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34 great things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman
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Spend your weekend looking through lovely artworks at open studios in Bow and Hackney, working your way through cocktails at a festival in Bedford Square Gardens or living it up at a Bang Face Boat Party. Schedule some disco naps then get ready to party.

Things to do

Farmopolis Opening Party, Greenwich Peninsula, Sat, free. Visit this brand new floating garden that's home to thousands of Chelsea Flower Show leftovers for its grand opening. The family-friendly event will involve theatrical performances, botanical jewellery, a Literary Death Match and live music.

Corona SunSets Festival, Greenwich Peninsula, Sat, £17.50. Greenwich Peninsula will be transformed into a beach paradise, complete with a music festival across two stages. Acts include Robin Schulz, Felix Jaehn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Norman Jay MBE and Nightmares on Wax.

The South London Vintage Furniture Flea, Balham Baptist Church, Sat, £2-£3. The UK's biggest vintage fair returns to South London for a furniture-filled edition, offering up stalls packed with vintage chairs, barware, textiles, record players, lamps and more.

Glebe Road Ceramics Summer Open Studios, Glebe Road Studios, Sat-Sun, free. Browse and buy directly from 14 ceramic artists based at Glebe Road Studios. The Hackney artists will give visitors the lowdown on their wares, demonstrate techniques and give budding makers the chance to have a go at smoke firing.

Lumen Science Fair, Lumen Studios, Sat, free. A fun take on the school science fair. Explore light-based art installations, space-related craft, prints, clothing, cakes and books on art-science stalls.

London Centre for Book Arts Summer Open Studio, Bow, Sat-Sun, free. Walk away with original artwork straight from the artist at these open days celebrating the creative forces based in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

Bum Bum & Bubbles Bootcamp, Primrose Hill, Sun, free. Tone everything from the waist down with this cheeky exercise class out in the sunshine on Primrose Hill - then chase the workout with a glass of delicious fizz and some snacks.

Hackney WickED: DIY Open Studios, various Hackney venues, all weekend, free. Work your way through a series of studios housing artists, designers and makers around Hackney Wick at this annual open weekend.

Thee Drinkers, Mercer Chance, all weekend, free. An exhibition by Aaron Ziggy featuring paintings, furniture and hand woven rugs exploring the joys, fantasies and despairs of drinking.  

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

 

 

 

 

 

Eating and drinking

Cocktails in the City, Bedford Square Gardens, Fri-Sat, from £15. Beautiful Bedford Square Gardens is the setting for the summer edition of this classy boozathon that brings 25 of the city's best bars together to serve you their finest cocktail work.

Kerb x Reggae Roast Soundsystem, Granary Square, Fri-Sat, free. Street food kings KERB and Reggae Roast come together for two days of Caribbean cuisine, cocktails and beats. Vendors include Only Jerkin', South East Cakery, Uncle Griffs, Square Root Soda, Wingin' It, Vinn Goute and more.

The Floating Gaardens, Number 90, Sat-Sun, free. Climb aboard Hoegaarden's barge in Hackney Wick to sup beer, eat free canapés and explore their 'soundscape garden' this summer. The best bit? It's free.

Floating Village Hall: Barbaritas, Regent's Canal, Bethnal Green, Sun. The Floating Village Hall returns to the Mile End Park stretch of Regents Canal with a floating events space, pop-up cafe and bar. On Sun 31st they're combining two fantastic tastes of summer: barbecue and margaritas. Barbaritas!

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

Live music and nightlife

Rebel Bingo, Clapham Grand, TONIGHT, £10-£15. A wild, alternative bingo night where clubbing meets number calling.

Spector, Moth Club, TONIGHT, £12. Perfectly formed, synth-laced indie songs by Fred Macpherson and co.

Bang Face Boat Party, Tower Millennium Pier, TONIGHT, £25. One of the few certain truths in dance music is that industrial strength rave crew Bang Face know how to party.

Konono No 1, Rich Mix, Sat, £20. It's only in the last decade that the western world has got hip to this Congolese ensemble, who use three electric likembé lamellophones and plenty of percussion to make otherworldly electronic music with echoes of dub and trance.

Krankbrother Street Party, Clifton St, Sat, £10-£25. The Krankbrother DJ/party-starter duo return to Shoreditch for another of their highly rated street parties. This one is part of their Never Be Found Out series, aiming to bring a touch of New York ballroom and disco glamour to dirty old London.

Everybody's Reggae Rumshop, The Depot Clapton, Sat, from £5. A night of great food, drink and music. Try four different Caribbean punches, feast on great grab and get down to beats from Ghettospheric, Wine Lips (NTS) and Scooby.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Film

BFI Cult: ‘Matinee’, BFI Southbank, TONIGHT, £8.35–£11.75. The BFI’s Cult series does a terrific job of bringing underexposed, underrated and often ultra-weird films to a wider audience, and Joe Dante’s odd, nostalgic film-nerd comedy is a prime example.

‘Escape to Victory’, JW3, Sun, £6. We’re not sure why JW3, the Jewish education and culture centre, has chosen to screen this at 11am, but whatever – any time’s the right time to watch this loopy, absurd story of a group of footballers taking on the Nazis.

Time Out Loves at Rooftop Film Club: ‘V For Vendetta’, The Bussey Building, Sun, £15. Another in Time Out’s ongoing series of movies at the Rooftop Film Club. This is the film that launched a million masks – if you wonder why hackers and anarchists wear Guy Fawkes faces, here’s the answer.

Or at the cinema...

Author: The JT LeRoy Story ★★★☆☆ Documentary filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig turns a controversial literary hoax that fooled the world (and a bunch of celebrities) into a tale of a private desperation, but tidies it up too much.

Star Trek Beyond ★★★★☆ Stranded on a hostile planet, Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat.

The BFG ★★★★☆ Steven Spielberg teams up again with Mark Rylance for a magical adaptation of Roald Dahl's adored children's tale.

…or see all of the latest releases.

 

 

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Theatre

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

Pigs and Dogs, Royal Court Theatre, Fri-Sat, £5. A short, political play about homophobia in Africa from Caryl Churchill.

The Stripper, St James Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£35. A crass detective musical from the creators of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

 

 

 

 

 

This week's best new art

The Neo Naturists, Studio Voltaire, Fri-Sat, free. There was a lot of naked performance art happening in the ’70s and ’80s, but maybe none of it quite as jolly as the shows put on by the Neo Naturists.

Bas Jan Ader, Simon Lee, Fri-Sat, free. Best to avoid Bas Jan Ader’s show if you’re feeling emotionally fragile. The seminal Dutch conceptual artist disappeared mysteriously in 1975 and left behind a body of just 35 works of art.

Performer/Audience/Mirror, Lisson Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. The latest show at the Lisson will send you through a spectrum of emotion: humour, intrigue, frustration and, yes, sometimes outright boredom.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... Festival No.6 tickets with Birra Moretti or a spectacular culinary adventure in Jamaica

Grab... a 31% discount on tickets to this raucous night of entertainment at 'Shit-faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Book… these gigs while you still can

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