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33 cool things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

This week you can work your way around Junkyard Gold Club's nine-hole course of fun, get boozy on cocktail-filled teapots at Little Nan's basement bar, watch wacky videos with Adam Buxton, or have a glitzy night out at The House of Burlesque. Have a good one!

Things to do 

Quentin Blake and France, Kings Place, TONIGHT, £12.50. Hear tonight from illustrator Quentin Blake as he discusses the influence French graphic artists have had on his work.

Mouth and Mind, 11 Rowan Road , Tue, £40. An evening of walking, talking and cooking with creative duo, Clare Barry and Meredith Whitely. Participants will take a stroll through an interesting part of west London before sitting down to create seasonal dishes to enjoy with the group. 

Date Lab, Coin Laundry, Tue, £15.75. Turn off Tinder for the night and come find some chemistry. Real-life research into the psychology of attraction is used to help you find your ideal date at this scientific speed dating event.

Mechanical Drawing, Kirkaldy Testing Works, Wed, £10. The scope of drawing classes has exploded in recent years and the latest from Kirkaldy Testing Works is the chance to draw a trained engineer as he demonstrates the mechanics of various machines in the museum.

magCulture Meets, magCulture Shop, Thu, £6. To mark the launch of his latest book 'The Intelligent Lifestyle Magazine', award-winning art director Francesco Franchi talks tonight about the publication which explores editorial concepts and branding elements. 

Junkyard Golf Club, Old Truman Brewery, Thu. Manchester's junkyard course visits the Big Smoke for three months this summer in a pop-up at the Old Truman Brewery.

Happy Origami Wonderland, The Snooty Fox , Thu, £8. Learn the Japanese art of paper folding with Sensai Toshiko at this north London pub. Each class will introduce a new theme, and May's session will focus on flowers in bloom.

Vogue The Jewellery, Cartier, all week, free. An exhibition of photographs taken from Carol Woolton's book, Vogue The Jewellery. Images on show document dazzling jewels shot by David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Corinne Day, Mario Testino and more.

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








Eating and drinking

Great British Flavours of East London, Wringer & Mangle, Tue, £40. A new supper club series curated by food journalist Victoria Stewart that offers different menus exploring the different flavours, cuisines and local produce found in East London. 

Little Nan's Rio Bar, Rio Cinema Dalston, Thu. South London favourite Little Nan’s Bar pops up at the northern end of the ginger line, this time hidden away in the basement of the Rio Cinema. Book a two-hour timeslot for £39 per person and guzzle bottomless teapots of signature cocktails and unlimited pick’n’mix.

Allihopa at The King & Co, Clapham, all week. Smoked fish aficionados, Allihopa take on their first extended kitchen residency, serving up dishes such as smoked haddock scotch egg, fishballs and hand smoked Norfolk trout.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Birthday Girls








Stand Up for Street Children, Cambridge Theatre, TONIGHT, £18-£33. Comedy greats such as Stewart Lee, Isy Suttie, Josie Long, Nick Helm and Elis James take to the stage for tonight's event in add of Stand Up for Street Child.

Massive Lazy Girls, Udderbelly, Wed, £13.50, £12 concs. Very talented sketch troupes Massive Dad, Lazy Susan and Birthday Girls join forces to become sketch megagroup, Massive Lazy Girls, for this mash-up night.

Rob Delaney: Meat, Royal Festival Hall, Thu, £20-£22. The 'Catastrophe' star brings his brutal stand-up to the South Bank.

Adam Buxton's Best of Bug, Udderbelly, Thu, £18.50, £17 concs. Funny, jaw-dropping and downright weird music vids + comedy commentary from Dr Buckles himself

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







Live music and nightlife

House of Burlesque, London Wonderground, TONIGHT, £17.50-£22.50, concs. £16. The award winning, critically-acclaimed House of Burlesque returns to the South Bank Spiegeltent with a brand new show ‘Straight Up… The Next Round’, hosted by delightful showgirl Miss Tempest Rose.

Yann Tiersen, Barbican Centre, Mon-Tue, phone for availability. Enormously talented Breton composer and multi-instrumentalist Tiersen is best known for his crisp piano balladry and woozy accordion waltzes, especially those written for the multi-million-selling 'Amelie' soundtrack.

Yuck, Rough Trade East, Tue, free with wristband. Yuck are still as noisy and sweet as ever, dropping the slacker-rock angle and becoming a hot mess of shoegazing guitars and misty synths.

La Roux, Under the Bridge, Tue, £10. London star Elly Jackson brings her pristine synthpop to the stage.

Flamingods, Oslo, Wed, £7.50. The brilliantly-named Flamingods are neither omnipotent nor (bright) pink – but they do a great line in understated psychedelia.

Queen of Hoxton: A Tribute to Doctor Strange, Shoreditch, all week, free. The Queen of Hoxton’s party-friendly Shoreditch rooftop is open again for the summer, with a trippy Summer of Love theme. Head up on any day of the week for food, fun and flower power – psychedelic ice cream sandwich, anyone? 

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


Sing Street






Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘Los Olvidados’, The Star, Tue, £15 membership. Luis Buñuel’s unsentimental drama about a gang of street kids exposes the murderer inside us all. His characters do bad things out of poverty, fear, lack of love, not evil. 

Overlook Screening Room: ‘But I’m a Cheerleader!’, The Water Poet, Thu, free. Imagine John Waters directing a teen take on ‘Cool Hand Luke’ and you’ve got a rough idea of this genius pray-the-gay-away satire, in which Natasha Lyonne’s pom-pom princess is sent away to re-education camp when her parents and friends suspect she’s a little that way inclined.

Or at the cinema...

Sing Street ★★★★☆ The man behind 'Once' delivers another foot-tapping, heart-strumming Irish musical tale – this time about a boy dreaming of pop stardom in 1980s Dublin.

Florence Foster Jenkins ★★★★☆ Meryl Streep squawks and warbles through this amusing biopic of a legendarily awful singer.

…or see all of the latest releases.







A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe, Tue, £5-£45. Emma Rice makes a brilliant start to her reign at the Globe with this riotously irreverent 'Dream'.

Frankenstein, Royal Opera House, Tue-Wed, £30-£110. A gothic ballet spectacular based on the classic novel.

The Vaudevillians: Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales, Soho Theatre, all week, £12.50-£25. RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon and her cabaret co-star Major Scales in a raucous musical-comedy.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


George Shaw: 'Natural Selection', 2015-16. © the artist, courtesy Wilkinson Gallery





This week's best new art

George Shaw: My Back To Nature, National Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. For the past two and half years, George Shaw has enjoyed one of the best gigs in art as artist-in-residence at the National Gallery. This is our opportunity to see how the artist, a Coventry lad who studied at the RCA in the 1990s, has been inspired by the collection.

Painting with Light, Tate Britain, Wed-Thu, £14.50-£18. The Tate focuses on its stellar collection of Pre-Raphaelite art (again!) with a show that brings out the big guns of the movement, such as John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... a pair of VIP weekend tickets to Lovebox Festival 2016 or one of five pairs of tickets to Wilderness festival

Grab... tickets to the pop-up crazy golf experience from Rooftop Film Club at Roof East, Stratford - from £8

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