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41 rad things happening in London this week

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Dig into some superior grilled cheese at Morty & Bob’s pop-up, find out what’s made the cut at this year’s Designs of the Year exhibition, or settle down for a free film screening at The Alibi’s weekly film club. Here’s everything worth knowing about the next four days…

Things to do 

Ladybird by Design, Bridewell Hall, Tuesday, £15, £12.50 concs, £10 students. Ladybird’s comfortingly colourful stories and lessons are celebrating their hundredth year in 2015. This talk by Lawrence Zeegen, Professor of Illustration at the University of the Arts and Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, celebrates the clever design and specially commissioned illustrations which were such a large part of the series’ success.

Introduction to Blacksmithing, Stepney City Farm, Wednesday, £40. Even those who finds hanging a picture challenging are welcome to join these two-hour introductory sessions which teach the basics of blacksmithing. The classes take place at Stepney City Farm’s forge, and will have you whacking hot metal around like a medieval craftsman in no time.

Museum by Candlelight, Charles Dickens Museum, Wednesday, £15. Charles Dickens often wrote late into the night by candlelight and was fascinated by the effects created by flames. Visitors to his former home will be surrounded in what the Victorian writer called ‘a ruddy, homely, brilliant glow’ and experience what it was like to be in a Victorian home after sunset.

Designs of the Year, Design Museum, Wed-Thu, £12.40. Awesome architecture, futuristic fashion, fun furniture, groovy graphics: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums.

A Long Table, Wellcome Collection, Thursday, free. Inspired by Marleen Gorris’s 1995 feminist fairytale ‘Antonia’s Line’, Lois Weaver has created a perfomance-driven roundtable discussion and dinner party installation. The project aims to bring people with common interests together to make dialogue that bit easier to come by.

CoolTan CoolWalks – Rebels & Revolutionaries, Brandon Library, Thursday, free. Set out on an adventure through Kennington on which you’ll hear about the famous revolutionaries who lived in the area. The four-and-a-half-mile route will take you through some rebellious stories from history, and your guide will be on hand to reveal all.

Lambeth Music Festival, Southbank Centre, all week, free. This week of concerts at the Southbank Centre celebrates the thousands of musical youngsters living in Lambeth, the centre’s home borough. Children aged 5-18 form more than 50 schools will be performing, and all the concerts are free to attend (though guests should book tickets in advance online).

Cinderella the Exhibition, Leicester Square Gardens, all week, free. Get swept up in the magic of Disney’s new live action remake of ‘Cinderella’ at this exhibition of costumes and props from the film. British costume designer Sandy Powell used more than 1.7 million Swaroski crystals on her pieces for the film, so it’s likely to be nothing short of dazzling.

Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin, Queen’s House, all week, free. Take a closer look at observation with this contemporary feature-length film accompanied by artefacts and related historical objects.

Powerful Posters: Tennis and Advertising, 1893-2015, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, all week, £12, £10 concs. Celebrating tennis culture, fashion and traditions throughout history, this exhibition brings together posters dating from 1893 to the present day and explores how the glamour of tennis has been used to advertise fashion, film and everything in-between.

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

Wednesday Kitchen Supper

Eating and drinking

Wednesday Kitchen Supper, The Little Yellow Door, Wednesday, £20. Given that this curious little Notting Hill restaurant aims to recreate the amiable atmosphere (and sometimes the carnage) of a house party, it’s pretty likely you’re going to find some new pals during your evening at The Little Yellow Door. Guests will be served an Aperol spritz and two-courses of home-made Italian food before exploring the flat for themselves, or making the most of the bar.

Bloody Grill-iant: Morty & Bob’s Pops-Up, The Hat & Tun, Wed-Thu. Morty & Bob’s have set up shop at The Hat and Tun pub in Farringdon where cheese enthusiasts can choose from three of their most popular sarnies, and wash em’ down with ETM Bloody Marys.

The Cherry Rooms, Brick Lane, Thursday, free. To promote its new flavour of fizz Pepsi Max has teamed up with Young British Foodie award-winners The Robin Collective. Visitors to the inconspicuous looking soda shop will crawl through a secret entrance to discover wonka-style cola rain, molecular mocktails and edible trees.

Bó Drake, Soho. While the Mexican connection is indisputable, the dominant palate at this no-reservations restaurant is Korean. And the flavours are splashed on with vigour. To eat here is to surf on wave after wave of umami flavours.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Teenage Cancer Trust – An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Kevin Bridges


Teenage Cancer Trust – An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Kevin Bridges, Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday, £25-£50. Celebrating well over a decade of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall, this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night features another superstar-name line-up, hosted by Scottish wunderkind Kevin Bridges.

Comedians’ Cinema Club, Aces & Eights, Wednesday, £5. This gig created by Eric Lampaert (who appears alongside regulars Will Seaward and Matthew Highton) features a cast of comics recreating famous movies. Don’t expect their versions to be entirely faithful, though – the CCC’s movies are chaotic, alcohol-fuelled and very funny indeed.

Weirdos One Off Special, The Finsbury, Wednesday, Free-£6. This really will be a one-off. Avant garde, experimental comedy troupe the Weirdos will be writing a new show and performing it, for one night only, and you get to choose what it is.

