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35 dreamy things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

This week sees the return of Summer Screen Prints to Somerset House, a tasty chicken wing-eating competition taking place in boozers across the city and a vermouth-themed rooftop bar springing up for after work drinks. Get planning the perfect week with our tips below. 

Things to do

Mid Century and More, The Hoxton Holborn, Tue, free. Discover stylish ways to incorporate preloved and vintage design in your home at this panel discussion. 

Please Do Not Feed The Fears, 11 Calvert Avenue, Tue, £5. Beautiful lingerie brand Beija Flor host an evening dedicated to inspiring female founders. Grab a glass of prosecco and hear from the founders of Bonbon Balloons, Happy Tummy Co, Boobs Essential and Move Your Frame.

Riposte presents, The Insiders: Food & Drink, Town Hall Hotel, Wed, £8. July's Riposte Presents event brings together a panel of experts from the world of food and drink. Hear from speakers such as Charlotte Sager-Wilde, Freddie Janssen and Missy Flynn.

Science Museum Lates: Game On!, Science Museum, Wed, free. An evening dedicated to gaming with hands-on workshops and activities. Highlights include the chance to play 'Superbugs', a survival game in which players destroy mutant bacteria. 

City of London Police Open Day, Guildhall Yard, Wed, free. This family-friendly event is designed to give city dwellers a chance to discover more about the London Police Force and the animals helping them out.

Summer Screen Prints, Somerset House, Thu, free. The Summer Screen Prints exhibition is back and taking place once again during the venue's series of outdoor film screenings. 

A History of Nursing Game Show, Royal College of Nursing Library, Thu, free. This '70s-style game show is a celebration of the history of nursing, coinciding with RCN's centenary year. No prior nursing experience is necessary, but your team will obviously have the upper hand if a few members have spent some time in scrubs. 

Beatrix Potter's London, V&A, Thu, free. This year marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch.

JUST JAM present Sons do Gueto, ICA, Thu, £7-£11. Tim & Barry (JUST JAM) , premiere their new documentary tonight, Sons do Gueto, focusing on Lisbon based label PRÍNCIPE. A Q&A will be followed by a night with guest DJ sets from Nídia Minaj and DJ Noronha.

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


Vermouth on the Roof





Eating and drinking

La Rive Gauche, South Bank, Tue, £30. This one-night-only alfresco banquet organised by French mustard brand Maille will see 150 diners tuck into a four-course meal designed by the likes of the Grain Store and Galvin Bistrot de Luxe.

Vermouth on the Roof, Ham Yard Hotel, Tue-Thu, £15. Ham Yard Hotel hosts this summer-long roof top bar where vermouth-based cocktails will be flowing for thirsty Londoners.

The Rhône Touch, Central Saint Martins, Tue-Thu. Experience the magic of Rhône wines at this immersive two-week festival. Adam Rawson, 2015 Chef of the Year at the Young British Foodies Awards will be creating an exclusive tasting menu especially for the event.

Wing It 2016, various locations, Thu, free. Like wings? You better - this is the UK's biggest wing-eating competition and it takes place in a staggering nine pubs across the city (plus eight elsewhere).

Shake La Vie Orangina pop-up, Jewel, Thu, £5. Enjoy Orangina cocktails, watch some live acoustic performances, magic and contortionists, win prizes or enjoy the view from the orange grove at this sweet pop-up.

The Gin Market, Covent Garden Market, Thu, free; gin and tonics £8-9. Every tincture and garnish you could ask for, plus their delicious gins and Fevertree's fancy tonics and mixers, and all the gin expertise you'd expect from bartenders trained at the distillery's gin museum.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.






Live music

Gogol Bordello, Koko, Tue-Wed, £30. Described as 'Joe Strummer with a gypsy twist', Gogol Bordello's Ukrainian-born frontman Eugene Hutz leads his misfit collection of New York-based refugees out on stage in London. 

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

Folk With Altitude, Southbank Centre, Thu, £14. Seasoned London folk crew The Nest Collective return with another summer series of gigs on the green and pleasant roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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

Tomek Kmiecik


House Of Flying Daggers: London Launch, Phonox, Tue, £5-£7. Dancehall, bashment, R&B and garage as the sell-out Manchester night comes to London, with a heavy-duty line-up of Murlo, DJ Hayz, Handsome Rob, Lil C and Lozzy C.

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.

Beat Afrique, CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building), Thu, phone for prices. A tasty line up of DJs spin African music, hosted by Nubiyan Twist DJs and featuring a live performance by a secret band.

…or see all the parties planned this week.








Andrzej Zulawski season: ‘Possession’, Deptford Cinema, Tue, £5, £3.50 concs. If you haven’t seen Polish madman Andrzej Zulawski’s unrelenting horror masterpiece, do not miss this special screening. 

The VITO Project: ‘Strangers on a Train’, The Cinema Museum, Wed, free. Expect an exploration of the subtext of Hitchcock’s movie at this free monthly film night themed around LGBT issues.

Check the Gate: ‘The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane’, Prince Charles Cinema, Wed, £8.50. Another absolute cracker from the Check the Gate season, this time presented by exploitation film experts Cigarette Burns, whose roving film club has been keeping Londoners disturbed and enthralled for the better part of a decade now.

Or at the cinema...

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.







The Fix, Union Theatre, Tue-Thu, £25, £22.50 concs. The Union christens its new home with a saucy political satire.

Blanc De Blanc, The Hippodrome Casino, £30 & £35. A troupe of saucy Aussie circus-mongers are pitching up in the West End this summer.

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

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Raqib Shaw: Self Portrait, White Cube Bermondsey,Tue-Thu, free. Basically, imagine all your favourite Renaissance paintings in the National Gallery with the crazy dialled up to 11. Shaw is obviously a lover and a student of the Old Masters, and he uses their tropes for his own purposes.

Aida Silvestri: Unsterile Clinic, Rivington Place, Tue-Thu, free. On the second floor of Autograph ABP is a room filled with pain: female pain – something that photographer Aida Silvestri thinks we should all be paying much more attention to.

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, all week, £5.50-£7. Legendary Memphis photographer William Eggleston has created a whole genre of psychologically ambiguous Americana, much of it centred on apparently mundane bits of his home town.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

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