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43 wicked things to do in London this weekend

Posted at 12:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Outdoor London

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Well done you lot! February = ✔. Reward yourself by taking a glorious walk through Epping Forest, pick up an extravagant ensemble at a panto costume sale in Hackney or laugh yourself silly at a 27-hour charity comedy event. Take a look below at our list below and start planning your weekend! 

Things to do 

V&A Friday Late, V&A, TONIGHT, free. An evening of themed talks, performances, music, food, booze and special installations. Tonight’s theme is ‘Queer and Now’ and will be looking at everything in the museum with a queer perspective, from the underground fringes to mainstream drag divas.

Natural History Museum Late, South Kensington, TONIGHT, free. It’s time once again for the monthly late opening of the museum. Check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition or join an expert-led discussion about digital image manipulation.

RHS London Botanical Art Show, RHS Lindley Hall, Fri-Sat, £8, £5 adv. Some of the world’s finest botanical artists will exhibit beautiful unseen artwork in the hope of winning a gold medal in this inaugural RHS show. Visitors will also discover how the artists work in the ‘botanical art fair’ of demonstrations, during which they can ask questions and learn tips and tricks, and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art will run taster sessions for those who want to try it for themselves.

The Street Store, Islington Green, Saturday, free. An initiative originally run in Cape Town and now spreading kindness far and wide, The Street Store sees groups of volunteers gather donations from their local community and display them in an outdoor ‘shop’, making items of clothing and accessories available for free to homeless people in the area.

LGBT History Month Event, V&A, Saturday, free. Curators, film makers and guest speakers come together for this special event, to explore and celebrate queer histories, provide alternative readings of museum objects and discuss how sexual identity can inform the way the past is interpreted.

Panto Costume Sale, Hackney Empire, Sat-Sun, free. Ten years’ worth of costumes can take up a lot of space which is why Lotte Collet’s fantastic designs are up for grabs at this fun sale. Pick up some outrageous panto numbers so the Empire can make room for new ones.

WOW: Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, Sunday. This festival celebrating all that is great about women and girls (and all the great things they have achieved) is back for a fifth year in 2015 with a week of talks, debates, concerts, film, comedy and workshops.

South London’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Lambeth Town Hall, Sunday, £3 early bird, £2 general. The UK’s biggest travelling vintage fair has finally added a South London date to its repertoire, and will be taking over Lambeth Town Hall on March 1.

Epping Forest Walk to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring, Loughton, Sunday, £1. Why not enjoy a bracing spring walk in beautiful Epping Forest this Sunday? You’ll meet at Epping station at noon, walk, then end up in a pub near Woodford station. Bring your own sandwiches and maybe an umbrella.

…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.

 Central Saint Giles

Eating and drinking

Central Saint Giles Market, Holborn, TODAY. A monthly food market selling hot dishes and unusual lunch options as well as groceries and products for the pantry.

BBC Good Food Eat Well, Olympia London, Fri-Sat, £15, £13 concs. The winter months lend themselves to hearty meals and comfort eating but it has to get warmer at some point (doesn’t it?). Treat this new healthy eating consumer show from BBC Good Food as a spring clean for your diet. Live cooking demonstrations come from chefs including Gizzi Erskine and Lorraine Pascale.

Peckham Market, The Academy at Peckham, Saturday. This weekly produce and street market sees 20 traders pitch up in the car park of a Peckham school, selling locally sourced produce and brunch to the hungry masses. Expect delicious refreshments from Ali Baba Juice, caffeine hits from Mouse Tail Coffee and freshly baked treats from Oliviers Bakery.

London Chocolate Tour, Green Park Station, Sunday, £39. Chocoholics are in for an informative and delicious treat on this two-hour tour of Mayfair visiting some of the world’s finest chocolatiers.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Mark Watson

Comedy

Mark Watson’s 27-Hour Comedy Marathon, Pleasance Theatre, TONIGHT, £27. A 27-hour Comedy Marathon, where Watson will perform for the full day-and-a-bit while other people in the Pleasance and across the country attempt their own 27-hour challenges. Watson’s endurance shows are always loads of fun, and normally involve a heap of brilliant comics helping in any way they can. Take Friday off work, bring coffee and prepare for a brilliant bizarre 27-hours.

Alan Davies – Little Victories, Hackney Empire, TONIGHT, £25. ‘QI’ and ‘Jonathan Creek’ star Alan Davies is back on the road following his hugely successful ‘Life is Pain’ tour in 2012. That tour was his first foray into stand-up for 12 years, but it didn’t show – he was on terrifically funny form. Now he’s back with ‘Little Victories’, so expect more chatty stories, grumpy observations and (hopefully) some filthier jokes.

Sarah Kendall – Touchdown, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15, £12.50 concs. Charming Aussie stand-up Sarah Kendall – who, in 2004, was the first female comic to be nominated for the Perrier Award in nearly a decade – had a hit run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe with ‘Touchdown’.

ALT CAB or Where Did It Go Wrong?, Canal, Sunday, £8. Hungry? You will be after visiting Simon Munnery’s interactive non-dining restaurant, La Concepta. He describes this tiny conceptual dining experience as ‘all the rigmarole of haute cuisine without the shame of eating’.

…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.

Ryan Adams

Live music

Ryan Adams, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, TONIGHT, £35. Once the boy wonder of country-rock, now 40 but no less prolific and volatile, Adams returns to London to play songs from his self-titled album, and a few from ‘Ashes and Fire’, recorded with legendary Led Zep and Who producer Glyn Johns, alongside the old favourites.

Omar, Jazz Cafe, Fri-Sat, £16.50. South London soul-jazz vocal legend Omar, the man behind the big hit ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ in 1990, has since worked with Stevie Wonder, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and a handful of other big names.

