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33 fun events to enjoy in London this weekend

Posted at 5:30 pm, January 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
London reflections, James Guppy

[Photo: James Guppy]

Hasn’t this week been a long one? Feels like it, anyway. Fortunately the next 60 hours are yours to play with, and here are a few things you can do with ‘em.

All weekend

Art and architecture await at the Royal Academy’s new Sensing Spaces exhibition
Up ‘n’ coming UK artists New Order II: British Art Today, Saatchi Gallery
Ha! The London Comedy Film Festival is on this weekend only
You can still skate at Canary Wharf until early Feb; get half-price tickets here
Gogh see two different versions of Vincent van’s Sunflowers, National Gallery
Count coots and tally tits for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, anywhere
Trek yourself before you wreck yourself at the Adventure Travel Show, Olympia
Chic shoes, cheaper at the Hobbs’ Sample Sale, Bond Street
50-75% off slightly scruffy art books at Taschen’s display sale, Piccadilly
Yes and… drop in on fifty hours of non-stop improv at Park Theatre, Finsbury Park

Friday night

Geek out at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Bloomsbury Theatre (also Sat)
Expansive cinematic music from Max Richter: Memoryhouse, Barbican

Gigs: Mogwai at Royal Festival Hall, South Bank (also Sat); Patterns at Shacklewell Arms, Dalston @Free; The Gloaming at Union Chapel, Highbury; and many more.
Clubs: Regression Sessions, Islington Metal Works, Clerkenwell; Naked Naked: Breach + Deetron, XOYO, Old Street; new night Beast Mode at Bussey Building, Peckham; and 17 more.

Saturday

It’s Burns night! Here are 13 places to celebrate.
A one-day festival dedicated to the underrated at UnLondon, Stoke Newington
Delights for would-be Grand Designers at Don’t Move, Improve, Tottenham Court Road
There’s a free falconry display at Somerset House.

Music: NYPC at Barfly, Camden; Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker at Cecil Sharp House, Camden; Ceilidh Liberation Front at Church of St John of Jerusalem, London Fields; and more.
Clubs: Memory Box First Birthday with A Guy Called Gerald + 808 State, Plan B, Brixton; You’re A Melody, Plastic People, Shoreditch; Tief, Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle; and 15 more.

Sunday

There’s topical comedy at No Pressure to be Funny, Phoenix Theatre
See ’60s horror flick Eyes Without A Face on the set of Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man

Music: The Sorrows at the Underworld, Camden; Komodo Haunts at Café Oto, Dalston; The Bone Supremacy at The Gunnersbury, Chiswick; and more.

The best of the blog this week…

The Victoria Line control room got swamped with liquid concrete
36 heartwarming photos of people hugging in London
20 predictions for the future of London
✚ London is more popular than Paris (and every other city)
✚ Empty Underground: lovely photos of the tube at its quietest
✚ London’s top ten inventions

And don’t forget our guides to the best exhibitions, films, theatre, comedy, art and upcoming gigs.

Have fun, whatever you do!

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