Something for the Weekend in London: November 2-4

Matilda Egere-Cooper

something for the weekend 300x225 Something for the Weekend in London: November 2 4Fresh off the back of last month’s London film fest comes a foreign film takeover this weekend, with exciting festival programmes from Korea, Russia and Africa expected to entertain and inspire the capital’s self-respecting cinephiles. Elsewhere, there’s a quirky fest dedicated to tea and coffee, a weekender exploring new technology and a new “rock n roll” ramen bar making its much anticipated debut, just in time for winter.


CINEMA: London Korean Film Festival 2012 (until November 11th)

How much: From £10 per screening

They say: “From the 2nd of November through to the 10th in London we will show everything from the big box office hits to the smallest of independents, ending with the much-lauded Masquerade. We aim, and I believe have achieved, to create one of the most open and accessible events featuring Korean cinema in the world. Exposing the fantastic UK audiences to the captivating work of some of the best filmmakers, artists and musicians in the world” Hye-jung Jeon, festival director


ALTERNATIVE: Tea and Coffee Festival London, Southbank Centre Square, Queen’s Walk, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX (until November 4th)

How much: FREE

They say: “Coffee is now into its fifth wave but there’s still lots to learn and tea is making a full-on comeback with a bang! We want to celebrate these two favourite drinks and showcase the amazing variety of products, as well as knowledge and expertise, that UK companies have to offer. The festival will be a celebration of all things tea & coffee, so as well as the drinks in their pure form, you’ll be able to enjoy tea & coffee based cocktails, tea & coffee flavoured macaroons, churros with mocha sauce, coffee flavoured cheese cakes and more!” Tea & Coffee Festival



CINEMA: 6th Russian Film Festival at the ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH (until November 11th)

How much: From £10

They say: The Russian Film Festival is returning to London for its sixth year. The festival will present the UK premieres of the most illustrious Russian films of the past year – works by established film directors as well the new generation of Russian filmmakers. From poetic parables to poignant documentaries and perceptive drama, this selection of films reflects the diversity and paradoxes of contemporary Russia.


ALTERNATIVE: Barbican Weekender: Natural Circuits, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

How much: FREE

We say: This themed weekender features “tweet poetry” sessions, 3D printed wildlife, an atomic playground and beatbox t-shirts, amongst other weird and wacky things to test the limits of what we’ve come to get from technology. Expect to be intrigued.



CINEMA: Film Africa 2012 (until November 11th)

How much: Various

We say: In these difficult economic times, when conservative governments across Europe are withdrawing public funding from cultural events and institutions, London continues to produce finely programmed film festivals of international standing. After record attendance figures at the BFI’s London Film Festival, audiences can reconvene for Film Africa 2012, the UK’s largest annual festival of African cinema and culture.


EAT & DRINK: Bone Daddies, Rock’n'Roll Ramen Bar, 30-31 Peter Street W1F 0AR

How much: Various

We say: You might not have noticed just yet, but ramen noodle bars are popping up fast around the capital, which offers a refreshing (and healthy) change to burgers this and hot dogs that. Bone Daddies opens this weekend, and not only does it promise plenty (the founder is a former head chef at Nobu and Zuma) but it couldn’t have come at a better time – steaming bowls of soup on a cold winter’s day? Yes, please.


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