This post is about a weekend in the past.
This week, we’re bringing you our weekend round-up a little earlier than usual. Now you’ve got some extra time to find something fun, call a friend, concoct a plan and go make some memories. Enjoy!
Get festive by the river at Southbank Centre Christmas Market, now open ’til Xmas (see our round-up of London’s winter fairs)
And Father Christmas and reindeer are at London Zoo every weekend too.
Pop-up eating and drinking at Street Feast’s Hawker House, Bethnal Green.
And Night Tales is a very similar food/booze happening in Dalston.
Cook something up at the BBC Good Food Show, Olympia.
Have a lot of sax at the London Jazz Festival, various venues.
Extravagant and profane feminist furniture, HQ, Borough (Fri/Sat only).
Potter about at Hogwarts In The Snow, Warner Bros. Studios, Watford.
Ice skate at Somerset House, NHM, Canary Wharf or Tower of London.
A film festival for young’uns at Framed Film Festival, Barbican.
Mosy through dreamy installation Travelling to the Wonderland at the V&A.
Or check out Covent Garden’s LEGO snow globe if you’re passing by.
Stroll through the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park, Brentford.
Oui, the French Film Festival est still going.
Catch an exhibition: nine museums and galleries that stay open late on Friday
Gigs: The Fall at Clapham Grand; Kai Hoffman at Barbican Centre; Temples at Electric Ballroom, Camden; and 65 more.
Clubs: Dollop presents Koreless at The Laundry, Dalston; Players Ball at Concrete, Shoreditch; Zonk Disco at Bussey Building, Peckham; and 19 more.
A screening of Fantasia with live orchestral accompaniment, Royal Albert Hall.
A day of nuclear power-themed film screenings at Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton.
Retro and designer pieces at Jumble and Pearls Vintage Fayre, Old Street.
Gigs: Doom at The Forum, Kentish Town; Gary Numan at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm; Maceo Parker at Under The Bridge, Fulham; and 58 more.
Clubs: White Jail Second Year Anniversary Special with Akufen, Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle; Digitalism + Russ Chimes + In Flagranti, XOYO, Old Street; Art of Dark Residents’ House Party, secret location, Shoreditch; and 28 more.
Star Wars and graffiti at Star Wars and Stuff, Shoreditch.
Dosey doe at the Family Barn Dance, Cecil Sharp House, Camden.
On-the-spot Austen at improv night Austentatious, Leicester Square.
Gigs: KT Tunstall at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Covent Garden; Snarky Puppy at Village Underground, Shoreditch; Phronesis at Cockpit Theatre, Edgware Road; and 54 more.
New places to eat and drink
White Lyan, Hoxton, pioneering unusual cocktails ★★★★★
Marianne, Westbourne Park, exquisite cooking, micro-restaurant ★★★★☆
Hackney Plough, Homerton, a good honest pub ★★★★☆
Merchants Tavern, Old Street, classic food in a retro-chic warehouse ★★★☆☆
Drakes Tabanco, Tottenham Court Road, tapas and sherry ★★★☆☆
PipsDish, Covent Garden, menu-free home-style cooking ★★★☆☆
The latest theatre reviews
Or why not…
Watch Wes Anderson’s new short film for free online.
Buy your very own record store for a mere £300,000.
Put your feet up in front of this weekend’s best TV.
Soundtrack your house party with the top 100 party songs.
Whatever you do, have a good one.