If you were taking part in Dry January then you will love this week’s What’s On, as it is packed full of events that all have a little alcohol and a good old party theme, where you can enjoy a tipple or two….or three!
Kansas Smitty’s and Shotgun Carousel’s Mardi Gras
Get ready this weekend for a late night Mardi Gras Festival at The Vaults on the Southbank. It’s a whole weekend of fun with live music from The Kansas Smitty’s House Band who will show a different side of the sound of New Orleans, bringing you gritty funk, soul, zydeco and brass band classics that define ‘swamp rock. A costume parade by the glorious performers of Shotgun Carousel and there will be prizes for the best and most outlandish costumes on the night. Friday 5th- Saturday 6th 10pm-3am, tickets are £12 and available at www.mardigrasldn.com.
100 Wardour Street
If you are looking for a new bar and restaurant to enjoy your first February cocktail, then check out newly opened 100 Wardour Street. It takes over the old Floridita restaurant space in Soho, with a menu that is French inspired and overseen by chef Liam Smith-Laing. The cocktail list will definitely spark your interest and they will have live music sessions throughout the week with Tuesdays for emerging artists. More visit www.100wardourst.com.
Rubber Duckie is described as ‘a hybrid between an immersive cultural event and a party’. Rubber Duckie is based on the true story of a wayward shipping container and 28,000 rubber duck bath toys lost at sea. Roaming the globe since the 1990s, the ducks have washed up on shores from Alaska to Ghana. Following the rubber ducks around the world in one night, you are set for an experience that includes a scavenger hunt, a Brazilian ‘Silent-Disco-Carnival-Quiz-Night’ by award-winning Zu-UK, global snacks and alcohols curated by Leonie Sooke and plenty of music and dancing. The event takes place on February 20th at the Museum of Brands. Intrigued? Tickets eventbrite.co.uk.
For the first time ever, artworks from Ruinart’s six recent artist collaborations including Herve Van Der Straten, Ron Arad, Piet Ein Eeek and Georgia Ruseel will be shown together at its inaugural Lighthouse exhibition from 9th to 11th February. The experience will compromise of a series of sensory rooms allowing visitors to discover the history and origins of Ruinart champagne as well as the Chardonnay grape in general. The £35 entrance fee includes a tasting with Ruinart cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis of the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Ruinart Rosé NV, Dom Ruinart 2004 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Kew Gardens are opening up their luxurious gardens for a few special late night evenings. Enjoy the current exhibition Alluring Orchids in the glasshouse bejewelled with hundreds and thousands of tropical flowers. On the evening you can make your own fragrance, create origami flowers or simply enjoy a cocktail in the surroundings. These exclusive evenings are running 19th, 26th February and the 5th March. Tickets are £12 and can be booked at www.kew.org.
Image: Jeff Eden, RBG Kew
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