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45 flippin’ fabulous things happening in London this weekend

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This weekend sees a handful of festivals land in the capital, and they all look pretty great. Head to Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival for writing workshops, Ceremony Festival for an electronic danceathon or London Design Festival to see the best creative talent around. Here’s what’s happening in London over the next few days…

Fun things to do

London Design Festival, various locations, Sat-Sun, prices vary. This stylish multi-facetted, multi-venue, nine-day festival takes place across the whole of the capital, but the V&A will act as a central hub hosting talks, events and exhibitions.

Colourscape Music Festival, Clapham Common, Sat-Sun, £9, £5 children. The closest thing to being swallowed by a scene from ‘Yellow Submarine’, Colourscape Music Festival takes place on Clapham Common and this year celebrates its 25th birthday.

Stockwell Festival, Larkhall Park, Saturday, free. This community festival celebrating Stockwell’s diverse cultures offers an eclectic mix of free activities: zumba and swing dance taster sessions, lino printing and a bus driver’s seat photo opportunity are all on the bill.

Rhythm Junction London, Round Chapel, Saturday, £30-£38. Get your curlers in and your brogues polished for this vintage day of jolly good fun.

Sleepover at the View from the Shard, London Bridge, Saturday, £99. Guests will gaze at the night sky through a Royal Observatory telescope, hear acoustic performances and tuck in to a midnight feast from Pizza Pilgrims.

Club Monaco pop-up, Sloane Square, Saturday, free. Expect a Taschen Book store, The Vinyl Factory & Phonica Records, Blooms Florist and Pizza Pilgrims (again!) plus many more at this pop-up celebrating the opening of Club Monaco’s flagship store.

Ceremony Festival, Finsbury Park, Saturday, £25 adv. Building on their history of wicked outdoor danceathons, expert party-starters Found bring a host of electronic music names to Finsbury Park for their biggest event yet.

The Invictus Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, all weekend, from £12.85. This four-day sporting event sees 400 individuals from 14 different countries compete for gold in four different sporting categories at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Art of Skateboarding exhibition, The Goodhood Store, Sat-Sun, free. Artists and designers including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Will Sweeney, James Jarvis, Ed Davis and Russell Maurice have all been asked to contribute to the creation of a series of skateboards, to be exhibited in Goodhood’s new 3,000ft flagship on Curtain Road.

Hackney One Carnival, various Hackney locations, Sunday, free. Check out an afternoon of bright, noisy fun in Hackney as a carnival parade fills the borough’s streets.

Keats Fleet Walk, City Information Centre, Sunday, £8. Trace the footsteps of poet John Keats while discovering a lost London river with these walking tours that are taking place as part of the Totally Thames Festival.

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival, Ivy House, Sunday, prices vary. Back for a sixth year, the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival welcomes 90 writers for a series of workshops, walks and talks.

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

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Eating and drinking

DF Mexico, Spitalfields. A cheap Mexican restaurant with lashings of flavourful fast food.

House at the National Theatre, South Bank. The National Theatre has bucked things up by revamping its flagship restaurant and hiring three new chefs.

London Beer Dispensary, Brockley. A pub without a bar, but lots of lovely beer to try.

Conflict Kitchen, Monikers, Saturday, £35. As part of the Talking Peace Festival, which celebrates the power of words to resolve conflicts, the food-loving collective will be hosting weekly meals and discussions from countries that have experienced violence.

The British Craft Beer Challenge: Grand Finale, The Brewhouse at London Fields Brewery, Saturday, £4. It’s time for the UK’s best-loved brews to take the final showdown against the rest of the world’s craft offerings.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Kings Place Festival© Steve Ullathorne


Kings Place Festival, Kings Place, all weekend, £6.50. The line-up for this year’s fest includes a classy strand of comedy, including laptop wizard Adam Buxton, character comic Joseph Morpurgo, and Tim Key and Tom Basden’s chaotic double-act, Freeze!

Do the Right Thing and Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown, The Phoenix, Sunday, £7-£11. Two of the funniest podcasts out there – Do the Right Thing and Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown – record episodes back-to-back at the newly refurbished Phoenix pub.

Austentatious – An Improvised Novel, Leicester Square Theatre, Sunday, £12.50, £10 concs. Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn’t seen Austentatious.

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


Live music

Sohn, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, TONIGHT, £12.50. One of the latest acts to sign with prestigious British label 4AD, Sohn is a hotly tipped singer, songwriter and producer whose debut album ‘Tremors’ plays with the human voice and melancholy landscapes of ambient electronica.

Mazes, Shacklewell Arms, TONIGHT, £8 adv. Distorted lo-fi pop from Mancunian trio Mazes, playing brittle but brilliant melodies from their new album ‘Wooden Aquarium’.

