10 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

Lockdown is OVER and although London is in Tier 2, we’re officially allowed to out again. Shops and galleries can open so pop-ups and exhibitions are back and we can finally crack on with festive fun, so check out all these things to do this weekend.

1. Hackney Flea Market

If you’re planning on doing some redecorating then you’ll want to check out the goods at Hackney Flea Market, which is setting up shop once again over on Church Street in Stoke Newington. Lots of traders will be selling their wares, including 20th century furniture, salvaged French homeware, textiles, records, bric-a-brac, Danish decor, lamps & lighting, reclaimed industrial fixtures and more, and entry is FREE, so get ready to rummage.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020, 11am – 6pm
73a Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AS
@Hackney Flea


2. Accidentally Wes Anderson Pop-Up

One of the best Instagram accounts on the platform, Accidentally Wes Anderson, is popping up IRL at Hackney gallery the Old Bank Vault this December. Wally Koval, the founder of the account, has turned it into a book and accompanying merch and you can shop the collection, including a selection of prints, at the gallery. There’ll also be a copy of the book signed by Wes Anderson up for auction to raise money for East London Cares.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
283 Hackney Rd, London E2 8NA
theoldbankvault.com


3. Christmas Market on the Mews

Selfridges is bringing back its market on the mews at the back of the Oxford Street store for Christmas. Open throughout December, Market on the Mews features a rotating selection of street food, put together with Dominic Cools-Lartigue of Street Feast; stalls packed with decs, wreaths and gifts; and even some fairground rides. Traders include The Tramshed Project, Only Jerkin, Fundi Pizza, Pabellon, Cheese Wheel, Pop Dogs, Gully, Moyses Stevens and Your London Florist.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
400 Oxford Street, London,  W1A 1AB
selfridges.com


4. Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern

Tate Modern is hosting the first major UK exhibition on visual activist Zanele Muholi. The non-binary photographer has been documenting the lives of the Black LGBTQ+ communities in South Africa for twenty years, capturing their love, empowerment and strength alongside the trauma they have often endured. The exhibition includes over 260 of Muholi’s photographs from across their career, including the self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama that explores themes of labour, sexual politics and racism.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
tate.org.uk


5. Igloos at Skylight

Skylight is back for another winter with 18 igloo-bubbles on the top two levels where you can cosy up to enjoy cocktails and sharing platters (which are open now and running into spring); an Apres Ski Lodge bar and an Off Piste speakeasy; a cinema screening Christmas classics with cocktails; and the Feast in the Forest dining experience featuring a six-course menu served in a candlelit woodland. And of course, you’ll have those epic city views too.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
Pennington Street Car Park, Wapping, London,  E1W 2SF
skylightlondon.com


6. A Christmas Carol at The Bridge

Nicholas Hytner is bringing Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol to The Bridge this winter, with all the parts played by just three actors – Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo.

Sat 5th December 2020
3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG
bridgetheatre.co.uk


7. Turkey & Waffle Dinner at The Breakfast Club

Why have a normal turkey dinner when you can have a deep fried turkey dinner? That’s exactly what The Breakfast Club is serving up – buttermilk fried turkey, pigs in blankets, caramelised sprouts and gravy all on a goose fat roast potato waffle. They’re continuing the deep fried action via spin-off sarnie brand Saint Elmo’s with a deep-fried camembert, bubble & squeak, pickled red cabbage, root veg crisps and cranberry mayo. SWEET CHEESUS.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
Various locations
thebreakfastclubcafes.com


8. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

With 11,194 sq ft of ice and a Tudor palace as a backdrop, there’s no better place to go for a spin than Hampton Court Palace, and there’ll be staggered sessions and enhanced cleaning regimes to keep the rink safe for skaters this year. And when it comes to refuelling, you’ve got winter treats like plenty of mulled wine and rum punches on offer at the ice rink cafe. YUM. 

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU
hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk


9. Lynette Yiadom-Baokye at Tate Britain

Tate Britain is hosting the first major exhibition on British artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, with around 80 works spanning 2003 to the present day on display. Yiadom-Boakye is known for her portraits of fictitious people, which she creates from found images and her imagination, and she gives her pieces poetic titles as writing is also central to her artistic practices.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG
tate.org.uk


10. Check out Spiritland at JOY

After starting JOY at Portobello as a restaurant and farm shop in the summer, Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon are evolving the concept once again by teaming up with Spiritland to open a brand new performance space. Spiritland at JOY is taking over the warehouse space underneath the main part of JOY and will be decked out like a psychedelic lounge featuring a JBL sound system from Spiritland.

Sat 5th & Sun 6th December 2020
342-344 Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5BU
joyatportobello.co.uk