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41 fun things to do in London this weekend

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You’ve conquered the week, now let’s hear it for the weekend!  Head to an all-day party at Oval Space, celebrate the amazing women walking the planet at WOW festival or join a six-hour dancethon to raise money for Comic Relief. Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend…

Things to do 

Wasted Chic Spring Pop-Up, McQueen, Saturday. Somewhere between a sample sale and a party, Wasted Chic puts the fun back in shopping whilst helping young designers showcase their wares. Popping up at Shoreditch bar and restaurant McQueen will be 30 independent designers, selling clothing, jewellery and accessories.

Kemistry Gallery: 100 Years of Graphic Design, Protein, Saturday, free. Kemistry Gallery had to abandon its permanent home in 2014 due to rent hikes. This exhibition of a century’s worth of striking graphic design work is the first pop-up incarnation of the gallery since its closure.

Rosewood London’s Slow Food & Living Market, Rosewood London, Sunday. Grand Holborn hotel Rosewood London is putting its inner courtyard to good use every Sunday by hosting a food market with the Slow (ie sustainable, local, organic and wholesome) Food and Living ethos at heart.

Comic Relief Danceathon, Wembley Arena, Sunday, £10. Claudia Winkleman will host this fundraiser for Comic Relief which will see 2,000 participants shimmying their way through six hours of non-stop dancing.

Mencap’s Step Up Challenge, various London locations, Sunday, £35. Better find a friend with a penthouse flat to help you train for this thigh-burning challenge in aid of Mencap. Participants in ‘Step Up 3, 2, 1’ are challenged to dash up the stairs of three different vertiginous buildings, running 6.1 km between them and finishing in the Walkie Talkie’s Sky Garden for a glass of champagne.

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, Imperial War Museum, all weekend, £10, £7 concs, £5 under-16s. An exhibition exploring the impact of wartime austerity on the way people dressed.

Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi, Cinnamon Kitchen, all weekend, £8. Bid the grey of winter a relieved farewell and welcome spring with a burst of colour with a session in Cinnamon Kitchen’s Holi Pod. Guests will be provided with a protective white suit before pelting each other with brightly coloured paint powders until they look like a bag of Rainbow Drops.

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia London, all weekend, £13 adv, £12 concs. Get tangled in the joys of thread-based crafting at this weekend celebrating dressmaking, knitting, embroidery, jewellery making, quilting and plenty more.

TPub’s Comic Book Pop-Up, Old Street Station, all weekend, free. British comic book publishers T-Pub are popping up in Old Street station’s tunnels for a week with a mission: they want to introduce the world – or some of east London’s commuters at the very least – to good comics.

Hear My Voice and Answer Me, The Swiss Church, all weekend, £5 for performance tonight. There’s little more Swiss than yodelling, so this sound and video installation has found a perfect home in the Swiss Church. The artists captured the sound and visuals of Doreen Kutze yodelling in the church, and the exhibition features their representations of the performance, highlighting the ties between voice and body.

WOW: Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, all weekend, prices vary. This festival celebrating all that is great about women and girls (and all the great things they have achieved) is back for a fifth year in 2015 with a week of talks, debates, concerts, film, comedy and workshops.

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


Eating and drinking

Shackfuyu, Leicester Square. A stylish 12-month pop-up from restaurateur Ross Shonhan (Bone Daddies, Flesh & Buns) serving East-West fusion food. We hope it remains fused to the spot.

La Fabrica, Finsbury Park. La Fabrica’s main charm lies in its rustic interior – wood-panelled walls, industrial metal lampshades, mix-and-match patchwork tiles on the floor.

Yama Momo, East Dulwich. East Dulwich yummy mummies (and daddies) have fallen for this Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

Laugh Out London presents 90s TV Special


Laugh Out London presents 90s TV Special, Camden Comedy Club, TONIGHT, £5, £3 adv. More experimental comedy from the consistently superb LOL team, this time celebrating the best (and worst) of ’90s television. ‘Art Attack’s Neil Buchanan hosts the show (well, we expect it’ll probably be loony character comic Ali Brice in a wig, but we’re not sure).

Live at the Chapel, Union Chapel, Saturday, £20, £18 concs. The line-up tonight is headlined by Foster’s Award-winning stand-up Bridget Christie plus support from James Acaster, sketch troupe Daphne, Sara Pascoe and MC Alex Horne.

Mirth Control, Royal Festival Hall, Sunday, £15-£40. Radio 4 treasure Sandi Toksvig hosts this big Southbank Centre comedy and music gig, as part of the Women of the World Festival (WOW). Sarah Millican’s on the bill, telling more filthy tales, Sue Perkins conducts the WOW Orchestra, and there are plenty of musical guests.

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


Live music

Underworld, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, TONIGHT, £31-£36. The Romford dance duo bring their debut album ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ to a London stage.

