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36 fun things happening in London this week

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If you hit it a little too hard this bank holiday, don’t worry, there aren’t any more until Christmas Day. There’s plenty of fun things happening in the mean time though! Grab some grub on the roof of Selfridges, watch some free gigs at Rough Trade or check out some of the best ‘paper craft’ illustrators in the capital, plus plenty more…

Fun things to do 

CoolWalks: Eccentric Dulwich, Dulwich Library, Thursday, free. Get a unique insight into the more curious corners and characters that Dulwich has to offer on this free walk from Dulwich Library to Brockwell Park.

Briefs: The Second Coming, London Wonderground, Thursday, £15.50, £14 concs. Combining neon-shaded alt-drag clowning, La Clique-style variety, boylesque and satire, this small troupe has come a long way from the back of a Brisbane bookshop.

The Corner Shop, Hoxton, all week, free. A shop in which every item, from the tampons to the till, is made from fabric.

Barts Pathology Museum Public Opening, Barts Pathology Museum, Tue, Thu, free. On Tuesdays and Thursday through August one of London’s best-kept secrets – and one of its grisliest museums – opens to the public for the first time outside its compelling events programme.

Boomf at Selfridges, Selfridges, all week. Website Boomf lets you print your Instagram photos onto marshmallows and they’ve set up their edible selfie machine at the department store on Oxford Street.

Bullshit London, St Paul’s Catherdral, Thursday, £10, £7 concs. Expect improvised comedy and a distinctly lackadaisical approach to the truth in a somewhat skewed look at the history of our fair city.

…or check out more great events happening week.

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Eating and drinking

Fink’s Salt & Sweet, Mountgrove Road. The menu includes sharing plates such as charcuterie or cheese, bowls of olives or toasted corn, or more involved dishes such as lentils, pomegranate, beetroot and goat’s cheese.

Te Amo, Kentish Town. Despite the name, this place is not Spanish but Middle Eastern. And it’s seriously good.

L’Anima Café, Spitalfields. Tuck into a southern Italian inspired menu, with a simple yet elegant selection of dishes.

On the Roof with Q, Selfridges. A summer spin-off from Camden’s Q Grill.

Busan BBQ summer, Old Bengal Bar, Tuesday. The last day to catch the ‘AmeriKorean’ BBQ joint kicking out fingerlicking bulgogi burgers and sticky chicken.

… or see the latest restaurant reviews.

Luke McGregor


Luke McGregor, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£12.50. Following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Australian rising star Luke McGregor brings his solo show ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’ to London.

Neil Hamburger, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £15, £12.50 concs. ‘America’s funnyman’ Neil Hamburger dons a stained tuxedo, sports a greasy combover and phlegms into his own drink.

Steen Raskopoulos, Soho Theatre, Wed-Thu, £12.50-£15. Aussie solo sketch artist Steen Raskpoulos brings his character comedy hour to Soho following a hugely acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Angel Comedy, Camden Head, all week, free. Stand-up from carefully selected open-mic comics and experienced acts testing new stuff or performing solid-gold sets – all for free.

…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.

Royal Blood

Live music

Royal Blood, Rough Trade East, Tuesday, free. Hotly tipped bass-and-drums duo Royal Blood headline, fresh from a support slot with Arctic Monkeys.

Tinashe, XOYO, Tuesday, £10. Los Angeles-based R&B talent Tinashe does a fine line in soulful, electronic-tinged songwriting that manages to sound simultaneously slick, sexy and progressive.

The Wytches, Rough Trade East, Wednesday, free. Crunchy surf-rockers The Wytches do their doomy garage band thing in the headline slot.

Dry The River, Rough Trade East, Thursday, free. They may have the acoustic strumming and sweet, quavering vocal harmonies of an Americana act, but these indie folkies are actually from pre-Olympic Stratford.

…or see all 50 music events happening this week.

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Club nights

F*ck! I Didn’t Get Kate Bush Tickets, Hackney Attic, Tuesday, £10. If you’re heartbroken about failing to nab Kate Bush tickets, drown your sorrows with countless others and head to this KB themed night featuring the music, videos, dancing and film. (Here’s some other alternative Kate Bush nights happening too!)

Sessions, Corsica Studios, Thursday, £6-£10 adv. What started out as a Thursday night showcase for up-and-coming producers has naturally evolved into a weekend bass session.

Hip Hop Karaoke, The Social, Thursday, £5. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a Missy, Eminem, Beastie Boy/Girl or you think you could give Snoop a run for his dough, here’s your chance to act out some rap fantasies.

…or check out all the parties happening this week.

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Harry Potter Summer Screenings, Warner Bros Studio, Tuesday, £45, £37.50. The emotional finale, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ will be screened on Tuesday. Tickets, which must be booked in advance, include access to the studio tour, a butterbeer, popcorn, a hot snack and a soft drink.

Rooftop Film Club: Peckham Rye, Bussey Building, Tue-Thu, £13. This week catch ‘The Notebook’, ‘Skylight’ or ’12 Years a Slave’.

Or at the cinema…

Two Days, One Night ★★★★★ Marion Cotillard gives (another!) Oscar-worthy performance.

Lucy ★★★☆☆ Luc Besson’s latest beat-‘em-up is unexpectedly weird – and surprisingly fun.

God Help the Girl ★★★☆☆ Stuart Murdoch’s impeccably styled indie musical.

What If? ★★★☆☆ Daniel Radcliffe bucks the success-to-mess path of many child actors in this romcom.

Charulata ★★★★★ This graceful portrait of a lonely woman in late nineteenth-century Calcutta is a masterpiece of world cinema.

…or take a look at the latest film reviews.

The Lion


The Lion, St James Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£30. Benjamin Scheuer recounts the loves, losses, and challenges, of his own life through song.

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face, The Jetty, Tue-Thu, £10. A 45-minute experience taking place in a pavilion built from shipping containers in a new open-air venue.

Our World at War, Tristan Bates Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10. War is a game of two halves in Fringe stalwarts Lazarus Theatre’s boldly realised Shakespeare rep.

…or check out this week’s critics’ choice theatre reviews.

Open For Business

Best new art

Open For Business, Science Museum, all week, free. The Science Museum is the first stop for this touring exhibition, which tells the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry.

Hans Hillmann: Film Posters, Kemistry, all week, free. The late German graphic designer was responsible for interpreting the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel and Akira Kurosawa into poster form.

Paper Cut, The Proud Archivist, Thursday, free. New works by 25 paper craft illustrators, presented by top paper craft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve.

Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia, Photographers’ Gallery, all week , free. Beginning with a period when photographs were precious souvenirs, this survey explores the importance of a medium we now regard as commonplace.

…or see the all the London art reviews

And finally…

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