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54 tip-top things happening in London this weekend (Nov 22 – 24)

Posted at 1:30 pm, November 22, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Amazing Sunrise from Primrose Hill

[Photo: Philip Rocker]

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.

This weekend is about to BLOW. YOUR. MIND – or at the very least, be fairly pleasant. Here’s what’s making our socks roll up and down in excitement…

All weekend

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is now open for the festive season
There are Iggy Pop films, gigs and karaoke at Iggyfest, ICA, Charing Cross (Fri/Sat)
It’s the final three days of the London Jazz Festival, various venues
Sing along with The Portrait Choir at their Singing Day, National Portrait Gallery
Season’s eatings! Tuck into a mince pie at Taste of Christmas fair, Wapping
The Chortle Comedy Book Festival kicks off in Ealing, for a week
Feeling peaky? Try the BFI’s Extreme Summits screening series, South Bank
Or go loco for the Latin American Film Festival‘s final three days, various venues
Or get some fresh Eire at the Irish Film Festival, various venues
Talks and a pugilism theme at The Lost Lectures, secret location (Fri/Sat)

Friday night

Scientists and comedians defend endangered-yet-homely creatures at Ugly Animal Appreciation Society, Natural History Museum
Two short films exploring ancient Egyptian culture are screened at the British Museum, Tottenham Court Road
Grime, dubstep and skating at Horizon Festival’s Somerset House Takeover, Aldwych
Bourbon over to the Jim Beam Distillery pop-up at Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
Weird and wonderful comedy at The Joe Wilkinson Experience, King’s Cross
Gigs: Lil Kim + Eve at IndigO2, North Greenwich; Crystal Fighters at O2 Academy Brixton; Baths + Dirty Beaches at Oval Space, Bethnal Green and 48 more
Club nights: Queer and all grown up, Duckie Is 18 at Electric Brixton; deep house from Kerri Chandler – All Night Long at XOYO, Old Street; booming bass at Cabin: Cooly G + West Norwood Cassette Library, Rhythm Factory, Aldgate East; and 21 more


Throw some shapes at the UK Rock Paper Scissors Championship, Bank
Take home a tome from Amnesty’s Big Book Sale, Blackheath
A whole day of events to celebrate Tate Britain’s hot new look, Pimlico
Take a tour of Bloomsbury’s loos
Have a grape time at ‘casual’ wine festival London Wine Sessions, Clerkenwell
Back of the net! An Alan Partridge Party to raise money for charity, Hammersmith
Allons-y! A ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Party at the Cinema Museum, Kennington
Or an immersive music video party experience thing, Videoke, Russell Square
Gigs: Grouplove at The Slaughtered Lamb, Farringdon; Queens of the Stone Age at the O2 Arena (Fri also); Molotov Jukebox at Lock Tavern, Camden; and 49 more
Club nights: genre-hopping electronica from Plaid + Ragga Twins + Swayzak at Bussey Building, Peckham; house, tech and disco at new night Art of the Muse, Oval Space, Bethnal Green; take your hip hop medicine at The Doctor’s Orders present Afrika Bambaataa, Scala, King’s Cross; and 27 more


Enjoy eclectic talks and entertainments at Sunday Papers Live, Cecil Sharp House, Camden
Improve your Crimbo competence at Do It Yourself Christmas‘s workshops, Hackney
The yuletide onslaught continues with Hampstead Christmas Fair
The week-long Feminist Film Festival starts at Hackney Picturehouse
See celebs perform a play devised in 24 hours at Old Vic’s Celebrity Gala (tickets from £175!)
Gigs: Sparks at The Union Chapel, Islington; Jally Kebba Susso & The Manding Sabu at Rich Mix, Brick Lane; Pixies at Hammersmith Apollo; and 44 more

Seven suggestions

NEED. MORE. CHRISTMAS? Find our favourite festive fairs, ice rinks, Christmas lights, shops and woodland walks
Get 50 percent off dinner during the soft launches of Jones Family Project  (Shoreditch) and Boopshi’s (Goodge St)
Visit the very shiny new Debenhams on Oxford Street
Celebrate Hey Ya’s 10th birthday by shaking it like a Polaroid picture
Remember tickets for the Monty Python reunion show go on sale 10am Monday morning
Book yourself in to Italian supper club Forza Win(ter), secret location
Get lowbrow with our most popular post of the week: penises hidden in the tube map

Have a blast, guys!

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