What To Do This Weekend 14.09.22
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ENTER A NEW REALITY
Sandbox VR is an immersive experience with sites across North America and Asia. It’s just opened a site in Holborn so Londoners can get in on the action too. Using bleeding-edge tech, it’s a social gaming adventure that puts players inside interactive worlds as if they were living inside a game or movie. There are currently six games to choose from, including Amber Sky 2088 in which planet Earth has been invaded by an alien swarm, and the ‘UFL Fighting League’ featuring futuristic gladiators. Once you’ve settled the scores with your mates, head to the bar for drinks served by – wait for it – the UK’s first permanent robotic bartender. Tickets start from £30.
The Post Building, High Holborn, WC1A 1PB
LOOK INSIDE COOL PROPERTIES
Open House Festival
Open House Festival takes place across the capital until Wednesday 21st September, celebrating London’s housing, architecture and neighbourhoods. Over the next two weeks, visitors can tune into talks, take part in guided tours and drop into studios – with some great chances to see inside some of the city’s coolest buildings. Highlights include a photography workshop at Guild Hall (Friday 16th), a tour of the National Theatre’s archive (Thursday 15th and Friday 16th), and an art trail around Barbican’s Fore Steet (various dates). More than 100 design-led homes will also be open to the public – simply book a time slot to discover the swankiest properties near you.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX
Yinka Ilori at Design Museum
London’s artist-of-the-moment Yinka Ilori is behind some of the capital’s coolest artwork, from colourful installations and outdoor sculptures south of the river to the new interiors at Sketch’s Gallery restaurant. Now, he’s got a solo exhibition at the Design Museum to coincide with London Design Festival 2022. The display showcases key elements of Ilori’s vibrant aesthetic that merge cultures from his north London upbringing and Nigerian heritage. Visitors can see 100 objects ranging from artworks, photographs and furniture to textiles, books and personal possessions.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG
TUNE INTO A NEW PODCAST
This new series hosted by actor Jonathan Guy Lewis is all about assassinations through history. Each story is told from start to finish, including the motives, the details you probably didn’t know and the path of the killer. Jonathan also explores the fallout from the killings of some of world’s most famous faces, from JFK to Martin Luther King Jr. Don’t miss the first episode on John Lennon.
HIT UP A NEW BOOZER:
Chef Rob Tecwyn and Adam Symonds met at The Bull in Highgate. Now, the duo has just opened a new pub in Islington with a decent beer selection from indie breweries and a cracking menu. The pub itself has a spacious dining room, plus a cool wooden bar where you order beers from small British breweries like Burning Sky, Little Earth, Five Points and Cornwall’s Harbour Brewing. In terms of food, expect proper gastropub grub – menu highlights include salt marsh lamb rump with aubergine, suckling pig loin with white beans and spring greens, and warm almond financier with cherries and cream. There’s also a Sunday lunch menu.
55 Baring Street, Islington, N1 3DS
Ready for a new fitness challenge? Tough Mudda is making its way around the country with various assault courses in each city. This weekend, it’s in Cheshire, then Horsham and Manchester in coming weeks. You can choose between 5k, 10k and 15k challenges, all of which involve team obstacles including ice baths, climbing walls, monkey bars, a lumberjack challenge and a cage crawl. You’ll need a decent level of fitness to take part – choose group packages to get your mates involved. Prices start from £149pp.
GET STUCK IN
Bone Daddies x Two Hot Asians
Regular SLMan readers will know we rate Bone Daddies, so we were pleased to hear the ramen pros have collaborated with chef duo Two Hot Asians to create a new special. Available at all Bone Daddies sites and on Deliveroo until the end of the month, the ‘mala hot pot’ consists of a mala soup with a rich tomato broth, hakata-style noodles and Szechuan chilli – topped with tempura prawns, fish balls, a soy egg and spring onions. Wash it down with a bottle of sake or Freak Show cider.
Frameless is the UK’s biggest – and London’s first – permanent digital immersive arts experience. Set to open on Friday 7th October in the West End, the venue is spread over two floors with graphic installations and digital interpretations of iconic masterpieces – think artists like Cezanne, Kandinsky, Monet, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Klimt. There will be four themed galleries, including ‘Beyond Reality’ featuring works by Rousseau, Dalí and Ernst, and ‘The World Around Us’ with Monet, Turner and Ruysch. Tickets cost £25.
6 Marble Arch, West End, W1H 7AP
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