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The biggest and best things happening in London this week



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Summer's in full swing, but there's plenty more to get excited about besides the warm weather. This July is jam-packed with top-notch events, unmissable theatre openings, blockbuster film releases and more superb pop-ups than you can shake an organic Bratwurst at.

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


Walthamstow Garden Party

  • Critics choice

Programmed by the Barbican and Create London in partnership with Waltham Forest Council and absolutely free, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a two-day festival in E17 that combines a cracking music line-up with plenty of family fun: dancing, circus, drumming, a daytime disco, free tours and family art activities at the William Morris Gallery, a designers' market and art trail, and a real food festival including a craft beer bar that showcases local Walthamstow breweries.

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  1. Lloyd Park Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Hyper Japan

Japanophiles in the know who can’t stretch to an airfare buy a tube ticket to Earls Court instead and get their fix at Hyper Japan. What can you expect? The whole package: Hyper Japan embraces both authentic, traditional elements of Japanese culture and emerging trends, offering everything from food to fashion plus live music and cosplay.

  1. Earls Court Warwick Road, SW5 9TA
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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  • Rated as: 5/5

If you know one thing about Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), it’s that he is the creator of the suprematist ‘Black Square’, the first and last word in abstraction, painting’s absolute zero. Knowing this lends a fair amount of anticipation to the initial rooms of this compelling retrospective.

See more art shows happening this week

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Oct 26
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Who’s to blame for the no-reservations trend, which leaves us queuing for an hour or more to get into a restaurant? Some might point the finger at places such as Polpo in Soho, Burger & Lobster in Mayfair or Meat Liquor in Marylebone. But the first restaurant that gave a mandatory wait with dinner was Barrafina in Soho, which opened in 2007. And that hour-long queue for proper Spanish tapas is still there. So is this second branch of Barrafina worth the seven-year wait?

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  1. 10 Adelaide Street, WC2N 4HZ
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Disobedient Objects

  • Free

A selection of objects from the 1980s to now that detail the history of protest and the role these objects played in making change happen. Including woven barriers, political videogames, an inflatable general assembly (a creation by Greta Hansen that brings together and covers a public gathering, a bit like a marquee), experimental activist bicycles and much more.

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  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Feb 1
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A Streetcar Named Desire

Erstwhile TV FBI alien hunter Gillian Anderson takes on the explosive role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's sexually tense 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. The 1948 play tells of the fragile fading southern belle Blanche, whose visit to her sister results in a dramatic, violent and sexually charged confrontation with her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

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  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Fri Sep 19
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Archikids Festival

  • Free

Let your kids run riot in the Square Mile at a festival that hopes to turn five-to-eleven-year olds into 'architectives'. Some of the City's most iconic buildings are opening to families for workshops and activities that will help children explore aspects of design and construction. Highlights include a Lego session at the Gherkin, skyscraper sketching from One New Change's viewing platform and a scooter exploration train in Exchange Square.

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  1. Various Venues
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Portobello Pop-Up Cinema

Cemeteries, power stations, swimming pools… outdoor cinemas are popping up everywhere this summer. Now add dual carriageways to the list. West London’s favourite pop-up is back this weekend for its second ‘We Love The 90’s Film Fest’, nestled under London’s most famous flyover, the Westway in Notting Hill (noise muffled by the concrete).

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A Number of Names* Sample Sale

  • Free

Streety PR and fashion sales agency A number of names* teams up with sneaker festival Crepe City to hold their annual sample sale. Expect premium street wear from lines such as Billionaire Boys Club, ICECREAM and Human Made at discounts of up to 75 percent. Prices start from £5, with new stock being added daily.

See more sample sales in London

  1. Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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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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Ted Watts
Ted Watts

The service at Blanchette is the worst ever! Food and coffee is pretty average. DON'T GO THERE

Candace D
Candace D

We are in the midst of planning our honeymoon to London in December 2013. This site is going to be great for us to plan things to do and places to see!! Thanks :)


I can defintiely recommend the Elmset and Dragwood exhibition, Tomorrow, at the V and A. It's an amazing installation with a very atmospheric vibe. Really accesible and also wryly amusing.

Sophie Henderson
Sophie Henderson

Just thought I'd point out that the NT Films on the Flytower stuff actually happened a year ago, not in 2013. You might want to amend that.

nick walker
nick walker

As regulat KewGarden visitors we were v disappointed with the Incredibles> Carrot patch is boarded up and the boating lake was only using half the boatsx so was fully booked. did not live upto expectations

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