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43 fabulous things happening this weekend

Adult ball pool

Well hello there payday! Wondering how to spend your weekend of replenished bank account bliss? How about a cocktail in an underground loo? Some drunken dancefloor democracy? Some powerful war photography? Or there’s always just jumping into a massive room full of white balls (obviously our personal favourite). Here’s a bunch of cracking ways to enjoy this marvellous weekend.

General fun stuff

Play in a massive ball pit, Pearlfisher gallery, Friday. A big ol’ ball pit for grown-ups. YES! Booking essential.

Sir Jacob Epstein:Babies and Bloomsbury, Foundling Museum, Friday. A tangled web of families weaved in Bronze.

V&A Friday Late, Knightsbridge, Friday. An evening of themed talks, performances, music, food and special installations at the grand museum.

Total Immersion: Percussion, Barbican Centre, Saturday. Something different for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion this time –an instrument rather than a composer.

LACF Kids sing along, Kings Place, Saturday. Kings Place will be filled with lovely young voices getting stuck into workshops and performances.

Plan the holiday of a lifetime, Olympia London, all weekend. Visitors can explore more than 350 exhibitor stands to discover destinations, taste exotic cuisines and find specialist travel advice.

Snowdrop days, Chelsea Physic Garden, Saturday and Sunday. London’s oldest botanic garden unlocks its doors for nine days in winter each year to showcase its collection of snowdrops (Latin name Galanthus, meaning ‘milk flower’) at their peak.

Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics, V&A, Knightsbridge, Saturday and Sunday. This exhibition takes a closer look at the iconic blue and white ceramics that have become something of a phenomenon with us Brits.

Super Bowl XLIX at Draft House Seething Lane, Sunday. This screening of the Super Bowl will be preceded by live music and accompanied by a free pint (for those who book in advance).

Grimaldi Service, All Saints Church, Haggerston, Sunday. Dozens of clowns in full regalia pay tribute to the late, great king of their kind.

London Winter Run, various locations, Sunday. A chilling new 10k will take over the streets of central London this winter as participants raise money for Cancer Research UK.

City of London Dollshouse Festival, The Tower Hotel, Whitechapel, Sunday. More than 80 of the biggest talents in dolls’ houses from all over the world will display their tiny works of art at this one-day annual festival.

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


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Eating and drinking

Street Feast, Hawker House, Haggerston, Friday and Saturday. Street Feast is back with with hot cocktails, meat treats and heaters in an indoor food market.

Portland Hot new restaurant whose co-founders include Will Lander, of the Quality Chop House, and Daniel Morgenthau, formerly of 10 Greek Street.

Ladies and Gentlemen A lovely cocktail bar (with good retro music) housed in a former underground toilet in Kentish Town.

Nectar Café Health-conscious café serving cold-press juices, smoothies, organic snacks, and dishes packed with herbal, botanic, raw or biodynamic ingredients.

…or see more recommended restaurants.

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Amused Moose Piccadilly, Sanctum Soho Hotel, Friday. Friday night funnies in a swanky venue, with spots from exasperated stand-up Hal Cruttenden, Diane Morgan (who Carlie Brooker fans will know as Philomena Cunk), Phil Nichol and pals.

Pajama Men – Pterodactyl Nights, Soho Theatre, Saturday. Superb American physical comedy duo the Pajama Men back in London, with a seemingly out-of-nowhere new show.

Doctor Brown and Sam Simmons- Ceremony, Soho Theatre, Friday and Saturday. Clowning sensation Doctor Brown and extreme Aussie absurdist Sam Simmons team up for thisn probably quite strange late-night two-hander.

Alex Edelman – Millennial, Soho Theatre, Saturday. ‘Millennial’ is an assured debut – it focuses on how well Edelman represents his Generation Y peers and is full of killer over filler material.

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

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Live Music

The Nest Collective, The Vaults, Friday. Free folky fun, head down to the Vaults Festival under Waterloo Station each Wednesday and Friday for the next six weeks as this much-loved acoustic troupe play at the Vaults Festival.