OnBlackheath, Blackheath, Sat-Sun, £35-£57.50 (day), £60-£99 (weekend). Normally ill-served when it comes to music festivals, south-east London gets its own back this September with a two-day celebration of music and food.

…or check all the live music events in London this weekend.

Tranny Olympics 2013

Club nights

Tranny Olympics, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Saturday, £10, £8 adv. Polly Sexual and Babes Trust return for another year’s fabulous celebration of gender expression.

Ceremony: Later, Egg London, Saturday, £13. The official afterparty for Ceremony festival takes place at north London club Egg and rounds-up some of the finest talent from the festival and beyond, for those who want to keep dancing after the 11pm curfew.

NTS Day and Night, Corsica Studios/ The Paperworks, Saturday, £10. Ace London radio station NTS hosts a fine all-day party to bid goodbye to summer. In the daytime they’re taking over top pop-up happening The Paperworks (1pm-10pm) and then moving up the road a little to Corsica Studios for the evening festivities (10pm-6am).

Party and Bullshit, Plan B, Saturday, £10. Celebrating 20 years since the release of The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’, this top hip hop party features the first ever UK set from famed producer Easy Mo Bee, who worked with Biggie himself.

…or take a look at all 63 parties planned this weekend.

Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival© Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival


Belleville Rendez-vous’ (bike-powered), Nunhead Green, TONIGHT, free. Now in its fifth year, the Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival is completely run by local volunteers, with around 30 free screenings at 25 venues across SE15. Tonight, watch a bike-powered screening of the ‘Belleville Rendez-vous’.

Jim Jarmusch season: ‘Stranger Than Paradise’, BFI Southbank, Saturday, £8.15 – £11.50. The BFI’s new Jim Jarmusch and Friends season kicks off with the indie auteur’s early black-and-white works including his debut ‘Permanent Vacation’.

Kinima: ‘Black Cat, White Cat’, The Cinema Museum, Saturday, £12, £10 concs. Enjoy some live Balkan music and settle in for a screening of Emir Kusturica’s comic saga about two gypsy patriarchs and their unruly families.

Or at the cinema…

Pride ★★★★★ ‘Pride’ recalls how a small group of gay activists took a trip from London to rural South Wales in 1984 to lend their support to a beleaguered village during the miners’ strike.

In Order Of Disappearance ★★★★☆ Another week, another Nordic thriller. This one comes with added black comedy.

A Most Wanted Man ★★★☆☆ The late Philip Seymour Hoffman play Günther Bachmann, a German intelligence agent at the heart of this John le Carré adaptation.

… or see all of the latest releases here.

Little Revolution

At the theatre

Little Revolution, Almeida Theatre, Fri-Sat, £9-£36. Pioneering verbatim playwright Alecky Blythe follows her ground-breaking ‘London Road’, with a far shorter affair that takes the nationwide phenomena of the 2011 riots and views them through the prism of a single, divided community – that of Clarence Road in Hackney.

Autobahn, King’s Head Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£20.50. Sometimes eerie, at others funny, Neil LaBute’s ‘Autobahn’ is a toe-dip into an entire generation’s worth of struggles that unravels along the highways of America.

Briefs: The Second Coming, London Wonderground, all weekend, £15.50, £14 concs. An eye-popping spectacle that is both fabulously sexy and seriously clever.

Fully Committed, Menier Chocolate Factory, all weekend, £20-£29.50. There is a relatable story here about responsibility, depression and hope.

…or see the theatre critics’ choices here.

Late Turner: Painting Set Free

This week’s best new art

Late Turner: Painting Set Free, Tate Britain, all weekend, £15, £13 concs. No one work is more significant than another; there is enormous democracy in Turner’s vision. He doesn’t so much show what paint can do, but what paint is: part of the world, an element.

Francesca Woodman: Zigzag, Victoria Miro Mayfair, Fri-Sat, free. Focusing on her use of the zigzag as a compositional device, this intimate display of 25 works includes ten newly released images from Woodman’s estate.

Mary Reid Kelley: Swinburne’s Pasiphae, Pilar Corrias, Fri-Sat, free. Unpublished during his lifetime, the Victorian poet, Algernon Charles Swinburne’s ‘Pasiphae’ has inspired the latest work of the American artist.

Anthony Caro: The Last Sculptures, Annely Juda, Fri-Sat, free. The late British Sculptor who knew no bounds when it came to experimenting with materials in his six-decade career started to work with Perspex in 2011.

Jasper Johns: Regrets, Courtauld Gallery, all weekend, £8.50, £4-£7.50 concs. The chance discovery of a photo showing Lucian Freud in Francis Bacon’s studio inspired this recent work by the 83-year old American artist.

…or see all London art reviews.

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