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32 fantastic things happening in London this week

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[Photo: Tedz Duran]

It’s only one week until our bank accounts (and social lives) are given a new lease of life, but it would be stupid to wait until payday to leave the house. Here’s our guide to the awesome (and occasionally cheap) things to do this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

All week

Feeling blue? Follow the history of colour at Making Colour, National Gallery.

Don’t miss Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in ‘Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre, Leicester Square.

Stock up on strawberries and find your nearest outdoor screen for the start of Wimbledon!

Monday

Pick up something for the coffee table at the V&A Shop Flash Book Sale, where there’s up to 75 percent off, V&A shop.

Watch joke-telling toff Miles Jupp play his extra date at the Lyric Theatre in the West End.

Shimmy over to Dancing City , a showcase of 14 UK and international dance companies at Canary Wharf.

Gigs: Curtis Stigers, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho; George Benson, Hampton Court Palace Festival; Hot Feet, Green Note, Camden and 17 more.

Tuesday

Have a laugh in the massive bowler hat at The City of London Festival, Paternoster Square.

Take a look at London back in time at street photography exhibition London Life, Hackney Museum.

Catch four-star show ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time‘ as it reopens under the roof of the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

Gigs: David Gray, Royal Albert Hall; The Hics, XOYO, Old Street; The Beach Boys, Hampton Court Palace Festival and 11 more.

Wednesday

Glastonbury opens its gates! As per usual it’s totally sold out, but for the fortunate ticket holders, enjoy!

Hand sex. Intrigued? Watch some remarkably risqué hand dance at Kiss & Cry, Barbican Centre.

Enjoy a school kid-free at the adults-only Science Museum Late, Science Museum, South Kensington.

Gigs: George Benson, Royal Albert Hall; Interpol, Electric Ballroom, Camden; Parquet Courts, ULU, Goodge Street and 25 more.

Thursday

Glitter yourself in gold and get grooving at the Fleetmac Wood Present Gold Dust Disco, Shacklewell Arms, Dalston.

Explore the new, inflated jellyfish-like creation at the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens.

Head to Udderbelly for multi-talented musicians  The Horne Section with Russell Howard as a special guest, South Bank.

Come face to face with the BP Portrait Award 2014 contenders at the National Gallery.

Keep your ear to the ground and check out underground talent at Proud Present DJ Barely Legal, Proud Camden.

Gigs: Temples, The Garage, Highbury; Dilated Peoples, Scala, King’s Cross; Police Dog Hogan, Half Moon Putney and 23 more.

Or why not…

Watch a fantastic film: ‘Maleficent‘, ‘The Two Faces of Januaryor 22 Jump Street‘.

Enjoy a cheap but very cheerful curry at the recently reviewed Roti King, Euston.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

★ A VHS copy of ‘Hellraiser’ keeps appearing on top of this bus stop, and nobody knows why

★ Tube map of rent prices on the London Overground

★ In pictures: World Naked Bike Ride, London

★ Jewellery designer Alex Monroe chooses his five secret London spots

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