Well, let’s say it and get it out of the way so we can move onto sharing the very best of what London has to offer this month: Happy New Year, everyone. Now, on with the good stuff. We’ve rounded up a handful of our very favourite events taking place in our fair city throughout January and we strongly suggest you pencil a few in. 2016 has been very good to us so far so make the most of it and get out there.
UNMADE AT SELFRIDGES at Selfridges, Bond Street
When? Thursday 7th January – Thursday 21st January 2016
How much? Free
Unmade are an innovative company that creates made-to-order scarves and jumpers in the craziest and most covetable prints by the likes of Kate Moross and Christopher Raeburn. This year they’re unveiling their first ever window at Selfridges and inviting you to edit, create and buy your own designs. So, if you’re a fashion-conscious fan of one-offs and collectibles, head over to check it out. Click attending here.
BILL MURRAY QUIZ at MOTH CLUB, Hackney
When? Thursday 7th January 2016 at 7pm – 11pm
How much? £5
This is certainly not an event to be missed, not least because of the £200 cash prize on offer. A bar quiz like no other, text your knowledge of the big guy and go head-to-head with other fans of the one and only Bill Murray – that’s if you’ve forgiven him for that terrible Netflix Christmas special. Book a ticket here.
ALL THE YOUNG NUDES at The Proud Archivist, Haggerston
When? Monday 11th January 2016 at 8pm
How much? £10
Take yourself along to The Proud Archivist’s lovely waterfront surroundings for a spot of life drawing that promises to be livelier than your average session. No, there’s nothing dodgy about it, there’ll just be cool music – specifically an 80’s playlist. Anything goes and all skills and levels are welcome so bring a friend (they’ll knock a quid off your ticket price if you do), enjoy a drink and have a scribble to the sweet sounds of Bowie. Book your tickets here.
ROY’S PEOPLE at Hoxtown Gallery, Shoreditch
When? Tuesday 12th January – April 2016
How much? Free
We’ve run into Roy’s People before over and highly suggest you meet them too. They’re a lovely bunch – of very tiny humans. Think models of Borrower proportions utilising everyday objects in hilarious ways. The show runs until April so set aside some time in your calendar to pop over to the Hoxtown gallery.
TATTY DEVINE NECKLACE WORKSHOP at The Hoxton, Holborn
When? Tuesday 12th January 2016 at 6.30pm
How much? £40
Craft one of Tatty Devine’s famed bunting necklaces with your very own hands. You’ll learn exactly how the pros put these babies together and have a craftier evening than most in the process. The perfect gift to yourself that you may then want to gift to somebody else, this exclusive workshop is basically a win-win scenario. Book your tickets here.
ESSEX ROAD II at Tintype Gallery, Highbury & Islington
When? Saturday 10th January – 16th January 2016
How much? Free
Discover eight short films by eight artists shown round the clock in the famed north London gallery’s window. Inspired by the mile-long Essex Road, this mini festival of moving image promises to be a fascinating look into the minutia of London life. Directions and more information here.
TEA TOWEL SCREEN PRINTING at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross
When? Monday 11th January 2016 at 7pm
How much? £15
Textile Designer Zeena Shah will teach you the art of Silk Screen Printing, guide you through creating your own design and getting it print ready. You’ll learn paper cutting techniques and use your cut stencils to make your finished design into a perfect screen print. What a way to spend a Monday night. Book your tickets here.
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL at ICA
When? Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th January 2016
How much? Between £7 and £11
London Short Film Festival celebrates the best of the best in independent cinema. Expect a programme packed full of shorts by the likes of Harmony Kornine, Andrea Arnold, and both Joern Utkilen and Fyzal Boufila. Explore the full line-up and immerse yourself in something visually spectacular for less than half an hour. Click attending here. Find full-line up and book tickets here.
THE OLD DALSTON MARKET at EPIC Dalston
When? Sunday 17th January 2016 at 11am – 6pm
How much? Free
The Hackney Flea-hosted extravaganza is back for the new year! A huge indoor market with over 50 hand-selected makers, sellers and traders offering their wares, this, the first of the year promises to be an absolute beaut. Expect food, music and the usual fare. Click attending here.
SILVER RING WORKSHOP at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross
When? Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 7pm
How much? £55
Carve your desired design into jewellers wax with the talented folks from The Work Bench. Cast it into silver and it’s then polished and returned back to you within two weeks. Join the illustrious Drink Shop Do for a night of creativity and a why not enjoy a complimentary cocktail while you’re at it? No retail mark ups, just one-off pieces made by you. Book your tickets here.
PRINTOUT: NEW WOMEN’S MAGAZINES with STACK at The Book Club, Shoreditch
When? Tuesday 26th January 2016 at 6.30pm
How much? £6
Stack’s exceptional Printout event returns this year with independent magazines created by rad women kicking off 2016. Mushpit, Ladybeard and Hotdog magazine’s founders will be talking women’s publishing and we’ll be there too. Come and say hello, show your appreciation and learn from the best. Book your tickets here.
REBEL REBEL BOUQUET WORKSHOP at Rebel Rebel, Hackney
When? Tuesday 26th January 2016 2016 at 7pm
How much? £75
Start the year as you mean to go on! By that we mean join Hackney florists Rebel Rebel for a delightful bouquet workshop whilst you sip on process (or elderflower presse if that’s your jam). Indulge in a few nibbles and learn how to create a hand-tied bouquet using fresh flowers with the experts. Book your ticket here. We think this one would make an exceptionally lovely gift for your January baby friends too.
YO ILLO JANUARY MEET-UP at The Miller Pub, London Bridge
When? Wednesday January 27th January 2016 at 7.30pm
How much? Free
Join Yo Illo at another of their friendly meet-ups for London-based illustrators and add a few new faces to your Facebook friends list. Motivate yourself by getting away from your desk and meeting likeminded people in your industry. Any level, any style and any one is welcome so join the group’s founders Willa Gebbie and Rob Barrett plus a gang of expert scribblers and creatives for a few drinks to start the new year. Take it from us, they’re a lovely bunch. Click attending here.
VAULT FESTIVAL at The Vaults, Waterloo
When? Wednesday January 27th – 6th March 2016
Perhaps deserving of it’s very own blog post, Vault Festival is a feat not to be missed. This annual foray into underground adventures in music, art, theatre, dance, performance and more lasts six weeks and gives we Londoners a good name. From food and drink to late-night parties, film and family events, this festival is painstakingly curated to ensure everyone is catered for. Venture into the vaults for the best time you’ll have this month. Book tickets here.
THE CLOTHES CLUB at The Proud Archivist, Haggerston
When? January 28th 2016 at 6pm – 10pm
How much? 15 on the door
Art Against Knives presents a clothes swapping party like no other. Clothes Club is a bit of fun, a chance to switch up your wardrobe, raise money for two charities and make a few new friends whilst you do all that. Bring your unwanted garms along and sip on two-for-one cocktails while the music plays. The cash raised for tickets goes to Breast Cancer Care and Childhope via our friends at TRAID. Book your tickets here.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth