Weekend Guide
Hooray, the spring is officially back in our step. And for the overly excited we've got new watering holes (with outdoor options) and a jaunt to the country. But if you're still feeling the pinch of the mercury, we've whipped up some salvation in noodles and two indoor culture picks – one film, one art. And in the event of rain, hail or shine, there are always bubbles
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI 8 Hoxton Square • SAT Made in the Shade • SUN Art14
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Hoi Polloi MIDNIGHT Supper
Midnight suppers are on the agenda thanks to Hoi Polloi's latest Thursday night midnight series. The launch saw Jonny Woo play host while her gaggle of queens took to waitressing. Tonight, playing hostess with the mostess is Jeanette – "playing some tunes and throwing a look". Fun!
Hoi Polloi, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ
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The latest noodle eatery to hit East London comes with good creds – the chef behind it is one half of the duo behind Big Dirty Burger and a Vietnamese native – so expect an authentic menu with a focus on regional dishes from across his homeland. The menu varies from traditional noodle soups and vermicelli salads to sharing plates of street food and weekly limited specials. And being smack bang in Dalston, the drinks list comes via helpful neighbours; Borough Wines, Crate Brewery and Dalston Cola.   The Hoxton contingent is spoilt when it comes to drink choices: Happiness Forgets, White Lyan, The Dolls House, and now 8 Hoxton Square. The sister of 10 Greek Street is set to follow the same ethos – a daily changing menu of food and wine, with the former using seasonal ingredients and the latter a boutique selection with low mark-ups. The new site is an intimate setup: 35 covers with countertop dining available, with dishes served by the chefs. The best bit? The small al fresco courtyard. Bring on the springtime rosé.
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12pm - 11pm
Prices vary
122 Balls Pond,
N1 4AE
Wines from £6
8 Hoxton Square,
N1 6NU
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It's finally here: on March 4, Goldfrapp present their one night only Tales Of Us cinema event. Cinemas worldwide will be screening Goldfrapp's enchanting 30 minute film directed by Lisa Gunning (which follows five people whose stories are told on the band's current album, Tales of Us) followed by an exclusive live 45 minute set in the legendary Air Studios. We've teamed up with Belvedere Vodka to offer Urban Junkies readers the chance to win one of 15 pairs of tickets to gain exclusive behind-the-scenes access to watch the performance being filmed at Air Studios. Expect a really intimate, money can't buy experience, with complimentary Belvedere cocktails. To enter, simply fill out our competition form.

Goldfrapp Tales of Us Cinema Event,
6.45 pm, March 4, Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, Lyndhurst Road, NW3 5NG
Babington House Cooking School
If you're going to learn the tricks of the kitchen trade, we say do it in Babington House style. Joseph Trivelli, head chef of the River Café, is set to head up a four-course Italian dining experience and master class. Together with Ronnie Bonetti, current Creative Executive Head Chef of Babington, all Pizza Easts & Cecconi's, the duo will prepare a River Café dinner, which will be followed by an interactive master class the next morning. Learn to cook pasta the River Café way? Sign us up.

Babington House, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3RW
£330 per person based on two people sharing and includes a night's stay, a four course dinner, one master class, one breakfast and two lunches. To book, email reservations@babingtonhouse.co.uk.

