What To Do This Weekend 08.03.23
TRY NEW THINGS
Omakase at Kaia, The Ned
'Omakase’ – or ‘I leave it up to you’ – is what those in the know say when they sit down at a decent sushi bar in Japan. The Ned’s Kaia restaurant has just launched a £75pp omakase menu. Pull up a seat at the counter on Saturday lunchtimes to try nine dishes including sashimi, scallop salad, wagyu beef stew and some nigiri combinations that will change with the seasons. Each item will be described by the kitchen team and served alongside a range of sake and cocktails. There are two sittings each day: noon and 2.30pm.
27 Poultry, City, EC2R 8AJ
VISIT A SLICK GYM
Topnotch is the new gym to have on your radar. In the middle of Soho, it hosts a range of classes – including HIIT, spinning and circuits – in its modern space. Memberships are as flexible as they come: choose from short-term, annual or flexible packages, including the option to add on commuter bike storage and locker hire, from £44.99 per month. After your workout, unwind in the Nordic sauna – the perfect place for muscle recovery – or grab a protein shake to go.
Dufour's Place, Soho, W1F 7SP
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX
Grenfell: System Failure
This play gives a voice to those who died at Grenfell in 2017. Written by journalist and playwright Richard Norton-Taylor, and starring Ron Cook and Nigel Betts, it’s entirely based on the words of those involved in the public inquiry which ended in November 2022. Staged close to the scene of the disaster, the play interrogates why the testing regime failed to warn of the danger of installing inflammable materials, why manufacturers promoted such products with no regard to safety, why government regulations ignored the dangers and were not updated, and why politicians failed to ensure proper oversight. Featuring testimonies from the bereaved, it’s a harrowing but important watch. See Grenfell: System Failure at The Tabernacle until 12th March before it transfers to Marylebone Theatre from 14th to 26th March. Tickets start from £5.
The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, W11 2AY
CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY
The Single Malt Shop Whisky Tasting at Darby’s
The Single Malt Shop is hosting a whisky tasting experience at Nine Elms oyster bar Darby’s. Taking place on Thursday 9th March from 6pm, this early St Patrick’s Day celebration will be led by Irish whiskey pro Charlie McCarthy, who will guide guests through five Irish whiskeys. The selection will be accompanied by small plates and snacks like truffled mushroom croquettes, beef nuggets and Cornish crab cocktails. Tickets cost £50pp.
3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, SW11 7AY
DISCOVER NEW WINES
Trivet Tasting Club
Southwark’s Michelin-starred Trivet has launched a membership programme and events series. Trivet Tasting Club will include tasting experiences guided by chef Jonny Lake and sommelier Isa Bal, and based on one of three themes: kitchen, cellar and bar. The first event will take place on Saturday 11th March, focusing on wines from the world’s earliest producing regions, including Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Lebanon and Greece. Guests can try 30 wines with a selection of snacks from the kitchen. Members can also buy their favourite bottles from the night. Annual membership costs £150.
36 Snowsfields, Southwark, SE1 3SU
UPGRADE YOUR WALLS
Affordable Art Fair
Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park this weekend, showcasing thousands of contemporary works priced between £50 and £7,500. From Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th March, visitors can browse original paintings, photography, sculptures and prints by up-and-coming artists and more established names presented by 100 of the world’s leading galleries. Street food and drinks are available on site and there’s an ‘after dark’ ticket for late-night visitors on Friday 10th March, when there will be live music from DJs. Tickets start from £10.
Evolution London, Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ
CATCH A FILM
Bobby Farrelly’s new film stars Woody Harrelson as a basketball coach whose career comes crashing down after a series of missteps. At his court hearing, he’s ordered to do community service that involves coaching a team of players with disabilities. Despite some doubts and prejudices, he soon realises the team could go further than they ever imagined. Also stars Ernie Hudson and Kaitlin Olson.
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