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35 ace things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

This week sees the return of Taste London and top chefs to Regent's Park, an Alice in Wonderland-themed all-day party, and a floating market making its way into town. There's also a pop-up nap station opening if you need a rest between all the fun. Phew!

Things to do 

Sunrise Salutations, Dalston Roof Park, Tue, £10. Welcome the day with a feel-good yoga session. Dalston Roof Park will play host to the early morning classes and all money raised will help Supply social enterprise to continue working and supporting victims of gender-based violence. 

Evidently, Southbank Centre, Tue, £8, concs £4. The popular spoken-word night, which has become a launching pad for new voices from the North West, stages a London showcase.

Alice in Wonderland All-Day Party, Old Street Roundabout, Wed, prices vary. Head to the Old Street Magic Roundabout for 16 hours straight on Alice in Wonderland themed fun. Events range from early morning dance parties and free massages, to live music and a rooftop party.

Bardeblah, Balham Bowls Club, Thu, free. Combining intelligent debate, a group of opinionated players and good humoured fun in a local boozer, Bardeblah is an intellectual game of persuasion centred on contemporary political and social issues.

Ghosts, Poms and Panopticons, Morpeth Arms, Thu, free. The venue for this free writing workshop is rumoured to be haunted by prisoners and workers from the nearby Millbank Penitentiary, so it's likely to inspire some spooky stories from its participants.

The Nap Station, Old Truman Brewery, Thu, free. Mattress company, eve Sleep are the brains behind this destination that allows Londoners to catch 40 winks during their busy schedules. Power nap pods can be used to get some shut eye, plus there are communal workstations offering users the chance to work from bed.

The Floating Market, Merchant Square, Thu, free. Find traditional canal boats down at Merchant Square selling food, fashion items and more.

Netil House Open Studios And Afterparties, Netil House, Thu, free. Have a peek around Netil House: the London Fields home of some of east London’s brightest artists, designers, filmmakers and other creative types, at this annual open studio event. 

Street Orchestra of London, various venues, Thu, free. Newly founded for 2016, this guerilla classical ensemble brings music to the streets, parks, squares and public places of London.

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



Eating and drinking

Gins of Future Past, Green Man, Tue-Thu, £10.50. Gin big shots, Tanqueray and Gordon's join forces for a pop-up exploring the past, present and future of the juniper berry beverage.

Taste of London, Regent's Park, Wed-Thu, from £16. The annual Taste of London outdoor restaurant festival is back for 2016 for another year of gastronomic Glastonbury. Big names on the line-up of chefs who'll be doing talks and demonstrations include Nathan Outlaw, Monica Galetti, Pierre Koffmann, Francesco Mazzei and Jose Pizarro.

Brixton People's Kitchen: Streatham Feast, Standard PH, Thu, £22.55. An evening of great veggie grub created by chef Jonas Tester. Ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced, and live music and entertainment will feature.

Ruby and Pickles, The Joker of Penton Street, Thu, £22.50. This fledgling supperclub promises to give dishes from the world over an Indian twist. Their Mediterranean summer feast will see guests tuck into vegetarian (and many vegan) dishes from Italy, France, Turkey and Morocco, with a pickle of the month to accompany them.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


© Matt Crockett






Nina Conti – In Your Face, Udderbelly, Mon-Tue, £15-£25. In tandem with cheeky partner-in-crime Monkey, London stand-up Nina Conti has helped resurrect a dying comic art with her jaw-dropping ventriloquism skills.

Foil, Arms and Hog – Skiddlywup, Udderbelly, Thu, £16.50, £15 concs, £21.50 Sirloin seats. This Irish sketch trio are hugely charming, very silly and have a big following at the Edinburgh Fringe. They've also wowed audiences online, clocking up more than four million hits on YouTube.

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


Slow Magic





Live music

Wild Nothing, Oslo, TONIGHT, £12. Beautiful, shoegazey, ’80s-inflected pop from one-man band Jack Tatum, returning with his third album ‘Life of Pause’.

Slow Magic, Oval Space, Tue, £13.50. The masked chillwave producer crafts woozy, synth-dappled glitchtronics that'll find favour with fans of Purity Ring and Washed Out.

John Grant, Royal Albert Hall, Wed, £27.50 & £32.50. The master singer-songwriter and former Czar sings his incredible, introspective ballads.

Ladyhawke, Scala, Thu, adv £16. Synth-rocker Pip Brown, aka Ladyhawke returns with her punchy, sass-heavy and groovily retro blend of Cyndi Lauper, Bananarama, Pat Benatar and Joan Jett. Welcome back!

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


Tomek Kmiecik






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.

Morning Gloryville, Ministry of Sound, Tue, £14-£20. A pre-work mid-week fitness rave, which aims to give punters a healthy, start to the working day via snacks, massages and a lot of dancing.

…or see all the parties planned this week.


When Marnie Was There



She’s So Giallo: ‘One on Top of the Other’, Barbican Centre, Tue, £9.50, £8.50 concs. It’s also known as ‘Perversion Story’, which should give you some idea of what to expect from giallo legend Lucio Fulci’s US-shot thriller, part of the Barbican’s collaboration with film club Cigarette Burns to present a tribute to the women of 1970s Italian exploitation cinema.

‘End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones’ + after party, Rio, Thu, £11, £9 concs. Watch this sprightly doc about New York’s leather-clad punk legends, then head down to nearby bar Birthdays for a night of headbanging fun featuring all-girl tribute act The Ramonas. 

Or at the cinema...

When Marnie Was There ★★★★☆ It’s the end of an era. After three decades legendary Japanese animator Studio Ghibli has ceased production, which means that ‘When Marnie Was There’ is its last film for the foreseeable future.

Where to Invade Next ★★★★☆ Michael Moore sets off on a world tour – not with war in mind, but with the hopes of learning what America could do better.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Richard Hubert Smith






The Deep Blue Sea, Lyttelton Theatre, Thu, £15-£65. Helen McCrory stars in a stunning revival of Rattigan's bleak masterpiece.

The Quiet House, Park Theatre, all week, £16.50-£25, £18.50 concs. A couple struggles with childlessness in this gruelling drama from Gareth Farr.

Sideways, St James Theatre, all week, £15-£44.50. A decent stage adaptation of the film, but no vintage. 

Stella, Hoxton Hall, all week, £18, £14 concs. Neil Bartlett's new play is inspired by the scandalous true story of Victorian cross-dresser Ernest Boulton.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


Bhupen Khakhar: 'You Can't Please All', 1981, © the estate of Bhupen Khakhar






Mary Heilmann, Whitechapel Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. Arriving like a heady blast of ozone comes this retrospective of the US artist who, for the past five decades, has dazzled with witty, exuberant, sensuous paintings. 

Bhupen Khakhar, Tate Modern, all week, £10.90, concs £9.50. The deeper you get into Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar’s personal story, the more you’re likely to be drawn to his work.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016, Mayfair, all week, £13.50 . Now entering its 248th consecutive year, the RA's summer show is the world's longest-running open-submission exhibition. As ever, the work of heavy-hitters will hang alongside that of younger, emerging artists. An annual gem.


…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... a pair of weekend VIP tickets to Wireless or dinner aboard the Good Ship Benefit

Grab... yourself a rip-roaring night at a secret society-themed bar in Seven Dials with four cocktails for £16

Book… these gigs while you still can

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