Studio 338
Onto another Hoxton opening (we did say spoilt for choice). Made in the Shade has taken over the Pimlico alehouse in the heart of Hoxton, with fresh and boozy cocktails such as Shady Made Hendricks-infused lemonades and carrot and turmeric bourbon concoctions. Foodwise, expect the same inventiveness: think Caribbean soul food tapas with a British twist (dare we say fusion…). But food and drinks aside, points for the comfy lilac sofas, outdoor palm-fringed garden and a 30kg centerpiece of ice.   If you missed last years sneak peak events (Krankbrother, Secretsundaze), now's your chance to check out London's largest nightclub. Officially opening tonight and featuring the capital's first all-night (7am) 1500 capacity outdoor space, this promises to be a big 'un. Besides being able to party Pacha-style on the terrace, expect a supreme sound system (obviously), three rooms, and one of the top Detroit techno innovators, Kevin Saunderson on the decks. Final release tickets have just been released –get to it.
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All day
177 Hoxton Street,
N1 6PJ
338 Boord Street, Greenwich
SE10 0PF
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The Great Chicken Wing Hunt: UK premiere
Just when you thought our appetites for chicken wings had been quelled, they take flight to the Silver Screen in The Great Chicken Wing Hunt. The latest award winning gastro-docu-film (tipped as the new Jiro Dreams of Sushi) lands in London next week, March 4 for its UK premiere. To help with the hunt there will be free wings (doused in hot sauce) courtesy of guest chefs Rita's, BAO London, Climpson's Arch, F.A.T, On The Bab, and Mother Clucker (to name a few) and complimentary drinks. All proceeds go to charity, so c'mon who feels like chicken tonight?
The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, March 4, £10, available from billetto.co.uk/chickenwing
10 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Product Pick
Vodka or fizz? No need to choose. For a splash of sunshine outside of Rio's Carnival, there's the limited edition Absolut Karnival (think notes of passion fruit and orange blossom), with the bottle featuring artwork by Rafael Grampá. Then there's Champagne By You, getting in on the bespoke game with bubbly: choose your fizz via a tasting session and design the handmade aluminium label, too. We'll take one of each, thanks.
Absolut Karnival is available exclusively at Selfridges.
Champagne By You available here, prices vary
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Dangerous Liaisons
End your weekend with an art blitz via Art14. The capital's global art fair has come up trumps for its second year, with over 180 galleries showing under one space, a range of talks such as 'Hong Kong and Singapore', a panel discussion about modern art in South East Asia (ready your art credentials for HK Art Basel?). And it's not just about the art; food gets its own line up with Fay Maschler curating the four-day Food 4 Art menu. Celebrated chefs headline each day, from Florence Knight, Rainer Becker and Jason Atherton to today's chef of the day Richard Corrigan. If you haven't yet, book now.   Dangerous Liaisons – you know the tale: bored French aristocrats play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal. Now time for a re-jig. Premiering as part of the Pan-Asia Film Festival, this Machiavelli classic has undergone a stylish Chinese adaption. Swapping Paris with 1931 Shanghai, Hollywood scene-stealers for Chinese stars such as Zhang Ziyi (of House of Flying Daggers and Memoirs of a Geisha) and replacing pre-French Revolution tensions with Sino-Japan anxieties, it may not be as Oscar-worthy as its Hollywood predecessor, but it's still a glossy and suspenseful watch.
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£12 advance / £18 on the door
Hammersmith Road,
W14 8UX
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place,
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CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider
Tasting menus get the DIY treatment
69 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PH | Website
In the heart of the exploding Marylebone drinking and dining scene, CANVAS counts Chiltern Firehouse, Trishna and the soon to be opened Fischer's (by Corbin & King) amongst its esteemed neighbours.
Intimate. The restaurant only seats 20, and that seems a squeeze. Don't expect a buzzy atmosphere: we went on a Tuesday evening and only one other table was occupied… weekends are probably a better bet.
The shtick here is all about creating your own tasting menu, though you can opt for a "menu surprise" if your decision-making capabilities aren't up to the effort. Out of the 10 courses to choose from, we went for five, with wine pairings. The seafood – seared scallops with horseradish, and octopus with tomato and confit potatoes – was a standout. Then came pig belly with apple (sadly not as good as it sounded), redeemed by the next course of uber-tender beef sirloin with pommes purée. We've got to give a shout out to the sommelier, who was super knowledgeable. We were impressed with his unique selections – a Chinese wine paired with the rich brioche bread and butter pudding we had for dessert was a highlight.
CANVAS has all the fine dining fixings you'd expect of a classic West End restaurant: dark wood, mirrors and velvet curtains. The walls are adorned with canvases (geddit?) featuring diagrams of menu items – an unusual twist that took us back to our high school science days.
This is a gimmick done right – we loved the novelty of designing our tasting menu.
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