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55 great things happening in London this weekend (Oct 25 – 27)

Posted at 5:00 pm, October 25, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Big Ben at night. Photo: Anatoleya

This post is about a weekend in the past.

Looking for something to do this weekend?
We’ve rounded up things to do this FridaySaturday and Sunday.

Halloween might not be until next Thursday, but this weekend has a distinctly spooky flavour nonetheless. And if that’s not enough, the clocks go back on Saturday night / Sunday morning, so your weekend is an hour longer than usual. Result! [Photo: Anatoleya]

All weekend

There are 11 Halloween parties to choose from
The London Animation Festival begins, Barbican + other venues
Celebrate 40 Years of Virgin Records at their exhibition, Holborn
Explore 18th century Tokyo at Hokusai Exposed, Brick Lane
Nerd is the word at MCM ComicCon, ExCeL Centre.
A design and craft fair called Made London, Marylebone
An affordable art fair called the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Consume rum + freakishly gross cupcakes at the Rag Factory, Brick Lane
There’s feminist comedy, theatre, cabaret + talks at Calm Down, Dear, Warren Street
Brave a horror maze at the London Bridge Experience’s Phobophobia
It’s Halloween Movie Mash-Up Weekend at the Portobello Pop-Up Cinema
The Canary Wharf ice rink is now open…
…and so’s the V&A’s Masterpieces of Chinese Painting exhibition
There’s Holiday Fun For Kids at the National Gallery
Or take the little’uns raving at Disco Kids Spooktacular, Deptford
Children can can also see the View from the Shard for free

Friday night

Candlelit poetry readings in a Stoke Newington cemetery: Memorial (Sun also)
There’s a Friday Night Late at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington
And a talk on how radiation’s zapped the human genome, Wellcome Collection, Euston
Gigs: Everything Everything at The Forum, Kentish Town; Jake Bugg at O2 Academy, Brixton; Tindersticks at Barbican Centre; and 57 more.
Clubs: A Night With… Derrick Carter Does Disco at Loft Studios, Kensal Green; For The Love Of Mic’s Dead Rappers’ Special at Concrete, Shoreditch; The Hydra: 20 Jahre Kompakt at Fire, Vauxhall; ladies hip-hop only at $isters, Juno, Shoreditch; and 25 more.


Everyone’s Ghana go to the African Market in Spitalfields
Buy lovely things at Can’t Buy Me Love’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Jumble Sale, Archway
Buy broke stylists’ cast-offs at The Stylist’s Rail, Hoxton
Hand-egg fans will enjoy the free NFL event in Trafalgar Square
There’s a drive-in cinema screening of Halloween, Brent Cross
Or a vampire movie all-nighter at the BFI, South Bank
You Are The Danger at Sebright Arms’ Breaking Bad Party, Hackney Road
Gigs: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Hammersmith Apollo (Sun, also); Clean Bandit at Electric Brixton; Spector at Birthdays, Dalston; and 46 more.
Clubs: Tiga DJs at the Turbo Halloween Special, Village Underground, Shoreditch; Belle Epoque’s Dark Circus Party at Camden Centre, Kings’ Cross; The Last Tuesday Society’s Danse Macabre at The Coronet, Elephant & Castle; and 29 more.


Caribbean tunes vs British tucker at Reggae Roast, Lock Tavern, Camden
Woof! There’s a fancy dress competition for dogs at The Spaniard’s Inn, Barking Hampstead
Magical light displays at Diwali on the Square, Trafalgar Square
Or enjoy the aerial variety at Uxbridge Fireworks Night
Watch Nightmare on Elm Street at Hoxton Hotel’s Apartment
Gigs: M People at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Covent Garden; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Electric Brixton; My Vitriol at Heaven, Charing Cross; and 38 more.

Need more?

Eat here: Five perfect pasta placesDead Dolls House’s Stew House, or Hoi Polloi, Shoreditch, it’s great.
At the cinema: bleak Brit drama The Selfish Giant, soul music doc Muscle Shoals, tense piracy caper Captain Philips, post-humous Gandolfini comedy Enough Said, and offbeat indie charmer Prince Avalanche.
On TV: Boardwalk Empire returns for a fourth series! Or try boarding school documentary A Very English Education, a re-invigorated Downton Abbey, and aging thespian comedy Toast of London.
Or just look at: 40 beautiful photos of London in the autumn.

Whatever you do, have a good one. Cheers!