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33 fun things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

Get yourself a tasty discount dinner at the soft launch of London’s latest Poké restaurant, immerse yourself in a 1960s-style picture palace film event, or stretch it out at a rooftop yoga session high above Oxford Street. Here at 33 ways to ensure your week rocks. 

Things to Do

Rooftop Astronomy, Culpeper, TONIGHT, £35. Controversial astrologist Nicholas Culpeper gave lovely Spitalfields gastropub The Culpeper its name, and these rooftop stargazing sessions are in his honour.

Riposte Presents... Beats Working, Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, Wed, £8. An evening of discussion with Riposte magazine featuring four women working within the music industry. Speakers tonight are Hayley Louisa Brown, Nancy Tilbury, Alia Loren and Dawn Shadforth.

LATA Street Culture Festival, Red Gallery, Wed-Thu, prices vary. Brazil comes to Shoreditch in this celebration of the nation's street art and culture. Five Brazilian street artists will paint walls around the Red Gallery and run workshops for all ages.

magCulture Meets...Mondial, magCulture Shop, Thu, free. Jack Saunders and Mark Mackenzie from Mondial magazine talk tonight about translating the Rapha brand into print and their team's ongoing mission to champion the world of road cycling across the globe.

Get Crafty with Rob Penn, Cecil Sharp House, Thu, £10. Make your way to the beautiful surroundings of Cecil Sharp House on the edge of Regent’s Park, grab a beer from the bar and head to the garden to meet five super-talented makers as they talk about and demonstrate their craft. 

Make, Do and Mend Yourself Workshops, Leake Street, Thu, free. These free monthly workshops, each with an urban gardening theme provide a perfect lunchtime activity for workers in the Waterloo area.

Fat Buddha Yoga on the Roof, John Lewis, Thu, £10. Stretch it out above Oxford Street before shoppers descend at these weekly yoga classes that bring a sense of calm to London's centre.

Triumph Pavilion, Museum Gardens, all week, free. This year's Triumph Pavilion has been designed by Five Lines Project and consists of hundreds of bamboo pinwheels representing the potential energy that can be captured within communities by a single action.

Strawberries and Screen, Granary Square, all week, free. Tennis fans who haven't got the willpower to queue for Murray Mound should pack a picnic and head to King's Cross for these free outdoor screenings of Wimbledon 2016.

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


Eating and drinking

Ahi Poké Soft Launch, Fitzrovia, Mon-Wed. This new Fitzrovia joint will be serving up raw fish dishes, and 50 hungry punters each day can walk away with a signature bowl which sees ahi tuna, sushi rice, scallions and avocado in the mix for free.

Rekorderlig's Midsommarstang Chef's Table, secret London location, Thu, £60. Set sail for a Swedish Midsommar onboard Rekorderlig's gorgeous canal boat. We've teamed up with the fruit cider experts to offer a four-course supper club prepared by top Swedish chef, Roger Olsson for guests to enjoy as they cruise down the waterway.

Book this: Sunday Session at Brunswick House, Sun July 3, £30. Chef Blair Hammond will be serving up an intriguing sounding four-course menu, snacks and petit fours including a Scotch Fish Egg (!) while Matt Ottley mixes up six cocktails to match.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.




James Acaster: Work-in-Progress, The Invisible Dot Ltd, Tue, £8, £7 concs. Superb stand-up and four-time Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee James Acaster workshops new material.

The Adam Carolla Show – Live Podcast, Leicester Square Theatre, Wed, £27.50. For the second year running, US actor-comedian Adam Carolla brings his hugely popular podcast to London for a live record.

Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, Udderbelly, Thu, £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.


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Live music and nightlife

Mac DeMarco, multiple venues, Mon-Tue, £22. DeMarco's wearily romantic, chorus-heavy jams, tied together by his disaffected drawl and hazy lyrics, make him a great live draw.

Beck, O2 Academy Brixton, Tue, £46. A giant of weird pop, alt rock and anti-folk since the early ’90s, Beck Hansen makes a welcome return to London for his first straight-up, no-bullshit headline show here in years.

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.

The Nest Collective’s Campfire Club, Secret London location, Thu, £10. Folk and flames is one of those magical combinations that just makes sense, like ham and cheese, and it's why Campfire Club is such a winning formula. 

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


The Secret Life of Pets



1960s Cinema Experience: ‘One Million Years BC’, Picturehouse Central, Wed, £18, £15 concs. Here’s a new twist on immersive cinema, as the Picturehouse Central is transformed into a 1960s-style picture palace.

DukeFest: The 35mm Trailer Party, Prince Charles Cinema, Wed, £7.50. This year’s DukeFest – the festival arm of regular bizarre film and found footage night The Duke Mitchell Film Club – draws to a close with what promises to be a pretty wild night.

Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘The Naked Civil Servant’, The Star, Wed, £15 membership. This regular film club goes from strength to strength. £15 for annual membership may seem like a chunk up front, but you get fortnightly films so we reckon it’s a bargain.

Or at the cinema...

Independence Day: Resurgence ★★★☆☆ 20 years later, the aliens are back – but they've reckoned without Jeff Goldblum.

The Secret Life of Pets ★★★☆☆ Front-loading the best bits, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ begins by imagining what the animals in a New York apartment block get up to when their owners shut the door in the morning.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Jeff Busby



The Shadow King, Barbican Centre, Tue-Thu, £16-£38. An uneven but fascinating Aboriginal riff on 'King Lear'. 

Henry V, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, all week, £25-£60. Michelle Terry brings a touch of danger to Shakespeare's warrior king.

Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker, The Pit, all week, £18, £9 concs. No clue as to what ‘Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker’ is about. But it is utterly joyous: the WTF rush of You Me Bum Bum Train but with a sense of genuine communal adventure. 

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


Georgiana Houghton



This week's best new art

Nicole Vinokur: Paridayda, Tintype, Wed-Thu, free. The South African artist will, fingers crossed, be bringing the great outdoors into the gallery: she's aiming to create a meadow that visitors can lie on and walk across barefoot.

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings, Courtauld Gallery, all week, £9, £5 concs. Swirling psychedelic images from a lost 19th-century master.

Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck, National Gallery, all week, £12, £10 concs. Great paintings once owned by other painters.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... the ultimate summer party with £1000 bar tab or a spa getaway for two on the English Riviera

Grab... to a rooftop screening with us and we'll throw in the popcorn for free!

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