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49 intriguing things to do in London this weekend

Posted at 3:00 pm, January 31, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Chinese New Year, London. Photo: Tracy Cheng

[Photo: Tracy Cheng]

A plethora of potential amusements await – but which will you choose?

All weekend

Modern masculinity debated at Being A Man, Southbank Centre
Irish musical comedy from Rubber Bandits at Soho Theatre
Nordic film, television and literature celebrated at Nordicana, Truman Brewery
Retro goodies on sale at two-day North London Vintage Market, Muswell Hill

Friday night

Behold blokes ballet-ing at Men in Motion, London Coliseum
Build your own instrument at the V&A’s Friday Late
Belt out some Bruce at the Springsteen Music Video Singalong, Prince Charles Cinema

Gigs: The Fontanelles at The Forge Arts Venue, Camden; Lloyd Cole at Shepherd’s Bush Empire; City and Colour at Hammersmith Apollo, and 16 more.

Clubs: The End of the World Party, Scala, Kings Cross; Bugged Out! with Fake Blood + Canblaster + Boy 8-Bit, XOYO, Old Street; Urban Nerds x Snowbombing Party with DJ EZ + Marcus Nasty at Village Underground, Spitalfields; and 14 more.


Famous artists on fabric at Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, London Bridge
Eastern flavours abound at Yam! Yam! art and food festival, Deptford

Gigs: Taylor Swift at the O2; Feathers at Birthdays, Dalston; Nicola Conte at Ronnie Scott’s, Chinatown; and 21 more.

Clubs: Orlando Boom with Ivan Smagghe Back-to-Back with Nathan G. Wilkins at Queen of Hoxton; Trouble Vision at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle; Double Denim Disco at Bells of Shoreditch; and 10 more.


Join the Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square
Buy direct from designers at Fashion Sunday, Oval Space, Bethnal Green
Grand yet tiny designs at City of London Dollshouse Festival
A screening of ‘Serpico at the BFI – part of their new Al Pacino season
Daytime grooviness at Prowl’s Psychedelic Tea Party, Stoke Newington
Bargains for brides at the Vera Wang Sample Sale, Bond Street

Gigs: Stark at Acklam Village Market, Westbourne Park; The Garden + Boneyards at Shacklewell Arms, Dalston; Killswitch Engage + Trivium at O2 Academy Brixton; and six more.

More ideas

Toast the end of dry January: at one of London’s best craft beer, wine, whisky or cocktail bars.

Grab tickets to The Book of Mormon: tickets on sale for May and June exclusively through Time Out until Monday – and there’s no booking fee!

Get lucky in one of our competitions: win tickets to the Shard’s VIP Party, a hot trip to Barcelonaa luxury holiday to Beijing, an art lover’s trip to Berlina weekend of east London culture, a day of circus training or lots of other lovely things.

Hit the cinema: documentaries ‘The Armstrong Lie, ‘Dark Days and ‘Teenage are all very much worth a look; and Oscar contenders ‘12 Years A Slave, ‘American Hustle and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street shouldn’t be missed (nor should Academy-snubbed ‘Inside Llewyn Davis!)

Take a theatre trip: this week we gave ★★★★☆ to ‘King Lear at the National Theatre, ‘Blurred Lines at the Shed, ‘The Body of an American at Gate Theatre, ‘Punishment Without Revenge at Arcola Theatre, and ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn at Hampstead Theatre – and there are 24 more critics’ choice shows currently running, too.

Enjoy some art: check out Martin Creed’s exhibition at Hayward GalleryIsaac Julien: Playtime, a feature length film installation, at Victoria Miro Wharf Road, Old Street; A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany at Courtauld Gallery, Aldwych. Check out our guides to the best new art or the best shows overall.

Go to a car boot sale: buy or sell yourself happy at one of these 12 jumbles.

Stay in: and enjoy cult US sitcom ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on Netflix 

Enjoy the week’s most popular blog posts:

Behind the scenes at London’s first cat café
The 12 most burgled postcodes in London
✚ Squeaky tube barrier does ‘woohoo!’ bit from Blur’s Song 2, with hilarious results
Survey: what Londoners really think of North, South, East & West London
London’s population is getting younger and younger

Aaaaand that’s all for this week. PEACE.

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