Friday Night Loos Dating
Is your love life in the shitter? Well, why not turn that dump into a diamond while escaping the drab chit-chat format. This new dating night, which launched last month, is a pub crawl (good start) that stops off at bars around town as well as, um, toilets that are of particular historical note.
So which latrines are so worthy? The crawl starts at the Jubiloo, which lays claims to being the South Bank’s first pay-as-you-go public lav, as well as The Cellar Door, a cabaret bar in Aldwych which is set up in a dunny.
£18, Sep 6, 6.30pm (every first Friday of the month)
The Jubiloo, Southbank
Tube | Waterloo
The Blitz Party is back this weekend bringing you all the finest Forties music and dancing. Village Underground will be transformed into a wartime air raid shelter – complete with sandbags, searchlights, oil lamps and military bunk beds – with a swing dance hall, live music, DJs and the famous Spitfire bar.
£20, Sep 7, 8pm-late
54 Hollywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
Tube | Liverpool Street
Carnaby Echoes music festival
Carnaby has long been a focal point for music and fashion – Liam Gallagher opened his flagship Pretty Green clothes store there, and artists like Professor Green and Kanye West have played it. This musical heritage is explored in a new exhibition which features contributions from Boy George and Pete Townshend.
Free, Sep 5-Oct 20, all day
20 Foubert’s Place, W1F 7PL
Tube | Oxford Circus
Live AFL and NRL grand finals
TNT and the Elk Bar have teamed up to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action this autumn. The AFL (Sep 28, 4.30am) and NRL (Oct 6, 7.30am) grand finals will be live on the Elk’s big screens. So get down there early, grab a cold one – if you come in full footy kit you could win a £50 bar tab.
£10, Sep 28, 4.30am/ Oct 6, 7.30am
587 Fulham Road, SW6 5UA
Tube | Fulham Broadway
The Picture of Dorian Gray
This new dramatic production of Oscar Wilde’s much celebrated literary classic takes a new approach to its telling – director Samuel Orange (above, left) is staging it in his own Georgian townhouse in Greenwich. Wilde’s tale of devilish decadence and the perils of a life lived in pursuit of hedonism is brought to life by creative collective The Alchemic Order in what is the most intimate of venues.
£25+, Tue-Sat, 7.30pm, until Sep 28
Tube | Greenwich
Whiskey and oyster pop-up
Previous thought had it that whiskey and delicious seafood do not go well together. New pop-up The Pearl Dram Saloon is set to dispel this myth in fine style as The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society and oyster mixologists The Mother Shuckers show that their subtle flavours are actually perfectly suited for each other after all.
Free, Sep 5-8, 12pm-11pm WC2H 9DG
Tube | Covent Garden
Brazilian Short Film Festival
The I Love Brazilian Cinema festival lands in east London with this programme of up-and-coming and underground motion picture talent. Docos and animated, dramatic and comedy shorts can be found, including a controversial film in which a family therapy session plays out between Jesus and god.
£3, Sep 5, 7pm-12am
Dictionary Hostel, E2 8DA
Tube | Hoxton
Photos: Johnny Lee