Want to start your dream business, book an exciting trip or just feel like bringing your pillow to the cinema? If you’re in need of a mid-January pick-me-up, Team LouisvuittonShop have found a host of events to help you power through the cold weather.
Words by Kiara Keane
DAY OUT: The Adventure Travel Show
Go off the beaten track this year and plan an adventure with the help of this unique two-day event. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, also known as the world’s greatest living explorer, will be opening the show and speaking about his amazing travel feats.
There will be over 100 free talks from explorers and industry experts, as well as seminars on travel writing and adventure planning.
, Olympia Manchester Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX
DAY OUT: StartUp 2015
Got a brilliant idea for a business but need a nudge in the right direction? Come and pitch to industry professionals and get advice from top entrepreneurs at this free one-day event, where everything from funding to building a social media presence is covered.
Speakers include past Apprentice contestants and the CEO of global printing firm MOO.
, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Based on a true story, Reese Witherspoon stars in this gritty drama as a woman trying to come to terms with loss and drug addiction by undertaking a daunting 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
A challenge for even the most experienced hiker, the trail takes her all the way from California to the Canadian border in the hope of healing herself along the way.
Out on Friday
FILM: Pillow Cinema
Pillow Cinema is operating a strict ‘No Pillow, No Entry’ rule, so expect nothing less than extreme comfort. Seats consist of Fatboy beanbags and moviegoers can snuggle up and share one or stretch out by themselves while watching the likes of (Pillow) Fight Club - which means exactly what you think it means - and Grand Budapest Hotel.
Pillow Cinema is here until February 1st and tickets are going quick.
, Former Shoreditch Underground Station, 3 Code Street, E1 5ER
PERFORMANCE: PJ Harvey’s Recording In Progress
More than just a live performance, PJ Harvey is recording her ninth album inside an artistic installation at Somerset House.
Design duo Something & Son have created a glass box with one-way glazing so that visitors can watch as PJ Harvey, her band, producers and engineers go through the creative process.
, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
THEATRE: Private View
Described as ‘part love song, part hate mail’, Private View is an honest look at three twenty-something women as they struggle with body image and question what it means to be perfect.
Izabella Malewska, Tutku Barbaros and Lilly Pollard may offer up no solutions, but their comic experiences of acne, fad diets and self-doubt are something we can all relate to.
, Ground Floor Studio Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen,119 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3DA
THEATRE: The Ruling Class
James McAvoy returns to Trafalgar Studios after last year’s extremely successful run of Macbeth, which earned him an Olivier Award nomination.
This time around he is starring in the first ever revival of Peter Barnes’ satirical comedy about a troubled young man who inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after the bizarre death of his father.
, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall , SW1A 2DY
FOOD: Gone Camping
It may be the middle of January but this Bethnal Green pop-up restaurant is transporting you back to your childhood memories of the great outdoors.
Chef Ellen Parr has designed a nostalgic five-course dinner menu based around the theme of camping, while set designer Alice Hodge sets the scene with campfires, hipflasks and tents.
, The Pickle Factory, 13-14 The Oval, E2 9DT
SHOPPING: Hackney Flea Market
This treasure trove of vintage clothes, knick-knacks and handmade goods started out as a pop-up last summer and has now grown into a monthly event.
The handpicked stallholders are a mix of veteran sellers and local creatives who vary by the day, so you never know what bargains you might pick up here.
, Abney Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS