Whether you’re after the hottest new exhibition to visit, an interactive James Bond experience or fancy shopping handmade ceramics at a pop-up market, we’ve rounded up the very best things to do this weekend in London. Read on to inspire your weekend ahead…
9 things to do this weekend in London
Catch the opening weekend of London’s hottest new exhibition
This week sees Saatchi’s mega exhibition takeover arrive. Beyond the Streets will be taking over the entirety of the gallery, featuring original art, photography, immersive and site-specific installations, archival fashion and a few surprises.
The exhibition brings together works from over 150 artists and creatives in street artwork, paying homage to the greatest moments in graffiti history. From painting trains to social activism to the clothes renowned in the underground art and culture scene, head down to catch the gallery’s biggest exhibition to date.
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When: 17.02.2023 – 09.05.2023
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY
Get your James Bond fix at this new interactive experience
James Bond fans, things just got a whole lot more exciting. Harrods is launching an interactive-themed experience this weekend.
Coming in whisky form, the experience celebrates the release of The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release, a collection of six limited-edition bottles to mark six decades of Bond films. From Sunday 19th, Bond fans can travel through the interactive journey filled with memorabilia and moments from the 007 films.
Located on the Ground Floor of Harrods, expect to find a timeline composed of original illustrative designs, concept art and storyboards showcasing the process of the Bond films. You’ll find everything from Bond’s passport from GoldenEye (1995) to his government Whitehall ID from Skyfall (2012) and a gold bar from Goldfinger (1964).
Exclusively available at Harrods, fans can also by bottles from the whisky collection.
When: 19.02.2023 – 21.03.2023
Where: Ground Floor at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
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Shop handmade ceramics at this pop-up market
Spread across two days, the Independent Ceramics Market will be pitching up at Copeland Park in Peckham.
On Saturday 18th, you can expect over 150 emerging ceramic artists and DIY potters to be showcasing the best of their collections, allowing you to peruse and buy one-of-a-kind pieces for your home or as gifts.
On Sunday 19th, Copland Park will be taken over by mix-and-match ceramics and houseplant sellers from Green Rooms Market.
When: 18.02.2023 – 19.02.2023
Where: Unit 8, Copeland Park, Peckham, SE15 3SN
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Don’t miss this exhibition celebrating Tomio Seike’s iconic works
Celebrating Tomio Seike’s birthday and his longstanding relationship with Hamiltons Gallery, this winter sees the gallery honour him with a new exhibition.
Tomio Seike: Eighty brings together a collection of his most iconic images from the past decades, featuring platinum palladium prints and vintage, toned gelatin silver prints. The collection includes portraits of artist Zoe Leonard from one of his first series, as well as his later works of figurative nudes.
When: Until 11.03.2023
Where: Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, W1K 2EU
Grab a drink at Soho’s coolest new cocktail bar
Making its Denmark Street debut this weekend is new cocktail bar Thirteen, alongside underground haunt, dial8. Opening on Friday 17th February, tucked away inside new Soho hotel Chateau Denmark, the new bars are a celebration of hedonistic Denmark Street and its one hundred yards of music shops, live music venues and tattoo parlours.
The drinks menu will capture the spirit of the neighbourhood, with rare Mezcals, Scotch whiskeys, and boldly playful cocktails on offer – from the from Morning Fury, a non-alcoholic aperitif cocktail that ironically takes influence from the Sex Pistol’s documentary The Filth & the Fury; to Major Tom, a gin and tonic twist served in a highball with lemongrass – a respectful nod to David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
The interiors have been designed by London-based Grapes Design, incorporating a maximalist design approach – think theatrical textures, dramatic curtains, and the largest scale print of Damien Frost’s ‘Soho Tableaux’ to really make a statement.
When: Opening 17.02.2023
Where: Denmark St, London WC2H 0LA
Celebrate Rio Carnival in London
If you can’t quite make it to Rio for carnival season, enjoy the next best thing right here in London. Amazonico London will be pulling out all of the stops this carnival week showcasing the vibrant art, traditional food, colourful drinks and music inspired by the streets of Brazil.
Taking over the flagship Mayfair venue right eight days, expect live Brazilian bands to be taking over the restaurant every evening and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.
Look forward to dishes such as Pincanha, a Brazilian-style grilled rump steak with a brioche bun and chimichurri mayo; Torrada, a spiced tortilla served with avocado and pineapple salad and green shiso leaves; and Queso Coalho, a mix of grilled Mastelo cheese, pork crackling and smoked tamarillo jam.
When: 17.02.2023 – 25.02.2023
Where: Amazonico London, 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
Watch Shakespeare’s most deadly revenge tragedy
Re-enter Shakepeare’s intoxicating tragedies with the arrival of Titus Andronicus. Arriving at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this week, the age-old story comes to life thanks to Jude Christian’s (Dark Night of the Soul, Globe) direction.
On stage until April 15th, the plot follows Roman general Titus Andronicus as he returns from a ten-year battle and refuses to show mercy to the eldest son of Tamora, Queen of the Goths. Betrayed by his nation, and with his family in ruins, Titus seeks justice the only way he know how – tooth for tooth and limb for limb.
When: 17.02.2023 – 15.04.2023
Where: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
Get your culture fix at the Barbican
Another exhibition landing this week is the Barbican’s Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle. On display until May 21st, this is the largest exhibition to date in the UK of the American artist.
Renowned for her lurid portraits capturing the shifting landscape happening in 20th century America, this collection of work sees over 70 of Neel’s paintings on display, alongside archival photographs and film.
When: 16.02.2023 – 21.05.2023
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
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Sample experimental dishes at this foodie festival
Looking to try something new? Flavourscapes is a new foodie festival taking over Glasshouse Street this weekend, filling your half-term with unexpected flavours and intricate dishes.
Head over and indulge in things like coloured five-cheese fondue fountain with unusual sides to dip into it; glow-in-the-dark bao buns stuffed with meat and veggies; and liquid nitrogen ice cream and candy floss burritos.
This is a one-of-a-kind food experience where nothing is off the menu.
When: 17.02.2023 – 18.02.2023
Where: Glasshouse Street, W1R 5RQ