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37 quality things you could do in London this week

Posted at 8:00 am, July 14, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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Alright, shake it out sleepy-face. Let’s ease ourselves into Monday morning by having a little a daydream about all the fun that lies ahead. Fun like this…

Some choice events…

A photo of CRATE Brewery, the bar in Hackney Wick

Balham Comedy Festival, all week, £16. With performances from Phil Jupitus, Richard Herring, Kerry Godliman, Tim Vine, and Paul Daniels(!) among others.

Get a free three course dinner at Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly, Mon. As long as you dress up in a breton shirt and beret (because it’s Bastille Day!).

Katherine Ryan, final performance of the City of London Festival, Mon, £15. Biting Canadian comedy.

Yoga on the Roof, Netil House, Hackney, Mon, £12. You guessed it: do some yoga on a roof.

Drive-In Film Club, Brent Cross, Wed-Sat, £22 per car. See films, in your car.

Future Shorts Travelling Film Festival, CRATE Brewery, Hackney Wick, Tue £5. Short films from around the world.

Ealing Comedy FestivalWed-Thu, £19. With stand-up from Rich Hall, Trevor Noah, Milton Jones, Seann Walsh, and more.

La Boheme Screenings, Trafalgar Square and five more locations, free! The Royal Opera House performance live-streamed onto big screens.

Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton, Mon-Wed, £13. Catch ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ or ‘Withnail & I’ alfresco.

Films in cinemas

Still from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' film, 2014

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.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★☆ A chimp on horseback firing an Uzi and other delights.
  ★★★★☆ Jon Favreau follows his culinary food-truck dream with inspiring results.
Transformers: Age Of Extinction ★★★☆☆ More or less what you’d expect from a Transformers movie.


Radical Geometry

Digital Revolutions, Barbican Centre, £12.50. Digital art, futuristic technology and retro games.
Radical Geometry, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, £10-£14. Modernist art from South America.
Fiona Banner: Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead, Peer, Hoxton, free! A war photographer’s perspective on the City of London.
Bridget Riley, David Zwirner, Green Park, free! Nausea-inducing abstract stripes.


Richard III Martin Freeman

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.
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★☆ Martin Freeman plays Shakespeare’s greatest villain
Julius CaesarShakespeare’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.


Somerset House Summer Series

Somerset House Summer Series: Kelis, Mon; Bastille, Tue; Franz Ferdinand, Wed; Chvrches, Thu. £28.50. Outdoor gigs from quality acts.

Theo Parrish, The Forum, Mon, £15.50. A rare live set with a full band from the Detroit producer.

Slow Club, Rough Trade East then 100 Club, Mon, £10. Sweet indie folk from the boy/girl duo.

The Afghan Whigs, Electric Ballroom, Tue, £23.50. The sweaty Cincinnati alt-rock combo put themselves through their paces.

Chance the Rapper, The Forum, Tue, £17.50. Slick, hooky, soulful hip hop from the young Chicago MC.

M Ward, Islington Assembly Hall, Tue, £18.50. Scratchily atmospheric and sparsely arranged folk-pop.

Deap Valley, Madame Jojo’s, Tue, £10. Clattering, back-to-basics blues rock.

Honeyblood, Rough Trade East then Old Blue Last, Wed, free! Fuzzy, ferocious grunge-pop from the Glaswegian girl-duo.

Los Campesinos, Tooting Tram & Social, Thu, £15. Chest-thumping, air-punching, shout-along indie rock.

Sebastien Tellier, Rough Trade East, Thu, free! The eccentric French synth-popper promotes his latest LP.

…or see all 65 gigs happening this week.

More more more!

★ The Time Out Hot List: ten unmissable events in London this week
★ The ten coolest film events and screenings this week
★ The week’s best new art
★ The best theatre shows and our latest reviews
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★ The week’s best comedy shows
★ The best films in cinemas right now