Friday, 5 January 2018

Things to do this weekend in Leeds, London, Edinburgh and New York

Looking for something to do this weekend, here is my once a week blogpost with ideas for those of my followers that live in or near Leeds, London, Edinburgh and New York:

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

Happy New Year to all our readers!

This week, we bring you the best ways to start 2018 right – from the buzziest films to see this awards season, to the exercise classes that will get you fighting fit again and plenty of healthy food ideas. January is the time for some top-notch culture, too, so don't miss out on the latest exhibitions and events.
Awards Season: Watch this Year's Contenders
The best way to get through a bleak January? Make like Hollywood and turn all attention to the big screen. Whether you’re expecting a BAFTAs invite, or intending to take in the awards shows from the comfort of home, make sure you’re prepped for the proceedings (kicking off with the Golden Globes this Sunday) with our pick of seven of the buzziest movies this awards season… Read our preview here.

Why not watch them at one of London's best independent cinemas? Catch Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Electric Cinema this Saturday, or All The Money In The World at Genesis. Check out our round-up here.
See the Latest Exhibitions
Wim Wenders' Polaroids, Photographer's Gallery
A filmmaker known for his whimsical shots and moody landscape scenes, it is only natural that Wim Wenders’ exhibition Instant Stories is a dreamy journey into his mind. Until 11 Feb at The Photographer's Gallery
Revolt & Revolutions, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The windswept galleries at YSP reflect the challenge of protest over the last half-century, cunningly dovetailed to contemporary revolution – beginning with the volatile ’70s, a world of squats and punks... Until 15 April
Try a New Exercise Class
The festive season is finally over, which means it's time to start hitting the gym again. But exercise need not be dull! We've found all of London's best exercise classes that will keep you motivated beyond January, whether you're into boxing or ballet.

And these aren't your average gyms... With Heartcore's stylish interiors, superstar trainers at BXR and state-of-the-art facilities at One10, you'll find yourself struggling to leave. Check out the full list here.

Yogis, be sure to check out our list of the best yoga studios in London if you're looking for somewhere new to practice your sun salutations...
Start the Day Right
Huevos Rancheros with Guac
This recipe for huevos rancheros with fresh guacamole comes from Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley's book Good + Simple, and is nutrient-rich, gluten, grain and refined sugar-free – not to mention delicious! Full recipe here.
Matcha Protein Pancakes
This recipe from London restaurant Chucs is simple and deceptively healthy – with only five ingredients and a handful of berries, it's perfect for a quick bite that will keep you going all day... Full recipe here.
Go to the Ballet...
Head to the London Coliseum next week for English National Ballet's special double bill performance of Song of the Earth and La Sylphide.

Kenneth Macmillan's haunting masterpiece has won the superstar choreographer and former artistic director of the Royal Ballet the highest of accolades. His magnetic style and slinky moves are once again fashionable in the ballet world as audiences applaud his unique skill this January. 9–13 Jan
Last chance to win a transformation...
Country & Town House have teamed up with Beyond MediSpa at Harvey Nichols to help you start the new year feeling your absolute best. We’re holding our biggest ever competition – to win a beauty transformation worth over £10,000! Enter here before it closes.
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This is Edinburgh in January
This is Edinburgh - The Official Guide to Edinburgh
January means the Christmas decorations come down and it's time to begin the new year's resolutions. There's the return to work, the temptation to ignore the credit card balance and the fear of just how much has been eaten over the past month. Don't worry though - Edinburgh's ready to help blast away the January blues with a whole host of events, activities and other things to do. 
In our guide to What's On In Edinburgh, you'll find stage shows like Flashdance The Musical and Miss Saigon, while there are exhibitions and city-wide experiences like Message from the Skies that won't cost you a penny but are guaranteed to bring you some cheer. Head over to our blog, where you'll find 5 Wonderful Spa Treatments in Edinburgh and tips on how to Chase Away the January Blues
Want some history? Edinburgh's 101 Objects continues this month with the perfect itinerary to get your teeth into Edinburgh's rich heritage as the home of authors, thinkers and philosophers with the Books, Words & Ideas Itinerary.
Read on to make the most of Edinburgh in January...


