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38 great things happening in London this week

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Wake yourself up with a morning dance party at Oval Space, celebrate everyone’s favourite Time Out feature at the ‘Word on the Street’ book launch, or watch London’s hottest grime and rap crews battle it out at the Red Bull Culture Clash. Here are the finest things happening in the capital this week…

Fun things to do 

Women Fashion Power, Design Museum, all week, £12.40, £9.30 concs. This exhibition looks at the wardrobes of 25 exceptional women, who’ve made their names in politics, culture, business and fashion, with each of them contributing an outfit.

Beano Town at St Pancras, all week, free. We’ve all known a certain mischievous menace since our knees were as knobbly as his are, and this exhibition of The Beano Annual’s covers from as far back as 1940 is a chance to reacquaint ourselves with Dennis, Gnasher and the Bash Street Kids.

Morning Gloryville ~ Rave Your Way Into The Hills, Oval Space, Wednesday, £15. This morning dance party is planning an Austrian takeover for their latest event. Don your lederhosen and think  ‘Sound of Music’ as you dance it out before work. Expect a free wake-up massage station, smoothie bar and coffee kiosk too.

Paddington: Illustrated & Animated, House of Illustration, Tue-Thu, £4, £3 concs, £2 children, free with admission to main gallery exhibition. As Michael Bond’s Peruvian bear gets his big screen debut, voiced by Ben Whishaw, on November 28, this exhibition looks back at artwork, drawings and clips of Paddington that will be familiar to fans old and new.

Necropolis – London’s Journey of the Dead, Waterloo Station, Thursday, £15, £8-12 adv. Venture into the caverns below Waterloo which are rumoured to be the remains of The Necropolis Station for an immersive historical tour that’s as gory as any Halloween fan could hope for.

Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival, Bargehouse, Thursday, free. The Embassy of Mexico will be celebrating the Day of the Dead with an exhibition of pieces by contemporary artists, a tribute to those lost in World War I, daily screenings of 1984 cult classic ‘Under the Volcano’ and Jose Cuervo tequila masterclasses.

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

Stokey Bears

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Eating and drinking

Stokey Bears, Stoke Newington. It takes something truly different to stand out from the crowd and in the case of the Burger Bear, the difference is disco. Yes, the burgers here are among the best you’ll get in London but what gives this previously peripatetic operation its appeal is an extra dollop of fun.

Forza Winter, Forza Win Dispensa, £30, Thursday.  Now that the temperature’s dropped and skewers on an outdoor grill seem less appropriate, Forza Win are resurrecting their wintry dinner menu, and at its centre are huge pots of melted cheese.

Herman Ze German, Fitzrovia. In case you were wondering, that loud German techno-pop isn’t coming from Charlotte Street’s latest nightclub, but from the new branch of Herman Ze German. The sausages are really great, and at such bargain prices, you could certainly do a lot wurst.

Limeyard, Ealing. It seems we still can’t get enough of down-home American food. And now west London locals can share the love at Limeyard, where the dietary dream is on offer from 8am.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Gein's Family Giftshop – Volume 1


Gein’s Family Giftshop – Volume 1, Soho Theatre, TONIGHT, £10. Fast-paced sketch trio Gein’s Family Giftshop deservedly received a Best Newcomer nomination at this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards for their debauched debut show, which now heads to London.

John Hegley and Friends, Betsey Trotwood, TONIGHT, £8, £5 concs. A set from the wonderful comedy poet laureate John Hegley and his friends. Tonight he’s joined by Bob Karper, Lorraine Marriner, Three Little Birds and Diego Brown & the Good Fairy.

Word on the Street – Book Launch, Foyles Charing Cross Road, Tuesday, £12.50. We’ve taken our favourite ‘Word on the Street’ quotes from two years worth of magazines and curated them into a neat book. Alexi Duggins, the book’s editor, and Time Out’s Editor-at-Large, will open the night, then hand over to a few excellent improv comedy troupes who will take inspiration for the book’s nuggets, and riff from there.

James Acaster – Recognise, Soho Theatre, all week, £10-£17.50. James Acaster is a true Time Out fave. His blissfully funny understated stand-up sucks you into his minute, quizzical world where he picks apart seemingly insignificant details.

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

BLUESFEST: Gregory Porter

Live music

BLUESFEST: Gregory Porter, Royal Albert Hall, TONIGHT, £22.75-£135.00. US soul-jazz singer Porter has had critics, fans and musicians raving thanks to his stunning Grammy-nominated debut ‘Water’, but he’s the real deal live too.

Maverick Sabre, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Tuesday, £18.50. The Hackney-born, Ireland-raised, chart-friendly UK hip hop star Maverick Sabre headlines. With collaborations with Wretch 32, Chase And Status and Professor Green under his belt, he may be on his way to Plan B-style hip hop/soul crossover star status.

Dead Prez, Jazz Cafe, Wednesday, £20. Tonight is a rare live show in London for conscious, Florida-based hip hop duo Sticman and M1.

Real Estate, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Wednesday, £16. The New Jersey crew are back for more hazy, surfy psych-pop, playing from their new album ‘Atlas’.

War Child Charity Event for the Children of Syria, The Forge Arts Venue, Thursday, £20, £15 adv. In this show in aid of War Child, an array of favourites from the world music scene will come together in support of children caught up in the Syrian civil war – a worthy, and urgent, cause if ever there was one.

