What To Do This Weekend 25.10.19
ADMIRE COOL-GUY STYLE HERE: GarçonJon Exhibition
To celebrate the publication of award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce’s book Garçon Style, South Place Hotel is hosting an exhibition of his work. Over the last five years, Pryce (known as GarçonJon online) has become one of the world’s best-loved street-style photographers, working for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Mr Porter. This is a rare chance to see his work up close in a gallery environment, with the South Place Hotel also giving exhibition guests the opportunity to buy a signed copy of Garçon Style as well as one of the ten A3 prints on show. Handily, the exhibition is next door to the hotel’s Secret Garden, which has just been transformed into a Gin Jungle for post-viewing G&Ts.
3 South Place, City, EC2M 2AF
ENJOY SOME BOLLYWOOD CHEER HERE: Brigadiers
Celebrate Diwali in style at this renowned Indian drinking and dining tavern. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a limited-edition four-course menu during a full Bollywood takeover involving live dance from the London School of Bollywood, accompanied by a Bollywood Fusion DJ set and a traditional dhol drum player. The Kurki private dining room will be available for a traditional Diwali card games night, including your own croupier for the evening.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, City, EC4N 8AR
EXPERIENCE THE FUTURE OF RETAIL HERE: Samsung KX Space
This is not a shop. It’s an inspiration hub, a tech playground, a games arcade, a cookery school, a gallery, a work space and a music venue. Visitors can enjoy a range of awe-inspiring experiences, events and skill-sharing workshops curated in partnership with local community groups including Central St Martin’s and University College London. Many of the activities are free. Highlights include rum tasting with Laki Kane and Hotel Chocolat, a neon life-drawing class, a Guardian Live music night with Arlo Parks and an open-mic night.
Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ
PAY TRIBUTE HERE: St Paul’s Cathedral
Historic England is highlighting the wartime past of St Paul’s cathedral with a spectacular free light show. Running for three nights, ‘Where Light Falls’ is a moving combination of poetry, visuals and photography that tell the stories of the St Paul’s Watch volunteers who risked their lives to protect the site during the Blitz.
St Paul’s Churchyard, City, EC4M 8AD
HAVE A PELOTON PARTY HERE: Six Days London
At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Six Day London is back for its fifth edition. The world’s best cyclists hit the boards of the Lee Valley VeloPark to take on the toughest test in track cycling – with a twist. Lights are dimmed and the music is turned up to create a party atmosphere as the riders do battle across a range of high-speed and endurance disciplines.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 3AB
GEEK OUT HERE: MCM Comic Con
Comic Con is a jam-packed biannual celebration of all things fantasy, sci-fi, video game and comic book related. Alongside the usual suspects, including Cosplay Central and Comic Village, Simon Pegg is appearing as the festival’s headliner. There will also be workshops, fan meets, panel discussions and, of course, all the merch you can shake a stick at.
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL
MAKE LIKE BILLY RAY CYRUS HERE: Country Music Week
Country Music Week 2019 brings some of Nashville’s biggest stars to London. Scotty McCreery and Logan Mize are among those playing over a week that culminates with a headline performance from Charles Esten at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday evening.
CARBO-LOAD HERE: Emilia’s Pasta
Finally, World Pasta Day is here. To celebrate, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta will be giving away free pasta at its Alie Street restaurant on Friday. Last year, more than 300 pasta lovers celebrated their favourite carb; this year, the restaurant is aiming even higher with its biggest giveaway yet of fresh pasta. At two sittings (12pm-4pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm) guests will choose from seven signature dishes including fresh pappardelle with a slow-cooked bolognese sauce. It’s walk-ins only, so best arrive early.
77 Alie Street, Whitechapel, E1 8NH
GET YOUR KICKS HERE: Rugby X
If England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final with New Zealand isn’t enough oval-ball action for one weekend, get yourself down to the O2, where a new five-a-side game called Rugby X is taking place. This international tournament sees the game stripped back to basics, played on a smaller pitch with fewer players and simplified rules. The English men’s side will include some of our Olympic sevens silver medallists. Expect fast, intense matches with both male and female teams competing against a backdrop live and loud music.
The O2, Greenwich, SE10 0DX
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