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This weekend sees us wave goodbye to January – hooray! See out the month with these eight at home activities, from mixing up a new, refreshing homemade cocktail to taking part in one of Carousel’s online Japanese cook-alongs.

Credit: Tim Love

Head to this prime Insta photo opp, The Helix at White City Place

By now we’re all fed up with staring at the same four walls and the same goes for posting photos to the ‘gram. Nobody wants to see another photo of you posing in front of your radiator, Jan. 

Here to help you out is the new interactive installation and creative space at White City Place. The Helix, inspired by the spiral-like form of a DNA helix, was devised by White City Place and created by architectural lighting experts, Studiotech. In a nutshell, it’s a multimedia tunnel controlled by motion sensors which trigger technology to create the light colour and ambient sound, aka the ultimate photo opportunity for the ‘gram. It’s also made up of recycled materials too, which is pretty cool.

Credit: Tim Love

Head down this weekend and explore its vibrant colours, ambient sounds and be sure to take a photo or two. It’s part of a bigger cultural programme at White City Place, and is best seen at dusk when the lights really come into their own and shine brightly.

Support the Independent Venue Week 

The live music scene has been hit incredibly hard, from the touring artists who have missed out on touring payments through to the venues who have had their doors firmly closed since the pandemic first broke out in March 2020. Helping to keep the spirit of music alive through it all is the Independent Venue Week, a seven-day celebration of music venues around the country and a thanks to all those who run, own and support them daily.  

Despite the venues being closed this year, you can still enjoy live beats and groovy tunes from some of your favourite up-and-coming artists at home. Running until Sunday 31st, you can dip in and out of live streams, book tickets to online shows to support touring musicians and local independent venues, and tune into Q&As with some of the biggest and best names in the music business. 

Take a look at the schedule and pick out a few to listen along to this weekend. We’re excited to check out Pixey’s livestream from Future Yard.

Check out Netflix’s next big blockbuster, The Dig 

If you’re a lover of wartime dramas, Netflix’s latest film The Dig follows a British widow Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) as she hires a self-taught archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to take a look at the mysterious formations on her land just before WW2 hits. 

Based on the 2007 novel of the same name and on true life events, the events reimagine the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon ship sculpture that was buried below Pretty’s land. Directed by Simon Stone, The Dig stars Caret Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James and Johnny Flynn.

Release Date: Friday, 29th January 

Check it out on Netflix

Take part in a step-by-step Japanese cook-along with Carousel 

Known for their guest chef takeovers and in-person workshops, Carousel are bringing back their lockdown cook-alongs this week to help add a little sparkle to your Friday nights. 

With lockdown back in full force, this Friday why not cook up a storm in the kitchen with Carousel as they guide you through a selection of Japanese flavours inspired by old friends Yuji Tani, Carl Ishizaki and Toshio Tanahashi.

This Friday they’re kicking off with some Shio Koji Daikon pickles and a pre-batched Lapsang Souchong Cold Brew made with The Botanist Islay dry gin, before making your way to creating Grilled Aubergine with Soy Kombu Glaze, Yakitori Shiitake Mushrooms and Lemon and Smoked Salt, Sushi Rice and Ponzu Cabbage Salad. 

Order in one of their kits for next weekend and you’ll receive everything you need to whip up the dishes and DIY cocktails at home.

Running Friday, 29th January. Tune in at 7pm, on Instagram Live

www.carousel-london.com

Keep on top of your fitness goals with fitness studio, BLOK 

Shake away those winter cobwebs with a fitness class courtesy of BLOK, the award-winning independent fitness studio in Shoreditch. While their gym may remain closed for now, you can still take advantage of their online fitness classes on their digital platform, BLOKtv. 

BLOKtv has been designed by elite trainers to give members access to on-demand classes covering classes across ten disciplines. Right now, they’re offering a 30day free trial to help you kickstart your fitness regime and see if their classes are right for you. Choose from yoga, dance, pilates, high intensity, restorative, boxing and more. They’ve also got several Instagram IGTV’s you can follow along at home too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Berczy Lemon & Lime
  • 25ml tequila
  • 1tsp pistachios (chopped)
  • 1tsp smoked sea salt flakes 
  • 1/2tsp demerara sugar
  • Ice to serve

Method:

  1. Mix the chopped pistachios, smoked sea salt flakes and demerara sugar together.
  2. Brush the rim of a low ball glass with a bit of syrup, then coat it with the mixture.
  3. Fill the glass with ice, pour in 25ml tequila and top up with Berczy Lemon & Lime.

Can’t be bothered to cook this weekend? Order in our ultimate comfort food picks

Missing your Mum’s Sunday roast? Can’t face another micro meal for one? We’re all missing our nostalgic comfort foods from childhood but there are several restaurants still up and running, serving delicious comforting eats to your door.  

From the humble pie to piles of pancakes, a meaty fry up to roast dinners with lashings of gravy, here’s what to order in if you’re feeling a little homesick or just want a pick-me-up this weekend. 

The Stafford London, www.thestaffordlondon.com

Check out our album of the week, Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams

Ease into the weekend with a listen of Arlo Parks’ soothing new album Collapsed in Sunbeams. 

The British singer-songwriter and poet is set to release her debut album this Friday, and it’s one of our most anticipated albums of the year so far. Being both a poet and songwriter, it’s Arlo’s storytelling that’ll capture your attention, retelling personal experiences from past relationships to delicately documenting human connections.

At a time when we’re apart from loved ones, Arlo’s new album acts a reminder and a hope that things will change.

Release Date: Friday, 29th January 

Listen on Spotify


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