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40 crackin' things to do in London this week

By Stephanie Hartman

Wrap up the last days of September with bubbles and beers at festivals across town, get a glimpse of the freshest artwork coming out of east London with First Thursdays, or pop on your headphones and settle down for some free silent cinema in St Martin's Courtyard. What a way to end the month!

Things to do 

Footprints of London Walks for Amnesty International, various venues, Tonight, £10. This series of monthly guided walks are all in aid of Amnesty International, so take on a variety of human rights themes. 

Borough Talks, Borough Market, Tue, £15. As the market's 1000th birthday celebrations draw to an end this series of four debates will look at the modern world's relationship with food. September's event, the last in the series, looks at 'The Future of Food', with the panel imagining what we'll be eating in 50 years' time. 

Goldsmiths' Fair, Goldsmiths' Hall, Tue-Thu, £12-£15 single day; £17-£20 unlimited entry. Visitors to this annual curated fair have the chance to meet and commission directly from makers of jewellery, silverware and other precious objects, with work ranging from £150 bracelets to gem-set necklaces worth £50,000 or more.

Science Museum Lates: Cravings, Science Museum, Wed, free. This month's late event focusses on food cravings and why we're drawn to particular types of grub. Highlights include a supper club organised by members of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory and UCL's Institute of Making and a speed dating session. 

Carving Masterclass with Mark Hix, Brown's Hotel, Wed, £185. Nobody ever wants to carve. Your dad pretends he doesn't mind because he gets to use that silly electric knife he bought off QVC, but as soon as he realises the results look no better than doner meat he backs off. With the help of this carving class, though, YOU could be the saviour of the Sunday roast. 

Rush Hour Concerts, St John's Waterloo, Thu, free. Rather then spending the beginning of your evening staring at brake lights or smushed into a fellow tube passenger's armpit pop down to Waterloo for these hour-long performances by Southbank Sinfonia.

Photomonth East London, various venues in East London, Thu. The annual photography festival is back for 2015. Photomonth is an umbrella event featuring over 100 exhibitions, events, talks and workshops taking place in venues including galleries, shops, cafes, cinemas, libraries and universities in the East London area.

Haunted Museum at Night, V&A Museum of Childhood, Thu, £7. As night falls the Museum of Childhood's collection transforms from charming to creepy. Enjoy after hours access, a tour of the exhibits and spooky craft workshops.

London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, all week, prices vary. The London Literature Festival once again fills the Southbank Centre with acclaimed authors, poets, speakers and collaborators for a fortnight of wordy events.

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


National Champagne Week





Eating and drinking

National Champagne Week, various, Thu, prices vary. Venues across London are popping fancy bottles of bubbly for seven days straight, giving both champagne experts and boozy-loving beginners the chance to take part in tasting sessions, parties, masterclasses and more. 

London Beer Carnival, The Vaults, Thu, £50. A ticket to this event buys you unlimited beer. Just for five hours, mind, and only 90ml at a time, but given that you'll have 100 different beers to choose from we're pretty sure you'll manage to get good and boozy.

The Elmore Jam, secret London location, Thu, £35. A father and daughter team present this supperclub which offers live musical accompaniment from a three-piece jazz band while guests tuck into their dinner.

México by Kitchen Theory, Maida Hill Place, Thu, £105 dinner and drinks package, £65 dinner only. Kitchen Theory's latest offering comes infused with the flavours of Mexico with sophisticated dishes inspired by Central America making up the menu.

London Restaurant Festival, various, Thu. This month-long festival is a real treat for London's food-obsessed, offering special dishes, affordable menus, special events and restaurant tours which allow the very hungry to eat their way around six restaurants in one day.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Liam Williams






Liam Williams: Bonfire Night, The Invisible Dot Ltd, Mon-Wed, £15, £14 concs. The Edinburgh-nominated stand-up returns with another thought-provoking show full of smart jokes. 

Mae Martin: Us, The Invisible Dot Ltd, Mon-Wed, £8, £7 concs. This ever-delightful Canadian comic's latest offering is her best show yet. Mae Martin's long been a crowd pleaser, but now she's ditched her guitar and decided to talk about something true to her heart and more relevant than ever.

