GO TO A LIVE PODCAST RECORDING:
The Guilty Feminist at Soho Theatre
Comedian Deborah Frances-White started The Guilty Feminist podcast back in 2015 to talk to her friends about being a better feminist – and confessing the things that made her feel guilty. Eight years later, the podcast is now recorded in front of a live audience around the world. The next series will be recorded at Soho Theatre today until Saturday 7th January. Topics range from women in comedy to the protests in Iran. Tickets start from £18.
21 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3NE
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Strange Clay Exhibition at Hayward Gallery
Don’t miss this exhibition at Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery which is on display until the end of the week. Strange Clay celebrates the medium’s potential through a collection of large-scale sculptures and smaller objects, ranging from fantastical creatures to uncanny representations of the everyday. Visitors can see works from 23 international artists, including Salvatore Arancio, Leilah Babirye, Jonathan Baldock, Lubna Chowdhary and Emma Hart. Look out for the impressive installation by American ceramic artist Betty Woodman. Tickets cost £15.
Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX; until Sunday 8th January
MEET THE GIRLS:
Retroglow Studios Fitness Class at One Hundred Shoreditch
Need an incentive to kick off your 2023 fitness journey? East London-based Retroglow Studios is hosting a series of fitness classes followed by a boozy brunch every Sunday this month at One Hundred Shoreditch’s rooftop bar and terrace. Guests can choose from two of the studio’s 55-minute classes: – 90s LIIT & Stretch which includes 40 minutes of low impact interval training followed by 15 minutes of stretching, all set to 90s bangers; and 80s Power Ballad Pilates to leave you feeling strong and rejuvenated. After the class, you can enjoy brunch at The Rooftop with dishes like Turkish eggs with garlic yoghurt and aubergine, mushroom tacos, or French toast with peaches and mascarpone – all served with bottomless fizz. Tickets cost £50pp.
The Rooftop, 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ
BOOK AHEAD FOR VEGANUARY:
Gopal's Corner x Market Halls Pongal Feast
On Saturday 14th January, Malaysian kitchen Gopal's Corner is hosting London’s biggest ‘Pongal Feast’ at Market Halls Oxford Street. A celebration to mark Veganuary, Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal (the Tamil harvest festival), guests can expect a session of feasting, live music and Tamil-inspired entertainment. Gopal’s Corner will serve banana leaves with four vegan or vegetarian curries and all the trimmings, including poppadoms, dried chilies, relishes and vadai (a spicy savoury snack). There’s Pongal rice pudding for dessert, too. Tickets cost £15.
Roxie Nafousi Booking Signing
If you want to start manifesting and achieve your goals this year, self-development coach and manifesting expert Roxie Nafousi is the name to know. On Saturday 7th January at 2pm, Roxie will be signing copies of her new book Manifest: Dive Deeper at Waterstones Kensington. A follow-up to her first book, which you’ve probably spotted on social media, this new guide will expand your understanding of each of the seven steps to manifestation. You can ask Roxie your questions before having your own copy signed. Tickets cost £17pp which includes a copy of the book.
130 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 7RL
CATCH A FILM PREVIEW:
Empire of Light at BFI
On Saturday 7th January at 5.30pm, the BFI is screening a preview of Sam Mendes’s new film, Empire of Light. Set in 1980s Margate, the film tells the story of Hilary (Olivia Colman), the manager of a cinema who has recently suffered a breakdown and is battling personal demons. When a young Black man Stephen (Michael Ward) gets a job at the cinema, despite differences in their ages and backgrounds, the two embark on a romance. It’s not a smooth road in a Thatcherite society rife with racism and plagued by political and social upheaval, but both are determined to have a slice of happiness. Also stars Colin Firth.
HAVE A LATE-NIGHT SKATE:
Girls of Grime at Somerset House
If you didn’t make it to Somerset House’s ice rink over Christmas, you can visit the venue this weekend to enjoy a late-night skate sound-tracked by female collective Girls of Grime. DJ Shaxx and DJ Kaylee Kay will set the party vibe with a selection of grime, UK garage, rap and Afrobeats while guests hit the ice. After the session, continue the night at the Moët & Chandon lounge for drinks and more tunes. Tickets start from £15.
Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA
LEARN SOMETHING NEW:
Couture Techniques at The Fashion and Textile Museum
The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey is hosting an all-day workshop on couture fashion techniques on Saturday 7th January from 10.45am. Led by Zandra Rhodes’s dressmaker Jolanta Cerniauskiene, guests will learn how to work with high-end fabrics like chiffon and silk satin on a sewing machine. You’ll also learn a range of techniques to create a French seam, pin hem, machine rolled hem, bias cut bind, button loop, satin stitch and pockets. All you need is basic sewing machine skills. Tickets cost £125pp.
83 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3XF
CELEBRATE TWELTH NIGHT:
Wassail at The Oarsman, Marlow
The Oarsman in Marlow is hosting a wassailing Twelfth Night celebration on Friday 6th January to mark the end of Christmas. Highlights on the pub’s special menu include fish soup with rouille and croutons, venison faggot with pickled pear, and caramelised apples with vanilla ice-cream. As with the ancient wassailing tradition, guests can try a selection of ciders and wines – specially delivered from local orchard Harrow & Hope. If you can’t make it on the night, the menu will be available until the end of January.
46 Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 1DB
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