It’s the return of the weekender. Back once again.
Watch this: Sundance London
Sundance London kicks off today with American indie films (including divorce comedy A.C.O.D., above) music and talks. You can buy single tickets, or a ‘Superscreen Pass’ for access to all 14 films showing on the Sky Superscreen.
25-28 April; times and prices vary; O2, Peninsula Square, SE10
Do this: David Bowie Friday Late, V&A
Tonight, the V&A hosts a free, unticketed David Bowie celebration. Part of Bowie Weekender (27-28 April), Jonathan Barnbrook – who designed three Bowie album covers – will be in discussion with Paul Morley.
Friday,V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7
Drink here: The London Coffee Festival
The London Coffee Festival is back again this weekend, with events taking place in special zones within Truman Brewery named after London areas. The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event is a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. Visitors can learn about the various ways to make and brew coffee at home, taste signature drinks and graze their way through the Artisan and Street Food Markets.
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E2
Eat here: Monikers
From Time Out: “Monikers is a restaurant and also a seat of learning, in a way. It’s in the shell of a former primary school, and so an education theme is drilled home through the decor.
There’s a periodic table on the wall, and a huge revolving blackboard; water is served in laboratory beakers. There’s also a very cool mezzanine decked out like the upstairs of an old London bus, complete with vinyl seats.
The food offering is A-grade: no spotted dick with lumpy custard here. It comes on small plates; diners are encouraged to freestyle their way through the menu and share dishes which range from a deceptively simple grilled leeks, parmesan and truffle oil to a salad of dived scallop, cured ham, kohlrabi and apple; a delicate balance of flavours that wouldn’t feel out of place at somewhere like Pollen Street Social.
The drinks menu is excellent too – and you’re not required to order any food. There are a few London beers (Meantime, Camden, Kernel) and a list of grown-up cocktails. Going back to school never seemed so appealing.”
16 Hoxton Square, N1