The Cultural Exposé
It’s here! The biggest sporting spectacle in the world finally arrives in the capital today – so if you’ve spent weeks/months/years being ambivalent about the Olympics, this is one weekend where you’ll be hard-pushed to not get caught up in the spirit all (and why not, we say).
As Father’s Day falls on this weekend, we’re paying tribute to the male of the species with a few recommendations that’ll inspire sons, boyfriends, uncles, granddads etc. to go forth and take on the capital, whether it’s rediscovering the city by bike, checking out the newly refurbished White Horse in Hampstead, or connecting with their inner hip-hopper at a new exhibition honouring Europe’s most legendary graffiti crew.
The spring weather might be a little tempermental in the capital this mid-May, but at least we’ve always got a brilliant array of cultural happenings to rely on – so this weekend, why not check out a brand spankin’ new Photographer’s Gallery, pay homage to a hip-hop great, go digging for rare vinyls, mull over spoken word or simply sip wine in a new Soho haunt? (Just don’t forget your umbrella.)
Nothing like a four-day week to bring back the weekend round a little bit quicker, especially when there’s outdoor theatre, feasts on the street, a legendary Grandmaster and Russian indie docs to look forward to – and finally, the weather’s expected to be great.
To echo the wise words of Ann Peebles, “I can’t stand the rain” – but this weekend plans won’t be a complete washout, I assure you. Check out some of the lovely, cosy indoor ideas we’ve got in store that’ll keep you entertained (and dry). Friday lunchtime offers a disco, a movie fest and even a quick visit to the Hackney Empire. Just remember to pack your brolly for Saturday’s Brixton bake-off – it’ll be worth it.
In the mood for great flicks? Two acclaimed documentaries swing into town this weekend; the first explores the life and times of the reggae legend Bob Marley, and with the London marathon taking place on Sunday, the other is a timely insight into the lives of aspiring athletes from Bekoji, Ethiopia, home to some of the world’s best long distant runners. Elsewhere in the capital, there’s a new exhibition honouring the golden age of cinema, a special visit from one of the godfathers of dub music, an alternative fashion week and a curious venue for Sunday lunch in Islington. Sounds like a lovely weekend, if we say so ourselves…
Did you have a lovely Easter break? We did – especially as the 4-day work week has meant the weekend has come around that little bit quicker!
Goodbye March and hello April! The changeover from one spring month to another comes with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the mini heatwave and party hard, whether it’s with cherry blossom and sake cocktails at Tsuru, or getting down with the quirky Notewell collective who’ve gone out of their glittery way to bring Mardi Gras to town.
As well as a crafty market taking place in Brixton this Saturday and a new chocolate shop opening on Sunday, this weekend we’ve has taken a more scholarly approach to picking the events on our cultural radar. Check out thought-provoking flicks via the ICA, an exhibition about Londoners exploring why we dress the way we do – and if that’s not enough, you can practice your francais at the Rende-Vous with French Cinema fest at Clapham Picturehouse (my IQ’s increasing already).
Top of the er, weekend to you and a big kiss to all the mothers out there, for this weekend sees St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off with a boisterous afternoon bash in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, while we’ve picked the most random yet enlightening outing to say thank you to mum post-pampering and pedicures on Mother’s Day. Elsewhere in the city, there’s the Affordable Art Fair to enjoy, offering art lovers a a worthwhile investment, and in East London, a legendary DJ flys into a Shoreditch hotspot to prove that classic hip-hop is still fresher than ever.
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter