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44 fun things happening in London this week

Posted at 8:00 am, February 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style
Credit: Marco Beghi

[Photo: Marco Beghi]

To paraphrase Lionel Richie: we’ll keep you entertained all week long… (all week)… All week looong! (All week)…

      All week

Make your own ship at Ships Go Passing, the National Maritime Museum.
See Edinburgh Fringe legend Arthur Smith at the Soho Theatre.
Draw the family portrait at the National Gallery (inspired by Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits).
Shop oriental at The Beauty of Japan, Mayfair.
Beware the bubonic plague at Outbreak!, The London Dungeons.
Get your stitch on and Knit For Britain at The Royal Airforce Museum to help wrap a plane in crochet.
Take a trip out to Watford: it’s Animal Week at Warner Bros. studios and you can meet Harry Potter stars Crookshanks and Hedwig.

Got kids? Need a break? Ditch them for the day at: Half term at the Design Museum; Half Term at the V&A; Half term at the Geffrye Museum;  or 22 other Half Term activities.


Post-Valentine’s blues? Learn about The Mathematics of Computer Dating at Gresham College, Holborn.
Or, just stuff yourself silly at Greenwich Food Fest.

Gigs: Cage The Elephant at Electric Ballroom, Camden; Swim Deep, Koko, Camden; The Preatures, Water Rats, King’s Cross.


Got a crush on your mum? Find out at The Oedipus Effect, Museum of London.
Hear Edible Woman Margaret Atwood discuss translation at the British Library.
Classical meets clowning as the Circa & Debussy String Quartet: Opus opens at the Barbican Centre.
New York stand-up Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous at the Source Below, Piccadilly Circus.

Gigs: Warpaint at Koko, Camden; Let’s Wrestle, Rough Trade East, Brick Lane; Hatcham Social, The Lexington, Angel; and four more.


Go weird (or go home) as Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance opens at the National Gallery.
Stuff yourself a tiny friend at Margot Magpies’s Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class, Boxpark, Shoreditch.

Gigs: Yuck, Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Emmy the Great, Jazz Café, Camden; Childhood, Electrowerkz, Angel; and three more.


Wes Anderson’s world of symmetry comes to life at Secret Cinema’s immersive ‘Grand Budapest Hotel.
Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 kicks off tonight: trace your family history at Olympia London.
Embrace northern Iraqi metalwork as the Court and Craft exhibition opens at the Courtauld Gallery.
And Farmageddon is upon us: hear Sunday Times editor Isabel Oakeshott talk about the true price of cheap meat.

Gigs: The Gypsy Kings, The Royal Albert Hall; Blood Orange, 100 Club, Soho; Of Montreal, Oval Space, Bethnal Green; and seven more.

Make even more of this week…

Continue Bart’s Pathology Museum’s Matters of the Heart month with talks on STDs, anatomical Venus, and Victorian strongmen.

Head to the cinema to see: Spike Jonze’s computer love affair, ‘Her; A world in miniature, ‘The Lego Movie; and, punch-drunk French nightmare, ‘Bastards.

See three great new plays open: ‘The One at Soho Theatre; ‘Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden; and ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle‘ at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe.

Catch the latest exhibitions: War Artists at Sea, Queens House, Greenwich; Mimi Winter’s Play Box biscuit factory at Ovalhouse, Oval; and Eyewitness at Daniel Blau, Hoxton. 

Here are more hot happenings.

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