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39 excellent things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

Kick back at the Peckham Asylum tonight with a screening of 'Groundhog Day', explore London's incredible buildings across the Open House weekend, delve into the world of design as LDF kicks off and fill your bellies with bread and booze at Gail's Street Party and a tequila and mezcal extravaganza. Let's do this!

Things to do

Clinic 4 launch, Bold Tendencies' Strawditorium, TONIGHT, free. Clinic launch their new anthology featuring poems from Laura Elliot, Dominic Hale, Edward Doegar, Kate Duckney and more.

KidZania Adults Lates, Kidzania, TONIGHT, £30. The incredible children-only city that is KidZania – where kids play a sort of real-life version of the Sims – is opening to grown-ups.

Bermondsey Street Festival, Bermondsey Street, Sat, free. Bermondsey Street is closed to traffic for a fun Saturday of street food stalls, dance, animals from the city farm and live music. 

Brixton Design Trail, various Brixton venues, Sat-Sun, prices vary. Admire installations, learn about crafts and shop for beautifully designed products with the help of the Brixton Design Trail, a collection of events taking place as part of London Design Festival. 

Crafty Fox Market at LDF, The Dogstar, Sat-Sun, free. The craft market for emerging designers and makers has grabbed a slot on the official LDF programme for a second year, with a handpicked line-up of traders selling ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and more.

Open House London, various venues, Sat-Sun, free. This hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture celebrates its twenty-fourth anniversary in 2016 and takes place over the weekend of September 17 and 18.

FutureFest, Tobacco Dock, Sat-Sun, £80 weekend pass. This two-day festival pulls together experts in a range of fields brave enough to discuss the future.

London Design Festival, various locations around London, Sat-Sun, times and prices vary. This multi-event, multi-venue, eight-day festival takes place across the capital to bring remarkable design both old and new to a vast London audience.

Horseman's Sunday, St John's Church, Hyde Park, Sun, free. Attend the service at St John's Church on Sunday September 18 and you'll be treated to a surprising bit of ecclesiastical equestrianism: a cloaked member of the clergy on horseback before his congregation – who will also be atop their steeds.

Crafternoon, JW3, Sun, free. Help to create a giant map of London during this free family-friendly event which is part of the Open House Junior events programme.

Independent Ceramics Market, Copeland Gallery, Sun, free. Shop from a unique range of original items at this two-day fair offering 50 stalls from a new wave of independent ceramicists and potters.

Colourscape Music Festival, Clapham Common, all weekend, £10. Colourscape returns to Clapham Common to celebrate its 27th birthday in 2016. Visitors to its colourful tunnels will experience something similar to being swallowed by a scene from 'Yellow Submarine'.

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






Eating and drinking

Wine Car Boot, Greenwich Peninsula, Sat, free. We all know not to drink and drive, but as long as the sellers aren't sampling their own wares this niche but light-hearted market will all be above board.

Gail's Street Party, Gail's, Sat, free. Gail's bakery extend out from their original Hampstead shop for their annual street party, raising money for Magic Breakfast who are a charity providing hungry school children with nourishing meals.

Tequila & Mezcal Fest, The Boiler House, Sat-Sun, £15 adv. Get your drinking boots on for this inaugural celebration of Mexican spirits. See a mariachi band and folklore dancers before tucking in to food and drink from the Barrio group, Lupita, El Camion, Cafe Pacifico, Condesa and Wahaca.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.






Live music

Wiley, Koko, TONIGHT, £15. Grime godfather Wiley – the original boy from Bow – takes to the stage to cook up a tasty confection of slick MCing, rave beats and pop hooks for the faithful.

Deap Vally, Islington Assembly Hall, TONIGHT, £13. There are plenty of contemporary blues-rock bands these days – blame The Black Keys and The White Stripes – but none of them channel the same punk-rock 'Thelma and Louise' vibes as Los Angelinas Deap Vally.

