What To Do This Weekend 08.12.21

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Wondering what to do this weekend? SLMan has you covered. From a new brewery taproom to the cool music pop-up to have on your radar, here’s what to get stuck into…
Photography STEVEN JOYCE

CATCH A FILM

Everyman Cinema Borough Yards

On Monday 13th December, Everyman Cinema is opening a branch in Borough Yards, the new development under the arches of London Bridge. There are two screens, both filled with plush sofas and armchairs, and table service for craft beer or wine delivered straight to your seat. You can also tuck into food during a film, including burgers, ice-cream sundaes and bags of chocolate. Spider-Man: No Way Home lands on Wednesday 15th December. Tickets start from £15.50, or become a member to receive up to 28 tickets per year.

3 Dirty Lane, London Bridge, SE1 9PA

Visit EverymanCinema.com

GET THE BEERS IN

Five Points Brewery

This is Hackney’s newest and biggest brewery. After the success of its pop-up bars earlier this year, Five Points has opened a permanent taproom where you can drink tank-fresh pints including the classic Five Points Pale, plus limited-edition brews, seasonal beers and cask ales. Ace Pizza is on hand with NYC-Neapolitan slices, Moth Club DJs will take to the decks on weekends, and the Five Points team will host weekly 90-minute brewery tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons. Oh, and every Thursday and Friday night from 5pm to 7pm, beer from the most recently filled tank will be available for £3.50 a pint. We’re sold.

61 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4RG

Visit FivePointsBrewing.co.uk

LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW

2021

Matt Smith stars in a new audiobook version of 1984. Inspired by the classic text, 2021 tells the story of cyber-security company Avast in order to highlight how online surveillance is chillingly similar to the Big Brother society Orwell predicted over 70 years ago. Smith plays protagonist Winston Smith, who in 2021 becomes concerned his every move is being followed online by AI agents and other nefarious actors. 2021 is told in three parts spread across 24 episodes – catch it on Spotify, Kindle or Apple Podcasts.

Listen here

EAT OUT LATE

Pizza Pilgrims

Tomorrow, Pizza Pilgrims will open a new late-night restaurant in Selfridges. The group has gone eco-friendly for its latest opening: think locally sourced ingredients, a clever hydroponic system to cut down water consumption, and dough made from regenerative wheat. Open daily until 11.30pm, the restaurant is entered through a hydroponic basil tunnel (where you’ll see the herbs growing). Sit down to enjoy pizzas topped with wild mushrooms, truffle and ricotta, or British wagyu beef with mozzarella. Order stuffed burrata or gnocchi frittes as a side; treat yourself to a chocolate, almond and sea salt pizza ring; or order drinks from Gypsy Hill brewery at the bar in the middle of the restaurant.

Fourth Floor, 400 Oxford Street, West End, W1A 1AB

Visit PizzaPilgrims.co.uk

DISCOVER NEW MUSIC

Bang & Olufsen Pop-Up

Scandi brand Bang & Olufsen has opened a pop-up store in Shoreditch where visitors can discover new music and take part in a series of workshops and events. Open until Sunday 19th December, shoppers can browse a curated collection of vinyl and B&O speakers, including the Beoplay A9. Over the next four weeks, the pop-up will welcome Johnnie Walker Blue Label for whisky tasting sessions, London Fields Brewery for beers and beats, and Sofar Sounds for live music sessions. Entry is free; experiences cost £5.

58 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP

Visit Eventbrite.co.uk

GO OUT OUT

One Night Records, London Bridge

Need a night out? One Night Records in Southwark is the place to go for live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until the end of the year. The venue, in the arches of London Bridge’s railway tunnels, offers plenty of space for social distancing, as well as several artist spaces so you can choose whether you want rock and indie or live jazz. Treat yourself to Caribbean dishes from Mama J’s Soul Food Shack and beers from the bar. Tickets start from £25pp – first timers can take 50% off with the code ELVIS50.

Wardens Grove, Southwark, SE1 0HT

Visit OneNightRecords.com

STOCK UP ON FESTIVE BOOZE

Specialist Cellars Garage Sale

On Saturday 11th December from 11am to 5pm, Special Cellars in Pop Brixton is hosting a garage sale where you can take part in wine tastings as well as buy a selection of discounted booze. Sample over 40 wines from Specialist Cellars’ collection, 15 of which have won awards. Chat to the in-house experts for advice on pairings, then enjoy a couple of glasses while a DJ sets the vibe. Tickets cost £10pp.

Visit SpecialistCellars.co.uk

STEVEN JOYCE

UPGRADE YOUR FRIDAY-NIGHT CURRY

Jhakaas

If you’re in southeast London, Jhakaas is the new Indian takeaway to know about. Created by chef Dayashankar Sharma (also the guy behind Heritage Dulwich), the food is inspired by India’s four big cities – Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata and Chennai. Available for delivery or collection, there are three set menus for two: the Rajputana (£45) includes Punjabi butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, dal makhana and saag aloo; the Rajputana Grill with Awadhi Murgh kebabs, lamb chops and Varhadi poussin; and the Rajputana Vegan which includes tofu saag, tadka dal and Kolkata Bigan Bhaja (shallow fried aubergine with beans and baby corn). All come with rice, naan and chutneys.

78 Brockley Rise, Honor Oak Park, SE23 1LN

Visit Jhakaas.co.uk

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