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40 fun things to do in London this week

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Continue the fun from the long weekend with the help of our fun-filled list below. Catch some excellent comedy in Camberwell, head to late night openings at Christie’s and the Fashion and Textile Museum, or grab your skates for a rollerdisco with the Boy Better Know crew. Here are all the best things happening in London this week.

Things to do 

RHS London Spring Fair Late, Royal Horticultural Halls, TONIGHT, £5. This evening event will turn the RHS Great London Plant Fair into an English Garden Party, with visitors sipping Pimm’s and nibbling cucumber sandwiches on beautifully manicured lawns.

The One Where they Go to a Friends Quiz, The Alibi, TONIGHT, £1. Do normal quizzes make you feel like Joey in the episode where he buys just one encyclopedia off Penn or Teller because he finds $50 in Chandler’s pants? We love that episode. If you know what we’re on about you’ll probably have a great time at this monthly trivia quiz that contains only questions about Manhattan’s most unlikely but also most loveable residents.

Christie’s Lates, Christie’s South Kensington, TONIGHT, free. To celebrate their fortieth anniversary, Christie’s are throwing open their doors for a series of late night events exploring art, interior design and collecting in all its guises.

Easter Holiday at the Ragged School Museum, Mile End, Wed-Thu, free. This year the museum is focusing on nineteenth-century art and design, from the Gothic Revival to William Morris. Little visitors can get creative and have their faces painted for free whilst grown ups enjoy the Museum’s Towpath Cafe.

Thea Porter Thursday Fizz, Fashion and Textile Museum, Thursday, £10. Enjoy an evening visit to the ‘Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic’ exhibition and get a closer look at the fashion designer’s original boho designs which remain influential today.

Chorus Festival 2015, Southbank Centre, all week, prices vary. Back for a seventh year in 2015, Chorus Festival celebrates the power of singing alongside others and explores the health benefits of belting out a tune. Over 100 choirs are due to take part with thousands of singers warming up their vocal chords for concerts, workshops and debates taking place across the festival.

Fifty Chefs – The Hands That Feed London, Londonewcastle Project Space, all week, free. Photographer Katie Wilson has spent a decade visiting London’s most exciting, lively and productive kitchens to capture the faces and hard-working hands of our city’s chefs.

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

Jar Kitchen

Eating and drinking

Jar Kitchen, Covent Garden. A friendly, new-wave café in Covent Garden with a good line in Ottolenghi-style vegetarian dishes.

The London Gin Club, Soho. This gin specialist at Soho’s Star at Night bar serves more than 130 varieties of the spirit, plus gin cocktails.

The Nines, Peckham. Another solid Peckham offering to add to locals’ hit-lists, this time set in a convivial garage lot behind the ever-popular Bussey Building.

Moët Academy, Oxo Tower Wharf, all week, £40. Popping up for two weeks at the OXO2 event space at Oxo Tower Wharf, Moët & Chandon’s latest venture is a recreation of the iconic French vineyards and cellars where those perfect bubbles are produced.

Foxcroft & Ginger pop-up bakery, Old Street Station, all week. If you’re passing by Old Street and craving some baked goods, head underground to this new three month bakery pop-up and sample one of their cruffins (part croissant, part muffin).

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

The Goodfather

Comedy

The Goodfather, The Comedy Pub, TONIGHT, £6, £5 adv. Tonight’s bill includes alt-comedy legend Simon Munnery, Joey Page, Pat Cahill, Bec Hill and Richard Todd.

Up in Arms Comedy Club, Camberwell Arms, TONIGHT, £6. Tonight’s line-up features a headline spot from bombastic comedy force and star of BBC Three’s ‘Uncle’, Nick Helm. Plus Foster’s Award-winning character comic Adam Riches, and more acts to be announced.

John Robins – This Tornado Loves You, Soho Theatre, Wed-Thu, £12.50. Laidback, cheeky Bristolian comic and XFM DJ John Robins is a superb storytelling stand-up. ‘This Tornado Loves You’ is another engaging hour of thoughts, tales and observations on love and happiness.

Adam Riches x 4, Kings Place, Wed-Thu, £12.50, £9.50 early bird. What’s better than three Adam Riches shows? Four Adam Riches shows! The high-energy, faux-macho, brilliantly silly character comic is performing four of his critically acclaimed solo hours – including his Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning ‘Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches’ – over four dates in April.

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

Polar Bear

Live music

Polar Bear, Village Underground, Wednesday, £12.50. Seb Rochford and his boundary-pushing jazz band put on another spectacular London show.

The Vaccines, Electric Brixton, Wednesday, £20. The denim-loving indie superstars slam The Jesus And Mary Chain into The Beach Boys, with some Libertines-style chaos around the edges. They’re back to play new music ahead of their third full-length release, due at some point in the not-too-distant.

Chilly Gonzales, Rough Trade East, Thursday. Canadian pianist and entertainer, Chilly Gonzales returns with his follow-up to Solo Piano II: “Chambers”.

Courtney Barnett, Electric Ballroom, Thursday, £12.50. Young Australian Barnett is one of the biggest songwriting talents around at the moment, pairing sharp, witty lyrics that tease out the hidden significances in everyday life with circling psych-rock melodies and downbeat indie-pop.

Ghostpoet, Electric Brixton, Thursday, £15. Born and raised in London but heavily influenced by 10 years he spent living in Coventry, singer and MC Obaro Ejimiwe earned a Mercury nomination for his debut ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’. Catch him here dropping tracks from his new third album.

