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What’s on in London this week? From the hottest show openings, latest art exhibitions, restaurants to book and tickets to buy now, here’s your culture guide to the week ahead…

     

What’s On In London This Week? October 21 – 28

1. Carb-load at Emilia’s for World Pasta Day

As the days get steadily colder and darker, there’s really no better time to hunker down with a few friends and many a steaming bowl of fresh pasta. To celebrate World Pasta Day, Emilia’s in Aldgate are throwing their biggest giveaway of free pasta, aiming to beat last year’s number of over 300 guests served. Choose from seven of their signature dishes, including home-made pesto and pappardelle with slow-cooked bolognese. 25 October, 12–4pm and 5:30–9:30pm, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, 77 Alie St, London, E1 8NH; walk-in only, so make sure get there early!

2. Discover fantastic new films at the London East Asia Film Festival

This year’s London East Asian Film Festival festival features ten stands and an exciting film programme. As well as the official LEAFF selection, which shows the best Asian films of the year, sections include Stories of Women, representing female voices of Asian cinema, and K-Cinema 100, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema with work by the talented young Korean filmmakers. In its fourth year, the festival showcases East Asian culture in the UK, championing the growing collaboration and diversity in East Asian filmmaking. 24 October–3 November, select cinemas including Odeon Leicester Square, London’s Cinema Museum and Deptford Cinema; for tickets and full programme visit leaff.org.uk

3. Explore London’s creative side at V&A Friday Late

Where does one find creative spaces in London? This is the question posed by the upcoming session of V&A’s Friday Late series, aptly named This Must Be The Place, moving from the museum’s usual South Kensington location to five leading arts venues across Hackney Wick. Discover how creative communities respond to and evolve in tandem with this ever-changing city through innovative art installations, live music, film, experimental performances and much more. 25 October, 7–11pm, Hackney Wick; for more details and the full night’s programme, visit vam.ac.uk

4. Take to the ice at the National History Museum

Natural History Museum

For arguably the best ice in central London, head over to the Natural History museum’s rink for a skating session. Twirling – or staggering, we wouldn’t judge – around the ice, surrounded by twinkling fairy lights, is sure to bring in some pre-festive cheer. Until 12 January 2020 (closed on Christmas Day), NHM Ice Rink, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD; book via ticketmaster.co.uk

5. Enjoy an Aperitivo at a stylish Supper Club

A love of Italian food and aperitivo culture brought together Laura Jackson, lifestyle influencer and supper-club hostess, with Martini and Hoxton pizzeria Radio Alice. The supper club launches their bespoke Aperitivo-friendly menu, featuring mouthwatering Italian treats including mushroom pizzetta, creamy burrata and baked Tuscan sausage – best enjoyed in tandem with a Martini Fiero, or three… 23 October, 6:30–8pm, Radio Alice Pizzeria, 16 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT; tickets £25, including all dishes and three Fiero & Tonic cocktails per person, book via eventbrite.co.uk

6. Shop sustainably at Riley Studio

     

Eco-innovative fashion brand Riley Studio is coming to Notting Hill with its first concept store, celebrating their latest collection, inspired by Scotland’s heritage and wild natural landscape. In a direct reflection of the brand’s ethos, the store will host a number of workshops and events aiming to simplify the issue of sustainable living. Customers can also donate their unworn garments to the in-house Clothes Drop, running in partnership with mindful consumption platform Stories Behind Things. 79 – 81 Ledbury Road, 10am–6pm Monday–Saturday, 12am–6pm Sunday, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AD; for full programme, visit riley.studio

7. Celebrate Nolita Social’s Hennessy Nights

Aiming to bring the energy of a New York night out to Knightsbridge, underground venue Nolita Social is hosting a night of lively soul music as the last of their hotly-anticipated Hennessy Nights. Soul Supreme, a leading Soul & Motown act, are taking the floor for what promises to be a scintillating live show, fuelled by the exclusive menu of Hennessy cocktails. 25 October, 4 Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QA; for bookings call 020 7151 1025 or visit nolitasocial.co.uk

8. Lean in to second-hand luxury at Xupes x Emma Hill

At this panel event talk and Q&A on sustainable luxury, pre-owned luxury retailer Xupes has collaborated with fasion blogger Emma Hill, whose edit of pre-owned, luxury handbags will be displayed at the event. Grace Richmond from Eco-age and fashion journalist and author Katherine Ormerod will also be discussing and exploring the environmental benefits of buying pre-owned items. 23 October, 7:30pm-8:45pm, One Aldwych, One Aldwych Hotel, London WC2B 4BZ; tickets £15 via eventbrite.co.uk

9. Gain insight into Gen Z at The Curtain

Whether you’re mystified by memes, flummoxed by Fortnite or just genuinely nonsed by the behaviour today’s teenagers, the newest talk series at the Shoreditch member’s club aims to shed light on why Gen Z are the way they are. Enlisting the help of consumer behaviour specialists Canvas8, the talks promise “a deep dive into this emerging generation, unpicking myths and behavioural patterns to help audiences better understand the nuances of this influential group”. 24 October, 7–10pm, 45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT; visit skiddle.com

10. Perfect your aim at the West London Shooting School

For something a little different to the tired weekend formula of brunch/day-drinking/Instagram black hole, book a class at the UK’s oldest independent shooting school. Twice voted as the best shooting ground in the country, it is 12 miles from Marble Arch, and offers expert tuition tailored to any ability level. Weekdays 8am–5pm, Saturday 8am–4:30pm, Sharvel Lane, West End Road, Northolt, UB5 6RA; for more information and prices, visit shootingschool.co.uk

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