Fat White Family, O2 Academy Brixton, Sat, £16. London’s most notorious young band stage another raucous and raunchy live show.

Moondance Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Sun, £15-£45. A major new dance event in the former Olympic Park from the Found festival crew.

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


Burn Down The Disco






Grip: A Pub Rave with The 2 Bears, The Camden Assembly, TONIGHT, £5. Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell are on a mission to bring legendary rave-garage music nights and a friendly atmosphere to intimate venues.

U Suck, Birthdays, Sat, £5 on the door. The latest incarnation of this post-breakup night is perfectly timed for those of us struggling to say goodbye to a 40-year relationship with the EU.

Burn Down The Disco, O2 Academy Islington, Sat, £4.50 adv. A fun, unpretentious new club night rising from the ashes of Old School Indie, with a wide-ranging soundtrack of pop, disco and rock 'n' roll.

Twisted Audio Boat Party with Danny Howells, The Golden Flame, Sat, £24-£30. Veteran house selector and UK club stalwart Danny Howells leads this party along the Thames on rave boat the Golden Flame. All aboard for some serious four-four grooving!

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.







Hop-up Picturehouse in association with Leffe, Peckham Asylum, TONIGHT, £10. Catch a screening of 'Groundhog Day' at this beautiful south London location. Leffe will have the beer flowing and will also be showing a special short film they have commissioned exploring artists' appreciation of time.

Safar Film Festival: ‘As I Open My Eyes’, ICA, Sat, £11, £7 concs. The Safar Film Festival celebrates modern Arab cinema, with films from across the region including hard-hitting Palestinian drama ‘Love, Theft and Other Entanglements’, Algerian terrorism thriller ‘Let Them Come’ and punky Moroccan black comedy ‘Starve Your Dog’.

Classic Film Season: ‘Chinatown’, Prince Charles Cinema, Sat, £10. A 35mm screening for this achingly perfect noir thriller.

Uptown Rockers Reggae Film Festival: ‘Babylon’, Regent Street Cinema, Sun, £12, £11 concs. A truly excellent weekend of reggae-themed movies, from Jamaican classics like ‘Rockers’ and the inimitable ‘The Harder They Come’ to homegrown films including ‘Pressure’ and ‘Babylon’, the iconic London-set sound-system story.

Scalarama & Reel Good Film Club: ‘Losing Ground’, Genesis Cinema, Sun, £6, £4 concs. The month-long Scalarama festival rumbles on, offering DIY film screenings from some of the city’s most enthusiastic and idiosyncratic film clubs.

Or at the cinema...

The Man Who Fell to Earth ★★★★☆ In the wake of its star's death, a reissue for this haunting classic starring David Bowie as an alien.

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

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Jess and Joe Forever, Orange Tree Theatre, Fri-Sat, £25. Extremely lovable new play about a boy and girl growing up over a series of summers.

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

The Inn at Lydda, Shakespeare's Globe, Fri-Sat, £10-£62. Jesus meets Caesar in a slightly weird showdown.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Olivia Plender, Maureen Paley, Fri-Sat, free. The Kibbo Kift Kindred is referenced by London-born Olivia Plender as part of her new solo show in photographic ink drawings that depict the brethren waving flags in the countryside in full regalia.

Maggi Hambling – Touch: Works on Paper, British Museum, all weekend, free. Dead parents, a stuffed rhinoceros and Stephen Fry have all been immortalised by Maggi Hambling, and you can see all three in ‘Touch’, an exhibition of 40 of her drawings spanning five decades.

The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam, Tate Modern, all weekend, £16, concs £14, members free. The show starts with early drawings from art school, tentative visual experiments, an artist trying to find out how and what he actually wants to paint. 

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally to The Dining Club by IKEA or a fabulous forest getaway with South West Trains to see glittering haute couture and ready-to-wear-fashion from the 1920s at this brand new exhibition

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