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43 superb things happening this weekend in London


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Hard week? Sit back and sip some champers at Tooting Bec Lido, have a picnic with the Disappearing Dining Club, or cut loose on the dance floor with serious sounds from Joe Goddard. Here are the best things happening in London this weekend…

Fun things to do 

Battle Bridge, Granary Square, Sat-Sun, free. Battle Bridge (better known as King’s Cross these days) will be subjected to Roman invasion all over again at this event celebrating the legend of Boudicca’s links to N1.

Arts Fair, Abney Hall, Sat-Sun, free. From the people that bring us the monthly Hackney Flea Market comes the inaugural Art Fair in Stoke Newington, a showcase of local independent creatives and their wares.

Teatime Wonder Game, Tea House Theatre, Saturday, £20. You may think that a real-life version of ‘Jumanji’ is taking immersive events a bit too far, but this interactive performance, which invites you to become part of a surreal and mysterious game, might just convince you otherwise.

Liberty Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Saturday, free. London’s deaf and disabled artists perform at this annual festival, which takes place alongside National Paralympic Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Chandon Lido, Tooting Bec Lido, Saturday, £10. To celebrate the launch of the new Moët Hennessy sparkling wine, Chandon will be taking over Tooting Bec Lido with synchronised swimming performances, DJs, a ‘cheese truck’ and plenty of Chandon.

The Original Oatly Break-Fest, Brockwell Park, Saturday, free. Swedish company Oatly are throwing a free one-day festival in Brockwell Park where festival-goers will be initiated into Swedish pastimes including kubb (Viking chess) and kaninhop (rabbit show jumping), and treated to free breakfast.

Briefs: The Second Coming, London Wonderground, all weekend,£15.50, £14 concs. Combining neon-shaded alt-drag clowning, ‘La Clique’-style variety, boylesque and satire, this small troupe has come a long way from the back of a Brisbane bookshop.

…or check out more great events happening this weekend.

Fink’s Salt & Sweet

Eating and drinking 

Christabel’s Mad Hatters Brunch, Flat 10 Gainsborough Studios East Side, Saturday, £19. Fall down the rabbit hole into this quaint, kooky sounding brunch party complete with themed table props and views of Regents canal.

Midnight Apothecary, Brunel Museum, Saturday, £5. Up on the roof garden at The Brunel Museum, Lottie Muir, aka ‘The Cocktail Gardener’, will be hosting the Midnight Apothecary this Saturday evening

Disappearing Dining Club picnic, The Paperworks, Saturday, £45. Grab yourself one of their prepared picnic baskets stocked up with all manner of delights including smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche, chicken liver parfait, and smoked sweetcorn ceviche.

Beer by the river, Morden Hall Park, Saturday, £10. London microbrewery Sambrook’s is celebrating its sixth birthday by throwing a craft beer festival complete with local grub and music.

Or check out these new openings:

Fink’s Salt & Sweet, Mountgrove Road. The menu includes sharing plates such as charcuterie or cheese, bowls of olives or toasted corn, or more involved dishes such as lentils, pomegranate, beetroot and goat’s cheese.

Te Amo, Kentish Town. Despite the name, this place is not Spanish but Middle Eastern. And it’s seriously good.

… or see the latest restaurant reviews.

Baby Wants Candy


Baby Wants Candy, Leicester Square Theatre, Friday, £10, £7 concs. A comedy musical, completely improvised, with a full band. Sounds impossible, right? US improv troupe Baby Wants Candy will prove you wrong.

Neil Hamburger, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15, £12.50 concs. ‘America’s funnyman’ Neil Hamburger dons a stained tuxedo, sports a greasy combover and phlegms into his own drink.

Steen Raskopoulos, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £12.50-£15. Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskopoulos brings his character comedy hour to Soho following a hugely acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Luke McGregor, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£12.50. Following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Australian rising star Luke McGregor brings his solo show ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’ to London.

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


Live music 

Cold Specks, Rough Trade East, Friday, free. After an impressive debut album that blended anguished blues, gospel and black spirituals, she’s performing songs from her new record ‘Neuroplasticity’ tonight.

Raw Power, The Dome, all weekend, £50 (weekend), £40 (Sat and Sun), £23 (Sat/Sun), £15 (Fri). Raw Power is a new festival by London underground promoters Baba Yaga’s Hut who are taking over the Dome and the Boston Arms, two neighbouring venues a stone’s throw from Tufnell Park tube, and filling them with some of the trippiest noisemakers around.

Freddie Gibbs, XOYO, Sunday, £15. US rapper Fredie Gibbs is hot property at the moment and his newly released ‘Piñata’ album is sure to catapult him into the big league.

