What’s On in The City

What's On in he City

Dry Jan in The City

Dry January does not need to be boring. Bar + Block has a mouth-watering selection of mocktails for those doing Dry January this month or steering away from alcohol in 2024. With virgin drink choices of a Passion Fruit Spritz, which is their classic Porn Star Martini minus the alcohol, or their refreshing Virgin Mojito. Defo one to try this month.

Bar + Block Steakhouse, London Aldgate E1 8PX

The Rise and Influence of 2Tone at the Barbican Music Library

A new exhibition has arrived at the Barbican Music Library for 2024. From the Caribbean to Coventry tells the story of how 2Tone, the distinctive sound that fused Jamaican ska and reggae music with punk rock and new wave, was born. You can expect to see band memorabilia, photos, clothing, art and literature, contributed by fans as well as famous faces. Admission is free so missing this would be Madness!

From the Caribbean to Coventry: Plotting the Rise of 2Tone – Jan 12 to May 25 2024

Barbican EC2Y 8DS

Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

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Credit The Sticky Dance © Zoe Manders; Chotto Desh © Camilla Greenwell; Starchitects © Dan Tucker

The Southbank Centre’s annual festival for children and their grownups in back this February half-term! With over 100 events to choose from, and more than half of the festival completely free, this year’s multi-artform programme is full to the brim with music, theatre, storytelling, dance, comedy and crafts that are accessible to everyone. Imagine is a relaxed festival, which allows visitors to enter and leave events and venues freely. There is an open attitude towards noise and movement and the festival also includes specifically sensory-adapted shows, BSL-interpreted and non-verbal performances.

Imagine Children’s Festival – February 7 to February 17 2024

Southbank Centre SE1 8XX

Theatre by Candlelight at Shakespeare’s Globe

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At the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the indoor theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, you can experience performances as audiences would have in Shakespeare’s day-illuminated completely by candlelight. With a capacity of 340, this intimate theatre, located next to the outdoor Globe Theatre, is lit up by over 100 Beeswax candles. To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse are hosting an extra special theatrical season. You can witness Shakespeare’s blistering tragedy, Othello, which will be running from January 19 to April 13. John Webster’s revenge tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, will be lit up on stage from February 17 to April 14, 10 years after it opened the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2014.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse SE1 9DT

Bridesmaids Galentine’s Immersive Dining Experience

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This Galentine’s day, you and your friends can feel like you’re flying-first class at The Refinery City Point’s ‘eat what you see’ experience of the hit comedy, Bridesmaids. In collaboration with immersive dining experts, Taste Film, these extra-special screenings will include a selection of food and drink inspired by some iconic moments in the movie. With two spectacular cocktails and dishes such as California sushi rolls and a Maid of Dishonor hot chocolate fondue, this is the ultimate way to celebrate Galentine’s day!

The Refinery City Point by Drake and Morgan EC2Y 9HT

Burns Night Supper Club at the Canonbury Tavern

On Thursday the 25th January, the Canonbury Tavern invites you to shake off the January blues with a delicious four-course Burns Night dinner. To commemorate the great Scottish Poet, Robert Burns, why not head to the pub for Scottish-inspired dishes including Haggis tortellini in a wild mushroom consommé, paired with wines and ending on a classic Scottish whiskey!

The Canonbury Tavern N1 2NS

Burns Night Celebrations at the Duke of Cambridge

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The Duke of Cambridge will also be cooking up a feast this Burns Night, as they welcome you to enjoy their one-off ‘Regenerative Burns Night Menu’. The three-course menu features traditional Scottish staples such as Cullen Skink and Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, with ingredients that are regeneratively farmed and sustainably sourced. During dinner, you can soak up the atmosphere to the sound of the bagpipes, as a Scotsman in full highland attire delivers a live performance!

The Duke of Cambridge N1 8JT

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