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36 fun things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

The weekend has rolled around again! This time it's got film events to get stuck into, a riverside bike ride to join in with, and a food festival on Carnaby Street to pig out at. Have a fabulous weekend with the suggestions below.

Things to do

Swing In The Spiegeltent, Spiegeltent Russell Square, Fri-Sat, £10. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, so boogie on down to the Russell Square Spiegeltent to learn from the best.

Alexandra Palace Summer Festival, Alexandra Palace, Sat, free. After its successful launch last year, the Palace's summer festival returns with DJ Yoda and a 100m waterslide.

Great British Pram Race, Alexandra Palace, Sat, free. Kids, adults and grannies compete in this revival of the great British racing tradition. Prizes on offer, fancy dress encouraged. 

RA Lates Summer Circus, Burlington House, Sat, £45. Enter the surreal world of the Victorian circus at this summer party in the Royal Academy's beautiful courtyard, which offers glitter showers, animal screen printing, a drawing salon featuring a bearded dame and plenty more besides.

Summer Picnic Ride, Waterloo Bridge, Sat, free. A scenic cycle organised by IBikeLondon. The ride is free and takes a riverside route from Waterloo Bridge to Richmond Park.

CTRL: Reprezent x ICA, ICA, Sat, free. An all-day festival of arts, music, creativity and activism with the team behind youth radio station Reprezent.

Roman Road Festival, Roman Road, Sun, free. This East End festival returns for another year with family-friendly fun and collaborations with local businesses, schools and groups.

Angel Flea Market, Candid Arts Trust, Sun, free. Pick up vintage pieces, books, furniture, clothes, up-cycled items and gifts at this tabletop sale. Entry is free for shoppers and tables from £20 can be booked by those looking to de-clutter.

Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl, Jewish Museum, all weekend. Go on a magical musical tour through the history of records at this beautifully designed and satisfyingly informative exhibition on the top floor of Camden’s Jewish Museum.

Doc/Fest Picks Weekend, Curzon Bloomsbury, all weekend, free. Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the six most talked about films from this year's festival to the Bertha DocHouse Screen at the Curzon in Bloomsbury.

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


Katy Davies





Eating and drinking

Carnaby Street Eat Food Festival, Carnaby Street, Sat, free. Dishoom, Cahoots, Jinjuu, The Detox Kitchen, Pizza Pilgrims, Dirty Bones and Señor Ceviche will be taking to the streets in an afternoon-long celebration of the street's gustatory delights.

Just Eat Food Fest, Red Market, all weekend, free. Eat your way around the world at this two-day food market from meal delivery company Just Eat.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.







Jen Kirkman: I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself, Soho Theatre, Sat, £10. Massachusetts-born stand-up Jen Kirkman is back in London with her latest show, after a great run in 2015.

Live at the Chapel, Union Chapel, Sat, £20. The bills at this massive monthly gig in one of the capital's most beautiful venues are always stunning.

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


© Gabriel Shepard





Live music

Sun Kil Moon, Royal Festival Hall, TONIGHT, £25-£32.50. Gloomy singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek – renowned for his pensive, heartbreaking folk-rock songs as Red House Painters plays the Royal Festival Hall tonight. 

Rodriguez, London Palladium, Fri-Sat, £25-£69.50. The long-lost ’70s singer-songwriter returns to sing ‘Sugar Man’ and more.

Camposphere, Resistance Gallery, Sat. We love that the Camposphere nights celebrate the glory, beauty and strength of campness. Inspired by 'space, camp, funk barbarella', they're queer live music events with intergalactic vibes.

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







Aphrodyki, Tipsy, Sat, £5, £4 before 11pm. A popular lesbian night with a young, femme-leaning crowd, soundtracked by the goddesses of pop and R&B from Aaliyah and Beyoncé to Diana Ross.

Brixton’s Summer Disco Fiesta, Brixton Jamm, Sat, £15-£20. This all day and night terrace party promises 12 hours of sun-kissed party music and while actual sunshine might be tricky to deliver, headliners Tiger & Woods will guarantee the impression of heat with their summery disco house.

Jay Electronica, The Coronet, Sat, adv £24.50. The slick MC from New Orleans arrives to drop some smooth tracks.

Sofrito London Summer Session, Shapes, Sat, £11. Fresh from celebrating their 10th birthday this year the tropical dance collective/label will be holding a mighty 11-hour summer cookout at Shapes.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.







Doc/Fest Picks weekender: ‘My Scientology Movie’, Curzon Bloomsbury, Sat, £9, £7 concs. Our top pick is the new movie from beloved TV provocateur Louis Theroux. As the title suggests, the film sees Louis tackling the might of America’s weirdest cult.

Scared to Dance: Robin Ince presents ‘Head’, Genesis Cinema, Sun, £9.50. The terminally hip east London club night’s new film club is shaping up terrifically. For just their second outing, they’ve hauled in comedian and science nerd Robin Ince to present one of his favourite movies, The Monkees’ madcap silver-screen outing ‘Head’.

Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘The Deer Hunter’, The Star, Sun, £15 membership. Cimino’s sprawling masterpiece tells of three Pennsylvanian steelworkers and their lives at work, at play and at war, as volunteers in Vietnam.

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.


David Scheinmann






Stalking the Bogeyman, Southwark Playhouse, Fri-Sat, £20, concs £16. True story of an American journalist's planned attempt to take bloody revenge upon his childhood abuser.

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

Into the Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory, all weekend, £36.50-£39.50. A stripped, subversive take on Sondheim's fairytale satire.

The Fix, Union Theatre, all weekend, £25, £22.50 concs. The Union christens its new home with a saucy political satire.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Aida Silvestri: Unsterile Clinic, Rivington Place, Fri-Sat, 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.

Raqib Shaw: Self Portrait, White Cube Bermondsey, all weekend, 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.

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, all weekend, £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.

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