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40 glorious things to do this weekend in London

Clive Aldenhoven

[Photo: Clive Aldenhoven]

You’ve nearly made it through another week so why not reward yourself by taking a look at all the fun things on offer this weekend! Watch the Great Gorilla Run, take a masterclass is mixology, dine in the sky in a suspended restaurant, or take in some gorgeous new arts from Yayoi Kusuma or Cerith Wyn Evans. Or try and do all 40 things – we dare you!

Fun things to do

Borough Market’ 1,000th birthday, Borough Market, Saturday, free. Borough Market is turning the grand old age of 1,000 and celebrating with a live interactive installation this Saturday. Follow the Footsteps in Time trail and  learn about the history of the market (and yes, you can eat along the way!).

The Great Gorilla Run, Minster Court, Saturday. It’ll be a seriously hairy finish for this eight kilometre charity run, which will see up to 800 participants race around the city in identical gorilla suits. Worth going down to watch and cheer even if you can’t face running.

Colourscape Music Festival, Clapham Common, all weekend, £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 twenty-fifth birthday.

London Design Festival, various locations, all weekend, prices vary. This stylish multi-venue, nine-day festival is reaching its last few days but there’s still plenty of stuff to see.

Open House London, various venues, Sat-Sun. Calling curious cats everywhere – head on down to the many open buildings at this hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture, now in its twenty-second year.

Intoxication Season: Mind Altering Plants and Fungi, Kew Gardens, Sat-Sun, prices vary. This new season at Kew will explore everything from the opium poppy to coffee, alcohol and tobacco and how the same substance can be seen as medicine and also as poison. Food experimentalists Bompas & Parr will host a Plant Connoisseurs’ Club in the Secluded Glasshouse, where participants are invited to eat unusual plants.

Classic Car Boot Sale, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Sat-Sun, £5 before noon, £4 after. Following two picturesque shopping events on the South Bank, the Classic Car Boot Sale is rolling on over to the Olympic Park in Stratford for a vintage party.

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

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Eating and drinking

Cocktails in the City, The Grand Hall, TONIGHT, £12. More than 20 of London’s bars are getting together to create an almighty booze cruise for all you cocktail fans and budding mixologists. Experts will be on hand to give you one-to-one tutorials on mixing your own.

Brisket Fest, Camden Town Brewery Bar, Saturday, £30. Make sure you come hungry to this celebration of the slow-cooked BBQ stalwart, beef brisket.

Oktoberfest Street Food Night Market, Euro Car Parks, Saturday, free. The Urban Food Fest gathers up all manner of German delights at this year’s Oktoberfest. Urban Food Fest founder Jessica Tucker is a bit of a German enthusiast and this Saturday you can revel in her love of all things Bavarian.

London in the Sky dining, Wood Wharf Business Park, all weekend, £50-£250. ‘Events in the Sky’ is running ‘London in the Sky’, a fancy open-air restaurant suspended above Canary Wharf. Yikes.

Dog & Fox, Wimbledon. Being only a short stroll to either the affluent, picture-postcard ‘village’, or the green spaces of Wimbledon Common, this is a taste of country life without leaving London.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

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Tickled Pig, Old Red Lion Theatre, TONIGHT, £9. Tonight you can catch Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams, moustachioed maestro Mike Wozniak, ace storyteller Brett Goldstein, slick rising star Dane Baptiste, Amy Gledhill, Cio Dav, Beth Friday and MC Robbie Ormrod.

Matthew Highton – Good Luck Sleeping Jerks, Museum of Comedy, Saturday, £10. Storytelling comic Matthew Highton (a member of the Weirdos Comedy crew) brings his new solo show to London. ‘Good Luck Sleeping Jerks’ is an auto-biographical show – Highton talks openly about his own insomnia and relationship with his father, attempting to piece together a strange dream.

Ali Brice – Eric Meat Wants to Go Shopping, Museum of Comedy, Sunday, £10. Ali Brice – part of the Weirdos Comedy collective (he played the lead in their alternative panto, ‘The Colonel’) – brings his debut solo character comedy show to London.

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

Azealia Banks

Live music

Azealia Banks, O2 Academy Brixton, TONIGHT, £20. Look forward to hearing tracks from Banks’s epically delayed debut album, ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’.

