Here’s your weekly weekender suggestions. Enjoy.
EAT HERE: Bone Daddies, Soho
In Japan, the perfect end to a boozy night out is a steaming bowl of noodle soup filled with roast pork slices, marinated soft-boiled eggs, bean sprouts and spring onions. It might sound healthy, but it ain’t – most ramen contains a hefty shot of animal fat. This noodle dish’s status as the Japanese version of greasy, late-night kebabs isn’t lost on Bone Daddies’ chef-proprietor Ross Shonhan. The ramen at his new diner is big and bad, but in the best possible way. Bone Daddies exudes a gutsy, rock ‘n’ roll machismo – echoing the Big Apple’s noodle soup trend, which was largely sparked by David Chang‘s acclaimed restaurant Momofuku Noodle Bar. The drinks list includes a decent range of shochu (traditional Japanese ‘vodkas’) and Japanese whiskies, as well as sakes and oriental cocktails.The flavours are bold; the dining room is tightly packed; the staff are friendly and the music is loud. In short, Bone Daddies is a whole lot of fun.
Bone Daddies, 30-31 Peter St, W1F 0AT
GO HERE: Protein 3 Day Christmas Market
Anyone who went to the Hewett Street Block Party back in September will remember the food trucks, flowing booze, pumping music and good times filling the blocked off Hewett Street space. Next up, creative agency Protein are hoping to top that with a three day Christmas Market extravaganza from December 14-16. Fill your stomachs with edible Christmas cards, Choco Smoked Walnuts by Lily Vanilli, a St John Christmas Pudding and food stalls from F.A.T., Elliot’s, London Borough of Jam and ice cream from Gelupo. There’ll be festive booze from The Boilermaker and We Are Noble craft beer and wine, gifts (and GIFS) galore (Bompas & Parr ouija board tea towels anyone?) and coffee from regulars DunneFrankowski. For more info, see prote.in.
Protein Christmas Market, 18 Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN
TAKE PART IN THIS: ‘Santacon’
An international flashmob-style event billed as ‘non-profit, non-political, non-religious’ celebration of Christmas cheer. If you fancy imparting a little festive goodwill, you can dress up in a Santa costume and join the other Santas in central London, who will be dispensing Christmas hugs, giving out freebies and singing carols. There may also be a few pub-pitstops during the day. The secret starting point and route are announced the night before so check the website (www.santacon.co.uk) tonight. There are also tickets to the Santacon afterparty at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. See the website for further details, including Santa’s Rules.
SEE THIS: Light from the Middle East: New Photography, V&A
The single most important cultural fact behind Light from the Middle East is that the representation of the human form is traditionally discouraged in Islamic societies, and under the more extreme Sunni regimes – Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan under the Taliban – that discouragement is closer to a taboo. God created man, so if man represents man he is usurping God’s work – that’s the view of the hardliners, baldly put.
The exhibition is full of startling images – Beirut in happier days, Yemeni sailors living in South Shields, Egyptian soldiers from Tahrir Square transplanted to what looks like the Alps. Some have clearly passed through the creative process of collage, hand-tint, double exposure, Photoshop and so on. The curators are eager to stress the aesthetics involved. But on the whole this show, and its many insights, are emphatically and powerfully political. The 30 photographers represented here are skimming images from their life and times, from the streets and society around them. The show opens with the deathless shots of Magnum photographer Abbas documenting the unfolding revolution in Iran from 1978-1979, and it ends with Tahrir Square.
Light from the Middle East (until April), The V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL