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53 enticing events happening in London this weekend

Posted at 4:00 pm, January 10, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Millenium Bridge

 [Photo: John Esslinger]

I’ve got a good feeling about this weekend, and on Saturday at least, the sun is predicted to shine. Which’ll be nice. Anyway, after last weekend’s post-NYE quiet, there’s a ton of stuff happening, and a pleasing amount of it is free. Here’s where the action is…

All weekend

Yachts rock at the London Boat Show, ExCel, Docklands
Take it freezy at the London Ice Sculpting Festival, Canary Wharf Free
Meat, cocktails, DJs: Smokey Tails is still smouldering in Haggerston
Cinema for the impatient at the London Short Film Festival, starting today
While away the day at London’s first pay-per-minute café, Old Street
Artists celebrate the moon at Republic of the Moon, Bargehouse, South Bank Free

Muse on these exhibitions:
Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Royal Observatory Free;
Collider and Mind Maps: Stories of Psychology Free at the Science Museum;
Ibiza: Moments in Love at the ICA Free;
Landscape Photographer of the Year at the National Theatre foyer Free;
Pearls at V&A;
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House.

Oscar season cinema:
12 Years A Slave
, American Hustle, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Nebraska; more great movies now on here.

Friday night

Free comedy from Pete Firman and more at It’s A Hoot, Hootenanny, Brixton Free

Open late tonight:
Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, the National Gallery (until 9pm);
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery (until 9pm);
Mira Schendel and Paul Klee: Making Visible at Tate Modern;
Beyond El Dorado at the British Museum (until 8.30pm);
Paid entry, but the venues’ usual collections are of course also open to explore for free. Free

Maroon 5 at the O2;
The 1975 at Brixton Academy (both Sat also);
Baba Adesose Wallace at Green Note, Camden and 18 more.

Friendly Fires + Genius of Time do electro and disco at XOYO, Old St;
Wifey brings boombastic bassline house to The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington;
Pack London with DJ EZ provides  low frequency goodness to Fire, Vauxhall or five more.


Discover how Londoners past dealt with death at the Buried Histories Talk & Treasure Hunt, Clerkenwell;
Stand-up from Ivo Graham and Sheeps at The Saturday Night Show, Kings Cross.

Check out some art:
Animal innards in Meat Portraits at Hauser & Wirth, Piccadilly Circus Free;
Graffiti at Surrounded by Idiots: the ID Crew Show Free,
Brick Lane; masterful graphic design from the ’40s-’80s by Tom Eckersley, LCC, Elephant & Castle Free or seven more.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Hammersmith Apollo;
Richard Youngs at Café Oto, Dalston;
Hackney Colliery Band at Hootenanny, Brixton and 17 more.

Late Night LTD‘s
house/disco/electro at The Nest, Dalston;
electronica galore at Midwinter Terrace Party with Débruit + Dauwd at Jamm, Brixton;
Hot Chippers Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor DJ at Plastic People, Shoreditch and eight more.


Ditch the jeans and join the No Trousers Tube Ride, starting in Chinatown, 3pm Free;
Old things and older things at the Adams Antique Fair, Victoria. Free;
Learn about the olden gays on the LGBTQ Historical Walking Tour, Soho;
A celebration of cinematographer Jack Cardiff’s work at Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Zing Zong All Stars
at Hootenanny, Brixton;
Hamish Stewart at Ronnie Scott’s, Chinatown;
Liane Carroll at Safari Music Bar, North Finchley and 10 more.

And why not…

Book yourself a table at one of London’s top 50 restaurants, now updated for 2014
Sign up for one of Bishopsgate Institute’s All About London courses
Grab yourself some Secret Cinema tickets before they’re all gone
Take a look at just-announced London gigs and major concerts now on sale
Have a giggle at this week’s #wordonthestreet
Donate to the London Air Ambulance for its 25th birthday
Learn the truth behind London’s top ten urban myths
Raining? Our guide to London’s best umbrella shops has got you covered

Looking for something specific? Explore timeout.com and you’ll most likely find something.

Whatever you do, enjoy.

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