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43 wonderful things to do in London this week

[ Photo: Andrejs Fjodorovs ]

[ Photo: Andrejs Fjodorovs ]

This week you can skate in the depths of Waterloo’s tunnels, grab some top-notch Italian nosh in Peckham, or don your robes and watch a Harry Potter film at Warner Bros Studio. Magical!

Fun things to do

Levi’s Commuter Workspace, Shoreditch, all week, free. Celebrate cycling to work by getting your bike pimped, fuelling on juice, testing out new bikes and much more.

House of Vans, Waterloo, Wed- Sun, free. The tunnels have been transformed into a hip hub of skating, art and music.

Break’s Yard Launch Party, Sutton House, Tuesday, free. Celebrate the curious structures and interesting installations in the Sutton House courtyard at this opening party.

Lost Lectures, London Wonderground, Weds, £26. An unusual and magical evening of educational entertainment.

Streak for Tigers, London Zoo, Thursday, £20 registration. Strip off and streak to raise money on this nude charity run.

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

Out of the Ordinary, Christie’s South Kensington, all week, free. Christie’s upcoming sale on Sept 3 will see them flog more than 180 lots that don’t fit into any of their regular categories. Estimates range from £500 to £120,000, and lots will be available for the public to view in this exhibition preceding the auction.

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

Active August – Free Sports, Olympic Park, all week, free. For a full 20 days, the park will play host to a myriad of sports. Keep-fit activities include, ‘turn up and tone up’ sessions, as well as dry rowing and Nordic walking.


Eating and drinking

Culpeper, Whitechapel, Tue-Sun. A new gastropub in the heart of London’s East End, providing an easy mix of drinking and dining.

Prince, Stoke Newington, all week. With a fresh new feel, this gastropub is serving up Jersey oysters, courgette and butter-bean cassoulet and lamb’s liver to Stokey locals.

Artusi, Peckham, Tue-Sun. Exceptional ingredients and simple but perfectly executed Italian cooking.

London Craft Beer Festival, Thursday, Oval Space, £35. Back for a second year, the international line-up of breweries includes Beavertown, Magic Rock, Sierra Nevada, Evil Twin and BrewDog.

…or check out this week’s critics’ choices.

Simon Evans- Leashed


Simon Evans – Leashed, Soho Theatre, Tue- Sat, £15- £17.50. Slick, super-sharp wit from this ‘Live at the Apollo’ star.

Always Be Comedy, The Tommyfield, Thursday, £6. Thursday’s line-up includes panel show regular Katherine Ryan, ‘The Xtra Factor’ host Matt Richardson, Irish charmer Jarlath Regan and resident MC James Gill.

Richard Sandling’s Perfect Movie Podcast, Betsey Trotwood, Wednesday, £5. An excellent film-based comedy night that has been a much-loved staple of the comedy scene for a good few years.

Camden Fringe: Brett Goldstein, Etcetera Theatre, Mon-Thur, £8, £7 concs. Superb storytelling stand-up Brett Goldstein – who often skilfully tackles heavy topics – workshops his new solo show.

…or see the best comedy shows happening this week.

Sinéad O'Connor

Live Music

Sinéad O’Connor, Roundhouse, Tuesday, £32.50. The ultra-courageous queen of the emotional/political pop crossover hits the road once again to perform songs from her latest album.

Parakeet, Madame Jojo’s, Tuesday, £6. Fuzzy punk-pop with a heavy Primitives slant from the Yuck/The History Of Apple Pie superduo.

Slint, Electric Brixton, Wednesday, £25. This menacing, off-kilter post-hardcore band have been giving teens the wiggins since the late ’80s.

Childhood, Oslo, Wednesday, £7.50. Big melodies, searing guitar lines and psychedelic breakdowns.

Stornoway, Roundhouse, Wednesday, £17-£19. Playful and bittersweet indie folk from this Oxford quintet.

…or check all the live music events in London this week.

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Club nights

Your Mum’s House, The Nest, Thursday, £7, £5 before midnight. A soundtrack of bassy house, hip hop, old school bangers, trap, R&B, UK garage and pretty much anything with a bassline.

Sessions, Corsica Studios, Thursday, £6-£10. What started out as a Thursday night showcase for up-and-coming producers has naturally evolved into a weekend bass session for some of the finest underground warriors around.

FWD>>, Dance Tunnel, Thursday, £7, £6 adv. Rinse FM’s seminal London club night hosting some of the prime names in dubstep, garage, grime,and bass.

…or take a look at all 31 parties planned this week.

Harry Potter © Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc


Harry Potter Summer Screenings, Warner Bros Studio, Mon-Tues, £37.50-£45. Warner Bros Studio Tours are preparing for a magical summer by screening all eight Potter films. Tickets, which must be booked in advance, include access to the studio tour, a butterbeer, popcorn, a hot snack and a soft drink.

Trinity Hospice’s Summer Cinema Series, High Street Kensington, Thurs-Sunday, £15. Watch three classic films (‘Some Like It Hot’, ‘Blues Brothers’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’) in this award-winning garden.

Everyman: The Power of Summer, Battersea, Tue- Thur, £10-£25. The best venue to catch a film this summer. This week, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ are on the bill.

Or at the cinema…

Begin Again ★★★★☆ With heaps of charm, the film is about finding your people, about being a bit lost in your twenties and not knowing who you are or what you want to be.

God’s Pocket ★★★☆☆ A beautifully cast movie with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Mickey, whom the actor makes magnetic.

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

Wakolda ★★★☆☆ A fictional tale of the postwar life of brutal Nazi surgeon Josef Mengele (Àlex Brendemühl).

… or see all of the latest releases here.

Dessa Rose

At the theatre

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

A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse, Mon- Sat, £18, £16 concs. The story of strong, careful Agnes and her circle of friends cushioned and weakened by opium, opulence and Weimar liberality.

Edges, Tabard Theatre, Tue-Sun, £16,£14 concs. Funny, sweet, angsty and occasionally overwrought – this brisk coming-of-age song cycle has the same traits as the typical 20-somethings it takes as its subject.

A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £10-£35. Genius director Benedict Andrews sends Gillian Anderson into a spin, as the entire set of this in-the-round show rotates constantly.

…or see the theatre critics’ choices here.


This week’s best art

Ophelia, Tate Britain, all week, free. After a two year absence, ‘Ophelia’ and her Pre-Raphaelite pals are back where they belong following a tour that’s taken them to Italy, the US, Russia and Japan.

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, Saturday, 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.

Reflections Of War, Flowers, from Tue-Sat, free. An exhibition exploring conflict across the globe.

Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction, Science Museum, all week, £8, £5 concs. Questioning religion, biology, even the role of the museum itself, this modest retrospective at the Science Museum’s Media Space presents six brilliant bodies of the artist’s work, which span over three decades.

Accent Magazine Issue #6, KK Outlet, Mon-Sat, free. To coincide with the launch of Issue Six, Accent will be exhibiting a show of featured photographic work by international contributors including Andrew Waits, Noelle McCleaf and Emily Stein.

Ryan Gander: The artists have the keys, 2 Willow Road, Wed-Sun, £6. Placed discreetly throughout the house are a variety of Gander’s works, ranging from bronze sculptures, paintings and a video to an eye test chart, moneybox and lamps, all of which mimic the house’s design features and exemplify the ethos of Goldfinger’s practice.

…or check out this week’s art reviews.

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