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40 lovely things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

Howdy fun hunters! Here's this week's round up of excitement in the city. Head to Bermondsey tonight for beers at The Bottle Shop, rummage through vintage threads in Brixton on Saturday, and laugh until you cry at Lazy Susan's Edinburgh fundraiser on Sunday. Have a good one.

Things to do 

London Transport Museum Friday Lates, London Transport Museum, TONIGHT, £12, £10 concs. Enjoy the great new exhibition, Designology, as well as trying out Paolozzi-style mosaics and making your own maps with artist Stephen Walker.

Nunhead Cemetery Open Day, Nunhead, Sat, free. Get a tour of south London's beautiful woodland cemetery before watching wood-crafting, listening to choirs in the chapel and meeting birds of prey.

Brixton Vintage Kilo Sale, Pop Box, Sat, free. Tonnes of vintage clothing is up for grabs at this free vintage kilo sale. Brixton vintage stores Make Do and Mend and Blue Rinse will be selling clothes at £15/kilo, with drinks from Pop Brixton available after your rummage.

Sicilyfest, Bishops Square, Sat, free. Grab a bit of island life in the heart of the city. Sicilian clothes, accessories, vintage, toys, design, antiques and collectibles will be on sale, as well as Sicilian coffee, pizza, cannoli and arancini at this sunny open air market.

Minds Interrupted, Wellcome Collection, Sat, free. Meet people living with the effects of brain injury as they lead you through games and performance at this free event.

TfL Free Guided Walks, various London locations, Sat-Sun, free. Another jam-packed weekend of free walks organised by TfL. Walk lengths range from an a hour or two to a full day out and many tours are themed.

Star Boot Sale, Old Truman Brewery, Sun, £15. Dave Rowntree of Blur fame is raising cash for the International Rescue Committee’s work with Syrian refugees, selling secondhand gems from actors, musicians, famous chefs and artists.

Get Tied Up, Inner Temple Garden, Sun, free. Visit Inner Temple Garden's peony garden and make hand-tied bouquets at this fringe event for the Chelsea flower show. Bring your own picnic afterwards, or dine out on crepes from a pop-up stand.

Photographica Camera Fair, Royal Horticultural Halls, Sun, £5. Calling all snappers: browse over 100 stalls of collectible and retro cameras plus lenses, film, bags, straps, books and prints at this annual photography fair.

SPIN London - The Urban Cycle Show, Old Truman Brewery, all week, £16. This mini-festival celebrates the urban cycling scene with international brands and smaller independent makers in fixed gear, single speed, custom and BMX bikes in attendance.

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






Eating and drinking

Bottle Shop Takeovers, The Bottle Shop , Bermondsey, TONIGHT, free. Meet the people who made your favourite beers at The Bottle Shop with the Takeover series. Tastings cover the range of beers available from the brewers.

Crystal Palace Beer Festival, Selhurst Park, Sat, £10 adv, £15 on the day. Crystal Palace Beer Festival returns to Holmesdale stand in Selhurst Park stadium to enjoy that ultimate pairing: football and alcohol. Over 150 UK beers, ales and ciders will be on offer as the FA Cup Final is screened live around the concourse.

Comida Fest, Oxo Tower Wharf, Sat-Sun, free. A new Latin American street food market showcasing the likes of Jama Cubana, Marlon's Kitchen, London Locomotive Smoke, Gusacaca and more.

Tottenham Green Market, Tottenham Green, Sun, free. Following a popular trial stint last year, the Tottenham Green Market gang are now pitching up permanently, offering north Londoners tasty grub and family entertainment every Sunday.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


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Julian Clary – The Joy of Mincing, Vaudeville Theatre, Fri-Sat, £22. The fabulously filthy Julian Clary has been at this comedy game for 30 years now – 30 years! – and he's celebrating with a big new tour, 'The Joy of Mincing'.

Knightmare Live!, Udderbelly, Sun, £16.50, £15 concs. 'Welcome, watchers of illusion, to the castle of confusion.' Yep, the slapstick stage show version of the iconic kids' TV show takes up residency at the Udderbelly.

Lazy Susan: One Night Stand, The Backyard Comedy Club, Sun, £10. Lazy Susan host a stellar lineup tonight. See Dane Baptiste, Lou Sanders, John Kearns, Adam Riches, Sarah Kendall take to the mic and get ready for glitter curtains, palm trees and even a Misteeq cover.


