SHOP FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Smart Works Fashion Sale
Smart Works is the charity that helps women gain the confidence they need to secure employment. Through bespoke dressing consultations, women are given a stylish interview outfit followed by a one-to-one coaching session with an expert coach. On Saturday 9th October it’ll host its annual fashion sale at Rich Mix in Shoreditch where shoppers can browse through a selection of designer, vintage and sample items from some of our favourite brands, like Celine, ME+EM and Rixo – all of which are heavily discounted. With four timings throughout the day, book your hour-long slot to find some hidden gems. All proceeds will go to Smart Works; tickets start from £5.
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA
GET CREATIVE: OKA Pop-Up
We love OKA’s timeless furniture and home accessories, especially their armchairs and statement lampshades, so we were very excited to hear the brand is hosting an immersive pop-up this weekend at Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell. Taking place from Friday 8th to Sunday 9th October, the pop-up will showcase OKA’s new autumn/winter collection with a series of workshops, talks and masterclasses. Floral stylist Willow Crossley is hosting a workshop on how to arrange faux flowers, event planner Fiona Leahy will be sharing her top entertaining tips, and sisters Hermione and Ellie Gee (the duo behind Hum London) will show attendees how to hand-paint their own lampshades with colourful patterns. Watch the live demos from OKA’s skilled master craftsman, then treat yourself to a slice of cake and coffee from the refreshments stall. Entry is free; workshops start from £75 and include an exclusive OKA tote decorated in one of the brand’s signature prints.
The Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0NA
WATCH AN IMPORTANT PLAY: Is God Is, Royal Court Theatre
It’s Black History Month and there’s a roster of cultural events happening around the UK to mark the occasion. If you haven’t had a chance to see Aleshea Harris’s award-winning play, now’s the time to do so. Running at Royal Court Theatre in Chelsea until Saturday 23rd October, Is God Is spans several genres, including Greek tragedy, spaghetti western, hip-hop and Afropunk. When a letter arrives from the mother they thought was dead, 21-year-old twins Racine and Anaia travel from America’s South to California to avenge their past and take down anyone who stands in their way. As with every production at Royal Court Theatre, on Mondays every seat in the theatre is £12, otherwise tickets start from £14.
Sloane Square, Chelsea, SW1W 8AS
WATCH A FEEL-GOOD FILM: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
If you’re after a feel-good film to watch this weekend, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has just landed on Amazon Prime. Inspired by true events, the film is an adaptation of the award-winning West End musical. Jamie (Max Harwood) is a teenager in a blue-collar English town with a dream of life on stage. While his classmates plan their lives after graduation, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret ambition to be a proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But it’s not all rainbows for Jamie as his dad and some ignorant school kids attempt to rain on his dreams. A must for all musical theatre lovers.
DITCH BRUNCH FOR THIS: Secret Yoga Club At The London Edition
As part of The London Edition’s wellness programme, Secret Yoga Club are hosting yoga sessions at the hotel every other Saturday from 11am-12:15pm. The next class takes place on Saturday 9th October – ideal if you’re looking to get back into the gym or try something a bit different. Classes are taught by a range of yogis (this week Sweet Human Being is leading the session) accompanied by a DJ and live music, intended to set the tone and energise your body for the weekend ahead. You don’t need to have any prior experience to get involved, classes are suitable for all abilities and will include modifications for those trying yoga for the first time. The best part? All proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee to aid the crisis in Afghanistan. Donations start from £15.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
GET READY TO DANCE: Printworks
Printworks on Surrey Quays Road has just announced its autumn/winter line-up of events and gigs. The nightclub, which used to be a printing house for various newspapers, has plenty to look forward to – deep house and electro fans, you’re in for a treat. From Saturday 9th October until next year, there’s a new gig every Saturday featuring some of the UK’s most successful – and up-and-coming –DJs. Big names include Joel Corry, Jax Jones, Kurupt FM, Gorgon City, MK, Sub Focus, Sonny Fodera and a Sink the Pink extravaganza starring MNEK and drag queen Jodie Harsh. Tickets start from £15.
