10 things to do this weekend

 5There’s no need for January Blues. If you’re over Dry Jan, you’ll have no problem getting back on the wagon this weekend with lots of gin and lots of wine on offer. If you’re sticking firm – respect to you – then the art galleries are the places you wanna hang out with these things to do this weekend. 

1. Me Somewhere Else at Blain|Southern

See this epic installation by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota at the Blain|Southern gallery before it closes. A web of blood red yarn fills the entire room, cascading down into a cast of Shiota’s feet, symbolising connections within the body and the existence of independent consciousness.

Sat 19th January 2019
4 Hanover Square, London W1S 1BP

2. BBQ Dreamz Pop-Up

Fresh from their triumph on My Million Pound Menu, where they secured investment from Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh, street food faves BBQ Dreamz will be popping up at MEATLiquor Kings Cross for a six-week residency. The 11-course tasting menu will consist of dishes that featured on the show, including grilled satay duck hearts, their signature lechon kawali, adobo glazed chicken wings with lime aioli, and sour papaya noodle salad,

Sun 20th January 2019
MEATLiquor, 6 St Chad’s Pl, London WC1X 9HH

3. Chapel Down Gin Works

English winemaker Chapel Down, which has vineyards across Kent, has arrived in London with a gin bar, restaurant and distillery right on the canal in King’s Cross. They’re best known for their English wines but Chapel Down is also in the spirits game, having produced a chardonnay vodka and a Bacchus gin, with the latter the focus of this new venue. Looks like it’s time to break Dry Jan…

Sat 19th & Sun 20th January 2019
Goods Way, Kings Cross, London N1C 4UR

4. Winter Lights Festival

The Winter Lights Festival is back at Canary Wharf making the darkness that bit easier to bear. There are 21 light installations at this year’s fest, including a cascade of words taken from The Times newsfeed, neon trees, a light maze infinity room, a water spray controlled by people’s auras and a dancing light bench. You can get right up close and personal to the installations as many of them are interactive, and best of all, it’s totally FREE.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th January 2019
Canary Wharf, London, E14

5. Camden Town Roadkill

Feast on an aged Dexter bacon cheeseburgers with beef dripping fries; 35-day aged steaks with those fries; steak baguettes; and steak salads at this new indie butcher and grill in Camden. Don’t worry, there’s no actual roadkill on the menu.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th January 2019
Arch 733, The North Yard, The Stables, Camden Market, London NW1 8AH

6. The Clock at Tate Modern

It’s the last weekend to see Christian Marclay’s acclaimed piece The Clock. Marclay’s installation is 24 hours long and is made up of a collection of clips and images from film and television featuring clocks, with each face shown corresponding to the actual time.

Sat 19th & Sun 2oth January 2019
Tate Modern,  Bankside, London SE1 9TG

7. Skates on at Rollernation

Ditch the ice skates and swap them for roller skates. That’s right, roller-disco Rollernation is back in London after almost four years away, and it’s got a new home moving from Vauxhall to Bruce Grove in Haringey. It’s still got everything you expect from a roller-disco though, with different weekly themed nights including Rollerboogie and Soulskate, with a 2am closing time on Saturdays so you can skate the night away. Lycra not required but you’d be silly not to.

Sat 19th January 2019
117 Bruce Grove, London, N17 6UR

8. Drink Up at Winecdote

If you’re looking to brush up on your wine knowledge, there’s a brand new place in Hackney to do so as Winecdote is now open in Netil House. Founded by wine expert Claudia Bastiaensen, Winecdote is all about making learning about wine accessible and fun, so rather than a stuffy atmosphere and complicated terminology, Claudia runs unconventional tastings, speed-dating wine workshops, blind tasting challenges and even online wine courses on Instagram.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th January 2019
Studio 001, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL

9. Coming Clean

Kevin Elyot’s first play Coming Clean, which is set in Kentish Town flat in 1982 and looks at the breakdown of a gay relationship, is on in the West End for a short run at Trafalgar Studios. This is the second revival of the play, which first premiered back in 1982, following a 35th anniversary production in 2017. The cast for the 2019 version includes Lee Knight, Stanton Plummer-Cambridge, Tom Lambert and Elliot Hadley.

Sat 19th January 2019
14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

The Athenian

10. Wrap it up at The Athenian

Get your street food fix at The Athenian with one of their souvlaki or gryos wraps, done the proper Greek way; a soft, handmade pita wrapped around lightly chargrilled meat that’s been marinated in olive oil, lemon and Greek herbs, with tomatoes, red onions, parsley, oregano fries and homemade yoghurt and herb sauce.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th January 2019
Unit 54, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY

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