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55 fun-fuelled things happening this weekend

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Congratulations! You’ve completed another hard week of work which means you fully deserve a wicked weekend, and boy have you got a lot of options.  Sip on cocktails at a beach in Camden, gorge on Caribbean cuisine in Brixton, catch the last few laughs at The Phoenix Fringe or get glittered up for Sink The Pink at XOYO. Our advice: go wild, and to hell with Monday morning…

Fun things to do

ArcelorMittal Orbit Lates, Stratford, TONIGHT, £20. Spend your Friday night among the red twists of London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit, as it opens for a trio of adult-only evening sessions. Visitors will be treated to live music, DJs and silent discos, with a licensed bar and food available all evening. Book in advance.

Ride London, various locations, Sat-Sun, free. A weekend-long feast of cycling sport and leisure that sees an eight mile loop of roads around central London closed to regular traffic so that bike-enthusiasts can get a clear run at it.

Africa Fashion Week London 2014, Olympia, Fri-Sat, £10-£70. Following a bombastic launch in 2012, AFWL is back for a third round of fashion hailing from Africa.

Camden Beach, Roundhouse, all weekend, free. The beach is back, with 900 square metres of shoreline consisting of 150 tonnes of sand. The free Camden Beach comes complete with deck chairs, beach huts and, as if you need telling, a fully stocked bar.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, Buckingham Palace, all weekend, £19.75, £18 concs. Take a tour of the State Rooms while the Royal family are on their summer hols.

British Craft Beer Challenge, London Fields Brewery, Sat, £4. This beer tasting marathon asks guests to work their way through beers from UK representatives such as Brewdog and Magic Rock, and work out how they compare to India, Australia, New Zealand and Canada’s wares.

Bark Shorts, The Russet, Sat, free. Furry friends are welcome to watch these lovely short films.

Behind the Screen at Somerset House, all weekend, prices vary. This series of talks, workshops and family events to accompany the Film4 Summer Screen line-up explores the art and craft of cinema.

The Paperworks, Elephant and Castle, all weekend, free. Several London institutions have collaborated on an enticing free-entry pop-up space, providing music, art, street food and cocktails.

Take home a piece of a Punchdrunk set31 London St, Fri-Sun, £2 entry. The company’s epic production,’The Drowned Man’ has ended and now thousands of props, gowns, production shots, light bulbs, dimmers and set items are on sale with prices ranging from 20p to £500. 

Souvenir, St John’s Square, Sat- Sun, free. ‘Souvenir’ is a stylish pop-up selling quality London souvenirs that you’d genuinely love to have in your living room.

Ladybird Florist pop-up, Old Street Station, Sat-Sun, free. London florist Ladybird offers last minute flower buyers the chance to purchase some individual innovative floral creations at its first pop-up flower shop.

Stepney Green Fair 2014, Stepney Green Park, Sun, free. Head to the park for fruit-carving demos, pottery workshops, dance performances, live music and Bengali, Indian and Lebanese street food.

Moomin and Midsummer Madness, ICA, Sat- Sun, £4-£11. Digitally re-mastered HD material from the original, animated television series has been lovingly turned into this film set during a long, hot summer in Moomin Valley.

…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.

Lima Floral

Eating and Drinking

Lima Floral, Covent Garden, all weekend. Perfect for diners looking for a new kick. Lima Floral dishes up Peruvian food with interesting textures and depth of flavour.

The Last Days of Pisco, Haggerston, Fri-Sat. Ceviche and pisco cocktails served up at Curio Cabal.

Tasty Africa Tasty Caribbean Festival, Brixton, Sat, free. A showcase of cuisine from these two regions. Expect dishes from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Congo, Uganda, and many more.

L’Atypique Sail Boat, East London, Sat. L’Atypique, a wine company specialising in natural, biodynamic wines, take their #proseccoboat to the canals of east London this Saturday. Find them between Hackney Wick and Broadway Market.

Churn2, Somerset House, all weekened. Churn2 will be freezing ice cream on demand in a shipping container turned laboratory using liquid nitrogen. Choose from strawberry cheesecake, lemon and basil, and chocolate coconut flavours.

Snog, Southbank, all weekend. As part of the Festival of Love, SNOG FroYo is being served up in a superbly restored and customised 1967 Routemaster bus.

…or see the latest restaurant reviews.

Frankie Boyle- Phoenix Fringe


The Phoenix Fringe, Oxford Circus, Fri-Sat, £10, £8 adv,£20 day ticket. Catch the final few days of London’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe.

99 Club, Leicester Square, Fri-Sat, £12, £10 adv. The irresistibly charming Joe Lycett plays here on Friday and Saturday.

Bill Bailey Unplugged, Leicester Square Theatre, Fri-Sat, £13. A rare chance to catch the master of philosophical meanderings and musical deconstructions up close and ‘unplugged’ as he tests new material.

Banana Cabaret, The Bedford, Fri-Sat, £16, £13 concs. There are always strong line-ups at this long running club, which is soon approaching its 30th year. See hard-hitting American Dave Fulton, John Fothergill and Simon Clayton this weekend.

