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28 cool things happening in London this week

© Simon & His Camera

© Simon & His Camera

After a weekend of BBQs, beer and sunbathing, we agree that returning to work is pretty rubbish, so let us ease the pain with this handy little guide of things to weave into your working week. Here’s what’s going on this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

All week

Blooming marvelous! Tuesday is the start of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea. Get popping those anti-histamines!

Have a wander around the Kenneth Clark exhibition which begins this Tuesday, Tate Britain.

Cash in on couture at the Erdem Sample Sale on Monday and Tuesday, various venues.

It’s vegetarian week so check out five of our favourite veggie friendly restaurants.

Admire some impressive designs at Clerkenwell Design Week. (Register online and go for free)

Monday

Get half-price food at the new Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger in Whitechapel (Monday and Tuesday!)

Gigs: Ben Watt, Islington Assembly Hall, Chick Corea, Barbican Hall, Paul Weller, Bush Hall, and 17 more.

Tuesday

If you haven’t already seen it, go and watch Radio 4 star Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves on his last night at Comedy Café Theatre, Old Street.

Check out Christopher Bruce’s revived ‘Rooster’ at Rambert Dance Company: ABC, Sadler’s Wells.

Gigs: Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Royal Albert Hall, Embrace, O2 Shephard’s Bush Empire, Nick Mulvey, Village Underground, Shoreditch, and 21 more.

Wednesday

Don’t stay Home Alone, join Macaulay Culkin for Velvet Underground covers and cheesy pizza at The Pizza Underground, Concrete, Shoreditch.

Gigs: Neutral Milk Hotel, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, Foxes, Koko, Camden, Archie Bronson Outfit, Islington Assembly Hall, and 21 more.

Thursday

Chanel your inner Eminem and rap to a crowd of strangers at Hip Hop Karaoke, The Social, West End.

Jamie xx gets behind the decks at club night FWD>>, Dance Tunnel, Dalston.

Don’t miss the start of annual photographic award Prix Pictet 2014 that zooms in on social and environmental issues and focuses on ‘consumption’, V&A.

Go to the UK premiere of Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company: Within, Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Unravel the mysteries of eight embalmed bodies at Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, British Museum.

Gigs: Mac DeMarco, Koko, Camden, Thumpers, Scala, King’s Cross, Xiu Xiu, Birthdays, Dalston, and 25 more.

Or why not…  

Watch new hit films: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘, ‘A Touch of Sin‘, ‘Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist‘.

Try some fancy Italian food in Dalston at Rotorino.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

★ Take it to the roof: London’s hottest rooftop bar openings

★ The more the merrier: London’s now the most visited city in the world

 Dip into London’s most interesting swimming pools

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