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40 great things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

Things are set to heat up again this weekend which is fantastic news considering the amount of roof top parties London has planned! There's also a literary festival taking place in Stoke Newington, a two day festival in Haggerston Park, and vintage gold to be found in Wanstead.

Things to do 

Peckham Flea Market, Peckham Pelican, Sat, free. Find a handful of vintage traders pitching up in Peckham with clothing, homeware, jewellery and books available to buy alongside new fashion pieces and food and drink from the bar.

German Gymnasium x Voga House Fitness Brunches, King's Cross Pond Club, Sat, £30. Kick start your weekend with a session of 'Voga' which teams the fundamentals of yoga with expressive dance moves. Strip down and dip into the Kings Cross Pond for a swim following the class, then transport your zen-self to German Gymnsium just down the road.

Wanstead Vintage Fashion and Brocante Fair, Wanstead United Reform Church, Sat, £2.50, £1.50 concs, free under-14s. This fair stocks everything from jewellery, handbags, hats and shoes to fashion books, brocante, furniture, collectable, menswear and more.

Urban Bazaar EC1, St Luke's Centre, Sun, free. There's a real mix of stalls at this new monthly market in Clerkenwell. Thirty designer-makers and local traders are housed within the refurbished St Luke's Community Centre that has a handy adjoining cafe and patio/garden.

Mr Porter London Nocturne, various locations, Sun, free. Now in its tenth year Nocturne is back, bigger and better than ever with an all-new race circuit, which sees the brilliant male and female competitors from the Olympics and Tour de France whizzing past St Paul's and Bank.

Cockpit Arts Open Studios Holborn, Cockpit Yard, all weekend, free. Get a behind-the-scenes look at these central London studios, where dozens of craftspeople make everything from jewellery to musical instruments.

Arty Farty, 5th Base Gallery, all weekend, free. Illustration collective, Hero of Switzerland join forces with a number of their creative pals for an exhibition packed full of arty farty goodness.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival, various locations, all weekend, prices vary. London's finest DIY litfest returns with an impressive line-up featuring Brix Smith Start, Judith Kerr, Thurston Moore and Zandra Rhodes.

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


Crafty Purley Beer Festival





Eating and drinking

Crafty Purley Beer Festival, Christ Church Purley, Fri-Sat, £5. Two days packed with over 50 cask and keg beers, plus more than 100 different bottles and cans. It's a global affair with many of the brews on offer hailing fro the USA, New Zealand and everywhere in-between.

Pop Upstairs, Eat 17, Fri-Sat. Chatsworth Road's Eat 17 has hooked up with pastry chef and chocolatier Fraise Sauvage for a series of weekend dinners throughout spring and summer. 

Hip Hop Brunch, Secret London location, Sat, £40. Hip Hop Brunch London returns for a summer of bottomless cocktails and filthy beats.

Yeah! Grills, The Victoria, all weekend. Whole fish, steak, bream, spatchcock chicken and aged beef burgers meet charred chillies, smoked butter, homemade bread, firepit baked potatoes and labneh on the menu this summer at the gorgeous Victoria pub in Dalston.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Har Mar Superstar







Live music

Har Mar Superstar, Moth Club, Fri-Sat, £15. As funky, diminutive Minneapolitans go, Sean Tillmans is surely second only to Prince. As Har Mar Superstar, he's built up a cult reputation by stripping to a thong and socks while delivering self-consciously sleazy R&B and rap over beatbox-supplied tunage.

Independent Label Market, Uniqlo, Sat, free. Vinyl buffs, rejoice: the Independent Label Market is back for a one-off rooftop party high above Oxford Street.

Freddie Gibbs, Village Underground, Sun, £17.50. US rapper Fredie Gibbs is hot property at the moment. His brand of low-slung hip hop has attracted a lot of attention.

Born & Bred, Haggerston Park, Sat-Sun, £20-£75. Expanding to two days and backed this year by Rinse FM, B&B is an east London festival teeming with bass, glorious bass, courtesy of top London party promoters Found.

