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London Art Fair
London Art Fair
Leave to Remain
The Adventure Travel Show
The Cuban Brothers Live
The Cuban Brothers Live
Les Antliaclastes: Waltz Of The Hommelettes
Winter Lights Festival
Winter Lights Festival
100 Figures: The Unseen Art Of Quentin Blake
100 Figures: The Unseen Art Of Quentin Blake
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch Bottomless CineBrunch
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch Bottomless CineBrunch
Bombay Bustle Yoga Brunch
Bombay Bustle Yoga Brunch
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

London Art Fair

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 16th to 20th Jan 2019

 

Now in its 31st year, the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre shows no signs of losing its cutting edge. Whether you're buying or just looking you'll have a hundred galleries from London and beyond to browse through. Well known artists like David Hockney, Banksy and Grayson Perry are featured while Danielle Arnaud Gallery's stand shows the work of five women artists. Hazelton Fine Art Galleries brings a selection of Salvador Dali bronze sculptures to their stand, marking the 30th anniversary of the artist's death. Sitting alongside the main fair, Art Projects offers a platform for the next generation of artists and gallerists, and Photo50 showcases current trends in contemporary photographic art. This year Eastbourne's Towner Art Gallery has been selected as the chosen regional museum, showing works of art by the likes of Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash and Wolfgang Tillmans.

 
 
 

Leave to Remain

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 18th January to 16th February 2019

 

An exciting new production from TV writer Matt Jones, the world premiere of Leave to Remain will be staged at Lyric Hammersmith this winter. Jones has previously worked on Doctor Who and Mr Selfridge, and for this modern love story he has teamed up with Kele Okereke, lead singer of Bloc Party, and director Robby Graham. Okereke will provide the soundtrack while Tyrone Huntley and Billy Cullum take on the roles of Obi and Alex, a young gay couple leading busy lives in London. When Alex's visa comes into question, the couple face an uncertain future.

 
 
 

Grace Wales Bonner

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2AR

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 18th January to 15th February 2019

 

Over the course of one month, the Grace Wales Bonner exhibition at the Sackler part of the Serpentine Gallery sees a series of happenings exploring the spaces of the Serpentine. A multi-sensory installation, the exhibition includes site-specific shrines created by Kapwani Kiwanga, Eric N. Mack, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Grace Wales Bonner. The musician Laraaji leads meditation workshops during the exhibition's opening days while Rashid Johnson's installations using carpets create a sense of grounding throughout the gallery.

 
 
 

The Adventure Travel Show

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January 2019

 

Back for its 23rd year, The Adventure Travel Show is the UK's only event dedicated entirely to discovering the world off the beaten track. Whether you're interested in volunteering, a career break, trekking, diving, safari or cycling, the show gives you access to specialist adventure travel companies who can help. There are over 100 free inspirational talks across four theatres to choose from, information on the hottest new destinations, the chance to enhance your travel photography, writing and film skills. Hear talks from adventurers and experienced explorers including Levison Wood who takes centre stage on the show's opening day. If this doesn't inspire you to travel in 2019, nothing will.

 
 
 

Bombay Bustle Yoga Brunch

Bombay Bustle, 29 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PA

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 12th January to 23rd February 2019

 

Indian restaurant Bombay Bustle is helping Londoners out with their healthy New Year resolutions with a series of Yoga Brunches. Running from 12th January to 23rd February, the event takes place every Saturday morning and kicks off with a yoga class at luxury lifestyle and wellness hub, The Ady Centre. During the one-hour class guests will be guided by DeRose method gurus, who will focus on both physical and respiratory techniques to enhance wellbeing and fitness. Following this, it will be time for a well-earned three-course brunch at Bombay Bustle, which commences with a warm lentil salad following by a choice of dishes such as tandoor spiced halloumi, seabass with fresh vegetables, and grilled tofu with sauteed vegetables.

 
 
 
 

The Cuban Brothers Live

The Prince Of Wales Brixton, 467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8HH

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th January 2019

 

This January, The Cuban Brothers come to Prince of Wales Brixton for their only scheduled London show in 2019. Previously hired by Damien Hirst, Robbie Williams and Elton John, the risque musical comedy troupe are renowned for their funk-soul blends, b-boy action and riotous comedy, selling out shows across the globe. This gig will see them bring a taste of Havana to Brixton with support from The Tropical Hustle.

 
 
 

Les Antliaclastes: Waltz Of The Hommelettes

Barbican The Pit, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 15th to 19th Jan 2019

 

Masked performers, sound, music, automatons and sculptural puppets brings Patrick Sims's magical cabinet of curiosities to life, containing hints of Alice In Wonderland and loosely based on Brothers Grimm's The Elves. Part of the London International Mime Festival, Waltz of the Hommelettes is a UK premiere performed by Patrick Sims' new company, Les Antliaclastes. It's one of four shows for the festival staged at the Barbican along with screenings of Buster Keaton films.

 
 
 

Winter Lights Festival

Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, London, E14 5AG

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 

Dates: 15th to 26th January 2019

 

Brightening the darkest January days, the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf brings an array of illuminated installations to the city. The interactive festival - where you can actually get up close to the light sources - includes sculptures, lasers, projections and digital art. This year's works feature luminescent hopscotch, 25 metre projections of marching elephants and rhinos, and 24,000 individual suspended lights. The 2019 theme is inspired by sustainability and waste reductions, with many pieces crafted using recycled and sustainable materials while others portray messages relating to climate change. In addition to the light installations, there will also be a food festival with a number of traders selling everything from pizza and waffles to Middle Eastern and Swiss dishes.

 
 
 

100 Figures: The Unseen Art Of Quentin Blake

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 17th October 2018 to 27th January 2019

 

This winter, the House of Illustration is giving an unprecedented insight into Quentin Blake's private practice in its new exhibition, 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake. The show features large-scale pieces created by Blake between 1950 and 2000, all of which have never been seen before. The remarkable body of work provides a glimpse into Blake's experimentation with materials, showing how he achieves the genius representation of the body and gesture that he his famed for.

 
 
 

Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch Bottomless CineBrunch

Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, 335-337 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LL

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: From 06th January 2019

 

From January 2019, the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch is offering Bottomless Cinebrunch, inviting Londoners to enjoy a three-course brunch before settling in for a movie in the hotel's private cinema. Taking place every Sunday, the brunch features indulgent dishes like smashed avocado with smoked salmon, hangar steak with truffle mash potato, chicken schnitzel with lime slaw, and a quinoa and beetroot burger with an avocado bun, all washed down with free-flowing prosecco. Each month will take on a different theme for the movie, commencing with Feel Good London in January with a screening of A Fish Called Wanda. There's also the chance to book the Cinebrunch & Stay package, offering an overnight stay, brunch and film screening for £348.

 
 
 
 
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