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37 lovely ways to spend your week in London

Written by
Stephanie Hartman

Stuff yourself with doughy goodness at a pizza party at Heist Bank, check out Burberry's new collection and watch craft demos at Maker House, or celebrate the city and the people that make it great at a screening of '1000 Londoners: Looking After London'. Here are 37 ways to get you through the week!

Things to do

LFW on Carnaby Street, various locations, Mon-Tue, free. Watch live catwalk shows from the likes of Burberry, Peter Pilotto, Topshop Unique and Ashish on a giant screen, and take part in styling sessions, skincare masterclasses and more.

David Bowie Unseen Photographs, Snap Galleries, Tue-Thu, free. A collection of previously unseen images of the Bowie, taken by photographer Gerald Fearnly in the '60s.

Women in Food: How To Start a Food Brand, The Shard, Wed, £16.32. Hari Ghotra of Tamarind Collection is joined tonight by four female entrepreneurs to discuss the ins and outs of starting a successful food business.

Makers House, 1 Manette Street, Wed-Thu, free. Burberry have teamed up with The New Craftsmen for this week-long celebration of British makers following the brand's presentation of its first straight-to-consumer collection at London Fashion Week. 

Sabat Magazine launch party, Shoreditch Platform, Thu, free. Join the makers of witchcraft and feminism magazine Sabat as they launch their second issue focussed on 'The Mother'.

Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, Thu, free. The annual exhibition of contemporary ceramics returns to the Geffrye this year, with some 50 potters showing their work to sell at very reasonable prices. 

Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival, JW3, Thu, prices vary. Hosted for the first time at this venue, the eighth edition of the festival features literary figures penning pieces on sport and food, plus poets and fiction writers.

Peter Pan Late, Florence Nightingale Museum, Thu, £12. Dress up and get down to this Pan-themed party, complete with Tinkerbell cocktails and a screening of 'Peter Pan'. Explore the Museum's Take Me to Netherland exhibition and take part in a fun treasure hunt.

Soho, Getty Images Gallery, Thu, free. The capital's notorious nightlife district is captured here through a series of snaps plucked from the vast archive of Getty Images.

London Design Festival, various locations around London, all week, prices vary. A multi-event, multi-venue, eight-day festival taking place across the capital bringing remarkable design both old and new to a vast London audience.

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


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Eating and drinking

Pizza And Beer In Your Face, Heist Bank, Tue, £15. A night of pizza paired with craft beers and chat from Heist Bank's beer expert, Daniel Pavey and his pals.

Gin Safari, Mr Fogg's Tavern, Tue, £40. Hunt out top notch gin on this cocktail safari hosted by Good Things Magazine. Sample different varieties of the juniper-based tipple and enjoy two perfectly mixed gin and tonics with your ticket.

Hygge Smorrebrod's Danish Pop Up, The Bottle Shop, Tue, £27.14–£37.76. A Nordic-themed night with a tasty  five-course menu of small dishes from HYGGE smørrebrød, a Danish company specialising in open sandwiches. 

Oktoberfest, Munich Cricket Club, Wed-Thu, free. Five weeks of bierkeller happiness kicks off with the traditional keg-tapping ceremony. 

Dr Johnson's Birthday Supper, Dr Johnson's House, Thu, £95. Sip punch then dine on a three-course meal at the same house Dr Johnson and his clerks compiled the first dictionary.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


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Live music and nightlife

Trentemøller, Rough Trade East, TONIGHT, free w/wristband. Anders Trentemøller last album 'Lost' leans towards hushed, noir-ish blues.

Dill Katz, 606 Club, Tue, £10. Ex-Nucleus electric bassist Katz leads his superior jazz-rock quartet in Chelsea tonight. 

Briefs: The Second Coming, London Wonderground, Tue-Thu, £16-£19.50. The impossibly tantalising and infinitely sexy circus from Aussie-based company Briefs return to the London Wonderground.

Ed Harcourt, Village Underground, Wed, £18.50. Singer-songwriter, Mercury prize nominee and all-round nice guy Harcourt steps behind the piano to play from his back catalogue. 

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







1000 Londoners: Looking After London, Lexi Cinema, TONIGHT, £7. The 1000 Londoners project is an ever-increasing archive of short documentaries exploring the lives of people who live, work and play in our great city. 

Head Trips: ‘Belladonna of Sadness’, Barbican Centre, TONIGHT, £9.50. Subtitled ‘Films for the Inner Eye’, this short season of world psychedelic classics offers movies to expand the mind and feed the soul. 

London Spanish Film Festival: ‘El Sur’, Ciné Lumière, Thu, £12, £10 concs. The London Spanish Film Festival returns for a 12th year, with no signs of slowing down. Over eight days they’re screening a wealth of features, including special strands focusing on films from the Basque Country and in the Catalan language.

Or at the cinema...

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years ★★★★☆ A documentary from Ron Howard capturing the Beatles's youth and irreverence on the road. 

Little Men ★★★★☆ A keenly observed New York story depicting parents fighting over possession of a Brooklyn building while their children grow up around them. 

Bridget Jones's Baby ★★★★☆ Bridget Jones and Renée Zellweger are back with a bang for a third film – and a more content, more wise Bridget makes for a better, more genuinely funny flick. 

Kubo and the Two Strings ★★★★☆ Here's a mature and gorgeous stop-motion film about a family’s mythical legacy. Summer time movies should always be this smart. 

Sausage Party ★★★☆☆ A strictly not-for-kids, animated, foul-mouthed sex fest of a movie. Basically imagine Pixar with knob jokes. 

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Jess and Joe Forever, Orange Tree Theatre, all week,  £20. An extremely lovable play about a boy and girl growing up over a series of summers. 

The Naked Magicians, Trafalgar Studios, all week, £12-£45. A play that pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. 

The Emperor, Young Vic, all week, £10-£20. Kathryn Hunter's virtuoso account of the final days of Haile Selassie.

Burning Doors, Soho Theatre, all week, £15-£24. A visceral new show from Belarus Free Theatre together with Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans/Essential Elements, Flowers, Tue-Thu, free. For 30 years, Edward Burtynsky has produced monumental images of landscape: generally landscape that man has fucked up. This new series on the salt pans in the Little Rann of Kutch, India, continues many of his themes but takes them to an abstract extreme.

Dinh Q Le: The Colony, Bussey Building, Wed-Thu, free. You think your job’s shit? You’ve got nothing on the labourers who harvest guano on the Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru. Vietnamese artist Dinq Q. Lê’s film captures one of these harvests. Here you stand dwarfed by three immense screens, one showing the workers shovelling guano and heaving bags. 

The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam, Tate Modern, all week, £16. The Tate's latest show starts with early drawings from Wilfredo Lam, plus tentative visual experiments, showing an artist trying to find out how and what he actually wants to paint.

 …or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... tickets to The Dining Club by IKEA

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