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40 mega ways to spend this week in London

Pic: Lee Nichols

[Leadenhall Market will be taken over by Morris Men for St George’s Day. Pic: Lee Nichols]

Rise out of your Easter sugar slump and beat the malaise with some stupendous mid-week action!


Get down to some Madonna-style yoga at Voga, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.

Ping over to the Rich Mix Pongathon, Brick Lane.

Learn about London’s ones and twos one toilet at a time, on the London Loo Tour, Waterloo.

Gigs: Angie Stone at Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Monocles Man + Tori Freestone Trio at The Forge, Camden; Marlena Shaw at Ronnie Scott’s: and 18 more.


An ode to Django Reinhardt: Enjoy Belgian fare and swing music at Pop Up Hot, Le QuecumBar, Clapham Junction.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Fine by me… Enjoy A Complete Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the Guildhall Library, St Paul’s.

Hamlet the First Scandi-Drama: See comedian Athur Smith compare the Prince of Denmark to DI Sarah Lund from ‘The Killing’, Southwark Cathedral.

Rack your brains at The Invisible Dot Comedy Quiz, King’s Cross.

Morris men, Britpop and pub grub? It’s only St George’s Day at The Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market.

Or hear Catlin Moran, James Rhodes, Matt Berry and others read fascinating correspondence at Letters Live, the Southbank Centre.

Gigs: Marissa Nadler at Café Oto, Dalston; How To Dress Well at 100 Club, Soho; Listener at The Underworld, Camden and 24 more.


London Children’s Ballet: ‘Nanny McPhee‘ opens at the Peacock Theatre, Holborn.

Visit Hunt and Darton, the café-cum-pineapple-art-funhouse at the London Canal Museum, King’s Cross.

Enter the zombie apocalypse in deadly role-play game 2.8 Hours Later.

Injustice, love and betrayal: Burnt Shadows author Kamila Shamsie discusses her new novel ‘A God in Every Stone’ at the Bloomsbury Book Club.

Or join Stoke Newington Users Group (yes that spells ‘Snug’) at a Creative Knitting Drop-in at Hackney Museum.

Gigs: King Khan and The Shrines at Scala, King’s Cross; Ólöf Arnalds at Ace Hotel, Shoreditch; Jacques Greene + Koreless at the St John-at-Hackney Church and 28 more.

Other ideas

Check out top class comedy: Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic at the Duchess Theatre, Covent Garden; Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model at the Soho Theatre or Time Out Introduces at Udderbelly, Waterloo.

See amazing photography: Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry at the Michael Hoppen Gallery; Capa: Europe 1943-1945 at Daniel Blau, Hoxton; Richard Mosse: The Enclave or one of these.

Stop by a super art exhibition: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern; The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly (starts Thurs), or Pick Me Up at Somerset House, the Strand (starts Thurs).

Watch some awesome theatre: ‘Grounded‘ at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill; ‘Handbagged‘ at the Vaudeville Theatre, the Strand; ‘Let The Right One In‘ at the Apollo Shaftesbury or seven more.

Feel the music at one of London’s best tango classes, or one of London’s best ballroom lessons.

Dream of Summer at one of London’s best fish and chip joints, a top café, or by enjoying some of the city’s best ice-cream.

And find more smoking events happening this week on the Time Out Hot List.

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