Disclaimer: I’m not going to all these events. I’d love to, but I just don’t have the time. I’m going to many (and will report back) but otherwise they are events I’ve been to before, or that I’ve heard good things about, or venues that regularly hold interesting events.
Sometimes its exhausting thinking about how much is going on in London (hence why I cancelled my Time Out subscription!), but the key is trying something new now and again. Hopefully this might give you some ideas….
UPDATE: Please also note that I regularly post interesting events to the HPL’s facebook page.
Exhibitions & Events
- Every Tuesday – Chanelling your Rachel from Glee @ Popchoir
- Every second Friday – a brilliant reeling night oot @ the Ceilidh Club, Camden
- Throughout December – carol concerts @ St Martins in the Fields church, Trafalgar Square
- From November 2012 a new Electric Cinema will rise from the ashes of its fire – newly upholstered furniture and new sound – can’t wait to visit!
- 22 and 23 June 2013 – open house at Eel Pie Island artists
- Saunter round the Saatchi Gallery, followed by coffee and cake in the Peter Jones top floor restaurant
- Do the “Ghosts, gaslights and guiness” walking tour from Holborn station (7.30pm on Wednesday evenings)
- Watching comedy @ Banana Cabaret in Balham or the Chuckle Club
- Hangover brunch @ The Troubadour in Earl’s Court and drinking rose in their gorgeous garden (looks amaaazing inside!)
- Cocktails @ the Boundary Rooftop, The Last Days of Decadence and a re-visit to Lounge Lover in Shoreditch
- Afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches (and maybe champagne) @ The Ritz, a re-visit to The Wolseley, The Dorchester or Claridge’s
- Beers @ the squalorous Bradley’s Spanish bar in Fitzrovia, Hemingway in Hackney, The Hideout in Soho and Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch
- Burgers and steaks @ Hawksmoor and Goodman, and trying out the gorgeous looking Hawksmoor Seven Dials near Covent Garden
- Gastropub food @ the Harwood Arms in Fulham, the Drapers Arms in Islington, Frank’s Cafe and Campari bar in Peckham, Caravan in Exmouth Market and the Hackney Pearl
- There seems to be so much happening in Bethnal Green and Hackney! So I’d like a trip there to visit Brawn – Terroirs’ sister resto and do a cycle trip along the canal to the Hackney Towpath Cafe which looks incredible when the sun’s out, and to check out Broadway Market and Columbia Road flower market , London Fields and its Lido, and Fish Island. Also if I’m cycling, I’d have to stop off at Look Mum No Hands on Old Street
- Posh dinners (ooh la la this list is getting loooong sigh) @ Providores in Marylebone, Scott’s of Mayfair, Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner and Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental, St John in Farringdon, Bocca Di Lupo and Barrafina in Soho, the new Vinoteca in Marylebone and Bistroteque
- Curry and curry sweats @ Tayyabs (re-visit) and the Lahore Kebab House
- Wine and cheese @ Androuet, Spitalfields market
- Take a random but interesting course @ City Lit or the Central YMCA – maybe history of art, jewellery-making or psychology
- Crazy/arty gastro experience @ the Wapping Project, and experience more supper club magic @ Gingerline
- Go back to Whistable to try some seafood, fantasise about buying a lovely painted seaside hut, and eat at the incredible sounding gastropub The Sportsman
- Cycle and photography trip to Richmond Park and nearby Eel Pie Island
- Jazz or hip hop class @ Pineapple Studios in Covent Garden and Frame in Shoreditch, a ballet class @ the London Russian Ballet School (esp after watching Black Swan) , a salsa night @ Bar Salsa in Charing Cross, a contemporary dance class @ The Place and a burlesque workshop with Jo King @ the London Academy of Burlesque
- Visit the Imperial War Museum and the Foundling Museum
- Check out the photos and have a coffee at the National Geographic store and cafe, Regent Street
- See some Shakespeare @ the Globe Theatre and the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, and see a play @ the Old Vic
- Go along to a gig @ Koko in Camden, Cargo in Shoreditch and the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell; and see a classical concert @ St Martin in the Fields church, Covent Garden
- Watch a film @ Electric Cinema in Notting Hill and a silent film accompanied by live music – inspired by Silent London
- Trips to Santorini and the Amalfi Coast, Uganda and Rwanda, Rome, Peru and Bolivia, Berlin, the Highlands, and New York