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44 fun things you can do in London this weekend

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment


Let’s do this!

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.

All weekend

Strike it lucky at the new Brooklyn Bowl bowling alley, the O2
See photography by Lynch, Warhol & Burroughs at The Photgraphers’ Gallery
Discover work by over 1000 artists at The London Art Fair, Angel
Hang out with models at the Model Engineering Exhibition 2014, Alexandra Palace
See new Jeremy Deller exhibition at the William Morris Gallery; Walthamstow, free
Get your Oyster card: it’s the last weekend of V&A’s Pearls exhibition
Hungry? Head to Street Feast Hawker House, back for 10wks in London Fields
Who likes short shorts? The last three days of the London Short Film Festival await

Friday night

Get scared witless at the Ragged School Ghost Hunt, Mile End
Less dubstep, more quickstep at Tails and Twirls Ballroom Dancing, Vauxhall
Reading, riding and drinking at the Ride Journal’s Issue 8 party, LMNH, Mare St
Play ping pong at Wilton’s Music Hall, Tower Hill
See ’30s horror flicks at the Gothique Film Society, Holborn

Wire at the Lexington, Angel; ESG at Koko, Camden; Chickenwing All Stars at Southbank Centre free; and 11 more.
Clubs: Total Garage: Artful Dodger Vs. Luck & Neat at Plan B, Brixton;  Digital Soundboy: Shy FX + Ms Dynamite at XOYO, Old St; Zonk Disco at Bussey Building, Peckham; and 12 more.


Cut and paste the day away at Let’s Collage, Islington Museum (for kids) free
Or fondle some former fauna at Explore Zoology, Grant Museum (for kids) free
Before Lleywn Davis was the Coen Bro’s debut: Blood Simple, screening at the Rio, Dalston

Gigs: Frank McComb at Jazz Café, Camden; Tom The Lion at Rough Trade West, Ladbroke Grove; Lamb of God at O2 Academy Brixton; and 7 more.
Clubs:  Find me in the Dark with Head High + Pariah at Corisca Studios, Elephant & Castle; Eats Everything + Will Saul at XOYO; Saturday Nights at Oslo: Launch Party with Andy Blake at Oslo, Hackney; and 11 more.


Death Ship 666 – The Epic Disaster Parody Play at Leicester Square Theatre
Family Day: Flying Fantastic (for kids) at Keats House, Hampstead
Raise a glass to Nelson Immortal Memory Toast at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Alan Bennett, Michael Palin and more at ‘A Private Function’ screening + Q&A, Kilburn

Gigs: Morton Valence at Union Chapel, Highbury; Chris T-T at the Lexington, Clerkenwell (free) ; Boban I Marko Markovic Orchestra at Scala, Kings Cross; and 3 more.

More ideas

Theatre: Putting it Together, The Duchess of Malfi and Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby all earned four stars this week
Film: The Oscar shortlist has been revealed and we’ve made our predictions; why not go watch a nominee this weekend?
Food & drink: we’ve been enjoying Ember Yard‘s tapas and Blanchette‘s French classics, both in Soho; Andina‘s Peruvian fare in Shoreditch; and wine from Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels in Covent Garden. Try ’em!
Art: No fewer than twenty shows that might just be worth a visit

Win stuff!

Lots of giveaways on right now: claim a spot at our preview of Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium; opening party tickets to Sensing Spaces at Royal Academy; tickets to see Tom Hiddlestone in Coriolanus; flights to five of your favourite cities; tickets to see ‘Fear and Loathing’; the ultimate weekend in Barcelona; or lots more over at timeout.com/competitions.

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