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32 fun things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

Pick up vintage gold at the Netil Market Yard Sale, visit David Bowie's old stomping ground for a festival celebrating the Starman, or watch a free screening of 'The Talented Mr Ripley' at House of Vans. Get your mates together and have the best weekend in the city!

Things to do

Free Tibet Summer Shindig, Hackney Showroom, TONIGHT, £6. Catch a screening of ‘Tibetan Warrior’ at this celebration of Tibetan culture and activism. Alongside the film will be music, art and crafts and food and drink to sample. 

Some Voices: Festival Headliners, Mercato Metropolitano, Fri-Sat, £17 + booking fee. 300 voices will belt out hits by Blur, Arcade Fire, Beyonce, Adele, Coldplay and more, with help from a live band, and DJs spinning into the evening.

Being Oneself as Another, The Upper Room, Sat, £8. Transport yourself to an intriguing birthday party where the audience become the performers. Cake and party bags will be dished out, costumes provided and new identities given to participants who will take part in an exploration into becoming someone else.

Glow Poster Making, House of Vans, Sat, free. Design posters to take home and plaster your walls with at this drop-in workshop. Layer images with hand-painted glow in the dark patterns to create psychedelic compositions.

Spotlight Festival, Seven Dials, Sat, free. Spotlight returns for 2016, taking over Seven Dials for an afternoon of live music, comedy, dance and street food.

Bom Dia! Brazilian Morning Party, Floripa, Sat, £25. Get your carnival workout in two weeks ahead of Notting Hill with this two-hour workout full of samba and capoeira-type moves to the sound of sweet Brazilian jams.

Hello London, Hello Barbados, Museum of London Docklands, Sat-Sun, free. This family-friendly event will see performances and workshops spanning music, dance, crafts and storytelling with local community groups creating a temporary exhibition exploring life in London and Barbados.

Netil Market Yard Sale, Netil Market, Sun, free. You never know what might turn up among the piles of goods on sale – previous events have seen anything from 90s menswear to antique crockery going cheap.

Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Community Festival, Portobello Green market, Sun, free. This long-running community festival celebrates the residents and musical legends that shaped a 60s street party into the world famous fiesta it is today.

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






Eating and drinking

Old Spitalfields Night Market, Spitalfields Market, TONIGHT, free. Enjoy the atmosphere of one of East London's best markets for later on Fridays with Spitalfields' new night market. Every second Friday of the month, street food vendors and shops open until 9pm.

Tesco Finest Wine Bar, The Unit, Fri-Sat. This pop-up watering hole from the supermarket chain features 70 different wines from around the world. 

Caribbean Cooking Class, Southwark Inclusive Learning Service, Sat, £75, £135 for two. Learn how to cook up a feast at this hands-on class exploring Caribbean flavours, cooking techniques and creation of the ultimate marinade.

London Craft Beer Festival, Oval Space, all weekend, £38.50. The London Craft Beer Festival is back at Oval Space for a fourth year, bringing bevs to a huge crowd of beer enthusiasts and fun-seekers.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


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Live music and nightlife

Love Come Down, Mangle, TONIGHT, adv £8, concs £10, £12. If you're looking for glitter, disco, more glitter and more disco, LCD is very probably the party for you. 

Roy Ayers, Ronnie Scott's, Fri-Sat, £45-£65. The US jazz-funk vibist returns to London. Expect all the much-sampled rare groove classics, like 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine', 'Mystic Voyage', 'Love Will Bring Us Back Together' and 'We Live in Brooklyn'.

Bowie's Beckenham Oddity, Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Sat, £10. A fundraising festival on David Bowie’s old stomping ground.

DJ Harvey All Night Long, XOYO, Sat, £5-£18.50. Harvey Bassett made his name with a London residency, at his Moist night in Covent Garden, and he’s returning after a long absence to play a seven-hour set every weekend in August.

Flamingo Pier, Mick's Garage, Sat, £10-£12. A pop-up tropical party on a floating pontoon, featuring DJs, street food and bespoke cocktails.

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







The Talented Mr Ripley, House of Vans, Sat, free. As ‘Jason Bourne’ hits cinemas, let’s all take a trip back in time to when Matt Damon used to do more than just grunt and hit people.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Focus: ‘Salaam Cinema’, ICA, Sat, £11, £9 concs. The ICA presents a tribute to one of the leading lights of the Iranian new wave. And indeed, ‘Salaam Cinema’ is a key film for Iran.

Punk London: ‘El Topo’, BFI Southbank, Sun, £8.35–£11.75. An outsider classic that became a midnight-movie cult in the mid-’70s, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s psychedelic western may be a touch too acid-fried to fully reflect the punk ethos, but it’s a heck of a ride.

Pop-Up Screens: ‘The Goonies’, Coram’s Fields, Sun, £12. More outdoor cinema from Pop-Up Screens, whose programme this year offers up the expected blend of ’80s cheese and all-time favourites.

Or at the cinema...

Wiener-Dog ★★★★☆ Todd Solondz continues his career-long plunge into the dark side of human nature with this fierce, sneakily profound tale of heavy petting.

Pete's Dragon ★★★☆☆ A remake of Disney's classic adventure story about a boy and his pet dragon.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Yerma, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £10-£35. Simon Stone's radical update of Lorca's play is astonishingly powerful.

The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre, Lyttelton, Fri-Sat, £18-£65. A powerful revival of Sean O'Casey's great play about the Easter Rising.

Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Fri-Sat, £25-£65. Intense revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Biblical romp.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Samara Scott: Developer, Pump House Gallery, all weekend, free. Battersea park’s mirror pools are looking a little queasy. Young English artist Samara Scott has filled the two ponds here with swathes of swirling fabric and an almost stomach-turning array of coloured dyes for what she calls ‘liquid paintings’.

Mark Wallinger: Self Reflection, Freud Museum, all weekend. We’re constantly being told how self-obsessed we are. The selfie has become the emblem of first-world shallowness; we’re all self-entitled; there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’ etc. So here’s an opportunity to reflect on what the idea of ‘self’ even means.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... a trip to Prague with Stansted Express or 

Grab... tickets to a late Night Missoni at the Fashion and Textile Museum event

Book… these gigs while you still can

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