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Summer may be drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of things to do in London in the coming weeks. There's loads of music festivals for starters, plus city beaches and blockbuster film releases. Heading up to Edinburgh for the Fringe? Here's our guide to the fest's best comedy and theatre. You're welcome. 

Below is a handful of great happenings in the city just this week. Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Tweet us your suggestion and it might just make our top ten!

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The ten hottest things to do this week

  • Battle Bridge

    Saturday and Sunday

    Sat Aug 30 – Sun Aug 31. Granary Square, N1C 4AA

    Battle Bridge (better known as King's Cross these days) will be subjected to Roman invasion all over again this weekend as the area celebrates its links to the legend of Boudicca. Granary Square and its surroundings will be transformed into a Roman settlement, and anyone bold enough to face representatives of one of history’s most fearsome races will be rewarded with a whole battalion of immersive performances and activities. Go to gladiator school, make your own mosaic, chat to some ancient businessmen in the forum and join Boudicca's rebel army as she storms the settlement in a horse-drawn chariot. If all the charging leaves you hungry, traders from Kerb will be serving up Roman-inspired dishes you satisfy your stomach.

    Read more about Battle Bridge

  • F*ck! I Didn't Get Kate Bush Tickets

    Tuesday

    Tue Aug 26. Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE

    If you're one of the countless heartbroken punters who failed to grab Kate Bush tickets, you're not alone. Half of the UK are similarly pissed off, including ultra-trashy, uber-camp club night/arts and film collective Amy Grimehouse. To celebrate this massive #Katefail in style, they're hosting a night of all things Kate Bush on the night of KB's first show, featuring the music, videos, dancing and film (she made a musical short with Miranda Richardson, fact fans) of the great lady.

    Read more about F*ck! I Didn't Get Kate Bush Tickets

    See more alternative Kate Bush events in London

  • Obvious Child

    Released Friday

    Released Fri Aug 29. Cinemas nationwide

    ‘Why deny the obvious child?’ sang Paul Simon, and we wouldn’t dream of turning down this enticingly spiky anti-romance. Adapted by first-time writer-director Gillian Robespierre from her own 2009 short, it’s the tale of a browbeaten New York stand-up performer (up-and-coming comic Jenny Slate) who meets a straight-laced guy (Jake Lacy), gets accidentally pregnant by him and has to face the possibility of an abortion. It’s hardly unfamiliar territory, but critics who saw the film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival praised its witty script, sharp performances and refusal to take the tried-and-tested romcom route.

    Read our review of Obvious Child

    See more movie releases this month

  • Arts Fair

    Saturday and Sunday

    Sat Aug 30 – Sun Aug 31. Abney Hall, 73A Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 OAS

    From the people that bring us the monthly Hackney Flea Market comes the inaugural Art Fair in Stoke Newington this weekend, a showcase of local independent creatives and their wares. On both Saturday and Sunday (post-pay day, thank goodness) shop for unusual prints, textiles, zines, books, ceramics and plenty more to a soundtrack provided by Private Avalanche. A market café will be on hand and supplying tasty homemade treats.

    Read more about Arts Fair

  • Teatime Wonder Game

    Saturday

    Sat Aug 30. Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL

    You may think that a real-life version of 'Jumanji' is taking immersive events a bit too far, but this interactive performance, which invites you to become part of a surreal and mysterious game, might just convince you otherwise. This Saturday, music, storytelling and gambling with some familiar characters will liven up an abandoned tea party, as you try to follow what rules you're given and accept the challenges that present themselves in order to win the secret treasure.

    Read more about Teatime Wonder Game

  • Briefs: The Second Coming

    From Thursday

    Thu Aug 28 - Sun Sep 28. London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX

    Combining neon-shaded alt-drag clowning, La Clique-style variety, boylesque and satire, this small troupe has come a long way from the back of a Brisbane bookshop. Their last show combined entertaining circus skills with smart takes on class, race and sexuality so their return to the Wonderground, which kicks off this Thursday night, should definitely be worth a look.

    Read more about Briefs: The Second Coming

  • Liberty Festival

    Saturday

    Sat Aug 30. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST

    This Saturday sees London's deaf and disabled artists perform at the annual Liberty Festival, which this year takes place alongside National Paralympic Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Liberty is free to attend and showcases performances from the likes of 1940s-influenced dance troupe Moxie Brawl, digital music makers Heart n Soul, and aerial performers Rachel Freeman and Everybody Dance with a children's show on a giant spider web. Sports fans can watch Paralympic athletes play Boccia, Goalball and Wheelchair Basketball in the Copper Box Arena too.

    Read more about Liberty Festival

  • Neil Hamburger

    Tuesday to Saturday

    Tue Aug 26 – Sat Aug 30. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE

    'America's Funnyman' Neil Hamburger (aka, the character creation of Gregg Turkington) dons a stained tuxedo, sports a greasy combover and phlegms into his own drink. So no, he isn't your typical 'Live at the Apollo' guest. But since the early '90s, the haggard comic has been delighting, bewildering, exhausting, insulting and furiously enraging audiences with his bitter, fumbled delivery, hack topics and terrible timing. He's possibly the world's worst comedian, but he's also one of the funniest.

    Read more about Neil Hamburger

    Looking for more LOLs in London this month?

  • The Original Oatly Break-Fest

    Saturday

    Sat Aug 30. Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG

    This Saturday, Swedish company Oatly are throwing a free one-day festival in Brockwell Park. As well enjoying sounds from electro-pop songstress Kyla La Grange, festivalgoers will be initiated into Swedish pastimes including kubb (Viking chess) and kaninhop (rabbit show jumping). After eating their way round a free breakfast banquet featuring pancakes and muffins, visitors can choose to work the calories off on smoothie bikes (peddle to blend) or sleep them off at the Lie-In Lounge.

    Read more about The Original Oatly Break-Fest

  • Joe Goddard

    Friday

    Fri Aug 29. The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XJ

    Only whisper it to the other members of the hugely popular synth-pop outfit, but it's possible that Joe Goddard is actually now bigger than Hot Chip itself. Why? Well, he's had further success with his 2 Bears project, releases on James Murphy's DFA Records and acclaimed party vehicle Greco-Roman, as well as producing music videos and generally sticking his oar in here, there and everywhere and doing rather well from it. This Friday he gets back to basics with a five-hour DJ set, which will no doubt cover a hell of a lot of territory: expect to hear anything from house to bashment to disco to punk-funk to hip hop to rave to pop.

    Read more about Joe Goddard at The Nest

    Cut some more shapes in the capital this weekend

Battle Bridge

Saturday and Sunday

Sat Aug 30 – Sun Aug 31. Granary Square, N1C 4AA

Battle Bridge (better known as King's Cross these days) will be subjected to Roman invasion all over again this weekend as the area celebrates its links to the legend of Boudicca. Granary Square and its surroundings will be transformed into a Roman settlement, and anyone bold enough to face representatives of one of history’s most fearsome races will be rewarded with a whole battalion of immersive performances and activities. Go to gladiator school, make your own mosaic, chat to some ancient businessmen in the forum and join Boudicca's rebel army as she storms the settlement in a horse-drawn chariot. If all the charging leaves you hungry, traders from Kerb will be serving up Roman-inspired dishes you satisfy your stomach.

Read more about Battle Bridge

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