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42 brilliant things happening in London this weekend

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Cheer on this year’s London Marathon runners from Tower Bridge and grab some street food from Potters Field close by, hear DJ sets from legendary ’80s pirate radio players at the South Bank, or pick up your pencils and head to a workshop at Pick Me Up. Here are all the cool things happening around town this weekend.

Things to do 

Passage Tells: Brixton, Reliance Arcade, Fri-Sat, free. This site-specific sound installation focusses on a pocket of Brixton and the people who live and work in the area. Within a passage in Reliance Arcade, audience members will be asked to wear headphones for a storytelling experience that uncovers tales about the residents, and the history of the area through a series of interviews and conversations.

Cabbages & Frocks Dog Day Afternoon, Marylebone High St, Saturday, free. Think your dog’s looking a bit ruff? Bring your pooch along to this special Cabbages and Frocks market day starring doggy accessories, treats, training and puppy portraits. If your pup is already looking sharp, enter him into one of a variety of competitions starting from 2pm.

Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square, Saturday, free. The Mayor of London’s throwing a party in honour of England’s own doughty knight, St George. This Trafalgar Square takeover takes place two days after his official feast day, but will involve more than enough traditional fun to make up for it.

The Right Royal Ride, Holland Park, Saturday, £5, £3 children. You don’t need to be a boy racer to take part in this five-mile fundraising bike ride. So long as you can get the wheels turning you can take part.

The Vogue Festival 2015, Royal College of Art, Sat-Sun, £25. The Vogue Festival is back for a weekend of beautification, professional-grade selfies and designer meet-and-greets; and as ever, it’s a must for anyone with an interest in the business of fashion and dressing fabulously.

Get behind the Scenes at London Transport Museum Depot, Ealing, Sat-Sun, £10, £8 concs, free under-16s. The London Transport museum is throwing open the doors of its Depot for a weekend of travel-themed activities. Visitors will be able to watch live demonstrations of how the Emergency Response Team deals with incidents on the transport system, hear about secret tunnels and disused stations on the Underground and watch rare films from the museum’s archives.

London Marathon, Greenwich Park, Sunday, free. Cheer on long distance runners of all abilities as they take over the city for this world-famous event.

London’s Pirate Radio, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sunday, free. Expect DJ sets and insightful interviews with pirate radio broadcasters from the 1980s movement. They’ll be discussing the scene and the music of the time, as well as what impact the pirate radio movement has had on today’s broadcasting and musical landscapes.

Spring Plants and Gardens Fair, Garden Museum, Sunday, £5, free under-16s. Once again the Garden Museum is throwing open its doors to exhibitors and plant perusers. The fair takes place outside the museum as well as within, so you can draw inspiration from the seventeenth-century-style knot garden.

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

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Eating and drinking

Boopshi’s pop-up, Camden Lock, TODAY. Boopshi’s arrive for a last minute pop-up serving rose veal and chicken schnitzel buns, bratwurst, beef frankfurters, sauerkraut and sweet dill pickles.

Urban Food Fest, Euro Car Parks, Saturday, free. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.

Munch Street Food Festival, Potters Fields Park, Sunday, free. This one-day street food festival coincides with the London Marathon, which is handy as its riverbank location at Potters Fields is the perfect spot if you’re planning to cheer the participants on across Tower Bridge.

St George’s Day at Borough Market, Southwark, Sunday, free. A special market day brings together London and Catalonia to celebrate our shared saint’s day. Alongside the usual delicacies and produce, visitors can expect to find sardanes dancers, a Catalan choir, performances by theatre company Bots & Barrals and Catalan actress-singer Laia Martinez telling the story of St George and the Dragon.

A Month of Sundaes, Pond Dalston, Sunday, £40, £55 with matching wines. If you’re the sort of person who can’t clear a plate without knowing there’s a sugary treat to follow it with, this supperclub is going to have your sweet tooth throbbing with delight. Every one of its five courses is dessert, one of which is guaranteed to be an unusual ice cream sundae.

Dalston Food Market, Petchey Academy, Sunday, free. This weekly food market brings locally produced food and drink to an already hungry east London crowd. It’s set on the lawns within a Dalston secondary school and visitors are welcome to settle in for picnics and enjoy the live music as well as the food.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Dave Hill


Dave Hill – New York City via Cockfosters, Aces & Eights, TONIGHT, £10, £8 early bird. This is a treat. Cult New York comedian Dave Hill was once a regular on the London circuit, but rarely makes it across the Atlantic these days. But now the ‘This American Life’ contributor is playing a five-night stint in this tiny Tufnell Park basement venue.

Bush Hall presents…, Bush Hall, TONIGHT, £17.50. Every so often the Show and Tell team take over this beautiful music venue in Shepherd’s Bush with intelligent, all-headline bills featuring some of the most erudite comics in the land. The line-up tonight includes laidback US comedy maestro Reginald D Hunter, super-smart stand-up Sara Pascoe, Irish rascal Andrew Maxwell and British Comedy Award-winner Aisling Bea.

Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves, Udderbelly, Fri-Sat, £17.50, £16 concs, £22.50 sirloin seats. Mischievous Irish raconteur Andrew Maxwell has been a London dweller for 20 years now. He’s practically a Londoner, we’d say.To celebrate his two decades in our capital, the Radio 4 star is performing this topical show, all about London.

Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, Leicester Square Theatre, Sunday, £12.50, £10 concs. Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn’t seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results.