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






Live music

Father John Misty, Roundhouse, TONIGHT, £22.50. Sardonic singer-songwriter Josh Tillman performs as Father John Misty, supporting his superb LP ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ (a Time Out Album of the Week).

The Dandy Warhols, Electric Ballroom, Sat, £18. The brash, quirky alt rockers from Portland return to pump out new tracks from their eighth LP, 'This Machine'.

Fluffer Pit Parties: The Black Lips, secret London location, Sat, £25. Mighty US garage rock crew The Black Lips headline a Pit Parties all-dayer, with bands and DJs from 2pm till 2am.

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








Debbie, Shacklewell Arms, Sat, £5. A night of female-fronted rock, pop and indie for queers, girls, freaks and geeks: all-girl rock, pop and indie music from Blondie to The Breeders to The Bangles to Beyonce.

Aphrodyki, Tipsy, Sat, £5, £4 before 11pm. A popular lesbian night with a young, femme-leaning crowd, soundtracked by the goddesses of pop and R&B from Aaliyah and Beyoncé to Diana Ross.

Love Space Time: The Wedding of Beyonce and Jay Z, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Sat, £5. You’re invited to a very special wedding! The LST series recreates the nuptials (fictional or otherwise) of the planet’s biggest pop stars, with cake, confetti and drunk dancing to a wedding band and DJs playing first dances and floor-fillers. This time it’s all about Jay Z and Beyonce.

Krankbrother Present Day And Night Terrace Party, Oval Space, Sat, £15, adv £10, early bird £5. Vinyl obsessive DVS1 headlines this 14-hour party, flanked by Night Moves founder Jane Fitz, techno softy Erdemin and the Krankbrother siblings.

Supa Dupa Fly Rooftop Sessions, Queen of Hoxton, Sun £6. The party people behind Supa Dupa Fly bring their winning ’90s/noughties hip hop night to the Queen of Hoxton rooftop for three summer parties, with big names DJing through headphones – yes, it’s a rooftop silent disco!

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.


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Beer & Pizza Night: ‘Airplane!’, Prince Charles Cinema, TONIGHT, £11. The film Time Out’s panel of expert’s named as the second funniest of all time (so close!), ‘Airplane!’ is a film that needs to be seen with an audience – preferably a drunk one. 

Shakespeare on Film: ‘Theatre of Blood’, BFI Southbank, Sat, £8.35–£11.25. One of the most flat-out fun films in the BFI’s Shakespeare season is this comedy-horror that gives Vincent Price a chance to do his stuff, with deliciously absurd results.

Women Film Pioneers: The McDonagh Sisters, The Cinema Museum, Sat, £4. Never heard of the McDonagh Sisters? Tell the truth, neither had we until this fascinating-sounding afternoon event at the Cinema Museum popped up.

Or at the cinema...

Sing Street ★★★★☆ The man behind 'Once' delivers another foot-tapping, heart-strumming Irish musical tale – this time about a boy dreaming of pop stardom in 1980s Dublin.

Mustang ★★★★☆ In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play For the Nation, Barbican Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£55. This fun RSC production's high concept doesn't quite translate to the stage.

Monster Raving Loony, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £17.50-£20, £15-£17.50 concs. Anarchic play about political prankster Screaming Lord Sutch.

David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom, Menier Chocolate Factory, all weekend, £20-£32.50. After the success of 'Fame: Not The Musical', David Baddiel returns with another introspective comedy show.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Massimo Vitali, Ronchini Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. While the Italian photographer is best known for his (purposefully) bland images of the crowds on beaches, this exhibition includes more recent pictures that show sand dunes in Brazil completely bereft of human life.

Cory Arcangel: currentmood, Lisson Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. Cory Arcangel makes art out of the flotsam and jetsam of the internet age. In this exhibition, he's gathered together a collection of screenshots, flyer scans and pixellated jpegs – which will also be exhibited online. 

Dubuffet: Late Paintings, Timothy Taylor, Fri-Sat, free. Bringing together paintings, sculptures and works on paper, this show seeks to explore the continuing themes of his art and includes the 'Hourloupe' series, derived from doodles made while Dubuffet was talking on the telephone.

Art16, Olympia London, all weekend, £15, £10 concs adv. The fourth edition of the Art16 art fair hosts galleries from over 30 countries and a talk programme featuring the likes of Polly Morgan, Viv Groskop and Stephen Webster. 

…or see all London art reviews.

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