What To Do This Weekend 26.01.23
LEARN FROM A BEAUTY PRO:
Charlotte Mensah Pop-Up at Space NK
Award-winning hair stylist and Black beauty expert Charlotte Mensah is hosting a beauty pop-up at Space NK’s Belgravia store from Saturday 28th January to Monday 30th January. Guests can book 45-minute in-store appointments to try Charlotte’s new Manketti Oil range (specifically designed for textured hair) and receive hair tips, tricks and advice from Charlotte herself – who has been at the forefront of the natural haircare movement since the early 2000s and is considered to be an authority on natural afro, mixed and curly textures.
40 Hans Crescent, Belgravia, SW1X 0LZ
SHOP SECOND HAND FOR CHARITY:
Super.Mkt Pop-Up at Brent Cross
Charity Super.Mkt will open a second-hand fashion store at Brent Cross Shopping Centre on Friday 27th January. Open for the next four weeks, the pop-up will have a collection of clothes and accessories donated from ten UK charities: Age UK, All Aboard, Barnardo’s, Cancer Research, Emmaus, Havens Hospice, SCT, Marie Curie, TRAID and Shelter. Head to the former Topshop site to browse high-street and designer brands, listen to live DJs and grab a free drink from the pop-up bar. To get in, all you need to do is bring a quality piece of clothing you no longer wear and would like to donate.
Prince Charles Drive, Brent Cross, NW4 3FP; until Saturday 25 February
TRY NEW FLAVOURS:
Ruben’s Reubens at Seed Library
Today, Brixton smokehouse Ruben’s Reubens opens a two-month pop-up at Seed Library at One Hundred Shoreditch. Start with dishes like smoked cheddar croquettes and sweet ’n’ sour mushrooms followed by mains of salt beef brisket spring rolls with Russian dressing, braised pork cheeks with hot sauce, or cured sausage with pastrami. Finish off the meal with one of Mr Lyan’s signature cocktails – we like the ‘Toreador’, made with Patron tequila, apricot brandy and lime.
100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ
UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE:
Hush Sample Sale
Regular readers will know we rate Hush for its everyday pieces and comfy shoes. It’s hosting a sample sale from today until Saturday 28th January at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Shoppers can browse a selection of clothing, including loungewear and footwear, at up to 80% off. You’ll also find end-of-season picks and accessories – we’ve got out eye on the faux fur jackets and Chelsea boots.
King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EE
CATCH A FILM:
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
This new documentary explores the career of Nan Goldin, the celebrated photographer and activist who, over the last few years, has staged various protests about the Sacklers – the American family who owned the multibillion-pound pharmaceutical business Purdue Pharma which created OxyContin. The drug is considered to be the driving force of the opioid crisis in the US, and Goldin herself was addicted to the drug for several years. After founding the group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) she targeted some of America’s most famous galleries and museums which benefited from generous donations from the Sacklers. A fascinating watch if you’re interested in America’s catastrophic opioid crisis and the Sackler family’s fall from grace.
MEET THE GIRLS:
Penelope’s Isramani Party at Hotel Amano
Hotel Amano opened its doors at the end of last year and its restaurant Penelope’s has already established itself as a new hotspot for immersive dinners and dancing. On Saturday 28th January from 7pm it’s hosting its next ‘Isramani party’. Diners can tuck into Israeli dishes while performers and DJs set the fun atmosphere – think napkins in the air and dancing on the table. Order dishes from the sharing menu like roasted aubergine with tahini and pomegranate, calamari with black challah, chicken sofrito, and chocolate tart with miso caramel with leche ice-cream, and fizz for the table.
Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HA
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC:
Sacha T at Brxtn Village Studios
Brxtn Village Studios – the music hub in Brixton that champions up-and-coming talent – will welcome south London singer songwriter Sacha T for a live performance on Sunday 29th January at 5.30pm to mark the launch of her latest singles, ‘Find My Place’ and ‘Live’. With soulful and soothing songs blending pop, R&B, soul and acoustic sounds, she’s been tipped as one to watch. Tickets are free.
404-406 Coldharbour Lane, First Floor, Brixton, SW9 8LF
Donutelier by Roladin
Donutelier in the West End is the latest bakery to have on your radar. Opening on Friday 27th January, the first Roladin outpost in the UK will serve a selection of decadent donuts, inspired from some of the world’s luxury fashion houses. Visitors can choose from the ‘Pistachio’ filled with Chantilly cream and marbled pistachio; the ‘Dulcey Peanut Caramel’ with Dulcey fleur de sel ganache, caramelised peanuts and caramel Chantilly; and the ‘Pink Royal’ featuring wild berry cream and topped with mini strawberry meringues, dried raspberries and a raspberry cream. You can also order coffee and a selection of French pastries.
48-50 Charing Cross Road, West End, WC2H 0BB
GET DATE NIGHT RIGHT:
Late Night Jazz at The Royal Albert Hall
Late-night jazz sessions return to the Royal Albert Hall this weekend. From hip hop-inspired drummers to an album launch show, there’s something for everyone – look out for interesting genre fusions including afro-samba hard-bop and indie-rock neo-soul. Highlights include jazz trio Wild Card (Thursday 26th Jan), who will perform music from their new album Cabin 19 Fever (featuring Mobo-winning saxophonist Binker Golding); a show from jazz drummer Myele Manzanza (Thursday 9th Feb); and a set by jazz pianist David Kofi (Thursday 23rd Feb), who takes his inspiration from soul and R&B. Tickets start from £13.
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7 2AP
VISIT A DOTTY POP-UP:
Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton at Harrods
Harrods is celebrating a new collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her modern installations and polka-dot prints. The Knightsbridge store recently unveiled 27 exhibition windows covered with her signature dots, as well as two pop-up spaces – one featuring pieces from the collab and the other with a claw machine where you can win prizes, a free photobooth, and a patisserie counter with colourful choux buns and eclairs. Don’t miss the animatronic Kusama in one of the store windows.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
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