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44 fresh happenings this weekend in London


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The sun’s going down on another week in London, so take a look at all the fun things happening below and party until it comes back up. Watch a free film in Peckham, get stylish at a Beyond Retro fashion do, or cut loose at Dance Tunnel. Here’s London’s best bits…

Fun things to do

Flamingo Pier Vol. V, 7 Roach Road,  TONIGHT, £7 adv. Get ready for dancing, skewered meats and spicy pineapple juleps (not all at the same time) as this week’s tropical-themed floating party will probably be the last Flamingo Pier event of the year.

Beyond Retro: Dress Up, Beyond Retro Dalston, Saturday, free. The store launches its ‘in-store vintage styling’ with a party this Saturday. There will be complimentary Bloom Gin cocktails, free manicures from The Illustrated Nail, goody bags for anyone that spends over £50 and a live DJ playing rock and roll hits.

Totally Thames, various locations, all weekend, prices vary. Returning for another year, Totally Thames graces the banks of the river for the whole of September. The water-side festival is a mix of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities.

YHA lost property charity shop, YHA London St Paul’s, Sunday, free. This Sunday YHA St Paul’s is hosting its second annual pop-up charity shop and it’s selling off heaps of random pieces of clothing, jewellery, bags and shoes left unwanted in their lost property boxes.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Annual Reunion and Fun Day, Sunday, free. A flurry of fur and friendly faces will pack Battersea Park for the famous animal sanctuary’s twentieth annual reunion. Expect stalls, activities, refreshments and even playgrounds and paddling pools for pooches.

Angel Canal Festival, Islington, Sunday, free. Activities include free donkey rides, sand castle buidling, boat trips, races, and free kayak taster sessions.

Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, all weekend, free. The festival of performance, dance and visual arts from disabled artists returns to the Southbank Centre for the second time following its first run as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

Martin Creed’s Moroccan Bazaar, Sketch, all weekend, free. The Glade room at Sketch will be transformed into a Moroccan Bazaar this week, where shoppers will be able to purchase one-off pieces from Turner Prize winner Martin Creed’s restaurant installation. Prices start from £30 for furniture and £4 for glassware.

…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.

Meatopia ©Jack Oughton

Eating and drinking

Meatopia, Tobacco Dock, Sat-Sun, from £30. Back for its second year, the line-up promises to be even bigger and better, with unique-to-the-event dishes designed by some of the greatest meat masters in the capital.

Brewdog pop-up bar at Tate, Tate Modern, all weekend, £18, £16 concs for the exhibition (not the beer!) It’s your last chance to visit the ‘Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ exhibition at Tate Modern this weekend and to mark the occasion Tate Food have collaborated with Brewdog to host a pop-up bar in the Turbine Hall.

Secret Sunday Lunch Club, Notting Hill, Sunday, £35. How about a full roast with pork, crackling, all the trimmings, fruit crumble and an indulgent cheese board?

Krug pop-up, South Bank, all weekend, £40. A glass box positioned slap bang beside the Thames on the South Bank is serving up crab and champagne this weekend. In the latest attention-grabbing pop-up to hit the capital, Krug will be pairing their Grand Cuvée Champagne with Norwegian king crab prepared by new Marylebone restaurant Beast.

Shoe Shop, 122 Fortess Road, Tufnell Park. No ornamentation, very few tables, un-greedy pricing and bloody brilliant food.

Horn OK Please, South Bank. Mumbai-style snack food spices up any visit to the South Bank but it can also be found at Borough Market Monday to Wednesday.

…or see the latest restaurant reviews.

Friday night freaks


Friday Night Freaks, London Wonderground, TONIGHT, £15.50, £14 concs. Weirdos of London, unite! This late-night showcase of the most twisted, rude, shocking and just downright bizarre comedy and cabaret acts in town is back, for a fifth year.

Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Saturday, £15. The Backyard Comedy Club is 16 years old! Hoorah! To celebrate, the club’s boss, Lee Hurst, makes his first appearance at the venue since its refurbishment over a year ago.

Rise of the Idiots, The Exhibit, Sunday, £7, £5 adv. Catch John Kearns – this year’s triumphant Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, performing his first London gig since bagging the gong – plus foppish buffoon Eric Lampaert, Sunil Patel and Elliot Steel.

Rhys Nicholson – Eurgh, Soho Theatre, all weekend, £10-£15. Young, dapper Australian stand-up Rhys Nicholson brings his solo show to London off the back of a well-received Edinburgh Fringe run.

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

The beat

Live music

The Beat, Brooklyn Bowl London @ the O2, Fri, £15. The most musically interesting band of the ’80s ska-pop revival continue their reformation.

Pulled Apart By Horses, Rough Trade East, Fri, free. The young Leeds quartet headline with their shouty and aggressive (yet oddly funky) alt rock tuneage, which suggests a collision between DFA 1979 and a poppier Megadeth.

