27.10.17: Five Fantastic Events Happening in London This WeekendBy Angelica Malin
We’ve discovered 5 smashing events that are happening in the capital this weekend. Whether you’re a fan of ping pong, or in the mood for a coffee masterclass – there’s an event for everyone. Happy exploring, folks:
Weekend Guide: Saturday 28th October
What: This Halloween Pop Brixton are taking things to a whole new level of haunted with their Crazy Circus Party on Saturday (28th October). For one night only, the venue will be transformed into a spooky circus arena of fun, where guests will be able to party the night away with added Halloween-style extras. Think pink elephants, a devil to dance with, psychedelic sounds and gypsy crystals. One of the best Halloween parties in London, for sure.
Why: DJs will add to the haunted vibes with a line up of gypsy and electro swing stars, including Voodoo Love Orchestra, Opsa Balkan Band, Rum Buffalo, Rumpsteppers and Sasha Dieu. Performing next to them on the stage will be immersive circus performers, aerial acrobats, roaming beasts and mythical monsters. And there’s a glitter and tattoo bar to provide the finishing touches to everyone’s Halloween get-up.
Price: Tickets here
Where: 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
What: It’s kind of hard to reinvent ping pong, after all it’s just a table, a few bats and balls. But the Bounce team have managed to do just that. The ping pong masters have been beavering away for the past couple of months, and have just launched a new concept: Wonderball.
Why: If you don’t fancy covering yourself in fake blood this weekend, or drinking cups of ‘spooky’ punch, head to Bounce and give their new electronic tables a whirl. The new wonderball tables feature video mapping, and new smart-ball game which completely switch-up the way we experience ping pong and socialising with friends. Apparently techno-tables are the future.
Price: Book here
Where: Locations here
What: Join the Caravan team and their Bankside site to learn how to brew with an Aeropress. The Aeropress by Aerobie, is one the most versatile pieces of brewing equipment you can own. Its ability to produce consistent, full-bodied, clean brews and its small/lightweight frame makes it the ideal backpack brewer.
Why: The 90 minute workshop is the perfect introduction to specialty coffee; the gang will tell you where their beans come from, how they roast them to bring out maximum flavour and ultimately how you can make the best brew at home. Tickets include a bag of Caravan Coffee Roasters filter, plus you’ll be able to access special prices on any brewing equipment you’d like to get your hands.
Price: Tickets here
Where: 30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS
What: Following the success of last year, giffgaff’s Halloween Salon is back for 2017 – bigger and better than before, to help you get ready for the big weekend. Taking over WAH Nails on Peter Street, Soho, the giffgaff Halloween Salon will feature two floors of makeovers, including a basement ‘Nail Rave’.
Why: On the ground-floor, Hollywood-grade make up artists will be offering a range of this year’s hottest Halloween looks to suit everyone. Featuring: Glam Halloween – minimal is out, glitter and gem attack is in. This year’s festival and club favourite gets a spooky re-vamp(ire). Classic Halloween – this season it’s all about contemporary Halloween-chic. Monochrome gothic pallor with low-key prosthetic detail or Mexico’s vibrant Day of the Dead is where it’s at this year. Go bold or go home. Now you’ve honed your style, it’s time to complete the look with some nail art. From neon nails to fine fingertip art, the basement Nail Rave is the place to get your fingertips painted – all in a club environment.
Price: Free. Book your spot here
Where: 4 Peter St, Soho, London W1F 0AD
Weekend Guide: Sunday 29th October
What: This October, Mattia Bianchi will launch DIRT. at Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, celebrating the diverse soil and climates in the wine world. Once a month until December, Mattia will take on two leading sommeliers from London and beyond, as they hunt in search of the best bottles from their chosen soil: Magma (Volcanic wines), Salt (Wines of the sea) or Peak (Mountain wines).
Why: Showcasing and sharing the stories behind their bottles, from a few well known to the downright obscure, as well as others completely new to the London wine scene and sourced outside the UK, guest sommeliers will go head to head and whoever’s bins are emptied first, will come out on top. Kicking off proceedings on the 29th October with the theme of ‘Magma’, Mattia will be joined by Ottolenghi’s Heidi Knudsen and Sandia Chang of Bubbledogs. All wines will be available by the glass only and keeping everyone well fed, Josh Katz has devised a menu of ‘mezze’ including tahini hummus with chickpeas, zhug and urfa chilli.
Price: Tickets are £19pp, which includes two glasses of wine and a mezze. Additional wines are available to purchase by the glass (£12 two glasses).
Where: 46 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE