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33 perfect ways to spend your week in London

By Stephanie Hartman

See 300-strong choir Some Voices perform festival bangers, there's a new festival dedicated to female performers and a great selection of film events taking place across the city. Here are all the best ways to spend the next few days. Enjoy!

Things to do

Quinntessential Creates Masterclasses, St Pancras Renaissance, Tue, free. 'The Great British Bake Off' winner Frances Quinn leads these free masterclasses in creative baking and unusual desserts. 

Discorobics, Brixton Beach, Tue, £10. Get your weekend off to a strong start with this disco-soundtracked aerobics class on Brixton's urban beach. No need to book – just drop in, and grab a complimentary melon drink afterwards.

Goddess Fest, multiple venues, Tue, free-£15. An all day festival featuring a female-only line-up of musicians and performers. Box Park will host a free stage with up and coming acts during the day before the fun makes its way over to Cargo.

Block, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, Tue, free. Seven performers build and tear down new cities fro4r443em 20 blocks in this new performance by NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse Dance Compan, combining acrobatics and choreography. 

Sporting Carnival, Stepney Green Park, Wed, free. A free community festival in celebration of the Olympics with plenty of games to get involved with.

Some Voices: Festival Headliners, Mercato Metropolitano, Thu, £17 + booking fee. Some Voices choir present an evening of song inspired by musical acts that have previously headlined major festivals. 300 voices will belt out hits by Blur, Arcade Fire, Beyonce, Adele, Coldplay and more. 

Intoxicating Sensory Soirée, Chelsea Physic Garden, Thu, £16. Explore Chelsea Physic Garden after hours at this scent-themed late opening. 

magCulture Meets, magCulture Shop, Thu, £6. This monthly talk series invites exciting magazine makers to deliver short, snappy talks about their creative process. Tonight's edition sees co-editor of The White Review, Jacques Testard talk about the quarterly literary mag. 

Rio Lounge, Embassy of Brazil in London, all week, free. Watch the Olympics on big screens and enjoy a rare opportunity to visit Brazil's London embassy, just off Trafalgar Square – a great way to experience 'host spirit' at home.

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



Eating and drinking

Little Galicia, Tapas Revolution, Tue, from £24 to £34.99. Book into one of this series of themed evenings that are sponsored by Spanish beer brand Estrella for a taste of Galicia, the north-western corner of Spain that's home to Santiago de Compostela.

Great British Beer Festival, Olympia London, Tue-Wed, £11. You'd better arrive thirsty or you'll never even make a dent in the 900-strong list of ales, ciders, perries and international beers available at this festival. 

Secret Feasts: Hangman's Tree, Omega Works, Thu, £32.84. This supper club is inspired by Peter Pan and the Lost Boys' hideout, Hangman's Tree. There will be live music, aerial and hoop performers, a Lost Boys banquet and a bar hosted by Tinkerbell.

Peardrop in Italia, Kings Head Members Club, Thu, £40 + booking fee. This Italian themed supper club from Rose Lloyd Owen celebrates no-fuss, flavoursome food and the use of unprocessed ingredients.

Summer Jungle, Lights of Soho, Thu. Drinks brand, Fentimans are taking over London's light-filled gallery to serve up summery drinks to thirsty neon-lovers.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Ibibio Sound Machine
© Krzysztof A. Edelman


Live music

Ibibio Sound Machine, Shakespeare's Globe, TONIGHT, £15-£20, standing £10-£15. This international eight-piece collective from London, led by the charismatic Eno Williams, whip up a storm of afrobeat, funk and disco.

Proms on The Roof, The Roof Gardens, Wed, £29.50. The English National Opera and Musicians Inc take to The Roof Gardens to treat classical music lovers to sounds in a beautiful setting.

Sons Of Kemet, Battersea Arts Centre, Thu, £20. Star sax-and-clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings leads the double-drumming wallop of SOK.

La Terraza, Number 90, Wed- Thu, free. Can’t make it to Cancún? Try this new Mexican-themed pop-up on a canalside terrace in Hackney Wick.

House of Burlesque, London Wonderground, Thu, £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.

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




Big Screen Classics: ‘The Killing’ + intro, BFI Southbank, Wed, £8.35–£11.75. Telegraph film critic Tim Robey introduces Stanley Kubrick’s first all-out masterpiece, a gritty film-noir heist thriller.

‘Do the Right Thing’ + Black Lives Matter discussion, Regent Street Cinema, Thu, £12, £11 concs. The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t confined to the US – Britain has a pretty major problem with policing in its black communities as well. This evening will consist of a screening of Spike Lee’s masterpiece, plus a panel discussion with interested parties.

Modern Romance, Prince Charles Cinema, Thu, £8.50. The Prince Charles’s season of classic movies on 35mm film – each chosen by a local critic, filmmaker or expert – continues with the Badlands Collective’s presentation of writer-director-star Albert Brooks’s classic of love in the twentieth century.

The Nomad: ‘Orlando’, National Maritime Museum, Thu, £20. See Sally Potter’s ornate adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel outdoors in a remarkable, history-steeped location.

Or at the cinema...

Suicide Squad ★★★★☆ Never mind the Batmans: here’s a rude antidote to dull superheroics and epic running times.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Johan Persson



¡Vamos Cuba!, Sadler's Wells, Tue-Thu, £12-£45. ‘¡Vamos Cuba!’ is feel-good summer dance fare, designed to indulge all our favourite Cuban stereotypes, while showcasing a whole range of the nation’s dance, from salsa and mambo to Afrocuban folkloric and reggaeton. 

Treasure Island, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Tue-Thu, £18, concs £14, family £84. For a show aimed at kids aged eight and up, there’s some outrageous innuendo in this adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’ by Iris Theatre. 

Yerma, Young Vic, all week, £10-£35. As swearwords fly and Billie Piper strides through a cream-carpeted loft, it’s hard to believe we’re watching Lorca’s 1934 play ‘Yerma’, a story about a farmer’s wife broken by her longing for a child.

Extravaganza Macabre, Battersea Arts Centre, all week, £12.50 & £17.50. Little Bulb dive into the world of Victoriana in this lively new outdoor show.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.







Lukas Duwenhogger: You Might Become A Park, Raven Row, Wed-Thu, free. The works of this German artist, who has lived in Istanbul since 2000, have a distinctive Ottoman sensibility, both sunlit and sinister: a superficial queer theatre of languorous fabulousness, shot through anxiety.

Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, all week, £12.50, concs £9.50. A host of contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians showcase works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.

…or see all London art reviews.

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