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Lost Weekend: 26 – 29 January

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

Published on January 26th 2012.

Lost Weekend: 26 – 29 January

Ministry of Sound Fashion Show
Prior to this weekend, your only interest in Ministry of Sound may have been the workout DVD that is currently gathering dust (hidden under an empty box of donuts no doubt). However, a team of budding fashion designers from The University of East London are currently preparing to transform the renowned London nightspot into the stageset of their first installation. Next year's big names will be showcasing their designs and offering a taster of what we can expect from this year’s fashion graduates. And if you're not sold yet, house DJ Jesse James will be ensuring a highly-charged atmosphere and performances from the KAT Revolution dance group make for an outstanding show.

Confidential Tip-Off: Stay one step ahead of the fashion pack and meet the unique designs that will inspire your 2012 wardrobe. 

103 Gaunt Street
Ministry of Sound
26 January
7pm – Midnight

Winter Wanders Weekend 
Rather than wishing away the cold, winter months, why not stick a scarf on and embrace them? Well at least this weekend. Funded by Transport for London, the annual Winter Wanders weekend was set up as part of the Mayor’s optimistic vision that London will become one of the most walking-friendly cities in Europe by 2015. This weekend there will be 50 guided walks taking place throughout the capital and all you have to do is show up: “Whether you are looking for a place to feed the ducks, a short stroll in your lunch hour or an energetic walk to make you feel more alive – Walk London!”

Confidential Tip-Off: Pick the London’s Hidden Treasures walk and discover something new about the parts of the city you pass by daily.

28 – 29 January

For more information, downloadable maps and suggested walks for this weekend (and any other weekend for that matter), visit their website.


Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair
Anita is back, and she's brought 28 exhibitors along with her. Inspired looks range from Great Gatsby chic in luxurious silks, organza, pearls and sequins to '50s femme fatale with cinched silhouettes, perfect for the forthcoming month of Valentine. A good route may churn up some vintage designer gear such as Pucci, Dior, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Norman Hartnell. It's not surprising that fellow shoppers are frequently designers, stylists or celebrities, including regular visitors Nicole Farhi, Paul Smith, Alice Temperley, Maggie Gyllenhall, Bob Geldof and Lily Cole.

Confidential Tip-Off: Bring along any clothes that are a little worse for wear; experts in restorations and alterations of vintage clothing, Recycle & Sew will be on hand to revamp and repair pieces while you shop.

£2, £1 concessions
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
Notting Hill
W11 2QA
29 January
11am – 5pm


Chinese New Year
It's the Year of the Dragon, bringing with it not only luck and enterprise, but also a new edition to London's Chinese New Year celebrations – the Trafalgar Square parade. Colourful floats and beating drums can be followed throughout Chinatown and there will be over 40 Asian arts and crafts stalls dotted around the West End. At midday, more than 100 world renowned performers will then take their place on the Trafalgar Square main stage and an enormous fireworks display should finish the day off nicely.

Confidential Tip-Off: Look out for the traditional Chinese Lion dance performed to signify courage, stability and superiority, taking place through Chinatown.

Trafalgar Square
29 January 
10am – 6pm

Scratch+Sniff – The Vintage Sessions
Our sense of smell has been neglected in favour of sight and sound for way too long. At Scratch+Sniff, hosted by Ms. Odette Toilette, olfaction takes centre stage. This weekend, expect the usual intoxicating fusion of literary soirée and perfume sampling, but this time with a new theme: The 1920s: The Lost Generation, Nuit de Noël and the silent era. Revisiting an ear of decadence and discover new realms of smelling. Just follow your nose.

Confidential Tip-Off: Prepare to delight your other senses with bellinis and quaint cakes, as well as vintage cocktail dresses on display by Juno says Hello.

2 Seymour Place
28 January 
2:30pm – 5pm 

Imprint Festival
A collective exhibition, interweaving the past, present and future through interactive artwork, imprints and storytelling. Inspired by both the artist's own experiences and by the stories of the Church Street neighbourhood, the Imprint Festival beckons guests to throw their memories into ‘the pool of unforgotten stories’. A surreal affair, which will blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy.

Confidential Tip-Off: Expect a whimsical journey through your mind’s eye and bring along a healthy vocabulary.

The Serpentine Gallery’s Centre for Possible Studies
21 Gloucester Place

27 January 
Noon – 8:30pm

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