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42 marvellous things happening in London this week

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Spend St Patrick’s Day sky-high at a party at The Shard, grab cheesy treats at Morty & Bob’s pop up, celebrate the humble VHS at The Alibi’s weekly film club or pick up some beautiful handmade products at the Asia House Fair. Here at the best things happening in our fantastic city this week.

Things to do 

Finger Knitting Workshop, Doodle Bar, TONIGHT, £15 + £1.55 booking fee. Ditch the needles and use your digits to to knit yourself accessories from unwanted clothes. Designed for beginners and experts alike, this workshop will see a skilled tutor guide attendees through the process, and provide a selection of unusual threads and yarns to be transformed into chunky necklaces and bracelets.

Cinesthesia: Alice in Wonderland, Hackney Picturehouse, TONIGHT, £9. Electroencephalography is a hardware technique used to study epilepsy and sleep disorders. The soundtrack to this evening of screenings, which has been composed specially for the occasion, will include elements of the technique in order to envelop the audience in sonic sensations as they watch the series of short films.

St Patrick’s Night Party at The View from The Shard, Southwark, Tuesday, £40. Channel the spirit of the Emerald Isle this Paddy’s Day at this silent disco with a spectacular view. Partygoers will be treated to a Jameson Irish Whiskey with ginger and lime on arrival, and there’ll be Guinness on tap at the bar as tradition would dictate.

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures, Royal Geographical Society, Tuesday, £22.50, £18.50 concs. Gordon Buchanan is taking a short break from his globetrotting adventures for a quick tour across the UK, where he’ll be sharing his extraordinary stories of encounters with the most majestic and terrifying animals on the planet.

Packed Lunch, Wellcome Collection, Wednesday, free. At these monthly lunchtime discussions organised by the Wellcome Collection local scientists talk about their most recent work, explaining everything from what it’s like to work in a lab to the difference their research will make to the world of science.

Thomas Heatherwick talk, Testbed1, Wednesday, free. Find out more about the man who designed the 2012 Olympic Cauldron and the 2010 UK Pavilion at this event which is part of the UCA School of Architecture ‘Multistory’ lecture series.

Asia House Fair, Marylebone, Thursday, free. Asia House’s London headquarters will be transformed into a bustling bazaar showcasing handmade products from Asian craftspeople, cooperatives and designers as well as marginalised women in remote regions.

Skylight Soirées, The Wapping Project Mayfair, Thursday, £10. The Wapping Project and The New Statesman presents have teamed up for this series of talks presented by Erica Wagner. On Thursday, neurosurgeon Henry Marsh will take to the stage to talk about his human & uplifting perspective of dilemmas he has faced in the world of neurosurgery.

Night at the Vet College: Reproduction, The Royal Veterinary College, Thursday, free. Who knew there could be so much to learn about the reproductive systems of animals? The Royal Veterinary College obviously, and they’re here to enlighten us by hosting an evening all about it.

Celebrity Cooks: Mrs Beeton and her Contemporaries, Guildhall Library, all week, free. Before Nigella Lawson, before Delia Smith, before even Mary Berry, Britain’s domestic goddess was Mrs Beeton. She’s one of the most important characters in food history and 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of her death. This exhibition looks at the cook and writer’s influence on 19th-century celebrity chefs and her continuing impact on the culinary world.

Colour Trends 2016, Fashion and Textile Museum, Thursday, £15, £12 students. Have a very fashionable evening indeed at a special event to accompany the Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic exhibition. Enjoy a private view of the displays and a glass of fizz before hearing trend forecaster and author Sally Angharad discuss key trend drivers and directions for future seasons.

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

Spirited Sermons: St Patrick's Day Special

Eating and drinking

Spirited Sermons: St Patrick’s Day Special, Reverend JW Simpson, Tuesday, £25 + booking fee. Raise a glass of Poitín to St Patrick at this masterclass session led by Charlie McCarthy at Reverend JW Simpson. Celebrate the Emerald Isle by learning more about the traditional Irish drink which was banned for 300 years and only legalised in 1997 after its dangerous reputation was disregarded.

Chocolate Making Class, Cookery School, Wednesday, £250. Stephen Glenister, head chocolatier at Marc Ltd and Rosalind Rathouse from the Cookery School host this decadent, day-long chocolate making course where participants will learn everything from tempering chocolate to perfection through to creating truffles, rochers and dainty chocolate discs.

Bloody Grill-iant: Morty & Bob’s Pops-Ups, The Hat and Tun, Wed-Thu. Setting up shop for a two week stint, cheese enthusiasts can choose from three of Morty & Bob’s most popular sarnies, and wash em’ down with ETM Bloody Marys. Add jalapeños to the mix for an extra kick or a side of croquettas for added indulgence.

The Art of Dining: Abigail’s Party, The Rose Lipman Building, Wed-Thu, £55. The Rose Lipman Building will be transformed into an interpretation of the play’s set complete with lava lamps, shag-pile rugs, loud wallpaper and every shade of beige imaginable. Food-wise, twiglets, prawn cocktails, magic mousse and fondue are on the menu but, as usual, nothing is straightforward: expect bold and zesty twists on these retro classics.

The Fleisch Mob, The Paperworks, Thursday. To celebrate their third birthday, The Fleish Mob are throwing a party complete with roasted pig, delicious Austrian sides and plenty of schnapps. Hear stories of the obscure tribe and dance into the night.

Cocktail Trading Company, Soho. A dream of a West End bar: accessible prices, great drinks, and professional but personalised service.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Spirited Sermons: St Patrick's Day Special


Simon Munnery sings Soren Kierkegaard, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£17.50. In the past, the ever-inventive Simon Munnery has served up joke courses in a conceptual restaurant, created live ‘fylms’, and performed with a bucket on his head. In his latest solo show he performs ‘selected extracts’ from nineteenth century Danish philosopher Kierkegaard’s writings. Yes, really.

