TRY ANGLO-FRENCH-AMERICAN FOOD: The Nitery
Don’t believe all three of these cuisines can be brought together in one harmonious whole? Challenge yourself at Gizzi Erskine’s is three-month residency at the St Martin’s Lane hotel. In a space inspired by the ‘niteries’ of early 20th-century Paris, the chef and food writer has put together a menu showcasing hearty comfort food (roast chicken with shoestring fries and bread sauce) and redesigned classics (sherbet lemon meringue pie). Don’t neglect the raw bar, which includes a novel combination of caviar and southern fried chicken skin.
45 St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4HX
MUSE ON ART & TECHNOLOGY: The Barbican
This exhibition digs deep into digital to reveal the powerful world behind artificial intelligence. Artist Trevor Paglen has laid out ‘From Apple To Anomaly’ as a display of over 30,000 individually printed photographs that are used to train AI networks. For anyone interested in digital technology, this is a fascinating window onto the ways in which machines form opinions of the human world. Paglen shows how computers and AI often display political favouritism and come to rely on biased stereotypes. Probably the best free exhibition in town – until it finishes on Sunday.
Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS; until 16th February
BATTLE IT OUT: Unwind All Dayer
This Sunday social at Boxpark Wembley is dedicated to all things gaming. From thousands of retro video games and arcade consoles to pool and table tennis, the day is filled with entertaining activities that enthusiastic gamers will relish. If you end up feeling peckish, food and drink is supplied by the Boxpark traders, who will be delivering everything from bao buns to Greek street food.
18 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0JT; 16th February
CHECK OUT A HARLEY: London Motorcycle Show
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid biker or toying with the idea of buying your first Harley. This show at Custom House brings everyone up close and personal with the latest bikes, racing and pro riders. On display across more than 200 stands, there will be new bikes, vintage classics and rare finds that have been restored to working condition, as well as live action from some of the world’s top motorcyclists.
Victoria Dock Road, Royal Docks, E16 3BX; 14th-16th February
ENJOY DINNER FOR TWO WITH A VIEW: Sam’s Riverside
Opened in Hammersmith at the end of last year, Sam’s Riverside is a contemporary spot for dinner with a remarkable Thames view. Its three-course Valentine’s menu (£75pp) includes Carlingford oysters; celeriac, chestnut, mushroom and truffle wellington; and Kir-poached pear. You’ll also get a cocktail and canapés. Sam’s is next door to the newly reopened Riverside Studios, so you could even catch a film in gleaming, high-tech surrounds before or after dinner.
1 Crisp Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DN
NERD OUT ON A COMEDY LEGEND: The Larry David Festival
The life’s work of comedian and actor Larry David – co-creator of Seinfeld and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm – comes under the microscope at Hackney’s Moth Club on Sunday, brought to you by film aficionados Deeper into Movies . The all-dayer also includes a screening of his rarely seen Sour Grapes film, as well as a quick-fire quiz and free pretzels, sadly without the company of Larry himself.
Valette Street, Hackney, E9 6NU; 16th February
TRAIN IN 30ºC HEAT: Mindset
Pack your towel and prepare to sweat. At 10am on Saturday, in a 30ºC room, Sunset is a summer-inspired class that will put you through a tough set of challenges, including rounds of bodyweight, HIIT and yoga exercises. The idea is to push you to your limits and improve your overall fitness, making you physically and mentally stronger for future workouts – if you survive it, of course.
1 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1 7NT
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