26.01.17: Ten Events Happening in London This WeekendBy Angelica Malin
We don’t know if it’s because it’s the last weekend of January, or because there’s nothing decent on the box – but London has gone event crazy. We’re not complaining, we’re digging all the wonderful and wacky things happening in our fair city. Get off the sofa and get exploring. Have a good one, folks:
Friday 27th January
What: L’Escargot is partnering with Sipsmith to create an evening of decadent gin-fuelled enjoyment on Friday. Presenting an irresistible final hurdle to anyone persevering with Dry January, the famous French hotspot has teamed up with the London-based distiller to offer their first supper club of 2017, Supper at the Snail with Sipsmith.
Why: Enjoy a classic Sipsmith G&T on arrival followed by a feast created by L’Escargot’s celebrated head chef James Tyrell with matched cocktails, dishes include a slow roasted haunch of venison served family tyle followed by a trio punch jellies. Sipsmith’s ambassador will lead a gin tasting throughout the night before ending the meal with a post-dinner cocktail.
Price: Tickets are £45 and can be purchased here.
Where: 48 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4EF
What: Live DJ, 75 minute boxing session followed by a mouth-watering curry. Not to mention a few cheeky drinks to celebrate the end of Dry January – welcome to Transitions Zone’s Fight Night Curry Night. Getting fit is the new going out, apparently.
Why: The evening will pack a punch on every level: both for your taste buds and your boxing prowess. Expect to torch calories, hone your technique and learn inside tips. The ultimate dream team in professional boxers will also be in attendance including, Steve Dang, Dave Andrews (both ABA qualified coaches), and Adam Humphries – Transition Zone trainer who’s infamous for his unparalleled boxing and footballing circuit skills.
Price: £35 per person available to purchase online
Where: Transition Zone, 17 Heathman’s Road, Parson’s Green, SW6 4TJ
What: The V&A’s Friday Late will explore the 50th anniversary of the decriminalising of homosexuality. The V&A’s LGBTQ group will programme an event of talks, screenings, music, workshops and performance thinking about where we in the UK are today with LGBTQ rights, looking back into the past and ahead towards possible futures.
Why: Highlights include a DJ set from Alexander Geist spinning an intoxicating mix of Morose disco-soul and wryly cinematic music for the dancefloor; Trans activist Fox Fisher will screen print directly onto his nude partner in a unique durational performance to question: why do we gender objects? Speakers Corner, will include discussions on how activists continue to challenge contemporary laws and how to get involved, hosted by Dan Glass with speakers including Amnesty International, TransMedia Watch, African Rainbow Family, Queer Strike, Article 19 and Lesbian and Gays support the Migrants.
Price: For more information, visit the website here.
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Saturday 28th January
What: For the third year running, Vauxhall Motors has teamed up with Independent Venue Week to continue the commended Vivaro On Tour campaign, an initiative that aims to support rising UK musicians with free use of the Vivaro van as they go on tour.
Why: For the first Superstition show of 2017, the incredible Sweatlodge agency are coming back to Village Underground. To celebrate their 10th birthday, join Baikal (maeve), Ed Davenport, (Counterchange, Broken Infrastructure NY), Locked Groove (Afterlife, Hotflush Recordings) and Nuno Dos Santos (Something Happening Somewhere) for a night of unrivalled excellence. The night is part of Independent Venue Week, a 7-day celebration of small music venues across the UK, and for its fourth consecutive year, gigs are taking place all around the country.
Price: £10 excluding booking fee. Tickets here.
Where: 54 Holywell Ln, London EC2A 3PQ
Why: The nine-course collaborative feast will feature dishes of Iberico Pork and king prawn dumplings, Hong Kong style noodles, “Ma Po” suckling pig brain and Sticky rice cake ‘ragu’ – a dessert finale prepared TĀTĀ-style. In celebration of the year of the Rooster, each guest will also receive a bijou parting gift – hand-drawn cards by TĀTĀ Eatery and an edible take on the Chinese tradition of giving money.
Price: £48 per person. Tickets here.
Where: 258 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG
What: Every weekend at VAULT Festival from Friday (27th January) until the start of March, a line-up of ‘Lates’ features parties for all beneath Waterloo Station. Whether slipping on the finery to join Jay Gatsby’s soiree, revealing a little more at the House of Burlesque or dancing to Berghain resident DJ, Boris, at TROUGH – VAULT has something for every occasion.
Why: On Saturday, VAULT welcomes TROUGH London, the debut UK party from international promoter Nik Dimopoulous. A special headline set comes courtesy of Boris (OstGun Ton, Berlin), Berghain’s longest standing resident DJ. Expect jocks, bears, hunks and all manner of identities from the ‘homosocial’ community coming together for a hedonistic night to remember.
Price: Tickets from £12. Purchase here.
Where: The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
What: R Chocolate London are holding a Sea Salt Caramel Making Class at their Belgravia store, on Saturday. Learn how to make the R Chocolate London Sea Salt Caramel Couture Chocolates in their demonstration kitchen.
Why: Kicking off at 12:30pm, you’ll be greeted with a taster of the House Blend Hot Chocolate before being guided down to the demonstration kitchen to begin your journey into chocolate. The 2 hour class will cover the following: an insight into the history of chocolate with samples, how to create your sea salt caramel filling, tempering chocolate, piping and cooling techniques, and mould filling.
Price: £85 per person. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Where: 198 Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 8UN
What: Shoreditch’s famed dim sum and cocktail den, Drunken Monkey, are celebrating Chinese New Year with jasmine-laced celebratory cocktails alongside lucky red envelopes and traditional lion dances, and a (less traditional) party popping until 2am.
Why: The Jasmine Adventure’s cocktail menu combines smooth Willem Barentsz gin with peach (the Chinese symbol of longevity), fiery ginger and, of course, exotic Jasmine. Try a Jasmine Fizz, a burst of Eastern sunshine on a winter’s day with the subtle notes of Jasmine complemented by the sharper citrus notes.
Price: Free entry.
Where: 222 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PJ
What: bhuti is also holding a yoga workshop: Chandra Krama – The Moon Sequence on Saturday. The Moon Sequence is a unique series of yoga postures designed by the internationally renowned yoga teacher Matthew Sweeney.
Why: The sequence takes pressure off the shoulders and upper body and places more emphasis on the lower body, the hips, and a stable core. It will increase strength, flexibility and circulation in the legs and hips, and can accommodate beginners and more advanced practitioners. The sequence is traditionally practiced during full and new moon days, and is designed to help you re-balance energetically, psychologically and physically from the demands of other dynamic activities.
Price: £30 – sign up here.
Where: 50 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UB
Photo Credit: Timeless Pictures
Sunday 29th January
What: Flaming Flamingo is teaming up with Emmy Yoga for an end of January Flaming Yoga supper club. A full energising yoga class followed by a green mimosa and plant-based feast to fuel you up after all your downward dogs.
Why: Emmy Lopes will be providing a detoxifying blend of Yang and Yin yoga especially designed to energise and refresh you. Expect an uplifting, breath co-ordinated flow to challenge and centre you, followed by nourishing yin poses to release and unwind. The class will end with the chance to completely ‘bliss-out’ in a guided meditation. Following this, you’ll be treated to the delights of a healthy but delicious Flaming Flamingo feast. The menu features exciting flavours and lots of different dishes, starting with a green mimosa and snacks, then sitting down to a multi-course meal to round off the last weekend in January nicely.
Price: £40 per person. Tickets here.
Where: Reva Studios, 2 Andrews Rd, London E8 4QL