Something For The Weekend in London: October 18-20

Matilda Egere-Cooper

British Black Panters 552x361 300x196 Something For The Weekend in London: October 18 20We’re starting with an art crawl, as we pass through the Bloomsbury Festival, travel to Brixton for a new show on the British Black Panthers then head west to check out street art duo PipSqueak and their impressive solo exhibition. Then we’re getting schooled on all matters at the Barbican’s Battle of Ideas before popping into Shoreditch for either a taste of US-style bar life or free Jollof rice at the new afrobeats night at Manero’s. Sweet!


EAT & DRINK: Far Rockaway Shoreditch, 97-113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS

How much: Various

We say: This new bar takes its name from an area in Brooklyn, so we imagine it’s adopted the same swag too,  judging from the décor (street art) and food menu (straight out of NYC). They’ve got an in-house DJ too, so this could be a perfect start to your Friday night.


ARTS & CULTURE: Bloomsbury Festival

How much: FREE

We say: Eight years in and the Bloomsbury Festival keeps getting better, offering a brilliant mix of over 200 cultural events  and exhibitions to celebrate the history and intelligence of one of the capital’s most distinctive areas.



ARTS & CULTURE: Pipsqueak was here!! “It’s A Cover Up” at Graffik Gallery, 284 Portobello Rd  London W10 5TE

How much: FREE

We say: We’ve been told this isn’t your typical art show, and in fact, you might need to put a little effort into getting your head around it all – but that’s exactly the kind of art we love. So if you’ve heard anything about this Dutch duo who have been boggling minds with their street art since the 80s, then you know you’re in for a real treat.


ARTS & CULTURE: Organised Youth present: British Black Panther exhibition, Photofusion Gallery, 17a Electric Lane

Brixton, London SW9 8LA

How much: FREE

We say: While Huey P Newton and co were standing for civil rights in California as the original Black Panther Party in the 60s/70s, black activists in the UK were honouring the same cause. This unique exhibition reflects the past and present of the British movement, with archive images and new portraits of activists, including Linton Kwesi Johnson and Darcus Howe.



ALTERNATIVE: Battle of Ideas at Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

How much: £60 (£35 for concessions)

We say: If you have a burning concern or a major bee in your bonnet about driver-less cars, the craze of pop-ups or the intrusive activities of some newspapers then a receptive audience awaits you at the Barbican this October: an event that brings the movers and shakers of the thinking world together. The Battle of Ideas is the perfect place for free speakers and cutting edge thinkers to lock craniums and debate the latest ideas affecting areas of policy and culture today.



NIGHTLIFE: Afrobeats at Manero’s Private Members Club, 232 Kingsland Road, E2 8AX

How much: FREE

We say: There’s a new African music night that’s been going down a storm in Shoreditch recently, not least because there’s free Jollof rice (!), gorgeous cocktails and a music policy that harks back to the 70s juke joints of Lagos. A night so good won’t be free for long, so get in while you can.


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