The best things to do in London this weekend from a Magical Lantern Rave in east London to an immersive theatre and dinner experience in west London and a pop-up lunar gin experience at Harvey Nic’s
Lead image: Once in a Blue Moon at Harvey Nichols with Hendrick’s
1 Waiter! There’s a Murder in my Soup! at Troubadour Wembley Park
29 February-29 March
Travel back to the year 1946 in this immersive theatre event, where socialites, dignitaries and cultural bigwigs have gathered for the grand opening of Marchioness du Jour’s performance. But all is not as it seems… When a chilling murder is discovered on the hat rack, the lavish soiree quickly becomes a crime scene, and over the course of dinner – yep, that’s an IRL three-course meal in the newly opened Studio 5ive restaurant at Troubadour Wembley Park for you and your mate/date – renowned detective Susan Gusset and her fellow diners must race against time to unmask a killer before coffee is served. The specially curated menu includes dishes such as heritage beetroot with lambs lettuce, hazelnuts and goat’s curd & braised beef cheek with heritage carrots and parsley puree. Tickets are £49.50 (click here to book).
3 Fulton Road, Wembley HA9 0SP; troubadourtheatres.com
2 Magical Lantern Rave at The Troxy, east London
Head for the most colourful rave in Europe for a night of mesmerising visuals and a kaleidoscope of colours when the Magical Lantern Rave lands at The Troxy. Dress in hyper colour and mingle with light-inspired interactive characters and performers among the lantern installations, UV displays and lasers. Immerse yourself in the experience with professional face and body painters on hand to help you become part of the show as an infectious soundtrack of drum & bass, bass house and tech house bring the dancefloor to life. The fiesta of light and colour comes from the team behind Carnival of Light, a show that has toured the UK over the last 18 months to rave reviews. 9pm-2am. Tickets from £29 (click here to book).
490 Commercial Road E1 0HX; eventbrite.co.uk
3 Wellness Summit 2020 at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf
A brand-new wellness summit, curated by Miss Jones & CW PA Club, comes to London this weekend. Combining fitness, relaxation, beauty and discovery under one roof, the summit offers the chance to experience some of the capital’s top brands back-to-back in one day. From working out with some of London’s top fitness experts, to being pampered by top beauticians, there are classes and workshops available all day to suit each individual need. Build your own unique schedule, with as many as 14 classes available depending on the package you choose (opt for a ticket worth £20 or more and you’ll get a goody bag; go for a VIP ticket and get exclusive discounts, a VIP Goody Bag worth over £120, food, drink and beauty samples, and a bookable beauty treatment). Click here to book.
43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf E14 5NX; wellnesssummit2020.sched.com
4 BrewLDN at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
BrewLDN is set to be the most ambitious and essential beer festival in the UK, with tons of breweries, a food space, music from DJs Artwork and Greg Wilson plus The Old Dirty Brasstards, tasting sessions, workshops and more. With more than 150 exhibitors, you can sup many of the world’s best beers, including brand new bold tastes before anyone else on the planet. Highlights include all-female brewers Mothership, wood-fired brewery Cassels from NZ and local London and UK breweries such as Small Beer Brew Co, London Fields Brewery, Brew York and the Padstow Brewing Co. There’ll be plenty to eat over at BrewDining, too, with a Chef’s Table where Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Villa Ascenti Gin and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey will team up with some of London’s culinary legends for some quality pairings, and there’ll be plenty of beer snacks from Serious Pig and knock-out Indian hot kati specialists Kolkati, as well as cheese connoisseurs Two Belly. Tickets from £15.
26 February-17 May
British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery is a major exhibition marking 100 years since the birth of surrealism. Championing the British artists that contributed to the iconic movement, the gallery will showcase more than over 70 eclectic works from 42 artists, including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash, as well as lesser known figures such as Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Reuben Mednikoff and Grace Pailthorpe. While you’re there, look in on Journeys, a display that shines a new light on works from the Gallery’s Collection and seeks to question the nature of migration from the 17th century to today (included in the admission price). Tickets £16.50.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
6 Mardi Gras at Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton welcomes the return of a huge Carnival & Mardi Gras mash-up this weekend. Co-hosted by energising instrumental 12-piece 7Suns, there’ll be a non-stop line-up of Afro-Latin jazz rock world fusion vision. This year’s headliners, The Coalminers, will conjure up their special brew of ‘Swamp Soul’ featuring uplifting funk with powerhouse vocals, while Dom Pipkin returns to the daytime Bayou stage with his old-time New Orleans barrel-house piano blues and jazz, transporting the rhythm and soul of New Orleans to Brixton. In the main square the Pomba Girls, London’s female driven immersive party hosts, will be bringing their box of glitter and costume fun and frolics, plus Pop Brixton’s resident food vendors will be cranking up the heat to feed hungry guests with host of Louisiana-inspired street food and drink. 3pm-12 midnight. Free entry.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
7 Walkie Talkie Tower Climb for GOSH, the City
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is hosting a once-in-a-Leap-Year opportunity to climb all 896 steps of London’s iconic Walkie Talkie Building on 29 February 2020. Conquer all 896 steps over 36 floors to help raise money for GOSH Charity, and revel in your accomplishment with a celebratory drink in the Sky Garden’s lush surrounds while enjoying the epic panoramic views of London. 8am-2pm. Entry £25 (including a technical t-shirt, timing chip, finisher’s medal and celebratory drink in the Sky Garden). Fundraising target £250. The event is open to over 16s only.
