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48 fun things happening in London this weekend (Nov 1 – 3)

Posted at 4:15 pm, November 1, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

Bridge at night, London. Photo: Mike Rolls

[Photo: Mike Rolls]

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.

Ready? Let’s go.

All weekend

25 more Halloween parties (and then we’re finally done!)
23 banging fireworks displays across the city
There’s lunch to munch at The Real Street Food Festival, South Bank
Have a right laugh at the Greenwich Comedy Festival
Go behind the scenes of the London Transport Museum’s Depot, Acton
Take a small person to BP Family Weekend at Tate Britain, Pimlico
Explore the arts during Camden New Wave Festival‘s final three days
Hail a Surrealist Taxi, spinach spanner blancmange
Shuffle along to a zombie cinema experience at Camden Lock
Hear traditional Irish music at Return to Camden Town Festival

Friday night

Scare yourself silly at Dungeon After Dark, South Bank
Join skeleton cyclists on the Hackney Bicycle Film Society Day of the Dead Ride
Get a £1 manicure at Cheeky, Shoreditch
Gigs: Goldfrapp at Hammersmith Apollo, The Wedding Present at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, We Have Band at Proud Camden, and 49 more
Clubs: Soundcrash Halloween Party with DJ Yoda, Village Underground, Shoreditch; Dysfunctional Halloween Party, Fire, Vauxhall; RAM Records Halloween Weekend, O2 Academy Brixton; and 33 more


Find an ancient tome at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair
Give the big guy your wishlist – Santa’s Grotto opens at Harrods, Knightsbridge
Rock out at the Festival of Geology, Euston
Get revved up at the Regent Street Motor Show
Learn how to make a shrunken head at Barts Pathology Museum, Farringdon
Join a 23-mile fancy dress bike ride through Central London
Say goodbye to Roxy Bar & Screen, Borough, at their last ever all-nighter
This singles pub crawl sounds… character building
Gigs: Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Redman at Hammersmith Apollo, Vista Chino at Roundhouse, Seeds of Creation at the Ritzy, and 35 more
Clubs: Ruf Dug: An All Night Vampire Disco Boogie at Mother Studios, Hackney; SecretSundaze Halloween Asylum Party, Oval Space, Bethnal Green; Ginglik presents Warehouse Werewolves, Hackney Wick; and 42 more


Have your first roast of November, you deserve it!
Or alternatively, feast on a half-price steak at Mash, Piccadilly Circus
Celebrate Day of the Dead at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green
Waltz along to a screening of ‘Waltz with Bashir, Swiss Cottage
There’s comedy from Mark Watson, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe at Sunday Special, Greenwich
There’s no strings attached at the Puppet Grinder Cabaret, Jacksons Lane, Archway
Can’t. Stop. Partying? Try new club night Friends & Family, Oxford Street
Gigs: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Koko, Moonface at St Pancras Old Church, daytime acoustic festival Capsize the Stars, Peckham, and 35 more

Five random picks

FILM: Mumblecore comedy drama ‘Drinking Buddies
THEATRE: Maggie Thatcher vs Queen Liz comedy ‘Handbagged’
ART: Conceptual text and image based works from Victor Burgin: A Sense of Place
FOOD: Japanese-Peruvian fusion in a glam Soho setting at Chotto Matte
MUSEUMS: British couture celebrated The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon, Fashion & Textile Museum

Or just put your feet up and…

Puzzle over the latest Look for Longer brainteaser
Try and resist laughing at animals in Halloween costumes
Get a copy of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman: Overture’
Discover where London’s second languages are spoken
Sail along the Thames (using Google Street View)
Enjoy gorgeous photos of London from the past month
Tune in to one of the weekend’s top twelve TV shows

Oh and do check TfL before you travel, y’all – the Bakerloo, Central, District, Overground and Waterloo & City lines are part closed this weekend.

Whatever you do, have a good one. See you on Monday!

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