…or see all the music events happening this weekend.


Club nights

Joe Goddard, The Nest, Friday, £10. Tonight Goddard gets back to basics with a five-hour DJ set, which will no doubt cover a hell of a lot of territory: expect to hear anything from house to bashment to disco to punk-funk to hip hop to rave to pop.

Balamii, Bussey Building, Friday, £5-£10 adv. Tonight’s line-up features Hypercolour bass-house and electro producer Tom Demac, plus further low-down grooves from Unlikely, Apes, Rumah and a secret – but very special – headliner.

For The Love Of Mic, Concrete, Friday. The last ever For The Love of Mic with see the usual mix of hip hop, grime, garage, R&B and Afrobeats. Expect free giveaways in the form of bar tabs,  props and rapper masks.

Klockworks, Village Underground, Saturday, £20. Tonight is the UK’s first showcase from DJ Ben Klock’s Klockworks label and it promises to be a good’un.

The South London Soul Train Festival, Studio 338, Saturday, £20 (day and night only), £15 (night only). Peckham’s funkiest party moves to Greenwich for a 16-hour groove odyssey, featuring Soul II Soul main man Jazzie B, plus many more.

Oval Space Music: Terrace Sundaes, Oval Space, Sunday, £15. Berlin techno chief ND_Baumecker leads this Sunday session out on Oval Space’s lush terrace. Joining him is melodic house magician Moomin.

…or check out all 82 parties happening this weekend.

Joan of arc


The Trial of Joan of Arc, Ciné Lumière, Sunday, £8, £6 concs. Robert Bresson’s 1962 trial reconstruction is based on the minutes of Joan of Arc’s 1431 trial at the hands of the English.

The Lexi’s Kubrick Weekender: ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, Lexi Cinema, Sunday, £2.50. After closing for refurbishment, the Lexi Cinema reopens this weekend with a brand new bar, a swanky gallery space and three classic Stanley Kubrick films for very low prices.

Or at the cinema…

Obvious Child ★★★★☆ In Gillian Robespierre’s revolutionary ‘Obvious Child’, abortion is sympathetically presented as a sensible option, with consistent delight and hilarious, raunchy humour.

If I Stay ★★★☆☆ First love always feels like a matter of life and death. But it really is for Portland teenager Mia in this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s bestselling young-adult novel.

Two Days, One Night ★★★★★ Marion Cotillard gives (another!) Oscar-worthy performance.

…or take a look at the latest film reviews.

The Lion


The Lion, St James Theatre, all weekend, £10-£30. Benjamin Scheuer recounts the loves, losses, and challenges, of his own life through song.

The Ring Cycle Plays, The Scoop at More London, all weekend, free. A sassy, pared-down adaptation of Wagner’s epic blend of German and Scandinavian myths, staged for free as part of the More London Free Festival.

Our World at War, Tristan Bates Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10. War is a game of two halves in Fringe stalwarts Lazarus Theatre’s boldly realised Shakespeare rep.

…or check out this week’s critics’ choice theatre reviews.

Olafur Eliasson

Best new art

Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments, Tate Britain, all weekend, free. The Icelandic-Danish artist transforms the ephemeral qualities of JMW Turner’s paintings into colour wheels.

Adriano Costa: Touch me I am geometrically sensitive, Sadie Coles Kingly St, Fri-Sat, free. The Brazilian artist’s first UK solo exhibion features objects of varying textures, assembled to reveal unpredictable and hidden beauty in everyday and readymade items.

Dorothea Tanning: Web Of Dreams, Alison Jacques, Fri-Sat, free. A dreamy show of paintings and drawings, which spans 50 years of Tanning’s work.

William S Burroughs: Animals In The Wall, Londonewcastle Project Space, all weekend, free. Here, over 40 of his works including ‘Dreamachine’, a mind-altering collaboration with painter and poet Brion Gysin, will be displayed alongside artistic responses from the likes of Shepard Fairey, Cleon Peterson and Mobstr.

Jean-Michel Wicker: e industrial, Cubitt, all weekend, free. Inspired by the Italian Situationist Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, Wicker will transform the gallery through an installation concerned with the potency of graphic design symbolism and the mass-production of imagery.

Summer Graduate Show 2014, Anise Gallery, all weekend, free. Four recent BA and MA graduates from the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins transform the gallery with immersive installations, photography and prints.

…or see the all the latest London art reviews.

And finally

Win… tickets to ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ at the Barbican or win a luxury getaway for two to Croatia.

Grab… £10 for popcorn, a cocktail and a film screening at Altitude, Millbank Tower.

Book… these gigs while you still can.

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