What To Do This Weekend 25.01.23

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Wondering what to do this weekend? SLMan has you covered. From pop-ups and new menus to late-night jazz at the Royal Albert Hall, here’s what to get stuck into…

TRY A NEW WORKOUT

Rowbots Express Classes

The Rowbots workout is for those looking for an athlete-worthy session. Today, it launches a 30-minute express class designed to help you get a session in on your lunchbreak. Available at its Fitzrovia and City gyms on Tuesdays to Thursdays, expect a dynamic warm-up followed by a high-impact rowing session designed to torch calories and improve stamina. Express classes (between 11.30am and 12.45pm) can be booked with normal class credits and Rowbots memberships. 

6 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8BB; Unit 3 Snowden Street, Broadgate, City, EC2A 2DQ

Visit Rowbots.co.uk

GO TO A LIVE PODCAST RECORDING

How Long Gone at Moth Club

LA-based screenwriter and TV producer Chris Black and his mate Jason Stewart launched their own podcast back in 2018 to deliver their takes on men’s fashion, music and pop culture. Past episodes have featured guests like DJ Fat Tony, Phoebe Bridgers, Diplo and Scott Campbell. On Sunday 29th January, the duo will record a live episode at Hackney’s Moth Club with special guest Issy Wood, the British painter who’s now a hot ticket with collectors. Tickets cost £24.

Valette Street, Hackney, E9 6NU

Visit Dice.fm

HAVE A LAUGH

Comedy Nights at The Black Hen

The Black Hen in Clapton has launched a comedy night, when a stand-up comedian or top circuit pro will hit the stage. Head to its basement room on Saturday nights at 8pm to see the likes of Ian Stone (Mock The Week), Ben Norris (Never Mind The Buzzcocks) and Vittorio Angelone, who was nominated last summer for an Edinburgh Fringe award. Before the gig, diners can tuck into meat-filled bao buns from Little Bao Boy – think buttermilk chicken and sriracha bao buns with a side of hoisin pork fries. Comedy tickets cost £12.50. 

181 Clarence Road, Lower Clapton, E5 8EE

Visit TheBlackHenBar.com

Julian Abrams

GET TO KNOW WORLD WHISKIES

Silverleaf Tasting Series

The Pan Pacific hotel’s destination bar Silverleaf has created a whisky tasting experience for guests who want to try the good stuff in its hidden room, Alba. Every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of February, Silverleaf’s team will present an ‘Exploration’ menu (£50pp) consisting of five whiskies, each chosen for their distinctive flavour, while the ‘Epicure’ (£80pp) menu will guide guests through premium bottles. From scotch to bourbon, you’ll find out how different varieties are distilled and aged. 

 Alba Tasting Room, 3rd Floor Devonshire House, 3 Bishopsgate Plaza, EC2M 4JX

Visit PanPacificLondon.WeAreGifted.co.uk 

Caitlin Isola

TRY NEW FLAVOURS

Ruben’s Reubens at Seed Library

Today, Brixton smokehouse Ruben’s Reubens opens a two-month pop-up at Seed Library at One Hundred Shoreditch. Start with dishes like smoked cheddar croquettes and sweet ’n’ sour mushrooms followed by mains of salt beef brisket spring rolls with Russian dressing, braised pork cheeks with hot sauce, or cured sausage with pastrami. Finish off the meal with a craft beer on tap or a Mr Lyan cocktail – we like the ‘Toreador’, made with Patron tequila, apricot brandy and lime.

100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ

Visit SeedLibraryShoreditch.com

RAH

GET DATE NIGHT RIGHT

Late Night Jazz at The Royal Albert Hall

Late-night jazz sessions return to the Royal Albert Hall this weekend. From hip hop-inspired jazz drummers to an album launch show, there’s something for everyone this season with some interesting genre fusions including afro-samba hard-bop and indie-rock neo-soul. Highlights include a performance by jazz trio Wild Card (Thursday 26th Jan), who will perform music from their new album Cabin 19 Fever (which features MOBO-winning saxophonist Binker Golding); a show from jazz drummer Myele Manzanza (Thursday 9th Feb); and a set by jazz pianist David Kofi (Thursday 23rd Feb), who takes inspiration from soul and R’n’B. Tickets start from £13.

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP

Visit RoyalAlbertHall.com

MEET YOUR MATES

Luke’s Cider

Luke’s Cider is a new bar in Walthamstow’s Georgian Village. Having won a string of taste awards after popping up at food and drink festivals across the country, owner Luke makes all of the cider on his family farm in the West Country. At his first outpost, you’ll find Luke’s Infernal Serpent, a clean and crisp sparkling cider with notes of grapefruit, and Luke’s Original Sin, a sparkling medium cider with a bit more depth. 

Unit 3, The Georgian Village, 100 Wood Street, Walthamstow, E17 3HX; open from midday every Friday & Saturday

Visit LukesCider.com

Tom Osborne

BOOK AHEAD

Endo Kazutoshi X Jonny Lake at Trivet

On Monday 30th January, Michelin-starred chefs Endo Kazutoshi (Endo at the Rotunda) and Jonny Lake will team up at the latter's restaurant Trivet for a one-off collaboration dinner. The menu will combine their different cooking styles and influences over multiple courses – the chefs will alternate between omakase-inspired dishes and classic European fine dining. Guests will be welcomed with a sushi course at the Trivet bar, before moving into the restaurant for the rest of the dishes. While the menu is under wraps until the night, we do know that sea bass tempura with French mushrooms; squab pigeon roasted over charcoal with spiced carrots and kale; and Jonagold apple with tahitensis vanilla cream will be served. Guests can add on drinks pairings selected by Trivet’s sommelier and Endo at the Rotunda’s sake sommelier. Tickets cost £155pp.

36 Snowsfields, Southwark, SE1 3SU

Visit TrivetRestaurant.co.uk

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