Where to eat, drink and party in London this week, from Troxy to The Black Book

We’re a cultural lot, you know we are, and so the imminence of Frieze week — one of the world’s biggest art events — has us scribbling in our diaries and hating all our clothes.

And it’s looking like a busy one, with art and wine at The Black Book this week and an exhibition exploring our primitive urges (oo-er!) at The Vinyl Factory coming up.

Add to that the grand re-opening of the Troxy, a big day out for man (and woman’s!) best friend, a divine dance night, a super-cool new canteen, plus some specially commissioned popcorn to munch on while watching that tiny new indie flick… what’s it called now? — oh, yes, No Time To Die! — and we’re feeling shaken and stirred with excitement! (See what we did there?)

No Time To Die…t

They’ve been teasing us for months with the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, but the moment has finally arrived and we have our non-gender-specific tux/backless dress back from the dry cleaners ready for cinematic release tomorrow!

And tucked into our tux pocket/glittery clutch to enjoy during the action will be a pouch of James Bond Dry Martini Gourmet Popcorn — think air-popped corn coated in smooth caramel that’s been infused with your actual gin and vodka plus a twist of lemon — ‘popped not stirred’!

Well, we love dry martinis and we love popcorn, so it’s a win-win. It comes from Londoners Joe & Seph, so it’s bound to be a taste sensation. We might just enjoy ours with a real dry martini on the side.

£4, Available in leading cinemas

Get your Trox off

Oh, the times we’ve had at east London’s Troxy — often dressed up as a superhero at Sink The Pink or some such larks — so we’re more than happy to see it return to glory after 18 months in cotton wool.

But they haven’t just been sitting around watching episodes of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills while they’ve been away. Oh, no. There’s been a transformation, with a new stage and foyer, and that’s just the start of it.

Kicking off their grand reopening is The The this very Friday, DJ Harvey on Saturday plus, coming up, a huge Halloween party called Festival Of The Dead (costumes!) on October 23.

Welcome back, babes. We missed you.

From Friday, 490 Commercial Road, E1

Posh tea with your pup

Dogs, gin and afternoon tea… well, we think that’s pretty much a holy trinity right there, and that’s what you can get a load of down at Drake & Morgan in King’s Cross: an afternoon tea, with gin, where you can take your canine companion (just in case you didn’t get the concept!).

And to keep him/her out of your sandwiches, there’s treats for your furry friend in the form of puppaccino and barkscotti (a decaffeinated brew with doggy biscuit) and more, while you tuck into a Sipsmith Afternoon Tea for two, with all the usual delicacies plus Brick Lane salt beef bagels, mini fish ‘n’ chips and, of course, gin!

And with a pop-up branch of premium pet shop Furmily on site, so you can get your pooch all gussied up in some gladrags, it’s the perfect doggy birthday treat!

Every Sunday, 6 Pancras Square, N1

Primitive feels, this way

It’s Frieze week again, the moment we can all show off about our love of modern art by walking around spaces with our forefingers on our chins, angling our heads this way and that, nodding slightly and muttering to our friends.

Near the top of our list, over at The Vinyl Factory, is Abstract Intuitionism by artist Georgii Uvs, whose ‘spontaneous paintings’ — and we’re quoting here — ‘urge viewers to delve into themselves and reach deep within the subconscious to uncover primitive sensations’.

We’re not sure we’re actually safe delving into our subconscious in public, but we’re happy to give it a go! And they are lovely colours, it has to be said.

October 13-17, 16-18 Marshall Street, W1

Paint the town… Black

We’ve pounded the streets of Soho for years now and still never stumbled across the secret underground bar and restaurant that is The Black Book, so we are more than excited at this opportunity to get ourselves down there ahead of Frieze week.

What is usually a beautifully lit, slinky-looking, perfect date night spot has been transformed into an art gallery, where you can take in (and even buy!) the work of up-and-coming Konstantsa Koleva and maybe even meet the artist herself — if you go for tonight’s launch, that is.

But don’t worry if you’re busy (or, like us, have trouble locating this hideaway), the art will be in situ for a while and so, crucially, will their renowned wine stocks.

From tonight, 23 Frith Street, W1

Nothing can Nyx this night out

We make no apologies for our love of Horse Meat Disco — the DJ collective that could turn a bus station into Studio 54 with their selection of not-heard-in-ages disco that never fails to get the party started — so we are first in line for Severino, one of their hallowed DJs, who’ll be mixing it up at London’s jumpingest (yes, it’s a word!) new hotel, NYX, in three weeks’ time.

Said hotel is named after the Greek goddess of the night (and here we were thinking that was our mate Androula!), so it’s highly appropriate they’ve got Severino, who’s done so much to reinvigorate London’s dance music scene, on the decks to ‘ignite the night’ with flamboyant disco anthems and boogie-night beats.

The question is do you think they allow disco roller boots in there? Probs not.

October 21, 50-60 Southampton Row, WC1

Dine in a designer district

If you’ve not been down to the Design District on Greenwich Peninsula yet, then we really don’t know what you’ve been doing with yourselves. Watching Netflix and, er… chillin’, no doubt.

Down near The O2, it’s the most extraordinary collection of top architect-designed buildings, dreamt up especially for the creative industries and named one of the World’s Greatest Places in 2021 by Time magazine — and now, to make it even more fabulous, they have their own canteen.

And when we say canteen, you can forget all those sad school lunch affairs because here we’re talking six of the most amazing street food concepts operating today, from Malaysian through Greek to Venezuelan, even British — all under one amazing transparent structure that your Instagram account is crying out for (there’s even an indoor tree canopy to snap and sit under!). Go. We are. 

7 Soames Walk, SE10

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