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40 immense things happening in London this week

Sonya Barber

Witness a Lucha Libre showdown in Bethnal Green, feast on street food at Camden Lock or take a dip in the King's Cross Pond after a waterside workout. Have yourself a fabulous week with list below. 

Things to do 

Christie’s Lates, South Kensington, Tue, free. To celebrate their fortieth anniversary, Christie's are throwing open their doors for a series of late night events exploring art, interior design and collecting in all its guises. 

The One Where they Go to a Friends Quiz, The Alibi, Tue, £1. A quiz about Manhattan's most unlikely but also most loveable residents. Expect frozen margaritas just like Ross makes them, Friends merch to be won and absolutely no pet monkeys.

Burn After Reading Second Birthday, Seven Dials Club, Tue, £5. A handful of emerging poets including Jess Green, Cecilia Knapp and Maria Ferguson from London collective, Early Doors will be performing alongside wordsmiths from the Burn After Reading community whose aim is to champion diverse poetics.

Body Bootcamp and Outdoor Swim, Lewis Cubitt Park, Wed, £10 + booking fee. Get fit then take a dip at this collaboration between FRAME and King's Cross Pond Club. The exercise studio who usually hosts classes from a railway arch in Shoreditch are heading north to lead hour long sessions of their popular high impact workouts. 

The Portman Village Street Party, Seymour Place and New Quebec St, Thu, free. Enjoy a day of music, discounts, food, freebies and fun at this street party in support of West London Day Centre. Local restaurants and shops will be handing out samples and treats such as frozen yoghurt and Pimm's, and many boutiques will be offering discounts and competitions.

Fatherless X Ben Rider, Print Club London Gallery, Thu, free. A new body of work from U.S print pros Fatherless in collaboration with Benjamin Rider. The prints on show have been shipped between the two parties several times resulting in multi-layered, punchy pieces. Expect live printing and goodies for early-birds. 

The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre, York Hall, Thu, £20-£45. Join Mexico's finest fighters as they descend on Bethnal Green for a three day extravaganza of entertainment. Guests can explore a retro-style Mexican Arena which hosts a daily programme of shows including matinees for families and spectacular finales, alongside entertainment from colourful characters on London's cabaret scene.

A Quentin Blake Summer, Chris Beetles Gallery, all week, free. A free exhibition of the illustrator's colourful, magical drawings which feature 'wind, dogs, kites, and extra ducks' among other things. All exhibits are new works and are for sale.

Fifth & 57th, The Old Selfridges Hotel, all week, free. Glam jewellery brand Tiffany & Co are behind this interactive exhibition which will see famous New York buildings projected onto of thousands of white boxes.

Colin O'Brein: London Life, The Society Club, all week free. This exhibition of work by street photographer Colin O’Brein coincides with the launch of his new book ‘London Life’ which features more than 200 chronologically arranged photos taken over seven decades accompanied by descriptions and anecdotes written by the artist.

Great British Summer: Outdoor Screenings of Wimbledon, various locations, all week, free. If you missed out on Wimbledon tickets yet again, can't be bothered queuing for hours to sit on Murray Mount, but fancy experiencing the tennis action as part of an ooohing and ahhhing crowd, this could be just the thing. 

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

Camden Lock Summer Night Markets

Eating and drinking

Krug & Chips, East Piazza, Wed-Thu, £35-£250. This pop-up chippy will be serving up a selection of three dishes created by Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers. Book in advance if you want to enjoy your monkfish and matchsticks inside a dining pod (£35) or reserve a private dining experience for six (£250).

Live Colourful Bar, secret London location, Thu, free. Step into the pop-up bar equivalent of a black and white movie at this promotional event for cider brand Bulmers. The whole bar, its staff, bar games and food will be strictly monochrome, snd guests are asked to come dressed in bright colours to make sure they stand out.

Camden Lock Summer Night Markets, Camden Lock Market, Thu, free. The cobbled, canalside corner of Camden's famous markets is staying up past its usual bedtime again this summer, hosting evening street food markets every Thursday.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.







Robin Ince's (Almost) Farewell Show, Bloomsbury Theatre, Tue, £15, £12 concs. Erudite comedy wonder Robin Ince – master of intelligent stand-up, tackling everything from quantum physics to the world's worst books – is retiring from stand-up. Well, at least for a bit. 

Steen Raskopoulos – Character Assassin, Soho Theatre, Tue-Thu, £15, £12.50 concs. This Aussie character comic takes aim at his audience, and he kills it. 

Dave Chappelle Live, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Wed-Thu, £47.50-£51.50. The 41-year-old comic has announced his first ever full-length London shows, and we cannot wait. He's one of Comedy Central's '100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time' and, more importantly, Ahchoo from Mel Brooks's 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights'.

Under One Roof, The Landor, all week, £7 per show, £15 day pass. This week-long mini comedy fest features triple-bills of Edinburgh Fringe previews each night. There are some impressive acts workshopping their shows – James Acaster, Tim Key, Bridget Christie and more.

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






Live music

Little Boots, Oslo, Tue, £12.50. Victoria Hesketh, she of the tiny feet and cosmic disco-pop tunes, returns with new material from her 'Working Girl' album. Her synthy sounds are as prettily fragile as ever.

Paloma Faith, Kew Gardens, Tue, Thu, £45-£55.50. Hackney's sassy, retro soul chanteuse, who's an out-and-proud fan of insane outfits, theatrics and doo-wop harmonies, plays cuts from her latest LP 'A Perfect Contradiction'. Can the show possibly be as bonkers as the album sleeve? Quite probably.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Scala, Thu, £12.50. The Aussie collective explore the outer regions of psychedelic rock, with tasty results.

The Flatmates, Sebright Arms, Thu, £8, £6 adv. Fiercely loved by fans of the British 'C86' indie pop scene, and virtually unheard of by everyone else, The Flatmates were formed by Martin Whitehead, an indie record label boss from Bristol, and released a string of lovely singles between 1986 and 1988.

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







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.

Turntables, 119 Wallis Rd, Thu, free. A pop-up party on a canalside Hackney Wick terrace, with DJs, street food vendors and cocktails. 

Hip Hop Karaoke, The Social, Thu, £5-£7 adv, MOTD. Think you can rap? Prove it at this popular karaoke night, where you can flex your rhyming muscles to your favourite hip hop cuts from over the decades.

…or see all the parties planned this week.


Magic Mike XXL



Deckchair Cinema: 'Batman', The Red Lion, Thu, £7. Capping three days of beer-garden cinema in Leytonstone is Tim Burton’s none-more-black 1989 caped crusader flick, which kickstarted the current superhero boom.

'Dawn of the Dead' + Ken Foree Q&A, The Cinema Museum, Thu, £20. £15 Q&A only. One of the coolest men ever to grace a cinema screen discusses his role as super-slick cop Peter in George Romero’s masterful 1978 satire ‘Dawn of the Dead’.

Overlook Screening Room: ‘Taste of Fear’, The Water Poet, Thu, free. This way-above-par Hammer thriller was one of much-missed co-star Christopher Lee’s own favourites. 

Or at the cinema...

Amy ★★★★☆ Asif Kapadia's documentary about the tragic singer is a tearjerker. Take tissues.

Magic Mike XXL ★★★☆☆ Channing Tatum’s male-stripper movie franchise still has some magic.

…or see all of the latest releases.







Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe, Tue-Thu, £5-£43. As the clock ticks down on his final year as the Globe’s artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole puts flesh on the bones of one of Shakespeare’s most philosophically dense plays in a production that gives us light as well as shad. 

Constellations, Trafalgar Studios, Thu, £19.50-£52.50, £19.50 concs. A big West End transfer hit for the Royal Court three years ago, Nick Payne’s dizzying drama about a relationship played out across as infinite number of possibilities has enjoyed a successful revival as a touring production, and returns to the West End for a limited run. Joe Armstrong and Louise Brearly step into the shoes of Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Barbican Centre, all week, £19-£25. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of Harper Lee's classic returns to London, this time under a roof.

The Invisible, Bush Theatre, all week, £20, £12.50-£15.50 concs. The powerful-looking new play from Rebecca Lenkiewiez is woven together from the true-life stories of those affected by oridinary people affected by the recent, drastic cuts to legal aid.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Soundscapes: Listening to Paintings, National Gallery, Wed-Thu, £10, £9-£5 concs. The National Gallery's Sainbury Wing galleries will be transformed into a sonic experience by seven artists responding to paintings from the collection. Susan Philipsz, Jamie xx, Gabriel Yared, Nico Muhly, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have each created unique sound works to accompany their chosen paintings.

Chen Zhen, Frith Street Gallery, Thu, free. This overview of significant works is a rare treat to see the work of the late Chinese artist in London. Through his sculptural installations, which combine contrasting materials, Zhen explored themes including cultural displacement, the individual, spiritual experience and medicine.

Sculpture in the City, Square Mile, Thu, free. Now in its fifth year, this public art initiative positions contemporary artists within the heart of the Square Mile, creating unexpected and humorous interactions within the urban environment.

…or see all London art reviews.

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