Jessie Ware, O2 Brixton Academy, Friday. Brixton’s finest assumes the role of homecoming queen tonight, as she brings her silken and woozy take on R&B to her stomping ground, with excellent support from upcoming producer Dornik.

Shh Festival of Quiet Music, Health Street Baptist Church, Saturday. Pipe down! Enjoy a day-long tribute to the clamer end of the musical spectrum, with chamber-pop acts such as Wooden Arms, Laura Moody and Pip Mountjoy.

Red Bull Music Academy Presents Gilles Peterson, Old Queen’s Head, Islington, Sunday. The acclaimed DJ and broadcaster plays an extended, eclectic, purely vinyl set.

…or take a look at all 41 live music events in London this weekend. 

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Club nights

Trouble Vision 2015.1, Corsica Studios, Friday. Chicago deep beats don Derrick Carter and spaced-out house king Maurice Fulton headline this heavyweight party.

Yes/No Disco: Austerity Afterparty, Platform Bar, Netil House, Friday. Witness dancefloor democracy in action as two DJs spin money-themed songs to win the approval of the crowd, who vote with ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ paddles.

The Big Lebowski Party, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Euston, Friday. DJs and live bands play retro tunes all night and there’ll be various competitions, including a Lebowski-themed fancy dress contest and a bowling competition.

R & He special, Tipsy Dalton, Saturday. The crew behind R & She – an R&B night with a female only playlist- mixes it up with a ‘men of R&B’ special. Prepare for smooth anthems aplenty.

House of Trax Third Birthday, Bar A Bar, Saturday. One of Time Out’s favourite club nights celebrates three years of filthy, polysexual grooves, covering ghetto-funk, booty-house, juke and more.

Kansas Smitty’s Collective, The Vaults, Saturday. A powerhouse ensemble formed of young and innovative jazz musicians playing electrifying acoustic dance music under the arches of The Vaults.

…or take a look at all 34 parties planned this weekend. 

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Pillow Cinema, Former Shoreditch Underground Station, all weekend. Cosy up on a bean bag in a converted former tube station and watch a selection of great films. Don’t forget to bring your pillow.

Inherent Vice ★★★★☆, ‘There Will Be Blood’ director Paul Thomas Anderson returns with a mind-scrambling, star-studded stoner detective story.

A Most Violent Year ★★★★☆ New York was a jungle back in the early ’80s, and this sleek, clinical crime drama exposes the era’s dark heart. In cinemas now.

Trash ★★★★☆A modern fairytale directed by Stephen Daldry in a mix of Portuguese and English, it’s the story of three slumkids who find a wallet in rubbish that holds the secret to a political scandal. 

…or see all of the latest releases.


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At the theatre

Bad Jews, St James Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£30. A cataclysmic family bust-up is the centrepiece of this scabrous black comedy about a trio of Jewish siblings.

King Charles III, Wyndham’s Theatre, Friday and Saturday, £10-£57.50. Its reign is finally ending! Your very last chance to see Mike Bartlett’s peerless ‘future history play’.

Bull, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £19.50, £10 concs. Another Mike Bartlett play: this eye-watering study in bullying is short, sharp and savagely brilliant.


Or see all critics choices.

 Luc Tuymans, 'Issei Sagawa', 2014 © the artist, courtesy of David Zwirner

Luc Tuymans, ‘Issei Sagawa’, 2014 © the artist, courtesy of David Zwirner

The best new art

Luc Tuymans: The Shore, David Zwirner, Friday and Saturday, free. Unsettlingly eerie paintings by the Belgian artist.

Tony Oursler, Lisson Gallery, Friday and Saturday, free. Oursler presents new works based around his research into facial recognition techniques.

Sarah Sze, Victoria Miro, Friday and Saturday, free. A series of experimental installations that incorporate various objects including rocks, newspapers, and furniture, to tamper with our sense of scale and gravity.

Joao Maria Gusmao and Pedro Paiva: Papagaio, Camden Arts Centre, all weekend, free. An immersive environment of 27 16mm films that poses philosophical and scientific questions.

Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, all weekend, £13.10, £11.30 concs. Poignant and powerful photos of war.

Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, all weekend, free. A stupendous survey of contemporary pop art.

 …or see all London art reviews.

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