What’s On In London This Weekend | 12th-14th October 2018
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FRIDAY 12th October 2018
If you’ve been feeling like your nerves are a little too fray-free and un-shredded for your liking lately, then you’ll be delighted to hear about CopyCat. It’s an immersive show themed around a serial killer who mimics the grizzly murder methods of other notorious murderers like him. You’ll have to play detective to try and find out who he is in a show that’s part theatre, part escape room…
Details: 10th October-11th November | 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU | £22.50
Kew Gardens recently restored & reopened their Victorian Temperate House, packing it with over 10k rare and exotic plants in it from across the world. And they’re raising a glass to the fact that they raised all that glass with Temperate Tipples. It’s a chance to sample booze from around the world’s temperate zones while Kew experts fill you in on the effect of climate on taste, the growing process, and more. Expect 12 wines and 6 beers from as far afield as New Zealand, Argentina, Japan, and more.
Details: 12th & 13th October | Kew Gardens, TW9 3AE | £25
The British Film Festival
225 films, from 77 countries, playing at 14 cinemas across 12 days. It’s the BFF, and it’s going to be every film-lover’s bff over the next couple of weeks. There’ll be screenings of big name flicks like Stan & Ollie, The Favourite, and the Cohen’s lates The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, as well as a ton of equally-interesting-but-less-well-known stuff.
Details: 10th-21st October | Across London
As you know, the original Oktoberfest took place in honour of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, which took place in October, but that all subsequent ‘fests were moved to the better weather of September, names notwithstanding. Hence the fact that this vast, beer tented, stein-laden, pretzel & bratwurst-fuelled, dirndl & lederhosen-wearing festival will start this month.
Details: 27th September-28th Oktober | Olympic Park, E20 2ZQ | £15 entry (2-4-1 tickets available until 2nd September)
Peloton House | Partner Content
The folks at Peloton are taking indoor cycling up a gear: their Covent Garden pop up showcase will let you take a free indoor class on one of their cutting-edge HD touchscreen-enabled bikes, all for free. You can drop in, try a bike & a class in one of their themed rooms (designed to mimic the home environment with beds, sofas, the works), or ride with a friend if you’re quick on the day. You can even get a hot shower afterwards.
Details: Until 13th October | 11 Floral St, WC2E 9DH | Free
SATURDAY 13th October 2018
Heist Bank Beer Festival
Paddington’s Heist Bank are holding a wee beer festival, but instead of merely pouring dozens of inventive beers (which they are), they’re also going to have beer games, beer competition, beer bingo, and DJs who, we’re forced to assume, have had some beer.
Details: 12th-14th October | Heist Bank, 5 N Wharf Rd, Paddington, W2 1LA | £15 (incl. 2 beers and a festival glass)
Hip Hop Karaoke at the Tate Modern
I said a hip hop, hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it out, bubba to the bang bang boogie, boobie to the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie the beat.
If those lyrics don’t seems to make a lick of sense to you, then please move on. If however they do stir within you a pent-up desire to lay down some fierce rhymes in front of a roaring crowd …then there’s a place for you at Hip Hop Karaoke’s latest event. It’s taking place at the Tate Modern of all places, and it’s going to be sponsored by FourPure beers, meaning the first 100 people through the door get a free cold one. Much to your delight.
Details: 13th October | Terrace Bar, Bankside, SE1 9TG | £10
Thai BBQ from Farang
This weekend, the Bank of Friendship pub in Highbury are going to be holding a Thai BBQ in their new beer garden, and they’ve roped in nearby Farang (fresh from their recent Michelin Bib Gourmand award) to cater. And given that they’re one of the best Thai restaurants in the UK, they could have chosen worse.
Details: 13th October | Bank of Friendship, 226 Blackstock Road, N5 1EA
The Esquire Townhouse with Breitling | Partner Content
The Esquire Townhouse is back. That’s the good news.
