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60 bloomin’ lovely things happening in London this weekend

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Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day, here are our top tips on how to while away the weekend.

All weekend

Immerse yourself at Future Cinema’s latest film screening: ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’
Hit all the Hamilton shows: Richard Hamilton at the Tate ModernRichard Hamilton at the ICA, and Richard Hamilton: Word and Image, Prints at Alan Cristea, Green Park.
Understand the Extremes of nature at the latest Horniman Museum exhibit.
Fashion: Check out the couture at The Shop at London Fashion Week, Somerset House; Sail over to the first pop-up shop for adults by Petit Bateau, in Shoreditch; Or treat yourself to some discount goodies at the Percival sample sale, Soho.

Valentine’s weekend specials: The Candlelight Club’s  pop-up cocktail club, Valentine’s Day Massacre; The Art of Hearts, music and installations at The Vaults, Waterloo; chocolate craft at The Chocolate Kitchens, Hampton Court; and 26 other Valentine’s events.


Laugh out loud at Alan Davies’ Little Victories, The Cutty Sark, Greenwich.
Jump aboard camp comedy HMS Pinafore as it arrives at the Hackney Empire.

Valentine’s specials: Swap facial hair for flowers at the Beards for Bouquets pop-up in King’s Cross Station.
Find your pawfect match at Feline Lonely?, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Take a Fearless Flirting Tour in Central London; Attend a Silver Rings Workshop at London Jewellery School; See The Sexy Valentines Show at the Invisible Dot, Kings Cross; and skate at the champagne couples’ special at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink.

Valentine’s museum lates: Night Safari, the Natural History Museum; The Valentine’s Late at Churchill War Rooms; Love in the Archives, Queens House, Greenwich; City of Seduction, the Museum of London; and a Valentine’s Late at the Grant Museum of Zoology.

Gigs: Rudimental, The O2, Brixton; Foals, Alexandra Palace; Gesaffelstein, Koko, Camden and seven more.

Clubs: Love Glove – Valentine’s Special, Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club; South London Soul Train Valentine’s Day Special with The Barry White Legacy, Bussey Building; Executive Realness: Feel the Love, The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington and 23 more.


Browse vintage arts and crafts at The Dandy Lion Market, Kentish Town
Ahoy matey! It’s Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum.
Take to the waters to enjoy Architecture on the Thames By Night.
Be a sharp shooter with Flirt Like a Bond Girl/Shoot Like Bond at the West London Shooting School, Ruislip.
Hear Baroque by Candlelight at St-Martin-in-the-Fields.

Gigs: The Show: En Vogue + Tony! Toni! Toné! at Wembley Arena; GoGo Penguin at Kings Place, King’s Cross; Damo Suzuki at The Windmill, Brixton and seven more.

Clubs: Supernova 2014, Egg London, King’s Cross; Boglewaltz, Arch Gallery, Bethnal Green; Eats Everything + Heidi + Artwork, XOYO, Old Street and 11 more.


Show your puppy some lovin’ on the All Dogs Matter Valentine’s Dog Walk.
There’ll be thrifty fun at the Frock Me! Vintage Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, and the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, Old Finsbury Town Hall.
Give Eric and Little Ern a turn, for Morcambe and Wise witticisms, Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand.

Gigs: Parquet Courts, Electric Ballroom, Camden; Penguin Café, Union Chapel, Highbury; Evans the Death, Lock Tavern, Chalk Farm and three more.

Other ideas

See the latest exhibitions: Eyewitness photography at Daniel Blau, Hoxton; London Stories Serco Prize for Illustration, outside the London Transport Museum; and United Visual Artists: Momentum, the Barbican Centre.

Watch this week’s best theatre openings: ‘1984‘ at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, and ‘A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre Lyttelton.

Do a little dance  (well, watch one), see Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: 1980 at Sadler’s Wells, or The Merchants of Bollywood at the Peacock Theatre, Aldwych.

Wine and dine on the pop-up Gingerline.

Or Japanese delux with a trip to the Beauty of Japan pop-up.

Most importantly, ask yourself: What Would Beyoncé Do? with comedian Luisa Omielan.

And, in case you missed them, this week’s best blog bits are…

A tube map of independent coffee shops
Valentine’s Day in London in numbers and stats
32 romantic photos of kissing in London
Eight ways to declutter your life
This week’s #wordonthestreet
London has the fewest overweight people of anywhere in England
King’s Cross Viewpoint floating platform
Dog café to open in Hoxton

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