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35 great things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

This week you can listen to lunchtime talks at Kerb King's Cross, party on the Prince of Wales roof terrace, and check out Mary Heilmann's paintings at a new show opening at the Whitechapel Gallery. Enjoy!

Things to do 

Christie’s Lates, Christie's South Kensington, Tue, free. Tonight's event includes an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the Ben Uri Museum featuring work by Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Lack Chagall and David Bomberg. There will also be a talk from poster expert Paul Rennie, and a special antiques challenge.

Yoga at St Stephen's, St Stephen with St John, Tue, free. Holy, moly it's a miracle! We've found a free yoga class open to all abilities with mats provided and no advanced booking needed.

The Man Who Branded London: Edward Johnston Talk Series, London Transport Museum, Tue, £10, £8 concs. To celebrate the 'Johnston' letterform, the London Transport Museum are hosting a series of talks exploring how great design can affect the experience of travelling. 

Drinkable Art Installation, Regents Place, Tue-Wed, free. See your art and drink it, too when you visit this colourful sculpture that's been set up in Regents Place as a promotion for SodaStream.

Outdoor Summer Korfball, Finsbury Park, Wed, free. These free Korfball (similar to netball and basketball) classes are perfect for beginners wanting to let off steam after work.

Kerb Crates, King's Cross, Thu, free. This four week series sees lunch break talks, performances and stories delivered to hungry punters at Kerb KX featuring activists, academics, poets and urban explorers.

SohoCreate, various venues, all week, prices vary. Soho's got creativity spilling from its nooks and crannies, so it's a great place to hear from some of the UK's most celebrated artists, performers, entrepreneurs and specialists.

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


The Deliveroo Garden





Eating and drinking

The Guest Series, Lyle's, Mon-Tue, £59. June's event at Lyle's will welcome Mitch Orr from Sydney's ACME – a chef famed for his 'tasty as fuck' pasta dishes that use un-traditional but totally delicious flavours.

Panther Milk Bar, L'Escargot, Wed. Soho institution, L'Escargot, welcomes the London return of Panther Milk Bar, a pop-up bar specialising in leche de pantera - a milk-based Spanish cocktail with an anti-fascist history, apparently.

The Deliveroo Garden, Hoxton Square, Wed-Thu, free. Restaurant delivery service Deliveroo have created a designated dining spot for their customers to enjoy their meals in this summer. From elevenses through to late night snacks, hungry workers in the Hoxton area can place an order with a nearby restaurant then devour it in a picturesque garden.

The Georgian Dining Academy, Simpsons Tavern, Thu, £68 + booking fee. This 3-course supper served in a candlelit chop house will transport guests back to Georgian London with the help of music, poetry and song.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


© Steve Ullathorne






Pete Firman, Udderbelly, TONIGHT, £16.50, £15 concs, £21.50 Sirloin seats. Jokes and tricks from Middlesbrough-born magician extraordinaire Pete Firman. Star of BBC's 'The Magicians', Pete's mix of friendly banter, astonishing tricks and cheeky innuendos is a real winner.

Ed Byrne – Outside, Looking In, Leicester Square Theatre, Tue-Thu, £19. Life's little annoyances unpacked by superb Irish comic.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?… Live, London Palladium, Thu, £20-£47.50. After a triumphant live debut in 2015, the legendary TV improv show returns to the capital.

Sean Hughes – Mumbo Jumbo, Udderbelly, Thu, £16.50, £15 concs, £21.50 Sirloin seats. Common sense and mumbo jumbo duke it out in the head of this sharp Irish comic.

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


© Allison Staton





Live music

No Joy, Moth Club, TONIGHT, adv £9. Montreal/LA four-piece No Joy come endorsed by fellow shoegazers Best Coast, and combine the churning, densely-mixed style of MBV or Lush with the noise rock energy of Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr. Good stuff.

Tinie Tempah, Heaven, Wed, phone for prices/availability. The dapper rapper plays his chart hits tonight. 

Chairlift, The Garage, Thu, £13.50. Caroline Polachek’s voice is a thing of wonder, hence the many guest spots she’s racked up over the years, but it’s always best fronting her own hip synthpop duo Chairlift.

Nelly, Koko, Thu, £28.50. Welcome to Nellyville! The US R&B star drops in for a steamy show tonight, dropping classics such as ‘Hot in Herre’ and ‘Dilemma’ as well as material from his most recent album ‘MO’ to help you get up-up on the dancefloor.

…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.

Dedicated to Kanye West: A Night of Yeezy, Notting Hill Arts Club, Wed, £5-£8. NHAC's annual bash to celebrate everyone's favourite megalomaniac rap superstar returns. You'll hear tons of tracks from Ye's hefty solo back catalogue, plus his mixtapes and remixes.

…or see all the parties planned this week.

Tomek Kmiecik


She’s So Giallo: ‘Four Flies on Grey Velvet’, Barbican Centre, Tue, £9.50, £8.50 concs. This new four-week run looks at the role of women in Italian giallo movies – classic slasher and supernatural flicks from the 1960s and ’70s characterised by high style, vivid colours, great soundtracks and amazing titles.

Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘The Last Seduction’, The Star, Tue, £15 m’ship. When Wendy arrives out of the blue in a small, cow-country town near Buffalo, New York, the locals – notably not-too-bright Mike – don't know what's hit them.

Or at the cinema...

Me Before You ★★★★☆ A young woman meets a quadriplegic millionaire in this likeable, thoughtful romcom.

The Nice Guys ★★★★★ Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe head up this hysterical and razor-sharp buddy comedy.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Oliver Rosser






The Spoils, Trafalgar Studios, all week, £35-£80. Hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg is the saving grace of his own play.

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.

Sideways, St James Theatre, all week, £15-£44.50. It’s over a decade since the film ‘Sideways’ moved cinema audiences with its sun-drenched, wine-quaffing ‘Withnail-and-I’-alike antics in Californian wine country, and now Rex Pickett, the author of the original novel, has turned his book into a broadly entertaining, fitfully amusing but less affecting play.

Human Animals, Royal Court Theatre, all week, £20, £15 concs, £10 Mondays. Vermin are taking over the streets of London – and we're not talking figuratively.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


Alex Katz: 'Reflection 7', 2008. © Alex Katz, DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2016. Photo: Paul Takeuchi





This week's best new art

Alex Katz: Quick Light, Serpentine Gallery, Tue-Thu, free. The work in the gallery’s central space, in particular, will knock the air from your chest. Katz has frequently likened his work to poetry, and there’s something haiku-like in his ability to record transient events.

Mary Heilmann, Whitechapel Gallery, Wed-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.

Winifred Knights (1899-1947), Dulwich Picture Gallery, Wed-Thu, £7.50-£12.50. Dulwich Picture Gallery's mission to bring to attention under-appreciated British modernists continues with this retrospective of Winifred Knights.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win...a VIP garden experience for two with Open Garden Squares Weekend or a three course meal at Osteria and overnight stay at a 4* boutique hotel to a rooftop screening with us and we'll throw in the popcorn for free!

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