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30 fun things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

Ready for another glorious week? Treats in the city include a screening of 'The Virgin Suicides' at Disaster Film Club, a brand new exhibition from Jeff Koons and an inspiring drawing workshop led by The Mark Makers in Brixton. Here's the lowdown on London's best happenings from Monday to Thursday.

Things to do 

Read Me, Second Home, Tue, free. Do you ever dream of curling up in a quiet spot for some dedicated page-turning? Second Home's indoor hanging garden promises solitude and serenity for one night only, as well as a free goody bag and zine for anyone who gets a ticket in advance. 

Seven Kinds of Magic, House of Illustration, Tue-Thu, £7.70. This exhibition celebrates the launch of the venue's new Quentin Blake Gallery. Curated by the nation's favourite illustrator himself, the show explores Blake's approach to magic and surrealism.

Get Lost, Palm Tree Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. An exhibition of Fuller’s intricately drawn maps, depicting a handful of places the artist has lived in.  

Cocktails & Wall Art with Print Club London, Bird of Smithfield, Wed. Aperol takes over this Farringdon roof terrace for a summer-long session centred around good booze, creativity and conversation. Tonight sees a fun screen printing workshop with Print Club London.

The Mark Makers Drawing Workshop, 384 Coldharbour Lane, Wed, £25. Work on your observational drawing skills at this workshop that sees participants sketching from a dynamic still life curated by Alice Nyong and Becky Noy. The pair will arm mark makers with materials, illustration tip sheets to take home and plenty of encouragement.

Lionel Shriver Reading, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, Wed, £15. A Q&A session with author Lionel Shriver, who will also read from her new novel 'The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047'. Tickets include a welcome cocktail.

Art16, Olympia London, Thu, £15, £10 concs adv. The fourth edition of the Art16 art fair hosts galleries from over 30 countries and a talk programme featuring the likes of Polly Morgan, Viv Groskop and Stephen Webster.

Alchemy, Southbank Centre, all week. This ten-day festival is a celebration of South Asia's rich culture, with a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion.

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






Eating and drinking

Test Kitchen Tuesday, Craft London, Tue, £28. Ancient Roman sauces, sloe tapenade and green walnut tincture all just a few of the dishes you could be helping to test and develop as part of Craft Kitchen's Test Kitchen Tuesday series. 

Zurich Meets London, Borough Market, Tue-Thu, free. Whether you're after a melt-in-the-mouth biscuit, gingerbread stuffed with almond cream or handmade pralines, all Zurich's best snacks are on the table at this festival.

Gravlax London, Kings Head Members Club, Wed-Thu, £35. A Scandinavian inspired pop-up championing the process of curing salmon, first used by fishermen in the middle ages to create delicious dishes.

Bottle Shop Takeovers, The Bottle Shop, Thu, free. Meet the people who made your favourite beers at The Bottle Shop with the Takeover series. Tastings cover the range of beers available from the brewers.

Palm Club, 14 Bradbury St, Thu, free. Get your pau hana on at this Hawaiian-themed pop-up in Dalston, serving up Kona beer, tropical cocktails and ‘tiki vibes’ (whatever that means, dude) for eight weekends this summer.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.






Live music and nightlife

Bat For Lashes, Union Chapel, TONIGHT, £27.50. Natasha Khan returns as Bat For Lashes, balancing minimal electronic and orchestral elements with her affecting, otherwordly vocals. 

Max Richter, Barbican Hall, Tue-Wed, £10-£35. Contemporary composer Max Richter and his ensemble join with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to perform Richter's pieces 'The Blue Notebooks' and 'From Sleep'.

Father John Misty, Roundhouse, Wed-Thu, £22.50. Sardonic singer-songwriter Josh Tillman performs as Father John Misty, supporting his superb LP ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ (a Time Out Album of the Week).

The Invisible, The Pickle Factory, Thu, £12.50. Dave Okumu’s great London band The Invisible headline with their art-rock-meets-uber-funk and woogly electronica, playing from their new album ‘Patience’, which includes guest spots from Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi, Connan Mockasin and Floating Points.

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








Disaster Film Club: ‘The Virgin Suicides’, Hackney Picturehouse, Wed, £5. Enjoy a drink and some top-flight ’70s tunes in the bar, then settle into Sofia Coppola’s sun-dappled story of American adolescence.

Doc Club: ‘Murderball’, Shortwave Cinema, Thu, £10. This moving – but never cloying – documentary tracks the fortunes of the American and Canadian quadriplegic indoor rugby teams as they compete in a handful of tournaments in 2003 and 2004, culminating at the Paralympic Games in Athens.

Or at the cinema...

Mustang ★★★★☆ In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

Everybody Wants Some ★★★★★ 'Everybody Wants Some!!' is about nothing more (or less) than the weekend shenanigans that transpire on a Texas college campus in August 1980. 

Our Kind of Traitor ★★★★☆ More smart sleuthing in exotic locations from the master of the spy thriller, John Le Carre.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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The Local Stigmatic, Old Red Lion, Tue-Thu, £10-£14. Heathcote William's darkly sinister play is revived to mark its fiftieth anniversary.

Crooks, secret London location, Tue-Thu, £22. Play real-life cops and robbers at this fun but slight disconnected immersive theatre experience.

After Independence, Arcola Theatre, all week, £17, £14 concs. A pair of white Zimbabwean farmers are shocked when a man from the government arrives with a purchase order in this new drama.

 …or see our theatre critics’ choices.




This week's best new art

Jeff Koons: Now, Newport Street Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. Having opened his Newport Street Gallery with work by the respected by relatively unknown John Hoyland, Damien Hirst is following up with a real biggie – Jeff Koons. It makes perfect sense. 

Photo London, Somerset House, Thu. After the huge success of last year’s Photo London, the photography-dedicated fair returns to Somerset House for a second installment that promises to be bigger and better than the inaugural showcase

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... a pair of tickets to Citadel Festival with luxury hotel stay or dinner for two at one of Taste of London’s top restaurants

Grab... a box of six artisan doughnuts from Crosstown 

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