Week Guide: Things To Do in London This Week – 21/10/2019By Francesca Brooking
In need of some London inspiration this week? Our what’s on guide is back and we’ve got some exciting events in store. From a 6-course Diwali tasting menu to a psychological thriller at the theatre, get the lowdown on what’s on in London this week (and if you’d like some Bonfire Night and Halloween inspiration, see here):
What: Diwali is nearly here (27th October) and to celebrate Trishna in Marylebone is offering a 6-course Diwali tasting menu from Monday 21st – Sunday 27th October.
Why: Celebrate Diwali surrounded by candlelight and delicious food at Trishna this week. The tasting menu will offer the very best of Indian coastal cuisine and dishes include the likes of Nandu Varuval soft shell crab, Hariyali Bream, Tandoori Lamb Chops and Kozhikode Chicken Masala. Vegetarians can expect delights such as Coconut & Corn Tikki, Paneer Tikka Anardana and Iyengar Aubergine Varuval. Both menus close with a choice of either Jaggery & Banana Kheer or an indulgent Saffron Poached Pear Cheesecake. Over the Diwali weekend, guests can enjoy an exclusive 6-course dining experience by candlelight accompanied by live acoustic music and authentic Diwali dress up.
Price: Trishna’s Diwali tasting menu is £75 per person and £70 for the vegetarian option. Reserve a table by calling +44 (0)208 7935 5624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 15 – 17 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 3DG
What: Catch James Mannion’s bleakly comic psychological thriller, Mites at the Tristan Bates Theatre all this week until Saturday 26th October.
Why: Mites, starring Claire Marie Hall, Richard Henderson and George Howard is an absurdist piece of theatre that explores how manipulative relationships affect the mentally vulnerable in society. The play is an allegorical interpretation of mental health from personal experiences and it dives into the manifestation of emotional turmoil that accompanies mental instability. A psychological thriller, Mites captures the web of mistrust, intrigue and control in a toxic relationship using an absurdist narrative to mirror the disorientation of panic, paranoia and helplessness. Promising a unique and raw performance, Mites is a play which discusses the relationship between the predatory and the vulnerable and aims to provoke a wider conversation about these themes amongst its audiences.
Price: Tickets costs £15 for concession and £18 for standard. Get tickets here.
Where: 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP
What: On Thursday 24th October, Naomi Frears’ new exhibition will be open to the public until 30th November at Beaux Arts London and it’s free!
Why: St Ives-based contemporary artist Naomi Frears is back with a new exhibition featuring over 25 new works using oil canvas, acrylic on wood dry point on linen and mono printing. This new series is an exploration of the human form that simultaneously confronts the viewer and appears lost in its own world. Frears’ work is a real labour of love as each painting can take the artist years to complete. Playing with the subject of her paintings, she uses an editing process similar to that of film, framing, moving, removing and introducing new elements with paint. As a result, her works have visible shadows and ghosts of previous ideas, figures and structures woven into the final piece. Pop into Beaux Arts London this week and sink into the abstract and curious world of Naomi Frears’ exhibition.
Price: Free entry.
Where: 48 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 1AY
What: On Friday 25th October, Black Creators Matter is celebrating its first Black History Month with its exciting new event, Unapologetically Black, at the Drop Yard in Bethnal Green.
Why: Unapologetically Black is a networking party which will bring together bloggers, vloggers, writers and individuals engaged in the media, film and music production to create a positive space for like-minded people of colour. The night will celebrate the achievements of Black Creators Matter since its launch in April 2019 and showcase the work of other talented creators. Expect a night of games, music, panel discussions, visual arts and icebreakers, and most of all, networking.
Price: Tickets cost £11. Book them here.
Where: 159 – 161 Malcolm Place, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0EU
What: Get ready for the weekend at Madison’s brand new rooftop party, Afrodisiac, on Friday 25th October.
Why: Celebrate Friday night at Afrodisiac: Madison’s new party which features a blend of Ibiza anthems, 70’s disco, funk and Afrobeats brought to you by special guest DJs to keep you dancing through the night. Enjoy Instagrammable cocktails, champagne, bar snacks and spectacular views from the iconic Madison rooftop til late.
Price: Book your table here or find out more about drinks packages by emailing email@example.com.
Where: Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Pauls EC4M 9AF
What: On Saturday 26th October, a team of Kingston School of Art students are challenging kids to go plastic-free with a design workshop that explores different materials and their uses.
Why: One for the kids, Kingston School of Art designers inspired and supported by Fixperts will be running a plastic-free challenge at The Bentall Centre this Saturday. The workshop will explore how Kingston can go plastic-free by experimenting with different materials and design elements. In this 90-minute session, teams will tackle specific challenge areas from reusable systems to alternative materials. The children will get a chance to build prototypes, have a go at problem-solving and find sustainable solutions to tackling plastic waste. It’s an immersive way to get your child thinking positively about environmental challenges.
Price: Free – register to attend here. The workshop is suitable for children aged 9-14. Parents and guardians will need to stay with their children.
Where: Wood Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1TP
What: Head down to Wardour 100 this Sunday 27th October for its popular weekly Jukebox Brunch.
Why: Just what it says on the tin, Jukebox Brunch is an eclectic mix of classic brunch dishes, delicious roasts and a roaming band touring the venue, taking requests and playing your favourite tunes. Enjoy a fizz-filled afternoon with unlimited bubbly or wine and indulge in the likes of Eggs Benedict, avocado on toast and of course, a traditional Sunday Roast with all the trimmings. Sit back and relax while the touring resident band brings you a mix of past and present hits from Beyonce to Bon Jovi and everything in-between.
Price: A 2 course Sunday brunch costs £25 and 3 courses costs £30. Add £20 for unlimited wine or bubbles. Book a table here.
Where: 100 Wardour St, Soho, W1F 0TN