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44 lovely things happening in London this week

Posted at 12:15 pm, February 10, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style

Pucker Up! Photo: RobinLDN

Pucker Up! Photo: RobinLDN

Love sick or just sick of love? Make the most of the Valentine’s and anti-V-day fun happening this week…

All week

Wilfully regress at the Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre.
Pick your poison – and then learn about it at The Royal College of Physicians‘ alcoholic exhibition.
Go glassy eyed at Dale Chihuly’s Beyond The Object show at Halcyon Gallery.
Get deflowered at Kew Gardens’ Orchids: A Plant Hunters’ Paradise.
Celebrate the snowdrop at Chelsea Physic Garden’s Snowdrop Days.

Valentine’s specials:
Flower and film screenings for Valentine’s at Boxpark.
Shoreditch: the Browns Flower Pop-Up on Bond Street and Sloane Street from Tuesday.
Live and Let Love at the Flirt Like a Bond Girl, Shoot Like Bond extravaganza from Wednesday.

Monday

Geek out Baker Street style at the Sherlock pub quiz, The Monarch, Brixton.
Retail therapy at the ME + EM Sample Sale, Chiswick.
Take a night time street photography class in Highgate Village.
Breathe life into a new career at the careershifters workshop, Hub Westminster.

Gigs: Taylor Swift at the O2, Temples and Fanfarlo at Rough Trade East.

Tuesday

Feeling crafty? Pinned it! Made it! Pinterest Par-tay! The Book Club.
Walk on the wild side at the Living with Cheetahs talks at the Royal Institute.

Valentine’s specials:
Waft wines and perfume at the Sip/Sniff Valentine’s Special, Broadway Market.
Kick the romance up a gear at Cycle Speed Dating, Look Mum No Hands!, Old Street.

Gigs: Moderat at Koko; Future Islands at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen; Gwyilym Simcock at The Forge; and ten more.

Wednesday

Valentine’s specials:
Speed Hating, Blind Hate, and a misfortune teller at Down With Dating, The Phoenix, Oxford Circus.
V-day talk The Heart of Chopin, Barts Pathology Museum, Smithfield.

Gigs: Phoenix at the O2 Academy Brixton;  Poliça at Troxy, Limehouse; Courtney Barnett at The Sebright Arms, Hackney.

Thursday

Valentine’s specials:
A light show, love songs and flashmobs from Durex EmbraceObservation Point, by the OXO Tower.
Say ‘Eye love you’ on the London Eye with bubbly and canapés.

Gigs: Rudimental at the O2 Academy, Brixton; Young Fathers at Electrowerkz, Angel; Cloud Control, Heaven, Charing Cross; and ten more.

Extra portions

This week’s new art: Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern and the ICA;  Edward Adamson‘s pioneering art therapy, Maudsley Hospital; Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance, the National Gallery.

The latest exhibitions: From the Ice Age to now, One Million Years of the Human Story, the Natural History Museum.

Fashion galore: Fashion Week’s  International Fashion Showcase, the Strand; or Fred Butler‘s solo show, KK Outlet, Hackney.

Pop down to a pop-up: Go oriental at The East India Company’s Beauty of Japan, Regent Street,  or get your nails done at the Chanel Nail Pop-Up at Josh Wood Atelier, Holland Park.

Lectures from Gresham College this week discuss the Euro and the sanctity of life, while drone technology is debated at The Gallery, Farringdon.

It’s also your last chance to catch Tea with the Brontës at Gilbert Scott, King’s Cross.

Ciao for now!

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