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42 awesome things to do in London this week

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As ever, festive fever has hit the capital super early, but if you’re not quite ready to embrace it then fear not, as there are loads of brilliant things happening without even a hint of Christmassy cheer. Pick up some bargains at the Marc Jacobs Sample Sale, heat things up a little with a Mexican medley at Yeah! Burger, or catch some great comedy from everyone’s favourite pointy-faced funnyman, Noel Fielding. Here are the best events happening in London this week…

Fun things to do

Frozen’ Sing-along at the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, TONIGHT, £6-£28. Up to 1,000 school kids will take to the stage, leading the audience in harmony (or not).

The Working Artisans Club by O’Neill, 71a Gallery, Tuesday, free. O’Neill presents this creative project alongside Huck magazine, which celebrates modern makers and features works from Arbo Surfboards, Bamboo Bicycle Club, Drummond & Hammet, Daniela Gareton, Racing Atelier & Rebel Brewing Co.

Women, Fashion and the First World War, London Transport Museum, Tuesday, £10, £8 conc. Design and fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix presents this talk which explores how the First World War not only changed women’s lives but also how they dressed.

Save the Children Celebrity Jumper Jumble, Westfield Stratford, Tuesday, £2. Fifty celebrity jumpers including donations from Erin O Connor, Fearne Cotton and Martin Clunes will be up for grabs at this secret charity jumper swap. It costs £2 to swap and all of the money goes to Save the Children.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas, Earls Court, Wed-Thu, £16.50, £12 adv, £10-£12 concs. This huge show of more than 650 exhibitors will provide everything you need to plaster your life in Christmas: home accessories, festive food and drink, decorations, heaps of gift options and masterclasses from the likes of Gino D’Acampo, Lisa Faulkner, Olly Smith and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Mind Sports International World Championships, ExCeL London, Wed-Thu, from £12. This tournament challenges players from all over the world to take on talented opponents in table-based games such as chess, Scrabble and crosswords.

Marc Jacobs Sample Sale, Shoreditch, Wed-Thu, free. The latest sample sale from Arlettie promises a mixture of past season womenswear, menswear and accessories from the one and only Mr Marc Jacobs, all at up to 70 percent off. We predict a sell out!

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection, Thursday, free. The Wellcome Collection’s newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush – the space’s first exhibition, The Institute of Sexology, brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex.

London Design Festival: Shine 2014, Farringdon, all week, free. For a preview of the best new goldsmithing, silversmithing and jewellery-making talent, head to the Shine 2014 exhibition, held in the foyer of the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

Being Human, various venues, all week, free. This nationwide festival exploring what it means to be a human in the digital age will present a huge variety of arts and humanities research through talks, walks and workshops.

Vintage Travel Posters, Henry Sotheran, all week, free. A free exhibition of colourful travel posters that advertised the exciting prospect of international travel before it involved a cramped budget airline flight.

Eyeskate, London Eye, all week, £12.50. The open-air Eyeskate rink is situated in front of the big wheel itself, its pods gently floating past you as you glide.

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

Billingsgate Seafood School

Eating and drinking 

Festive Breakfasts at Billingsgate Seafood School, Billingsgate Market, Wed-Thu, £35. As well as a choice of delicious hot breakfast dishes (fish-based, naturally) and a glass of champagne, guests will get a tour of the market, an introduction to fish varieties and recipes and an introduction to the merchants who’ll sell you the freshest bargains on the barrows.

Yeah! Burger Chilli Weekender, Hackney Thursday. Yeah! Burger celebrates Mexican Independence Day with a delicious menu that includes chipotle and lime chicken burgers, nachos and bacon and jalapeño cheese balls.

Taste of London Winter, Tobacco Dock, Thursday, from £19. Taste of London is bringing its array of tasting dishes, chef demonstrations, talks and tasters to Tobacco Dock this November, so food-obsessed Londoners can eat their way into the winter months.

…or see Time Out’s recommended restaurants.

Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man


Sam Simmons – Death of a Sails-Man, Soho Theatre, all week, £10-£15. We love this madass Aussie surrealist – he’s relentlessly silly. ‘Death of a Sails-Man’ bagged Sam Simmons his second Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and Simmons’s show was by far the most out-there on the nominees list.

An Evening with Noel Fielding, various venues, Tue- Thu, £25. Noel Fielding – the Hoxton-haired half of the Mighty Boosh; you know, the one with the pointy features – is hitting the road with ‘An Evening with Noel Fielding’, which he’s bringing to Hammersmith and Brixton.

The Pin, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £12.50, £10 concs. Former Cambridge Footlights members Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen are The Pin – a daft, very posh sketch duo.

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


Live music 

Ariel Pink, Scala, TONIGHT, £15. Over here for the first time in a while without his Haunted Graffiti backing crew, LA’s prolific Mr Pink plays his alluring, bedroom-recorded avant/psych-pop with folk overtones.

Goldfrapp, Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday, £40-£52. Fourteen years into their career, Goldfrapp haven’t stopped pushing envelopes. Their sixth album ‘Tales of Us’ is another accomplished blend of glam-funk synthpop, turbo-charged electro, sexed-up nu-disco and epic, operatic balladry.

