15 cool things to do this weekend in London from learning the Japanese art of ikebana to watching England take on Scotland in the Six Nations at Twickenham Stadium
Lead image: Slices of Time by Emmanuelle Moureaux
1 Slices of Time at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
5 February-17 April
As part of its on-going Design Commission, NOW Gallery has selected Emmanuelle Moureaux – who has been seducing audiences with her colourful works from Paris to Tokyo – to present a large-scale installation in the UK for the first time. Inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to Prime Meridian, Moureaux has composed of layers of numbers in 100 shades of colours and white to express the flow of time. Each layer of numbers reflects the now, the past and the future, and the exhibition will be a round representation of a moment, a slice of time – the earth floating in the gallery space. The installation will also offer visitors the time to remember a significant date – write down your chosen date and why it is important in coloured pen, and stick the piece of paper along a timeline on the window of the gallery to create a kaleidoscope of colour.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
2 Ikebana Workshop at Japan House London, Kensington
funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk is hosting a meditative floral workshop at Japan House London in partnership with renowned Ikebana expert Tomoko Sempo Yanagi. Ikebana – a form of flower art that focuses on the symbolism and seasonality of each bloom to create striking arrangements – is a highly regarded self-care practice in Japan. Mindfulness will be a key component during the workshop, with guests encouraged to admire the beauty, shape, textures and colours of each flower while classical Japanese string music plays in the background. Tomoko, chairwoman of the longest-standing Ikebana school in Japan, will introduce the art form, give a live demonstration, and then it’s time for you to create your own arrangement with support from specialised Ikebana florists. 2pm-4pm. Tickets £20 (click here to buy).
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk
3 Guinness Six Nations Scotland vs England Screening at Twickenham Stadium
Where better to enjoy the excitement of the Guinness Six Nations than at England’s home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium? Don’t let the fact that the England vs Scotland game is being played at Murrayfield spoil your fun – just head to the Clubhouse Bar & Kitchen at Twickenham Stadium to watch the game on multiple screens. And not just that, you can watch Ireland v Wales too. The Clubhouse Bar & Kitchen opens at 1pm for the Six Nations double screening, with IRE v WAL kicking off and 2.15pm and ENG v SCO at 4.45pm. Tickets cost £20, including a burger & chips and live music for an hour after the final whistle. The bar closes at 7.30pm.
200 Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA; twickenhamstadium.com
4 Tay Tay Bottomless Brunch at The Great Exhibition, East Dulwich
Celebrate the pop power house that is Taylor Swift with a belter of a bottomless brunch featuring prizes, lip sync battles, games and musical numbers to hep you shake it off. Taking place at The Great Exhibition in collaboration with Impossible Things Entertainment, the event will feature three hours of bottomless booze (farewell Dry Jan!), with food served between 11am and 12.30pm (make sure you arrive by 12pm at the latest). Tickets are £35, covering food and drink (click here to book). Note: This event will also take place at The Owl & Hitchhiker Pub on Holloway Road on 22 February and at The Aeronaut in Acton on 9 May.
193 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich SE22 9EP; greatexhibition.pub
5 Russian State Ballet of Siberia at New Wimbledon Theatre
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will perform three ballets at New Wimbledon Theatre this month. On Thursday 6 February it’s Coppélia, a charming tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers set in a doll maker’s workshop, followed by Sleeping Beauty, the classic story of love, innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score, on Friday 7 February. Finally, on Saturday 8 February, it’s Swan Lake, the most romantic ballet of all time, where the black swan and the swan queen battle for the prince’s heart. Tickets from £13.
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG; atgtickets.com
6 Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience, South Bank
7 February-21 May
The Van Gogh Museum’s blockbuster Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience is an interactive and multisensory experience that allows you to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most iconic artist. The fragile nature of Van Gogh’s original works prevents them from travelling beyond the Museum walls, but this experience ensures the collection can continue to enrich and inspire audiences across the world. Upon entering the experience, a fully-automated audio-guide, breathtaking projections, interactive installations, state-of-the-art set-work and a compelling narrative will transport you through the most important phases of Vincent’s life: from his childhood in the Netherlands to the streets and studios of Paris, the golden countryside of Arles, his asylum in St. Rémy and the wheat field where he fatally wounded himself. Tickets £18-£21.
99 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PP; meetvincent.com
7 Revenge at Greenwich Theatre
Louise Jameson (EastEnders, Doctor Who, Bergerac) will direct a new stage production of Robin Hawdon’s suspense-filled thriller, Revenge, opening at Greenwich Theatre this month. Revenge tells the story of Bill Crayshaw MP, who leads a charmed life – hailed in the corridors of Parliament, lauded in business, and loved at home – until he returns from a business trip to find his party agent has been killed. Was it a tragic accident, or something more sinister? Mary Stewart is determined to find out, and she seems prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to discover the truth. But what is her motive? Journalism, blackmail, seduction or… revenge? Performances 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 3pm). Tickets £16.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
8 Aurora Lock-In: Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds, King’s Cross
Experience Mozart’s delightful masterpiece for piano and winds performed in-the-round in the intimate, relaxed setting of an Aurora Lock-In. here, you can lie back on a cushion and savour this rarely performed gem in a revelatory late-night series complete with bar service throughout.Composed in 1784, the quintet is scored for an unusual combination of piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, and was a firm favourite of the composer himself, who reported the work had ‘received the most remarkable applause’ at its premiere. Doors 9.15pm, music 9.30pm. Ticket £9.50 (click here to book).
Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King’s Cross N1 9AG; kingsplace.co.uk
9 Bayou Bar’s Takeover Sundays with PEP Kitchen, Tooting
The Street Food Union team is supporting a number of start-up food businesses at their Tooting Bayou Bar site with a new Sunday takeover slot where entrepreneurs can create their own unique pop-up experiences. This weekend, PEP Kitchen will be hosting ‘PEP-MEX’, an all plant-based Mexican street food menu showcasing their high quality frozen meal. Street Food Union actively mentors its traders in finance, product buying, festival events and more. Early Bird tickets £15 (click here to book), walk ins welcome. 11am-9pm.
Unit 4-10, Broadway Market, Tooting SW17 0RL; facebook.com/bayoubarlondon
10 South London Style Makers Market, Upper Norwood
South London Style Makers Market returns with its second free indoor market for homeware, fashion and gifts, this time at Upper Norwood Library Hub. The market will focus on exhibiting the creations of 23 local makers, with marbled paper lampshades, handmade gold jewellery, personalised sweatshirts, dried flower arrangements, original art work, hand-poured scented candles, handmade ceramics and more. Entry is free (click here to register).
Westow Hill SE19 1TJ; asouthlondon.style
11 Civilised Sundays at Jikoni, Marylebone
This weekend, Ravinder Bhogal launches the second series of the sell-out Civilised Sundays programme at her Marylebone restaurant Jikoni, welcoming a stellar line-up of speakers from the worlds of food, literature and the arts. For each of the talks, Ravinder has woven together a menu which plays tribute to her guest’s heritage, story and favourite foods. On Sunday 9 February, Ravinder will be joined by award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney CBE, who combines Asian and other worldwide influences with elements of jazz and electronica. Sawhney, who has scored approximately 60 films, numerous TV series and has made over 20 studio albums, will be at Jikoni talking about his forthcoming album and highlights from a career spent working with the likes of Paul McCartney to Brian Eno. Next, on 15 March, Ravinder will host novelist Salman Rushdie. Tickets £85 (click here to book).
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 3DH; jikonilondon.com
12 Frock Me! Vintage Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Frock Me! vintage fair, established in 1997, returns to the magnificent setting of Chelsea Old Town Hall for its first fair of 2020. The show will host over 60 of the best dealers in vintage fashion, textiles and accessories with fashion from the early 1900s, alongside vintage designer labels from Biba, Ossie Clark, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and more. Popular among fashion designers and costumiers, the fair is considered one of the best spots to shop for vintage in London. 11am-5pm. Entry £5.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE; frockmevintagefashion.com
13 Eat, Laugh + Sleep at Mama London, Bethnal Green
9 February-8 March
Mama London, an accessible boutique hotel by Mama Shelter that opened its doors in September last year, is launching an all new comedy programme to brighten up Sunday evenings. Eat, Laugh + Sleep launches on Sunday 9 February with a limited offer deal – if guests dine at the hotel restaurant and the bill comes to £90, they will get one bedroom complimentary stay that same evening! On the 9th, Tom Ward, who was signed by Comedy Central and supported Jack Whitehall on tour last year, will take to the stage, alongside Eshaan Akbar, who regularly appears on Mock The Week and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. Tom has been making a name for himself with his inventive style incorporating his voice-over talents and improvisation, while Eshaan’s comedy is all about demystifying Islam and making it OK to laugh about culture and religion. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Entry is free (click here to reserve your spot).
437 Hackney Road E2 8PP; mamashelter.com
14 Brown’s Hotel’s Mayfair Art Walks
Hosted by BBC Art Correspondent and art curator Maeve Doyle, Brown’s Hotel’s bespoke walking art tours of Mayfair are designed for aspiring artists and contemporary critics alike. Doyle will lead the way around Mayfair’s well-known and hidden galleries, before joining you for a glass of champagne and a three-course lunch at Charlie’s, the new restaurant at Brown’s led by Chef Adam Byatt. Prior to the tour, you can enjoy tea or coffee in The Drawing Room at Brown’s Hotel. Tickets are £85pp and the tours are bookable through Brown’s Hotel reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 020 7518 4172. From 10.30am. The next Art Walk takes place on Saturday 28 March.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BP; roccofortehotels.com
15 Polo Bar 24 Hour Bottomless Brunch, Liverpool Street
From 27 January
Polo Bar on Liverpool Street has just launched London’s very first 24-hour bottomless brunch. Available all day every day of the week – because who knows when those brunch cravings will hit? – you can choose from the likes of the Polo Bar signature breakfast special (an English breakfast with a Polo Bar twist), Eggs Benedict, the famous Polo Bar Cookies & Cream pancakes to share, or create your own DIY breakfast platter featuring your favourite English brekkie bits. And to drink? Choose from bottomless prosecco, bottomless beer and more. £24pp for 1.5 hours.
176 Bishopsgate EC2M 4NQ; polo24hourbar.co.uk