Breathe everyone and exhale a sigh of relief – it’s Friday again! And now that another winter week’s passed, it’s time to look forward to the weekend when the fun really begins. Don’t worry; it’s not all about Valentine’s Day. Luckily there’s more than enough for singletons to do in London too, and we hope that by Saturday you’ve all worked out where to stash your stuffed toys, single red roses and padded over-sized cards.
- Foreign Bodies, Common Ground, Euston (until Sunday, 16 March)
This is a great one for those of you looking to forget any romance this weekend. Why not pop down to the Wellcome Collection in Euston for a slightly gory exhibition based on medical research and body parts. The unusual (and free) exhibition shows what happens when six artists stay in medical research centres in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK. Definitely one for the squeamish to avoid.
Image: Saloon 97 Saturday Sale
- Retro & Vintage Market, Brixton Village (Saturday, 15 February)
This is one for those of you less into gore and more into fashion. On the third Saturday of each month, all things vintage are plucked from closets across London and sold in Brixton. The market promises stalls packed full of vintage clothes, jewellery, shoes and furniture. In fact, everything you could possibly need to get the London look. If you’re feeling nostalgic (and after a sugar kick), there will also be a vintage sweet stall to take you back to your tuck shop at school. Fruit Salad anyone?
- The Anti-Slam: Valentine’s Day Special, Hackney Picture House (Friday, 14 February)
And for the recently broken-hearted or Valentine’s Day haters out there, tonight’s the night to head down to Hackney Picture House. Say no to clichéd candlelit suppers, this novel evening will consist of extremely terrible poetry – we’re talking the kind to make Wordsworth wince. The organisers are looking for “love poetry so terrible and cringe-worthy it transcends quality, becoming laugh-out-loud genius.” Whether you’re there to listen or to entertain, this promises to be an evening anything but ordinary.
- The Chocolate Kitchens, Richmond (Opens Friday, 14 February)
Ever wonder if the royals have a sweet tooth? Well, today’s your lucky day. From today, the only surviving royal Chocolate Kitchens opens its doors to the public for the first time. And it’s all because Hampton Court curators recently uncovered the precise location of the Chocolate Kitchen which had been used as a storeroom for years. The 18th Century Kitchen was once the territory of Thomas Tosier, personal chocolatier to King George I. Go on; have a nosey and treat yourself to a hot chocolate afterwards.