5 Things to Do This Week in London January 17-23

From immersive cinema, to Dry Jan friendly brunches, here is The Resident’s guide for things to do this week, January 17-23…

Photo: Battersea Power Station

1 Nightmare Alley Immersive Cinema, Islington
To mark the release of the noir-thriller Nightmare Alley, directed by Academy Award-winning Guillermo del Toro, Everyman Cinema is launching its first immersive cinema experience. Guests (please wear your 1940s-esque finest) will be transported to a 1940s American carnival, complete with circus performers and a live band, where you can enjoy freshly prepared food, cocktails and plush velvet sofas, a buzzy atmosphere and a good flick. Based in the 1946 novel of the same name, the film features a stellar cast including megastars Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.
Cost: £45
Date: Friday, January 21 – Sunday, January 23
Time: Evening starts at 7pm 
Address: Screen on the Green; 83 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NP
Website: everymancinema.com

2 Celebrate Japanese New year at Pantechnicon, Belgravia
Purveyor of Nordic and Japanese design and culture Pantechnicon is celebrating the Year of the Tiger throughout January. In addition to the  programme of events and workshops such as a vegan Japanese lunch and miso-making workshops, Japanese confectioners Minamoto Kitchoan have a January pop-up in Edit, too. Swing by to try hand-crafted traditional wagashi sweets and cakes including strawberry and white peach mochi, and yuzu and chestnut pancakes, as well as Sayruri tea and matcha.
Cost: Free, but let the team know you’re coming ahead of time
Address: 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8LB
Website: pantechnicon.com

3 Take a themed Boom Cycle Class, Holborn, Hammersmith, Battersea, Waterloo & Monument
Looking to try a new fitness class? ‘Party on a bike’ Boom Cycle is a spin studio with locations dotted around London. Classes cater to all abilities, and are held with the lights low – so who cares what you look like – and to a banging soundtrack.  The schedule of classes is extensive, and offers themed rides as well, should you be a die hard fan of the likes of Little Mix, and Beyoncé. This week, at the Battersea studio, we’ve got the Ultimate ABBA Ride or the It’s Britney B**ch ride. Class run for 45 minutes.
Cost: £20 a session, offers available
Date: Ultimate ABBA Ride Tuesday, January 18; 6.30pm; It’s Britney B**ch Wednesday, January 19; 7.15pm
Address: 1 & 3 Arches Lane, Station Circus, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB
Website: boomcycle.co.uk

4 Light Festival at Battersea Power Station, Battersea
You may have had enough of Christmas lights, but your children might not have. Six light installations by British and international artists light up the Grade II listed building and its surrounds, including a string of origami tigers by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, marking the Year of the Tiger, a  florescent green ‘greenhouse’ lit up by ultraviolet light, by Dutch artist Victor Engbers and the popular Eternal Sundown, by Danish light designer Mads Vegas returns to Battersea Power Station’s Grade II listed Coaling Jetty
Cost: Free
Date: January 13 – February 27
Address: 188 Kirtling Street, Nine Elms, SW8 5BN
Website: batterseapowerstation.co.uk

5 Boozy or Booze-Free Bottomless Brunch at El Pirata, Mayfair
Here’s a bottomless brunch you can still enjoy if you’re doing Dry Jan. Spanish tapas restaurants El Pirata have a mocktail or soft drink option, should you still want to treat yourself to the best meal of the week – a Saturday brunch. For those who are still drinking this month, you can choose bottomless sangria or cocktail specials to wash down popular tapas dishes by the likes of croquetas de pollo (chicken croquettes) pulpo al pirata (griddled octopus served with friend potatoes and paprika), and gambas al pil-pil (prawns with garlic and chili).
Cost: £26 pp (two person minimum) plus £15 pp for the bottomless dry offering
Trading: Saturday 12pm-3pm
Address: 5-6 Down Street Mayfair W1J 7AQ
Website: elpirata.co.uk