Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. As you know, this can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.
Let’s begin with Tipping the Velvet, a play adaptation of the infamous historical novel by Sarah Waters. The play is directed by Lyndsey Turner, and seems to be doing fairly well in reviews.
The show is at the Lyric Hammersmith, just down the road from – you guessed it – Hammersmith station. There are two showings this weekend, Friday and Saturday, both of which begin at 7:30pm. Tickets range from £15-£30. Get more info, here.
Next up we have the London Restaurant Festival, which comprises of Events and Festival Menus. These events are taking place for the whole month of October, starting from the 1st and finishing on the 31st.
“Now in its seventh year, the London Restaurant Festival is a city-wide celebration of London restaurants and chefs. From great-value festival restaurant-hopping menus to amazing one-off chef-led events, there is a great range of menus and activities on offer.”
Staying on the food and drink theme for a moment, we now have the London Beer Carnival… sort of. This event was supposed to on all week, with a £50 ticket granting you access to free beer, but it has sadly been cancelled.
Now, in it’s place, is a free entry event at their pub in Clapham.
“Route CBC will be a two day, celebration of American beer, featuring, Prairie Artisan Ales, Other Half Brewing Company, J Wakefield Brewing, Jester King Brewery , Cigar City Brewing, Funky Buddah Brewery, Anchorage Brewing Company and Lost Abbey.”
On Saturday we have the South London Soul train, which is held at the Bussey Building/The CLF Art Café near Peckham station.
This event is described as “This monthly Peckham party promises ‘no bass wobbles, only love, funk and soul’. Expect everything from Motown anthems to slinky jazz-funk killers, hosted by Jazzheadchronic with special guests.”
For a bit of culture, we have the London Literature Festival, which starts on the 1st October and goes on until the 10th. Prices vary, but it starts every day at 12:00am at the Southbank Centre.
The event is described as: “The London Literature Festival once again fills the Southbank Centre with acclaimed authors, poets, speakers and collaborators for a fortnight of wordy events. Celebrating its ninth year in 2015, the festival will include a four day live reading of ‘Moby Dick’ (Oct 1-4) with unique commissions and surprises to complement the performance (and some reading slots open to the public).”
Get more details here.
Next up is the Calm Down, Dear – A Festival of Feminism, taking place at the Camden People’s Theatre. This is fairly easy to get to, as the closest stations are Euston Square and Warren Street. Price wise it’s fairly reasonable, at £10 for concessions and £12 for everybody else.
Information on the event reads: “ Leading this year’s offerings is Louise Orwin’s London premiere of ‘A Girl and a Gun’ following her hit ‘Pretty Ugly. last year. The show looks at the prevalence of images of women with gun. There’s also the searing monologue ‘Portrait’ by Racheal Ofori about life through the eyes of a young black woman. There’s lots lots more over the two-week festival which highlights some of the country’s up-and-coming young companies.”
Check out the venue’s website here.
As always, we will finish up with the alternative.
This week, there are three gigs worth checking out. First on our list are the long running doom/symphonic doom (with a twist of goth) legends Paradise Lost.
They are playing at the KoKo in Camden on Sunday, with tickets costing roughly £20. Get tickets here.
Also playing are thrash band Annihilator, who will be tearing up the O2 Academy Islington. Sadly, they are also playing Sunday, so if you like both, you’re out of luck. Tickets are roughly £22, and are available here.
There is one more thrash gig also taking place this weekend, with the return of the mighty Acid Reign. They are playing The Underworld in Camden, also on Sunday, alongside Xentrix and Shrapnel. Get tickets for £14 here.
For something a bit more chilled out, this week I am going to recommend The Hobgoblin, which was previously known as the Devonshire Arms. This is a pub serving up cold drinks alongside a nice variety of music. The clientele will be leaning toward the goth side of things, but a lot of metalheads hang out there, too.
They currently have no website, but you can find out their address, and some more info, here.