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58 tremendous football-free ways to enjoy this weekend in London

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Warning World Cup devotees, this is a football-free post! (Take a look at World Cup events and parties instead.) For the rest of you, if you’re worried that you’ll end up doing ball-all this weekend because the footie appears to have taken over the city, fear not. Here’s our guide to all of the fabulous things going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All weekend

Don your mohair suit and get your beard trimmed for the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition, Somerset House.

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

Dance the weekend away at one of the free events happening at Meltdown festival, South Bank.

Listen up folks! There’s some great crafty work to wander around at the British Folk Art exhibition, Tate Britain.

Get creative at Crouch End festival before it ends on Sunday.

Journey through the science of mental health at Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum.

Nibble your way along two-day tapas crawl Rioja Tapas Fantasticas, Potters Field Park. Vamos!

Join the talks, book signings and celebrities at the Foyles Grand Opening Festival.

Witness a fusion of boxing and dancing in ‘Boxe Boxe‘  Sadler’s Wells.

Wander around the work of over 100 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair 2014, Hampstead Heath (Lower Fairground Site).

Enjoy loads of performances, films and food at More London Free Festival, The Scoop at More London.

Invest in some vintage-inspired attire at the Emilyandfin End of Line Sample Sale, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Take a look around the works at The Great War in Portraits exhibition before it ends on Sunday, National Portrait Gallery.

Watch Lily Cole in ‘The Last Days of Troy‘, Shakespeare’s Globe, or Tim Crouch’s Adler & Gibb, Royal Court Theatre.

Take a seat at the world premiere of ‘Dermaphoria’ or a free screening of ‘Chef‘ at the East End Film Festival.

 Open Squares Weekend: Garden Barge Square, Bermondsey, FARM: Shop, Dalston, Bee Urban, Kennington.

How To Dress Well


If you brave it out of the house this Friday 13, take a look at these art events, which start today: Pinta London 2014, Earls Court; Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014, David Zwirner; or A Special Arrow Was Shot in the Neck, David Roberts Art Foundation.

Rave along the Thames at the Bangface Boat Party, Tower Millennium Pier.

Gigs: How To Dress Well, ICA, Charing Cross, Albert Ball’s Flying Aces, Wigmore Hall, Marylebone, Gilmore & Roberts, Kings Place, and 20 more.

World Naked Bike Ride. Photo: Time Out


Strip off for this year’s World Naked Bike Ride, various locations.

Get funked up with house and garage-loving party animals at the All Funked Up Open Top Boat Party, Greenwich Pier, or get funky on the Soul Cruise, Festival Pier, Waterloo.

Walkies! Grab the lead and take your pooch for a stroll at Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Jump aboard the Dixie Queen Paddle Steamer at Craig Charles Funk and Soul Boat Party, Butler’s Wharf Pier.

Raise money for The Big Issue Foundation and awareness of homelessness at The Big Noise Festival, The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe, Peckham.

Get waving those flags and celebrate the Queen’s official birthday at Trooping the Colour, Whitehall.

Buy a printed picnic blanket at the Anorak Spring Summer Sample Sale, All Saints Church Hall, Peckham.

Get on the roof and rave on top of Rockwell House at IA Summer Opening Roof Terrace Party, Shoreditch.

Discover the west London music scene (it really does exist!) at music festival Bushstock, Shepherd’s Bush.

Check out Japanese whisky brand pop-up Suntory Whisky, Selfridges, Oxford Street.

Rave away at dance music festival Found Festival, Haggerston Park.

Gigs: NME C86: The Wedding Present + more, 229, Great Portland Street; Alexander O’Neal, Jazz Cafe, Camden; Panic Room, The Borderline, Soho, and 15 more.

19 Princelet Street © Matthew Andrews


Happy Father’s Daaay! Did you forget? Take a look at how to treat your dad with some great present ideas and things to to.

Dig out your palm tree shirt for the Hawaiian Bop Strictly Vinyl Session, Bussey Building, Peckham.

Raise money for The Mayhew Animal Home at Hyde Bark with pet portraits, agility courses and a dog show, Hyde Park.

Get high for rooftop parties BOHO, Vista, Trafalgar, and Dotdotdot Rooftop Session with Leftwing & Kody, various locations.

Mark Refugee Week and explore the history of a tiny east London home at  the 19 Princelet Street Open Days.

Gigs: Pierre Bensusan, Half Moon, Putney; Dino Baptiste, Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar, Carnaby; Kim Doo Soo, Cafe Oto, Dalston, and 13 more.

Or why not…

Watch recently released films: ‘Belle‘, ‘Common People‘ or ‘Devil’s Knot‘.

Check out a recently reviewed restaurant: ‘Kimchinary‘, ‘Palomar‘, or ‘Chang’s Noodle‘.

Give the World Cup antics a go at Fat Ronaldo’s World Cup Pop-Up, or Boteco Brazil Soho, The Gallery Soho, the fun, cocktail-fuelled way of doing it.

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