10 things to do this weekend

When the weather is less than desirable, you don’t have to feel bad about being inside all weekend – and no we don’t mean on the sofa watching Netflix. Get some culture down you by hitting up some galleries, catching a play, going to cinema, with fizz and a slap-up dinner afterwards, and all these other things to do.

1. Oval Night Market

After a successful summer series, the Oval Night Market will pitch up around the gasworks in Bethnal Green one more time this autumn. You can feast on the likes of Hermanos Taco House, Makatcha, Browski, Gnocchi at 84 and Treats Club, with Mixology Brothers and the Pin-Up Craft Bar providing the bevs. There’ll also be homeware, skincare and handmade jewellery to shop from at the makers stalls, and DJs will keep the party going, spinning hip-hop, disco, funk and soul until 11pm, and entry is totally FREE.

Sat 19th October 2019
The Oval, Cambridge Heath, London, E2 9DU

2. Check Out LUMAS Gallery

World-renowned art purveyors LUMAS has opened a flagship gallery in the heart of London’s West End, Seven Dials. With 15 years of experience dealing in museum-quality art, specifically in the world of contemporary photography, the new gallery offers not only amazing photos but also design objects and books – a whopping 3,000 pieces of art can be found there. The gallery specialises in limited editions runs, you can find plenty of unique and inspiring works, including some world-renowned names with the likes of Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Tommy Clarke and Gavin Evans. Handpicked, signed and limited edition works start from £299 which is an affordable starting point for exclusive artwork.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October 2019
21-23 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL

3. Festival of the Dead | The Dark Carnival

Celebrate Halloween early as Festival Of The Dead returns to the Troxy with a brand new production The Dark Carnival. As well as acrobats, circus performers and live acts, the carnival is home to the both the UK’s largest touring mechanical skull El Diablo and the UK’s only giant spider on stilts. And all of the action is set to a soundtrack of rock, drum & bass and house with a mix of live music and DJs spinning the tunes. Time to break out the fancy dress and the face paint.

Sat 19th October 2019
The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX

4. Double Take | It’s Nice That x Coal Drops Yard

Hot on the heels of all the London Design Festival activity, Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, is getting creative once again thanks to a six-week collab with It’s Nice That. The creative platform, with the help of spatial designers Isabel + Helen, has created Double Take, an installation made up of five playful sculptures especially designed for Coal Drops Yard and has placed them around the space amongst the bars, restaurants and shops. The sculptures are designed to interact with the contours of the Coal Drops Yard building and add another dimension to the area – the whole idea is to make you do a double take as you go about your shopping or head out for some dinner, so keep your eyes peeled!

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October 2019
Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4DQ

5. Eat at Slapfish

We’ve already got the great BOB’s Lobster but now another seafood shack has opened in town and this one’s come all the way from across the pond. Slapfish, a US chain founded by chef, restaurateur and telly presenter Andrew Gruel, has landed in Camden and it’s serving up dishes like lobster taquitos, shrimp ceviche, a two-handed fish taco (we’re guessing that means it’s a big’un), clobster (not a typo, rather crab and lobster) grilled cheese, and chowder fries, and it’s all made using sustainable seafood too. DROOL.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October 2019
11 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8NH

6. StockX Drop-Off

StockX, the world’s first Stock Market of Things backed by various US celebs, is returning to London. The high-end resale marketplace – think Ebay crossed with The New York Stock Exchange will host a Drop-Off pop-up that allows sneakerheads the chance to get their latest kicks authenticated in real-time…you didn’t really expect those 2 dollar Nikes you got from China to be real…did you? !There’s also a programme of events and workshops, kicking off with sneaker experts Archive.DNA followed by designers Liam Hodges and Carri Munden and an exhibition of the most iconic Nike drops from 2000-2007.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October 2019
47 Poland Street, London W1F 7ND

7. See Lungs

Claire Foy and Matt Smith are reunited on stage at the Old Vic in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs. The play follows a couple and their relationship as they wrestle with life’s biggest decisions, like starting a family, in the shadow of climate change and political chaos. It’s an emotional rollercoaster so be prepared for both laughs and tears.

Sat 19th October 2019
The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB

8. Film & Fizz at One Aldwych

Winter is coming and that means more indoor activities. Going to the flicks is one of our favourite rainy day activities, especially when it involves fizz and food! But forget about those huge multiplexes and hotdogs from under the heat lamps because One Aldwych Hotel’s Film & Fizz is back for another season. Expect an epic line up of films including IT Chapter II and The Goldfinch screened in the hotel’s intimate 30 seater screening room, champagne and popcorn followed by a 3 course dinner at Eneko the hotel’s Spanish restaurant from 3* Basque chef Eneko Atxa. Date night or mate night, it’s a fail-safe.

Sat 19th October 2019
One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

9. Nam June Paik at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is hosting a major exhibition on Nam June Paik, the innovative artist known for his pioneering use of TV and video. Over 200 of his pieces from his 50 year career will be on show, including robots made from old television screens and room-sized installations like Sistine Chapel 1993. The exhibition will also explore his collaborative, cross-discipline works with the likes of cellist Charlotte Moorman, John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Joseph Beuys.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October 2019
Bankside, London SE1 9TG

10. Eat at Suzi Tros

The team behind Mazi has opened another Greek restaurant and they’ve not gone far from their Notting Hill home, only a door down in fact. Suzi Tros – more of a bistro than Mazi, with a cocktail bar downstairs – is small, simply decked out in wood and white, with seating around the kitchen counter at the front. Suzi Tros serves up a seasonal small plates menu that showcases the food of Thessaloniki and northern Greece. You’ll want to start with the homemade grilled bread with olive oil and oregano, and don’t miss the dakos with whipped feta and cherry tomatoes, the whole calamari and grandmama’s meatballs with tzatziki for dipping.

Sat 19th & Sun 20th October 2019
18 Hillgate Street, London, W8 7SR

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