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51 wonderful ways to spend this weekend in London

Posted at 3:30 pm, March 7, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style
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[“Happy”, Shoreditch. Photo: ThePhotoSchool]

Chin up chucks! Its Friday and boy oh boy have we got some fun packed days for you…

All weekend

Enjoy the Grub (quite literally) as an insect-inspired food pop-up takes over Monikers, Hoxton.
It’ll be material madness at the Contemporary Textiles Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington.
Calling all salty sea dogs! Learn naval lingo at a Slang of the Sea session, HMS Belfast.
Friday brings three new exhibitions: Brett Amory: Twenty Four in London, at Lazarides, Tottenham Court Road; Enclosure at Danielle Arnaud, Kennington; and Premiums Interim Projects 2014 at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens.


Paul Smith inspires the Tailor Made late at the Design Museum, Shad Thames.
Girl Power! The UK’s five poet laureates (who are all women) get together for the Wow Laureates’ Night at the Southbank Centre.
The Age of Wonder: Learn how science, astronomy and… err… ballooning inspired Romantics Coleridge, Shelley & Byron, the British Library, Euston.

Gigs: Klaxons at Oslo, Hackney; Tinariwen at Village Underground, Spitalfields; Haraket at the George Tavern, Tower Hamlets; and two more.

Clubs: Despacio at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm; Church at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle; Deviation at XOYO, Old Street; and 14 more.


Explore the troubles of alienation and identity in exhibition To Klingon Or Not To Klingon, Campbell Works, Stoke Newington.
Take a stroll with Emmeline Pankhurst’s great- and great-great-granddaughters for Walk in Her Shoes, part of International Women’s Day, from Tate Britain.
‘Om’ to an orchestra at The Movement, a free yoga event at the Royal Opera House.
Screw BYOB, MYOB (make your own booze) at an Urban Wine Class at The AHOY Centre, Greenwich.
Tour the City Fringes with Open House London; from the Barbican and Golden Lane, to the Bunhill Fields Cemetery and Hoxton Square.
Explore eco-friendly colouring at a Natural Dye Workshop, the Garden Museum, Lambeth North.

Gigs: Disclosure at Alexandra Palace; The Stranglers at the Hammersmith Apollo; Temples at Shepherds Bush Empire; and four more.

Clubs: Memory Box at the Horse & Groom, Spitalfields; Audio Sushi at Dogstar, Brixton; A Night With… at Autumn Street Studios, Bow; and 16 more.


Enjoy the spray paint, DJs and drinks as Italian graffiti artist Hunto comes to Boxpark in Shoreditch.
Get set shutterbugs! It’s the London Photograph Fair at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury.

Gigs: Metronomy at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane; John Grant at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm; Ellie Goulding at the 02, Tower Hamlets; and two more.

Other Ideas

See the best theatre: ‘Good People at the Hampstead Theatre; ‘I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole, the Gate Theatre; or ‘Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue.

Head to the week’s best exhibitions: Haim Steinback: Once Again the World is Flat, at the Serpentine Gallery; Ruin Lust at Tate Britain; Hito Steyeri at the ICA, Charing Cross; and 13 more.

Catch one of the weekend’s new film releases: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel; ‘Wake in Fright; or ‘Rome, Open City.

Shop pop-up! Pop-up for Oxfam: Kids Shwop Boutique at M&S, Oxford Street (Fri-Sat); Petit Bateau adult Pop-up, Shoreditch; the Beauty of Japan Pop-Up, The East India Company, Regent Street.

Have a comedy cracker: Tim Key: Single White Slut at the Soho Theatre; Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent at the Leicester Square Theatre; Brett Goldstein: Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature at the Soho Theatre.

Drop by one of Time Out’s recently reviewed eateries: the Aux Pains du Papy bakery, King’s Cross; Scandinavian joint Oslo in Hackney; or Bunnychow in Shoreditch Boxpark.

AND Street Feast is back at Hawker House, Bethnal Green (Fri and Sat).

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