Surrey Quays Road, Surrey Quays, SE16 7PJ
LEARN ABOUT SELF-CARE: You Deserve Better By Anne-Marie
Singer-song writer Anne-Marie has just released her first book, You Deserve Better. Covering a range of topics from body image and mental health to being successful at work and learning what real friendship is about, the book has plenty of self-care tips that Anne-Marie lives by. With anecdotes from her career to date, you’ll also find out how she stays grounded, navigates social media and how therapy has transformed her life. A self-help guide with plenty of no-nonsense advice, we anticipate this book will be making its way around friendship groups very soon.
BOOKMARK THIS COOL POP-UP: Accidentally Wes Anderson X The Old Bank Vault
From Saturday 16th October, The Old Bank Vault gallery in Shoreditch opens an immersive pop-up exhibition with @AccidentallyWesAnderson, the Instagram sensation run by Wally Korval which posts pictures of real-world scenes that look like they could be straight out of the director’s films. The account, which has amassed an impressive following of 1.5m on Insta, is showcasing a selection of prints to celebrate the real Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The French Dispatch (in cinemas on Thursday 21st October). Visitors can also browse some cool merch, including Wally Korval’s book and a range of limited-edition prints. The exhibition will run until Sunday 7th November; tickets are free.
283 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, E2 8NA
BRING THE GIRLS HERE: Troxy
Iconic East London venue Troxy has finally opened its doors after 18 months of pandemic-induced closure. As well as a new line-up of events and gigs to look forward to, the venue itself has had a slick makeover with even more sparkle and glitter. On Saturday 9th October, Troxy will be turned into prismatic jungle for ‘IllumiNaughty: Shamanic Tales’, an immersive techno night featuring a string of top DJs like Atrix and Neill Moore. On Saturday 23rd October, the space will play host to the ‘Festival of the Dead’ for Halloween with a high-octane mix of circus performances and clubbing anthems. With a different show every Saturday until the end of the year, tickets (from £30) are expected to sell out quickly.
490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HX
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Kaleidoscope: A Celebration of Colour, Connaught Village
From today until Sunday 10th October, Connaught Village in Hyde Park is hosting a special exhibition to celebrate the life and works of artist Halima Nałęcz. There will also be selected works by other associated artists, including British sculptor Michael Sandle (who has exhibited at the Royal Academy), Adam Bottomly, Bokani, Andrew Flint Shipman, Hannah Clansey and Theo Platt. Celebrating colour, expect a vibrant selection of artwork, all of which will be available to purchase during the weekend. Tickets are free.
14 Porchester Place, St George's Fields, Marble Arch, W2 2BS
ORDER THIS DISH: Napoli Gang's Pink Burrata For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
To mark breast cancer awareness month, SL favourite Napoli Gang (who make seriously good pizza) have created the ‘Boob-Rata’, a pink burrata filled with hot-pink beetroot hummus. Available for the rest of the month via UberEats and Deliveroo, all proceeds go to CoppaFeel! which raises awareness of breast cancer among young people. With branches in Wood Green, Wandsworth, Kentish Town and Bethnal Green, if you’re lucky enough to live near a Napoli Gang, add on antipasti sides and a truffle, cheese or pepperoni pizza.
BRING THE GIRLS HERE: Park Chinois
In need of a fun Saturday night out or have a special occasion to celebrate? Mayfair institution Park Chinois has just launched a season of immersive shows. From Wednesday to Saturday every week, diners can enjoy a meal at the Asian restaurant – inspired by 1930s Shanghai – alongside a series of shows featuring aerial acts, dancers, and singers. Revolving around the theme of ‘rebirth’, expect exciting performances with great cocktails and Chinese dishes. Our pick? The new ‘Dim Sum Afternoon’ experience (£85pp), where diners can enjoy a glass of champagne and three-course meal consisting of small plates of dim sum and dishes like sweet and sour prawns with caramelised pineapple, stir-fried chicken with ginger sauce, and seasonal desserts created by the resident pastry chef.
17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA