Fed up of doing the same old stuff? Feel like there’s something missing from your life? Some edible insects or a spot of painting perhaps? We’ve thrown together a bunch of totally random events that are happening in London this week. There’s absolutely no theme to them at all, but they all promise to be super exciting and a little bit weird…
1. Wings and Wine Aperitif – Tuesday 20th
Don’t be fooled, we don’t mean chicken wings. No, no. We mean wings of the insect variety. You know, bugs. Creepy crawlies. Crickets, mealworms, grasshoppers, etc. In a bizarre combination of bugs, booze and burgers, Petit Ballon and Jimini’s are coming together to host a Wings and Wine Aperitif this Tuesday. The evening will be all about surprises and new experiences, so it’s only for the adventurous. Show your interest on Facebook and buy tickets here.
Big Fernand, 19 Percy St, Fitzrovia, W1T 1DY
More wine, but this time with a paintbrush in the other hand. This is sophistication at its finest; sip on some wine while you recreate André Derain’s “Big Ben”. You’ll be guided by experts and it really doesn’t matter if you’re a bit lousy with a brush. Get your tickets here.
The Northcote, 2 Northcote Rd, SW11 1NT
Throw it back to the old school gaming era and have a play on all 4 generations of SEGA consoles (Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast). Partner that with cocktails and 80s and 90s karaoke and you’ve got a pretty decent evening of retrotainment. Plus, it’s happy hour until 8pm. Book your tickets here.
Kanoala, 18 Hill House, Wine Office Court, Shoe Ln, Chancery Ln, EC4A 3BQ
Okay so, compared to the other things on this list, we admit that this is fairly tame. That said, you may not have known about it unless we told you about it and, anyway, there’s tiki huts and UV and stuff so it certainly isn’t ordinary. Have a plonk about at one of their trendy locations and you’re guaranteed a good time. To book for Victoria Park click here, or for Dalston click here.
5. House of Dreams – Saturday 24th
On an unassuming street in London, artist Stephen Wright has opened up his home as The House of Dreams. Every last thing has been covered with unusual objects, including false teeth, wigs and old “disabled” dolls. The exhibition truly epitomises the term ‘weird and wonderful’. The catch is that it’s only open to the public for a few days a year, making it an extra special experience. Book your tickets for Saturday’s opening here.
45 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich, SE22 8RG
Sit in front of a panel of comedians (Thom Tuck, Brendan Murphy, Josie Long and Ed Coleman) disguised as judges. Totally improvised and totally hilarious, this not-so-serious court scenario is guaranteed to keep you laughing. Get as involved as you like, by either accusing your friends or voting in the jury. This immersive show has done the rounds at Leicester Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, but it now has a monthly residency at the Phoenix. Book your tickets here.
The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP