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48 wonderful ways to spend this weekend in London

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So what if the weather forecast says there’s a 50 percent chance it’s going to rain all weekend – shift your bum off the sofa and get yourself down to one of the many fantastic things happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just don’t forget your brolly.

All weekend

Heat things up at spice-orientated festival Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, Dalston Yard. What’s the matter? Too spicy for ya?!

Little Shop of Beauty offers workshops and organic food to celebrate natural beauty in Marylebone.

Watch the Northern Ballet‘s first performance at the Royal Opera House.

Smooth over a few wrinkles and crinkles at Anti Ageing Health and Beauty Show, Olympia London, Kensington.

Check out Olivier Dubois Company: Tragedie, an intense choreographic debut at Sadler’s Wells. Word of warning: Dancers are nude so not for the prudes!

Comedy: The Jokes I’m Most Fond Of… An Evening with Glenn Wool at Soho Theatre (it’s the last night on Saturday!), Jerry Sadowitz at Leicester Square Theatre (there’s magic too), or Jack Dee’s Helpdesk at Soho Theatre.

Friday night

Get Funked up at Memory Box: The Evolution of Disco party, Lockside Lounge, Camden.

Enjoy a proper bo night of UK garage classics at club night Total Garage: Artful Dodger, Plan B, Brixton.

Watch comedy king Bill Bailey Unplugged at Leicester Square Theatre.

Gigs: Janelle Monáe at O2 Academy Brixton, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Koko, Camden, Amos Lee at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, and 29 more.


Live life like there’s no tomorrow at The End of the World Party at Scala, King’s Cross.

Have a wail of a time at dubstep night Skreamizm, Electric Brixton.

Transform your home at Marylebone Interior Day, The Conran Shop, Marylebone.

Get creative with Jumble and Pearls pop-up event offering workshops and live portrait sessions, The Book Club.

Go to the opening night of Wolf Hall at Aldwych Theatre, or Bakersfield Mist at Duchess Theatre.

Root for retro at Cabbages & Frocks Very Vintage Day, Cabbages & Frocks Market, West End.

Check out these four Eurovision parties where you can watch Great Britain get Nil Points!

Sample some Spanish culture at Pop Up Chic Shopping Revolution, Clerkenwell Gallery, Farringdon.

See what’s on offer at The London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover, Bishopsgate Institute.

Get your glad rags on for a 1960s Hollywood Party at Temple Studios.

No work tomorrow! Milk it at Udderbelly where musical comedy duo Rubberbandits – Continental Fistfight are performing.

Gigs: Nick Lowe at Union Chapel, Highbury, The Curst Sons at Green Note, Camden, De Lata at Rich Mix, Brick Lane and 24 more.


Head over to Mister Sunday for a night of disco, funk and house at Oval Space, Bethnal Green.

Join Punch & Judy at the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

London Symphony Orchestra in Trafalgar Square! Get there early.

Check out the so called ‘Rolls Royce of Vintage Fashion Fairs’ The Hammersmith Vintage Fashion Fair, Hammersmith Town Hall.

Gigs: Debashish Bhattacharya at Rich Mix, Brick Lane, The Grand Slambovians at The Borderline, Soho, Protect The Beat at Bull’s Head, Chelsea and 14 more.

Or why not…

Watch new hit films: ‘The Wind Rises’, ‘Frank‘, ‘Exhibition’, or ‘Locke‘.

Or a five-star show with a limited run: ‘King Charles III‘ or ‘A View from the Bridge‘.

Check out a recently reviewed restaurant: Nagoya, Zumbura, or Artusi.

Or this week’s best new art: David Hockney at Annely Juda, Collect 2014 at Saatchi Gallery, Josef Albers: Black and White at Waddington Custot and seven more.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

★ Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

★ Meow watch this! A 24-hour online cat channel

★ Tell us the weirdest thing you’ve ever witnessed on public transport!

★ Eight hair-raising adventures happening outside London this summer

★ This honest tube map tells it like it is

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