The Weekend Guide

niall o'brien's good rats!

Don’t waste your youth.

Good Rats
What: Photographer and filmmaker Niall O’Brien shows images of young punks from south west London observed over three years.
Why: A new breed of rat pack.
When: To 11 Mar. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Art Work Space, The Hempel, 31-35 Craven Hill Gdns., W2 3EA (020 7298 9000).

The Hostage
What: Brendan Behan’s famous play about a 1958 IRA hostage situation comes back to the London stage after sixteen years.
Why: Catch it while you can.
To 20 Feb. Mon.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 7:30 p.m.
Where: Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, SE1 2TF (020 7407 0234). Tickets online at


What: Modern European food with a view at Canary Wharf’s latest resto on the site of the old Ubon.
Why: Chef Minesh ‘Mini’ Patel trained with Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay.
When: Mon.-Fri., noon-2:30 p.m. & 6-10:30 p.m.
Where: 34 Westferry Circus, E14 8RR (020 8305 3089).

Valentine’s Love-a-Fayre

What: Handpicked vintage fashion, cupcakes, prints and other weird and wonderful curiosities.
Why: A DJ and well-stocked bar will keep you going.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-44 Pollard Row, E2 6NB (020 7739 7170).

Designed in England

What: Online boutique launches packed full of products made in Blighty.
Why: Needlepoint pattern china, woven scarves, wood ring rugs and more.
When: You’re feeling patriotic.
Where: Online at

The Hempel Hotel
31-35 Craven Hill Gdns
London, UK W2 3EA
34 Westferry Circus
London, E14 8RR
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
42-44 Pollard Row
London, UK E2 6NB
Southwark Playhouse
Shipwright Yard
London,, SE1 2TF