From ice skating to cocktail tasting to wild bee balls, this weekend is packed with things to do in the capital.
SOHO PLACE THEATER
It’s not every week you get to visit a new West End theater – in fact, it’s the first to open in over 70 years. Located a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road station, this chic new auditorium can accommodate over 600 guests. The inaugural show is Marvelous, a play that follows the life of Neil Baldwin, who hitchhiked through 1950s England and became first a professional clown and then the man of the kit for Stoke City .
• Visit sohoplace.org
Shane Macgowan’s Doodles
Shane MacGowan is famous for being the leader of the Pogues and for drinking legendary amounts of alcohol. But he is also a spokesperson for cosmetic dentistry and, now, a true visual artist. An exhibition dedicated to his drawings created while on tour in the 80s and 90s are eerie, surreal scribbles filled with references to religion, sex and, of course, alcohol.
• Andipa Gallery, South Kensington
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Studio Ghibli’s seminal film My Neighbor Totoro opened at the Barbican, with the Royal Shakespeare Company adapting Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved animation with a little help from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. If this combination of artists doesn’t make your mouth water, we suggest you check your pulse because you may already be dead. Whether you’re an avid Studio Ghibli veteran or want to introduce youngsters to its work, this accessible piece is a surefire hit.
A DICKENSIAN HALLOWEEN
While City AM readers may be a little over dressing up as Liz Truss or Jeffrey Dahmer for Halloween weekend, you can still get into the spooky spirit. The Charles Dickens Museum is hosting a special exhibition To Be Read at Dusk exploring Dickens’ fascination with the supernatural, with photographs and reflections on both famous and more obscure ghostly tales.
LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK
It’s time to say goodbye to Sober October while sipping cocktails made by some of the best bartenders in the world. A £15 wristband will get you £7 cocktails in bars across London, with over 300 participating venues. Today is also National Mezcal Day, so take part in Mexico’s best export at bars such as Los Mochis, Farzi Cafe and Isabel.
Although it seems only five minutes since it was 40 degrees and London was melting, we are already in ice skating season, with Canary Wharf opening its ice rink tomorrow. As always, you can glide gracefully around the large circle before retiring to a log cabin to sip festive cocktails.
• Visit icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk
The always brilliant Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit returns to the Natural History Museum with more weird, wonderful, and heartbreaking shots of animals. The show is breathtaking in scope, ranging from insights into the world of insects – the winner was American photographer Karine Aigner’s photo of a frantic ball of bees – to sobering examples of insects. impact of climate change on wildlife, like Dmitry Kokh. House of Bears, which shows two polar bears searching for food in an abandoned house.