Downstairs at the King’s Head,  Finsbury Park, Sun, £7, £5 concs. Weekly comedy and variety night at this legendary club.

…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.


Live music

Flamingods, The Lexington, TONIGHT, £5 adv. Wide-eyed five-piece from Cardiff, providing a psychedelic haze of Middle Eastern riffing and spine-tingling songwriting.

Mdnght, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, TONIGHT, £5. Four posy Manc lads perform dreamy, funky house-pop with falsetto vocals and obvious chart ambition.

Oscar, The Lock Tavern, Sun, free. The young Londoner brings his winsome, lo-fi guitar pop out of the bedroom and on to the stage.

Penguin Café, Roundhouse, Sun, £25-£30. Arthur Jeffes, the son of original Penguin Cafe Orchestra leader Simon Jeffes, performs his own take on the Orchestra’s genre-straddling, neo-classical, not quite avant-garde chamber pop.

…or see all 31 music events happening this weekend.

Defected in the house

Club Nights

Defected in the House, Ministry of Sound, Sat, £22- £25. House royalty duo Masters at Work headline a showcase from UK label Defected.

Attack, Disco, TONIGHT, £8. Severino, from furiously funky DJ collective Horse Meat Disco, leads this new monthly club night at retro Soho bar Disco.

Sink The Pink and XOYO Present Gloria’s, XOYO, Sat, £13.50- £20. A night fuelled by energy, eccentricity and the ethos of Sink The Pink, soundtracked by various razor-sharp DJs – chosen by team XOYO.

Summer Sundays, Brixton Jamm, Sun, £5-£10. A new series of summery sessions taking place in the venue’s newly renovated outside area. There’ll be top-name DJs covering everything from hip hop to techno, plus art on display and tasty street food.

…or check out all 70 parties happening this weekend.



Teenage Kicks, BFI, Sun, £8.15 -£11.50. More international coming-of-age stories.

Written on the Wind, Barbican Centre, Sat, £9.50. Part of a month-long season of early colour films that pushed the boundaries of the cinematic palette.

Or at the cinema…

Welcome to New York ★★★★☆ A strange, lively and provocative spin on the Dominique Strauss-Khan scandal.

Guardians of the Galaxy ★★★★☆ Marvel’s latest is a giddy sci-fi adventure crammed with wit, charm and hectic intergalactic action.

Boyhood ★★★★★ Twelve years in the making, this family saga deserves all the praise it’s been getting from critics and audiences.

Lilting ★★★☆☆ Ben Whishaw shows his tender side in this heartfelt drama.

…or take a look at the latest film reviews.

A streetcar named desire

At the theatre

A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £10-£35. Genius director Benedict Andrews sends Gillian Anderson into a spin.

Holes, Arcola Tent, Fri-Sat, £20, £17.50 concs. A frequently hysterical new comedy about a group of plane crash survivors.

Solo for Two, London Coliseum, Fri-Sat, £15-£79. Ballet’s hottest dancing duo Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova are sure to be fiery in this promising dance programme. 

The Pajama Game, Shaftesbury Theatre, Fri-Sat, £20-£65. A feel-good musical with a five-star run.

Dessa Rose, Trafalgar Studios, Fri-Sat, £15-£30. A brutal musical with some red-raw scenes.

…or check out the critics’ choice theatre reviews.

 The Art and Science of Exploration 1768-1780

The best new art

The Art and Science of Exploration 1768-1780, Queen’s House, all weekend, free. To celebrate the refurbished rooms at the Queen’s House, newly acquired paintings by George Stubbs of a dingo and kangaroo will be displayed along with other works produced during Captain Cook’s three South Pacific expeditions.

London Life, LA Noble Gallery, Sat, free. Inspired by the glamour and decadence prevalent during the austere Art Deco period, this competition exhibition embraces how beauty emerges even in times of economic crisis.

View From Here: The British Council Film Collection, British Council, all weekend, free. A collection of 1940s propaganda films about UK life, exhibited alongside original material including three new film commissions by John Akomfrah, Mark Cousins and Penny Woolcock.

Richard Bernstein: Interview Magazine Cover Art, The Mayor Gallery, Sat, free. The Fashion Illustration Gallery presents this exhibition of vibrant portraits of starlets that graced the covers of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine.

Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction, Science Museum, all weekend, £8, £5 concs. Immerse yourself in the world of manipulated reality.

Shelagh Wakely, Camden Arts Centre, all weekend, free. Tantalisingly tactile art by a late London great.

Window Space, 59-63 Whitechapel High St, all weekend, free. Launched last night as part of Whitechapel’s First Thursdays, this temporary gallery space presents site-specific installations each month, kicking off with artist, John Henry Newton.

Studio Voltaire Open House, Sat, free. Artists from 30 onsite studios will open their workspaces to the public and local independent traders will set up pop-up stalls.

…or see the all the London art reviews.

And finally 

Win… a luxury art break for two, tickets to see Bombay Bicycle Club, or one of these fantastic prizes.

Grab… a ticket to Rooftop Film Club at Roof Society for just £13.

Book…these gigs while you still can.

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