Things to Do This Weekend
Every week we’ll be giving Joes the best things to do this weekend no matter where you are in the country. Whether it’s the best new bars, clubs, restaurants, films or events, we’ve got you covered!
Things to Do This Weekend in London
London Coffee Festival
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th April. £14.50 advanced, £20 on the door.
The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event is back in London this weekend and sees a celebration of all things related to the humble cup of Joe. The London Coffee Festival will feature gourmet coffees, speciality teas and demonstrations from some of best baristas in the world.
As this is a festival, there’s naturally live music and plenty of food venders selling grub throughout the weekend, including a pop-up restaurant from the Scandinavian Embassy. Joes can learn about the how to make the best home brews as well as taste some of the best brews the capital has to offer.
Location: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL. Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street.
Friday 8th April. Free.
While it might not be the first place you think of when you fancy some live music, St Pancras International Station’s Sound Connections is the place to be this Friday. The annual free music festival brings together emerging young artists that have some connection to the station.
This Friday sees Cosmo Sheldrake and Seven Tors take to the stage, which has seen everyone from Jamie Cullum to Sir Elton John perform in recent years. After the gig, we recommend you head for a glass of Champagne at Searcys or a pint at the Betjeman Arms, both housed under St Pancras’ striking Barlow Shed roof. There’s also gigs next Thursday and Friday too!
Location: St Pancras International Station. Nearest Tube: Kings Cross St Pancras.
Things to Do This Weekend in Leeds
Breakfast at The Greedy Pig
Fridays 7am-3pm, Saturday 8am-2pm.
If you’re out in Leeds for a big night on Friday, there’s no better way to recover than heading out for breakfast at The Greedy Pig. Found in the city’s Northern Quarter, The Greedy Pig might not look much from the outside but trust us, this place packs charm and some seriously delicious food.
Serving our favourite full English in Leeds for a mere £5, this humble abode uses some of the best local ingredients money can buy. There’s naturally veggie alternatives if you’re not a meat-eater but whatever you’re preference, this is one of the best cheap eats in Leeds.
Location: 58 North Street, LS2 7PN.
Things to Do This Weekend in Birmingham
Drink at Loki Wine
Loki Wine is one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. From the outside, Loki appears to be a simple wine merchant, and while it is, it also doubles up as a small wine bar where you can sample wines by the glass before you buy from Loki’s ‘vending machines.’
These self-service tasting machines might not be as cheap as the one at your local gym, but they’re rather cool. At around £4 a pop, just read the descriptions, choose your vino and put in your card. There’s also some seating upstairs with views of the stunning Victorian Great Western Arcade.
Location: 36 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU.
Things to Do This Weekend in Bristol
John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea
Until Sunday 10th April. Free.
For the more theatrical Joes around the Bristol area, this weekend is your last chance to see the UK premier of John Akomfrah’s acclaimed video installation, Vertigo Sea. This three-screen film was shot by the BBC’s Bristol-based Natural History Unit and explores Joes’s relationship with the ocean.
It’s been described as ‘a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man’s relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict…’ so while it probably won’t be for everyone, there are some stunning shots of the Isle of Skye, the Faroe Islands and Norway that everyone can appreciate.
Location: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA.