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Apparently it’s a full moon. Something must be up because we’re a). Super hungry, and b). Super irritable. Particularly with people who stop to have lengthy discussions in the middle of Oxford Street, with suitcases in tow (anyone else noticed a proliferation of wheelie bags lately?! Is there a tube line going abroad that we’ve missed?) Move. Seriously. So to cheer ourselves up, and stop any werewolf like transitions, we’re going to take the soul train to karaoke heaven, cosy up with an(y) other half, sate our appetites with a bizarre banquet, and laugh at others’ sexual misery. Yes, that does make us feel better – you?

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• FRI Soul Brew Karaoke • SAT Rat Race • SUN A Guide to Sexual Misery

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Give your winter wardrobes a little lovin’ with some tasty treats this weekend. Get up to 80% off floaty dresses and pretty ready–to–wear at Temperley (perfect for that last–chance summer getaway), and up to 80% off Margaret Howell’s on-trend tailoring.

Thursday & Friday, various times.

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iconFriday Late: Two’s a Pair
Grab your partner, your bestie or your imaginary friend for this event celebrating the beauty in collaborative pairings. There’ll be a giant game of Memory made out of original illustrations, the opportunity to feed each other with giant spoons, bespoke beehives, films, talks, and that King of all things doubled – Noah, and his ark of animals. Cos it take two to make a thing go right... right? Don’t forget to grab your tickets for tomorrow’s launch of Serge Diaghilev and Ballets Russes too, twinkle toes.

Time: 6:30pm-10pm
Place: V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Cost: Free
Info: Friday Late: Two’s a Pair

icon Soul Brew Karaoke
After a successful stint at Vibe Bar the soul songsters are heading up the Queen of Hoxton with their live, five piece band providing the backing for your karaoke skills. Forget pink microphones and pokey booths – a night here guarantees you a stage, musical backing and a rapt (read drunk) audience. Choose from Blame it on the Boogie, Soul Man, Move on Up and a plethora of awesome old–school tunes. Now you just need to work on your showmanship.

Time 8pm-2am
Place: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Cost: £4
Info: Soul Brew Karaoke
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Jameson Cult Film Club

Secret cinemas and filmic pop–ups seem to have been all the rage this summer – but for once, instead of sending you out into the cold or making you dress like a Bedouin, we’re recommending a screening of cult classic Taxi Driver in the rather apt location of the Brewer Street Car Park. You’ll have to register as a member of the film club online in order to apply for access, and if you’re unlucky make sure you check out the box office’s other offerings to bag yourself a parking spot.

23rd September, Brewer Street Car Park, 2 Lexington Street, W1F 0LA.


icon Rat Race Mean Streets
Part scavenger hunt, part obstacle course, this weekend long series of city–based adventures will see teams of two or three try and hit as many checkpoints on a map as possible, with some of the stops involving mental puzzles (Sudoku with Isaac Newton or paint by numbers?), physical challenges (climbing St Paul’s or kayaking the Thames?) and good old–fashioned fun (pole dancing or glow sticks?). Get a taster with tonight’s 3 hour long event.

Time: 5pm-7:30pm
Place: Rat Race Even Village, Tower Bridge.
Cost: £35
Info: Rat Race Mean Streets

UJ Experimental Food Society Spectacular
Picky eaters keep clear – this gathering of gourmands and gastro-experimentalists promises to tickle your taste buds in the most unusual of ways. Featuring an awe-inspiring assemblage of jellymongers, bread artists, one–of–a–kind dining conceptualists, cake artists, butter sculptors, food landscapers, and chocolate sculptors, grab the last few daytime tickets and check out the action. Our spies tell us there are 5 tickets left for the big banqueting spectacular at the end of the day if you want to dig in.

Time: 11am-5pm
Place: The Brickhouse, 152C Brick Lane, E1 6RU
Cost: £5
Info: Experimental Food Society Spectacular
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When You Entertain

There is a certain UJers fridge which is never, ever to be found bereft of Diet Coke. Such is the pull of this classic brand that it’s celebrating over 100 years as part of family mealtimes (and singleton ready-meal sessions) with a rather cute limited edition cookbook of recipes collated by the likes of Tom Aikens and Julia Parsons. Recipes include Steak, Egg & Hash, Sausage & Mash, Lamb Shanks with Honey Roast Garlic, Coca Cola Sticky Ribs and Apple Crumble, interspersed with vintage Coca Cola illustrations. We love (and hate) the handy nutritional information at the foot of each page. Live on the Coke (and relatively healthy) side of life, right?

£45 as part of a Harvey Nichols hamper which includes key ingredients from the book, for one month only.


UJ A Guide to Sexual Misery
That doesn’t feel good there, you’re in the wrong zone entirely and no, it’s not supposed to be that colour. Sexual misery.... we’ve all been there. So, rather than suffer in silence, grab your wayward partner by the hand and gently nudge them in the direction of this hilarious attempt at sexual education for adults. Your host, Wolfgang Weinberger (trust ze Austrians to tell it like it iz) should help him separate your G–Spot from his X–Men.

Time: 7:30pm
Place: Arts Theatre, 6/7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB
Cost: £15-£25
Info: A Guide to Sexual Misery

UJClutter Props Clearance Party
Want to make your home look like a set out of Mad Men? Or always fancied a giant fibreglass shark for your guest bathroom? Then check out the treasures at this prop house’s clearance sale, featuring everything from Bakelite telephones and Chinese lanterns to grave stones, wooden pigs, shop signage and retro living room ‘bars’. Prices kick off at a pound and don’t get much above 50 quid – a bargain for scaring the sh*t out of visitors to your WC, surely?

Time: 1pm-5pm
Place: The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3ES
Cost: Free
Info: Clutter Props Clearance Party
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Weekend guide by MaM.
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