What To Do This Weekend 07.09.22

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Wondering what to do this weekend? SLMan has you covered. From a Secret Cinema experience to an exciting opening at Battersea Power Station, here’s what to get stuck into…
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BOOK AHEAD

U Bartend at Bao Fitzrovia

Bao Fitzrovia is hosting a second series of U Bartend with Toki Whiskey in which bartenders from some of the world’s most creative bars will take over Bao’s bar for one night only. The next one takes place on Tuesday 13th September when Kaito del Valle from Mexico City will bring its Japanese-inspired cocktails to London – expect highballs made with sake and other Japanese ingredients. On Tuesday 18th October, there’s a takeover from Mexican bar Lucy’s Flower Shop, before Roman bar Drink Kong heads to Fitzrovia on Tuesday 15th November. Tickets cost £20pp which includes two cocktails and the evening’s bespoke Bao bun, with the option to order more food and drink from the menu. 

31 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2JN

Visit BaoLondon.com

WATCH A LIVE RECORDING

London Podcast Festival

London Podcast Festival kicks off this weekend with its first batch of live recordings. Taking place in front of an audience at Kings Place in King’s Cross, the annual festival will showcase some of the UK’s most popular shows – and there’s something for everyone. Highlights over the next two weeks include Uncanny Live with Danny Robins and special guest Mark Gatiss (8th September), No Such Thing As A Fish Live (9th September), and The Film Podcast by Empire which will see Chris Hewitt and Helen O’Hara joined by a special guest to talk about the movies about to hit the big screen (10th September). Tickets start from £9.

90 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AG; 8th-19th September

Visit KingsPlace.co.uk

PRE-ORDER TICKETS

Lift 109 At Battersea Power Station

We’re excited to see the next part of Battersea Power Station’s transformation – which includes new shops, restaurants and apartments inside the Grade II-listed building. If you want to be one of the first to step inside, you can now register for tickets for Lift 109. Set to open later this autumn, Lift 109 combines an immersive exhibition space in the art-deco Turbine Hall with a glass elevator that takes you to the top of the building’s north-west chimney – 109m above ground. From there, you’ll get panoramic views of the city. Register at the link below to be one of the first to experience it. 

Circus Road West, Nine Elms, SW8 5BN

Visit Lift109.co.uk

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LET LOOSE

The Blues Kitchen

The Blues Kitchen has just released an autumn/winter line-up that’s packed with live music events, DJ nights and a new menu. Between its sites in Brixton, Shoreditch, Camden and Manchester, there’s something on every night of the week. On Saturday 10th September in Brixton, there’s a music quiz brunch in the afternoon followed by live jazz music and a DJ set until 3am, while its Camden outpost hosts a ‘Camden Got Soul’ music night every Friday. That new menu features American diner-style dishes, plus 50% off burgers on Sundays. Don’t forget to take a look at the 80-strong list of world whiskies. 

Various sites

Visit TheBluesKitchen.com

MEET YOUR MATES

Turning Tides Festival at Greenwich Peninsula

Greenwich Peninsula is hosting a free festival on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. Visitors can expect live music from jazz and R&B singers, street food from local vendors and a pop-up bar at Tide Square. Confirmed acts across the weekend include drumming ensemble South London Samba, jazz singer Muva of the Earth, Brixton Chamber Orchestra, and percussionist Falle Nioke. Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha (who recently played on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage) are set to headline alongside Afro-jazz band Nubiyan Twist. Register at the link below for a free ticket.

Greenwich Peninsula, Tide Square, Greenwich, SE10 0XW

Visit Eventbrite.co.uk

TRY A NEW WORKOUT

Rowbots

The brainchild of Gareth Bale and team GB powerlifting champion Hendrick Famutimi, the Rowbots workout is for those looking for an athlete-worthy session. In addition to its signature rowing machine workouts, the gym is launching two new classes this weekend. Tomorrow, head to Rowbots City or Rowbots Fitzrovia to try a 50-minute ‘Energy Strength’ class which includes strength training exercises with weights to help increase stamina and flexibility. From Friday 9th September, there’s also the new ‘Capacity’ conditioning class at Rowbots City, designed to push you to the max so you can train harder and faster. One class credit costs £22, or memberships starts from £130 a month.

9 Appold Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2AP; 6 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8BB

Visit Rowbots.co.uk

WATCH THIS NEW DOC

Phoenix From the Ashes

England cricket captain Ben Stokes has had his fair share of negative press over the years. After he was dropped from his lucrative New Balance contract back in 2017 following a street brawl, he was charged with bringing cricket into disrepute by the England and Wales Cricket Board. This new Amazon Prime doc charts his successes on the field and his controversies at home across a series of interviews. It also captures Ben’s most personal and challenging moments, including the final visit to see his terminally ill father, and his struggles with his own mental health.

Visit Amazon.co.uk

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