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52 fantastic things happening in London this weekend

Posted at 1:20 pm, April 11, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

sun dial pic: time traveller

[Sun dial, St Katherines Docks. Pic: Niraj Mitchell]

The sun is shining (almost), the weather is sweet. Now let’s see, how much chocolate you can eat…

All weekend

Just in time for Easter… the Chocolate Festival at the Business Design Centre, Angel, and Cake International, the ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Docks.

Cycling brands peddle their handmade wears at Bespoked, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Ante mortem? Post mortem? Find out at the newly opened Death Salon, at the Barts Pathology Museum.

The Proper Ornaments, Lumerians, Black Mekon, and more at mini music festival, The Prismatic Room: A Bad Vibes Weekender, The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston.

Hot new exhibitions opening: The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014, at the Photographers’ Gallery, Oxford Circus; Moyra Davey at the Camden Arts Centre; and Ella Kruglyanskaya: How to Work Together at Studio Voltaire, Clapham.


Fill your basket: Make and Decorate a Chocolate Easter Egg, at the Waitrose Cookery School, Finchley.

Learn about old timey London’s weird rituals and customs at an Illustrated Talk at the Guildhall Library, St Paul’s.

Have a literary love-in at the London Writers Fair, Foyles, Charing Cross.

Discover green-fingered history at the Geffrye Museum’s Grand Garden Designs, Hoxton.

Gigs: The Manic Street Preachers at Brixton Academy; Ibibio Sound Machine the Forge Arts Venue, Camden; Keith Tippett Octet at Vortex, Dalston and 34 more.

Clubs: Werk at Basing House, Shoreditch; The Shakedown at Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club; OG Lounge, Bitter Sweet, Soho and 70 more.


Food trucks galore at the Urban Food Fest, Shoreditch.

Learn how to toot, strum and ding an instrument for free on National Learn to Play Day across London.

Take the kids to draw their insides at Anatomy Fiction, at the Chisenhale Gallery, Victoria Park, or to find their sea legs at Sailor Tales, HMS Belfast.

Still hungry? Hit the Chocolate Market at Duke of York Square, Chelsea.

Fancy a chuckle? See the cheery Alan Davies at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

Gigs: Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell at The St James Theatre, Victoria; Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames, Ronnie Scotts, Soho and 25 more.

Clubs: The Velvet Lounge, The Old Boys Club, Dalston; PMR Records, Shapes, the Olympic Park; I Love The ‘80s vs I Love The ‘90s, Jazz Café, Camden and 84 more.


Pick up limited edition vinyl art at Secret 7”, downstairs at Mother, Shoreditch.

Support the London Marathon runners (and if you’re running it, head up the Shard, for FREE).

Let the little ones make their own cartoons at an Animation Workshop, BFI Southbank.

Live music and tasty grub at the Munch Street Food Festival, Potters Fields Park.

Find out the sordid secrets behind London’s top hotels at Not Just Tea At The Ritz, Green Park.

Orchestral scores from ‘Skyfall’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Titanic’ at Beautiful Music, Dangerous Rhythm, Battersea Bridge.

Have a mini music fest in north London at the Festibelly launch, Lock Tavern, Camden.

Gigs: Wayne Hernandez at the 606 Club, Chelsea; Katie Melua, Union Chapel, Highbury; Foreigner at the Hammersmith Apollo and 17 more.

Other ideas

Catch the best theatre: ‘Another Country‘ at Trafalgar Studios; ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘ at Savoy Theatre, The Strand; or ‘Privacy‘ at the Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden.

Head to a top photography exhibition: Richard Mosse: The Enclave, at the Vinyl Factory Space, Soho; Sarah Jones at Maureen Paley, Bethnal Green; Esther Teichmann: Fractal Scars Salt Water and Tears at Flowers, Haggerston.

See the latest movies: ‘The Quiet Ones‘; ‘Calvary‘; or ‘The Last Days on Mars‘.

Or, head to a five star-rated food joint: ‘Opera Tavern‘, Aldwych; ‘Hereford Road‘, Westbourne Grove; ‘Franco Manca‘, Brixton or head to one of London’s tip-top new restaurants.

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