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Summer may officially be over, but there are still plenty of scorchin' hot things to do in the capital this September. For starters, check out a handful of great happenings in the city just this week below.

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Battle Bridge

  • Free

Battle Bridge (better known as King's Cross these days) will be subjected to Roman invasion all over again at this event celebrating the legend of Boudicca’s links to N1. Granary Square and its surrounding area will be transformed into a Roman settlement, and anybody 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. Traders from Kerb will be serving up Roman-inspired dishes and there'll be film screenings throughout the weekend. All activities are free.

  1. Granary Square Granary Square, N1C 4AA
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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F*ck! I Didn't Get Kate Bush Tickets

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.

See more alternative Kate Bush events in London

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

‘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

  1. Cinemas nationwide
  2. Released Fri Aug 29

Arts Fair

  • Free

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.

  1. Abney Hall 73A Church Street, Stoke Newington, N16 OAS
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Teatime Wonder Game

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.

  1. Tea House Theatre 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Briefs: The Second Coming

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.

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Liberty Festival

  • Free

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.

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

'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.

Looking for more LOLs in London this month?

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Until Sat Aug 30
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The Original Oatly Break-Fest

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.

  1. Brockwell Park Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Joe Goddard

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.

Cut some more shapes in the capital this weekend

  1. The Nest Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XJ
  2. Until Sat Aug 30
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Looking for more fun in the capital?

And our readers recommend...

Aqua Shard

  • Price band: 3/4

"London on a sunny summer's day from up high is just so magical, the crowds and traffic seemed far away, and after we felt as if we had been on a trip out of London for the day, not just a lunch." Lyn Cecil

  1. London Bridge
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Sager and Wilde

"Rare wines that are perfectly served, great staff and ambience - if you have an interest in wine or want to impress someone who does, this is the place." Pete Smith

  1. Haggerston
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Pitt Cue Co

  • Price band: 2/4

"If you have not been before, make sure you get the bone marrow mash, it is (according to my girlfriend) like eating a hug. So comforting." Rory McNully

  1. Soho
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Tapas Brindisa

  • Price band: 2/4

"Had gazpacho, lovely goats yoghurt, and yummy chorizo in a roll from their stall in Borough Market." Filiz Taylan Yüzak

  1. Borough Market
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