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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

    Saturday and Sunday

    Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP

    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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  • Hyper Japan

    Friday-Sunday

    Earls Court, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA

    Japanophiles in the know who can’t stretch to an airfare buy a tube ticket to Earl’s 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.

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  • Malevich

    Until October

    Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG

    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.

    Read our full review of the show

  • Barrafina

    Four-star Spanish tapas in the West End

    10 Adelaide St, WC2N 4HZ

    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?

    Read our full review

  • Disobedient Objects

    Until February

    V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL

    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.

    Read more about the exhibition

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    Until September 19

    Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ

    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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  • Rhys Darby – Mr Adventure

    Wednesday and Thursday

    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, W12 8TT

    Though perhaps best known as Murray the manager in 'Flight of the Conchords' or from his appearances in films such as 'Yes Man' or 'The Boat that Rocked', Darby is also a hugely popular stand-up, with incredible physicality and vocal dexterity. He's back on tour – including these dates at the Shepherd's Bush Empire – with epic new show, 'Mr Adventure'.

    See more of this week’s best comedy

  • Archikids Festival

    Saturday and Sunday

    Various venues

    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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  • Portobello Pop-Up Cinema

    Friday July 25 - Sunday August 3

    Notting Hill

    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

    Friday-Sunday

    Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL

    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 of this week’s best sample sales

Walthamstow Garden Party

Saturday and Sunday

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP

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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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 :)

Chris
Chris

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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