As the winter drags on, it’s easy to surrender to your duvet and television. Believe us, we know how you feel. But the beauty of this wonderful capital is there’s always something going on – and thankfully that doesn’t stop when the sun decides to hibernate. So, it’s time to stop dreaming of that warming bath and cup of cocoa and explore what’s waiting for you on your doorstep. Here are a few of our top picks – just remember your brolly.
Dino-Snores for Grown Ups, Natural History Museum, South Kensington (Friday, January 17th – Saturday, January 18th)
What better way is there to spend a Friday night than pillow-talking with a 26-metre-long Diplodocus? Exactly; everything else simply pales in comparison. Well, tonight, a lucky few of you will swap your date with your sofa for a night of prehistoric party times at the Natural History Museum.
London’s favourite hands-on museum opens its doors for Dino-Snores for Grown Ups; a new event aimed at “adults with an enquiring mind.” The ticket entitles explorers to a science show featuring gruesome forensics, stand-up comedy and live music, an all-night horror movie marathon as well as a midnight feast with edible insect tasting. The Jurassic lock-in also buys eager nature lovers a romantic sleeping spot under the iconic Diplodocus once they’ve indulged in a three-course dinner. It’s an evening with a twist, and one to turn any of your more adventurous friends into green-eyed monsters. Go on, release your inner child.
London Art Fair 2014, Business Design Centre – Islington (Tuesday, 14th January – Sunday 19th January)
Know your Rembrandt from your Van Gogh? Art lovers with a keen eye for a bargain (or even those who have some serious dough to spare) should get involved in this annual art fair at the Business Design Centre in Upper Street. This impressive collection boasts more than 100 galleries from the UK and across the globe. With so much art on display, there’s bound to be something for everyone’s taste. But even if you’re not ready to dish out your hard-earned cash on the next big thing, it’s a great venue to meet a friend and inject a
bit of culture into your weekend.
Columbia Road Flower Market – Tower Hamlets (Sunday, 19th January)
If dinosaurs or art just aren’t your thing, why not head down to Columbia Road to bag a few flower-shaped bargains? This impressive display of home-grown and exotic foliage is enough to wow any passer-by, and even those without green fingers will want to part with their cash. Greenery of all shapes and sizes is up for grabs – everything from bedding plants to ten-foot banana trees.
And for those that still can’t be convinced that they need some petal power to brighten up their living room, Columbia Road is packed to the rafters with independent English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops, vintage clothes stores as well as fantastic pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Make Good: Piñatas – The Book Club, Shoreditch (Monday, 20th January)
And if those three London spots really can’t convince you to embrace the winter chill, hopefully a chance to make piñatas while necking a couple of trendy ales will be more your style. Head to this friendly bar in Leonard Street where you will be handed everything you need to create a bashable animal to make you proud. Just bring a selection of your favourite sweets and be ready to get your craft on.