Kiesza, Electric Brixton, Tuesday,£13. It’s pronounced ‘Kaiser’, and it’s the stage name of Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesa Rae Ellestad, a former navy codebreaker and Miss Universe Canada contestant who’s now turned her hand to infectious house-pop.

Zola Jesus, Koko, Tuesday, £20. A former opera singer, Nika Roza Danilova now makes brooding electro-pop with enigmatic wailing as Zola Jesus – a name she gave herself to alienate herself from bullies at school.

Jack White, The O2, Wednesday, £31-£36. Steel yourself for gnarly guitars, saloon-style piano, unshakeable melodies and plenty of Nashville-steeped soul from one of the few proper rock ’n’ roll geniuses in music today.

…or take a look at all 75 live music events in London this week.



Röyksopp, Plastic People, Wednesday, £8. This rare London show (a DJ set) is at basement soundsystem palace Plastic People and comes in support of new album ‘The Inevitable End’.

FWD>>, Dance Tunnel, Thursday, £7. Prime grime time at FWD on Thursday, as grime ace (and also a bit of a dubstep expert, as it goes) Plastician spins the filth, alongside progressive producer Darq E Freaker, Murlo and more.

Skate at Somerset House: Club Nights, Somerset House, Thursday, £17 adv. DJs Jordan Wade Simon Guirao spin rink-filling Ibiza-feel tunes, covering house, techno, disco and more.

Night Tales, Shoreditch, Thursday, £3. Night Tales is back and this time it’s taken over a vast Shoreditch car park for a seven-week run, featuring wild gardens, private chalets, three new concept bars, log fires and a huge canopy in which to shelter from evil winter vibes.

…or see all 23 parties planned this week.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1


Alibi Film Club: ‘The Blob’, Dalston, TONIGHT, free. This reworking of the 1958 cheapie doesn’t come close to matching the original, but it’s lots of fun nonetheless.

Or the cinema…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 ★★★★☆ ‘Mockingjay’ is Katniss’s coming-of-age film as she wrestles with her role in the armed struggle against the totalitarian Capitol.

The Imitation Game ★★★★☆ Hidden codes, secret meanings and mixed messages pulse through the reliable, old-fashioned, buzzing copper wires of true-life British period drama ‘The Imitation Game’.

Life Itself ★★★★☆ This moving profile of the late, great US movie critic Roger Ebert – famous for his ‘Thumbs up, thumbs down’ signature on a long-running TV show with fellow Chicago critic Gene Siskel – works on two levels: as an appreciation of his vast impact over several decades and as an unflinching peek into a cancer patient’s final months.

The Drop ★★★☆☆ Tom Hardy shines in this so-so moody thriller.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Far Away


Far Away, Young Vic, all week, £10-£15. It’s been a funny old year, as they say, and a revival of ‘Far Away’, Caryl Churchill’s remarkable, dizzyingly short evocation of a world in total, bloody collapse seems pretty appropriate right now.

Piranha Heights, Old Red Lion Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£17.50. The play has a raw, brutal poetry to it, and what it has to say about our responsibility to the next generation feels real and relevant.

Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Harringtons Pie and Mash Shop, Mon, Thu, £13-£20. In what might be the boldest move on London’s fringe theatre scene this year, Tooting Arts Club perform Stephen Sondheim’s murderous musical in one of the capital’s oldest (and tiniest) pie and mash shops.

Grand Guignol, Southwark Playhouse, all week, £18, £16 concs. Carl Grose’s grisly tribute to the repertoire of the great Théâtre du Grand Guignol, which gave its name to a whole genre, is part backstage comedy, part genre pastiche, and delivers admirably in both belly laughs and butchery.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices here.

Dexter Dalwood

This week’s best new art

Dexter Dalwood, Simon Lee, Tue-Thu, free. Dalwood presents his new series, ‘London Paintings’ that uses specific locations of cultural, historical and personal significance of the capital and reimagines them from a twenty-first-century perspective.

Revolver II: Part Three, Matt’s Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. To close this three-part exhibition series, the final instalment concentrates on artists who employ different aspects of performance in their work.

The Photographers 2014, Beetles & Huxley, Thursday, free. Osborne Samuel and Beetles+Huxley collaborate on this extensive survey of photography from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Saul Fletcher, Alison Jacques, Thursday, free. The British artist photographs wall-based reliefs in his Berlin studio. Extending his practice of rendering assemblages of objects and paint in two-dimensional prints, Fletcher explores family and fatherhood, paying particular attention to the altering effect of time.

Mark Neville, Alan Cristea, Thursday, free. Thirteen works from Neville’s significant photographic projects, ‘Here is London’, 2012 and ‘Braddock/Sewickley’, 2012 that reflect upon the differences of London’s subcultures and Pittsburgh’s industrial communities.

Michael Williams: Morning Zoo, Michael Werner Gallery, Thursday, free. The New York-based artist brings painting into the twentieth century with his inkjet and oil on canvas works.

…or see all London art reviews.

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