Read this on—dedicated to discovering the universe of creative experiences. 
Few cities evoke more wonder and mystery than Venice, a coastal metropolis known for its music, history, and art. Violinist and event curator Adriana Molello traveled to the fantastic Italian destination earlier this year, and it inspired her to create an evening of performances stateside, in collaboration with Atlas Obscura and media partner Per La Mente.
“I wanted to explore the different cultures that make up Venice,” Molello told Per La Mente. So she curated an eclectic cast of dancers, musicians, singers, and artists to create Night Garden of Serenissima: A Venetian Fairy Tale at San Francisco’s Albion Castle.
It was a marvelous night of dancing, drinks, and divine entertainment. Guests experienced a multi-level, multicultural event with classical music, belly dancers, a Guzheng performer, a Balkan band, and much more. An outdoor bar serving Fernet-Branca cocktails and mulled wine kept guests warm and their palates whetted. Attendees also enjoyed an aromatic feast, as chefs used an abundance of rosemary, basil, thyme, and other herbs to create delectable hors d’oeuvres and pasta.
Aside from its regal appearance, the castle features a freshwater aquifer and functioning cisterns — not unlike Venice, where water is an integral part of city infrastructure. The one-of-a-kind evening spanned a variety of cultures, musical genres, and improvised stages, blurring the lines between audience and performers. We’re sure this Venetian-inspired night will be on people’s minds for a long time to come.

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We hope everyone's having a happy Wednesday so far! And we hope that we can help you guys make it even happier, starting with the fact that you can now enjoy some expertly crafted pasta as fast as you need it at new East Village spot Pasta Flyer! 🍝🍴
And if the quickest way to your heart is through a good old-fashioned cocktail, we've got something that'll seriously make your life— Hooch, an app that'll give you a first free drink at the bar after bar for one low price per month!πŸΉπŸ€‘
Speaking of cocktails, one spot that's sure to satisfy your inner child as much as it appeals to your current adult is the Willy Wonka themed pop up bar going on now at LOCL! πŸ­πŸ«
Your appetite for the arts is also bound to be sated this week with a visit to ABXY Gallery, a hip lower east side spot showcasing some of the coolest and most innovative works around. πŸŽ¨πŸ–Œ
Or you can catch a blast from the past courtesy of Joseph Rodriguez and his photos of East Harlem during one of its most epic eras at the Bronx Documentary Centre πŸ“·πŸŽ·
Now also might be the time to start planning ahead to what you're gonna be doing on the big New Year's weekend coming up—and thanks to us you've got plenty of awesome options to choose from! πŸŽ†πŸ’–
Finally, RIP to legendary hip hop voice Combat Jack. The Brooklyn-born master storyteller and powerful personality will surely be missed. 
The Golden Ticket
Ever watched Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and dreamed of the day you could step into Wonka world yourself? 
Luckily for us, NYLO hotel's bar LOCL on the Upper West Side is hosting a pop up that's basically the next best thing. 
Feast your eyes on candy railings and neon decor, visit a champagne bubble room, and order stunningly original cocktails like "Goodie Goodie Gumballs," shaped like an actual gumball machine and swirly lollipopy " Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries". 
Either way, your sweet tooth is sure to be super satisfied!
Buon Appetit!
The thing about so many fast food joints, is that you dont feel good eating it. It tastes like exactly what it is— "fast food". 
This new and already poppin pasta joint serves up gourtmet pasta dishes, super fast, by expert chefs. No mushy microwaved noodles here!
Top Pick
Sometimes it’s hard to find galleries that match your inner Van Gogh or Andy Warhol.

But this one really lives up! 
Once you experience this new and innovative art gallery you won’t be able to stop recommending it to your friends
Blast From The Past
If you've ever wondered what life was like in one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods during one of its most happening eras, you're in for a treat.
Joseph Rodriguez's photographs exploring East Harlem in the 80s exhibit at the Bronx Documentary Centre in New York until this January 14th, and you'll be seriously missing out of you don't go check them out.
To tide you over, you can see a few of the moving images of the vibrant area online and read about the place's indomitable spirit.
Happier Hour
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As amazing as NYC's cocktail game is, we have to admit that it can get a little pricey to be out as often as we wanna be out.
That's why we're super hyped about Hooch, a “ClassPass for drinks" that offers users a complimentary “first drink” every day at hundreds of top-shelf bars and restaurants worldwide for just $9.99/month—basically, the price of one drink! 
It sounds almost too good to be believed, but this is one boozy Christmas dream come true!
That's a Wrap!
2017 is almost over, and before we really dig into making those far-reaching new year's resolutions a reality, we've got celebrating to do! 
It should come as no surprise at all, that there is tons going on around here for the New Year, beyond the Times Square ball drop. Cabernet parties, firework cruises, and more! Check out some suggestions, on us!
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