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53 splendiferous events happening this weekend in London

roundup pic ©Sam Adutwum
© Sam Adutwum

Hungry for some pizza speed-tasting? Up for some jokes at a comedy festival? Fancy some kinky dress-up? Whatever you want to do with your weekend, London has got it covered. Check out these exceptionally great things to do this weekend.

Cool things to do

London Transport Museum Lates: Carnival City, London Transport Museum, Friday, £10 or £8 concession. Carnival-themed summer party.

Guinness World Record Attempt: The Most People Dressed as Sherlock Holmes, UCL, Gower St, Saturday, 10.30am, £5 (with your own props), £15 (with props provided. Grab your deerstalker hat, a cloak, a pipe and a magnifying glass to raise money for the the restoration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s study.

Lambeth Country Show, Saturday and Sunday, Brockwell Park, free entry. The 40th year of this South London rural extravaganza.

Surfdome, Old Street station, all weekend, free entry. Surf films, tie-dye workshops, stand-up paddleboard advice, and live streaming of surf competitions.

Westminster Record Fair, Central Hall Westminster, Saturday £3 entry, £6 early entry. Huge music sale.

Mapper’s delight, The Corner Shop, Craft Central, all weekend, free entry. Pop-up selling hand-drawn maps of London.

North London Vintage Market, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Regents Park, SAturday, 10am-4.30pm. A small market with a stellar stall line-up focusing mainly on homewares.

Bludgers and Broomsticks at Warner Bros Studio Tour, Warner Bros Studio, Watford, all weekend. £31 adult, £23.50 kids. Quidditch-themed attractions and activities.

…Or find more markets happening this weekend


Eating and drinking


Pizza Speed Tasting, Victoria Park, Friday, £25. Rapidly rate some delicious doughy discs.

Ötzi, The Belfry, St John on Bethnal Green, Friday, £50. A ritualistic four-course banquet with tattooed food.

Riverside Feast, Battersea Power Station, all weekend, £5 entry. Street feast foodie market moves to Battersea.

New openings to try…

Arabica, London Bridge. Four-star Middle Eastern cusine in Borough Market.

No 32 the Old Town, Clapham Common. Good posh pub in a prime location.

City Barge, Chiswick.  A rigorously refurbished riverside pub that’s worth charting a course for.

Eat 17, Clapton. Homerton gets a stylish new bistro.

…or see more new restaurant reviews


Monty Python © Andy Gotts

Laugh Out London – The Lion Fringe Festival, Stoke Newington, Sunday, £2-£3. Edinburgh Fringe previews.

KEW THE MUSIC: Bill Bailey, Kew Gardens, Sunday, £41.50+. Bill does his funny stuff in the gardens.

Monty Python – Live (mostly) One Down, Five to Go, The O2, all weekend, prices vary. Probably your last chance to catch the more-than-influential comedy troupe live.

Balham Comedy Festival, Balham, Friday and Saturday, £12-£16. Features a whole host of stand-up comics (runs until July 19!).

Ealing Comedy Festival, Ealing, Friday, £19. Paul Chowdhry and Phil Nichol headline the final night of laughs.

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

Live music


Lovebox, Victoria Park, Friday and Saturday, £98.50. Only VIP tickets are left for the Saturday, when Kelis, Nas, Crystal Fighters and dozens of others perform.

Conor Oberst, Koko, Camden, Friday, £22.50. Woozy, warm sounds from the Bright Eyes frontman.

Robert Henke: Lumière + Robin Fox: RGB, Barbican Hall, Saturday, prices vary. Electronica and dramatic light shows from the audiovisual artists.

Clockwork Festival, Lock Tavern, Camden, Saturday and Sunday, free. Two days of bands, booze and barbecue.

Girl Effect, Old Truman Brewery, Sunday, £10. All-day mini-festival, which celebrates the power of women around the world to combat global poverty.

Staff Benda Bilili, Union Chapel, Sunday, £20 advance. Congo-based headliners (who live in the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo) bring their blend of Cuban balladry and baggy James Brown-stye Afro-funk to town.

