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38 wicked things to do in London this week

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Grab some blue cheese and crackers-flavour ice cream, watch a free film in Dalston or head to a carnival warm-up party and get yourself prepped for the bank holiday weekend. Only five days to go!

Fun things to do

Tree Climbing, Alexandra Palace, Tuesday, £15.50. Adults and children over six can scale new heights at hour-long tree climbing workshops in Alexandra Park.

Barts Pathology Museum Public Opening, Barts Pathology Museum, Tuesday, free. One of London’s best-kept secrets – and one of its grisliest museums – opens to the public for the first time outside its compelling events programme.

Serpentine Summer Sunset, Serpentine Gallery, Wednesday, free. A free yoga class in an outdoor art installation.

Bleach Bar, Bleach Hair Salon, Thu-Fri. The hippest hair salon in Dalston is hosting a pop-up bar for the next two months. Cocktails include ‘Slushinos’ and ‘Grotbags’ alongside many other colourful creations.

The Deep Launch, Beach, Thursday, free. Join Puck Collective for the launch of their first publication, showcasing illustration talent from the likes of Babycrow, Sam Baldwin and Holly Mills.

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


Eating and drinking 

Meza, Tooting. Freshly prepared Lebanese meze, with plates including crisp-shelled falafels and lemon-spiked fava beans.

Soho Grind, Soho. A 12-option coffee menu and rustic grub mean Soho Grind is confidently muscling in on the Soho coffee scene.

L’Anima Café, Spitalfields. A southern Italian inspired menu, with a simple yet elegant selection of dishes.

Flat Iron Steakhouse, Soho. Steak, steak and more steak… or maybe a burger if you’re lucky.

The Art of Dining: The Colour Palate, Carousel. Wed-Fri, £50. A pop-up dinner exploring how often we truly focus on colours and to what extent they influence our emotions.

The Snack Happy Parlour, Bateman Street, Thursday, free. Tuck into blue cheese and crackers-flavour ice cream.

…or check out our 100 best restaurants in London.

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Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild, Hackney Attic, Wednesday, £12. Dave Gorman, his laptop and a big screen curate this monthly mixed bill of comedy.

The Good Ship Comedy Club, The Good Ship, Monday, £5, £4 adv. Bill includes brilliant bizarre anti-comic Edward Aczel, Peter White, Tony Cowards, Sarah Iles and MC Matt Green.

Camden Fringe: Tasty Combo Go to Hell, Camden Head, Thursday, £9, £7. Following a hit run at last year’s Camden Fringe, promising sketch quintet Tasty Combo are back with more sharp-witted skits.

…or take a look at all the critics’ choice comedy shows.

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Live music

Kurt Vile, Bush Hall, Monday, £15. Formerly best known for collaborating with Philadelphia noise-rockers The War On Drugs, Vile’s brilliant latest album ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ has made him a major live draw.

Childish Gambino, O2 Brixton Academy, Tuesday, £19.50. US actor, model, screenwriter, stand-up comedian and hip hop artist Donald Glover performs his latest album ‘Because the Internet’.

Late Night with Laura Mvula, Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday, £18-£24, limited tickets for £5 on the day. Mvula returns to the BBC Proms for a second year to showcase her talent and premiere Jules Buckley’s new orchestral remix of her album ‘Sing to the Moon’.

Duke Dumont, Oslo, Wednesday, £12. Catch Dumont at this Hackney venue as he plays his first ever gig for eternal bragging rights.

Goldfrapp, Old Royal Naval College, Thursday, £29.50-£39.50. Goldfrapp perform their only London show this year, as part of the outdoor Greenwich Music Festival concert series.

…or check out all 75 music events this week.

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Club nights

Your Mum’s House, The Nest, Thursday, £7. Not for the faint-hearted, this weekly jaunt is a ‘dress up ‘n’ get messed up’ night of mayhem and mischief, with a soundtrack of bassy house, hip hop, old school bangers, trap and R&B.

Carnival 2014: Juicebox Carnival Warm-Up Party, Notting Hill Arts Club, Thursday, £10-£12. A right ol’ juicy pre-party for the Carnival weekend from this west London crew, featuring underground selectors TCTS, Hutch and Joe Hertz.

Maribou State + Pedestrian, Oval Space, Thursday, £7. Both acts go back-to-back behind the decks alongside some special – unusually named – guests, including Reet 94, W Tilliams, Pen Bearce and more.

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.

…or see 33 parties happening this week.



Alibi Film Club: Stone, The Alibi, Monday, free. A free screening of this ridiculously enjoyable Aussie biker movie.

Dreams That Money Can Buy, The Horse Hospital, Wednesday £5. Richter has created a feeble pastiche of the contemporary film noir as the framing story, centring on a man with the power to generate dreams.

Throne of Blood, East Dulwich Tavern, Thursday, £7. Kurosawa’s adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ is reckoned by many to be one of the very few successful efforts at filming Shakespeare.

Or at the cinema… 

The Notorious Mr Bout ★★★★☆ What does it take to earn the title ‘Merchant of Death’? Watch this doc and find out.

Dinosaur 13 ★★★☆☆ A remarkable tale of science versus government.

The Congress ★★★☆☆ ‘Waltz With Bashir’ director Ari Folman takes a determined stride into the past with this dizzying, disjointed, always fascinating live action-animation hybrid.

…or check out the top ten film events happening this week.

  The Picture of John Gray

At the theatre

The Picture of John Gray, Old Red Lion Theatre, Tue-Fri, £10-£15. Oscar Wilde does not appear in this bright new play from CJ Wilmann, but his presence is felt keenly.

My Night With Reg, Donmar Warehouse, all week, £10-£35. Kevin Elyot’s beautifully funny and achingly sad production is marking its twentieth anniversary with this revival at the Donmar.

Wolf Hall/Bringing Up the Bodies, Aldwych Theatre, Mon, Wed-Thur, £10-£59. Brooding but snappy dance of microscenes and short vignettes that pull out the wittiest and most important bits of each novel.

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face, The Jetty, Tue-Fri, £10. A 45-minute experience taking place in a pavilion built from shipping containers in a new open-air venue.

…or check out the critics’ choice theatre reviews.

Peter Hujar
© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London; Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

The best new art

Peter Hujar, Maureen Paley, Wed-Fri, free. A startling combination of uniformity and non-conformity that keeps you looking.

Southwark Park 150 Years, CGP London Cafe Gallery, Wed-Fri, free. A collection of historic and contemporary photographs celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Southwark Park Act 1864.

View From Here: The British Council Film Collection, British Council, all week, 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.

Graham Day, Rose Issa Projects, Tue-Fri, free. Meditation and ritual are infused in Day’s work.

Home Sweet Home, Atomica Gallery, all weekend, free. A joint exhibition of new paintings from Nicholas Stevenson and Angela Dalinger exploring imaginary dwellings.

…or see the latest art reviews.

And finally…

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