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39 thrilling things happening in London this week

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 28, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
The Shed at the National Theatre. Credit: K Haw

[The Shed at The National Theatre. Pic: KD Haw]

HAPPY MONDAY! C’mon, cheer up, it can’t be thaaaat bad! There’s lots of fun stuff to look forward to…

All Week

Sneak in a spa day at the Portman Village Beauty Bash in Seymour Place and New Quebec St, Marble Arch.

See the pretty product design at Useful + Beautiful at the Geffrye Museum, Old Street.

Check out an exhibition on the scaling skyscrapers that dominate our skyline: London’s Growing Up, at New London Architecture, Bloomsbury.

The Bank of England Museum has been dipping into its vaults – see what they found! Curiosities from the Vaults: A Bank Miscellany, the Bank of England Museum, Bank.


Jump on a minibus to the Dark Side… of the Moon that is, as London Rock Tour’s do Pink Floyd’s Cambridge and London. Tours depart from the Original Tour Visitor Centre, Trafalgar Square.

Gigs: Lily Allen at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Big Sugar at The Borderline in Soho; Grizfolk at the Sebright Arms in Haggerston; and 14 more.


The epitome of bad-ass from Boudicca to the Suffragettes: London Rebels, Their Riots and Revolutions from the London Rover (across London).

Quite literally make yourself happy at The Make Escape, Hackney Attic.

A tale of scientists and code breakers: discover Churchill and the ‘Boffins’ of the First World War at the Churchill War Rooms, Westminster.

Sew your dissent at Craftivism: Mini protest banner making, Alfie’s Antique Market, Marylebone.

AnthroPoetry: hear Slam Champion Ben Mellor’s incredible stand-up poetry, with sounds, beats, beeps and whistles by Dan Steele at Rich Mix, Brick Lane.

Gigs: Chet Faker at Koko, Camden; Micah P Hinson at the Union Chapel, Highbury; La Chiva Gantiva at the Jazz Café, Camden; and 24 more.


Enjoy the Belgian fare and swing music at the Hot Belgian Swing & Fodder Pop Up, Le Quecum Bar, Clapham Junction.

Take an Intoxicating Walk Down Gin Lane, courtesy of the Royal College of Physicians, Great Portland Street.

The Science Museum does a Music Late, with beer, the Charleston, funky sci-fi tunes and kazoos.

It’s the opening night of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival which sports a line-up including Jools Holland, Tinariwen, and Jamie Cullam.

Gigs: Damon Albarn at the Rivoli Ballroom, Crofton Park; Arrows of Love at the Scala, Kings Cross; Shearwater at XOYO, Old Street; and 32 more.

Other Ideas

All That Jazz: Discover The Golden Age of British Popular Music 1919-1950 at the Barbican (Mon & Tues).

Comedy: See Tim Key – Single White Slut at the Duchess Theatre, Covent Garden; Red Bastard at the Pleasance Theatre, Caledonian Road; or #NoFilter – Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Watch new hit films: Transcendence, Exhibition, or We Are The Best!

Check out newly opened exhibitions: Polke-Richter/Richter-Polke at Christies, Mayfair; David Salle at Maureen Paley, Bethnal Green; or Eva Rothschild: What the Eye Wants at Modern Art, Old Street.

See tip top theatre: Birdland at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square; Grounded at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill; or King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre, Angel.

Or, send your taste buds on a round-world trip at London’s best Chinese, African and Mexican restaurants.

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