What’s On In London This Weekend | 24th – 26th January 2020
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Looking for more great things to do in London this weekend? Check out our guides to art exhibitions on now; recently opened restaurants and your January Agenda.
FRIDAY 24th January 2020
Lunar New Year Banquet with the Dinner Ladies
2020 is the year of the rat. And if you can smell something, it’s probably the delicious feast that supperclub pros The Dinner Ladies are cooking up in its honour. They’ll be putting together a four course Chinese feast to ring in the new year, with welcome cocktails and live entertainment.
Details: 24th January | Secret London Location | £33
The people at Chiswick House must have been wondering what to do with their 65 acres of grounds this month.
Then somebody had a lightbulb moment.
They’ve filled the huge estate with a spectacular trail of lanterns, lights and interactive installations. You can expect glowing musical eggs, rainbow tunnels, a field of 70,000 roses and epic projections onto the house itself – all alongside acrobats, street food and live music… READ MORE
Details: 22nd January – 1st March | Chiswick House Gardens, W4 2QN | £20
The Little Orchestra
Beethoven never heard some of the music he wrote.
But by all accounts he was still a pretty solid composer – and his music sounds even better when it’s played in a spine-tinglingly intimate and special setting by an orchestra who specialise in taking the pomp and stuffiness out of classical concerts… READ MORE
Details: 24th & 25th January | Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN | £25/£45pp for a sofa
The Actual Reality Arcade
If you’ve ever wanted to play games like Pac Man, Tetris, Space Invaders, or Donkey Kong in virtual reality, then tough luck. Because this weekend you can play them in actual realty, thanks to the Actual Realty Arcade. It’s a festival-hopping interactive game zone throw together with inventive craft & creativity, and it’s all free to play…
Details: 15th-26th January | The Former Royal Mail Delivery Office, Malthouse Road, Nine Elms, SW8 5DD | Free
SATURDAY 25th January 2020
Help A Mate – Aussie Bush Fire Crisis Fundraiser
Helping to raise funds for the bushfires in Aus right now, Pressure Drop Brewery are holding a party. It’ll involve a ton of kegs donated by top-shelf craft breweries, and a ‘Mega Raffle’ which, really is going to be pretty amazing. There are literally dozens upon dozens of prizes to be won. There’ll be bar tabs, festival tickets, cases of wine, lunches, art pieces, and a lot more. And they even have an actual Aussie (Sienna) who’ll be hosting a sausage sizzle and a bake sale.
Details: 25th January, 12pm- 8pm | Unit 6, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Rd, N17 9QP
Raise A Glass To Robert Burns
Whether you decide to pay tribute to the Scottish bard with whisky, haggis, dancing, or a combination of all three, we’ve rounded up the best spots in London in which to do so. Take a wee peek at yer Burns Night Guide.
Calçotada at Brindisa
It takes a lot of skill to do the Catalan Calçotada festival justice.
Luckily, the people at Brindisa really know their onions.
Every weekend from January to March, their Shoreditch and Battersea restaurants will be holding traditional feasts in honour of the calçot (a long, green onion), scorching them over an open flame and serving them up with fresh romesco sauce. And to go with the main dish, there’ll be roasted poussin, grilled Spanish artichokes, flame-roasted veg and jugs full of cava…
Details: Weekends from 18th January | Brindisa Shoreditch & Battersea| £35
Winter Lights – last chance!
Not to be outdone by the flurry of interactive light shows that have been dazzling the capital of late, Canary Wharf has brought back their annual outdoor exhibition of luminous artwork. This year, you’ll find a giant illuminated storm cloud made of foam; a kaleidoscopic video screen made from 7,344 recycled plastic milk bottles; an infinitely reflected tunnel of light; an illuminated ‘bra tree’; and a huge, high-tech canvas that allows you to paint with light. And this Saturday is the last chance you’ll have to see them…
Details: 16th – 25th January | Throughout Canary Wharf | Free
SUNDAY 26th January 2020
World Championship of Ping Pong
It takes a lot of balls to enter Ping Pong’s most prestigious tournament. And you can watch the competitors in action at Ally Pally this month, who are hosting two days of fast and furious wiff waff that’ll be broadcast around the world.
Details: 25th & 26th January | Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | From £21.05
Hidden Jazz Club
The team behind HJC are so dedicated to jazz, they even improvise their venues. They pop up in undisclosed locations around the capital with a rotating roster of talented musicians, ready to soothe your eardrums with ever-changing set lists in intimate and atmospherically-lit settings. READ MORE
Details: 16th & 26th January | Secret Locations | £18
Hot Gin Roof
A light at the end of the tunnel of dry January – or even just regular January – is the Hot Gin Roof pop up, a now annual collaboration between gin slingers Sipsmiths and the bohemian Ham Yard Hotel. They’ll be opening their usually private rooftop up for the month, while Sipsmith take over the bar and serve up a plethora of (both boozy and non-boozy) hot cocktails. READ MORE
Details: 24th January – 29th February | Ham Yard Hotel Rooftop, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
The Light Festival at Battersea
The Light Festival, has just been ported over from Amsterdam to the banks of the Thames by the people at the Light Art Collection. The light art they’ve got lined up has never been seen in the UK before, and they’re showing it for just over a month. It’s all free, and it’s got beautiful, interactive, and mind-blowing installations… READ MORE
Details: Until 16th February | Battersea Power Station,188 Kirtling Street, SW11 8EZ | Free
London International Mime Festival
If you haven’t heard of the London International Mime Festival… well, they’re probably doing something right. For their 44th year, they’re returning to the capital with an incredible line-up – there’s puppetry on a barge; breathtaking physical theatre; silent movies with live jazz accompaniments; a tribute to Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin in the crumbling Wilton’s Music Hall; hand dancing in a miniature set; and a show about two clowns featuring ‘disappointing nudity’.
Details: 8th January – 2nd February | Across London
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