Five things to do this weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend and need some inspiration? No need to look further, with this list of five of the best student-friendly events London has to offer this weekend.

Anicka Yi: In love with the world

Free to enter, Anicka Yi brings us an alternative world at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, the largest post-industrial space at the museum, displaying an artistic concept of an alternative ecosystem. It explores themes include contemplating what it would be like to share a world with machines that could live in the wild and evolve on their own. 

To add to the experience, Yi adds on different scenescapes which change on a weekly basis and link to a specific time in the history of Bankside, where the museum is located. 

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

Check out this recreation of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The exhibition, which has been created using state of the art digital technology, is true to size and presents the artist’s paintings as never seen before with high-definition photos. 

Located at Canon Factory in Tottenham, the visit to the recreated chapel takes roughly 60-90 minutes, with tickets starting from £11. 

Japan festival – Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is celebrating the iconic plants, art and culture of Japan this autumn. 

Included in the festival is the Momijigari Trail, the Japanese tradition of visiting places brimming with red leaves. Additionally, the temperate house will be home to a large-scale artistic installation by Japanese artist Chihary Shiota, and a soundscape by Japanese sound designer Yosu Horika.

This weekend, at 11am and 12pm, busker ICHI, from Nayogo in Japan will also be putting on a musical performance as a one-man band, using everyday instruments from ping-pong balls to typewriters. Japanese calligrapher, KASHUŪ, will also be performing giant calligraphy art, shodō. 

The autumn festival will last until October 31, with tickets priced at £13.50

MCM Comic Con 2021 

MCM Comic Con returns this year, giving visitors an opportunity to interact with their favourite characters and get pictures.

This year’s celebrity guest line up includes the likes of Tom Hiddleston, David Hayter, and Freddy Carter among others. Panels also consist of Tabletop Gaming and D&D with Imagination Gaming, The Future of Blade Runner, Quidditch UK, and more. A big part of Comic Con is Cosplay Central, where fans can come dressed as their favourite characters, as well as a gaming zone. 

The event runs from Friday to Sunday, with ticket prices ranging from £20-32.

London Cocktail Month 

October in London means Cocktail Month. The celebration, supposed to last a week, has now been extended to the whole month. The world’s largest cocktail party consists of lots of fun events, pop-ups, and lots of fascinating drinks mixed by skilled bartenders. The whole month-long events come at a deal, with a £15 wristband giving you access to £7 signature cocktails at more than 275 bars across London. 

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