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42 fun ways to spend this week in London

Posted at 8:15 am, February 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style
National Gallery. Photo: Jamie Coster

[National Gallery. Photo: Jamie Koster]

Oh hey there Monday you sly old dog. Don’t even think about trying to get us down. We are going to have so much fun today, tomorrow, and yes, every day this week actually…


Make good Mexican style at their Piñata craft night at Stories, Broadway Market.
Need an antidote to boredom? Café Scientifique discusses antibiotics at The Royal Society, Charing Cross.
Take the Oh What a Lovely War! walking tour in St James Park.
Top up on funnies with Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast.

Gigs: Brody Dalle at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen; Sam Smith at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Beth Nielson Chapman at the Barbican Hall; and 3 more.


Need design inspiration? Sophie Hicks on Designing Paul Smith, Design Museum, Shad Thames.
Creative writer? Head to the A Novel in a Year workshop at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank.
Want a comedy fix? Miles Jupp Is the Chap You’re Thinking Of, Ambassadors Theatre, Leicester Square.

Gigs: Fat White Family at Electrowerkz, Clerkenwell; Neneh Cherry at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane; Famy at the St Moritz, Soho; and 5 more.


Wake up raving: Morning Glory, Oval Space, Bethnal Green.
Spitting Image: From Start to Finish, at the Cartoon Museum, Bloomsbury.
Boost your brainpower at the Science Museum Late: Bio Revolution.
Mid-week mid-life crisis? Find out How to Change your Life in 2014, Conway Hall, Holborn.

Gigs: Midlake at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire; NME Awards: Blondie + Metronomy + Drenge at the O2 Brixton Academy; Taking Back Sunday at Koko, Camden; and 4 more.


Do a Marilyn from ‘Some Like it Hot’ or a Ryan Gosling in ‘Blue Valentine’: Ukelele Taster Class, The Royal George, Soho.
See earthly aesthetics: Design by Mother Nature, the Roca London Gallery, Imperial Wharf.
Grab your hi-vis: Hackney Night Cycle, Proud Archivist, Haggerston.
5×15 goes literary: Author Amy Chua talks at RIBA, Great Portland Street.
Bing Crosby would be proud: You gotta’ Focus on the Positive, Grant Museum of Zoology, Goodge Street.
Hip-hip-hooray its Lucienne Day! at The Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey.

Gigs: The Hics at Oslo, Hackney; Chlöe Howl at Dingwalls (Lock 17), Camden; Gavin DeGraw at Shepherd’s Bush Empire; and 5 more.

Extra portions…

Walk all week: The Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour; The Great Greenwich Pub Tour; The London Rock Tour.

Illustrated Talks on military art and London’s brutal history the Guildhall Library, St Paul’s (Wed & Thurs).

See the latest exhibitions: Kiosk exhibition, The Building Centre, Bloomsbury; Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance at the National Gallery; Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq at the Courtauld Gallery.

Watch the best theatre shows: 1984 at the Almeida Theatre, Highbury; Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London Bridge; Happy Days at the Young Vic, Waterloo.

Catch up with the comics: Tim Key, Single White Slut, at the Soho Theatre; Mark Thomas – 100 Acts of Minor Dissent at Leicester Square Theatre; and Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen at Soho Theatre.

Find more fun stuff to do in this week’s Hot List 

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