02.27.2012
By Terry Flanagan

To Do This Week in London

Check out these can’t-miss Big Smoke musts to add on to your to-do list for this week: there’s a classic movie showing in a funky new space, spirits debuting at a whiskey club in town…and this Wednesday, the post-Capello English team faces Holland in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium.

Hardwell and Dannic debut at South London’s  Ministry of Sound this Friday.

1.”Reservoir Dogs” screening at The Yard. On Wednesday, February 29, this neat little movie theatre made of reclaimed materials finally begins screening new classics, including “The Lost Boys” on March 16 and”The Big Lebowski” on March 23. The 110-seat theatre boasts a nice change of pace from the usual cinema outing, offering better-than-popcorn fare such as Japanese pepper steak, mozzarella salad, and poached pears, as well as a nicely stocked bar. www.theyard.co.uk

2. Meat Lovers & Whiskey at Single Malt Whiskey Society. On Tuesday, 28 February, this exclusive club–yes, you’ll have to sign up, and a year’s membership is £100 (more info on their website)–debuts new whiskeys and pairs it with your choice of a steak sandwich, a venison burger, or haggis (by our experience, haggis and a nice peaty Islay will often do the trick after a long day). Other events–there are about 2-3 per month–abound, and if it weren’t already packed, we’d recommend the Laphroaig tasting too, which is the next evening. www.smws.co.uk

3. New DJs debut at Ministry of Sound. With multiple rooms and floors, this South London superclub often plays host to loads of different DJs and performers. This Friday, 2 March, Hardwell and Dannic debut in the Main Bar, Hauswerx spins in Baby Box, and Subbass gets a party going in the loft. Armin Van Buren plays on Thursday, March 1…but if you weren’t months ahead on it, you’ve missed on the now sold-out tickets. www.ministryofsound.com

4. French Wine Tasting at Cafe Rouge, Kensington. There are only 18 places available at this special West London Wine School pairing dinner on Wednesday, 29 February: 6 wines are on offer for the tasting, paired with 7 small plates and accompanied by a lesson on how to taste wine like a pro. Throw in your choice of a main dish after the tasting–anything from a beef bourguignon, duck confit, a steak rouge, a bouillabaise, and so on–for £39.00, and you’ve got yourself one very satisfying Leap Year dinner. www.westlondonwineschool.com

5. England vs. Holland at Wembley Stadium. Sure, you could watch the match at a pub, any pub…or you could spring for some tickets and be there for the evening action. Postponed till after the riots, this match should prove to be an interesting one for a post-Capello England squad, now under the (perhaps temporary) leadership of Stuart Pearce. Seats are sold out according to the FA website, but tickets are still available online.

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