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Leicester Square Theatre, Tue-Thu, £12, £10 concs. Matt Tedford’s cross-dressing version of the Iron lady was a huge hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Watch as Mags gets lost in London’s notoriously saucy Soho on the eve of the vote for Section 28, and accidentally becomes a cabaret sensation. It’s a riotous romp.

Alexis Dubus – Cars and Girls, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£12.50. Friendly comic Alexis Dubus (creator of suave French character and ‘Live at the Electric’ star Marcel Lucont) revives his solo storytelling show ‘Cars and Girls’. There are lots of funny moments as Dubus recounts his real life experiences of travelling the world with various women in trucks and clapped-out vans (not as dodgy as it sounds).

The 2000 Year Old Man, JW3, all week, £10-£12.50. Canadian actor Kerry Shale and Radio 4 regular Chris Neill star in this recreation of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner’s classic comedy skit – it’s the first time ever than Brooks and Reiner have given permission for the semi-improvised sketch to be revived.

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

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Live music

Emily Saunders, St James Studio, Tuesday, £12.50-£17.50. Vocalist Emily Saunders launches her second self-produced album ‘Outsiders Insiders’ tonight.

Lucy Rose, Dingwalls (Lock 17), Wednesday, £15. The poppy, acoustic young songwriter, known for singing guest vocals for Bombay Bicycle Club (and selling homemade tea and jam on her merch table), returns to preview songs from her second album.

Squarepusher, Barbican Hall, Wednesday, £19.50-£25.50. Essex electro king Tom Jenkinson delivers bassomatic wizardry as Squarepusher.

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

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Andrew Weatherall + Eat Lights Become Lights, Village Underground, TONIGHT, £10. Genre-hopping muso extraordinaire Andrew Weatherall showcases yet another side of his musical persona at Convergence, a series of events throughout March exploring the relationship between technology and music.

The Gin Trap Cabaret, George Tavern, Wednesday, free. A lively cabaret featuring music, song, dance, poetry, magic and comedy with performances from compere Noel Coward (Rob Forknall) and magician Marcus Lewis.

Number 90’s First Birthday, Hackney, Thursday, free. Hackney Wick canal-side venue and arts space Number 90 celebrates its first year of fun with a three-day extravaganza. There’ll be DJs spinning house, disco and party jams, bands, live art, performance, games, competitions, food and cocktails, photobooths, a boutique market, clothing swap and – of course – birthday cake.

…or see all the parties planned this week.

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‘Best in Show’ + intro, JW3, TONIGHT, £10, £5 concs. Comedy writer Kayleigh Llewellyn introduces this classic pooch-com. A mockumentary tracking half-a-dozen contestants as they prepare for the annual Mayflower Dog Show in Philadelphia, Christopher Guest’s film combines flea-on-the-wall observation with direct-to-camera interviews.

Dressed to Kill, Prince Charles Cinema, TONIGHT, £7.50, £5 concs. Beginning and ending with a pair of shower frissons, Brian DePalma’s brazen reworking of ‘Psycho’ is most striking for its sheer audacity. It’s an outrageously over-the-top thriller blending Hitchcockian psychodrama with Italian slasher-movie style, as a young prostitute witnesses a murder and becomes the target of a marauding psychopath.

Alibi Film Club: ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ on VHS, The Alibi, TONIGHT, free. It’s VHS month at the Alibi Film Club, so here’s a chance to catch John Carpenter’s siege classic on ropey, old school pan-and-scan. The gimmick is cops and cons besieged in an abandoned LA police station by a group of kamikaze urban guerillas.

Or at the cinema…

X+Y ★★★★☆ At the core of this tender-hearted and moving British indie film is a fascinating relationship between a single mum, Julie (played by the superb Sally Hawkins), and her autistic teenage son, Nathan – played with equal smarts and insight by the young actor Asa Butterfield.

Suite Française ★★★★☆ This is a handsome and intelligent adaptation of the writings of Irène Némirovsky – the Russian-born French writer who died in Auschwitz and whose two unpublished novellas emerged in 2004 as one book, ‘Suite Française’.

…or see all of the latest releases.



Closer, Donmar Warehouse, all week, £10-£35. A great revival of Patrick Marber’s icy play about love in London. As the city becomes more anonymous, ‘Closer’ becomes more truthful.

Lippy, Young Vic, all week, £19.50, £10 concs. A haunting and unreal work about the circumstances which led to four women’s decision to starve themselves to death.

Radiant Vermin, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£20. Radiant Vermin’ is an allegorical satire about the housing crisis that unfolds like a modern day Grimm tale.

Happy Days, Young Vic, all week, £10-£35. Reprising her role in Natalie Abrahami’s brutal and tender 2014 production, Juliet Stevenson spends the entirety of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ buried alive in what looks like a chunk of Jurassic coast.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

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This week’s best new art

Iman Issa: ​Lexicon, Rodeo, Tue-Thu, free. Remakes of existing artworks spanning history and diverse genre by the Egyptian artist.

Nick Knight & Alexander McQueen, SHOWstudio, Thursday, free. Shown together for the first time, this selection of Nick Knight’s elaborate and fantastical photographs, translate McQueen’s vision of fashion’s malleability.

Richard Diebenkorn, Royal Academy of Arts, all week, £10. The first presentation of West Coast painter Richard Diebenkorn’s work in 25 years.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… a prize package complete with 50 workout classes at 1Rebel fitness studio or tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and a stay in London

Grab… tickets to a Time Out reader event: ‘Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games’ plus a Q&A on Tuesday March 24

Book… these gigs while you still can

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