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From Hockney to Hirst, art is in the proverbial air. The big names are out in force but don’t miss Pakpoom Silaphan’s junkyard neo-pop creations or NoBrow’s prints at The Hayward. In fact, why not go all out and sashay through the London Art Fair in a haze of cultural saturation. Then, after shimmying in your 20s attire at Adam Street or going retro with some flambé action at The Drift, rest your weary head at Dean Street Townhouse’s Soho sleepover. Sweet dreams.

This weekend's picks:
• FRI Dabbous • SAT The Impudent Muse
• SUN NoBrow
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London Art Fair

This annual art fair has become a stalwart in our cultural calendar. Bringing together the best of modern British art – major figures such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, and LS Lowry – leading contemporary artists and emerging talent, it’s the perfect place to soak up the art vibe. The justly hyped Art Projects section is the place to be – mingle with the dealers and practise your studied, contemplative look.

Tickets £11 in advance, £16 on the door.
Business Design Centre
, Islington, N1 0QH


EAT: Dabbous
Be fashionably early for once and head to the opening night of highly anticipated restaurant Dabbous. As the love-child of Ollie Dabbous (previously of Michelin-starred Texture) and mixologist Oskar Kinberg (of Cuckoo Club) you’ll want to get in there quick. They’ll be serving Mod-European “elegant yet restrained” cuisine in similarly minimal surroundings – think exposed brickwork and metal – from the first-floor restaurant, while the basement bar offers quirky cocktails. We’ll go for Unnamed #1, please.

Time: 12pm – 11.30pm
Place: 39 Whitfield Street, W1T 2SF
Cost: Average price per head £45
Info: Dabbous

PARTY: The Drift Bar
Since the release of The Iron Lady, bars have gone all retro, harking back to the days of big hair and shoulder pads. Stepping back in a blaze of glory, Drift Bar has launched a sizzling menu of flambé favourites: Beef Stroganoff, Steak Diane and Scampi Mornay followed by Crêpe Suzette or Banana Flambé. Dishes are prepared at your table alongside specially paired cocktails, including the Blood Orange Blazer (yes there’s fire involved!). That’s one way to brighten up the dreary January nights.

Time: Various opening times
Place: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Cost: Flambé menu £27.95
Info: The Drift Bar
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Triple Threat

India-meets-London-meets-New York next month when Westminster restaurant The Cinnamon Club heads to the Upper East Side. Book your plane ticket now and join the NY glitterati at Desmond’s for a taste of modern Indian cuisine stateside. Sit beneath the stunning domed ceiling, Cinnamon Bellini in hand, and marvel at your ability to experience three cultures in one.

The Cinnamon Club Goes to Manhattan, Feb 4-11.
For booking enquiries call: +1 212 207 4949 or email. Desmond’s Restaurant 153 E60th, NYC


Pakpoom Silaphan’s Remastering the Master

Few would consider old-school Thai adverts art, but somehow Pakpoom Silaphan pulls it off. His street-inspired neo-pop creations take vintage advertising signs as their backdrop, creating a quirky setting for the suitably iconic figures he depicts. The subjects of his current exhibition at Scream are artists – think Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol penned onto Coca Cola bottles. Catch it before it ends this Sunday.

Remastering the Master, until Jan 22
Scream, 34 Bruton Street,


PARTY: The Impudent Muse
Think early Chanel and The Great Gatsby for Die Freche Muse’s latest event, a 1920s Berlin speakeasy. Held in member’s club Adam Street, the private world of exotic dancers and golden-age jazz will offer an experience which is part-high end bordello, part-speakeasy. It’s all rather sophisticated darling so don your flapper dress or dickie bow for a night of hedonistic delights. Book or RSVP here

Time: 10pm-4am
Place: Adam Street Private Member’s Club, 9 Adam Street, The Strand, WC2N 6AA
Cost: Advance Tickets £15, £20 on the door (you must RSVP)
Info: The Impudent Muse

SLEEP: The Soho Sleepover
Already drinking and dining at this Soho institution? Now it's time to test the beds. Less popcorn and pillow fights, and more Egyptian cotton sheets is what Dean Street Townhouse has to offer. Dine after 11pm in their restaurant and they’ll offer you the chance to bag one of their luxurious, individually designed rooms for £50 (and receive a Morning After Kit which includes deodorant, Cowshed products and priority breakfast booking).

Time: Available from 11pm
Place: Dean Street Townhouse, 69 - 71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE
Cost: £50 (subject to availability)
Info: The Soho Sleepover

Pick Me Up Mix

Lil Wayne ft. Tyler the Creator kick off this week’s podcast with sweary, dirty, "alien-obsessed" hip hop (no surprise, considering Tyler’s Yonkers video), followed by a short lull – electronic soul and laid-back synthy electronica from the likes of M38. Then Jeffrey brings the beat back up to finish with some African disco followed by banging, bassy club tracks. Perfect PM pick-me-up tunes for rainy office confinement.



Gelupo goes nocturnal

Forget post-dinner nightcaps. Date night should be rounded off with salt caramel gelatos and espresso granitas at Gelupo, which is now open ‘til late.

Mon-Thurs open ‘til 11pm, Fri-Sat ‘til 1am and Sundays ‘til 10pm.

Gelupo, 7 Archer st, W1D 7EU


Radical Dining Society

So, there’s Disappearing, Rebel, and now the Radical Dining Society. Confusing much? The first event of this gastro-soc will be a mid-winter feast, or “ripaille” if you’re from the south west of France, where the chefs Jérôme and Christine Navarre hail. Expect Gascon cuisine with a twist: foie gras, game and Armagnac.

King Navarre’s Game, Jan 31
Secret central London location revealed the day before. £75 for members, £99 for non-members.


SHOP: NoBrow
NoBrow goes highbrow with their 'This Is Not A Pop Up' concession at the Hayward Gallery shop. Peruse the illustrated books, collectable art objects and limited-edition prints all hand picked by the independent publishing and design team. Showcasing work by upcoming designers such as Belgian illustrator Jan Van Der Veken, there will be a limited number of signed first editions on sale so head down early to nab yourself a future classic.

Time: 10am-6pm
Place: The Hayward Gallery shop, The Southbank Centre,
Cost: Free
Info: NoBrow

CINEMA: The Lounge
Reclining leather seats, on screen entertainment, gourmet food at the mere touch of a button. No it’s not Virgin Upper to NYC – The Lounge at Whiteleys Odeon has gone luxe, offering a ‘Finger, Fork and Spoon’ menu from chef Rowley Leigh (of British brasserie Le Café Anglais) for the ultimate cinema experience. Go retro with a hot dog, popcorn and ice cream soda, or experiment with salsify fritters and aioli. Over 18’s only so no fear of screaming kids.