Jack Johnson, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Sunday, £37.50. Hawaiian surfer and singer-songwriter catches a wave to London to perform his light-as-a-feather acoustica.

…or see all 53 gigs happening this weekend.

Club nights

dark circus party

Toddla T Takeover, XOYO, Friday, £13.50, £8 advance. Sheffield spinner and bass-in-face merchant Mr T brings dancehall dons Ward 21 to town.

Lovebox After Dark: Visionquest, Oval Space, Saturday, £10. Continue the Lovebox party over in Bethnal Green with DJ collective supergroup Visionquest. Or head to another Lovebox After Dark party.

Zonk Disco with Daniel Wang, Bussey Building, Friday,£5, £3 advance. See the NYC disco spinner do his thang at this ace Peckham party.

Dark Circus Party, Bloomsbury Ballroom, Saturday, £25 advance. Kinky, dress-up decadence par excellence.

Ternesc, Corsica Studios, Saturday, prices vary. Fearsome new techno night from underground beat meddler Blawan.

Hot Dub Time Machine, London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, Friday and Saturday, prices vary. Travel through time whilst clubbing.

…or see all 98 parties happening this weekend.


drive in film club

Drive in Film Club, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Friday and Saturday, £22. Drive in and tune in to this week’s choice of great films.

There’s also loads of great outdoor cinema at Power of Summer at Battersea Power Station, Luna Cinema in Dulwich Park, Nomad Cinema in Grosvener Square. Find more outdoor film screenings and crazy fun film events happening this week.

Or in a cinema near you…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ★★★★☆ A slick, high-minded story of scientific over-ambition (with a few explosions chucked in for good measure).

Some Like It Hot ★★★★★ It’s got transvestites, two men living happily ever after and one of the most famous last lines of any film (‘Well, nobody’s perfect’).

Norte, The End of History ★★★★★ Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s rich four-hour-plus study of morality.

Finding Vivian Maier ★★★☆☆ An intriguing but slapdash doc about a Chicago nanny who took the children she looked after on trips to the city’s rougher neighbourhoods.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon ★★★★☆ A viciously funny and a touch sentimental documentary.

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

At the theatre

curious incident

Holy Warriors, Shakespeare’s Globe, Saturday and Sunday, prices vary. The tale of holy war and revenge in the struggle for Jerusalem.

Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, all weekend, prices vary. ★★★★☆ Martin Freeman play’s Shakespeare’s ultimate bad guy.

Aliens Love Underpants, Leicester Square Theatre, Saturday and Sunday, £15. Claire Freedman and Ben Cort’s bestselling children’s book takes to the stage.

InTransit Festival, Various venues around Kensington and Chelsea, all weekend, prices vary. The streets are taken over by ten days of experimental theatre eccentricity.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Gielgud Theatre, ★★★★☆ The National Theatre’s wondrous adaption bounces back from December’s ceiling collapse.

Intimate Apparel, Park Theatre, ★★★★☆ Tanya Moodie is exceptional as a seamstress in 1905 America in Lynn Nottage’s powerfully poetic play.

NT Live: Skylight, UK cinemas. The Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy starring smash broadcasts live to cinemas.

The Crucible, Old Vic ★★★★★ A titanic, ritualistic production of Arthur Miller’s tragedy about the Salem Witch Trials.

…or see all critics’ choice theatre shows.

This week’s best art

© the artist, courtesy New Art Projects
© the artist, courtesy New Art Projects

Trujillo Paumier:Men y Men, New Arts Project, Friday and Saturday, free. Joaquin Trujillo and Brian Paumier present two portrait series, ‘Muxes’ and ‘Moros’ which question masculinity in different societies.

Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery, Friday and Saturday, free. An installation that symbolises a dying breed of daily existence; the rate of bicycle manufacture has diminished due to the rise in cars.

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War, Imperial War Museum, Saturday and Sunday, free. The museum reopens with the first major show of WWI art in almost a century.

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London, White Cube Bermondsey, all weekend, free. London’s favourite art duo fill Bermondsey gallery with 123 ‘Scapegoating’ works in their signature style of chopped up, reversed and multiplied images and texts.

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