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Lost Weekend: 13 - 15 January

This weekend's best food, drink, shopping and culture events

Published on January 12th 2012.

Lost Weekend: 13 - 15 January

This Is Not a Pop-Up Shop
They might not want to label this a pop-up, but it kind of is one. And it’s not their first – maybe they should have called it Not Another Pop-Up Shop? Following on from the success of their September concession, they return to the Hayward Gallery, headed by independent illustration publishers NoBrow, who will be showcasing their collectible designs and limited-edition prints. These will be on sale alongside an array of upcoming designers such as Eda Akaltun and Gwenola Carrere.

Confidential Tip-Off: A limited number of signed first editions will be on sale and some must-have items including illustrated leather iPad and iPhone cases, so get there early to nab a one-off.

10 – 29 January
Hayward Gallery
Belvedere Road
10am – 6pm

London Vintage Fashion, Textiles And Accessories Fair
Whether it’s a Miss Havisham-esque Victorian bustle dress your after or an Art Deco rug to inject a little Quadrophenia into your bedroom, one of the many (try close to 100) vintage fashion dealers at Hammersmith Town Hall this Sunday will be sure to meet your needs. Give the gritty, cobbled streets of Brick Lane a miss and head over to the fashionable west, where a plethora of clothes, bags, fashion magazines, textiles, jewellery and trinkets will be readily available at this mammoth vintage fair.

Confidential Tip-Off: The fair’s price tag may seem pretty hefty, but as items span from the 1800s through the 1980s, there’s plenty of opportunity to nab a collector’s piece or an unknown valuable.

15 January
Hammersmith Town Hall
King Street
W6 9JU
8am – 5pm
£10 before 10am; £5 after

Anthony Gormley (left) and Hofesh ShechterAnthony Gormley (left) and Hofesh Shechter

Anthony Gormley & Hofesh Shechter At The Barbican
One of Britain’s most famous artists, Antony Gormley (creator of the Angel of the North) will collaborate with Israeli choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter at the Barbican this weekend. Their mutual appreciation of the human body, combined with overriding themes of ‘the epic’ and ‘the universal’ will transpire into a performance that will captivate, challenge and inspire its audience. Survivor operates on a vast scale, featuring a 30-strong band and 100 drummers, all brought into Gormley’s visual landscape.

Confidential Tip-Off: The performance will be followed by an after party hosted by Hofesh Shechter.

12 – 15 January
Barbican Main Theatre
Silk Street
7:45pm – Late
£16 – £24

Beyond The Veil
One to make you think – Conway Hall, London's independent intellectual, political and cultural landmark, is holding a day conference presented by the Centre for Inquiry UK, which takes a closer look into the realms of the paranormal. Guest speakers, including an introduction by Dr. Stephen Law, offer their insights into paranormal activity, examining spirits, mediums and ghosts. Attend if you dare…

Confidential Tip-Off: If you can’t attend, Stephen Law is also head of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal, THINK.

14 January
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Sqaure
£8 – £10 general public

Jocelyn Brown At The Jazz Café
From soulful house’s golden days comes Jocelyn Brown, one of the world’s most respected vocal divas. She has been responsible for more dancefloor classics than you can shake a leg at, from 'Somebody Else's Guy' to her work with Inner Life during the disco days of the late ‘70s. The Jazz Café brings her back to London, offering a rare opportunity to listen to one of the most distinctive and powerful voices of all time.

Confidential Tip-Off: Expect Brown’s greats including 'One from the Heart', 'Love’s Gonna Get You', 'Believe', 'Always There' and of course the iconic, ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’.

14 January
Jazz Café
5 Parkway
7pm – Late

The London Bike Show
Whether it’s a track, road, mountain, BMX or even an electric bike you’re after, this weekend the Excel Centre will be transformed into a sweetshop for cycle enthusiasts, fulfilling all your pedaling needs. Each bike at the annual fair is available to test-run, supplemented by an international bike polo tournament and performances from the Animal Relentless Bike Tour freestyle team.

Confidential Tip-Off: As an added extra for sports fanatics, admission also includes entry to the London Boat Show, the Outdoors Show and the Active Travel Show.

12 – 15 January
ExCel Centre
1 Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock
E16 1XL
Thur, Sun: 10am – 6pm, Fri – Sat: 10am – 7pm
£20, seniors, students £15, under-16s free

Beer Festival Kick-Off 
Shoreditch’s Brodie’s Beers are welcomed into central London this weekend at The Old Coffee House where they’ll be running their West End Festival. A rare event to take place in central, the festival will house twelve Brodie’s Beers, including six new collaborative brews that have been made in conjunction with the likes of the Kernel, Brew Wharf and Redemption. Despite its small size, Brodie’s has become a well-respected pint due to their imaginative brews, such as the Elizabethan. All pints are just a sweet £2.99 and will be accompanied by a special food menu, featuring the likes of Shoreditch Sunshine Sausages.

Confidential Tip-Off: If you can’t make it to the Old Coffee House then head to the King William IV in Leyton, which usually has a large range of their beers on tap, and for just a couple of pounds a pint too. 

13 – 15 January
The Old Coffee House
49 Beak St

11am – Late

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Neil SowerbyJanuary 16th 2012.

The Cross Keys in Endell Street, Covent Garden, is a permanent showcase for Brodies' brilliant ales (they lease it) and a very cosy pub it is too compared with the tourist rip-off joints across this area.

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