The Telescopes, Shacklewell Arms, Sun, Dalston, £6 adv. Post-Valentines fuzz-pop and ‘a visceral wall of noise’

…or see all 49 music events happening this weekend.

High Rise

Club nights

End of Summer Terrace Party, Prince of Wales, TONIGHT, £10-£12. Smoky dub producer and vocalist Cooly G headlines this party to bid farewell to summer, alongside UK house duo Inland Knights, Nubiyan Twist and Alpines.

High Rise, various locations, Saturday, £8 (one event). A series of three simultaneous parties on three of London’s best rooftops, hosted by clothing brand Boxfresh.

The South London Soul Train, Bussey Building, Saturday, £7, £5 adv. This monthly Peckham party promises ‘no bass wobbles, only love, funk and soul’.

Celebrate Life, Dance Tunnel, Saturday, £5-£10 adv. ‘Slow to Speak’ founded ‘LIFE’ back in Boston in the late ’90s, intending to suspend all the outside burdens and numbing drudgery of daily life in favour of a real party. They take over Dance Tunnel for the very first edition of their infamous basement party this Saturday.

The Paperworks, Elephant and Castle, all weekend, free. The Paperworks runs every Fri-Sun ,with a sparkling DJ line-up (programmed by the knowledgeable minds at Corsica) that includes selectors from club nights such as Love Glove, Rhythm Section and Tender Hooks.

…or check out all 58 parties happening this weekend.



Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival, various locations, all weekend, free. Now in its fifth year, the festival which is completely run by local volunteers, has around 30 free screenings at 25 venues across SE15.

Sátántangó, ICA, Saturday, £15, £12 concs. What, the whole thing?! Yes, the ICA will be showing all 450 minutes (that’s seven and a half hours) of Bela Tarr’s sprawling slow-cinema masterwork.

Pickpocket, Ciné Lumière, Sunday, £8, £6 concs. If you’ve spent all of Saturday watching ‘Satantango’, why not wash it down on Sunday afternoon with Robert Bresson’s comparatively slight (at 75 minutes) but just as confrontational and wondrous ‘Pickpocket’?

Or at the cinema…

Before I Go to Sleep ★★★☆☆ This latest high-concept amnesia thriller stars Nicole Kidman as Christine, an English woman who can no longer store memories after a random attack.

The Guest ★★☆ An effectively bloody, breakneck ride, given an extra coat of alluring gloss by the John Carpenter-influenced 1980s styling that is currently all the rage in the genre.

The Hundred-Foot Journey ★★★☆☆ Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, in a deliciously salty turn), oversees a starched-linen fine-dining temple in southern France.

…or take a look at the latest film reviews.


At the theatre

Toast, Park Theatre, all weekend, £19.50, £16 concs A deadpan, Beckett-infused dramedy about a bunch of knackered oddballs clinging to their jobs in an ailing Hull bread factory in 1975.

Eye of a Needle, Southwark Playhouse, Fri-Sat, £10-£18, £16 concs. Ripped from current headlines and drawing on the stories of various asylum applicants from sources like gay rights charity Stonewall, this is a coruscating broadside aimed at the cruel absurdity of Britain’s Kafkaesque asylum process and its demands for proof of sexual orientation.

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, various venues, all weekend, £15-£30. Mark Farrelly’s embodiment of the twentieth century’s most defiant homosexual is an uncanny feat of resurrection – and his play a delicious celebration of self-definition and strident peculiarity.

…or check out the critics’ choice theatre reviews.

Horst: Photographer of Style

This week’s best new art

Last chance! Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs  at Tate Modern, closes Sun, which  is even open all night (1opm-5am) on Saturday night.

Horst: Photographer of Style, V&A, Sat-Sun, £9, £6-£8 concs. A retrospective exhibition of German-American photographer, Horst P Horst’s prolific 60-year career.

Dorothea Tanning: Web Of Dreams, Alison Jacques, Fri-Sat, free. Setting the tone for this dreamy show of paintings and drawings, which span 50 years, is a black-and-white photograph of Tanning taken by Robert Motherwell in 1945.

John Hilliard: Not Black and White, Richard Saltoun, Fri, free. This British sculptor has been challenging photography through his conceptual practice since his college days at Central St Martin’s where the emphasis was on the idea and not the object.

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sprüth Magers, Fri-Sat, free. For the past 50 years, the revered husband and wife duo have studied industrial buildings with scientific precision.

Neither, Seventeen, Fri-Sat, free. To inaugurate their new space a little further up Kingsland Road, Seventeen presents a group show of film works curated by associate director and artist Tim Steer that looks at the act of looking.

Jack Bilbo, David Zwirner, Fri-Sat, free. Satirical ink drawings by the self-taught bohemian German artist.

…or see the all the London art reviews.

And finally…

Win… a once in a lifetime trip to Brazil  or a VIP trip to Branchage Festival 2014.

Grab… £12.50 tickets for the ‘Designers In Residence’ late event on September 13.

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