Laugh Out London in Victoria Park, People’s Park Tavern, Thursday, £6, £4 adv. Tonight’s bill includes slick, erudite thinker-comic Nish Kumar, Diane Morgan (best known as Philomena Cunk in ‘Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe’), cat-obsessed fact-slinger Mike Wozniak, madass character comic Holly Burn and MC Andy Barr.

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


Live music

Placebo, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Tuesday, £33.50. Two decades since they formed, Brian Molko and his glam-grunge-pop troupe are still churning out the tunes. They now have seven albums to pick from when they play live, and tend to go for fan favourites rather than indulging those who’ve just come along to hear the hits, but are still known to drop ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Every You Every Me’ when the fancy takes them.

Kiesza, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 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.

Charli XCX, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Wednesday, £15. We keep trying not to like Charli XCX. It’s not that she hasn’t got enough things wrong with her – the shameless ’90s revivalism, the super-heavy make-up, her drawling half-rap… And yet she keeps cracking out effortlessly great R&B tracks that make it difficult to dismiss her, and working with super-hip producers like Alex Metric and J£zus Million.

Warpaint, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Thursday, £23.50. After a meteoric rise in 2011, the LA quartet return to the UK for some more eerily sweet psychedelia and experimental melodrama.

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

ESB Thursdays


ESB Thursdays, Exeter Street Bakery, Thursday, free. Jim Stanton from furiously funky London DJ collective Horse Meat Disco, steps into ESB Thursdays to spin golden NYC-style disco and funk. Also on the decks will be Ollie Munts and Mathew Carver from top London pop-up party Turntables.

Trilogy Tapes and Black Atlantic present: Rezzett + Beatrice Dillon + Will Bankhead, Cafe Oto, Thursday, £14. South London’s The Trilogy Tapes record label head east for this one-off show. Sounds from minimal to maximal courtesy of Rezzett and Beatrice Dillon with selections from Will Bankhead.

Blip, Dead Dolls Club, Thursday, free. A new monthly night of forward-thinking, underground electronic music which isn’t afraid to genre-jump and boundary-blur. Resident DJs and special guest selectors spin the progressive dancefloor sounds.

…or see all the parties planned this week.



Human Rights Watch Film Festival: ‘The Wanted 18’, Curzon Soho, TONIGHT, £13.75. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is an annual celebration of politically active filmmaking, with a programme of crusading docs and searing dramas.

Alibi Film Club: ‘The House By the Cemetery’, The Alibi, TONIGHT, free. Bonkers spaghetti gore from the master, Lucio Fulci, cooked up from the not exactly brand-new narrative premise of a nice middle class family moving to a house in New England with a sinister sitting tenant, the nefarious Dr Freudstein.

Or at the cinema…

Mommy ★★★★☆ Cinema doesn’t come much more exuberant, musical and raw than French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’. It’s the tale of a wild, gurning teen, Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), an angel face hiding devilish deeds.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny


Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Royal Opera House, Tuesday, £5-£85. Brecht and Weill’s rarely-performed opera may not start a riot, but it is a riot.

The Broken Heart, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Tue-Thu, £10-£45. Once more the exquisite surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse provide a backdrop for the most craven of emotions in this witty, assured revival of John Ford’s turbulent classic.

Play Mas, Orange Tree Theatre, all week, £10-£20, £15 concs. A superb revival of Mustapha Matura’s 1974 darkly funny exploration of Trinidad.

The Royale, Bush Theatre, all week, £20, £12.50-£15.50 concs. A knockout drama based on the life of Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


This week’s best new art

Fig-2, ICA, Tue-Thu, free. Throughout 2015, 50 weekly spontaneous exhibitions will be presented in the ICA’s studio space. This week it’s Beth Collar and next week Tom McCarthy.

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. The acclaimed British artist and Turner Prize winner presents new paintings of a corporal tone. In contrast to his steel mirrored sculptures, these silicone and resin two-dimensional works extend the sculptor’s interest in the Greek myth of the satyr Marsyas who was flayed by the god Apollo.

Diana Thater: Life Is a Time-Based Medium, Hauser & Wirth, Thursday, free. Thater’s video installation turns the gallery into a facsimile of the Galtaji Temple, near Jaipur in India where monkey’s roam free amongst the eighteenth century Hindu pilgrimage site.

Hew Locke: The Tourists, HMS Belfast, Thursday, £16, £8-£12.80 concs. Locke transports you back to 1962 when HMS Belfast’s crew prepared to partake in Trinidad’s Carnival.

Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art, British Museum, Thursday, £16.50, £13 concs. The Ancient Greeks were a force to be reckoned with when it came to their creative vision of the human form. Featuring exquisite works from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection along with international loans, breathtaking marble and bronze sculptures will celebrate the figure in all its – nude – glory.

Maria Zahle: My Favourite Phone Number, Arcade, Thursday, free. What’s in a number? A lot if you’re Danish artist Zahle, whose latest body of work stems form the recent change in Copenhagen telephone codes that deemed her home landline telephone number redundant in the land of Internet phone services.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… one of 50 VIP tickets to Spring Fest: German Bier Festival at Alexandra Palace or a pair of VIP tickets to Foodies Festival and a stay at St Ermin’s Hotel

Grab… £10 tickets to see Thabo and the Real Deal, Matt Woods and more at The Proud Archivist on March 26

Book… these tickets while you still can

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