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27 fun things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman
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Spend the weekend watching architects creating constructions entirely from cake, exploring London Zoo after hours or bagging a bottle at the Wine Car Boot. Have a wicked one with the list that follows!

CENTRAL

Roller Diner, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£14. This irreverent musical is funny stuff, though beware of the marketing suggesting it’s about Brexit. 

Matisse, Bernard Jacobson, Fri-Sat, free. Bear witness to a stupendously gifted draughtsman capturing his subjects – a woman’s profile, a vase of flowers – with swift, gorgeous economy. 

The Great Architectural Bake-Off, Fitzroy Square, Sat, free. Head along to The Great Architectural Bake-Off for the chance to see high-profile architecture firms build some of the world’s most iconic buildings. Out of cake. 

London Wine Week, various London venues, all weekend, £10 wristband. Oenophiles rejoice, for London Wine Week returns for 2017 with seven days of decanting vintages, decoding the wine list and spitting left, right and centre – white, red, rosé and bubbles therein.

London Festival of Architecture, various London venues, all weekend, prices vary. The month-long celebration of architecture is back in 2017 with exhibitions, installations, talks, debates, screenings, tours and family activities organised and hosted by the city’s leading cultural institutions.

NORTH

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Zoo Nights, London Zoo, TONIGHT, £17.50. Just when you thought it was time to hang up your elephant onesie for good, ZSL London Zoo brings back its after-hours sessions.

Poetry and Lyrics Festival, Kings Place, Fri-Sat, prices vary. Join this two-day festival, curated by Poet in the City, championing poetry, lyrics and the connection between the two.

Omar, Jazz Café, Fri-Sat, £16. An evening of smooth soul with the singer of ‘There’s Nothing Like This’.

Wine Car Boot, West Handyside Canopy, Sat, free. We all know not to drink and drive, but as long as the sellers aren’t sampling their own wares this niche but light-hearted market will all be above board.

The Wedding Present, Roundhouse, Sat, £25. David Gedge’s punky indie pop survivors return to the stage with their scratchy guitars and brilliant, poignant, cynical-romantic lyrics. 

EAST

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A Gala Celebration Of Donald Byrd With The Blackbyrds, Barbican Centre, TONIGHT, £24-£45. The American combo performs its rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion compositions in tribute to the band’s founder.

887, Barbican Centre, Fri-Sat, £16-£45. Robert LePage’s memorably great solo show about childhood.

31 Women, Breese Little, Fri-Sat, free. This show is like a Surrealist’s dinner party; one where Tracey Emin bombards you at the door with a story about an ethyl alcohol comedown that ended with her inserting an Orangina bottle into her vagina.

Good Vibes Fest, Euro Car Parks, Sat, free. The folks behind Urban Food Fest are back with a mission to fill everyone with good vibes. 

Heard It Through The Grapevine #4, Moth Club, Sat, £5. A celebration of Motown Records. Expect to hear The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Rick James, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and more.

Love Come Down, The Brewhouse, Sat, £8. If you’re looking for glitter, disco, more glitter and more disco, LCD is very probably the party for you.

Junipalooza, Tobacco Dock, Sat-Sun, £30. Who needs Lollapalooza, when you can meet the makers of over 40 gins and sample each of their wares plus learn the secrets behind perfect G&Ts. 

SOUTH

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Dulwich Pavilion: Free Friday Lates, Dulwich Picture Gallery, TONIGHT, free. Head to Dulwich Picture Gallery on Fridays throughout June and July for themed evenings bringing you face-to-face with experts through debate, film, performance, music, interactive workshops and other special events. 

Julio Bashmore, Phonox, TONIGHT, adv £5. The DJ and producer supplies house music all night long. 

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

The Beefeater World Gin Day House Party, Beefeater Distillery, Sat, £5-£10. Famed gin purveyors Beefeater are throwing open the doors of their iconic distillery for the ultimate juniper-infused house party. 

SoLo Craft Fair, Balham Bowls Club, Sun, free. Fill your bags with fashion, homeware and art from over 30 independent traders at the ‘SoLo Craft Fair’, housed in Balham Bowls Club’s beautiful ballroom. 

WEST

Latitudinal Street Party, Abdale Road, Sunday, £10. Take a seat in W10 for Latitudinal Street Party’s second supper. The idea is simple: everyone brings a dish and joins the 100-metre long table for a day of gastronomy and socialising to raise money for charity.

Cartier in Motion, Design Museum, all weekend, free. Get up close and personal with the luxury French watchmakers Cartier at ‘Cartier in Motion’. 

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