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Five things to do this weekend

By Nora Marie Vatland Mar 4, 2022
Crowd of people in Notting Hill, London.Notting Hill Carnival, celebrating Black-British culture and history. Credit: Glodi Miessi/Unsplash.

We all know that, regardless of what you enjoy doing on your day off, London has something to offer everyone. 

Whether it is a chilly rainy day spent at a museum or a mild dry day wandering around window shopping, there is always something new and fun to experience. 

So, if you are on the lookout for fun things to do on the first weekend of March, keep on reading. 

Black culture market

Inside of a shop.
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Head down to Brixton, or more specifically Downstairs at The Department Store, to celebrate African and Caribbean culture. 

This event supports emerging entrepreneurs and new black businesses of African & Caribbean descent. Walk in and you are greeted with a plethora of high-quality curated products.

Whether you are looking for jewellery, male grooming kits, skincare, original accessories or clothing, this place is for you. 

Barbican Conservatory

Conservative filled with greenery.
The conservatory opened in 1984 and was designed by the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Credit: Benn McGuinness/Unsplash.

Perhaps you already have plans at the culture hub this weekend or maybe you have never been, so why not take 20 minutes out of your day to visit its conservatory? 

This conservatory is the second largest in London and you can expect to find tropical and cascading plants, fungi, cacti as well as tranquil fish pools all under a high glass roof. 

Admission is free but be sure to book yourself a ticket.

Stand-up beginners course Showcase

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Regardless of whether you have been doing stand-up comedy for a while or you’ve just recently started considering picking up the craft, or simply love to laugh, why not support others like yourself?

Head down to The Bill Murray, the headquarters of Angel Comedy, this Saturday at 1 pm to support new stand-ups at their first-ever gig. 

They have all been taught by Ben Target, the 2011 winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian. 

Poppin’ off

Crowd of people at an indoor party.
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Fancy a night filled with your tunes from your throwback playlist? Yes, I am talking about songs like: Baby One More Time by Britney Spears, Common People by Pulp, She’s so High by Tal Bachman and one cannot forget about Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chilli Peppers. 

Book your £6 ticket and dance the night away this Saturday starting at 11pm at The Lexington, Islington’s iconic music venue. 

Free Soho: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll Tour

Sign that reads 'Carnaby Soho'.
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In the words of the event: “explore the heart of the old Red Light District and hear tales of debauchery and drunken misadventure through the ages.” 

This free (or pay what you think it is worth) two hour walking tour is sure to leave you with more knowledge about how the Soho district has risen from seedy danger to an influential and fashionable part of the city.

Starting at Swiss Glockenspiel in Leicester Square at 3.30pm, remember to check the weather forecast and bring an umbrella just in case.

Five things to do this weekend

By Martine A Hess Jan 27, 2022
Person is in focus, looking away from the camera. The night is lit up by city lights.With London at your doorstep, are you making the most of it? Credit: Henri Pham/ Unsplash

Say what you want about the hectic nature and the trials and tribulations of renting, but you cannot refute there is something about the quote “a man who is tired of London is tired of life” that rings true.

This city is constantly buzzing with new voices, whether we are talking music, parties, art, or politics. 

Because we have a tendancy to take what is right in front of us for granted, ask yourself if you are making the most of your time in London?

If the answer is no or even a moment of hesitation, perhaps you should skip the go-to pub this weekend and explore what the city has to offer.

Pop never dies

Fancy dancing the night away to your favourite pop tunes of the 90s and 00s, as well as a sprinkle of the 80s legends? Then, make sure to head to the Lexington this weekend.

Presented by one of the UK’s biggest independent music websites, The Line of Best Fit, this club night is one big celebration of pop music without a trace of guilty pleasure.

Save money by booking tickets in advance or pay eight pounds at the door.  

Hands in the air under a rig of purple lights in a club.
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Helen Levitt + Helen Cammock exhibition

Located in the heart of Oxford Circus, the Photographers’ Gallery is a small but mighty space for those who are interested in the art of photography.

Currently on display is the work by one of the most influential American street photographers, Helen Levitt.

A student ticket is £2,50 and gives access to the Levitt exhibition as well as Helen Cammock’s latest installation, which Time Out named a “love letter to cooperation… a deeply political and engagingly conceptual exhibition.”

Mending and garment care workshop

If you are on a journey to make your shopping habits more sustainable, a good place to start is your closet.

In a throw-away culture, it is easy to forget how effective a little TLC can be.

Thanks to workshops, such as the one hosted by United, making your wardrobe more climate-conscious has never been easier.

During this three-hour class, you get an introduction to different mending techniques and tips for how to take care of your garments.

Close-up of a hand mending pink fabric.
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Photography and storytelling with Myah Jeffers

Looking for a boost of creativity this weekend? Whitechapel Gallery is inviting people up to the age of 24 to join a free workshop focused on storytelling.

This practical session is led by Myah Jeffers, an award-winning photographer and theatre director, who will guide you through writing exercises and how to shoot portraits with intent.

Person is holding a camera up to their face. City lights are in the background.
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Columbia Road Flower Market

In the case you are feeling consumed by the winter blues, it might be the right time to introduce a pop of colour.

So why not make a trip to east London’s very own floral paradise?

Every Sunday, Columbia Road turns vibrant with rows of buckets filled to the brim with everything your heart could desire in the shape of flowers, herbs, and houseplants.

Five things to do this weekend

By Aimen F Rehman Oct 21, 2021
Guest viewing Anicka Yi's commission at Tate ModernGuest viewing Anicka Yi's commission at Tate Modern in London. Photo: Neil Hall/Shutterstock

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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