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66 hellaciously hot happenings in London this weekend

Posted at 1:00 pm, July 11, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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Want to watch the World Cup Final in Battersea Power Station? Play some free croquet? Bounce around to Kate Bush? Or simply contemplate the nature of adolescence?

It’s all happening in London this weekend, my friend. Get a load of this…

General fun stuff

Hackney Village Fete, Hackney, Sat, free! Delivers both family-friendly (coconut shy! Tug o’ war!) and grown-up (craft beer and cocktails) fun.

Pexmas, Peckham, Sat-Sun, free! A food festival in Peckham with added fun ‘n’ games.

Horniman’s Curious Tea Party, Forest Hill, Sat-Sun, free! In which live dance, music and circus come to the kookiest collection in town.

Ram Place Fashion Market, Hackney, Sat-Sun, free! The place to go for fashion events, workshops, and shopping opportunities galore.

Streatham Festival, Streatham, all weekend, free! A four-day arts festival with poetry-reciting rickshaws, a giant inflatable dress, a boulevard of local crafts and produce and more.

Tedfest, Camden, Sat, £30. A whole day’s celebration of ‘Father Ted’.

Independent Label Market and London Brewers’ Market, Spitalfields, Sat, free! Selling records from indie labels and beers from indie brewers. (Here’s a drinking game to play if you go!)

Urban Art Fair, Brixton, Sat-Sun, free! With work from over 2,000 artists on sale.

The Chap Olympiad, Bedford Square, Sat, £20. An eccentric day of sports for toffs (and you’ll needs to dress the part!).

King’s Cross Yard Sale, King’s Cross, Sat, free! Americana including mid-century vintage fashion, knick-knacks, art and live lindy hop music.

Croquet East, Victoria Park, Sat, free! Bash some balls around with a mallet.

Ravenswood Social Club: Cubano Festival, Walthamstow, Sat, free! Live music, beer and gin at the site of neon wonderland God’s Own Junkyard.

The End of the Clipper Round the World Race, St Katherine’s Docks, Sat, £15. Shout ‘ahoy sailor!’ as 12 yachts and their crews complete their 40,000 mile journey.

Summer Streets on Regent Street, Oxford Circus, Sun, free! The whole road gets pedestrianised, with live music, street food and more.

Soho Village Fete, Sun, free! Live music and entertainment, plus the famous Waiters’ Race (3pm) sees gents race around the streets while trying not to spill champagne.

Eating and drinking

Eating and Drinking

Dine With Kyi, Hackney, Sat, £28. A picnic with Burmese cuisine.

BeershamOld Street Roundabout, Fri-Sat, £5 (includes drink). A beer, cider and champagne festival, that we suspect is just ‘the bar being open’.

Backdoor Kitchen, Brixton, Fri-Sat, £25. An Italian supper club for food and (mio Dio!) chatting to strangers.

Hackney Hardware, Hackney Road, all weekend. A new food and drink pop-up on Hackney Road.

The Department of Good Cheer, Southbank Centre, all weekend, fancy pants cocktails in the basement.


Balham Comedy Festival

Balham Comedy FestivalBalhamall weekend, prices vary. Features a whole host of stand-up comics (runs until July 19!).

Ealing Comedy Festival, Ealing, all weekend, prices vary. A comedy festival in Ealing, funnily enough.

Kyle Kinane, Soho Theatre, all weekend, £10-£17. A masterful storytelling stand-up heavily praised by our good friends at Time Out Chicago.

Udderbelly Festival Closing Gala, South Bank, Fri, £12.50. Wraps up three months of comedy, cabaret and music with a great final show.

Rob Deering, City of London Festival, Fri, £15. A new solo show from the cheeky musical comic.

Doc Brown, City of London Festival, Sat, £15. New material from the rapper-turned-comic.

…or see all 66 comedy shows in London this weekend.

Live music

Theo Parrish

DJ Yoda/Trans-Siberian March Band, Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Fri, £16.50. Balkan brass meets cut-‘n’-paste hip hop.

Caitlin Rose, Union Chapel, Fri, £16. Stark country-pop tunes with a crystal clear voice.

Daddy Cool Project: ‘Our Big Gig’, Hoxton Square, Sat, free! An afternoon of live hip hop, R&B and jazz.

Theo Parrish, Barbican Hall, Sat, £15.50. Soulful and funky tracks from the house and techno don.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Hyde Park, Sat, £66+. Grungy country-rock from the legendary rocker.

Eminem, Wembley Stadium, Sat, £75+. The Detroit rap legend supported by heirs to the Slim Shady-era throne OFWGKTA.

The Cat Empire, Somerset House, Sun, £28.50. A party-starting fusion of jazz, ska, hip hop and rock.

Ghostface Killah, Scala, Sun, £17.50. Because no-one could get iller.

Teeth of the Sea, Corsica Studios, Sat-Sun, £8. Psychedelic drone-rock, electronic ambience and violent, EBM-influenced synth-pop.

…or see all 63 gigs happening this weekend.

Club nights

Hot Dub time machine

We Love Kate Bush, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Fri. Celebrate KB’s billowing mane and theatrical moves.

Hot Dub Time Machine, London Wonderground, South Bank, Fri-Sat, £12.50. One song from every year from 1954 to 2014.

Scared to Dance, Moustache Bar, Stoke Newington, Sat, £6. Indie-pop, post-punk and new wave.

Sankeys London, Studio 338, Greenwich, Sat, £12-£25. World-class house and techno DJs presented by the Manchester nightclub.

Numbers x Dance Mania, XOYO, Old Street, Sat, £6/£13.50. Legends from the fierce Chicago ghetto house label head to town.

Jonas Rathsman: All Day and All of the Night, Dalston Roof Park (3pm Sat) and The Nest, Dalston (9pm Sat), £7/£12.50. Disco-house drops and dancefloor firecrackers from the Swedish DJ at this two-part party.

Regulate Summer Session, iCan Studios, Hackney Wick, Sat, £20. A daytime dance party at a killer outdoor space.

…or see all 78 parties happening this weekend.



Pop Up Screens, Morden Hall Park, all weekend, £10. See ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Legally Blonde’, or ‘The Breakfast Club’ at this outdoor cinema.

The Power of SummerBattersea Power Station, all weekend, prices vary. Simply explore inside or view classic films – or the World Cup Final – at the cinema.

Car Wash, Stow Film Lounge, Walthamstow, Fri, £8. A screening of the sprightly ’70s comedy about car wash workers bookended by funky soul music from The Live 45s and DJ Steve Cee.

Classic Horror Marathon vs the Arnie All-Nighter, Prince Charles Cinema, Sat, £20. Six classic horror films screened back-to-back on one screen… and in the other, an all-night celebration of Schwarzenegger’s action movie antics.

Or in a cinema near you…

Boyhood ★★★★★ A near-perfect film about growing up, shot over 12 years
Begin Again ★★★★☆ An infectiously sweet and sincere love story with Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo
Chef  ★★★★☆ Jon Favreau follows his culinary food-truck dream with inspiring results
Transformers: Age Of Extinction ★★★☆☆ is more or less what you’d expect from a Transformers movie
Mr Morgan’s Last Love  ★★☆☆☆ Dull, sentimental Michael Caine drama

…or see our reviews of other films in cinemas right now.

At the theatre

The Crucible

The Crucible, Old Vic ★★★★★ A titanic, ritualistic production of Arthur Miller’s tragedy about the Salem Witch Trials
Forbidden Broadway, Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★ A sublime musical takedown of the entire West End
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★☆ The mob rules at this riot of a show
Great Britain, National Theatre ★★★☆☆ Satirical take on the phone-hacking scandal with storming turn from Billie Piper
The Elephantom, New London Theatre ★★★★☆  Hysterically naughty family show about an outrageous ghost elephant

…or see all 29 critics’ choice theatre shows.

The best new art

Digital Revolutions - Barbican

Digital Revolutions, Barbican Centre, all weekend, £12.50. Digital art, futuristic technology and retro games.

Radical Geometry, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, all weekend, £10-£14. Modernist art from South America.

Fiona Banner: Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead, Peer, Hoxton, Fri -Sat, free! A war photographer’s perspective on the City of London.

Bridget Riley, David Zwirner, Green Park, Fri-Sat, free! Nausea-inducing abstract stripes.

Bob Mazzer: Underground, Howard Griffin Gallery, Shoreditch, all weekend, free! Photography of scenes on the tube from the past 30 years.

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, Photographers Gallery, Soho, all weekend, free! Shots of Soho’s legendary bohos and boozers.

And finally…

Win… a year’s London travelcard, a once in a lifetime trip to Brazil, a night’s stay in A Room For London, or one of these great prizes.

Grab… tickets to the incredible ‘1984★★★★★ at the Playhouse Theatre for just £19.84.

Book… tickets to these upcoming gigs while you still can.

See… 33 shadowy photos of London at night from Edo Zollo.