Something For The Weekend: 20-22 March 2015

ELLE's cultural round-up

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This weekend is all about celebrating - from Coca Cola to the Blitz Party. No need to wonder what you'll be doing...

Words by Cara Sterio 

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DRINK: Coca-Cola Pop-up Store celebrating 100 years

Everyone's favourite drink celebrates the 100th birthday of its distinctive glass bottle, created in 1915 to stand out from the crowd. To mark the occasion, Coca-Cola are hosting a three-day pop-up store with FREE coke for guests. Yes you heard correctly. Rewind back to where it all began, as the 1915-inspired pop-up will be styled with artwork from Andy Warhol, and a long wooden bar stacked with bottles and plenty of stools. Expect a photo booth with vintage props, and a pianist on a baby grand who'll entertain the crowds with classic 1915-style tunes during lunchtimes and evenings.

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Opening times: 19- 21 March Thurs – 2-8pm Fri-Sat -11-8pm, 14 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DJ, coca-cola.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTY: The Blitz Party

Pin-up girls and vintage soldiers reunite at another 40s-themed Blitz Party. The former air raid shelter under the arches will once again be pimped out for the vintage bash, with a strictly 40s dress code. Channel The Andrew Sisters or Dad's Army, as the bunker will be kitted out with oil lamps, ration-book-style bar menus, sandbags, black-out curtains and army bunk beds doubling as seats. Taking centre stage, swing band Ta Mère will headline, with performances from more kings of swing to keep the party going. Cocktails will be era-appropriate too, so expect the likes of a Mary Pickford (Golden Rum, pineapple, pomegranate and a hint of maraschino liqueur), or a French 75 (gin, lemon juice, Elderflower cordial, lemonade).

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Get those seamed stockings and curling tongs at the ready. 

Tickets at £25, 21 March 2015 Starts at 8-2pm, The Arches, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ theblitzparty.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

Time to freak out because Chic and Nile Rodgers are in town. The 70s' disco sensations kick start their UK tour at London’s Roundhouse this weekend, to promote their first single in more than 23 years, ‘I’ll Be There’, and a new album planned for later in 2015. Don't worry; the disco divas know what we all want to hear and will perform classic hits including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance, I Want Your Love and Good Times.

Tickets from £49 or meet and greet the stars from £150, 20-21 March 2015 Starts at 7.00pm, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH, ticketmaster.co.uk

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FOOD: The Domino Effect at Hotel Café Royal 

Foodie alert: the grande dame of Regent Street, the Café Royal Hotel, celebrates its 150th birthday with an exclusive seven course-tasting menu.  Spanish superchef Paco Roncero and Café Royal's executive chef, Andrew Turner, have concocted a fabulous feast including such treats as Chocolate ‘filipino,’ Clam and white beans, Tuna tartare, Squid risotto and curry oils, served in Café Royal's original Domino Room. If the menu hasn’t twisted your arm, the china crockery has been designed by Versace.. enough said.

For reservations call 0207 406 3371, Prices are from £90 per head and with a wine flight £140, Seating times are available from 6.30-9.30pm, See the full menu on clubcaferoyal.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILM: Camberwell Free Film Festival

Film buffs should take a trip down to Camberwell this weekend to see some of the silver screen's biggest blockbusters.  The festival will showcase favourites such as Oscar -nominated The Lego Movie, BAFTA nominee Northern Soul and the legendary Pretty in Pink (can we just add, what a soundtrack). The festival will take place in venues around Camberwell starting from early afternoon at 1pm. So go grab yourself some popcorn and sit back and enjoy.

19-29 March 2015 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 8pm, For more information on films and venues visit freefilmfestivals.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOK NOW: Summer Series at Somerset House 

One of London’s favourite landmarks is hosting another Summer Series festival. With tickets going on general release this Friday, you’ll have to be quick to snap up the chance of seeing headliners Jessie J, George Ezra, Passenger and James Bay. The intimate 11-day event showcases not only the big names but a range of hotly tipped, up-and-coming artists too, so grab your tickets before they go.

9-19 July 2015, Tickets from £29.50 per night, Doors Open at 7.30pm, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, ticketmaster.co.uk

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FAIR: The Asia House Spring Fair pop-up

Transforming Marylebone into Mumbai, this Asian bazaar returns for it’s seventh annual Spring Fair. Held at the Asia House Headquarters, the lively pop-up will feature an Aladdin's cave of jewellery, textiles, fashion and arts. Don't miss the exquisite original Indian jewellery from Emma Chapman Jewels, and antique silks and velvet robes from the Treasures of the Silk Road - with Asian snacks, teas, brownies and even Malaysian Pandan pancakes on the side.

Opening times: Fri-Sat – 11-9pm Sun – 11-5pm 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP asiahouse.org

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