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36 great things happening in London this week


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Get your week off to a good start with a free gig at Rough Trade, a delicious dinner at one of the capital’s newly opened restaurants or a critic’s choice comedy show. Here are the funnest things happening in London this week…

Fun things to do

Who Run The World: GIRLS, Drink, Shop & Do, Monday, 8.30-10.30pm, £10. Learn all the moves to Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World’ video. Two hours extremely well spent.

Fine Prints and Maps, Henry Sotheran, Monday, free. This exhibition of intricate prints and maps is the perfect introduction to Henry Sotheran’s, an atmospheric 200 year-old antiquarian book shop in Piccadilly.

Romantic Misadventure: Live, Monday, 7.30pm, The Black Heart. Head to Camden for some cathartic fun over-sharing about other people’s bungled sex lives.

Totally Thames, various locations, all week, 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.

Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games, Jewish Museum, all week, £7.50, £6.50 concs. This exhibition, curated with help from Games’ children Naomi and Daniel, looks at his artistic process through a collection of more than 100 original posters, paintings and sketches, many taken from the family’s archive.

Invictus Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Wed-Thu, from £12.85. A four-day sporting event with 400 individuals from 14 different countries competing for gold in four different sporting categories.

Hot Breath Karaoke, The Dolphin, Thursday, free. Celebrate the fact that this Hackney institution’s late licence has been saved by going down and belting out some tunes.

Carnaby Street Style, Thursday, 5-9pm, free. Wallets at the ready as there will be discounts, freebies, competitions, music and more in this West End shopping mecca.

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

shoe shop

Eating and drinking

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

Basement Sate, Soho. This Soho nightspot is the latest venture from Cathleen McGarry (co-owner of Paris’ acclaimed DJ bar Sherry Butt).

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.

MasterChef Restaurant & Cafe, Borough. ’MasterChef’ winners and finalists cook at a pop-up restaurant in Southwark for five weeks.

…or see the latest restaurant reviews.

Laugh Till It Hurts – In Aid of Mind


Laugh Till It Hurts – In Aid of Mind, Comedy Store, Monday, £13, £10 early bird. Gordon Southern comperes a night in aid of mental healthcare charity, Mind. The superb bill features Canadian gagsmith Stewart Francis, Barry Cryer and Katherine Ryan.

Cardinal Burns, Soho Theatre, Mon-Thu, £12.50-£17.50. Cardinal Burns are longtime circuit favourites and stars of their own brilliantly funny British Comedy Award-winning Channel 4 series.

Michael Palin – Travelling to Work, Palace Theatre, Tuesday, £14.75-£29.50. Former Monty Python member turned global adventurer Michael Palin talks about his world travels over the last two and a half decades plus his adventures as part of the Python gang.

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

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

Live music

Tiny Ruins, Union Chapel, Monday, £12.50 adv. Intimate and soft acoustic songcraft from Hollie Fullbrook, alias Tiny Ruins. Here she headlines a Bella Union label showcase with support from 2:54, Arc Iris and Bernard + Edith.

Famy, Rough Trade West, Monday, free. London band Famy (formerly Family, but clearly they were getting confused with the ’70s prog rock band) specialise in highly promising lo-fi, echo-laden songwriting.

Moonface, Cecil Sharp House, Tuesday, £14.50. Canadian multi-instrumentalist Spencer Krug, who’s played or collaborated with around 90 percent of the Canadian indie scene, brings his latest project to London tonight.

Wild Smiles, Madame Jojo’s, Tuesday, £6 adv. These rising alt rockers tread a finely-judged line between atmospheric post-punk and Nirvana-esque riffery, with some impressive results.

…or see all 43 music events happening this week.

Simian Mobile Disco

Club nights

Simian Mobile Disco, various venues, Tuesday, £13.50. As well as rolling out their immense and widely loved back catalogue, broadly covering glitchy electro and pumping dancefloor attacks that never get old, SMD are known for unleashing acid techno warfare in a live setting, which always goes down a treat.

The Music Circle: Night of a Thousand Bushes, Drink, Shop & Do, Thursday, £5-£10 adv. Would you like to dress up as Kate Bush and get drunk and also simultaneously raise money for charity? Here’s probably your only chance.

The Horrors’ Luminous Disco, The Phoenix, Thursday, free. Former garage-rock band turned psychedelic, shoegazing post-punk act The Horrors put down their guitars and drumsticks and get behind the decks for the relaunch of central London boozer and party venue The Phoenix.

…or check out all 26 parties happening this week.

Ballet Boyz

Ballet Boys


The Alibi Film Club, The Alibi, TONIGHT, free. Watch ‘Satan’s Slave’ this week, at this free Dalston film club.

Ballet Boy/Q&A Kenneth Elvebakk and Lukas Bjornebøe Braendsrød, Curzon Mayfair, Tuesday, £15.50. Join director Kenneth Elvebakk and the Ballet Boys Lukas Bjørneboe Braendsrød, Torgeir Lund and Syvert Lorenz Garcia for a post-screening discussion.

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.

 Eye of a Needle

At the theatre

Eye of a Needle, Southwark Playhouse, Tue-Thu, £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.

Toast, Park Theatre, Tue-Thu, £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.

Little Stitches, Streatham Library, Wed-Thu, £12.50, £8.50-£10 concs. These four short plays from theatre company Baretruth attempt to inform us about something that is more widespread than you might think – recent figures suggest 137,000 women and children in the UK are affected by FGM.

…or check out the critics’ choice theatre reviews.

Gert & Uwe Tobias

This week’s best new art

Gert & Uwe Tobias, Maureen Paley, Wed-Thu, free. The identical Romanian twins present their distinct folkloric inspired woodcuts and collages.

John Lewis: How We Live Today, Design Museum, all week, £12.40, £9.30 concs. Pop-up exhibition exploring the design stories behind some of the most popular products in British high street history celebrates the 150-year anniversary of the first John Lewis store on Oxford Street.

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

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, Tue-Thu, 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.

…or see all London art reviews.

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