Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
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The way we engage with fashion is changing. Meet the creatives who are shaking things up at this two-day event over London Fashion Weekend. See Slow, a public showcase of ethical designers like Sole Ferragamo, Elliss Solomon and Katie Jones who are turning away from fashion’s frivolous image to create clothes with a conscience.
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.
Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was a physican and philoshopher who made enormous contributions to seventeenth-century science and medicine. This exhibitions puts his collection of notebooks, paintings, samples and letters on display.
From Whitechapel Market, you can look west along the high street to where the Gherkin stands out above the City. It might as well be the Emerald City for all the relevance it has here: this is a non-stop, heaving, all-weather, cacophonous East End micro-economy, born of pragmatism rather than fashion and largely sustained by local Bangladeshis. Go for fruit, phonecards, pots and pans, fish, spices, cleaning products and the sort of vegetables you might have to ask the name of. For a lunch break visit Needoo Grill: just over the road, this no-frills BYO restaurant serves excellent Punjabi food.
This show brings together two artists whose works looks at issues of migration and identity. Paci has created a series of watercolours based around YouTube stills and army training videos, while Racco is showing a film that was shot at a Catholic cemetary in her Albanian hometown.
Do as the dedicated club junkies do and get yourself to the tastemaking Clerkenwell dance palace for a melting-pot of deep house, melodic techno, dubby disco, minimal grooves and a touch of bass. Residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis are joined by a stellar selection of cutting edge DJs and producers each week, throwing solid dancefloor tunes and some nice curveballs out to the crowd.
UK garage-house duo Dusky, who can nail anything from sprawling, melodic club cuts to deep and dirty house anthems, play a special eight-hour set. Prepare for an eclectic dancefloor journey, taking in everything from sweatbox rave to classic Chicago house to dubbed-out techno, and plenty of bassy bangers.
Hard-hitting party crew Jungle Splash – who've been going strong for over two decades – throw some immense parties, always full of blitzing breaks and banging basslines. Scene-leading DJs and from jungle, D&B and more usually lead the charge and there are various great one-offs, incuding boat parties, terrace events and all-day affairs. Get involved!
Weekly big-name DJ line-ups – including some truly global megastars – belting out trance, twisted electro, EDM and big-room house anthems at this south London superclub. It's always an epic night and regularly attracts a suitably heaving and dedicated crowd.
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It's all about traditional Argentine cuisine and culture at this Camden Town restaurant and bar. Much of the food comes hot from the parrilla charcoal grill and all of the wine is sourced from Mendoza, in the western Argentinean foothills of the Andes. And if you want even more Argentine bang for your buck? There's tango each month - music and dance. Meat plays a lead role on the food menu. Dishes range from grilled sweetbreads, empanadas and morcilla (an Argentine black pudding) to loin of lamb served with a mint and coriander chimichurri, chicken escalope and brocheta de carne - a skewer of beef fillet with bacon, Spanish sausage and grilled vegetables. Steaks, unsurprisingly, are a particular strong point, with cuts such as lomo, sirloin, rib-eye and asado de tira - beef ribs cut across the ribcage - cooked on that charcoal grill. It's not all meat, though. Vegetarian options come courtesy of spinach and ricotta ravioli, Argentine salads and calabaza con humita - a dish of stuffed butternut squash with a corn and béchamel sauce filling. Imported beers from Quilmes and Bolú Porteño feature alongside a wine list rich in quality reds - the selection of malbecs is especially extensive. Keep an eye out for additions from the province of Neuquén - a burgeoning wine region at the northern end of Patagonia.
Venue says: “Come and enjoy meals from the parrilla and others such as milanesas and empanadas or delicious vegetarian and healthy dishes as well!”