The Time Out London hot list
The biggest and best things happening in London this week
Autumn has officially arrived and, what with the dark mornings and cold nights, we're just about ready to build a fortress out of blankets and hibernate until April. But if anything can lure us out of our duvet den, it's London's selection of fine fall events. Check out a handful of great happenings in the city just this week below, and find 22 unmissable events this season here.
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The ten hottest things to do this week
Celebrating a whopping fiftieth year in action, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary and stunning species on the planet. The competition is bigger than ever, with over 40,000 submissions in 2014 by both professional and amateur photographers.
Not yet down with your local food assembly? The weekly events allow those who take pride in the contents of their pantry to order and pick up directly from local farmers and producers. This Tuesday is the launch party of Stoke Newington’s new Food Assembly and is set to be an evening of mouthwatering samples, canapés and live music.
The National Gallery's new show is shockingly simple: four self-portrait canvases and a tiny etching by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, all made during the last 11 years of his life, hang, spotlit, side by side. Yet everything you could wish for in terms of Rembrandt’s genius and his humanity is displayed in front of you.
Who brings into their home a kid’s book called ‘Mister Babadook’, crammed with drawings of scary toothy shapes peering around bedroom doors? The answer is left deliciously vague in this slow-building, expertly unnerving horror movie built around a broken Australian family, which is the debut of actress-turned-feature-director Jennifer Kent.
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This weekend, over a hundred artists, makers and designers will showcase glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and much more in a friendly, informal atmosphere. All four floors of the beautiful Sir John Soane Church opposite Great Portland Street Underground Station will be in use.
This weekend, tens of thousands of dressed-up people across the globe will attempt to break the world record for the biggest number of zombies dancing to Michael Jackson's spooky classic. The dance will take place in Covent Garden Piazza at 10pm, but practice classes will take place beforehand.
Set against the glorious backdrop of the Palace’s Orangery, this fashion show will feature past pieces by the London Fashion Week mainstay, who has repeatedly drawn inspiration from 18th century style: from hooped-up silhouettes to striking use of opulent brocade. History has never looked so stylish!
The amazing Annie Clark arrives in Camden this weekend to perform her alluringly nuanced songcraft. Her material ranges from Disney soundtrack-worthy ballads to beautiful, complex, Robert Fripp-esque guitar abuse – all delivered with a hefty load of tightly-wound emotion.
Sneak through the gates of this impressive National Trust property after hours this Saturday and explore its outdoor areas at this active evening event. A 1-2km explore route and 6-9km adventure route will be chosen for visitors to walk or run along, using mostly paths and trails rather than tarmac and with not a vehicle in sight.
Prepare to cut some serious shapes this week as German electro-house duo Booka Shade touch down in the capital to unleash some lush dancefloor sonics and chunky beats. Also joining them in Brixton on Friday for this big all-nighter is Boris Brejcha and Krankbrother. It's gonna be a big one, believe us.
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