When the opportunity to dress up like a loon presents itself alongside delicious treats on the weekend, we’re never far behind.
From Christmas jumpers in the Docklands, a full month and a half before the day itself, to Harajuku dress-up in Kensington, with a side of your trendiest togs on The Strand, we might actually see you there with bells on.
Strange Days: Memories of the Future is a new exhibition presented by New York’s New Museum and The Store X in partnership with The Vinyl Factory. The Massimiliano Gioni-curated exhibition features work by some of the world’s most exciting film-makers and video artists, presented as large-scale, multi-screen video installations, many of which are being shown in the UK for the first time. It all sounds achingly cool. Add to this the bonus of late Friday opening hours with hand rolled pasta by Matt Z, cocktails by Dom of The Savoy’s American Bar and a DJ set by God Colony (Dazed and Confused) and you’ve got your hipster fill till at least next November.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a gigantic conglomerate of expensive and usually inaccessible restaurants gathering around a BBQ firepit at an industrial space in London’s Docklands. Taste of London is back for all things haute yuletide yuppy, with appearances from tempting names like BAO, Hoppers, The Cheese Bar and Rovi. An artisanal market, live music, DJs and cocktail masterclasses seal the deal for this to be the most delicious destination of the weekend.
Experience the ultimate event for Japanophiles at London’s Olympia this weekend, where you might spot some of Ignite’s senior management turning Japanese and trying on wigs in the HYPER KAWAII area. For lovers of Japanese cuisine, the ramen, yaki soba, katsu curry, Japanese sweets and authentic tea in the EAT-JAPAN section will certainly hit the spot, while you’ll find the rest of us doing lots of difficult learning at the Sake Tasting.