Because after two knockout years, it’s become London’s preeminent pop up private members’ club, packing more into just four days than most clubs pack into an entire calendar year. This October, you can expect lounges, bars, screening rooms, talks (from Peter Crouch, Sir Clive Woodward, Christian Louboutin, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and many more), supper clubs, fitness classes, brunches, and a wine tasting from a three Michelin Star restaurant.
And your membership is free. Plus they’re giving Nudge readers 15% off across ALL events with the code NUDGE15. You know what? It’s pretty much all good news.
Details: 11th-14th October | 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH | Free Membership (15% off across all events with the code NUDGE15)
We can say, with an almost rock-solid certainly that you’ve never been to an event like this before. It’s the UK’s first mermaid marathon, in which teams of tail-clad swimmers will take to the water, and collectively complete 26.2 miles worth of laps. It’s all for charity, and if you want to get involved, all you have to do is sign up. If – for some reason – you don’t have a mermaid tail, you can hire one for a fiver.
Details: 13th October | Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place, SW17 0NE | £10
The booze at Oktoberfests is the best.
As for the food? You have to assume the wurst.
And thankfully, that’s a pretty safe assumption to make at Brixton’s Oktoberfest, which is taking place on the heated, covered Brixton Jamm, and will involve entire steins filled with cocktails, games like ‘Pass ze Parcel’, oompah bands, and a Berlin techno room… READ MORE
Details: Saturdays 13th & 20th October | Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, SW9 6LH | £5-£20
Journey to the Underworld
Starting this weekend, you can go straight to hell. Because the people at Funicular Productions are going to take you there by train. It’s all part of their latest immersive, locomotive-based supperclub experience, and they’ve recruited Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis to feed you onboard… READ MORE
Details: Until 4th November | Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley St, E2 6GS | £53
SUNDAY 14th October 2018
So, once a year the people at the Camden Brewery take one of their staggeringly large, 60 hectolitre beer tanks, attach a tap to it, and use the beer they pour to fuel a huge street party. It’s called a Tank Party, and this year they’ll have two tanks (one lager, one pale ale) plus street food (Butchies fried chicken, Prairie BBQ, Happy Endings ice cream sandwiches, etc.) and live music.
Details: 13th & 14th October | Camden Town Brewery, Wilkin Street Mews 55-59, NW5 3NN | £10 (incl. 3 pints of tank beer)
Do you own a Schnauzer? And if not, do you own a heart? Because if you possess either of these things, then the Schnauzerfest might just be for you. It’s a fundraising drive to help raises money for dogs saved from terrible backgrounds. Money raised goes directly to the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre who look after dogs born in puppy farms. Also, it’s a really good excuse to get dozens upon dozens of Schnauzers in the same place at the same time for one big walk.
Details: 14th October | Hampstead Heath
Death By Misadventure
Dying of laughter. Swallowing toothpicks. Jumping into volcanoes to prove your own immortality. People have died in some pretty bizarre ways over the centuries, and Robert Stephenson knows pretty much all of them – and he’ll share the best in a hilariously morbid talk this October. It all takes place in a cemetery, and your ticket includes a cocktail…
Details: 14th October | Brompton Cemetery Chapel, Brompton Road, SW10 9UG | £12 (incl. a cocktail)
The Turul Project
One to file under ‘intriguing’, the Turul project has already had one pop up that was apparently quite well received. This sophomore will follow the same lines as the first: Hungarian food paired with fine wines. You can expect everything from Mangalitza (“the Kobe beef of pork”), to the devilishly spiced mushroom ‘Paprikash’.
Details: 12th & 13th October | 1 Ethelburga Street, SW11 4AG | £40
The Lost Lectures have decided to hold their next series of mind-benders in a massive former power station. It’s going to be insane, but the short version is that it’ll involve floor-to-ceiling projections, cocktails bars, street food, and a quartet of keynote speakers each night including beatbox champions, hallucinogenics experts, grime photographers, and ‘The Secret Barrister’ himself. Oh, and Nudge readers are getting 20% off ticket… READ MORE
Details: Until 27th October | Somewhere Secret in Zone 2 | £25pp (get 20% off with code NUDGE20)
Main image: The Temperate House at Kew Gardens
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