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53 excellent things happening in London this week

Posted at 6:30 pm, March 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife, Shopping & Style
Thames barrier. Pic: AlPie

[A dusky Thames Barrier. Pic: AlPie]

Delay the spring cleaning! Make the most of midweek with our mega bumper list of great things to do in London…

All week

Feeling thrifty? Pick up some super cheap treats at the Designer Jumble Pop-up Shop, Westfield, Stratford.

There’ll be smiles all round at week-long comedy showcase Impro Fest 2014, the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden.

Travel the world with the Human Rights Watch Film Festivalscreening at cinemas across London.

Fancy furnishing to chic cosmetics: check out in-store beauty pop-up the Conran Clinic.


Comedians do quiz night at The Invisible Dot, King’s Cross.

Jammin’:  The Monday Night Jam Session & Jazz Workshop at The Hideaway, Streatham

Can Computers Help People to See? Café Scientifique discuss at the Royal Society, The Mall.

Ditch the blues at Happy Mondays, the Amersham Arms, New Cross.

Gigs: Drake at the O2 Arena, Greenwich; Tunday Akintan at the Southbank Centre; Broken Bells at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire; and 28 more.


Madge would be proud: Stretch you limbs with style at Voga, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.

List, lists, do you love kitsch lists? Head to I Love Lists at Drink Shop & Do, King’s Cross.

Literature, rebellion and murder: Malicious Damage at Islington Guildhall Library sheds light on Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell.

Fine tune your hieroglyphics at The Make Escape – Craft Like an Egyptian, the Hackney Attic.

Ping-along to a Pongathon, at Rich Mix, Brick Lane.

Catch contemporary experimental dance act Compagnie du Hanneton & James Thierree: Tabac Rouge at Sadler’s Wells.

Gigs: Icona Pop at Koko, Camden; Yoko Ono at Café Oto, Dalston; Nadine Shah at XOYO, Old Street; and 37 more.


Innovation from small start ups to Zaha Hadid: Designs of the Year at the Design Museum, Shad Thames.

Don’t let the offspring stand in the way of art: Take a Highlights Tour of Tate Modern with Babies Who Lunch, Tate Modern.

Lose yourself in the silent film archives at Kennington Bioscope, the Cinema Museum.

From South Pole cyclists to hardy mountaineers: Night of Adventure 2014 showcases tales of the extreme, the  University of London, Euston.

Food for thought? Entrepreneurial foodies should stop by the The Food Exchange for business tips, at The Bakery, Westmore Green.

See celeb doppelgängers at dusk at the Madame Tussauds Lates Launch, Marylebone.

Birmingham Royal Ballet open at the Coliseum tonight with Benjamin Britten’s The Prince of the Pagodas.

Gigs: Summer Camp at the Islington Assembly Hall; Lethal Bizzle at XOYO, Old Street; Steel Panther at Brixton Academy; and 38 more.


Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? Play the Mystery Object Panel Game at the Grant Museum of Zoology, Euston.

Feeling arty? Stop by a Drop-in Life Drawing Class at the Tottenham Chances Club.

For the classy child: Bach To Baby a concert series for babies and tots, The Forge Arts Venue, Camden.

Radio 4 funnyman Tom Wrigglesworth is Utterly at Odds with the Universe, the Leicester Square Theatre.

Gigs: Grandmaster Flash at the Jazz Café; 65daysofstatic at Koko, Camden; Interpol + Temples + Royal Blood + Circa Waves, at Brixton Academy; and 45 more.

Other ideas

Head to a the theatre: ‘Grimm Tales‘ at Shoreditch Town Hall; ‘Hedda‘ at Burgh House; ‘Urinetown‘ at the St James Theatre; and many more.

Sad times guys: It’s the last week of the Frozen Thames: Frost Fair 1684/1814!

Visit newly opened art exhibitions: Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, at the National Gallery; Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, at the Cultural Institute at King’s; and Miroslaw Balka: Die Traumdeutung 25,31m AMSL, at White Cube Mason’s Yard.

Catch the latest film releases: ‘The Machine‘, ‘Starred Up‘ or ‘Salvo‘.

Chuckle away with comedy sketches at: Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous at The Source Below; Tim Key – Single White Slut at the Arcola Tent; or Sean Hughes – Penguins, at Tricycle, Kilburn.

Foodies! Treat yourself to a slap-up meal at Barnyard, Goodge Street; fancy coffee and cake at Timberyard, Covent Garden; or enjoy the amazing Asian fusion at The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell.

Want more? Here’s the hottest events from the next seven days. Have a good week y’all!


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