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26 ace things to do in London this week

Written by
Stephanie Hartman

Ready for the week ahead? Catch some fun new theatre, feast on food from Club Lola and Driptych Brew, or head to a feminist-themed late at the National Army Museum. That’s Monday to Thursday sorted!


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pop-Up Installation, Library, Tue, free. See a charming pop-up installation inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ from Camberwell Art School alumnus Julie Goldsmith.

Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, Tue-Thu, free. Blushing is okay. Especially if you’re British, because American painter Lisa Yuskavage’s erotically charged (or is it?) work is sure to play havoc with your gentle sensibilities. 

Criterion Collection presents ‘The Fisher King’, Regent Street Cinema, Wed, £12, £11 concs. King of arthouse DVD releases, the Criterion Collection has branched out into cinema programming with an occasional series of screenings. This month it’s Terry Gilliam’s wonderful modern fairytale. 

Annie, Piccadilly Theatre, all week, £20-£110. Comedian Miranda Hart gets the chuckles in this agreeable revival of the beloved American musical.

The London Salon series at The Museum of London, Museum of London, all week, £15. Explore your city from new angles at this series of intimate salons by the Museum of London. With a mix of film screenings, panel talks and readings, each informal salon evening will critique the lived experience of London looking at subjects like ‘memory’, ‘emotion’, ‘play’ and ‘protest’. 


Hans Zimmer

Real Estate, Roundhouse, Tue, £20. The American rock band from New Jersey perform songs from their album ‘In Mind’.

Hans Zimmer, Wembley Arena, Thu-Fri, £59.50-£79.50. The world-renowned composer performs with special guests Lebo M, voice from the score of ‘The Lion King’. 


The Henri Store

Jeff Mills: Planets, Barbican Centre, TONIGHT, £25-£35. Christophe Mangou conducts the Britten Sinfonia in Mills’s piece inspired by Holst’s ‘The Planets’.

Pecha Kucha London Vol. 15, Proud East, TONIGHT, £3. With Pecha Kucha 20x20, a popular Japanese presentation style, speakers explain their topic of choice through 20 image slides each lasting 20 seconds.

Nirvana: A Live Rendition By A 21-piece Choir & Full Band, XOYO, TONIGHT, £10. Exactly what it says on the tin. 

Monique Frydman, Parasol Unit, Tue-Thu, free. An entire canon of artists appear in various guises throughout Monique Frydman’s exhibition. 

WITCiH June Salon, Barge House, Wed, £7-£25. WITCiH (aka Women In Technology and Creative Industries Hub) is a female-focused organisation exploring and expanding our knowledge of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) and the arts.

Henri Store, 274 Hackney Rd, Wed-Thu. Your last chance to pick up beautiful clothes and accessories from this pop-up shop in east London. Check out the organic underwear by Pico and lovely leather shoes by Ottowin. Open until Sunday.

31 Women, Breese Little, Wed-Thu, free. This show is like a surrealist dinner party; one where Tracey Emin greets you at the door with a story about an ethyl alcohol comedown that ended with her inserting an Orangina bottle into her vagina. Enjoy!

Spin Doctor’s Hip Hop Pub Quiz, The Book Club, Thu, £3 per player, £2 adv. Teams of hip hop heads will compete for prizes, as well as the coveted Champions’ Belt in this quiz based around MCs, DJs, producers, artists and albums.


Barrel Kitchen Launch Party, UBrew, Wed, £65. Barrel Kitchen is a collaboration by Club Lola and Driptych Brew Co: its six-course menu will pair a seasonal dish with a complementary brew for the ultimate boozy dinner. 

London Bridge City Summer Festival, London Bridge City, all week, free. With live theatre, music and DJs, free fitness and dance classes, cult film screenings from Nightspot Cinema and ‘Massaoke’ London Bridge’s summer festival is a whopping three-month cross-venue party for all budgets. 

Working, Southwark Playhouse, all week, £14-£25. A musical about the joys of, um, work, updated with two new songs by ‘Hamilton’ guy Lin-Manuel Miranda

Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre, all week, £15-£40. Inua Ellams’s smart, warm study of African men and their hangouts of choice.


Giles Penfound

Feminism Late, National Army Museum, Wed, £12, £9 concs. The first National Army Museum Late looks at the evolving experiences of women in the army, and examines how feminist thinking influences their lives. 

BUMP Rollerdisco, Queens, all week, £12. BUMP is sliding into Queens Skate Dine Bowl with a full figure of eight for a disco takeover, complete with a glittering mirrorball. 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A, all week, £12. The V&A has written the mother of all love songs to Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972), and it’s one that will have you swooning over the Spanish fashion designer, too. 

Pierre Marcolini’s Ice Cream Dreams, Pierre Marcolini, all week, from £4. Design your own lolly at Pierre Marcolini – choose from one of four flavours (or two sorbets) and dunk them into molten chocolate toppings and toasted coconut.


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