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Did you hear that? It was the weekend calling saying it’s on its way to you very soon, yippee!

We’re sashaying into the weekend chasing after RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, munching our way through Veganuary options and filling our Instafeed with one too many snaps of Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights. And, if this sounds like your ideal weekend, here’s all the details:

Silvia Rosi x Theo Simpson Exhibition

It wouldn’t be a weekend guide without including a stellar photography exhibition and this week’s is the wonderful body of early works from Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson.

Drawing inspiration from her family life and Togolaise heritage, Rosi’s work champions colour and black and white photography, and shows Rosi exploring with a new medium for the first time – video. While Simpson’s work captures changing landscapes in today’s world, intersecting theory, myth and fact. It’s part of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

Running Wednesday 15th January – Sunday 8th March

Where: 171 Union Street, SE1 0LN
Website: www.jerwoodarts.org

Image Credit: @kingkeneats | @mai.ng | @eagerexploration

Canary Wharf's Winter Lights

If you’re mourning the end of London’s illuminating Christmas lights, fear not because this Thursday sees the arrival of Canary Wharf’s award-winning Winter Lights festival and it’s already looking like it’s capturing a few ‘grammars eyes. Canary Wharf will be armed with a 340 metre display of neon and LED glowing lights flowing through Jubilee Park, glistening trees and blooming flowers all illuminating the streets. ‘Gram at the ready!

Thursday 16th – Saturday 25th January 

Where: Canary Wharf
Website: www.canarywharf.com

RuPaul's DragCon UK

Tally ho, Kitty girls!

RuPaul’s DragCon is flying across the pond to London for the first time! Bringing all of their goops and gags from their fabulous US convention and packing it into two days. You’ll be able to shop the amazing vendors, visit the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and select US Queens, and enjoy some of your favourite panels and performances at the Main Stage. Now sashay away!

Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th January

Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, W14 8UX
Website: www.rupaulsdragcon.com

The Best Restaurants Offering Plant-Based Alternatives This Veganuary

Congratulations! You’ve made it halfway through the month and you haven’t caved yet… But, you’re probably sick of the four vegan meals you’ve been cooking on rotation and can’t bare the thought of another bite. That’s where The Handbook comes in. We’ve rounded up a handful of London’s best eateries offering the finest vegan delights this month. Check them out here…

Website: Plant-based fiends, feast your eyes over here...

The Corner Shop Pop-Up

Whizz into the weekend in style on Selfridge’s giant yellow slide! It’s as bizarre as it sounds but the meaning behind it is rather special. Selfridge’s has launched a sustainable and ethical coffee shop pop-up which helps to train ex-offenders and offers work opportunities in the process. Enjoy a warm brew and channel your inner child as you zoom down the big ol’ slide.

Running until Friday 7th February 

Where: 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Website: www.selfridges.com

All Star Lanes x Genesis

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have noticed that veganism has enjoyed a steady incline of popularity in the last couple of years and we’re currently revelling in a whole month of extra vegan love for Veganuary. Lots of non-vegan venues are stepping up to the plate throughout January with their vegan offerings including All Star Lanes who has teamed up with organic, vegan restaurant, Genesis.

For a limited time guests will be able to choose from strike-ing dishes like Korean BBQ wings, cheese sticks, and their American woman burger which comprises of a seitan patty, Whiskey BBQ sauce, onion rings, tomato, jalapeños, house slaw and fresh pickles topped with vegan cheese. If none of those options bowl you over then let’s end things on a sweet note with their Tiramisu dessert made with cashew nut & coconut cream, coffee, Amaretto, coffee liqueur and coconut mascarpone dusted with cocoa powder.

The All Star Lanes x Genesis menu is available until 2nd February at all All Star Lanes venues.

