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28 sweet ways to spend your week in London

By Stephanie Hartman

Take a tour of the MAST Brothers chocolate workshop, have a magical evening at the Horniman's late night opening, and meet some super cute pygmy hedgehogs at an animal drawing class. Your Monday to Thursday has never looked better!

Things to do

Ladybird Books and Constructing the Future Past of Modern Britain, Conway Hall, TONIGHT, from £5. An illustrated talk delivered by architectural historian and postwar modernism lover John Grindrod, guiding guests through the dreams and realities portrayed in Ladybird books.

Wild Life Drawing, The Dolls House Islington, Tue, £25. Sit down and draw five very cute African Pygmy Hedgehogs at tonight’s class. Learn about your new prickly pals and the complex care they need.

Wizardry in Wood, Carpenters' Hall, Wed-Thu, £8 adv. Held every four years, the 'Wizardry in Wood' exhibition features historical collections that show how the craft of wood-turning has evolved during the 800 year existence of the Worshipful Company of Turners.

Good Look Fashion Show Festival, Old Truman Brewery, Thu, £15. Guest DJ, Carly Wilford will be soundtracking this fashion fundraiser organised by the Young Tiffany Circle who are a group of women raising dosh for the British Red Cross.

Horniman Museum: Magic Late, Horniman Museum, Thu, £5. Musical performances, otherworldly storytelling, film screenings and food themed around magic can be found at the Horniman tonight. Explore witchcraft and wizardry in all its forms.

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, Barbican Centre, Thu, £14.50. What makes something vulgar? This exhibition on the question of taste asks why vulgarity is such a sensitive and controversial issue with the help of archive fashion from over 120 exhibits from over 500 years of fashion

…or check out more events happening in London this week.


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Eating and drinking

Bubbledogs Birthday Party and Hot Dog Challenge, Bubbledogs, TONIGHT, £15. Chefs from Lyle's, Kitty Fishers, Black Axe Mangal and Shake Shack will battle it out to create the tastiest dog, judged by a group of expert foodies. 

Sprig, Brockley Mess, Thu, £29.99. Following previous successful pop-ups on Holloway Road and in East Dulwich, chef Peter Pickering (Heston Blumenthal's Dinner, Café Royal and Chiltern Firehouse) is now heading to Brockley with his high quality tasting menu.

MAST Chocolate Tasting Room Sessions, Mast Brothers, Thu, £25 (drinks extra). Wander round MAST Brothers' workshop, tasting everything in chocolate's journey from cacao nibs to truffle, bars and drinks.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.






Live music and nightlife

Nina Nesbitt, O2 Academy Islington, Tue, £12.50-£40. Young singer-songwriter Nesbitt was discovered and championed by Ed Sheeran.

Parquet Courts, The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town), Tue, £18.50. These Brooklyn-via-Texas alt rockers are almost single-handedly reinventing guitar music in the US.

White Denim, Roundhouse, Tue, £20. The Texan alt rockers perform their twisted blend of grubby rock, clattering noise and psychedelic soul and scuzz.

Akala, Koko, Wed, £18.50. Mobo Award-winning rapper Akala (Ms Dynamite's little brother) headlines with his soulful hip hop and spoken word.

Digitalism, Heaven, Thu, £19.25. German electro-house duo Digitalism mash up dancefloor-filling house, disco and techno at a live show to launch their new album ‘Mirage’.

…or take a look at all the live music events in London this week.







Supersonic ★★★★☆ This superb doc about the rise and fall of Oasis will remind you why you loved these gobby Mancs.

13TH ★★★★☆ Ava DuVernay's doc exploring racial inequality and the mass incarceration of African Americans is compelling and could not be more timely.

The Girl With All The Gifts ★★★★★ A radical and brilliant futuristic zombie movie.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory, Tue-Thu, £29.50-£36. Tom Hollander shines in Tom Stoppard's wild ride of a comedy.

A Doll's House, secret London location, Thu, £15, £10 concs. Ibsen's classic, staged in a different London house each night, with the host couple playing Nora and Torvald.

Girls, Soho Theatre, all week, £10-£26. Young writer Theresa Ikoko makes a splash with this story of three pals kidnapped by jihadis.

Floyd Collins, Wilton's Music Hall, all week, £23-£32.50. A man suffers in a cave in this audacious American musical.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Ed Ruscha: Extremes and In-Betweens, Gagosian Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. Ed Ruscha is so cool. His art is just so effortless, throwaway, simple and easy. Since the ’60s, he’s made a career out of painting words such as ‘oof’ and ‘honk’ on big canvases. 

Antony Gormley, White Cube Bermondsey, Tue-Thu, free. The big space in the gallery has been subdivided into a maze of rooms, each home to some configuration of self-portrait sculpture. 

Guerrilla Girls, Whitechapel Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. The Guerrilla Girls are some of the art world’s most creative complainers, and for over 30 years now, they have been handing America’s galleries their arses on a platter. For their show at the Whitechapel Gallery, they’ve turned their attentions to Europe.

Donna Huanca, Zabludowicz Collection, Thu, free. American artist Donna Huanca’s show features models wearing body-length nylon stockings and a whole mess of paint. Nothing else. It’s terrifying.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

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