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Jump Into The Weekend With These 16 Plans

Fancy diving into a room brimming with marshmallows? Yep, us too. This weekend, why not spend your time striking a pose at The Wonder Factory, sinking your teeth into an unnecessary amount of drams and donning a kilt for Burns Night, and watching Chiswick House Gardens light up with lanterns. Here’s everywhere to be doing it:

Catch The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

From elevating young photographers into the limelight to showcasing established professionals, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 showcases outstanding portrait photography from budding photographers across the globe. Add this one to your January must-see list.

Running until 16th February 2020

Where: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE
Website: www.npg.org.uk

Venture To The Garnish Garden at Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar

I’m sure we can all agree that settling back into work after the Christmas break has been a struggle, and this dreary weather isn’t helping one bit. But, we’ve found a little haven that’s helping us tear away from the relentless work deadlines that appear to be piling up. Enter Garnish Garden, your new favourite oasis. Gin Mare and Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar at One Aldwych Hotel have partnered up to transform the bar into a complete oasis of botanicals, freshness and good times.

Beverage Manager at One Aldwych, Perdo Paulo has concocted three delicately blended Gin Mare cocktails, each of which have been paired with a tasty pintxo inspired by the Gin Mare botanicals. Enjoy all of this alongside an energising facial or body scrub in the One Aldwych Health Club in their Winter citrus experience. It’s gintastic!

Available Tuesday – Saturday, 5-11pm

Where: 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ
Website: www.eneko.london

New Opening: Colette

On the hunt for London’s freshest quality produce and speciality gifts? We might have found our new favourite foodie hideout and it’s nuzzled in the heart of Chelsea.

Opening earlier this week, Colette is a brand new gourmet traiteur and delicatessen set up by Executive Chef, Chris Hill, who honed his skills at some of London’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants. Forget dining out this weekend, enjoy a specially curated seasonal menu of take-home dishes that’ll no doubt help to add a sparkle at your dinner table. Highlights include the classic confit cod with lemon, roasted garlic and capers; soy glazed beef rib with bok choi, ginger and spring onion; and a personal spin on the classic beef wellington. Coupled with a bottle of bubbly, it’s the perfect spot for all your weekend foodie needs.

Where: 315 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9QH
Website: www.colette.co.uk

Peruse The London Art Fair

Here’s another one for the art fanatics. London Art Fair provides local and world renowned artists a space to showcase the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time, to discover and to buy. Nurturing collections at all levels, you’ll find everything from prints and editions, to major works by internationally renowned artists. Let’s get collecting!

Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th January 

Where: Business Design Centre, Upper Street, The Angel N1 0QH
Website: www.londonartfair.co.uk

Stay At The Kimpton Fitzroy London

Wave goodbye to those January blues and check into London’s hottest hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London, for their brand new weekend package. Whether you’re an early riser, or live for your weekend lie in, Kimpton Fitzroy’s new check-in package offers you a breezy check-in at one of their luxury single rooms and will guarantee you’ll be getting your zzz’s. On arrival, you’re invited to pull up a pew at the bar and join Kimpton’s social hour with complimentary drinks. Plus, the package includes a traditional cooked or continental breakfast too – winner!

For more information on the packages, head to Kimpton Fitzroy’s website 

Where: 1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
Website: www.kimptonfitzroylondon.com

Strike A Pose At The Wonder Factory

Make sure your hair is on fleek (wait, do the kids even say this anymore?) as you step inside The Wonder Factory because your Instafeed is about to go into overdrive! From mirrors that’ll make it look as though you’re in the intergalactic to a marshmallow swimming pool, expect to find 15 creatively decorated rooms to appease your influencer dreams.

Where: Dalston Works, 3 Martel Place, Dalston, E8 2FQ
Website: www.thewonderfactory.co.uk

Celebrate Burns Night

Cancel your Veganuary plans (there’s only six days left anyway) and instead indulge in a festival of basically the opposite – Burns Night. Taking place on Saturday 25th, Burns Night gives chefs across the nation a chance to come up with new ways to serve up sheep’s lungs to the dulcet drones of bagpipes and guests a reason to sink an unnecessary amount of drams and don a kilt. Here’s where you should be celebrating.

Website: Burns Night Festivities This Way...

