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51 great things to get up to in London this week

 Dianne Aleja Chua

[London Eye at night. Photo: Dianne Aleja Chua]

It may be Sunday night but banish the impending Monday blues with our tip top line-up for the week!

All week

Taking film to the extreme: the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the Union Chapel, Highbury & Islington.
Calling all literary kiddies, it’s The Big Write at the Discovery Children’s Story Centre, Stratford.
It’s the last chance to fulfil your architectural dream at the Design A Bridge competition, Tower Bridge.
Feeling hungry? Discover the science of food at Feed Your Mind, Kings College London.
Take silent disco to new heights at The View from The Shard, (Mon-Wed).
The House of Holi brings coloured chalk explosions to Devonshire Square, with special suits to protect your clothes! (From Tues)
Celebrate women in art at galleries across London for Women’s History Month.


A final chance to see untold stories at the RNLI Courage On Our Coasts exhibition.
Funk out at the Monday Night Jam Session & Jazz Workshop, The Hideaway, Streatham.
Comedy, music and experiments for the sci-curious: Festival of the Spoken Nerd, the British Library, Euston.

Gigs: Sky Ferreira at Oslo, Hackney; Babyshambles at Roundhouse, Chalk Farm; Mayra Andrade at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho.


Is it a bird? No! It’s you in an actual airplane cockpit! Open Cockpits Evening at the Royal Air Force Museum.
Explore Egypt, Africa and modern British art at A Fusion of Worlds, UCL, Goodge Street.
Femme up at the Bloomsbury Book Club with Germaine Greer.
Yes sarge! Or should we say ‘Yes marge’ as a Toast Army takes over the Royal Artillery Museum, Greenwich.

Gigs: The Warlocks at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle; Nick Mulvey at the Scala, King’s Cross; Dan Croll at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane; and eight more.


Knees up folks at a Pub & Piano Singalong at the Coach & Horses, Soho.
London architect Eric Parry talks Slow Architecture at the British Museum.

Gigs: We need to talk about fracking: Asian Dub Foundation at Roller Disco, Vauxhall; Michael Gira at St John-at-Hackney Church, Hackney; James Hunter at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho.


Feed your artistic curiosity at the RCA Secret postcard exhibition.
Illustrated talks from Spitalfields Life, with old-timey photos of the Bishopsgate area.
The National Portrait Gallery examines Women in the Frame for International Women’s Day.
From Laudanum to Meow-Meow the Royal Institute talks Drugs, Science & Society 

Gigs: Bombay Bicycle Club at Brixton Academy; Rodriguez at Hammersmith Apollo; Left Boy at The Garage, Highbury; and 11 more.

Other ideas

Hit the booze at the London Drinker’s Beer & Cider Festival, the Camden Centre (Wed & Thurs).

Stop by a top photography exhibition: Adam Vroomberg and Oliver Scarti at TJ Boulting, Goodge Street; Alan Forsythe: Vivid Light at Gallery Elena Shchukina, Marble Arch; Darren Almond: To Leave a Light Impression at White Cube, Bermondsey; and seven more.

Head to this week’s hottest dance shows: Pilobolus Dance Theatre: Shadowland, the Peacock Theatre, Aldwych; Junk Ensemble: The Falling Song, the Laban Theatre, Deptford; Kings of the Dance at the London Coliseum, Charing Cross.

Catch the latest film screenings: The Grand Budapest Hotel; 300: Rise of an Empire; Rome, Open City.

Shopaholics! Pamper yourself with goods from the Conran Clinic, South Kensington; for home decoration ideas head to Maison Painter at the Southbank Centre; or pick up some fashion inspiration at the Fashion Rules Exhibition, Kensington Palace.

Visit comedy kings and queens: Simon Munnery – Fylm, at Leicester Square Theatre (from Tues); McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8 Bit! at Wenlock & Essex, Islington (from Thurs); Miranda Hart – My, What I Call, Live Show, at The O2, (from Wed).

Eat up! Try the tasty treats at the Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone; Nagoya, Baker Street; Bones, Hoxton.

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