Weekend Combo

Inside the Chelsea Hotel, London’s Short Film Festival and devilled eggs at Lulu’s
20 January 2023

Still, ‘Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel’ directed by Maya Duverdier and Amílie Van Elmbt, 2023

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

As Fashion Week craziness swirls around us, take a breather with some of these excellent Weekend Combo suggestions.


20s Decadance 
The hedonistic heyday of frivolity, decadence and wealth that was the 1920s is something cinema never tires of recreating. Damien Chazelle’s latest contribution to the canon is Babylon, one of the big ones on this year’s cinematic release list, it arrives in theatres this weekend. Offering up a stellar cast including Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Tobey Maguire, Jean Smart and Olivia Wilde, Chazelle’s epic drama chronicles the rise and fall of multiple characters trying to make it in Hollywood, tracing the mishaps, wild parties and heartbreaks of the whimsically ambitious in a decade destined for corruption.

Babylon is out in cinemas now. 


Art timeline
For its first major exhibition of 2023, the Royal Academy is charting the history of Spanish and Hispanic art and culture from the ancient world to the early 20th century. Bringing together over 150 fascinating objects spanning sculpture, painting, maps, textiles and manuscripts, the showcase features work from the likes of El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya. Presented for the first time in the UK, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library is home to the most extensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain, and is giving visitors the chance to trace the country’s diverse heritage.

Spain and the Hispanic World opens at the Royal Academy of Arts on Saturday and runs until April 10th, more info here.

‘Vision of Spain’ by Joaquín Sorolla, 1912-1913

Film Festival

Screen binge
For twenty years London’s Short Film Festival has been the place to go to discover new talent, and the annual event is back to take over venues across the city. Screening hundreds of British and international short films alongside a series of talks and workshops, it’s a jam-packed schedule filled with something for the avid cinema goer or the film noir newbie. This weekend’s highlights include a screening of Romantic Matinee at Curzon Soho, a series of trippy shorts investigating hallucinogenics titled Mind Wandering at BFI Southbank and landscape documentary Call for The Songs of The Wind at ICA.

London Short Film Festival runs until Sunday 29th at various venues, to view the full programme click here

Still, ‘Mind Wandering’


I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
The list of names New York’s Chelsea Hotel has seen walk through its doors is endless, from Bob Dylan to Patti Smith, Sid Vicious to Andy Warhol. Ingrained in popular culture as a hub for artists, actors and musicians, the hotel is now facing destruction as it transforms into a shiny luxury hotel. A new documentary directed by Maya Duverdier and Amílie Van Elmbt and executively produced by Martin Scorsese is charting the lives of the remaining residents as they live amongst the deconstruction of not only their home but a beacon of bohemian counterculture. Titled Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel, the documentary will stream on Hulu and in select cinemas across the city after a London Premier at the Barbican.

Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel is out now on Hulu and select cinemas. 


Immerse yourself
Italian-born Canadian contemporary artist Marco Brambilla is known for his large-scale installations and alternative interpretations of found imagery. His latest work titled Heaven’s Gate is no different, having crafted a satire of popular culture in the form of hyper-saturated movie stills from moments of poignant cinematic history. Showing for the first time in Europe at Outernet London, the giant 3D project will be projected across 23,000 sq ft of floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree, 16K screens for visitors to immerse themselves in.

Heaven’s Gate opens on Sunday and runs at Outernet London until February 26th, more info here

‘Heaven’s Gate’ by Marco Brambilla, 2023

Food + Drink

A new favourite
Herne Hill hot spot Llewelyn’s has opened a self proclaimed little sister next door called Lulu’s and it’s a perfect mix of wine-bar-meets-delicatessen-meets-small-plate-haven. By day, the menu changes weekly as fresh pastries and coffee are served in the morning followed by an array of sandwiches and salads – we’re talking mortadella, pistachio and rocket, jambon Prince de Paris and tarragon mustard mayo. In the evening, candles are lit and dishes of devilled eggs with trout roe, Parisian gnocchi with wild mushrooms and beef tartare with artichoke on toast are paired with an eclectic wine list curated from the best vineyards across Europe.

Lulu’s is located at 291 Railton Road, SE24 0JP, more info here


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