What To Do This Weekend 01.02.23
TAKE A VIRTUAL SPIN
Genesis Seoul Racer Event at the V&A
On Friday 3rd February, luxury Korean car brand Genesis will host a one-off gaming arcade event at the V&A. From 5:45pm to 9pm, visitors can book free four-minute slots to race a Genesis GV60 around a virtual track inspired by the high-octane streets of Seoul. The graphics have been inspired by V&A’s Hallyu! exhibition on Korean culture, so keep your eyes peeled for Squid Game pop-ups. Bag a spot on the leaderboard to win a free pair of tickets to the exhibition.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL
Fried Chicken Challenge at Kricket Brixton
Kricket’s Brixton outpost is hosting a fried chicken challenge on Tuesday 7th February. Seven restaurants and chefs have thrown their hats into the ring, including Other Side Fried, Around the Cluck by James Cochran, Black Bear Burger, Tonkotsu and even the chefs from Claridge’s. Big Zuu, KFC’s ‘Chief Chicken Officer’ and Judy Joo – to name a few – will blind judge the competition. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets cost £15pp which includes – wait for it – unlimited Keralan fried chicken and two Kingfisher beers. One winner will receive a chicken trophy and a £100 donation made in their name to The Childhood Trust.
41-43 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8JL
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX
Piccadilly Piano Festival
Listen to a range of world-class pianists and up-and-coming musicians at the Piccadilly Piano Festival. From Friday 3rd to Thursday 23rd February, the festival will showcase artists from different musical backgrounds, across genres from classical and jazz to electronic and alt pop. Musicians including Jools Holland, John Grant, Nadine Benjamin and Melvyn Tan will perform on the famous Fazioli grand piano at St James’s Church in Piccadilly. Don’t miss the performance by John Grant (Thursday 9th February at 7:30pm) who will be joined by singers from the London Contemporary Voices choir.
197 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9LL
MEET UP FOR THE RUGBY
The Six Nations
The Six Nations kicks off on Saturday 4th February. If you’re keen to watch it on a big screen with the boys, there are plenty of options around the capital. The Prince in West Brompton is screening every match of the tournament with Guinness food specials and European beers on tap, while the newly opened Hicce Hart pub in Islington will serve pie and chips and craft beers from The Goodness Brewery. If you’re after an electric atmosphere, book a table at one of Boxpark’s sites (Croydon, Wembley and Shoreditch) to watch matches on huge screens. Keep your eyes peeled for special guest appearances from ex-pros.
Brick Lane’s Café 1001 always attracts a cool crowd, so we were pleased it’s reopened after a revamp. The buzzy atmosphere has been turned up a notch with the addition of a killer sound system, a custom-built DJ booth, and an exciting line-up of DJs. Head into the main bar – with its striking new red design – for live music and street food pop-ups (to be announced in the coming weeks). On Friday 3rd February, deep house and soul DJ Millie McKee will take to the decks, before Voices Radio hosts an all-dayer on Saturday 4th February from 4pm. Tickets are free.
1 & 2, 91 Dray Walk, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QL
GO ALL OUT FOR THE SUPER BOWL
The American Bar
On Sunday 12th February, the Super Bowl will play out at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium. Eagles and Chiefs will battle it out to win the title. Rihanna is set to the play the halftime show – her first live performance in over five years – and we’re excited to see what other special guests she’ll bring out. Watch the action on the big screen at The American Bar at The Stafford hotel, which is hosting an all-American party from 10:30pm with themed drinks, beers and a special menu. Expect chipotle chilli dogs. mac 'n' cheese bites and sticky buffalo wings.
16-18 St James's Place, St James's, SW1A 1NJ
SEE AN IMPORTANT EXHIBITION
Ukraine Photographs from the Frontline
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world. But for those living in Donbas and Crimea, war has loomed since 2014, foreboding a conflict which has become one of Europe’s most devastating since World War Two. This new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum features photographs by renowned photographer and journalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind. Taken during her time in Ukraine between 2014 and June 2022, the collection documents the devastating reality of living amidst conflict. Tickets are free.
Lambeth Road, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6HZ
FEAST ON THIS
Treats Club x Cocotte Donut-Croquettes
East End dessert bar Treats Club has teamed up with restaurant chain Cocotte to create a limited-edition molten donut-croquette hybrid, filled with gooey gruyere cheese, truffle and chives. Available at Cocotte’s Shoreditch restaurant until Sunday 12th February, the donuts are served with a pot of house relish and roast chicken gravy. Keep your eyes peeled for Treats Club’s first permanent dessert shop on Hackney Road next month.
8 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, N1 6NU
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