Tom Parry – Yellow T-Shirt, Soho Theatre, Tue-Wed, £10-£12.50. Upbeat stand-up Tom Parry is one third of super sketch troupe Pappy's and a master of words, slipping unexpected puns in wherever he can.

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 2, Soho Theatre, Tue-Wed, £10. This superb, Manchester-based sketch troupe – made up of Kath Hughes, Edward Easton and James Meehan, plus writer Kiri Prichard-Mclean – revel in dark, depraved gags. 

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






Live music

Leon Bridges, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Tonight, £15. The fast-rising strummer from Texas brings his old-school soul songs to London. 

Sexwitch, XOYO, Tue, £15. Bat for Lashes and Toy team up for some dark psychedelic freak-outs. 

Summer Camp, Village Underground, Tue, £11. The musical and romantic partnership of Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey make dreamy, ’80s-inflected bedroom pop.

Surfer Blood, The Dome, Wed, £10. Shiny, happy American indie dudes play shiny, happy American indie songs. 

Nadine Shah, Union Chapel, Thu, £14. Brooding and brilliant alt rock ballads by the magnetic Tyneside singer and her band. 

Music for Museums, Whitechapel Gallery, Thu, £18, £15 concs. A series of exciting avant-garde concerts at the Whitechapel Gallery this autumn. 

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


Behind This Wall






The Deep Hum at the Heart of It All, The Social, Wed, £6, £5 adv. A midweek showcase of underground indie bands and DJs playing eclectic, alternative tunes.

Brixton Disco Club, Phonox, Thu, £5-£7. A weekly dose of disco in new south London club Phonox. There'll be everything from classic '70s funk jams to contemporary deep disco cuts. 

…or see all the parties planned this week.







Silent Cinema at St Martin's Courtyard, Covent Garden, Tue-Wed, free. A three-night mini festival of British film starting with Shaun of the Dead on Tuesday September 29 followed by the Atonement on Wednesday September 29 and Billy Elliot on Thursday October 1. 

Doc’n Roll Film Festival, Picturehouse Central, all week, prices vary. Doc 'n Roll Film Festival returns to the capital for a second year, complete with a roster of films from across the globe and a handful of Q&A sessions with the people making them.

Or at the cinema...

The Martian ★★★★☆ Matt Damon is on good form as an astronaut stranded on Mars in Ridley Scott's fun space drama. 

Life ★★★☆☆ This small, well-coiffed and attentively designed film shows us a few weeks in the life of James Dean (Dane DeHaan) on the brink of reluctant stardom in 1955.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Stephen Cummiskey






Martyr, Unicorn Theatre, Tue-Thu, £12-£18, £8-£12 concs. A bold tale of an unfamiliar kind of radicalisation in the classroom from German playwright Marius von Mayenburg.

Hangmen, Royal Court Theatre, all week, £10-£35. Martin McDonagh returns to retake his crown with this superb dark comedy. 

Octagon, Arcola Theatre, all week, £10-£17. Kristiana Rae Colón’s play, set in and around a poetry slam competition, is always driving at the connection between poetry and politics. In the right combination and delivered with due passion, words might have as much power as any physical act.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


© Billy Name





This week's best new art

Billy Name: The Silver Age, Serena Morton Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. Extraordinary photographs of New York's creative elite, including 'it' girl Edie Sedgwick at Andy Warhol's Factory.

Emily Jacir: Europa, Whitechapel Gallery, Wed-Thu, free. The first UK survey of the Israel artist’s poetically political works from the last two decades.

First Thursdays, various locations, Thu, free. Organised by Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with Time Out, First Thursdays takes place on the first Thursday of every month (funnily enough), and sees over 130 galleries and museums stay open til 9pm.

Jimmie Durham: Various Items and Complaints, Serpentine Gallery, Thu, free. This major survey of the American artist, poet, essayist and political activist will include new works and installation alongside a presentation of early works not seen before in the UK.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... tickets to a festive performance of 'Nutcracker' by English National Ballet or a Condor Lavoro bike, a gear bundle and tickets to Six Day London

Grab... £29.50 tickets to 'War Horse' - rated five stars by Time Out - at the New London Theatre

Book... these gigs while you still can

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