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Weekend Guide Top 5 Cinemas | Gizzi Erskine x Tonkotsu | Soul Store West | Hoi Polloi | Mere
Another week, another jam-packed weekend. Oscars season may be over but there’s still so much to see – head to one of our top 5 cinemas for your next movie night. Other than that, there’s a new Tonkotsu ramen collab to try, a different side of Soho to discover, and a Masterchef’s restaurant to eat at. Get going.
This Weekend’s Picks
• FRI Soul Store West • SAT Hackney Downs Vegan Market
• SUN Hunee at Phonox
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Top 5
1. The newly opened Castle Cinema in Clapton for a taste of the 1900s

2. The Rio, Dalston for one-off documentaries in an Art Deco setting

3. The Plex, Peckham for £5 tickets, all day every day

4. The Screen on the Green, Islington for pre-film drinks

5. The Electric, Notting Hill for a seat at one of the oldest cinemas in the country
Gizzi Erskine x TonkotsuSoul Store West
We love a good collab, and we love it even more when it involves ramen. Gizzi Erskine has teamed up with Tonkotsu to create her own guest ramen – a fiery Korean twist on the Japanese classic with miso, chilli, pork belly, kimchee, black garlic and egg. Order it with a side of Gizzi’s famous wings and a local craft beer for the ultimate Friday lunch. It’s time to put Kilburn on your radar, because all-in-one venue Soul Store West opens this Friday. It’s a rib shack, cocktail bar, hotel and music venue all rolled into one, so there’s no excuse to need to go somewhere else. Head down this Friday for their launch party with Greg Wilson – expect funk and soul vinyl, baby back ribs and peach juleps.
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Available from Friday 17th March
All Tonkotsu branches
34 Kilburn High Rd,
North Maida Vale,
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Hackney Downs Vegan MarketThe Society Club’s Soho Poetry Walk
No longer a dirty word, vegan fever has officially hit the capital. Hosted by Fat Gay Vegan and Eat Work Art, the Hackney Downs Vegan Market isn’t just about juices and kale – there are stalls from vegan fried chicken pioneers Temple of Seitan, Pamela’s vegan connoisseurs Club Mexicana and pie and mash from Young Vegans. Time to get a plant-based junk food fix. Discover a different side to Soho this weekend with the Society Club’s Poetry Walk. Follow the trail of rebel French poets Paul Verlaine and his protege Arthur Rimbaud, who took refuge in Soho after their scandalous same-sex relationship was outed. Start with a fortifying absinthe cocktail before hitting the streets of ‘Red Soho’ in the 1870s.
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Hackney Downs Studios
17 Amhurst Terrace,
E8 2BT
12 Ingestre Place,
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Hoi Polloi’s Super Hot Sitting Spot
Another series of Hoi Polloi’s Super Hot Sitting Spot has just been announced, combining laid-back dining in the lively restaurant with an incredible DJ line-up on Thursdays throughout March. This Thursday, Elles McFierce’em takes to the decks, with appearances from Jeffrey Hinton and Raf Daddy to follow in the coming weeks. Book a table on a Thurday and keep your ears open.
Thursdays throughout March, tables available to book online here
MereHunee at Phonox
Masterchef’s Monica Galetti has left behind her 15-year (and two Michelin star) legacy at Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche to branch out solo. Set up with her husband David Galetti, Mere marries Galetti’s dual Samoan and New Zealand heritage with the French flair you’d expect. We’re expecting good things. If you’re spending your Saturday doing poetry walks and attending food fairs, a Sunday night blowout is definitely allowed. Head to Phonox (surely the best club in London right now?) for one of their famous Sunday sessions with Hunee and Sassy J. It starts at 6pm and ends at midnight, so you can still wake up fresh on Monday. Perfect.
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74 Charlotte Street,
418 Brixton Road,
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