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30 excellent things to do in London this week

Written by
Stephanie Hartman

Make your way to Peckham for a Tuscan feast at Forza Win, scope out Dalston's finest examples of signage and type on a fun safari, or get down to see Santigold in Brixton. Here are the best ways to spend your week in the capital!

Things to do 

Euro 2016 at Koko: England vs Slovakia, Koko, TONIGHT, free. Footy fans can catch England vs Slovakia on the big screen with pre-match build up and half-time analysis from ex-England and Tottenham Hotspur player, Gary Mabbutt.

Secret Soho Saucy Tours, a secret location, Mon-Wed, £12. Join Pride guides in Soho to hear tales of Casanova's lover Tess Cornelys, the turbulent relationship of Verlaine and Rimbaud, and the life and times of Soho Pam. Booking essential.

Wildfire Tattoo Collective Pop-Up, Sanctum Soho Hotel, Tue, free. An evening of artwork and documentaries exploring the prison gang tattoos of Cape Town. The event is free and there'll be a DJ all evening.

Dalston Type Safari, various locations, Tue, £15. Look at Dalston's signage in a whole new light on this tour of the area's typefaces. The walks will reveal more about the area's history, taking in art deco cinemas, a paint factory, pie and eel shop and the market that inspired Eastenders.

Outdoor Summer Korfball, Finsbury Park, Wed, free. These free Korfball (similar to netball and basketball) classes are perfect for beginners wanting to let off steam after work.

Blind Date, Crown & Shuttle, Wed, £10 including welcome cocktail. Above the Crown and Shuttle in a replica 90s pub celebrating ladette culture, Blue WKD and all things Brit Pop, you’ll find a monthly homage to Our Cilla’s Blind Date.

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






Eating and drinking

Piccini and Forza Win Tuscan Feast, Forza Win Peckham, Mon-Tue, £35. Transport yourself to Tuscany at this four-course supper club teaming hand-picked wines with fresh tastes of Italy.

The Pococello Limoncello Terrace, Cantina del Ponte, all week. Grab zingy summertime cocktails at this tuk-tuk bar residency from Pococello. Heavenly lemon cocktails include granita concoctions, mules and a Pococello Tonic.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Andy Zaltzman






Andy Zaltzman's Political Animal, Udderbelly, Tue, £16.50, £15 concs, £21.50 Sirloin seats. The best political comedy gig out there, hosted by master satirist Andy Zaltzman. Expect special guests ranting on the issues shaping our planet.

Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, Udderbelly, Wed, £10-£21.50. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Austenatious is one of the smartest and funniest improv shows out there.

…or check out all the critics’ choice comedy shows.


Christelle de Castro





Live music

Santigold, Electric Brixton, Tue, £20.50. The return of Brooklyn-based Santi White has finally come and we couldn’t be more excited. 

AlunaGeorge, Scala, Tue, adv £13.50. Fast-rising London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid return with more woozy, warm, futuristic soul-pop.

Kelela, Scala, Wed, £11.50. LA artist Kelela Mizanekristos makes thoroughly seductive, minimal R&B. She jets in tonight for a London show that should be mesmerising.

Belle And Sebastian, Royal Albert Hall, Wed-Thu, £20-£42. Stuart Murdoch’s bookish indie-pop favourites play their first two albums live.

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







Father Groove: Summer in Brixton Roof Party Series, Prince of Wales, Tue, £5 (RSVP required). Join the Coldharbour Disco Society – a new gang in town – for eight hours of funk, soul and disco sweetness on the lush Prince of Wales roof terrace, every Tuesday this summer.

Fibre Launch Party, Lightbox, Thu, £5. Dark and experimental sounds with a special headline appearance from Eliphino, plus Neighbourhood's Tasha, Thalab and Joshua Murfitt.

Hip Hop Karaoke, The Social, Thu, £5. Think you can rap? Prove it at this popular karaoke night.

…or see all the parties planned this week.


Tale of Tales






LonDADA, The Cinema Museum, Thu, £15. It’s 100 years since poet Hugo Ball performed his groundbreaking work ‘Karawane’, generally regarded as the launch-point for the art movement known as Dadaism. This event will celebrate a century of upending expectations, with a focus on Dadaism’s influence on key London scenes like punk.

Or at the cinema...

Tale of Tales ★★★★☆ ‘Gomorrah’ director Matteo Garrone returns with an English language fantasy/horror film based on a collection of seventeenth-century fairy tales.

The Conjuring 2 ★★★☆☆ 'Real life' ghost-hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren head for North London to flush out a spook.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Marc Brenner






Richard III, Almeida Theatre, all week, £10-£48. Ralph Fiennes is great in this slightly subdued take on Shakespeare's dastardly drama.

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, all week, £29.75-£94.75. Trevor Dion Nicholas's Genie is worth the price of admission in this slightly confused Disney almost-panto.

Karagula, Secret Location, all week, £15-£28.50. Wildly ambitious dystopian fantasy from Philip Ridley.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.







Jeff Koons: Now, Newport Street Gallery, Tue-Sun, free. This show pulls together works from throughout Koons’s career. It’s not quite a proper retrospective, but it’s near enough. It starts with his early Hoover readymades and ad paintings before moving on to the big stuff.

Yayoi Kusama, Victoria Miro, Tue-Thu, free. This ambitious new exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations across two sites – Victoria Miro galleries on Wharf Road in Old Street and on St George Street in Mayfair – is teeming with Kusama’s continuing preoccupations: pattern, repetition, mirrored ‘infinity rooms’ and huge, distended pumpkins.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Maureen Paley, Wed-Thu, free. Tillmans has been outspoken in his criticism of Brexit, and the entrance to the gallery is papered with his flyposters and those he has inspired other artists to create (you can join in too!).

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, British Museum, all week, £16.50, under 16s/mems free. This exhibition tells a pretty chirpy story of how, for many hundreds of years, the mouth of the Nile – where Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion once stood – was a major trading hub between Egypt and its Greek, and later Roman, neighbours across the sea.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... a pair of weekend VIP tickets to Wireless or a spa getaway for two on the English Riviera

Grab... a delightful afternoon tea for two with champagne at a historic hotel in Kensington for 35% less

Book… these gigs while you still can

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