January 24-31: Burns Night or sunburns? Take your pick

Pic: Dancing On My Own

From swigging Scotch on Burns Night to celebrating the sunburn-inducing rays of our Australian brethren – this week is about indulging and imbibing. Choose from a cocktail course, an Italian wine and spirits taster, or just sip away on one of the best loved beers from down under. For those of you who lean towards the mocktail-section of the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice as well. Just have a look.

Johnson&Bell Drinks at Sagra

January 24-26, 6pm-12am

18 Belsham Street, London, E9 6NG

A full range of Italian Aperitivos, Digestivos, Wines, Prosecco, Beers and classic cocktails will be on hand for you to enjoy. They will also be hosting some great talks on some of the more niche spirits and the evening will also feature live music.


Australia Day Celebration

Saturday, January 26, 2-11pm

Shoreditch Grind, 213 Old Street, EC1V 9NR

Want to celebrate Australia Day as best you can in this frosty weather? Indulge in an Australian BBQ, fully kitted out with mellow beats from the DJs and plenty of Coopers famous Pale Ale to quench your thirst. Plus the heating and weather protection gear will be locked and loaded in case the day’s forecast doesn’t quite match up to that of an Australian summer.


Dancing On My Own #1

Saturday, January 26, 8pm-1am

Ryan’s Bar, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 OUI

Dancing on my Own is a pop disco for dancefloor kings/queens/queers who want to work it at a fun, friendly night where requests are encouraged and exuberant dancing is demanded. Come, bring friends, request tunes, and play nice. Plus it’s free entry, so why would you miss out?


Simon's (Is Tropical) 'Dickbong'

Friday, January 25, 10pm-2am

Babble.jar, Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL

Free entry to this music and dance night that you won't be able to resist. Old school R&B, Reworks, Remakes, DayDisco, Tempo Adjusted Pop, Enon-DM, Forgotten Goldens & Technoir. Don't be surprised if you hear a bit of a Destiny's Child tribute in the mix.


Refresh Your Wardrobe – Darn It! Patch It! Mend It!

Saturday, January 26, 2-4:30pm

7 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH

Use the session to go through your wardrobe and pull out any garments in need of repair, love, attention or just an entirely new look. Barley Massey will show you a variety of traditional restoration techniques and modern takes. You'll learn how to darn socks and woollens as well as how to patch fabric items.  It's not make do and mend but make and uplift!


Make and Shake Cocktail Workshop

Sunday, January 27, 3pm

The White Rabbit Cocktail Club, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UH

 Have you ever wanted to learn more about spirits and cocktail making but haven’t known where to start? At Make and Shake you’ll have the chance to do a tasting with experts in their field, followed by guided mixology from award-winning mixologist David Hamilton Boyd.



The First Moscow Supperclub

Saturday, January 26, from 7:30pm

Parkholme Supper Club, Parkholme Road, Dalston, E8 3AQ 

Feast on some real Russian food – indulge in blinis and caviar, try classic Russian borscht, and round out your evening with a decadent and finger-licking Napoleon Torte (you’ll never be able to forget this dessert). This is a charity supper club and all proceeds go to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Kενό Exhibition

January 25-February 9, Thurs-Sun, 10am-6pm (Preview on 25th from 8pm til late)

The Old Police Station, 114 Amersham Vale, London, SE14 6LG

Kενό is the Greek word for void. While a group of artists will try to earn this space, their different voices will support but also come into conflict with each other. Dimensions will dance around the walls and floors - and you just might find yourself smiling like a child.


Flamenco Express

Sunday, January 27, Doors at 7:30pm

The London Theatre, 443 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TA

La Joaquina and Chris Clavo present Magdalena Mannion, an established dancer who was tutored and moulded by some of the great flamenco legends. Javier Macias will be along as well, a charismatic cantor with a mastery of flamenco repertoire, old and new. Grab your tickets quickly - this fiery night is rather popular.


Cat Adoption Open Days

January 26-27, 12-5pm

Celia Hammond Animal Trust, 233-235 Lewisham Way, London SE14 1UY

Considering adopting a cat? Or two? Come and meet the many rescued cats along with the volunteers and staff.

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