What To Do This Weekend 29.09.22
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Hallyu! The Korean Wave at V&A
The V&A’s latest exhibition celebrates the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea. Highlighting some of the country’s most popular exports over the last few years – from TV and film to music and fashion – it explores the phenomenon of ‘Korean Wave’ and its impact on the creative industries. Visitors will find an extensive collection of 18th and 19th-century artwork, as well as stills from Oscar-winning film Parasite and Netflix’s Squid Game. Look out for the collection of Korean fashion, as well as K-Pop music videos.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE:
Benares x Hakkasan Charity Dinner
On Monday 3rd October from 6.30pm, Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurants Benares and Hakkasan are teaming up for a special charity dinner. Taking place at Benares, guests can enjoy an eight-course tasting menu which celebrates Indian and Cantonese cuisine. The menu is strictly under wraps, but you can expect signature plates from the restaurants’ exec chefs Sameer Taneja and Andrew Yeo. All profits from the night will be donated to the NHS. Tickets cost £168pp and include a welcome glass of champagne.
12A Berkley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS
PLAN A FUN DATE NIGHT:
Backyard Cinema reopens its doors on Saturday 1st October. At its Wandsworth studio, there’s a new backdrop to transport you into a different world. Guests will arrive on a train platform to collect tickets for the show, before hopping aboard a 1920s train to reach the comfy seating at the Backyard screen. Settle down with snacks and drinks on the beanbags to watch recent hits like Elvis or Halloween classics including Hocus Pocus and Labyrinth. Stick around afterwards for drinks at the new retro bar inside the circus tent where there will be live music, drag performances and comedy.
Backyard Cinema, 2-4 Armoury Way, Wandsworth Town, SW18 1SH; until 15th November
SHOP PARTY OUTFITS:
Clio Peppiatt Pop-Up
London-based fashion brand Clio Peppiatt has opened a pop-up at Piccadilly Arcade. Known for its playful, feminine designs – we love its sequin and embellished dresses – the brand makes standout occasion pieces for every type of event. Shoppers can browse the AW22 collection and its first bridal collection, available exclusively at the pop-up. Collections can be tried on in store and bridal appointments can also be booked.
12 Piccadilly Arcade, St James’s, W1J 0DD
ENJOY SOME COOL NOSTALGIA:
Seed Library x Norman’s Café
Seed Library, the seriously cool 70s-inspired bar at the 100 Shoreditch hotel, has teamed up with north London’s Norman’s Café on a menu of classic British dishes that will transport you back to childhood. Available until mid-November, there’s a range of the café’s signatures including sliced ham with pickles and mustard, chip butties, whipped cod’s roe with Frazzles, potato smiley faces with ketchup, and chicken nuggets with Norman’s sauce. Complete the meal with a warming bowl of sponge cake with vanilla custard, and choose cocktails from Mr Lyan’s signature list – like the Bonfire Old Fashioned made with Maker's Mark bourbon.
100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC:
Joe Allen in Covent Garden has opened a new bar inspired by its original sister location in NYC. For pre or post-theatre drinks, head to the front of the restaurant to find the dark walnut counter surrounded by bentwood bar stools and an extensive selection of spirits. Treat yourself to classic cocktails or champagne, and tuck into dishes from the main menu, like flat iron chicken with gremolata and fries. Every Tuesday to Saturday, there’s live music from 7pm, and there will be special performances in the coming months as part of the ‘Joe’s Bar Live’ series – singer-songwriter Natalie Lindi will take to the stage on Wednesday 5th October at 8pm.
2 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PX
UPDATE YOUR HOME:
British Art Fair
The British Art Fair is at Saatchi Gallery from Thursday 29th September to Sunday 2nd October. Celebrating established and up-and-coming names in the art world, it offers visitors a chance to view a selection of pieces for sale, drop into exhibitions and meet the artists. Some of the UK’s best art dealers will exhibit works, including Adrian Hill, Samuel Gallery, Piano Nobile and Jonathan Clark. Once you’ve browsed the galleries, take part in one of the auctions over the weekend to help raise funds for WaterAid, then stop for drinks at Toast Ale’s pop-up. Tickets start from £18.
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY
CELEBRATE THE DAY OF THE DEAD:
Mexico Festival at Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens will celebrate the Day of the Dead throughout October with a Mexican festival. Taking place in Temperate House, visitors can see artistic and horticultural installations by Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero, designer Fernando Laposse and British award-winning garden designer Jon Wheatley. The works reflect the beauty and colour of Mexican culture and its deep connection with plants and the natural world. Entry to the festival is included with entry to the gardens.
EAT OUT FOR LESS:
Tom Kerridge Restaurant Group
At the start of the financial crisis in 2008, Tom Kerridge created a ‘too good to be true’ set menu to help diners eat out for less. Now we’re in the midst of the cost of living crisis, Kerridge has relaunched the menu at three of his restaurants: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia, the Michelin-starred Coach in Marlow, and the Bull & Bear in Manchester. The two-course set lunch menu costs £15 – a third course is an additional £7.50. Diners can tuck into pub grub and comforting school dinner classics like cottage pie, lasagne, and sausages and mash, followed by spotted dick, jam roly-poly or crumble and custard.
10 Northumberland Avenue, Embankment, WC2N 5AE; 3 West Street, Marlow SL7 2LS; 4 Norfolk Street, Manchester M2 1DW
SHOP PRE-LOVED DEMIN:
Regular SL readers will know we’re big fans of LA’s sustainable denim brand Re/Done which offers a ‘lived-in’ look by taking pairs of vintage Levi’s jeans apart at the seams and repurposing the fabric in more contemporary designs. The brand has opened its first UK pop-up on Chiltern Street where shoppers can browse unique reconstructed Levi’s, ready-to-wear items and handmade footwear. You’ll also find vintage denim and lifestyle products like coffee table books. Look out for the cool 3D window installation made out of recycled denim which will change shape over the course of the pop-up.
17 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PQ; open until 30th November
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