What To Do This Weekend 30.01.20
AN ALL AMERICAN EVENING: THE GRIDIRON SUPER BOWL PARTY
If American football and a game of beer pong sounds like a good way to spend your Sunday evening, Gridiron Magazine are hosting their annual screening of the Super Bowl 2020 live from Miami. Bowling, fun activities and great food are on offer at this event, with a menu of American classics such as giant pizzas, chicken wings and burgers being served. Grab your foam finger and prepare to watch the two NFL giants play off in one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, Bloomsbury WC1H 9EU; 2nd February 2020.
FOR INDEPENDENT ART AND GREAT FOOD: CRAFTY FOX MARKET AT MERCATO METROPOLITANO
Renowned as one of London’s best markets, the Crafty Fox Market brings together designers and emerging artists who are looking to showcase and sell their work. It’s a great chance to browse for unique art to display in your home and support independent makers. The market moves between different locations around the city with the aim of creating a space in which people are able to meet and collaborate in a relaxed setting, with a DJ and drinks on hand. When you’re finished wandering around, why not grab a bite to eat in one of the 40 food stalls on offer at Mercato Metropolitano, where you can choose pretty much any cuisine from Italian to Vietnamese.
42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6DR
LET OFF SOME STEAM: JAB BOXING GYM
It’s been a long month and quite frankly no one would blame you if you wanted to take out your frustrations by participating in a killer boxing class. One of the newer gyms to hit London’s boxing scene, Mayfair based JAB runs an intense full body boxing workout with 12 rounds designed to give you an authentic taste of a professional boxer’s routine. Aside from being a great way to channel your energy and provide you with a 45 minute mental break, the combination of cardio, bodyweight and resistance at JAB promises to not only make you ache, but also teach you focus and determination.
32-34 N Audley St, Mayfair W1K 6ZG
SIT DOWN FOR SOME STAND-UP: Frank Skinner
After a five-year hiatus, Frank Skinner is back on tour. ‘Showbiz’ sees Skinner take his laidback brand of observational comedy to the West End for a five-week stint at the Garrick Theatre. Don’t be misled by the title: Skinner’s more likely to be talking about the joys of watching TV in his pants than the celebrity high life.
2 Charing Cross Road, Charing Cross, WC2H 0HH; until 15th February
HIT THE CINEMA: The Lighthouse
This punchy psychological horror made a resoundingly popular debut at Cannes Film Festival last year and is nominated for this year’s Best Cinematography Oscar. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are on a deserted rock for four weeks, working at a lighthouse. Amid a couple of terrific performances that capture existential dread and the threat of lost sanity, look out for a few jump-scares. Shot entirely in black and white, you’ll also see why it earned that Oscar nom.
Various locations; out 31st January
EAT SOMEWHERE NEW: Barboun
From the man behind Soho’s Hovarda, Barboun showcases Levantine cuisine using traditional flavours and ingredients from the region. Start the day with a spicy shakshuka from their brunch menu or order from an all-day menu of small plates including crispy squid, muhlama and manti (beef with an oak-smoked paprika sauce). Pared-back surrounds mark Barboun out from some of Shoreditch’s more wackily themed eateries.
61-67 Great Eastern Street, Hackney, EC2A 3HU
DRINK OUTDOORS: The J Sheekey X The Glenlivet Winter Terrace
Winter’s still kicking but that shouldn’t deter you from drinking at one of London’s cosiest outdoor bars. Justly celebrated fish restaurant J Sheekey has collaborated with The Glenlivet to transform its winter terrace. Settle into a comfy sofa with a single malt in front of a roaring fire, then explore a menu of hot cocktails that includes the J Sheekey Celtic Coffee.
28-32 St Martin’s Court, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AL
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