What’s On In London This Weekend | 21st February – 23rd February 2020
Main image: Slices of Time
FRIDAY 21st February 2020
In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer
Playwright and broadcaster Bonnie Greer will be exploring the history and importance of the Caribbean and its global diaspora, with a panel of cultural commentators and experts.
Details: 21st February, 6.30-9pm | British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG | £12
See the Late Opening of the New Steve McQueen Exhibition
For most people, directing an Academy Award-winning film like 12 Years A Slave would be the apex of anyone’s career. But artist and director Steve McQueen has been making ground-breaking films for over two decades, netting the Turner Prize in 1999 and branching into photography and sculpture while he’s at it. Today, the Tate Modern opens its first major exhibition of his work in over 20 years, featuring 14 inspiring works – including the first film he shot on a Super 8 camera.
And this Friday? The exhibition opens until 10pm.
Details: Until May 11th | Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG | £13
Sing-a-Long to Grease at The Prince Charles Cinema
If you’ve got chills that are multiplying, or perhaps you’re even looooooosing control, then we’ve got the event for you: the Prince Charles Cinema are going to hold a sing-a-long screening of Grease. Dressing up is encouraged. Singing is basically mandatory.
Details: 21st February | The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY | £17
In English folklore, the leaves of an aspen tree are said to grant the wearer the ability to visit the underworld and – importantly – return safely. Which in a fairly literal way is what you can do at Bar Aspen. Because it’s a subterranean natural wine speakeasy, popping up for just one day a week (Fridays) in a hidden Camden cellar. And it’s got live music. READ MORE
Details: Fridays until 28th February | The Cellars at Music & Beans, 82 Camden High St., NW1 0LT
As we’ve suspected for some time now, the old tunnels beneath Waterloo station are a hotbed of criminal activity.
At least, they are on Friday nights between 10.50pm and midnight.
See, that’s when you can join the Moonlight Hustle. One of many great shows taking place at this year’s VAULT Festival, it’s a fast-paced interactive dive into the city’s underbelly of organised crime… READ MORE
Details: Fridays until 20th March | The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN | £17
SATURDAY 22nd February 2020
Dance a Raucous Ceilidh in a Brewery
Given how notoriously difficult it is to organise things in breweries, Fiddle Paradiddle have kept things simple – so just a full night of Scottish dancing for 50 people, a rambunctious live band, callers to teach you the steps, and a wealth of beers on tap that have been brewed in the very same room.
Details: 22nd February | Southwark Brewing Company, 46 Druid Street, London, SE1 2EZ | From £20
Ironically, the Ugly Supperclub is looking quite good.
It’s a Thai-inspired banquet from the man behind the Ugly Duck street food stall (which tends to swan around in Bermondsey). You’ll find it at the Holy Trinity Church in south east London, and you’ll get seven courses of regional Thai food including short-rib curry with wild ginger; green mango salad; aged steak larb; and charred sugar snaps.
Details: 22d February | Holy Trinity Church, 66 Lennard road, SE20 7LX | £35
What do you get when you bring together ten of the city’s finest pizzerias? A leaning tower of pizza. Or, if you’re as organised as Hawker House, a huge festival of dough-toppers, pitting London’s best pizza traders against each other in a two-day extravaganza. For your part, you’ll need to sample each of their wares (available by the slice, with plenty of vegetarian & vegan options on offer) before picking your top of the toppings.
Details: 21st & 22nd February | Hawker House, Canada Street, London, SE16 7PJ | £8-15
COLAB have played an absolute blinder with their newest immersive theatre show. You’ll be part of a criminal network in 1920s London, trying to broker a deal with the Italian gang leader Sabini and his West End Boys. There’ll be boxing matches to gamble on, traitors to win over, and an almost ever-present threat of violence to contend with, putting you in complete control of your storyline. Plus, you can dress up for the night and feel suave AF.
Details: Wednesday – Sunday throughout February | King William IV, 16 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AD | £28
SUNDAY 23rd February 2020
Hidden Jazz Club
Jazz bars are, by their nature, pretty hard to keep quiet…
But the Hidden Jazz Club seems to have managed it, appearing all over the world in unusual settings and venues. And this Sunday, they’ll be appearing somewhere in Shoreditch…
Details: 23rd February | A Secret Location | £18
Puff The Bakery
F**k magic dragons.
If you’re going to check out Puff anything, it should be the bakery popping up for three Sundays in February at Passo in Shoreditch. Why? Caramel, vanilla & choc mille feuille, frangipane tarts, hot rice pudding, and Viennoiserie pastries. That’s why.
Details: 9th February-1st March | Passo, 80 City Road, EC1Y 2AS
Orchids at Kew
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew
Indonesia has over 5,000 different species of orchid scattered across its 17,500 islands. And Kew have done a pretty good job of squeezing most of them into one of its greenhouses. They’ve been putting on an orchid festival for a quarter of a century, so they’ve got the flower arranging down to a fine art…
Details: Until 8th March | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB | From £16.50
Slices of Time
Fancy a slice of time?
You’ll probably want seconds.
Because famed artist Emmanuelle Moureaux has unveiled an exhibition all about the past, present, and future quite appropriately over in Greenwich. And it’s completely free.
Details: Until 19th April 2020 | NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ | Free
What is this an invitation to, exactly? Well, it’s the next show from Secret Theatre, which has just sold out its run in Hong Kong and is now settling in to the 5* Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel. You’ll be required to don a mask before entering an exclusive club committed to the debauched and the occult. Described as Eyes Wide Shut meets SE7EN, there’ll be a sinful dinner (prepared by Simon Shand at The Corner Room restaurant); passwords to exchange; live music to enjoy and deadly secrets to uncover… READ MORE
Details: Wednesday-Sunday throughout February | Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF | From £39
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