Cocktails, art fairs, film, food and partying - the perfect weekend comboMore
What is art? Tough question, and one you may have spent hours stroking your chin over at A-level. Much easier to answer is: WHERE is art? Because this weekend, it's at Regent's Park. Returning for its 15th year, Frieze London gathers together over 160 of the biggest, best and most boundary-pushing galleries into a big fancy tent, letting you see all that's causing a stir in sculpture, painting and installations. Frieze Projects is where you'll find the emerging Next Big Things, while at Frieze Masters you can check out everything from ancient artefacts to Picasso. Grab a glass of fizz, furrow your brow and people-watch – that, at least, we have down to a fine art.
5-8 Oct; from £27.95
Frieze and Frieze Masters, Regent's Park, NW1 4NR
The trouble with Frieze is that it triggers art-appreciation addiction. We need even edgier pieces! By even more exciting artists! NOW! Thank goodness, then, we can get our next fix right away at this alternative showcase of 130 emerging artists at The Old Truman Brewery. From Dex X's maps made into art, to the gorgeous graphics of Lene Bladjberg and the intricate 3D 'book sculptures' of Alexander Korzer-Robinson, it's four days of nothing but the most cutting edge on the scene. Just don't ask what we'll do afterwards *shakes from art withdrawal*
5-8 Oct; from £6.60
The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
It's the most wonderful week of the year… A time when you can swap Yorkshire Tea for Long Island Ice Tea, green juices for Grand Marnier and water for, well, ANYTHING. Yep, London Cocktail Week is back, bringing us seven magical days where our £10 pass entitles us to bargain £6 cocktails at 250 of the city's top bars (that's right: 250), plus entry to the Old Spitalfields Market cocktail village. And for the first time, this year's passes are downloaded on to your smartphone, meaning no wristbands, no queues – and more drinking time. Ain't technology grand?
Check out The Belvedere Single Estate Rooms, done up like a woodland glade, where tickets get you four complimentary cocktails, canapes, tasting of the new 100% rye vodkas, and entry to the private bar.
Tickets £30. Friday 6th October, sessions at 6.30-7.30pm and 8.00 – 9.00pm
The Estate Rooms Private Bar remains open until 11pm
The Estate Rooms, Motel Studios, Arch 407 & 408, Long Street, London E2 8HG
London Cocktail Week, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW; plus bars citywide
Until 8 Oct; £10