February 7-14: Pancakes or French cakes? Take your pick

Pic: Omid Tavallai

Pic: Omid Tavallai


From pancakes to macarons, savoury Filipino feasts to indulgent breakfasts – this week is all about food. Whether you decide to make it, flip it, or race it, we know what you’ll be doing at the end…eating it. Just loosen up those belts and dig in. And remember, there’s still plenty of fun to be had once you’ve had your fill.


PotL macaron

Ganache Macaron Workshop

Every day through February 13, 2-5pm and 6-9pm

BOXPARK Shoreditch, Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY

During these three-hour workshops you will learn all the required techniques to make delicious and gorgeous-looking Valentine Macarons. From the stiffness of your whipped egg whites to the dreaded "Macaronnage" (folding process) and piping, their top chefs will part with all their tricks to allow you to create wonderful little bites.


Love Me Do

Sunday, February 10, 1pm-11:30pm

The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH 

Valentine's Day themed craft stalls, Glamorati Make-up ladies, fantastic live music from 7pm. Bands include Spinster, Something Beginning with L, with funktastic New Street Adventure headlining. Plus there'll be a raffle with outstanding prizes, circus acts, and a jungle dance troupe.


Meet and Mingle

Monday, February 11, 7:30pm-10:30pm

The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH

If the idea of speed dating has you running for the hills, and internet dating feels like flirting with a robot - then Meet and Mingle might be the night for you. You can meet like-minded professionals in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties. With experience of two and a half years of running the successful Last Night A Speed Date Changed My Life and countless matches, whether it's true love, or new best pals you're looking for - this is the place to find them.


Pancake Day Mardi Gras Party

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm

Shutterbug London, 1 Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

Crepes, Mardi Gras Cocktails, Pancake Race, Music, and DJs. Need we say more?


The Music Box

Wednesday, February 13, 8pm

114–116 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AH

Mr Wolf, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker plus Patch and the Giant will be playing. Beautiful melodies, beautiful instrumentation, beautiful rhythms...just blooming beautiful.

Comedy Bin

Monday, February 11, 8-11pm

Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW

Long-known for hosting some of the best live music in East London (and the Capital), the Rhythm Factory "The barometer of London's musical trends" - The Guardian) is hosting some of London's up-and-coming comedians. Working with The Comedy Bin, every Monday is Comedy Night. The show is hosted by experienced MC Gwilum Argos and is a great opportunity for new comedians to perform alongside more experienced acts.


The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Tuesday, February 12, 12:30pm

Dray Walk, East London E1 6QL

Join the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race in aid of London’s Air Ambulance. Teams of four will race up and down Dray Walk - suitably dressed up (or down). Hot pancakes will be provided, just bring along your own frying pans. The Lost Marbles String Band will keep the music playing and clowns will be waltzing about to keep things extra entertaining. Some kitchen-themed prizes are up for grabs and winners can snag them by claiming the titles of best dressed and best behaved.




February 12-16, 7:30pm

The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London E14 3RS

Focusing on the Royal family of Denmark, The Purple Hibiscus Theatre Company’s “Hamlet” explores each character and their different reactions to the world surrounding them; their isolation from the people they rule over and the anxieties and repressions which doom them from the very beginning. An all-female cast bring the tale to life in an exciting new production.

Chill Pill Valentine's Stall

Saturday, February 9, 11am-2pm 

Deptford High Street, next to the flower stall on Douglas Way

Chill Pill will be setting up to write FREE special, bespoke poems for you and your loved ones. Tell them all about the special person in your life and these skilled and inventive poets will weave their magic to create a unique poem just for them.


Filipino food club

Filipino Supperclub

Saturday, February 9, 16, & 23, from 7pm onwards

A secret yet surprisingly easy-to-reach living/dining room in New Cross

Out of Pepe's Kitchen comes a passion-fueled project from two friends with a love of Filipino food. And they want to share it with you. The name, Kamayan Supper Club, roughly translates as two things: first, eating with your bare hands and second, shaking hands. So it is through a bit of eating and socialising that they hope to bring their love of Filipino food to you. Don't forget - it's BYOB.

Croydon Brunch Club

Saturday, February 9, 11am-2pm

1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, Greater London CR0 1FF

It's an opportunity to meet others from in and around Croydon over a relaxed coffee or brunch, dished up by the Matthews Yard chef. All are welcome to this informal and relaxed monthly gathering of the great and good of Croydon.


Never 99p Arts Fair 

Saturday, February 9, 11am-4pm

1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, Greater London CR0 1FF

NEW Designers and Makers Fair will include beautiful handmade work and live music from Alice Heggie. Nichol Keene will also be treating you to a short performance from 2pm. Nichol and Toby's Summer 2012 tour included performing at; Bestival, Meadowlands Festival, Beacons Festival, Wilderness Festival, Camp Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Lounge on the Farm and Brainchild festival.

Get a taste of Nichol's work below:


Croydon Roller Derby vs. Portsmouth Roller Wenches

Sunday, February 10, 2:30pm

Monks Hill Centre, Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 8HD

Croydon Roller Derby will take on the fantastic Portsmouth Roller Wenches in a small open door bout. Come along and cheer for your home team - spread the derby love! Plus there's an after-party at the Green Dragon (60 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1NA).

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