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Weekend Guide
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We’re midway through January and the polar vortex is in full swing (not really – it’s just really, really cold), so this weekend is all about finding some warmth. From a farmhouse kitchen and a beaver lodge to an all-in-one restaurant/party spot and an indoor exhibition, we’re staying inside! But don’t worry, bourbon, lots of wine and a bit of shopping are all part of the agenda.
 
This Weekend’s Picks
 
• FRI Medcalf Traiteur • SAT Beaver Lodge • SUN Huntergather
 
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TODAY
 
TASCHEN WINTER SALE
 
 
 
 
Time to stock up on those coffee table books. The Taschen Warehouse sale is live and there’s up to 50-75% off. Bag a bargain but want more? Take a #TASCHENsalefie and the most ‘liked’ photo wins $5000 of Taschen books, with the five most liked images thereafter receiving $1000 of TASCHEN books. Salefies – oh yes they did!
 
Taschen Winter Sale. January 22 -25
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Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection
 
Media Space at the Science Museum until March 1, 2015
 
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Christina, 1913, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O'Gorman, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum, Bradford ¬© Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman
 
Go back to the days before selfies and filters with an exhibition of 200 photographic highlights from the world’s oldest surviving photographic society. From serene landscapes to exquisite nudes, Drawn by Light features some of the earliest known photographic images dating back to the 1820s, alongside contemporary works by some of modern photography’s most influential figures.
 
Find out more and book tickets. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD
 
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FRIDAY
 
 
 
 
 
DINNER:
155 Bar & Kitchen
  DRINK:
Medcalf Traiteur
 
Clerkenwell has always been a foodie haunt, so we’re making a beeline for its latest two openings, starting at 155 Bar & Kitchen for Euro and US-inspired small plates. This means a focus on sharing, which we always like: think Greek-style grilled octopus, snails with chorizo, parsley and garlic, and mussels with smoked pancetta and cider, all paired with new and traditional wines.   Now onto the next EC1 newbie, Medcalf Traiteur. The cosy add-on to sister restaurant Medcalf at no.38 Exmouth Market has a simple Italian menu and a big USP: no formal kitchen. Instead, dishes such as slow cooked pork belly, butterbean and chorizo stew, and salt beef with sauerkraut are prepared on the Big Green Egg barbeque. Add the restaurant’s ‘warm farmhouse kitchen’ feel and you’ve got the perfect shelter from the cold…
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8am-11pm
Prices Vary
155 Farringdon Road,
EC1R 3AD
  5pm – 11pm
Prices vary
No. 38 Exmouth market,
EC1R 4QE
 
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
 
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“Almodóvar’s edgy women will lift you up and melt your heart”
The Times
 
Don’t miss the musical adaptation of Pedro Almod√≥var’s trailblazing film ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’, starring Tamsin Greig as Pepa and Haydn Gwynne. On the streets of Madrid, a city pulsing with art, industry, and passion, Pepa’s world is unravelling. Her lover leaves her. And then she meets his wife. And his son. And his new girlfriend. This fast, smart and fun adaptation is wowing audiences and critics alike. Book now.
 
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE. Tickets from £24.50.
 
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SATURDAY
 
 
 
 
 
EAT:
Zinnia
  DRINK:
Beaver Lodge
 
A new Japanese restaurant has opened in Chelsea and it’s a big ‘un. Taking over an entire Georgian building, Zinnia is a restaurant/bar/party lounge hybrid. Warm up in the bar with whisky and sake cocktails, then head into the restaurant for Japanese robata classics: yakitori chicken, kohlrabi, and miso black cod, before descending to the slick lounge for some champers and bottle service – we are on Brompton Road, after all.   Champers and bottle service not your tonic? Cross the border to Fulham and into the world of cowboys and mountaineers. Beaver Lodge is as you would expect: waiters are cowboys, tables are cabins and cowhides are everywhere. Here it’s all about picklebacks, bourbon-laced cocktails and, well, more picklebacks. Long live rock 'n' roll!
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12pm-late
Prices vary
86 Fulham Road,
SW3 6HR
  10pm -2.30am
Prices vary
266 Fulham Road,
SW10 9EL
 
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Product Pick
 
Tripl Stitched
 
 
 
Tripl Stitched, a new menswear shirt label cut, made, and trimmed in London. We’re talking good quality from the finest Italian and Japanese mills, soft colours and impeccable stitching thanks to their vintage machines. Tick, tick and tick.
 
Tripl Stitched is available online. Enter ‘Tripl15’ for 15% off your first order.
 
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Top 5 FREELANCE-FRIENDLY cafÉS
 
 
 
 
 
Head to Electric Diner. Settle into a comfortable red booth, stay all day, and refuel with refillable coffee and cheese toasties.
Hoi Polloi was practically built with freelancers in mind: power points in every booth, wifi and a coffee bar.
Barber & Parlour have all the essentials covered: hair cuts, movies and wifi.
You can’t beat Damson & Co for a toasty retreat with great coffee and friendly staff.
The Hoxton, Holborn may not be quiet and serious… but hey, if you wanted that you would be a nine-to-fiver.
 
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SUNDAY
 
 
 
 
 
SHOP:
Huntergather
  SEE:
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015
 
Another shop pick for the boys (what can we say, LC: M left us inspired). Hip menswear label Huntergather have opened their second outpost on Redchurch Street. For anyone that’s been to their Marylebone store, expect the same stylish (but not ‘trendy’) aesthetic of classic peacoats, soft corduroy shirts, tailored trousers and a strong focus on materials (e.g. Shetland lambswool, cashmere sourced from Scotland, and heavy leathers from Portugal and Italy). And when you’ve finished shopping, grab a chair at the in-store café, order an Ozone coffee and relax – it’s Sunday.   For those who missed last year’s Malevich retrospective at the Tate Modern, head to the Whitechapel Gallery. Starting with Kazimir Malevich’s black square shown in Russia 100 years ago, the exhibition chronicles modernism 'and its utopian aspirations and breakdown’. With over 100 artists, including modern masters from the 20th century to contemporary artists, all displaying their paintings, photographs and sculptures, this is one not to be missed.
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11am-5pm
Prices Vary
19-29 Redchurch Street,
E2 7DJ
  11am-6pm
£8.85
77-82 Whitechapel High St,
E1 7QX
 
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