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39 inspiring things to do in London this week

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This week is all about scouting out the best new talent in London. You can hear 2015’s ‘ones to watch’ with five days of fresh new music presented by The Line of Best Fit, discover the work of some brilliant emerging artists at a show in a derelict mansion, or treat yourself to some damn good denim at the launch of Alexa Chung’s new range for AG. Here’s everything you need to know about the next four days…

Things to do 

Kingsman x Mr Porter Pop-Up Shop, 11 Savile Row, Tuesday, free. The Kingsman menswear collection, worn on screen by the likes of Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine, features 60 pieces that have been inspired by classic British tailoring, and produced by some of our finest heritage labels: there’s glasses by Cutler & Gross, ties by Drakes and outwear by Mackintosh, to name a handful.

All Voices, the Hackney and Islington Community Choir, Mildmay Community Centre, Tuesday, £7, students and unemployed £5. A friendly, accessible singing group open to all Londoners, which meets every Tuesday evening. No audition is needed, you don’t have to read music and the organisers say that if you’re thinking ‘it sounds fun, but I really can’t sing’, you should definitely go along.

Botswana: An Evening with Ralph Bousfield – Fundraising for Rhinos, Royal Geographical Society, Wednesday, £10. Conservationist and guide Ralph Bousfield, who comes from a long line of African pioneers and adventurers, will speak about his experiences in Botswana and the history of safari and conservation there at this fundraising event.

Winter Warmer Lates at the Fashion & Textile Museum, Borough, Thursday, £12. Take a tour of the exhibition’s fabulous vintage knitwear spanning 1920s Chanel jersey, a 1930s woollen swimsuit and conceptual pieces from Comme des Garçon, then warm up with seasonal soups or stews, and hot drinks.

Alexa Chung for AG Launch, Selfridges, Thursday. If anyone knows denim, it’s the impeccably dressed Alexa. Her first British fashion line, a collaboration with AG Jeans, launches at Selfridges’ third floor Denim Studio. Pop along for a sneak peek at the 20-piece collection, and a chance for shoppers to meet Ms Chung herself, who’s also curated a special playlist for the occasion.

All You Read is Love, Leytonstone, all week, free. This pop-up independent bookshop will stock specially chosen fiction, graphic novels, poetry, illustrated children’s fiction and cake – it’s also a café and bar serving coffee, cocktails and snacks all day long.

Rethinking the Urban Landscape, The Building Centre, all week, free. This exhibition looks at how landscape architecture can help provide solutions to urban issues such as flooding and public health, showcasing contemporary UK projects from the Olympic Park to community allotments.

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

Copita del Mercado

Eating and drinking

Copita del Mercado, Aldgate East. A bigger, shinier version of Soho’s teeny-tiny Copita. Executive chef Ignacio Pinilla could easily have just repackaged Copita’s popular menu. Instead, his slightly larger dishes and showpiece specials (hello, white truffle en papillotte) breaks new ground while continuing the theme of flavoursome, cliché-dodging Spanish comfort food.

The Manor, Clapham. The Manor is run by the same team behind The Dairy, but this time has a fully fledged dining room as well as a bar. Prices are a little higher – but still reasonable – as the cooking has gone up a few notches, too.

Ethos, Soho. On any given day the main menu might include more than a dozen dishes from the diverse cuisines of Japan, Southeast Asia, Italy, Korea, India, Mexico and Lebanon – and anywhere else that does brilliant vegetarian dishes – plus a few of their own creations. You can choose as few or as many as you like, building your own bespoke meal, before having your plate weighed and then paying at the counter.

Señor Ceviche, Soho. Since opening Don Ceviche two years ago, british chef Harry Edmeades has spent his time perfecting and expanding his menu for his latest ‘proper’ restaurant, Señor Ceviche.

Mission, Bethnal Green. Mission – named after the San Francisco neighbourhood – is a big step up for Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde (of critically acclaimed wine bar Sager & Wilde). The huge railway arch is low lit in the evenings, with a cathedral-like vaulted and corrugated ceiling the colour of Carrara marble.

…or see all the Time Out’s recommended restaurants.

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Gein’s Family Giftshop – Volume 1, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10-£12.50. The Manchester-based threesome revel in the dark, depraved and gross-out. Bestiality, death during childbirth and a blitz of masturbation jokes all feature in this troupe’s show.

Alex Edelman – Millenial, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £10. ‘Millenial’ is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material. He undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.

Raise a Laugh for Refuge, Kings Place, Wednesday, £20. A cadre of the UK’s top female comedians unite to raise money and awareness for women and children suffering domestic violence.

Nish Kumar – Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity, Soho Theatre, all week, £10-15. Basically, if you like your comedy to be intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes, then you’re going to love Nish Kumar’s show.

Doctor Brown Trilogy – Because, Becaves, Befrdfgth, Soho Theatre, all week, £10-£15. 2012’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winning clowning sensation Doctor Brown is back at his spiritual home, the Soho Theatre, performing his trilogy of shows including the gong-bagging ‘Befrdfgth’.

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

Paolo Nutini

Live music 

Paolo Nutini, The O2, TONIGHT, £47. Full-lipped, gravel-voiced, baby-faced Scots crooner Nutini has raced up the charts and devastated hearts once more with his more mature third album ‘Caustic Love’.

The Line of Best Fit: Five Day Forecast, The Lexington, Mon-Thu, £7-£10 (one day), £28 (five days). Online music mag TLOBF are tipping some ones-to-watch for 2015 with this snazzy-looking five-day series at Islington indie pub The Lexington.