The Stranglers, Roundhouse, TONIGHT, £26. Old punks don’t die, they just go on fortieth anniversary tours. That’s right: celebrating four decades in the biz tonight, The Stranglers play all the hits to an always appreciative crowd.

LEAF 2015 – London Electronic Arts Festival, Tobacco Dock, Fri-Sat, £15-£77. Nile Rodgers, DJ Harvey and more influential figures roll up in London for a two-day celebration of electronic music.

Super Furry Animals, O2 Academy Brixton, Sunday, £32.50. The Cardiff indie troupe play their wacky but perfectly formed psychedelic indie rock.

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

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Nightspot Cinema: Northern Soul, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, TONIGHT, £25, £20 adv, £10 (after party only). Get your groove on at a screening of the 2014 film, followed by a high-energy soul party.

Dusky, The Laundry, Saturday, £20. UK garage-house duo Dusky, who can nail anything from sprawling, melodic club cuts to deep and dirty house anthems, play a special eight-hour set.

Feeling Gloomy, The Phoenix, Saturday, £6, £5 before midnight/NUS all night, £4.50 adv. A soundtrack of melancholy pop and bedroom anthems where misanthropes gather to cut loose and have fun.

The Rhythm Parlour, CLF Art Cafe , Saturday, £20 (haircut), beard trim (£10), free to attend. A monthly pop-up barber shop with a disco soundtrack, spun by DJs, plus cocktails and street food.

Mister Sunday, Oval Space, Sunday, £5-£10. An eclectic all-day Sunday party bursting with disco, house, pop, blues and everything in-between, hosted by New York DJ duo Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.

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‘Beat Street’ + panel discussion, Genesis Cinema, Saturday, £10. This breakbeat classic screens as part of the London Electronic Arts Festival, and will feature a panel discussion on the history of hip hop with the DJs from Scratch Perverts.

‘Devi’ + live soundtrack, Hackney Picturehouse, Sunday, £9. Indian master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 1960 masterpiece – also known as ‘Goddess’ – gets a live soundtrack from local artists Dee Sada, Billy Steiger, Paul Linger and Christina Millare.

‘The Black Power Mixtape’ + ‘Difret’, Phoenix Cinema, Sunday, £8. Celebrate International Women’s Day with ‘Difret’, a new drama about an African girl who is kidnapped by people traffickers, and ‘The Black Power Mixtape’, a doc about the civil rights movement in America featuring some rousing speeches from the great Angela Davis.

Or at the cinema…

Still Alice ★★★★★ ‘Still Alice’, adapted by married couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland from Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, is the rare film possessed with the courage required to shine a light into that abyss that is Alzheimer’s, knowing full well that down is the only way out.

Chappie ★★★★☆ After the out-of-nowhere sucker punch of his 2009 debut ‘District 9’, Neill Blomkamp’s second film, 2013’s ‘Elysium’, felt like the work of a Hollywood-designed, blockbuster-producing robot: slick and anonymous. So it’s a huge relief to discover that, with ‘Chappie’, the South African filmmaker has re-engaged his emotion chip and ramped up the weirdness factor for this lovably scattergun cybernetic satire.

…or see all of the latest releases.



Stevie, Hampstead Theatre, Fri-Sat, £18-£35, £10-£15 concs. Hugh Whitmore’s ‘Stevie’ follows the intriguing life of brilliant writer Stevie Smith. Living most of her life as a bachelor with her aunt, Smith worked as a secretary for a publishing house, all the while writing poetry and novels that have endured since she first published in 1936.

Game, Almeida Theatre, Fri-Sat, £16-£30. ‘Game’ is about as high-concept as mainstream theatre gets, a short, experimental show that’s like a cross between a series of ‘Big Brother’ and Iain Duncan Smith’s wettest dream.

Antigone, Barbican Centre, all weekend, £16-£55. Juliette Binoche stars in a new version of Sophocles’s tragedy directed by visionary Belgian Ivo van Hove.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

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This week’s best new art

Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, Fri-Sat, free. The Drawing Room’s annual auction is preceded by a two month-long show of the works up for grabs.

Fourth Plinth: Hans Haacke, Trafalgar Square, all weekend, free. As we say goodbye to Katharina Fritsch’s blue cockerel, Trafalgar Square will be getting another animal resident atop the fourth plinth with German artist, Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’.

Roman Signer: Slow Movement, Barbican Centre, all weekend, free. The Swiss artists will transform the Barbican’s Curve with his site-specific sculptural installation of a moving kayak.

Inventing Impressionism, National Gallery, all weekend. The impressionists may be the biggest names in art but for years they were derided and unsellable. This blockbuster celebrates their champion, Paul Durand-Ruel.

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, all weekend, free. The Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist creates new works for the Serpentine Sackler gallery.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win… a weekend in Paris and see the David Bowie is exhibition, or a romantic stay for two in a hideaway forest cabin

Grab… a £29 ticket for a candle making, soap making or natural beauty product making workshop with Midas Touch Craft

Book… these gigs while you still can 

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