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


Live music

Mexrrissey, Barbican Centre, Saturday, £15-£25. At this concert as part of La Linea festival, a band of Mexican musicians (led by Camilo Lara and Sergio Mendoza) will be reinterpreting the Pope of Mope’s songs – and translating his sacred lyrics into Spanish, of course.

Wilko Johnson, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Sunday, £25. Now thankfully free from cancer, the inimitable and influential Essex guitarist keeps on chugging away.

Desertfest, various Camden venues, all weekend, £95, £35-£45 (day). The capital’s premier festival of stoner rock and doom metal returns. It’s run by the promotion company Desertscene, who have been putting on heavy, heavy music in the capital since 2009, and has a sister event in Berlin.

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

Trouble Vision


Trouble Vision, Corsica Studios, TONIGHT, £17.50. Forward-thinking house, techno, disco and wonkier dancefloor flavours, featuring scene-leading DJs behind the decks.

B-Eats Canteen, The Yard, Fri-Sat, £35 (includes five-course meal). Banging beats and delicious food combine at this pop-up, featuring a five-course meal followed by DJ sets and live music.

Straight Nasty, Vogue Fabrics, Saturday, £5, free before 11pm. Abandon every notion of cool, descend to the Vogue Fabrics basement and party to the pop anthems you lived for when you were a tween: everything from Destiny’s Child to the Spice Girls to Peter Andre. (When’s he getting a knighthood, anyway?)

Krankbrother Day and Night Terrace Party, Studio 338, Saturday, £20-£25 adv. The Krankbrother party primers return with another blinder, this time celebrating the onset of summer with a huge rave at Greenwich mega-club Studio 338.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.



The Dardenne Brothers Retrospective: ‘La Promesse’, ICA, TONIGHT, £11, £7 concs. The ICA kicks off a week of films by Belgium’s great movie-making brothers with their first feature to gain international acclaim. It’s an impressively tough, raw, realist drama, set in and around the drabber areas of Liège.

‘Annie Laurie’ + live soundtrack, Barbican Centre, Sunday, £11.50, £10.50 concs. Celebrate the rise of Nicola Sturgeon with this rare screening of a beautiful 1927 film re-enacting an infamous historical battle in the Scottish Highlands. It’s essentially Romeo and Juliet in kilts.

New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival, various venues, all weekend, free. Since the lucky residents of Walthamstow got a brand new Empire in 2014, Lewisham is the now the only London borough without a cinema. To combat this injustice, the NXDFFF is screening films in all sorts of unusual venues.

Or at the cinema…

Avengers: Age of Ultron ★★★☆☆ Joss Whedon’s first ‘Avengers’ movie was the epic finale to Marvel’s cinematic Phase One, herding all the franchise’s disparate elements in a rousing, rewarding whole. ‘Age of Ultron’, though, has a definite mid-season feel to it, telling a compelling but never game-changing story while laying the foundations for the epic, two-part ‘Infinity War’ due in 2018.

The Good Lie ★★★☆☆ We’re enjoying Witherspoon’s comeback from bad romcoms to movies with strong female characters. This drama sees her play a careers advisor in Missouri given the job of helping four Sudanese asylum seekers to find jobs.

…or see all of the latest releases.

Shock Treatment


Shock Treatment, King’s Head Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£25. A cult buried within a cult, ‘Shock Treatment’ is the oft-maligned, more often forgotten 1981 film follow-up to ‘The Rocky Horror Show’. It’s a deeply weird, startlingly prescient satire on the rise of reality television, rampant commodification and the cult of the everyday, talentless celebrity.

Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £19-£35. Up there with Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Bruce Springsteen as one of the great American tragedians of the last century, playwright Eugene O’Neill was notoriously not a bundle of laughs. It’s no surprise, then, that his one and only comedy, ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ is infrequently revived and hardly belly laughs a go go. It is, however, extremely charming.

Clarion, Arcola Theatre, Fri-Sat, £19, £15 concs. A satire about the state of the media starring Greg Hicks and Clare Higgins.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

SLAM Fridays

This week’s best new art

SLAM Fridays, Peckham, TONIGHT, free. On the last Friday of the month, SLAM Fridays focuses on a different area of London from Bankside to Greenwich, with galleries opening late and artist-led tours to help gallery-goers navigate between venues.

Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, Fri, Sun, £8.50, £6.50 weekday, £5 concs. The world’s biggest photography competition presents the 2015 winners and shortlisted photographers.

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, all weekend, £8.80, £7 concs. The annual artist-led fair has a new spring/summer home at Bloomsbury’s Victoria House. Featuring work by 120 artists who are not represented by a gallery, the show gives visitors a unique chance to interact directly with the creators of the work on show.

Pick Me Up, Somerset House, all weekend, £10, £8 concs, £17.50 festival pass. The sixth incarnation of the graphic arts festival returns with drawings and prints by artists, creative groups and galleries from all over the world.

London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, all weekend, £12, concs £8 inc catalogue. The world’s longest running art fair returns to the Royal Academy for its twenty-ninth year with 50 leading print dealers, specialising in everything from Old Masters to contemporary masterpieces.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… tickets to London Pet Show and the chance to be a zookeeper for the day at ZSL London Zoo or one of four pairs of tickets to Live at Leeds 2015

Grab… £15 tickets to Casa Loca at Altitude London on April 25

Book… these gigs while you still can

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