Explore The Wonderful World Of Lightopia

Say hello to Lightopia, the lantern festival you need on your Winter radar. Come the 22nd of January, watch 2,000 lanterns pitter patter their way to Chiswick House Gardens bringing with them over 1,000,000 light bulbs… Get your ‘grams at the ready as you’re transported into the magical world of gigantic lollipops, life-size bumblebees and immaculate building-size peacocks – think Alice in Wonderland meets Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Wednesday 22nd January – Sunday 1st March

Where: Chiswick House Gardens, W4 2QN
Website: www.lightopiafestival.com

Try House of Voga x Radio Rooftop

You look fabulous, darling.

These days, there seems to be a fitness class for everyone, and now there’s even a fitness class for those who are totally obsessed with yoga and Vogue. Fashionistas, we’d like to introduce House of Voga. It’s a combo of the two so expect to be voguing your way through the downward dog. It bridges the gap between yoga and dance, while helping to strengthen your posture. This Saturday head to Radio Rooftop at ME London and dance your way to fitness before enjoying a nourishing brunch.

Saturday 25th January 

Where: ME London, Strand, WC2R 1HA
Website: www.melondonhotel.com

Catch The London International Mime Festival

If you’ve had enough of the Charlie Chaplin impersonators hanging around Covent Garden, watch the professional mime artists at work at the London International Mime Festival 2020. Now in its 44th year, ten international companies join eight British groups for a month of puppetry, mystery and outstanding interpretations of the classic client movies that help shape film today. It’ll be seriously great fun for all.

Sunday until Sunday 2nd February 

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.mimelondon.com

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

See Canary Wharf's Winter Lights

This weekend be sure to catch the last few days of Canary Wharf’s award-winning Winter Lights festival. For the last few weeks, Canary Wharf has been 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. Fill your Insta feed with twinkling lights one last time (well, until December rolls around).

Running until Saturday 25th January 

Where: Canary Wharf
Website: www.canarywharf.com

Celebrate: Chinese New Year

London’s best Chinese restos are gearing up to put on the best party of the year all in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Break your Dry January plans and indulge in a weekend of wining, dining and celebrating. Here’s where to do it…

Website: Celebrations This Way...

Catch: Picasso and Paper

Of course, we all know Picasso for his surrealist paintings, but his work was more than just meet the eye. He tore, burnt, cut and even made three-dimensional figures out of paper, so you know a far cry from his ‘Guernica’ masterpiece. From printmaking to wallpapering, explore Picasso’s masterpieces in the Royal Academy of Arts’ latest exhibition.

Runs from 25th January – 13th April 2020

Where: Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
Website: www.royalacademy.org.uk

Free Lunches: MOB Truck Launch

Free lunch? Don’t mind if we do…

You might know MOB Kitchen from their Insta-worthy creations, but you’ll be delighted to know that they’re launching their very own mobile truck, aptly named the MOB Truck. To celebrate the arrival, the MOB Truck will be making its way to Covent Garden giving away free zero-waste veggie lunches to busy commuters, tourists and locals this Friday. All you need to do is bring your own Tupperware box or donate a meal to a hungry child using the World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app.

It’s a seriously great cause that we should be all getting behind, plus who doesn’t love a free lunch?

Friday 24th January, 12-3pm

Where: Covent Garden Piazza
Website: www.mobkitchen.co.uk

Become A Detective At Sherlock: The Official Live Game

Happy Birthday to you Sherlock: The Official Live Game, who turns one next week!

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes, now’s your chance to live like the detective (well, for 100 minutes at least) in The Official Sherlock Live Game. Created by series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, in collaboration with renowned escape room pioneers, Time Run, this immersive experience will see you exploring some of the series most iconic sets as you go about your agent training. With original content from Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and Andrew Scott, this experience will test your powers of deduction, your ability to work in a team and to examine all evidence.

Where: W12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8PP
Website: www.thegameisnow.com

Chokhi Dhani

Embrace a slice of Indian culture when you venture to Chokhi Dhani in Battersea. Throughout the month of January, Chokhi Dhani are offering groups of ten or more the chance to have their very own piece of rice grain art. Traditional artist Bhangirath Singh will be on hand each night creating these unique art features while you dine. Smaller groups won’t be missing out either as they can add £5 to their bill to receive their own rice art too. It’s a truly magical experience.

Where: Chokhi Dhani, Nine Elms Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: Battersea Park (0.6 miles)
Website: www.chokhidhani.co.uk

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