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22 fantastic things to do in London this weekend

Written by
Stephanie Hartman

Whip your weekend into shape by packing it full of the fun below! Head to a comic fair, a day dedicated to creativity and wellbeing, or a community festival celebrating the residents and musical legends from Ladbroke Grove. Enjoy!


Bachn and Eggs Classical Brunch, Underground Gallery, Sun, £8. At Bachn and Eggs, you can nurse your hangover with a dose of Debussy and a mimosa in hand with their Sunday brunch in the old railway arches at Underdog Gallery.

Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest, various London venues, all weekend, £10. London is the home of the famous coffee cocktail, so where better to dedicate three days to knocking back them back. Buy a pass for £5 espresso martinis in participating bars.

Apologia, Trafalgar Studios, all weekend, £35-£95. The ‘West Wing’ first lady Stockard Channing brings her acting chops to bear on this formulaic dinner-party play.


Worldwide: Sunfall Night Session, Jazz Cafe, Sat, £65. DJ and producer Gilles Peterson spins house and acid jazz.

Dogs Trust Ice Cream Van, Kenwood House, Sun, free. Grab your pooch a free, dog-friendly frozen yoghurt from the Dogs Trust Ice Cream Van, which has been specially reserved for our furry friends. 

Taste Film presents ‘Hook’, Parlour Kensal, Sun, £45. Catch Spielberg’s spin-off of the classic ‘Peter Pan’ tale while tucking into grub carefully picked to complement the movie’s best-loved scenes, including that ‘imaginary feast’ hosted by the lost boys.

Afternoon Poems: Railway Rhapsody, Keats House, Sun, price included with entry. Spend the afternoon with the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors as they rhyme their way through the history of the railway.

Cubitt Sessions, Lewis Cubitt Square, all weekend, prices vary. A multi-arts outdoor festival of opera, jazz, comedy and theatre is taking over Cubitt Square in King’s Cross.


NTS presents ‘1991: The Year Punk Broke’, Rio Cinema, TONIGHT, £9. NTS Radio present a screening of this documentary following Sonic Youth and Nirvana across their 1991 European tour, 25 years after it made its theatrical debut.  

Safari Festival, Studio 2, Sat, free. Safari Festival returns for another year, celebrating comic publishers and cartoonists who’ll be exhibiting and selling their comics alongside prints, zines and graphic merchandise.

Aphrodyki: Rihanna Special, Miranda at Ace Hotel, Sat, £4-£5. DJs Lez Dennis and Jumeau (Gal Pals) spin the discs, playing music by predominately female artists.

Be Great Be Grateful: A Day of Gratitude with Patternity, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, Sun, £10-£50. Patternity celebrate the launch of their new book with a whole day dedicated to creativity and wellbeing. Empowering talks, workshops and experiences will touch on the topics covered.


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Girl from the North Country, Old Vic, Fri-Sat, £12-£67.50. Conor McPherson’s dark, evocative Great Depression drama, built around the songs of Bob Dylan.

Slide Summer Roof Party w/ The 2 Bears, Dr Packer & Eskimo Twins, Prince of Wales, Sat, £10-£15. Immerse yourself in all things house and techno with sets from The 2 Bears, Dr Packer, Eskimo Twins, Steve Robinson, Dave Ritchie, Patrick Courtney, Ra Point and more.

Mindful Drinking Festival, Bermondsey Square Hotel, Sun, free. There’s no need to worry about the next morning’s hangover at the Mindfulness Drinking Festival. This is a booze-free fest for anyone who’s sober-curious or on the wagon.

All in: the Mind, House of Vans, all weekend, free. ‘All in: the Mind’ pulls together the work of 19 creatives from the worlds of fashion, visual art and music to explore what mental health means to them.

Zadie Xa, Pump House Gallery, all weekend, free. If London is a melting pot, then Canadian-Korean artist Zadie Xa is turning up the flame and getting everything up to a rolling, bubbling boil. 


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Road, Royal Court Theatre, Fri-Sat, £12-£45. ‘Harry Potter’ director John Tiffany gives Jim Cartwright’s working-class classic a tough revival.

Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Community Festival, Portobello Green, Sun, free. There are many ways to get ready for Carnival, and a good place to start is with this musical tribute on Portobello Green. 


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