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31 great things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

Sip on tasty suds at the Tate's tap takeover, gorge on chocolate treats at a Mast Brothers tasting session, or pick up your pencils and head to a drawing class in Hackney. Your week will look a lot brighter with the activities below added to the mix. Enjoy!

Things to do

Makers House, 1 Manette Street, Mon-Tue, free. Burberry have teamed up with The New Craftsmen for this celebration of British makers following the brand's presentation of its first straight-to-consumer collection at London Fashion Week. 

After-Hours Art Session, Old Operating Theatre Museum, Tue, £10, £8 concs. This class will see still life displays set up using objects associated with the history of surgery and medicine.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, Tue-Thu, £10 for week-long access. A favourite with design lovers and trendy decorators, this is the place to go for unusual antiques, statement pieces and quirky objects for the home.

Mark Makers, Boceto Hackney, Wed, £25. A fun pop-up drawing evening in Hackney’s Boceto. Top tutors will guide guests through techniques and help them create excellent images from a modern still life. Tickets include a materials kit to take home.

The Strippers Advice Bureau, Filthy Fanny's, Wed, from £8. Get advice from alternative agony aunts on heartbreak, work issues and anything else occupying your brain.

Supermassive Black Holes, Museum of London, Wed, free. What in blue blazes are supermassive black holes? Discover quasars, the birth of galaxies and the latest gravity wave experiments at this free lunchtime lecture with Professor Joseph Silk and leave an expert on astrophysics.

Tate Tap Takeover, Tate Modern, Thu, from £10. The last Thursday of each month sees the taps at the Tate Modern taken over by a British craft brewery. Tickets start from £10 for five thirds (190ml) of beer and founders and directors will be around to talk brewing processes.

Photomonth, various, Thu, free. Abandoned objects in the French refugee camps, a creative school for blind children in Ukraine, and a story of homelessness in London all feature in the opening exhibition from this year's two-month festival of photography.

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


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Eating and drinking

Dinner with Ollie Dabbous, London Zoo, Tue, £135. The three-course feast Ollie's rustling up will be served with views of London Zoo's Australian Outback enclosure and guests will be treated to a walk through the Indonesian Habitat beforehand.

A Jolly Fine Supper Club, Malt House, Thu, £25. An ace new supper club that eschews meat dishes for six tasty courses. Expect handmade focaccia, sourdough tartine, watermelon gazpacho, wild mushroom tart, cucumber sorbet and zabaglione.

Oktober Feast – The World Cup Final Of Beer, Hawker House, Thu, £16.05-£42.80 adv. Street Feast's German-inspired foodie festival returns for a three-day stint in their south London indoor market Hawker House.

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

The Invisible, Oslo, Wed, £12. Dave Okumu’s London band headline with their art-rock-meets-uber-funk and woogly electronica, playing from their new album ‘Patience’

Yann Tiersen, Rough Trade East, Thu, £10.99- £19.99. The enormously talented Breton composer and multi-instrumentalist is best known for his crisp piano balladry and woozy accordion waltzes, especially those written for the multi-million-selling 'Amelie' soundtrack.

Lip Sync Ldn, Queen of Hoxton, Thu, £5 (£4 adv). Ever dreamed of a karaoke night with all the moves and swag... but none of the singing? Then join a live night that's just like Lip Sync Battle.

Acid Mothers Temple, Corsica Studios, Thu, £12. Makoto Kawabata's legendary, avant-garde Japanese loons will bring their trippy guitar-bending psych-prog to London tonight.

Moderat, O2 Academy Brixton, Thu, £29.50. Sascha 'Apparat' Ring and Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary of Modeselektor collaborate as Moderat. Catch this Berlin techno supergroup tonight.

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


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The Concrete Lens, The Book Club, Wed, £6.This new film night actually sounds really fun, with shorts, classic TV clips, archive footage and old news reports hand-picked by authors John Grindrod and Christopher Beanland. 

Gene Wilder tribute: ‘Blazing Saddles’ charity screening, Prince Charles Cinema, Thu, £5. Pay tribute to the late, impossibly great Gene Wilder and give a little to Alzheimer’s Research UK with this special screening of Mel Brooks’s timeless pastiche. 

BFI Cult: ‘Chopper Chicks in Zombietown’, BFI Southbank, Thu, £8.35–£11.75. Whenever anyone tells you the world is going to hell, what with all the wars and political turmoil and Brexit, tell them: ‘Yes, but “Chopper Chicks in Zombietown” is playing at the British Film Institute, so all is not lost’.

Or at the cinema...

Little Men ★★★★☆ In this New York indie, parents fighting over a Brooklyn building while their children grow up around them.

Things to Come ★★★★☆ Isabelle Huppert is a philosophy teacher whose life is unravelling in Mia Hansen-Løve’s deep and meaningful Paris-set drama.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Good Canary, Rose Theatre Kingston, all week, £16-£41, £12-£32 concs. The actual John Malkovich directs this fine dark comedy about addiction, art and misogyny.

No Man's Land, Wyndham's Theatre, all weekend, £10-£107.50. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart finally bring this Pinter classic to London.

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Royal Court Theatre, all weekend, £12-£35, £12-£30 concs. This hip off-Broadway smash transfers to the Royal Court.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. Although Kentridge is best known as an animator, his new exhibition at the Whitechapel reveals a far more diverse body of work than that.

Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance, Frith Street Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. The capital’s sorry excuse for a summer has finally sputtered pathetically out. But you can still find a little slice of sunshine in Tacita Dean’s show in Frith Street Gallery.

Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, all week, £10-£16.50. If you don’t leave this show feeling completely overwhelmed and totally breathless, you’re either blind, dead or a bit of a dick.

…or see all London art reviews.

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