Saturday: a day of the week so uniquely brilliant that Elton John, Nick Drake and, uh, Whigfield all wrote songs about it. Whether you plan to spend yours dancing, drinking, shopping or broadening your cultural horizons, we've got you covered with our pick of the day's best events.
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This celebration of brilliant children's books and illustration is a great opportunity to meet award-winning authors, get books signed and get the little ones involved in creative workshops and activities. Highlights include bookmaking with Hato Press, origami and collaging with illustrator Marion Deuchars, a collaborative doodle wall created by Jon Burgerman and live drawing in the gallery with Alice Bowsher.Read more
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.Read more
The grand shopping stretch gets its usual Christmas makeover with garlands of lights down the length of the road. The 2016 display is a throwback to Regent Street's first set of Christmas lights, which went up in 1954. The decorations will form one part of a wider display that will run all the way from Oxford Circus to Waterloo Place via Piccadilly and St James's. Central London's set to sparkle. Look out for details of the entertainment at the switch-on event, which will take place on November 17. Find more Christmas lights in London Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in LondonRead more
Once again you can expect to see remarkable feats of astrophotography at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. It’s a chance to see magical views of both our own night sky and of galaxies far, far away. The winning spacey visions come from dozens of professional and amateur snappers in various categories including ‘Planets, Comets and Asteroids’, ‘Stars and Nebulae’, ‘Galaxies’ and ‘Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year’ for under-16s. Soar down to Greenwich to see the winners from 2016's competition on display.Read more
London's self-proclaimed biggest – and silliest – pop and fancy dress night supplies its fun-loving punters with oodles of Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Elton John and Katy Perry-style goodness (to name a few), plus a few more credible tunes from the likes of Blur, The Killers and other indie-leaning bands. There are silly themes each week and lest we forget the meat pie-giveaway and air guitar hero award. Remember, anyone in fancy dress gets to jump the queue.Book now Read more
Much-loved club night HDIF has returned home to The Phoenix in the West End after a couple of years’ wandering. The dancefloor at this London indie institution is still packed with dapper crowds who dig grooving to the wonderfully nostalgic soundtracks on offer. Founder Ian Watson and guest DJs from bands spin the tunes. Get free membership by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and dance as if your vintage vinyl collection depended on it.Read more
Shoreditch club XOYO always delivers when it comes to delivering on-point electronic music, whether through nights at the club itself or the XOYO Loves series, which see the brand branching out to different venues. Music-wise, expect anything from deep house to disco to dubstep to R&B, spun by some of the finest in the game.Read more
Do you believe in a thing called love? Justin Hawkins still does, even though it’s over a decade now since his glam-rock troupe struck big with their mega-selling debut album ‘Permission to Land’. Always thoroughly entertaining live, The Darkness are still reassuringly theatrical and totally in thrall to Queen, Led Zep and spandex.Book now Read more
Fifteen years after his death, Ian Dury’s erstwhile backing band continue to tour their enjoyably funky brand of prime elastic pop, playing all the old hits: ‘Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3’, ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ and the rest. The current line-up includes Chaz Jankel, Mickey Gallagher, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and occasionally Gilad Atzmon, with Dury’s former minder Derek Hussey doing a decent impression of the master on vocals.Book now Read more
Made up of former painters and decorators, this British harmony group were discovered by a talent scout while singing on their lunch break (although they had previously auditioned for 'The X Factor', which ruins the story a bit). They're nice boys and their mixture of pop, swing and doo-wop is thoroughly gran-friendly. Tonight they’re playing a festive Christmas show.Book now Read more
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Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar
Venue says: We're the place for Sunday roasts. Served all day from noon. Join us for slow-roasted prime rib with all the trimmings.
This highly successful steakhouse with a ‘New York warehouse feel’ opened in 2002. Sophie is Sophie Bathgate, who is co-owner of the restaurant with Rupert Power. Sophie's has an approachably buzzy, accessibly upscale ambience. The menu is shorter than those at many a steak restaurant, with just a handful each of starters, salads, and 'classics.' Here that word means everything that isn't made of grilled beef: tuna steak, ribs, etc. But of course steak is the star, a short selection of cuts, some served in two different forms (e.g. fillet steak and Chateaubriand). The beef is all native breeds, and the rib for the Sunday roast comes from the 'family farm' in Oxfordshire. It is aged and butchered on the premises in a meat hanging room. The wine list is short and dominated, not surprisingly, by reds. The no-booking policy may force you to wait, as this place is very popular with locals, but there are more painful places to do it than the bar, with a 10-ounce Gibson or Chilli Martini in front of you.