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

Tropical Roller Disco

Nightlife

Tropical Roller Disco, York Hall, Thursday, £15. Grime crew Boy Better Know are clearly dab hands at knocking out razor-sharp rhymes and gritty beats. But did you know they can also roller skate? As part of the London programme of the RBMA UK Tour, the extended BBK family are hosting a roller disco.

Dark and Lovely Global Roots, Koko, Thursday, £8. Boiler Room architect Thris Tian brings his NTS Radio show out for a live outing in north London’s KOKO as part of the RBMA UK Tour. Helping him explore on-point house, soul, jazz, R&B and plenty of global flavours are Analogue Cops, Fantastic Man and DJ Noema, We Are Shining, Afrikan Sciences, Iman Omari and Blackfoot Phoenix.

B.Traits XOYO Residency, XOYO, Thursday, £6. After its stormingly successful three-month Saturday night residency slots steered and curated by top DJs – including Eats Everything, Jackmaster and most recently Skream – Shoreditch club XOYO spreads its residency wings a little wider, asking Canadian bass-fiend B.Traits to helm a Thursday night slot.

RL Grime, The Laundry, Thursday, £15. RL Grime doesn’t make grime. But he does make raucous, ravey trap with more swagger than Kanye admiring his own reflection, and we’re more than happy with that.

…or see all the parties planned this week.

While We’re Young

Film

Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘All the President’s Men’, The Lord Palmerston, TONIGHT, £10 m’ship. Alan J Pakula’s film about Woodward and Bernstein’s investigation into the Watergate affair works both as an effective thriller (even though we know the outcome of their investigations) and as a virtually abstract charting of the dark corridors of corruption and power.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Lexi Cinema, Wednesday, £10.50, £7.50 concs. Time Out’s Tom Huddleston joins Twin Peaks UK Festival mastermind Lindsey Bowden to introduce this screening of David Lynch’s ferocious TV prequel, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s very first US broadcast.

The Overlook Screening Room: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains’, The Water Poet, Thursday, free. This new film club in one of the City of London’s nicer pubs offers a welcome chance to catch this excellent post-punk drama on the big screen. Corinne Burns (Diane Lane) is a typical frustrated teenager living in a nowhere town until she catches punk band the Looters.

Or at the cinema…

While We’re Young ★★★★☆ Maturity is a slippery staircase in the comedies of American indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach (‘The Squid and the Whale’, ‘Greenberg’, ‘Frances Ha’). Baumbach delights in puffing up and then deflating characters who aren’t quite ready to grow up. ‘While We’re Young’ is the writer-director’s confident and charming latest, and it plays more like a Woody Allen-ish parody than any of his other movies – a shift that hasn’t required any sacrifice in insight, heart or bite.

Fast & Furious 7 ★★★☆☆ Completed in the wake of leading man Paul Walker’s tragic death, this seventh episode in the pedal-to-metal franchise may be a more sober, reflective affair than usual. Or hey, it might just be more smashing, grabbing and blowing shit up.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Oppenheimer

Theatre

Oppenheimer, Vaudeville Theatre, all week, £12-£52. A freewheeling bio-drama about J Robert Oppenheimer, the mastermind of the atomic bomb, Tom Morton-Smith’s epic new play isn’t formally groundbreaking, but it’s ambitious in the very best way.

Shooting With Light, New Diorama Theatre, all week, £14.50, £13.50 concs. Gerda Taro was the first female photo-journalist to report from the messy ends of major wars, but, thanks in part to her association with legendary lensman Robert Capa – whose name her work was often sold under – never really got the recognition she deserved. This smart and ideas-packed show from up-and-coming troupe Idle Motion certainly goes some way to putting things right.

Number 1, The Plaza, Soho Theatre, all week, £10-£15. A subversive, exceptionally dirty theatrical takedown from Getinthebackofthevan theatre company.

Game Theory, Tristan Bates Theatre, all week, £12, £10 concs. Halima wants her virginity back, and she wants her ex-boyfriend to do the honours. Emma wants her son to decide his future for himself, without the burden of medical forewarning. ‘Game Theory’ is a double bill about two controversial medical procedures: a hymenoplasty (where the hymen is reconstructed) and genome sequencing.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

RaviliousRavilious

This week’s best new art

Matt Stokes: Madman in a Lifeboat, Matt’s Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. Through an installation of archival material, appropriated objects and a film, Matt Stokes brings to life the alternative belief system of a man he met when he was casting people for his 2010 Art on the Underground project, ‘The Stratford Gaff: A Serio-Comick-Bombastick-Operatick Interlude’.

Ravilious, Dulwich Picture Gallery, all week, £12.50, £7.50-£11.50 concs. The WWII artist and designer Eric Ravilious is celebrated in this survey of his watercolours.

Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath, Cultural Institute at King’s, all week, free. War: what is it good for? Well, art, actually. Some of Maggi Hambling’s greatest works have used violent conflict as their inspiration, and now the grumpy doyenne of British modern art has filled room after room of King’s College in the Strand with paintings and sculptures about that most gruesome and senseless of human endeavours.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… a Fortnum & Mason hamper worth £100 or a pair of VIP tickets to Foodies Festival and a stay at St Ermin’s Hotel

Grab… tickets to a Record Store Day party with breakfast, lunch and fizz at Soho’s L’Escargot

Book… these tickets while you still can

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