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31 glorious ways to spend this week in London

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This week sees the start of the World Cup (like you hadn’t heard), and if football’s not your thing chances are you’ll either become a faking-it football fan or a World Cup widow. Either way, there’s plenty of events going on to suit and boot the lot of you. Here are a few of the choice things happening this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday…


Peruse the paintings, printmaking and photography at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.

Quiz the scientists and get up close to animal specimens at Night Safari: Back from the Field, Natural History Museum.

Gigs: Rival Sons, Scala, King’s Cross; Darius Brubeck Quartet, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho; Yasmine Hamdam, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and 16 more.


Rock on over to Sadler’s Wells for a fusion of ballet, acrobatics, musical theatre and hip hop at Rasta Thomas’s Bad Boys of Dance: Rock the Ballet.

Wander around the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain.

Enjoy some dance and get ‘In The Mind Of Igor’ at Akram Khan Company: ITMOI, Sadler’s Wells.

Gigs: Justin Timberlake, The O2, Tower Hamlets; The Fall, Under the Bridge; Howling Bells, Scala, King’s Cross and 13 more.


Join the queue and watch the hugely respected Marina Abramović: 512 Hours do nothing, (really!) at Serpentine Gallery, South Kensington.

Wherefore art thou? Get yourself down to ‘Romeo and Juliet, Royal Albert Hall.

Join the celebs for book signings and talks at Foyles Grand Opening Festival, King’s Cross.

Gigs: Pat Metheny Unity Group, Hammersmith Apollo; The Pierces, Koko, Camden; Cold Specks, The Lexington, Angel and 17 more.


And so the football frenzy begins! Take your pick from one on these Brazilian celebrations:
Boteco Brazil Soho, Brazil Day in Trafalgar Square, Fat Ronaldo’s World Cup Pop-Up, Old Street, or The Vaults Presents The World Cup Carnival, Waterloo.

Have a mooch at the art work on sale from over 100 galleries Affordable Art Fair 2014, Hampstead.

Get your hands on some distinctive prints at Emilyandfin End of Line Sample Sale, Old Truman Brewery, Liverpool Street, or glam evening wear at Jenny Packham End of Line Sample Sale, Mayfair.

Gigs: Wolf Gang, The Lexington, Angel; Ella Eyre, Electric Brixton; Pete Wareham’s Bump, 606 Club, Chelsea and 14 more.

Or why not…

Watch a recently released film: ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘Cheap Thrills’, or ‘Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets’.

Queue up for return tickets to see Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow at The Old Vic.

Or the Theatre production of the week: ‘Antony and Cleopatra‘.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

★ Time travel, gentlemen, please: Secret Cinema goes ‘Back To The Future’

★ Lady Vélo chooses her five secret London spots

★ Watch stuntmen on Boris bikes jump around London’s rooftops

★ Depressing flat advert of the day

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