Orchestra (part of UBS Soundscapes). Tonight, tickets &pound;7-&pound;21. St Luke&rsquo;s Church, 161 Old Street, EC1V 9NG, book at lso.co.uk.