I’ve been putting the weekend guide together at The Handbook for some time now, and I must say that each week brings with it a new shocker, in the form of a whacky, weird weekend idea including vagina museums opening, jenga played using your feet, houses filled with gin and pygmy goats and, well, need I continue?
This is my last weekend guide with The Handbook before I depart, about which I am sad but extremely happy that I don’t have to spend another Wednesday trying frantically to think up another new and original name for the weekend guide. Seriously, once I named it ‘I don’t know what to call this’ in a sulk! So, without further ado, here are some whacky, wonderful, whimsical, wibbly wobbly, wombat-infused (whatever you can think of) weekend plans to tie you over until Monday. Enjoy!
Boogie on down to Eight Club in Moorgate this weekend, for some jiving, bopping and dropping during an eclectic, era-spanning DJ set. Yes, the coveted club will be playing a range of music zooming from the 80s, to the 90s, to the naughties, with one and all having access to the lounge where the DJ will spin those decks into dizzying mayhem. To keep the energy levels high, feast on tapas and cocktails and, of course, beats!
Friday 27th September
Around 20/30 Handbook readers will get entry to the club, so think fast! To reserve your spot e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep your gin up, because there’s a new tour in town and we think you’re gonna love it!
That’s right. Secret Gin Tours has arrived, to transport thirsty Londoners away from the cacophony of London to gin-filled nooks and crannies that boast rich gin history. The treasure troves you’ll tottle to include modern day craft distilleries, pubs and more, with your palette perusing different styles, flavours and botanicals that subvert your Gordon’s and Bombay Sapphire norms. Imagin that!
The gin journey will transport you from the humble beginnings of gin all the way through to understanding its modern day influence. You’ll begin (likely sober) in London Bridge and the Bermondsey area and end after visiting old leather tanneries and industrial warehouses, likely rather tipsy! In total, you’ll experience five very different, unique and delicious types of Gin based drinks. So, all we have to say to that is, let the good times beGIN… geddit? Course ya do.
Guests are invited to the exciting newest pop up as part of Urban Food Fortnight, London Food Link’s annual celebration showcasing the city’s vibrant and endlessly unique food scene. You won’t want to miss out on delicious cocktails, a specialty menu from Eleven98 and all the Instagrammable glamour showcased at this unique venue on the famous Hackney street.
Friday 27th September
One for the film buffs…
The largest independent film festival in the UK has arrived and will take place at various venues across London. SO, whether you love a side of Spielberg, or maybe you like to discover the power of lesser-known directors then this one is for you!
Running until Sunday 29th September
As an endless hubbub of activity and whacky food trends, London is very rarely considered dull when it comes to food. The capital thrives off its restaurant openings and September boasts an encyclopaedic range. So, if you’re at a loss of things to do this weekend, then why not check ’em out?
A new V&A exhibition invites visitors to experience the fantastical imagination of Tim Walker, one of the world’s most inventive photographers.
Saturday 21st September 2019 to Sunday 8th March 2020
The biggest and best children’s literature festival in the UK has arrived, with the biggest names from the world of children’s books. You best BOOK it now… geddit?
Fri 27th September – Sunday 6th October
Something very Artificial Intelligence has arrived and it’s got all sorts of Black Mirror meets the year 3000 written all over it. Intrigued? Listen up!
Basically, Björk has updated her 2015 release ‘Vulnicura‘ with an immersive Virtual Reality element, courtesy of OTHERWORLD, and it looks pretty epic. If you’re one for an immersive experience like being strapped into a jet plane with ten minutes to solve a puzzle, or riding the Murder Express whilst obtaining clues to a fatality in a very the Colonel in the library kinda way, then this is definitely your bag.
TRY and get into the spirit of the Ruggers World Cup this weekend (geddit?) and visit one of these amazing truly SCRUM-ptious places. Gosh, enough of the puns, but seriously we’ve rounded up some of the best rugger spots and here’s where to find them…
Website: Rugger This Way...
Let 1 Lombard Street lull you into utter relaxation with their Piano Open Mic night this Friday.
Yes, pushing regular open mics to the sidelines, the decadent 1 Lombard Street will invite keyboard tinklers to take to the piano, no matter that their ability. You’ll enjoy dinner, whilst watching the knowing fingers of the London Contemporary School of Piano create audio miracles on the keys. Plus, all pianists are welcome to perform too, or watch from the sidelines if you’re feeling timid.
Embrace your inner Elton this Friday 27th September! To book, e-mail email@example.com
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
It’s all aboard Japan Week as Sexy Fish celebrates with a Lunch Club that’ll see guests sipping on sake with expert Raul Diaz. The private dining room will be your stomping ground during the glamorous lunch, with dishes including pomegranate and cashew salad and salmon teriyaki with yuzu hollandaise available. The immersive experience hosts just 20 guests, making it exclusive as well as delicious!
To get involved, book here… and a percentage of the coast of all ticket sales will go to charity.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)