Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Cheap Fun Things To Do This Weekend October 7th, 8th and 9th In London And Manchester

Cheap Fun Things To Do This Weekend October 7th, 8th and 9th In London And Manchester

The Debrief: How best to fill your weekend so you don't end up binge watching Friends. Again.

Eat food, get fit at Down Dog And Disco

Because any exercise you do on the weekend deserves all of the food afterwards, head to the new brunch-and-yoga mornings being held monthly at London's Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. Obviously, it's called Down Dog and Disco, because, well, just because. For your ticket (a tenner) you get yourself a 60 minute yoga class to party music (much better than pan pipes), and drinks at brunch afterwards where you can either stay healthy with acai bowls (boo) or go all out with hash and poached egg. There's also a run before the class if you're feeling very brave.

Down Dog and Disco, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, October 8th. More info here.

See new films first at London Film Festival

Our version of Cannes kicked off this week and, if you find yourself in London Town this weekend there's LOADS going on and the chance to see a whole bunch of films way before they actually come out. Films like A United Kingdon, Ama Asante's (Belle) newest film starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyewolo  about the true life tale of the king of Botswana who married a white British woman in 1948, American Honey - the newest film from FIsh Tank director Andrea Arnold starring Shia LeBoeuf (although don't let that put you off, it's bloody brilliant), the much anticipated Certain Women and All This Panic, a documentary about teenage girls that getting all the attention.

London Film Festival, 5-16th October. More information here.

Look clever at Manchester Literature Festival

If Cheltenham Literature Festival is too far away for you then head to Manchester instead for their book love in. Featuring Zadie Smith, Anne Enright, Margaret Atwood(!), Jenni Murray, Lionel Shriver, Jessie Burton and Vivienne Westwood (tickets range from free to about £25). There's also walking tours (a gothic walking tour of Manchester? Please yes please), workshops, afternoon teas with authors and a lot more.

Manchester Literature Festival, 7-23rd October. More info here.

Get merry and stay classy at London Cocktail Week

Because when it's London Cocktail WEEK it's basically the law that you have to go out. Also, because you're drinking cocktails not cheap wine from the corner shop, it's an entirely more classy affair. Plus, this is probably, thanks to all the LCW deals, the only time you're going to be able to afford to drink cocktails in the capital so basically, go forth and prosper. Get yourself a LCW pass for a tenner and get £5 cocktails at 250 different bars, free entry into the LCW village in Spitalfields where there's lots of stuff going on and also, access to all the different deals going on.

London Cocktail Week, 3-9th October. More information here


 Here's how to have a night out and do something for a good cause. CoppaFeel, the charity working to spread awareness about the importance of women checking their boobs to catch breast cancer early is holding their annual Festifeel to raise money to help keep them going. Held at London's House Of Vans they've got Rae Morris, Laura Mvula,  Stereophonics, Gavin James, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Fearne Cotton, Gok Wan and Russel Howard doing music, DJ sets and comedy shows. Tickets are £40, but it's all for a good cause.

Festifeel, 8th October, more information here.

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