16:02:17: 5 Amazing Events Happening in London This WeekendBy Angelica Malin
Bored of watching Friends reruns on Comedy Central? Don’t worry pals, we’ve discovered 5 fantastic events happening in London this weekend. We’re all about free yoga:
Weekend Guide: Friday 17th February
What: Not quite an event, but The Savoy has just launched a new cocktail menu. If there was ever a time to don your sparkliest shoes and your sassiest cocktail attire, it’s for these new tipples. From secret wartime bars, rooftop tap-dancing and extravagant gondola parties to luminaries such as Alfred Hitchcock, Katherine Hepburn and Tom Jones, the menu is a celebration of some of The Savoy’s most captivating stories.
Why: Created by Head Bartender Kyle Wilkinson along with Bar Manager Anna Sebastian and the whole Beaufort Bar team, the menu opens with Under The Stars, a cocktail inspired by Fred Astaire, who famously danced upon the roof of The Savoy in the 1920s, and goes on to document a number of well-documented and lesser known tales: a bellboy’s infamous first day, a cocktail shaker buried inside the American Bar, the wartime ‘Tich’s Bar’ frequented by journalists, and therelaunch of the hotel in 2010.
Price: Cocktails from £12
Where: Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Weekend Guide: Saturday 18th February
What: Pasta, pastry chef and co-founder of Strazzanti (Sicilian Deli and Pasticceria in Fitzrovia) Emilia Strazzanti is offering her expertise in fresh handmade pasta making, influenced by flavours from her Sicilian heritage with masterclasses on 18th February, and again in March and April.
Why: The masterclass in pasta making will comprise of learning to make 3 different types of pasta doughs and shapes, Prosecco and Sicilian nibbles on arrival, a sit down lunch with wine and gift all in the heart of East London’s bustling food market: Broadway Market. The masterclass will run over 5 hours and all ingredients are included in the price, along with lunch and wine.
Price: £126 per person. Tickets here
Where: Unit 1, Broadway Market Mews, Hackney, London, E8 4TS
What: Leicester Square’s renowned Finishing Touches hub is back this London Fashion Week; the ultimate style and beauty pop-up showcasing the biggest trends for 2017. On 18th and 19th February, a team of experts will be offering complimentary pamper services in the heart of Soho, providing fashionistas with the fuel to look good, feel good, go longer and stay later.
Why: Look good and feel good with Dryby’s blow-dry bar, where guests can choose from the latest celebrity-inspired styles to beautify locks ahead of hitting the F-Row. Say goodbye to chipped talons with London’s coolest nail bar, WAH Nails and get red-carpet ready with bold and bespoke designs. Heading out for a night out on the town? Finish off your look with MDMFlow’s lipstick touch-up, transforming pouts into colourful and kissable lips.
Price: Free treatments
Where: W London, 10 Wardour St, Leicester Square, London W1D 6QF
Weekend Guide: Sunday 19th February
What: Curated in collaboration with guest curator and artist Mark Surridge, Visceral contains works by Surridge himself, along with fellow artists Nina Royle, Laurence Owen, Vincent Hawkins, Jonathan Mess and Matthew David Smith. These artists’ works encompass an abstract, rustic quality which allows them to mesh and complement each other, whilst at the same time bringing uniqueness from all angles.
Why: From Jonathan Mess’ geological inspired pieces, titled Landfill, which pull together aspects of nature and synthesis into conglomerations akin to their namesake. Nina Royle’s abstracted works on hand sculpted gesso panels referencing weather, time and landscape. This exciting and powerful exhibition is a must see.
Price: Free entry
Where: Dalmeny Court, 8 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN
Photo Credit: Gallery 8
What: Like yoga? Like free yoga? Well you’re in luck. Join Sarah Highfield, founder of Yogagise Yoga, at the Lululemon Store on Kings Road this Sunday from 10:30am-11:30am, for a one-hour Ashtanga-based class with a strong focus on extended stretches and correct alignment.
Why: During the class, students will practice mind-body-breath synchronisation. This class is perfect for those looking to increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness. The class is free and yoga mats will be provided – just make sure you arrive on time.
Where: 38 – 42 King’s Road, London SW3 4UD