20 Fenchurch Street, the City EC3; gosh.org/towerclimb
8 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at Somerset House
27 February-1 March
Collect, the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design, returns for its 16th year. This year, Collect brings together international galleries from across the globe, each curating their own displays to sell work made in the last five years by the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers. With artists represented from over 25 nations – from Sweden to Uganda and Japan – the breadth of work on show ranges from ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles to non-traditional materials and experimental techniques. In addition to the main fair, Collect Open offers a platform for 12 new ambitious craft-led installations by individual artists and collectives, which will be showcased around Somerset House, as well as the annual Collect talks programme. Tickets £23.
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; craftscouncil.org.uk
9 V&A’s Friday Late: Eyes, South Kensington
Friday Late at the V&A celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture using the V&A collection and building as its inspiration. For the first time, Friday Late will be programmed across three seasons spanning the year and will explore subjects of The Body, Endeavour and Illusions, with live performances, film screenings, installations, debates, DJ sets and workshops. From now until April it’s The Body, questioning how our bodies can shape contemporary notions of identity. Following the first Friday Late on 31 January, which focused on hands, the February Late, taking place on the 28th, will focus on eyes. Guests will be asked to consider how our eyes can deceive us, and how we’ve been conditioned to view the world under our own lens.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
Until 14 March
MEAT, a finalist in the Theatre503 Playwriting Awards in 2018, debuts this week. Written by Gillian Greer – recently appointed as Soho Theatre’s new Literary Manager – MEAT is a story of consent, class and how modern-day Ireland reckons with transgressions surrounding harassment, sexual assault and consent buried in its past. Over the course of one wine-soaked evening, two past-lovers are thrown back into the eye of the storm where old wounds are exposed, and new truths uncovered. But how do you make sense of the fallout of one night, seven years ago, if you can’t agree on what happened? A daring exploration of the aftershock of sexual assault revelations, Greer’s frank play tests their biases, perspectives and beliefs about how sex and power can operate in the modern world.
503 Battersea Park Road, Battersea SW11 3BW; theatre503.com
11 Karneval at Bierschenke Liverpool Street
It’s currently Carnival (or Karneval) season in Germany – which believe it or not is even bigger than Oktoberfest. A time to overindulge before the festival of abstinence – Lent – Karneval season begins just after Oktoberfest and ramps up to its crescendo at the end of February. It’s a time of year for costumes, fairy tales, rule-breaking and, most importantly, beer! For the fourth year running, Bierschenke, the authentic Munich-style beer hall, will be hosting a party to celebrate the season in true German style. Draped in bright decorations to rival the streets of Cologne, you can expect traditional German Carnival music, contemporary pop, the classic Cologne Carnival beer, Fruh Kolsch, alongside plenty more German beers and culinary specials from some of the German regions most associated with Carnival. Entrance is free. From 6pm.
4 London Wall Buildings, Blomfield Street EC2M 5NT; bierschenke.co.uk
12 Once In A Blue Moon Gin Experience at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge
Until 1 March
Calling all gin lovers! Harvey Nichols is hosting an enchanted multi-sensory experience to celebrate the launch of Hendrick’s Lunar Gin, the second innovative release from the super premium gin’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Launching on Friday 21 February, the 10-day immersive pop-up experience will transport you into the unusual, twilight world of Hendrick’s Lunar Gin, where a cosmic astrologer will entice you to try two magical cocktails, savoured under the bewitching light of the moon. Tickets are £8pp (click here to book) and Hendrick’s Lunar Gin is currently available in all Harvey Nichols stores and online priced £47. You can also enjoy two Hendrick’s Lunar Gin cocktails in the Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols for the duration of the pop-up.
CANVAS, Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ; harveynichols.com
13 Live Well London at Old Billingsgate
28 February-1 March
The Leap Year weekend is the perfect chance to work-up a sweat, meet the experts, meditate, browse, buy and have fun at Live Well London. Try out exciting new ways to get your body moving from Barre to Boxing, Dance classes to different HIIT classes and even disco yoga held by expert fitness trainers including Faye Edwards, celebrity trainer and founder of F.I.T Jam Dance; Dave Thomas, The Foundry Founder, and Sarah Gorman Creative Studio Director of SPN and celebrity trainer including Davina McCall. You can also join the Knowledge Hub for inspirational talks from speakers including England Rugby Legend and Founder of No.11 Living Kombucha, Jonny Wilkinson CBE, and Lifestyle Guru and Entrepreneur Liz Earle MBE. You’ll leave informed and inspired to smash those 2020 fitness goals! Tickets from £39.
1 Old Billingsgate Walk EC3R 6DX; livewelllondon.com
14 British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain
Until 19 April
British Baroque: Power and Illusion, which opened in early February at Tate Britain, is the first ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the exhibition explores the rich connections between art and power in this often-overlooked era. The show includes many new discoveries and works displayed in public for the first time, many on loan from the stately homes for which they were originally made. Tickets £16.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
15 GENDERS: Shaping and Breaking the Binary at Science Gallery, London Bridge
Until 28 June
GENDERS at Science Gallery London is a playful and kaleidoscopic view of gender today, explored through the lenses of art and science. The free season will bring together artists, social scientists, biologists, neuroscientists and activists, drawing on interdisciplinary research from King’s College London and reflecting the understanding of many scientists that gender is both biological and cultural. Artworks will immerse visitors in individual and collective stories, considering themes such as the role of technology in gender expression, how gaming and roleplay can help us consider different perspectives, and how changing social norms are demanding more fluid understandings of the female and male ‘binaries’.
Great Maze Pond, London Bridge SE1 9GU; london.sciencegallery.com
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