Swifties unite! Boogie the night away to Taylor Swift hit after Taylor Swift hit. Swiftogeddon will be manning the decks and taking revellers all the way through Swifty's back catalogue, including deep cuts, extended mixes, fan favourites and all the hits. Just don’t expect any Kanye.
Time to re-e-wind at this queer-friendly party. Get ready to two-step until the early hours of the morning as party starters Gay Garage will bring you a rundown of favourite old school tunes for a whole seven-and-a-half hours.
Clutch your ChapStick (for when your ‘lips hurt real bad!’) and get ready to dance to Jamiroquai's Canned Heat in joy, as the 2004 cult classic is getting the Meals on Reels treatment. Think: tater tots, corn dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, extra cheesy nachos and a slap-worthy steak.
This is the second time I’ve found myself twitching on the RSPB’s website. But it had to be done because the team behind celebrated City cocktail spot Nightjar (as in the squat, nocturnal songbird) have gone and opened another avian-named bar, this one in Smithfield. This particular species is an enigmatic creature with exotic green and yellow plumage, so we’re in no doubt: Oriole is Nightjar’s showy little sister. Oriole bears some of the same ‘speakeasy’ hallmarks. It’s already impossible to get a table at short notice and we were held at the door until radioed in, when a golden curtain was pulled back to reveal a darkened staircase. It is a lovely curtain, though. And there is a certain theatricality to entering this beauty of a basement bar. Flashes of on-theme jade and gold in leather and fur furnishings punctuate the room, while a stunning print of a tropical, palm-tree-covered landscape adorns one of the walls. Naturally, a drink here comes at quite a cost. There’s a cover charge for jazz – dearer than it is at Nightjar and harder to avoid, since the music here kicks off at 8.30pm (though it is free on Monday and Tuesday). We also found fault with the bar food: a tempting menu shows promise, but black truffle croquettes (£5) had a sad, gloopy texture and sea bass ceviche (£6.50) lacked depth of flavour. But, of course, you come here for the drinks – and they are so on the money, with cocktails as creative as any you’ll find in London. They’re set out across three
Got it bad for The Bard? Well, ye olde favourite poet is getting a shake up at this Shoreditch-based festival full of pop-up events. Expect works by internationally acclaimed choir The Sixteen, ruff making workshops, walking tours by Look Up London and comedy by The School of Night.
Celebrate Afro-Luso culture at this four-day arts festival. Take part in dance workshops in Kizomba, Semba, Ginga, Afro and Afrobeats, watch theatre performances and screenings, and browse the Afro Marketplace.
The first London outpost of a modern Indian fusion chain. Buns, goat, rice. The three dishes that, if you’re heading to this Indian fusion hangout, should be standing on the top of your hit list. Not necessarily in that order.
Venue says Spices lie at the very heart of Indian cooking, and our chefs create the perfect balance between authentic and cutting edge cuisine.
The Beer Shop is bringing a pint-sized version of the Notting Hill Carnival to Nunhead by serving up mango and passion fruit-flavoured ales out of its lovely open-plan micro-pub. Wear your loudest tropical shirt.
This expansive retrospective gives you self-portraits through the ages by this serious contemporary art giant. Sherman is angry, cynical and really damn good.
Party animals can go animal-free – this pub boasts a vegan menu, conscious (ie vegan) candles and non-leather upholstery. Enjoy late-night sinning without feeling guilty the morning after.
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