Where: Every All Star Lanes Venues
Website: www.allstarlanes.co.uk

Searcys at The Gherkin

Partaking in dry January? Or, fancy something other than a glass of fizz this weekend? Dine sky-high this weekend and try one of Searcys at The Gherkin’s new wellness menus. Over in the Iris Bar, Franklin & Sons has taken to the stage offering a Flavour Discovery Experience that takes guests on a journey through varying no-and-low alcohol pairings. It’s then paired beautifully against a plant-led set lunch. So it’s a win-win for those looking for a lighter option this January.

Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Catch the TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition before it returns to its permanent display back in Egypt. This weekend explore Tutankhamun’s items like the gold inlaid miniature coffin which originally contained the king’s liver and a wooden bed most likely made for his funeral. It’s slightly creepy but it’s definitely worth catching while you can.

Running until 3rd May 2020

Where: Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY
Website: www.tutankhamun-london.com

Nordic Day Pop-Up

We’re soaring over to Copenhagen for a one off experience of all things Nordic at the exceptional Norwegian kitchen, Ekte. Head chef Jamie Lee of Kødbyens Fiskebar in Copenhagen will be bringing Londoners a slice of the Danish way of life in his lunch and dinner takeover. 

Saturday 18th January

Where: 2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Website: www.ektelondon.co.uk

Ayllu

Clad up in your finest attire because you’re headed for an evening of wining, dining and cabaret this Saturday evening. Your new favourite speakeasy, The Hidden, has all bases covered for helping bring cabaret, cocktails and wow-worthy food together, and will see you dancing into the early hours.

Saturday 18th January 

Where: 25 Sheldon Square, London, UK
Nearest station: Paddington (H & C line) (0.1 miles)
Website: www.ayllu.co.uk

ME London

And, relax…

By the time the weekend rolls around we’re all in need of a little me time. Channel your inner yogi and detox from the hustle and bustle at the Another_Space takeover at Radio Rooftop this Saturday. After your morning session, enjoy a light vegan brunch courtesy of Radio Rooftop. Perfect.

Saturday 18th January

Where: ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Website: www.melondonhotel.com

Afternoon Teas To Try This Weekend

“I hate afternoon tea” – Said by no Brit ever.

There’s nothing quite like sipping on a warm brew, munching into Alice in Wonderland-esque bite-size sandwiches and sampling the finest pastries the city has to offer. To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite afternoon tea offerings for this Spring.

Website: Try London's best afternoon teas this way...

The Hellman's Vegan Rain-Bao Truck

Plant powered bao buns? Yes please!

It’s a technicoloured dream over at BOXPARK Shoreditch this weekend thanks to Hellmann’s limited editon of pastel coloured vegan mayos… To celebrate Veganuary, Hellman’s will be serving up plant-based bao buns. You’ll be munching through glazed tofu bao with turmeric mayo, BBQ jackfruit with spirulina mayo; and seared shitake bao with basil mayo. And the best part? They’re just £1! Sounds like every millennials dreams.

Friday 17th – Saturday 18th January 

Where: BOXPARK Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Hackney, E1 6GY
Website: www.boxpark.co.uk

Turner Exhibition

Launching for the first ever time, Turner’s House Trust has put on its first exhibition of J.M.W Turner’s and his original oil paintings slap bang in the house he designed. Each painting has been finely chosen for their picturesque scenes near his house, as well as landscapes across the UK.

Running Friday 10th January – Sunday 29th March

Where: Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 2LR
Website: www.turnershouse.org

RISE: Brent Borough of Culture 2020

Saturday marks the beginning of Brent’s year long reign as London’s Borough of Culture. Celebrate the festivities by catching RISE, a retelling of Brent’s story through dance, theatre and projections.

Begins Saturday 18th January 

Where: Olympic Way, Wembley Park,
Website: www.brent2020.co.uk

Dance Into The Night At One Of London's Restaurants With DJs

It isn’t the weekend without a little boogie so why not tap to the beat of the drum this weekend when you wine and dine into the night. We’ve rounded up eight of our favourite restaurants where DJs are pumping out the music into the night…

Website: Good vibes this way...

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