By Charlotte Cox
Silent disco. LOUD disco. Neon art. Zombies… Now THIS is how you do a weekendMore
FOOD: Som Saa
People power is great, isn't it? Come together and we can achieve anything. We can overthrow governments, we can topple the Berlin Wall… and, crucially, we can fund Thai pop-ups to find a permanent home. And so it is with Som Saa, which began life as a much-celebrated residency in Climpson’s Arch in Hackney and drummed up £700,000 worth of crowdfunding for this fully fledged Spitalfields restaurant. Opening properly this week after soft-launch success, expect amazing hot ’n’ sour soup, red curries and Burmese-style pork. And queues – this one has a walk-in policy. Power to the people, y’see.
Som Saa, 43 Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6BD
ART: Ben Eine: Soho Riot
We’ve made no secret that our love for Lights of Soho, London’s leading light-art gallery, runs deep. But now, somehow, they’ve managed to make us love it even more with this, what might just be its coolest show yet. Legendary street artist Ben Eine is lighting up his trademark graphic 2D font for the first time, with a series of brand-new works that not only look darned amazing, but protest against the gentrification that threatens what was London’s most vibrantly decadent district. And let’s face it, if you’re going to do social commentary, you may as well do it it huge f— off neon letters...
20 April-31 May; free, Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, W1F 0RX
NIGHTLIFE: DJ Harvey at Ministry of Sound
As comebacks go, this one is somewhat of a double whammy. First off, the venue: Ministry is having quite the renaissance thanks to a new 60-speaker Dolby Atmos soundsystem (the world’s first surround-sound dance floor technology – LOUD, then) and a newly on-point bookings policy. Which brings us to the DJ: returning to the club after almost 20 years, cult disco icon DJ Harvey is bringing his era-defining record bag with him to play an ALL NIGHT LONG set. Meaning an all-night-long session on the dance floor for you. We know you’re up to it.
23 April; from £24 103 Gaunt Street, London SE1 6DP