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35 ace things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

The weekend starts in just a few hours and London's got a whole lot of goodness planned. Head to a Sunday brunch club packed full of tasty dishes, check out a fun and free jazz festival at Canary Wharf, or make like the night tube and keep going until morning at a movie marathon showing films from 1996 until dawn.

Things to do

The Summer Shindig, Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, Fri-Sat, £10. Returning for a second innings following its hugely successful debut last year, there’ll be food, drink, activities and more music than you can shake a croquet mallet at.

Brixton Vintage Kilo Sale, Pop Box, Sat, free. Tonnes of vintage clothing is up for grabs at this free vintage kilo sale. Brixton vintage stores Make Do and Mend and Blue Rinse will be selling clothes at £15/kilo, with drinks from Pop Brixton available after your rummage.

Camberwell Fair, Burgess Park, Sat, free. This year the free event has moved to Burgess Park to accommodate double the live music, activities and fun.

Tag meets Retro Gaming, Kidzbiz, Sat, £16.50. If you've ever looked on at a soft play area with envy, now's your chance to let your hair down: three hours of childfree playtime at Kidzbiz on their slides, climbing sets and ball pool will sort you right out.

At The Table’s Summer Camp, Town Hall Hotel, Sat, £65. Print a linen throw, tablecloth or beach towel with Ren London founder Ren Valuzyte.

Rhythm and Brews, Dingwalls, Sun. A roof terrace shindig organised by Vinyl Pimp and Chicago Rib Shack (a new eatery at the T.E. Dingwall Building) that sees DJs playing rhythm and blues across the afternoon and a hefty selection of records available to purchase.

Ray Krone: Life After Death Row, Slam, Sun, free. A live Skype Q&A session with Ray Krone, the 100th man to be exonerated from death row in the USA after DNA evidence found him innocent of the murder he was convicted for. 

Eat, Work, Art, Hackney Downs Studios, Sun, free. A market selling food, drink and goods from makers based at the studios. Visitors can also explore the print-makers, art gallery, bike shop, hairdressers, florist, ceramics studio and well-being centre.

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






Eating and drinking

Gin Bop, Rivington Grill, TONIGHT, £10. For enthusiasts of the tonic-improver, this evening of eating and gin-sipping will go down a treat. Experts from classic gin brands will tout their boozy wares, and guests will be entertained by live jazz, music and silly games.

Red Market, Shoreditch, Fri-Sat, £5. Red Market – the outdoor pop-up taking place in the large courtyard area of Shoreditch's Red Gallery – returns for 2016, with a 'Last Days of Shoreditch' theme.

Urban Food Fest: Uruguayan Food and Wine, Euro Car Parks, Sat. Uruguayan winery, Bodega Garzón have teamed up with Urban Food Fest to offer Londoners a taste of South America this summer.

Lads Who Lunch, Shoreditch Arts Club, Sun, £25. The brains behind these Sunday supper clubs belong to three males with a penchant for really good grub. Having trained at various London establishments, the trio have now teamed up to offer the capital a dose of brunch with punch.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.






Live music

White, The Lexington, TONIGHT, adv £7. The dapper Glaswegian five-piece – who we featured among our 2016 ones to watch – play a headline set of storming, scratchy punk-funk.

Bow Wow Wow, The Garage, Sat, £16.50. The outrageously underrated, Afropop-infused, percussion-heavy new-wave band from the ’80s return to London with Annabella Lwin centre-stage. Terrific ’80s hits are guaranteed.

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, Canada Square Park, Sat-Sun, free. Do you like free jazz? No, not that kind of free jazz – we mean the opportunity to catch some of the best and most envelope-pushing jazz acts from London and beyond, gratis.

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


Burning Down The House






DJ Luck and MC Neat, The Nest, Fri, £10. Classic-era UK garage duo Luck and Neat show that they're more than just a noughties novelty with an energetic live set of 2-step and house.

Burning Down The House, VFD, Sat, £5. Bored of nodding your head to tastefully dull house music? This new east London night aims to give Dalston’s nightlife scene a kick up the arse with the best songs of the ’80s .

Balamii, The Nines, Sat-Sun, free. The Peckham night and radio show serve up underground-leaning sounds every weekend in August, with high-quality leftfield producers and DJs from Yam Records, The Vinyl Factory, Wavey Garms and Wah Wah 45s.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.


Swallows and Amazons






1996 Movie Marathon, Picturehouse Central, TONIGHT, £25. It was twenty years ago today... that we were all sitting down to watch ‘The Craft’. Catch that witchy classic plus more big hits of ‘96 including ‘Scream’, ‘Twister’, and ‘Beavis and Butthead Do America’ at this amazing all-nighter.

Argentine Film Festival: ‘The Clan’, Ritzy Picturehouse, TONIGHT, £12, £11 concs. Over four packed days, the Argentine Film Festival offers a hearty spread of new South American cinema, from tiny indies like romantic dramas to mainstream smash hits.

Punk London: ‘The Decline of Western Civilisation’, BFI Southbank, Sat, £8.35–£11.75. Another terrific punk doc, this time from ‘Wayne’s World’ director Penelope Spheeris.

Or at the cinema...

Swallows and Amazons ★★★★☆ The classic tale of plucky kids foiling skulduggery at the Lake District is good clean family fun.

Tickled ★★★★☆ A journalist investigates the bizarre world of competitive tickling in this brilliant doc – and it's not all giggles.

David Brent: Life on the Road ★★★☆☆ Ricky Gervais brings his cringeworthy creation to the big screen, with mixed results.

Lights Out ★★★☆☆ David F Sandberg adapts his terrifying short horror film into a much less scary feature.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£45. The National Theatre of Scotland's raucous production finally makes it to London.

Groundhog Day, Old Vic, Fri-Sat, £21-£90. Tim Minchin follows 'Matilda' with a musical version of the Bill Murray classic.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Shakespeare's Globe, Fri, Sun, £5-£45. Kneehigh's new show is a big, jazzy epic set in WWII.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


Mark Wallinger: Self Reflection





This week's best new art

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, all weekend, £12. 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.

Mark Wallinger: Self Reflection, Freud Museum, all weekend, £7. We’re constantly being told how self-obsessed we are. The selfie has become the emblem of first-world shallowness; we’re all self-entitled; there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’ etc. So here’s an opportunity to reflect on what the idea of ‘self’ even means.

Samara Scott: Developer, Pump House Gallery, all weekend, free. Battersea park’s mirror pools are looking a little queasy. Young English artist Samara Scott has filled the two ponds here with swathes of swirling fabric and an almost stomach-turning array of coloured dyes for what she calls ‘liquid paintings’.

Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, all weekend, £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.

And finally

Win... a trip to Prague with Stansted Express or a spectacular culinary adventure in Jamaica

Grab... tickets to Backyard Cinema: Lost World

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