The weekend is almost upon us, and boy, are we ready for it! Stuck for ideas? Here’s where we’ll be headed…
Opium’s Cocktail Appreciation Society (Saturday)
There is nothing worse on a Saturday night than everyone leaving a bar to go to a club that you don’t like. What do
you do? Follow them somewhere with bad music or go home just as the night is starting? Well now there is a third option; join The House of the Rising Sun Club in Soho. It is Opium’s late-night speakeasy club for all people passionate about drinks. Doors are open from 10pm and close at 3am. The club is free to join and this Saturday the conversation will be all things bourbon-related. Head bartender Matt Green has created a bourbon food-pairing cocktail menu that sees Old Fitzgerald being coupled with gold-dusted popcorn. Certainly beats that greasy kebab everyone else will be regretting in the morning!
Visions Festival (Saturday)
Visions Festival is a brand new collaborative festival that takes place over three locations around London Fields. Taking the festival out of the field and into some exciting new venues, Visions aims to offer a different festival experience, offering some stellar live acts such as Public Service Broadcasting, Koreless, and !!! (chk chk chk), alongside a DIY record fare, an exhibition by illustration label Belly Kids and catering by Netil Market – including stalls from Lucky Chip, Breddo’s Taco Shack, BAO, popsicles and more.
Occupy Bowie (Sunday)
Legendary is the best way to describe the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A. Tickets have been sold out for weeks and some are going for over £100 on eBay. Sadly, it’s closing on Sunday, but not before one last celebration by die-hard fans. At 3pm, Occupy Bowie commences. The event has called for all “misfits, androgynes, glam rockers, goblin kings, scary monsters and super creeps” to gather outside the museum to create a tableau vivant. For readers whose French is a bit rusty, this means “living picture”. The group hopes to create a static image to honour the music and art of Bowie. Join the event on Facebook; just don’t forget your glitter.
Shuffle (8-18th August)
This 11-day film festival takes place both inside and outside the former Victorian psychiatric facility that is St. Clement’s Hospital in Mile End. The films are curated by local resident Danny Boyle, showing greats such as Withnail & I, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a selection of Boyle’s own films, and some short films. If that’s not quite your thing, then there’s plenty of exhibitions, galleries, pop-up bars, food stalls, and live music going on to keep you entertained.