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53 terrific ways to spend this weekend in London

Posted at 1:30 pm, February 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style

Tate Britain stairwell. Photo: Mark Walton [Tate Britain stairwell. Photo: Mark Walton]

My goodness! My gracious! You survived another week. To celebrate, here’s the best London has to offer this weekend…

All Weekend

Cheers mate! Hop along for good beer and beats at Craft Beer Rising, The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.
A big screen bonanza for the 25 and unders: BFI Future Film Festival, BFI Southbank.
See the art of science: Beautiful Science: Picturing Data Inspiring Insight, British Library.
Be transported to New Orleans, without leaving Dalston at the Sassafras weekend of food, music, art and cocktails at Dalston Pond.
It’s still half term: Visit Big and Small Family Day, Tate Britain; Shakespeare Story Days, The Globe Theatre; William Morris Craft Workshops, Ravenscourt Park; the Mini Maestro service at St Martins-in-the-Fields; and 48 more.


Fancy film and poetry? Go to the Swimmers Relaunch, Goodge Street.
There’ll be tall tales at Secret Urban Storytelling, Deptford.
Hear hip hop battles at Streetclash, Jazz Café, Camden.

Gigs: Jake Bugg at the Royal Albert Hall; Heaven 17 at the Jazz Cafe; Danny Brown at Koko, Camden; and 4 more.

Clubs: English Disco Lovers at the Dalston Superstore; Zonk.Soul at the Bussey Building, Peckham; House of Trax at Birthdays, Dalston; and 11 more.


Be a babe on a boat: Learn to Row for women, UL Boat House, Gunnersbury.
Get your taxidermy on: Stuff & Nonsense, Barts Pathology Museum, Smithfield.
Rave like a wild one: Big Fish Little Fish presents Where The Wild Things Are, The Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End
Dance yourself silly at Strictly Forest Gate.
Hippy out at a natural Shakti Sings sing-along

Or just go for a leisurely brunch.

Gig: Jon Hopkins at The Forum, Kentish Town.

Clubs: I Love The ‘80s vs I Love The ‘90s, Jazz Café; Basslaced Present Mixpak Records with B.Traits + Dre Skull at Plan B, Brixton; Old School Indie at the O2 Academy, Islington; and 13 more.


Take the East End tour with Bowl of Chalk, Old Street.
Have a rummage at the Netil Market Yard Sale, Hackney.
Embrace your inner philanthrope at An Evening for Amnesty, the Frontline Club, Paddington.

Or just go for a nice Sunday lunch.

Gigs: Goblin at the Electric Ballroom, Camden; The Telescopes at The Lexington, Clerkenwell; Radkey at The Sebright Arms, Hoxton, and 2 more.

What else?

Get green-fingered inspiration at the RHS London Plant and Design Show, Westminster (Friday and Saturday).

Are you expecting? Don’t miss The Baby Show at the ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock.

Why not try to learn The Fundamentals of Drawing at V&A and Tate Britain

See the latest exhibitions: Strange Beauty: The Masters of the German Renaissance at the National Gallery; HaYoung43 Inverness Street, Camden; Abstract Drawing at Drawing Room, Bermondsey; and 12 more.

Catch the latest flicks: Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, Hitchcockian thriller Stranger By the Lake.

Don’t miss the best last chance theatre: Carthage at the Finborough Theatre, Earls Court; Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at Artsdepot, Finchley; Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Hampstead Theatre.

Eat at one of the city’s hottest new restaurants: Polpetto has reopened in Soho and it’s great; the Proud Archivist brings art, music, food and drink to Haggerston; fine dining comes to Battersea with London House; chow down on hotdogs in Kensington’s Dirty Bones.

Or just chill out and read the best of the blog…

Overheard in London: This week’s #wordonthestreet

Wishful thinking: Could the Thames get its own lido?

Newsflash! Giant hedgehog pops up in south London.

Game of Thrones: The Wall comes to Liverpool Street

And the question we fear… Could this be the end for the Shoreditch Ziferblat?

And now for the weekend. Have a good one. We hope it’s all you could wish for…and more.

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