Chvrches, O2 Academy Brixton, Thursday, £20. This hotly tipped Glaswegian synthpop trio became one of British music’s biggest recent success stories in 2013 when they exploded onto the scene with their album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’.

Toy, The Garage, Thursday, £10. Scowling like the Stones and riffing like the Stooges, Toy burn through OMD-like synth ballads, krautrock grooves and Hawkwindian chugs with the same ferocity, and take tips from the psych-noise rush of My Bloody Valentine and Ride along the way.

…or take a look at all 63 live music events in London this week.

Red Bull Culture Clash


Red Bull Culture Clash, Earls Court, Thursday, £20. Held inside a vast gladiatorial arena (okay, Earls Court), crews will battle it out for musical supremacy, playing monstrous sets to win over the crowd to their chosen genre.

Halloween Raveyard, The Vaults, Thursday, £15-£27. Set in the subterranean Vaults near Waterloo, the party aims to recreate the venue’s grizzly history as a makeshift morgue for London’s corpses, before they were transported to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey on the London Necropolis Railway.

Spiritland, Merchants Tavern, TONIGHT, free. It’s a Lou Reed tribute tonight, to mark one year since the great man passed away. Spiritland residents spin the tunes.

…or see all 35 parties planned this week.



Genfest, Genesis Cinema, Thursday, various prices. The Genesis, the oldest cinema in the East End, presents an evening of spooky goings-on across its many screens. In addition to showings of brilliant new horror flick ‘The Babadook’ and Halloween classic ‘Ghostbusters’, there’s a screening of the recent ‘Frankenstein’ stage play directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Disposable Cinema presents: ‘Beyond the Door’, The Montpelier, Thursday, £5. A welcome screening of this Italian horror flick from 1974. Originally released in the UK under the title ‘Devil Within Her’, the film is part of a proud tradition of Italian knock-offs of successful American horror flicks.

Hot Tub Cinema Halloween, Former Shoreditch Underground Station, all week, £250 (deluxe private hot tub for up to eight people), £190 (private hot tub for up to six people). £35 (individual tickets, minimum purchase of two tickets). Lounge in a hot tub, have a few drinks and then prepare to be scared witless when the movies are screened – and also have a few laughs at some of the brilliantly cheesier horror movie moments.

Or at the cinema…

The Babadook ★★★★★ Who brings into their home a kid’s book called ‘Mister Babadook’, crammed with drawings of scary toothy shapes peering around bedroom doors? The answer is left deliciously vague in this slow-building, expertly unnerving horror movie built around a broken Australian family.

The Book of Life ★★★★☆ This lovingly ornate animation produced by Guillermo del Toro (‘Pacific Rim’) explores the strong links between Mexican culture and the deceased.

Fury ★★★☆☆ Germany, April 1945. The battles have all been won; the war is all but over. But Hitler refuses to surrender, so the Allies make a final push, taking Germany one town at a time. Brad Pitt is tank commander Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, a growling war horse whose men hero-worship him like he’s the Second Coming.

Jimi: All Is by My Side ★★★☆☆ Writer-director John Ridley (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of ‘12 Years a Slave’) takes an unusual approach to the biopic in this admirable though gloomy chronicle of Jimi Hendrix (uncannily portrayed by André Benjamin).

…or see all of the latest releases.

  The Distance


The Distance, Orange Tree Theatre, all week, £15-£20, £10-£15 concs. Director-turned-playwright Deborah Bruce’s second play turns out to be the real deal. A breezy middle-class comedy – with proper jokes and everything – ‘The Distance’ is also shot through with big emotions, moral dilemmas and, best of all, quiet truths.

The Cherry Orchard, Young Vic, all week, £10, £35. The biggest thing to hit Germany since David Hasselhoff, the great auteur director Katie Mitchell has been sequestered in Europe of late, crafting a series of ever more avant-garde works for her rabidly appreciative continental fanbase.

Listen, We’re Family, JW3, Mon-Tue, Thu, £16.50, £12.50. This verbatim play is the product of Kerry Shale and Matthew Lloyd’s interviews with members of the area’s Jewish community. The actors are fed recordings of the conversations into their earpieces and recite them in real time, morphing into different characters.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

Grayson Perry, Comfort blankket

This week’s best new art

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, National Portrait Gallery, all week, free. The cross-dressing ceramist presents a show of 14 portraits at the National Portrait Gallery this autumn. The show coincides with the screening of his Channel Four ‘Who Are You?’ series, in which Perry turns his attention to portraiture and identity.

Naum Gabo, Annely Juda, Thursday, free. Known for his geometric sculptures made in Perspex and metal, here, Gabo concentrates on the solid organic forms rendered in grey and cream marble.

No Foreign Land: Landscapes from the Fleming Collection, Fleming Collection, Wed-Thu, free. This collection of twentieth-century landscapes reveals unfamiliar sceneries from the perspective of Scottish artists, infusing international landscapes with Scottish romanticism.

Robin von Einsiedel: Zoo Köln, Bosse & Baum, Thursday, free. Swathes of murky colours and obscure forms collide in the London-based painter’s work. The recent Royal College of Art graduate is concerned with the process of painting, experimenting with texture and manipulation of materials.

…or see all London art reviews.

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