Goblin, Barbican Hall, Saturday, £20-£105. Now reunited by original frontman and Euro-disco legend Claudio Simonetti, Goblin arrive in London to live-score a screening of ‘Profondo Rosso’ (1975) in all its gory glory.

Green Man Festival Presents Hwyl, Cecil Sharp House, Saturday, £25 adv. The crew behind Green Man, the acclaimed indie and alt folk festival in the Brecon Beacons, host a Saint David’s Day celebration in north London’s folk music hub Cecil Sharp House.

Gang Of Four, Oslo, Saturday, £20. Andy Gill and the current version of the Gang (no other original members, sadly) continue to tout their massively influential, angrily politicised punk-funk grind for balding fortysomethings and a fair few young ’uns who weren’t even born when the impossibly excellent ‘Entertainment’ was released.

…or take a look at all the live music events in London this weekend.

Kink + Andrew Weatherall + Ivan Smagghe

Nightlife

Kink + Andrew Weatherall + Ivan Smagghe, XOYO, TONIGHT, £12.50. Wonky techno chief KiNK brings his beautifully weird-yet-danceable styles to Shoreditch, with further forward-thinking techno, funk, dub and more thrown around by raffish techno don Andrew Weatherall and French disco-warper Ivan Smagghe, who’ll be playing back-to-back.

Players Ball, Trapeze, TONIGHT, £7, £5 adv. Southern Hospitality’s night named after an annual hip hop bash in Chicago promises the ‘buckest, hypest and widest’ music around. Founders Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith will be banging out beats from the likes of Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, Three 6 Mafia, Lil Boosie, Outkast, Cash Money and Ludacris.

Warm, CLF Art Cafe, Saturday, £7, £5 adv. Warm have acquired a great rep over the years, and as a result they can – and do – pull in some stunning special guests from around the globe.

R&She, Tipsy Bar, Saturday, £5, free before 10pm. This party salutes the many ladies of R&B with a female-only playlist.

UNKLE Sounds, Koko, Saturday, £10 adv, £13.50. The latest incarnation of James Lavelle’s eclectic dance crew – and some special guests – play a one-off, late-night audiovisual DJ show in north London.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.

The Shining

Film

The Shining, Rio, Saturday, £8.50. The second greatest fright flick of all time according to the horror experts who voted in our 100 Best Horror Movies poll, ’The Shining’ sees Jack Nicholson drag his wife and psychic son up a mountain to be the hotel’s winter caretaker.

Pather Panchali, Phoenix Cinema, Sunday, £9.50, £7 concs. A miracle of lyrical realism: the detailed observation of village life as experienced by young Apu, his sister, their parents and ancient grandma turns a simple rites-of-passage story into pure poetry.

Eric Rohmer Season: ‘Perceval le Gallois’, BFI Southbank, Sunday, £8.15-£11.50. French master director Eric Rohmer’s adaptation of Chrétien de Troyes twelfth-century Arthurian poem is a unique film, combining cinema, theatre, medieval music, iconography, mime and verse to create a stylised and surprisingly coherent spectacle: shot totally in the studio, its sets alone are worth the price of a ticket.

Or at the cinema…

It Follows ★★★★★ It’s impossible adequately to describe the haunting intensity of ‘It Follows’: this is a film that makes a virtue of silence, that lives in the shadowy spaces between the splattery kill scenes that punctuate your average stalk-and-slasher.

Catch Me Daddy ★★★★☆ This unblinking and upsetting debut British film from brothers Daniel and Matthew Wolfe gives us a fateful day and night in the lives of two teenagers hiding in a Yorkshire caravan park. Both, we assume, are on the run from somewhere or someone.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Cirkopolis

Theatre

Cirkopolis, Peacock Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£42. Montreal’s Cirque Eloize takes inspiration from ‘Metropolis’, Franz Kafka and Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ for its latest ‘cirque nouveau’ production, ‘Cirkopolis’, which suggests we can all escape the horrifying daily grind by unleashing our own imaginations.

Fireworks, Royal Court Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£20. An eloquent new play by West Bank poet and writer Dalia Taha about innocence, war and living in conflict.

Happy Days, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £10-£35. If you want to showcase an actor’s range, bury her up to her waist, and then her neck, in gravel. Reprising her role in Natalie Abrahami’s brutal and tender 2014 production, Juliet Stevenson spends the entirety of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ buried alive in what looks like a chunk of Jurassic coast.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Unicorn Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£16. Brecht’s demanding morality play is adapted for young people by the Unicorn Theatre.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

Lothar Hempel: Tropenkoller

This week’s best new art

Lothar Hempel: Tropenkoller, Modern Art, Fri-Sat, free. Freestanding sculptures of photographic figures by the German artist will be arranged within the gallery that features sand, which relates to the exhibition’s title that translates as ‘Tropical Frenzy’.

Five Issues of Studio International, Raven Row, Fri-Sat, free. Group show about the impact of sculpture as presented through the pages of forward-thinking publication, Studio International.

Mike Harvey: So Swamped So, Xero, Kline & Coma, Saturday, free. Sculptural, two-dimensional and narrative-based works by the London-based artist that challenge the formal boundaries of artistic representation.

The Still House Group, Zabludowicz Collection, Sunday, free. An insight into the workings of the Brooklyn-based artists’ cooperative founded as an online platform in 2007.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… a romantic stay for two in a hideaway forest cabin or one of 200 vouchers for cheap eats at Herman ze German

Grab… £10 tickets to see Thebo and the Real Deal and more at The Proud Archivist on March 26

Book… these gigs while you still can

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