What’s On In London This Weekend
Your Weekend Agenda | 24th-26th November
Linnet’s Kitchen’s Friday Feasts
British street food setup Linnet’s Kitchen have decided to host a Christmas dinner. In a brewery. In November. And sure, the idea might not sound ultra traditional, but it still sounds damn good. You’ll get three courses, some cold (and verrrry fresh) beer to wash then down with, as well as decorations, festive tunes, and all the Christmassy goodness you’d expect.
Details: 24th November | Pillars Brewery, Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, E17 9HQ | £20
Hyper Japan Christmas
Given the out-and-out insanity of Japanese culture, to call this festival Hyper Japan is, if anything, an understatement. And when the festival itself has cosplayers, manga artists, J-pop bands, sake tasting, wasabi demos (trust us, your mind might just be blown) and more, it begins to make sense. And this year’s will also see the launch of the Ramen Experience, allowing you to try four different dishes and understand the differences each one brings to the table.
Details: 24th-26th November | Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF | £15-£43
Hampton Court Ice Rink
Reopening this weekend, the ancient Hampton Court rink comes with the mandatory mulled wine and mince pies (which can be found at the nearby cafe), alongside other delights of the palace grounds, including a cracking maze.
Details: Nov 24th – Jan 7th | Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU | £14
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
More ice rinks, Christmas markets, and fairs, to be specific. And you’ll find them all right HERE.
Details: Throughout November | All across London
Being a Man
What does it mean to be a man? We might not know, but finding out the answer takes balls. And the people onstage at the Southbank’s BAM festival will aim to do just that. There’ll be discussions about masculinity and power, Nordic masculinity, male identity and fatherhood, bullying, porn, teenage knife crime, and music (to name just a few) with speakers including Robert Webb and Simon Amstell.
Details: 24th-26th November | The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX | £20-£50
The Magical Lantern Festival
The Magical Lantern Festival is rolling back into town; bigger, better, and – we don’t mind saying it – at least 19% more magical than last year’s event. This year, the installations an entire city from Song Dynasty China, a colony of penguins on ice, dolphins diving in and out of the water… oh, and a recreation of Noah’s Ark complete with life-size zebras, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and more…
Details: 24th November – 1st January | Chiswick House Gardens, W4 2QN | £11-£18
Christmas At Kew
Let’s be honest. The last thing you want to do at Christmas is spend it in a queue.
You do, however, want to spend it in a Kew – or at least you will, once you’ve heard how they’re transforming an entire 2km stretch of the grounds into an almost unfeasibly magical, after-hours, festive woodland light trail, made up of no fewer than a million individual lights…
Details: Now until January 1st 2018 | Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AE | £16
Midnight Apothecary Goes Down The Shaft
This weekend, MA are bringing you “the four c’s”. They are:
Cocktails, made with seasonal botanicals grown on their rooftop.
Candelight, which is the thing lighting up that rooftop.
Cabaret, presented in the Grand Entrance Hall underground, beneath the Brunel museum, an performed by ukulele-wielding, cross-dressing “master showgirl” Tricity Vogue.
Campfires, over which you can roast complimentary marshmallows.
Details: 25th November | Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £8
Vegans can have a tough time raising awareness.
They can’t just send you loads of spam.
Instead, they prefer to host huge, 500-capacity festivals dedicated to spreading the word about veganism through TED-style talks, delicious (lentil-free) street food, and creative workshops at festivals like Vevolution…
Details: 25th November | The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS | £40
TĀ TĀ Eatery’s Weekend Takeover at Anzu in St James SW1
TĀ TĀ Eatery was founded on Ana and Meng’s shared love of rice. After a few residencies & popups, they’re now putting together a new menu in anticipation of a permanent venue. And you can taste that new menu at Anzu this weekend. It’ll include the likes of grilled iberico pork neck with mussels & caramelised garlic; langoustines with shiso, tobiko, wasabi, and xo sauce; and toasted rice milk pudding with cinnamon, chestnuts, and lemon thyme.
Details: 25th November | Anzu, 1 Norris St. St James’s Market, SW1Y 4RJ | £25pp
Primrose Hill Christmas festival
Primrose Hill gives you one hell of a view over London. And this weekend, that view will be buttressed by live bands, Christmas choirs, street food, craft fair, a dog show (no seriously, a dog show), fairground rides, and a craft fair.
Details: 26th November | Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, NW1
The UK Beatboxing Championship
If you didn’t know what a beatboxing battle was, it would sound extremely violent. And to the brave lip-warriors up on the stage at the Garage this weekend, it might well seem that way. After all, this isn’t just some pre-club throwdown. This is the UK wakka wakka bschk Beatboxing bschk bschk vvvt Championship.
Details: 26th November | 20-22 Highbury Cres, Highbury East, N5 1RD | £9.50-£18.50
Main image:Magical Lantern Festival
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