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62 stupendous ways to spend your weekend in London

Posted at 1:30 pm, March 14, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife
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[Reflections in Charing Cross station. Pic: John Morrill]

Perhaps you’ve got something in store for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, but if you don’t, there’s always one of these delightful activities…

All weekend

Extreme cinema at the Banff Mountain Film Festival (Fri and Sat).

Three days of live bands, DJs and more at Repeater, Shacklewell Arms

Women’s History Month is still going strong, so check out these awesome exhibitions.

Know your cross stitch from your herringbone? Head to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia.

Have a cosplay dream day at the London Super Comic Convention, the ExCel Centre.

And, its the last chance for kids to pen up for The Big Write.

Or head to three exhibitions opening this weekend: Chalkie Davies: Goes Click at Snap Gallery, Piccadilly; Welcome to Iraq at the South London Gallery; Renaissance Impressions at the Royal Academy of Arts.


Hear a tasty talk at Feed Your Mind, Kings College University.

Knock a couple back at the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival, the Camden Centre.

Go green! It’s the St Patrick’s Shindig on the Thames, HMS President, Victoria Embankment.

And then make a green hat at a posh hat designing competition with a Royal milliner: St Pat’s Hats, Ku Bar & Club, Soho

Or see spooky new theatre: Grimm Tales at Shoreditch Town Hall

Gigs: Your Demise at The Underworld, Camden; James Hunter at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho; Simo Lagnawl at Green Note, Camden; and 11 more.

Clubs: Submit at Jamm, Brixton; Electric Elephant London Launch at Dance Tunnel, Dalston; Regression Sessions at Islington Metal Works; and 18 more.


Geek out at Doctor Who signing The Monster Collection, Forbidden Planet, Covent Garden.

Coffee, cake and the Creativity Salon at the Fields Beneath, Kentish Town.

Put your party hat on: It’s the Institute of Making’s First Birthday!

Take cover as the Anti Tank Gun gets fired at the Royal Artillery Museum.

Bounce like Beyoncé at a Seen on Screen: Drunk in Love dance session at the Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road.

The mechanically minded should jump on the Tower Bridge Engineering Tour.

Get into formation and get ready to spin your partner! It’s the Greenwich Dance St Patrick’s Day Céili.

Rustle up your own slosh at an Urban Wine Making Class.

Find your inner archaeologist at Fossil Forage at the Grant Museum of Zoology, Goodge Street.

Gigs: Franz Ferdinand at the Roundhouse, Camden; Repeater at the Shacklewell Arms, Dalston; A Wilhelm Scream at Borderline, Soho; and two more.

Clubs: Stumblin’ Sims at The Blues Kitchen, Camden; How Does It Feel To Be Loved? at The Phoenix, West End; XOYO Loves at The Coronet, Elephant & Castle; and 16 more.


Indulge in all things Irish at the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, Trafalgar Square.

Designer homeware that will make you drool: Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College.

Enjoy a traditional Hindu Holi at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, or the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna temple, Watford.

Get fit and fundraise at the Starfish Greathearts Breakfast Run, Clapham Common.

Have farmyard of fun at a Family Barn Dance, Cecil Sharp House, Camden.

Enlighten the kids (and your mind) at the Family Day at Keats House: Beautiful Books.

Appreciate the piano and performance at Sheaffer Sunday Matinees: Composers in Love, St John Smith’s Square, Westminster.

Wake up and smell the Sunday Assembly, Holborn.

Gigs: Rebecca Ferguson at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire; OneRepublic at Roundhouse, Camden; Mike & The Mechanics at the Hammersmith Apollo; and one more.

Other ideas

Catch this month’s best theatre: ‘Major Tom at the Battersea Arts Centre; ‘I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill; ‘Riverrun at The Shed, the National Theatre; and seven more.

Check out the week’s best new art: the RCA Secret exhibition, Royal College of Arts, Battersea; Marvin Gaye Chetwynd at Sadie Coles, Mayfair; Domestic Unrest at Pippy Houldsworth, Soho; and 17 more.

Best new film releases: ‘Under The Skin, ‘The Zero Theorem, or ‘The Stag.

Roll on down to a great new exhibition: Whisper of the Stars: Traditional Life in Arctic Siberia at the Horniman Museum, Lewisham; or Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Holborn.

Try out a Time Out recommended restaurant: Jackson & Rye, Soho; The Gate, Angel; or Andina, Shoreditch.

Comedy: Catch funnyman Simon Munnery doing Fylm at the Leicester Square Theatre, or Jack Whitehall Gets Around at the Wembley Arena.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

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For ‘We Will Rock You’ enthusiasts: Eight other uses for the Freddie Mercury Statue.

And, for all the skinflints out there: How to live the life of the upper class without all the cash.

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