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Something For The Weekend in London: December 14 – 16

Matilda Egere-Cooper

Something for the weekend 225x300 Something For The Weekend in London: December 14   16Now that the capital is making the rapid descent towards Christmas, you’ve got the option of spending your weekends getting in the spirit of it all – Santacon anyone? – or showing a bit of love to the few cultural happenings taking place this time having to compete with good ol’ St Nick.

If you fancy a bit a both, feast your eyes on the incredible new touring show at the Saatchi Gallery dedicated to Hong Kong, pop along to Secret Emporium’s alternative Christmas market, or pretend it’s so much warmer than it is (!) at a pop-up supperclub serving up cuisine from Barbados.

FRIDAY

ALTERNATIVE: Greenwich Circus Festival, Hangar Arts Trust, Unit 7A, Mellish House, Harrington Way, SE18 5NR

How much: £15 adult day or evening ticket (£25 for both)

We say: This family-friendly weekend event not only presents some of the finest circus performers in the capital, but gives you the chance to take part – so it’s little wonder last year was a sell-out. Also, all funds raised go towards an amazing cause.

Info: www.greenwichcircusfestival.org

EAT & DRINK: MEATmission, 14-15 Hoxton Market, N1

How much: Various

They say: Those guys behind MEATliquor have just launched their new venture in Hoxton, and it seems they’re on a mission to go where no popular burger chain has gone before. Expect a revised menu, a long-overdue reservation system and never-ending queues of hipsters and burger fanatics alike.

Info: www.twitter.com/MEATmission

SATURDAY

ALTERNATIVE: Secret Emporium: Christmas Market at Factory 7, Hearn Street, Shoreditch

How much: FREE

We say: If you still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do, swing by the Secret Emporium’s holiday-themed market, which presents some of the finest wares from Independent British designers, as well as the usual Christmas eats and treats.

Info: www.secretemporium.com

EAT & DRINK: Pop-Up Barbados presents Fine Creole Christmas Dinners, Dalston, E8

How much: £20

We say: Don’t you just love a pop-up? Here, you can try three courses of Creole dishes with a Christmas twist, brought to you by the passionate chef Barrie Gunning. Full location and arrival details will be emailed upon booking.

Info: www.edibleexperiences.com

SUNDAY

ART & CULTURE: Hong Kong Eye, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4SQ

How much: FREE

We say: Eighteen emerging artists from Hong Kong are showcased in this touring exhibition, which offers a worthwhile insight into HK’s contemporary art scene through paintings, photography and video installations. A must-see for new art fanatics (and generally anything the Saatchi throws on)

Info: www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

ARTS & CULTURE: Film in Space at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road  London, Greater London NW3 6DG,

How much: FREE

We say: If expanded cinema means absolutely nothing to you, this group show should fix that. Curated by artist-filmaker Guy Sherwin, Film in Space revisits the 1970s movement and features important works from that time as well as flicks from the latest generation of film artists.

Info: www.camdenartscentre.org

For more things to do in L0ndon, visit www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

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