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51 wonderful things happening in London this week

Posted at 12:00 pm, April 14, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife
credit: Stephanie Sadler

[Easter tastiness. Pic: Stephanie Sadler]

Feeling the post-weekend blues? Worry not. Here’s everything you need to stay entertained this week…

All week

Three fab photography exhibitions kicking off on Monday: Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, Chelsea; Liu Bolin: The Heroic Apparition at Scream, Oxford Circus; Martina Bacigalupo: Gulu Real Art Studio at Camilla Grimaldi, Piccadilly Circus.

Easter week goodies: It’s Easter at the National Portrait Gallery and you can help find the Lost Imperial Easter Egg by Fabergé.


Music, bang, shake, discover and create at RCM Sparks Family Discovery: Mini Sparks at the Royal College of Music.

Gigs: British Sea Power at Koko, Camden; Peter White at The Pheasantry, Chelsea; Luke Sita-Singh at Oslo, Hackney and 13 more.


Hello, is it tea you’re looking for? Immortalise the great crooner on a great British biscuit, Lionel Rich Tea at Drink Shop & Do, King’s Cross.

Creator of the Olympic Cauldron and the New Bus for London Thomas Heatherwick talks design and architecture, RIBA, Regents Park.

Gigs: Smoke Fairies at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane; The Electric Soft Parade at The Borderline, Soho; Joan As Police Woman at Village Underground, Spitalfields and 20 more.


See heroic stories at Guiding Lights: 500 Years of Trinity House And Safety At Sea at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Meet Your Favourite Farmyard Animals at N1 shopping centre, Angel.

Join graphic novelist Karrie Fransman to scribble stories and draw tales inspired by objects at Making Discoveries & Graphic Narratives, Two Temple Place, Temple.

Impossible Creature Crafts: make the animals and monsters of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Art exhibitions opening: Chris Marker at Whitechapel Gallery; Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe at the ICA, The Mall.

Gigs: Elbow at the 02 Arena, Greenwich; Cut Copy at The Forum, Kentish Town; The Ex at XOYO, Shoreditch and 27 more.


Embrace National Gardening Week by learning how to tend plants in a greenhouse: Gardening Under Glass at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Easter Foodie Gifts: Create and decorate hot cross buns, white chocolate lollipops and Easter biscuits and more at the Waitrose Cookery School, Finchley.

Make your mark on a supersized canvas at The Kingswood Draw, Kingswood House, Sydenham.

Sing Handel’s Messiah at St John’s Smith Square, Westminster.

See Ariel and Flounder, Woody, Buzz and more at Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy, Wembley Arena.

1970s Mod revivalists play with German band The Apemen at the first night of mini music festival Modstock at the Shacklewell Arms.

Gigs: Shez Raja at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho; Robert Mitchell at the 606 Club, Chelsea; Sub Focus at Brixton Academy and 31 more.

Other ideas

See puppets do Brothers Grimm classic Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, at the Little Angel Theatre, Angel (Mon-Tues).

Send kids off to learn new skills at the Greenford Easter Skate SchoolGreenford Sports Centre; to Learn to Ride Horses at Ridgway Stables, Wimbledon; or the Drumming, Body Percussion, Beat Boxing, Rapping and Vocalisation Workshop at The Music House For Children, Shepherd’s Bush.

Comedy: See Tony Law – Nonsense Overdrive at Udderbelly, Waterloo (Tues-Thurs).

Shopping: See the Inès de la Fressange range arrive at Uniqlo, or head to Mount Street, Mayfair’s new centre of style.

Art: Head to the newly opened Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea; the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at the Photographers’ Gallery, Oxford Circus; or Moyra Davey at the Camden Arts Centre.

See top rated new releases: ‘Calvary‘, ‘The Raid 2‘, or ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘.

See top rated new theatre: ‘King Charles III‘ at the Almeida Theatre, Islington; ‘A View From The Bridge‘ at the Young Vic, Southwark; ‘Birdland‘ at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square.

Dance: ‘Royal Ballet: The Winter’s Tale‘, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

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