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You might have plans to start a detox and to save your pennies this year, but, quite frankly, sod them. Forget hibernation and head down to some of 2015's coolest events, exhibitions, restaurant openings and film screenings instead. Check out a handful of great happenings in the city over the next week, and see our pick of all of 2015's offerings here.

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Ten fantastic things to do this week

  • London Art Fair

    Wednesday to Sunday

    Wed Jan 21 – Sun Jan 25. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH

    Returning to the Business Design Centre for its 27th edition this week, the London Art Fair will feature works by leading Modern British and contemporary artists. This time around, the fair will present a special exhibition from the Pallant House Gallery called ‘The Figure in Modern British Art'. Displayed in a specially-designed pavilion, the collection is the perfect compliment to an event that continues to attract a broad and contemporary selection of exhibitors.

    Read more about the London Art Fair

    See more top-notch events taking place this month

  • BAFTA Backstage

    Saturday and Sunday

    Sat Jan 24 - Sun Jan 25. BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, W1J 9LN

    BAFTA are throwing their doors open to the public this week in celebration of their latest photography exhibition, which features knockout imagery from their vast archive. Work from eight photographers who have all covered past BAFTA Film Awards will be on show, with reportage and portrait photography of international film stars including Ben Affleck, Colin Firth, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Leonardo Di Caprio and many more. A Q&A with the photographers will take place on both Saturday and Sunday too.

    Read more about BAFTA Backstage

    Win tickets to this year's BAFTA ceremony

  • Burns Night

    Sunday

    Sun Jan 25. Various London locations

    Every year on January 25 (this Sunday), Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, is celebrated with traditional food, verse, music – and drink. Even the Sassenach stronghold of London can’t resist the odd dram. Whether you're a Scot or not, head on down to one of the capital's many Burns Night shindigs and fill your stomach with haggis, tatties and a whole load o' whisky.

    See our guide to Burns Night in London

  • Babaji

    Tuck into Alan Yau's first try at Turkish

    53 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LB

    Alan Yau has created some of London’s most influential restaurants of the last quarter-century – Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, Yauatcha. And now, in a radical departure from noodle bars, dim sum, Thai and Italian (Princi), Yau has opened a Turkish pizza place near Piccadilly Circus. Babaji serves up crisp and slightly elastic pide (pizza) which would be the envy of many an Istanbul lokanta. The two-floor restaurant also covers many Turkish meze and signature dishes, from fried-pastry böreks or calamari to artichoke with beetroot and olive oil. And for anyone making a night of it, there’s even a list of good Turkish wines.

    Read our full review of Babaji

    See more of our latest restaurant reviews

  • Silent Disco at the Cutty Sark

    Friday

    Fri Jan 23. Cutty Sark, King William Walk, SE10 9HT

    We've partied 244m metres above the city atop The Shard and now we're tearing up the dance floor shoreside. The latest Time Out Silent Disco will be taking place aboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich with three channels of belting pop tunes to keep you dancing all night long. When you're not throwing some dangerous shapes, you can pepper the partying with a little history and explore the rest of the ship (8.30pm-10pm).

    Read more about Silent Disco at the Cutty Sark

  • A Most Violent Year

    From Friday

    Released Fri Jan 23. Cinemas nationwide

    In little over three years and three features, American writer-director JC Chandor has launched himself into the rare company of uncompromising filmmakers with more than superheroes on the brain. 'A Most Violent Year', Chandor’s new, absorbing no-bull New York period drama, further clarifies what might be the most promising career in American movies: an urban-headed filmmaker sparing with time and place and with an eye on the vacant throne of the late, great Sidney Lumet ('Serpico', 'Dog Day Afternoon').

    Read our full review of A Most Violent Year

    See more movie releases this month

  • Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

    From Saturday

    Sat Jan 24 - Fri Apr 10. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

    The Royal Academy usually scores the first blockbuster of the year, so expectations are high for this exhibition of Flemish baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens – an artist who painted everything from family portraits to ceilings (like the one at Banqueting House in Whitehall) but is best-known for his sensuously fleshy female nudes. Not only one of the most famous artists of the mid-1600s, Rubens was also a scholar, a self-made gent and a noted diplomat. This show looks at Rubens' influence on artists during his lifetime and over the proceeding centuries so expect to see works by Turner, Delacroix, Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Klimt and Picasso and, of course, masterpieces by the main man himself.

    Read more about Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

    See more unmissable art in London this week

  • Shaun Keaveny – Live and Languorous

    Thursday

    Thu Jan 22. Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter's Mews, North Road, Islington, N7 9EF

    The wittiest man in breakfast radio, BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny, this Thursday presents a live show that blurs the line between comedy and music, with guests galore and snappy banter. Joining Keaveny for the night is Johnny Vegas, stand-up comic and voice of Red Dwarf Norman Lovett and Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield. It'll be a good 'un.

    Read more about Shaun Keaveny – Live and Languorous

    Looking for more LOLs in the capital this month?

  • Bull

    Until February

    Thu Jan 8 – Sat Feb 7. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ

    Mike Bartlett is definitely the playwright of the moment. Having penned 2014's play of the year in 'King Charles III', his recent piece 'Bull' has now arrived in London. Written in 2013 as a companion piece to his earlier 'Cock', 'Bull' is a comedy set in a workplace where three colleagues play cruel tactics to fight for their jobs. Soutra Gilmour's set is intriguing and puts the action in an office-come-bullfighting ring, where the audience are encouraged to cheer and boo the opponents. 'Bull' isn't a pleasant experience, but definitely a riveting one.

    Read our full review of Bull

    Check out more unmissable theatre this January

  • Ben Pearce + Psychemagik + Will Saul

    Friday

    Fri Jan 23. XOYO, 32-37 Cowper St, EC2A 4AP

    Newly-risen deep house ace Ben Pearce heads up a very sexy looking DJ line-up at Shoreditch's XOYO this Friday night. Not only can revelers drop it like it's hot to Pearce's house-based goodness, but will be treated to cosmic disco warriors Psychemagik and deep techno producer Will Saul as well. Phwoar.

    Read more about Ben Pearce + Psychemagik + Will Saul at XOYO

    Cut some more shapes in the capital this weekend

London Art Fair

Wednesday to Sunday

Wed Jan 21 – Sun Jan 25. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH

Returning to the Business Design Centre for its 27th edition this week, the London Art Fair will feature works by leading Modern British and contemporary artists. This time around, the fair will present a special exhibition from the Pallant House Gallery called ‘The Figure in Modern British Art'. Displayed in a specially-designed pavilion, the collection is the perfect compliment to an event that continues to attract a broad and contemporary selection of exhibitors.

Read more about the London Art Fair

See more top-notch events taking place this month

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