Fall Out Boy, Islington Assembly Hall, Wednesday, £25. Chicago’s infectious and still enormously popular emo-pop group Fall Out Boy are best known for XFM staple ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’, and for their super-catchy mixture of frantic riffs, pop chops and complex wordplay. They’re back on these shores with a sixth LP, ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’.

Eliza Doolittle, Quaglino’s, Wednesday, £20. Smiley Camden singer Doolittle, who comes over like Lily Allen without the snark, headlines with her happy-clappy pop songs.

…or take a look at all 37 live music events in London this week.

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Northern Soul Uptown Funk, Surya, Tuesday, £7. Get a furiously funky fix of northern soul from live bands and DJs. UK DJ veteran and northern soul expert Colin Curtis will be the head honcho spinning the tunes and there’ll be plenty of special guests.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz, Jerusalem, Wednesday, £40 (ticket for eight people), £33 (ticket for six people), £24 (ticket for four people), £8 (single-person ticket). Eyes down and ears open for this delightfully raucous, super-fun music-fuelled quiz, featuring rounds such as ‘Round of Cheese’, ‘Office Party’ and ‘Feel the Power Ballad’, plus prizes including mugs, medals, champagne and more, and DJ AL compering and spinning the tunes.

Thunder, The Waiting Room, Wednesday, free. Following some heaving parties of late, the Thunder cats bring down disco-based The Legendary Children (aka producers Prince Pac, Elles McFierce’em and Neil Edward) as well as local heroes like Rick Hopkins, Miles Simpson and Joseph Apted.

The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All, The Social, Wednesday, £5. As well as up-and-coming live bands playing loud-and-close live sets (previous guests include The Wytches and Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs), The Deep Hum hosts resident and guest DJs spinning alternative sounds from Grace Jones to Can.

…or take a look at all the parties planned in London this week.


Or at the cinema…

National Gallery ★★★★★ For his latest exploration of an institution, the great American documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman, now in his mid-eighties, turns his inquisitive lens on the employees, patrons and paintings of London’s National Gallery.

Into the Woods ★★★☆☆ ‘Into the Woods’, the 1987 fairytale mash-up musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, has fallen under Disney’s spell, getting the lavish big-screen treatment courtesy of ‘Chicago’ director Rob Marshall.

Foxcatcher ★★★☆☆ Channing Tatum gives the performance of his career as Mark Schultz, the bruised but unbowed Olympic wrestler who signs up to a new training centre run by oddball millionaire John DuPont (Steve Carell), the scion of a serious old-money family.

Taken 3 ★★★☆☆ We catch up with ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in yet another emotional tangle. Daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) is unexpectedly pregnant, while ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is falling out of love with her second husband (Dougray Scott) and slipping back into Bryan’s rugged orbit. Then a body is discovered, Bryan is framed, and the chase is on.

…or see all of the latest releases.

HVI: Play of Thrones


HVI: Play of Thrones, Union Theatre, Tue-Thu, £20, £17 concs. The Wars of the Roses would have been more fun if the Lancastrians had dragons. Writer George RR Martin was always onto a winner, then, when he threw in a couple in his hit ‘Game of Thrones’ series, which he’s said is inspired by the English civil wars of the fifteenth century. In ‘Play of Thrones’ director Phil Willmott doesn’t, sadly, have the budget for any winged mythical creatures, but he has adapted Shakespeare’s own retelling of that period with ‘Thrones’ fans in mind.

Shaw’s Women, Tristan Bates Theatre, Tue- Thu, £16, £14 concs. George Bernard Shaw was afraid of women, director Robert Gillespie reminds us in his programme notes to this, his revival of two short works by the playwright. And who could blame him, when the women of Shaw’s imagination were – at least as evidenced by these plays – such flighty, devious, exasperating creatures?

Donkey Heart, Trafalgar Studios, all week, £15-£35. The menagerie under the microscope here is a human one. Moses Raine’s play (which his sister Nina directs) is set in a cramped Moscow flat inhabited by three generations of the same family.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices here.


This week’s best new art

Demimonde, Slate Projects, all week, free. The former home of prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn becomes the site for this curated group show. Slate Projects with Dubai-based Mottahedan Projects present the work of 31 emerging artists including Skyler Brickley, Jack Brindley, Miroslav Pomichal and Rosa Nussbaum, in the derelict building before it’s renovated at the end of January.

Rob and Nick Carter: Chinese Whispers, Fine Art Society, Wed-Thu, free. The artistic duo commissioned artists in China to repeatedly reproduce selected works by Andy Warhol to explore the notions of authenticity and truth.

Danh Vo, Marian Goodman Gallery, Thursday, free. Ahead of representing Denmark at the forthcoming fifty-sixth Venice Biennale, the Danish/Vietnamese artist presents new sculptural work about displacement and the impact of immigration.

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, Thursday, £11.95, £9.85 concs. Picking up where Tate Modern’s tremendous 2014 Malevich exhibition left off, this international survey looks at the legacy of the Russian artist’s suprematist black square paintings and how abstraction has been used to channel political ideas over the past 100 years.

Unseen, Courtauld Gallery, Thursday, £7, £6 concs. The Courtauld’s new Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery launches with a display of drawings not seen for over 20 years. Designed by Stirling Prize winners Witherford Watson Mann Architects, the new space dedicated to drawing will showcase a dynamic annual programme.

…or see all London art reviews.

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