What’s On In London This Weekend | 21st-23rd September 2018
Oops, London did it again, lining up a veritable trove of things to do this weekend, from listening to lead philosophers and thinkers in a Hampstead Heath yurt, to dancing to Japanese pop surrounded by anime, attending a concert that’s literally beneath the Thames, and having a snoop round London’s only lighthouse. It’s your weekend guide…
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FRIDAY 21st September 2018
Farrow & Ball’s Colour Installation
England’s famously elegant paint-makers, Farrow & Ball, have announced nine new tones.
And to celebrate, they’re painting the town – well, quite a few colours, in fact.
Because as part of the upcoming London Design Festival, they’ve taken over the cavernous space that is Village Underground, and filled it with a series of multisensory installations and graffiti murals created using the new hues. Each immersive setting is inspired by the history of each colour – and once you’ve finished exploring, there are regular talks from colour expert Joa Studholme on how to bring them all into your home.
Details: 20-23rd September, 10-6pm | Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ | Free entry, register HERE
The UK’s First Gin Bakery
Portobello Road is getting a gin bakery for three days this weekend, courtesy of cake-fiends Pearl & Groove. They’ll be slinging juniper-laced goodies like gin & elderflower cupcakes; gin & rose lemonade drizzle cakes; and gin & pink grapefruit tonic cheesecakes. And GBBO winner Sophie Faldo will be there to launch the shop on Friday.
Details: 21st-23rd September (Fri 9:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm) | Pearl & Groove, 341 Portobello Road, W10 5SA
Soane Lates: Crude Hints
Once upon a time, the architect John Soane wrote a book (‘Crude Hints’) speculating on what visitors might think of his uninhabited house centuries after he built it. And on this tour of his uninhabited house centuries after he built it, you can see how accurate he was, as you’re taken on a candlelit, after-hours journey through the elaborately decorated rooms, encountering bizarre, time-travelling characters en route, before finishing up with a nerve-steadying themed cocktail in one of the oldest rooms in the house.
Details: 21st September | 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP | £20
Bascule Chamber Concerts
Music under the Thames.
It’s far from mainstream.
In fact, the Bascule Chambers are probably one of the more unusual places to catch a concert in London, considering they’re the huge, underground caverns that hold the counterweights used to lever Tower Bridge up and down. And since it’ll be lowered all weekend, they’re opening up the space for a series of atmospheric live music nights…
Details: 20th-23rd September | Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP | From £15
SATURDAY 22nd September 2018
Harvest Pizza & Aperitivo Night
The Skip Garden is an urban community garden perched by King’s Cross.
But luckily, what it grows is far from rubbish.
And to prove it, they’re celebrating their first autumn harvest by firing up the ovens and topping pizzas with freshly picked produce – served alongside Italian aperitivo cocktails, antipasti, and crackling fires to gather round.
Details: 22nd September, from 6.30pm | The Skip Garden, Tapper Walk, N1C 4AQ | £18.11
Open House Weekend
Open Houses is back for an annual nose around, this year allowing you to wander round buildings like London’s only lighthouse; a 1960s trolley factory; The London Animal Hospital; 10 Downing Street; Brixton Windmill; the Freemasons’ Hall; and a lot of jaw-dropping flats and houses that look like something straight out of Grand Designs.
Details: 22nd-23rd September | Across London | Free
The Conflict Cafe’s Burmese Supperclub
The Conflict Cafe was established with the aim of highlighting “cuisines & conflicts” from some of the more troubled parts of the world, while demonstrating the power of shared food to bring people together. Hence, you can expect to be seated next to strangers (in the atmospheric tunnels under Waterloo) while eating food from Anglo-Burmese cook Cordelia Peel, including slow cooked beef with lemongrass, tamarind aubergine salad, and coconut & rum ice cream.
Details: 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd September | House of Vans, 228-232 Station Approach Rd, SE1 8SW | £48
SUNDAY 23rd September 2018
The Far East gets a little closer this weekend, when an immersive, Japanese-themed pop up arrives at Clapton restaurant My Neighbours The Dumplings, mixing the traditional with the futuristic. During the day, you’ll be able to try your hand at Japanese arts and crafts, sip green tea, watch films and play retro video games; while the evening gives way to a DJ-fuelled, neon-lit party with matcha cocktails, sake, and dancefloors backlit with projections of classic anime and 80s Japanese adverts.
Details: 23rd September, 12-11.30pm | My Neighbours the Dumplings, 165 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EQ | Free entry, pre-register HERE
Billed as the world’s largest music and philosophy festival, HTLGI drafts in a roster of fantastic speakers, from psychologist Stephen Pinker to writer Deborah Levy, for a weekend of discussion, debate and ideas at the beautiful Kenwood House. Oh, and that’s all alongside live music; cocktails; waterside banquets; workshops; a candlelit, pop up cinema screening independent docs; and comedy, cabaret and DJs to see the night out – all hosted in a cluster of yurts on Hampstead Heath, overlooking the rest of London. READ MORE
Details: 22nd & 23rd September | Kenwood House, NW3 7JR | £118 for the weekend; £78 Saturday or £48 Sunday
It already sounds like its blowing its own trumpet.
And as the 5th annual Tootopia festival proves, it’s perfectly justified. Hop on the Foodie Trail or Thirst Quest to tour the best restaurants and bars in the area (all with special offers, of course); before taking in the street food takeover; the secret pop up cinema in a pub; free gigs in the market; tours around the stunning listed Granada Theatre; Tooting wine tastings; supper clubs; jazz outside an old church; cocktail classes; quizzes, and more.
Details: 21st-23rd September | Across Tooting | Mostly free entry, find ticketed events HERE
Main image: Bascule Chamber Concerts
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