Jaws, The Garage, TONIGHT, £9. Jaws, following in the footsteps of fellow Brummies Peace and Swim Deep, do a fine line in shimmery, ’90s-influenced pop, although they’re notably more shoegazing than their peers.

Jon Hopkins, Royal Festival Hall, TONIGHT, £19.50. With his latest album ‘Immunity’ shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, electronica producer Jon Hopkins has come a long way since his days playing keyboards for Imogen Heap. Tonight he performs his acclaimed live audiovisual set.

Lauryn Hill, O2 Academy Brixton, Sat-Sun, £42.50.  The former Fugee and acclaimed singer-songwriter makes her first London live appearances in over two years.

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

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Club nights

DJ Luck and MC Neat, The Nest, TONIGHT, £10. Garage duo DJ Luck and MC Neat – they of 1999 hit single ‘A Little Bit of Luck’ fame – roll into Dalston for a session of bassy tunes and two-step carnage.

Julio Bashmore, AIRspace Brixton, TONIGHT, £15.50 adv. Enigmatic, Chicago-channeling DJ and producer extraordinaire Julio Bashmore plays and curates a rare London show in a rarely used industrial Brixton venue, AIRspace, tucked into a railway arch for maximum rave vibes and with an intimate capacity of 250.

The End of the World Party, Scala, Saturday, £6. This apocalyptic disco invites you to dress, dance and party like it’s your last night on Earth, with music – of any genre – chosen by posting tracks onto the Facebook event page beforehand.

…or take a look at all 62 parties planned this weekend.

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Safar: ‘Around the Pink House’, ICA, Saturday, £11, £8 concs. Subtitled ‘the festival of popular Arab cinema’, Safar is a week of screenings bringing together little-known, audience-friendly Arabic films from the past 40 years, including a pair of recent titles: the Egyptian drama ‘Factory Girl’ and Moroccan family tale ‘Rock the Casbah’.

The Last Starfighter presented by The Exploding Head Film Club, Well Street, Saturday, £7. On Saturday Hollywood Spring hosts a bevy of games consoles creating the dream arcade to accompany screenings of ‘Hackers’ and ‘The King of Kong’.

Oh! What a Lovely War‘, Phoenix Cinema, Sunday, £7. Pay a last tribute to that giant of the British film industry, Sir Richard Attenborough, with this screening of his directorial debut from 1969.

Or at the cinema…

20,000 Days on Earth ★★★★★ The idea is that we spend one day on Earth with Nick Cave, from dawn till dusk, via family, friends, a recording session and a gig.

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.

Magic in the Moonlight ★★★★☆ The director’s latest – a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France – won’t do much to sway fans or detractors, though taken at face value, it’s one of Allen’s most charmingly conceived and performed efforts.

… or see all of the latest releases here.

Briefs: The Second Coming

At the theatre 

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

King Charles III, Wyndham’s Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£57.50. The royal family is a soap opera that the whole nation loves to tune into – even the Scots. And Mike Bartlett’s audacious new comedy imagines their next episode as if it were Will Shakespeare scripting ‘The Thick of It’.

Ballyturk, National Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£45. Fans of Samuel Beckett, Buster Keaton, the TV show ‘Lost’ and ’80s electro pop will all find something to enjoy in Enda Walsh’s wilfully cryptic, gorgeously poetic and clownish new play.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices here.

Constable: The Making of a Master

This week’s best new art

Constable: The Making of a Master, V&A, Sat-Sun, £14-£15.50. Over 250 drawings and watercolours will be on display, as well as mezzotints and oil sketches.

Cerith Wyn Evans, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, all weekend, free. The decade wait is over, as Wyn Evans takes over the Serpentine Sackler gallery with a new light installation and a selection of old works.

Trisha Donnelly, Serpentine Gallery, all weekend, free. The notoriously guarded New York-based artist will take over the Serpentine Gallery with a new site-specific work.

Ed Fornieles: Modern Family, Chisenhale Gallery, all weekend, free. Captilising on our avid online consumption and limitless aspirational desires, Fornieles apes Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter with an immersive exhibition that incorporates sculptures and performance.

Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkins, Victoria Miro, Fri-Sat, free. After her successful international collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton, the Japanese empress of polka dots returns to London with some new gourd themed bronze sculptures and paintings.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… tickets to see Stephen Fry live

Grab… £10 tickets to ‘Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show’ at the Museum of Comedy

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