Thursday January 18
The 30th London Art Fair splashed into town yesterday, and will be on at the until Sunday at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Go for world class modern and contemporary art, insights into collecting and a look at names to watch.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH, londonartfair.co.uk
Head to Hackney where restaurant Oslo are nobly hosting the world’s best Martini challenge. Things kick off at 6.30, with everything from mixes so dry even Churchill would’ve approved to modern twists built from homemade ingredients. The judges include Witek Wojaczek, from the Artesian Bar, Annie Hayes, editor of Master of Malt and Bar Magazine’s editor Mark Ludmon.
Oslo Hackney, 1A Amhurst Rd, E8 1L, oslohackney.com
Son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield, is following up his gigs at the Blues Kitchen with a show in Shoreditch that promises a night of dirty Chicago blues that’ll have you hollering along and up out of your seat dancing inside of the first 12 bars. Mud sounds eerily like his father and his band is razor sharp and piping hot; don't miss this one. Also, if you're drinking – and why wouldn't you be? – order a Columbo cocktail. It's something like a sazerac but made with Campari, and is completely gorgeous. Order two, then book up to see the band all over again tomorrow at the Blues Kitchen in Brixton.
Blues Kitchen Brixton, 40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP, theblueskitchen.com