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26 great things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

Use the next five days to check out the ace Alberto Giacometti show at Tate Modern, discover a late night happening at the Horniman Museum or win a hip hop pub quiz in east London. Get ready for a week of fun with the suggestions below!


Pint of Science Festival, various locations, Mon-Wed, prices vary. Get to grips with neuroanatomy or the ins and outs of climate change from the comfort of your local pub with Pint of Science.

Dan Croll, Heaven, Tue, £12. Breezy beat-popper Croll headlines at Heaven tomorrow.

Jordan Wolfson: Riverboat Song, Sadie Coles, Tue-Thu, free. ‘Real Violence’ by this young American artist is stomach-turning, shocking and horrifying, but it’s also one of the most important works of art you will see this year.

SOHO, Peacock Theatre, Tue-Thu, £25-£35. A fun but cliché-laden dance and circus show set in London’s swinging Soho.

Tampopo, Picturehouse Central, Wed, £8. Director Juzo Itami grafts a plethora of comic vignettes whose sole link is food: a Zen lesson in the proper way to contemplate, caress and devour pork noodles; and how to enhance your love life with salt, lemon and cream.

British Academy Literature Week, various locations, all week, prices vary. The way we tell and absorb stories is constantly changing, and at British Academy Literature Week Londoners can explore the evolution of our literary culture through talks, performances and interactive events.


OneFest And Frank Turner Present Lost Evenings, Roundhouse, TONIGHT, £27.50. A celebration of live music and an opportunity for the next generation of music performers and industry professionals to get involved.

Certified: Beyoncé Night, Egg London, Wed, various prices. A celebration of the singer and her music, along with the usual dose of hip hop, house, R&B, garage, trap and grime.


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‘The Straight Story’, Genesis Cinema, Tue, £8, £7 concs. David Lynch unleashes his all-new ‘Twin Peaks’ on Sunday but says he won’t be making any more films. Here’s a chance to catch his gentlest movie, a far cry from the sex, violence and strangeness of his best-known work. 

Starkers, The Glory, Tue, £10. Two life models, Freyia and Pavel, will take to their individual podiums for a ‘pose off’, challenging each other with stereotypes of masculinity and femininity using music and props.

Room, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tue-Thu, £8-£26. An unlikely but powerful stage adaptation – with songs! – of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel.

Sin Gusano, Brunswick East, Wed-Thu. For that smoky agave hit of mezcal, try this pop-up tasting room and taqueria, where you can order flights of the stuff with a side of ‘worm salt’ (don’t fret, they have tacos too).

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. 

El Bandito pop-up, The Drunken Monkey, all week. Find an impressive selection of the traditional agave spirit mezcal at El Bandito, a pop-up Mexican bar beneath The Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch.


Museums at Night Late, Horniman Museums and Gardens, Thu, £5. Wander through the Horniman’s 16 acres of gardens, where you might just happen upon a storytelling session from Olivia Armstrong, or a performance from experimental theatre company People Show. 

Brown Fat Label Launch Party, Rye Wax, Thu, £5. Alexander Nut, Judah, Anders and more spin house, techno and ambient sounds.

Vauxhall Cinema Club: ‘All This Panic’, The Workshop, Thu, £10 in advance, £12 on door. Lambeth Council has teamed up with the Bird’s Eye View Film Festival – which celebrates female filmmakers – for three pop-up screening events over the summer. 

Dulwich Festival, various venues, all week, prices vary. The latest edition of this festival boasts a packed programme of art, music and performances. 

Peckham Rye Music Festival, Bussey Building, all week, £39.50. A week-long celebration of the south London music scene. 

Alberto Giacometti, Tate Modern, all week, from £16.50. If you’ve heard of Alberto Giacometti, you’re probably thinking: ‘Oh yes, that bloke who did the spindly stick people.’ So much has already been written and said about the Swiss artist; luckily, this show doesn’t attempt anything too spurious.


Una Healy, Bush Hall, TONIGHT, £17. The Saturdays’ singer-songwriter performs songs from her first solo album ‘The Waiting Game’.

Neuroscience: Why People Buy, Museum of Brands, Thu, £19. Discover the science behind consumerism at the Museum of Brands where Director of Neuroscience at Nielsen CNS Dr Nikki Westoby will explore the inner workings of the conscious and subconscious brain.

The Original Gothic Experience, Strawberry Hill House, Thu, £15. Explore Strawberry Hill by candlelight and have an ‘original goth experience’ that involves more than watching ‘The Crow’ in your pants. 


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