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Lost Weekend: 2 – 5 February

Sit back, relax, we've got your weekend sorted

Written by . Published on February 2nd 2012.

Lost Weekend: 2 – 5 February

An Evening With Stars
The universe is one, big, endless question mark. Luckily you can satisfy your curiosity at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich this weekend. Commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, the Observatory has a history that's almost as old and mysterious as the universe itself – the positioning of the Prime Meridian, which was all agreed by various international big-wigs in 1884, but has actually existed in four separate places in Greenwich, highlights both the frailty and the immensity of human knowledge and achievement. 

An Evening With Stars kicks off with an uphill, night stroll, during which budding astronomers can absorb some of London's most incredible views. When you arrive at the Sky Tonight planetarium show, a narrator is on hand to guide you around the night's sky, first locating The Plough (part of Ursa Major) and then to Polaris, or the North Star. From there, you will travel across the galaxy, through the Milky Way, past the W-shaped Cassiopeia, Queen of Ethiopia and the Seven Sisters. A truly amazing experience.

Confidential Tip-Off: The bloody British weather can often mean that it's too foggy to see anything and you won't get to look through the Observatory's 28-inch diameter telescope, so be sure to check the forecast before you visit.

£16pp, £50 family ticket

Royal Observatory
Blackheath Avenue 
SE10 8XJ

3, 4, 15, 17, 18, 29 February
5:25pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 6:50pm
Agent Provocateur Champagne Evening
Agent Provocateur was founded in 1994 by Vivienne Westwood's son, Joseph. It has since become an iconic, globally recognised brand, available in 53 boutiques worldwide. Whilst no woman could resist the seductive, risqué lingerie (not to mention any man). But we know that for husbands/boyfriends, underwear shopping for Valentine's can be a daunting prospect. Shrug off the stress at the Royal Exchange with a glass of free champagne and the expert guidance of the the sales staff, who will be more than willign to help you rack up that credit card bill. And ladies, shopping for yourself?  You too can enjoy expert gift buying and styling advice.

Confidential Tip-Off: They are also offering the chance to book a private gifting consultancy. Experts will help find the perfect lingerie for any occasion. To book, contact city@agentprovocateur.com

Agent Provocateur
5 Royal Exchange

2 February
10am – 8pm 

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The Annual Clown Service
Held in memory of the Jesus of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi (and any other clown who has squeezed their last rubber chicken), the annual clown service is hard to resist. The service is followed by a clown performance in the hall, accentuated with Victoria Sponge and all the kids going feral. A sight that could light up even the bleakest of Sunday afternoons in Dalston.

A young man goes to see his doctor. He is overcome by a terrible sadness and doesn’t think anything will make him feel better. The doctor says, “Why not do something happy, like going to see Grimaldi the clown?”. The young man answers, with a knowing look, “Ah, but Doctor”, he says, “I am Grimaldi.”

Confidential Tip-Off: Arrive early as the press photographers come out in force and take up the whole church. And just stay home if you don't like children.

Holy Trinity Church
Beechwood Road
E8 3DY
5 February

BFI Future Film Festival
The BFI Southbank will host the fifth BFI Future Film Festival through February, a weekend packed with screenings, workshops and masterclasses. Expect to see some of the best short films, produced by talented young filmmakers. The weekend is exclusively for 15 – 25 year-olds who are passionate about film and moving image. 

Confidential Tip-Off: The festival also provides access to industry talent and expertise, perfect for would-be filmmakers who can discover and develop their creative skills, showcase their talents and receive invaluable insights into the film industry.

Adult: £5 – £9.50, Child: £5, Concession: £5 – £6.75

South Bank

Throughout February, see the BFI website for details


Buy My Wardrobe
If you fancy raiding the wardrobes of some of London's most stylish women, Saturday is your candy shop. Wall to wall preloved designer fashion and labels galore from Chanel to Givenchy make this a bit of an extravaganza. And before you ask, the prices are as dreamy as the labels.

Confidential Tip-Off: For those of you on the opposite end of the spectrum and in need of a bit of a clearout, the Buy My Wardrobe team will be happy to advise you on taking part in future events or selling via their online marketplace, due to launch in May 2012.    

VIP TICKETS £20 (entry from 12pm, a glass of Champagne and a goody bag)
STANDARD TICKETS PREPAID £5 (entry from 1pm – 4pm)
TICKETS ON THE DOOR £7  (available from 2pm – 4pm)

Adam Street Members Club
9 Adam Street

4 February
12pm – 4pm


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