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44 great things happening in London this weekend (Oct 18 – 20)

Posted at 3:30 pm, October 18, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Trafalgar Square Fountain at night. Photo: Julian Chan

[Photo: Julian Chan]

This post is about a weekend in the past.

Looking for something to do this weekend?
We’ve rounded up things to do this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Are you feeling autumnal yet, people? That’s a rhetorical question, don’t worry about answering. Let’s crack on with some quality weekend entertainments, shall we?

All weekend

Abstract art at Paul Klee: Making Visible, now open at Tate Modern
Clinch some catwalk couture at the Designer Warehouse Sale, Finsbury
Ale! Parkour! Storytelling! It’s all happening at Bloomsbury Festival
Savour some music, save the world at Oxjam, various locations
It’s the final few days of London Film Festival
Art so cool it’ll make you Frieze, Regent’s Park (more tips!)
…or if that’s too draining, try Sluice Art Fair, London Bridge
…or if you’re blind, feel arty at the Touch Art Fair, Marylebone
…or there’s a street art vibe at Moniker Art Fair, Shoreditch
…or there’s, uh, other art, at the Other Art Fair, Brick Lane
Bryony Kimmings sets a better example for kids in Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, Soho Theatre
Discover how the 24-and-unders are changing the world at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Pop-up gallery ‘American Dreams‘ puts the US in ‘illustration’, Warren Street
Physical comedy from American duo The Pajama Men, Leicester Square
Have a cheeky tipple at the Great Sherry Festival
Spend all weekend mass debating at the Battle of Ideas, Barbican
Be dazzled by the jewels at the new Cheapside Hoard exhibition, now open at Museum of London
Culture for kiddywinks at the Family Arts Festival, various locations
Discover a dialect at Language Show Live, Olympia, Kensington
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop wigwam is back for the winter
See the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, now open at Natural History Museum

Friday night

Alcohol-fuelled doodling at Wallace Collections’ Ink & Drink, Marylebone
Gigs: Rudimental at Brixton Academy, Johnny Marr at the Roundhouse, The Charlatans (and friends!) at the Royal Albert Hall, and 47 more.
Clubs: Bass-heavy vibes at Zoola Live presents Pinch + Preditah + Last Japan, Jamm, Brixton; hip-hop and R&B at Players’ Ball, Concrete, Shoreditch; moody electro and chunky bangers from Fake Blood at XOYO, and 20 more.


The best things in life are flea at Hackney Flea Market
Smash the state (with a book) at the Anarchist Book Fair, Mile End
Stand-up, sketches and more comedy at The Schadenfreude Cabaret, King’s Cross
Gigs: ex-Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier at Union Chapel, Earth, Wind & Fire at Royal Albert Hall,  Nostalgia 77 at Vortex, Dalston and 43 more.
Clubs: Hawaiian Bop Strictly Vinyl Basement Session at the Bussey Building, Peckham; house, electro and soul at Sancho Panza Fullness Boat Party, the Thames;  techno at Skudge Label Night, Village Underground, Shoreditch; and 33 more.


Retro threads abound at Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Chelsea
Tales of romantic disaster (accompanied by the uke) – Tricity Vogue’s Calamitous Liaisons, Tottenham Court Road
You’ll need mad skills to win the £100 prize at The Big Fat Mega Fun Quiz, Bethnal Green
Gigs: Tamikrest‘s hypnotic desert blues at XOYO, Old Street, Biffy Clyro at Jazz Café, Alan Evans Trio at Borderline, and 34 more.

Or why not…

Catch one of our critics’ favourite theatre shows right now
See one of these great movies
Stay in and watch ‘Toast of London‘ on the TV (or one of these instead)
Read the new Morrisey autobiography
Enjoy Bad Lip Reading’s take on ‘Game of Thrones’
Make plans for a Halloween event or club night next weekend (don’t forget your costume!)

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