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


Kitsuné Summer Rooftop Party



The LipSinkers, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, TONIGHT, £8, concs £6, after midnight £5. Our favourite Mister Sisters – Lisa Lee, Ryan Styles, Richardette, John Sizzle and Blanche DuBois – shimmy their way through a freaky pop line-up in hilarious, twisted style. 

Kitsuné Summer Rooftop Party, various locations, Sat, £13-£24. Ever-hip Parisian electro label Kitsuné hosts a day-to-night party across two venues in Shoreditch.

The South London Soul Train Prince Special, CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building), Sat, £5-13. Celebrate a legend with the Soul Train’s annual four-floor Prince party in Peckham, this year featuring music by tribute act Prince Revelation as well as the brass band Brassroots playing a full-Prince set.

Deep Into Soul Summer Terrace Opening Party, Prince of Wales, Sat, £12-£20. The Prince of Wales terrace opens up its two levels for another big party, with New York DJ Danny Krivit and Swedish house don Mad Mats (plus plenty more) dropping 12 hours of soulful house and disco edits.

Solidgrooves Summer Launch Party, a secret Hackney Wick venue, Sun, £20. Head to Hackney Wick for a warehouse party to kick off the summer, with DJs including Pawsa and Michael Bibi plus cocktails, a BBQ, beach balls, photo booths and facepainting.

Brixton Beach Boulevard, Valentia Place, all weekend, from £4. A big, bold new summer pop-up hits Brixton for 14 weekends of daytime parties on a rooftop beach.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.


Me Before You






Independent Voices: ‘The Fall’, Deptford Cinema, TONIGHT, £5, £3.50 concs. Commercials director Tarsem Singh – whose subsequent career has not been pretty – poured millions of dollars of his own money into this striking, underrated fantasy that he shot in 18 countries and self-distributed in the US.

Steven Spielberg Season: ‘The Sugarland Express’, BFI Southbank, Sat, £8.35 - £11.75. The BFI presents a packed celebration of the world’s most successful director to mark the release of his new film ‘The BFG’.

Three Colours Triple Bill, Regent Street Cinema, Sun, £25, £22 concs. Krzysztof Kieslowski’s loosely linked trilogy exploring the three colours of the French flag – and the attendant concepts of liberté, egalité and fraternité – screens back to back.

Isabelle Huppert Retrospective: ‘Heaven’s Gate’, Ciné Lumière, Sun, £10, £8 concs. A grippingly violent parable, a touching, tragic romance and – thanks to legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and an unprecedented attention to historical detail – quite simply one of the most beautiful, immersive films ever made.

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.

Independence Day: Resurgence They're back, 20 years after alien invaders wiped out most of humanity, the skies once again darken with giant ships.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Helen Maybanks






Human Animals, Royal Court Theatre, Fri-Sat, £20, £15 concs. Vermin are taking over the streets of London – and we're not talking figuratively.

Cuttin' It, Young Vic, Fri-Sat, £10-£20. Urgent, authentic new play about female genital mutilation.

This Is Living, Trafalgar Studios, Fri-Sat, £30, £15 concs. A relationship is mixed up, spat out (and dunked in water) in this intriguing debut play.

Oedipe, Royal Opera House, Sat, £5-£85. Enescu's rarely staged opera gets an innovative revival.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.


© Barry Thompson


This week's best new art

Barry Thompson: Fistful Of Blood And Feathers, Peer, Fri-Sat, free. A new series of postcard size paintings and drawings by Barry Thompson, who focuses on the area between Romford and Dagenham in Essex where he grew up.

Dóra Maurer: 6 out of 5, White Cube Mason's Yard, Fri-Sat, free. Over the course of five decades, the Hungarian artist has established herself as one of the foremost figures of East European conceptual art.

Alex Katz: Quick Light, Serpentine Gallery, all weekend, free. As he approaches his ninetieth year, legendary New York painter Alex Katz shows no sign of slowing down.

Bhupen Khakhar, Tate Modern, all weekend, £10.90, concs £9.50. This retrospective looks set to change that while also bringing a heartening dose of fantastical storytelling to the summer of art.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

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