7 glorious things to do in London this weekend (10-12 January 2020)

Natasha Afxentiou

6 January 2020

Mocktails, fine antiques and thought-provoking short films– here's your guide to what's on in London this weekend

6 January 2020 | Natasha Afxentiou

The London Short Film Festival, across London 

The London Short Film Festival returns this weekend for its seventeenth edition, celebrating filmmaking from a diverse range of backgrounds. Almost 300 films make up this year's thought-provoking schedule of homegrown and international talent, shown at venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), BFI Southbank, the Science Museum and historic independent cinemas including Rio in Dalston. Musical highlights include a screening of a VHS compilation of Blondie’s music videos to date called The Best of Blondie (1981) and Black Audio Visions: Transforming the Gaze through Sound, an exploration of the auditory experience of listening to film from the perspective of pan-African filmmakers.  

Date: From Friday 10 January 2020 Time: Varies depending on viewing and chosen location Location: Various locations around London, see website for details Closest Station: Dependent on chosen location 

Website: shortfilms.org.uk 

The R&R Pop-up at Carousel Seven Dials, Covent Garden (from Wednesday)  

Carousel is hosting an R&R pop-up this week at its ever-changing site in Covent Garden, focusing on health, wellbeing, and handy life hacks. Enjoy Q&A’s, uplifting workshops and inspiring talks, alongside a spread of healthy snacks and plant-based salads served by BOL Foods for lunch. Highlights include chair massages with Isabel Fernandez on Wednesday; sound baths on Thursday evening; an evening with London Meditation Centre on Friday and yoga with Refinery Studio on Saturday.


Date: Wednesday 8 January 2020 to Saturday 11 January 2020 Time: Varies depending on chosen experience, see website for details Price: £2 donation to charity MIND Location: Carousel Seven Dials, WC2H 9AT Closest Station: Covent Garden 

Website: carousel-london.com 

Mocktails at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park 

Looking for decadence without the hangover? The Library Bar at The Lanesborough has launched a new collection of alcohol-free cocktails for Dry January. Head bartender Sofiane Barthelemy has created eight alcohol-free concoctions, including the modern London classic X-rated, a mix of passion fruit, vanilla, mango and fresh lemon juice; and Ruby Diamond, which shakes cherries and red grapes with Aecorn Aromatic, egg yolk, and cherry and cinnamon syrup. 

Date: Mocktails available from January 2020 Time: The Library bar is open daily from 11am to 1am; and from 12pm to 12am on Sundays Location: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA Closest Station: Hyde Park 

Website: oetkercollection.com 

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Mayfair 

Kick-off the new year with a dose of fine art at the eighth annual Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, held at the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square. Peruse works from more than 40 exhibitors, spanning Art Deco and mid-century furniture to contemporary paintings, vintage watches and 20th-century jewellery. Whether you're in the market for an 1817 George III toasting cheese dish (courtesy of dealer Mary Cooke Antiques) or a diamond-topped tiara by newcomer Robin Haydock Antiques, there is plenty to inspire. Refuel at the hotel restaurant, Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay

‘Tiara – Necklace’ in 14ct rose gold and silver with 494 old European cut natural faint brown diamonds c. 1895, POA from  Robin Haydock Antiques  

Date: Thursday 9 January to Sunday 12 January 2020 Time: Thursday: 12pm-9pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am-6pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm Price: £10, including catalogue Location: The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP (entrance via Duke Street) Closest Station: Bond Street 

Website: mayfairfair.com 

Après Ski Dining Experience at St Pancras Champagne Bar and Brasserie by Searcys, King’s Cross 

Enjoy the best parts of après ski dining (minus the snow) at St Pancras Champagne Bar and Brasserie by Searcys this weekend. From cheeses and charcuterie to chicken schnitzel in brown butter, the new menu celebrates the best of comfort food from the slopes. It is also the ideal spot to kick-off any Eurostar Ski Train route, including those travelling to to Moûtier’s, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice.

Date: Daily throughout January until April 2020 Time: Open daily from 7am to 10pm, Sundays from 9am to 7:15pm Location: Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QL Closest Station: St Pancras 

Website: stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk 

Immersive Mocktail Experience at The Mind Palace, Shepherd’s Bush 

Dry January needn't be dreary. The Mind Palace, a Sherlock-themed speakeasy hidden within the W12 Shopping Centre, has added Seedlip-based mocktails to its immersive menu. Solve a series of puzzles to defeat Moriarty’s top lieutenant, Sebastian Moran, in order to be rewarded with a refreshing tipple. Once finished, extend the evening by enjoying a selection of inventive libations, served within the speakeasy-style space.

Date: From Wednesday 8 January 2020 Time: Varies depending on booking Price: £25 per person Location: The Mind Palace, Ground Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8PP Closest Station: Shepherd’s Bush 

Website: thegameisnow.com 

Gucci X DSM Specials, Dover Street Market 

From Saturday, the newest installment of Gucci x DSM Specials will be available for you to peruse to your hearts content on London's Dover Street Market. The seasonal capsule is exlusive to DSM stores, and includes embellished jackets, patterened shirts and accessories galore from both the mens and womens DSM Specials collections. 

Date: From Saturday 11 January 2020 Time: 11am-7pm daily, 11am-8pm on Saturdays; and 12pm-6pm on Sundays LocationClosest Station: Leicester Square 

Website: shop.doverstreetmarket.com 


Looking for more things to do in January? Check out our monthly guide here