Weekend Agenda: 7-9 December
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Like an off-brand Game of Thrones T-shirt, we're ready to declare that winter is officially here. Yep, the practice run is over, and you've had plenty opportunity to purchase a winter coat, hat and mittens. From now until March, every time you enter a pub you have to rub your arms and go 'brrrr, cold out there!'. With that in mind, we're looking into survival techniques: meditation, dancing, sexual warfare, vermouth... weirdly our seasonal coping mechanisms are fairly consistent year round.
Some events you might like
What with all the gorging, drinking and self-loathing that comes with this time of year, it's understandable that you'll need a lil boost now and then. At this workshop at the fairytale-like Geffrye Museum, you'll learn all sorts of magic with oils and herbs to aid you with relaxation. From bath bags to sleep pillows and scented candles, you'll be well-equipped to tackle those winter blues.
The kids - they're the future. With their weird shoes and their Snap Chats and their floss dance. Come and see what the arty ones are up to at South London Gallery where New Contemporaries will be showing the work of 57 new artists. Maybe, just maybe, you'll bag a piece by someone who is future famous. Then you'll be future rich.
Get yourself to see this Cali rapper at Five Miles on Saturday and you might just be bragging about it in a couple of years when he's made it to the big leagues. Caleborate's soulful, nostalgia-tinged hip hop has an honesty to it that is missing from the trap-dominated scene of today. Expect laid-back beats, catchy hooks and a smooth flow that will have you bopping along nicely.
Mindfulness is one of those concepts that went from unknown to ubiquitous faster than flat whites and bike-sharing apps. If you missed the initial wave and would like to catch up but are too embarrassed to ask that yoga guy at work, this session could be for you. It's a day-long rundown of all you need to know to get your bare foot in the door with guided meditation, yoga techniques and, of course, a communal vegan lunch.
Yes, on the surface this sounds like Winter Wonderland in Clapham which, in turn, sounds like the Seventh Circle of Hell, but bear with us. This gargantuan winter fair on Clapham Common is packed with stuff that you might actually want to do: Christmas markets, an ice rink, a roller disco, crazy golf, Backyard Cinema, and a street food market from Street Feast with more than a few tasty offerings.
This might come as a shock, but capitalism and misogyny go back a long way - it's said they met at uni doing a BA in Oppression and Exploitative Studies. Alexis Hunter knew this and spent a career making art that flipped fetishisation on its head. She caused quite a stir in the art world and for that we salute her - you can too at this solo show at Goldsmiths CCA.
To mark the release of the new Pixel 3, Google have taken over a three-storied space in Piccadilly and filled it with a whole heap of events centred around the idea of making every day more extraordinary. Along with ticketed workshops and discussions, the space will also host free installations and pop-ups to show off the key features of the Google Pixel 3 camera (Top Shot, Group Selfie and Night Sight). You can get a snap from a Vogue photo-booth, find out who does the best flat white in the city, peruse plants from Patch and plenty else besides – check it out below.
Food and drink situations
In an attempt to inject some character into Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross' shiny new development, they've opened up a very charming, very tasty Italian vermouth bar, and tbh, we're OK with it. Let the excellent vermouths; crisped duck and pork croquettes or rich and buttery venison gnocchi; strong coffee; and retro cycling memorabilia win you over too.
We should say upfront: tickets cost £125 for this one. But if you've recently come into some money, or are just a baller in general, your ticket will bag you an evening with some of the best food and wine in London. Elizabeth Haigh, ex-head chef at Pidgin when it got its Michelin star, and Honey Spencer, sommelier at Nuala, are putting on a Christmas feast that you will be bragging about well into 2019. Pigeon, duck and goose pithivier with coffee-roasted carrots and smoked XO sprout tops - sounds alright, doesn't it.
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The Island Queen is everything we look for in a boozer. Good beers with regular guest ales; kitschy, cosy decor; delicious food with a mean Sunday lunch; and the kind of atmosphere that invites you to lose an afternoon slumped in an armchair, nursing a pint, and wondering if you could feasibly work remotely from here forever.
Sally Butcher's shock of red hair will be instantly recognisable to any Peckham OG. Her Iranian food shop-cum-vegetarian cafe is a SE15 institution where you'll regularly find locals browsing for some obscure Middle Eastern import or settling in for a legendary mezze platter of Sally's making, served with warm bread and for a measly £4.50.