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41 brilliant things to do in London this weekend

Written by
Stephanie Hartman

London's got heaps of good parties tonight if you need to let your hair down, plus ceramic sales, food festivals and new art exhibitions if you want to remedy tomorrow's disco shame with wholesome activities. You really can have it all with the list below.

Things to do

Yoga on the Lane, Round Chapel, TONIGHT, £45. An evening of season-specific yoga practice followed by an autumnal veggie and gluten-free feast made by chef, India Hamilton. 

Soho, Getty Images Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. London's notorious nightlife district is captured here through a series of snaps plucked from the Getty Images archive.

Club de Fromage on Ice, Alexandra Palace Ice Rink, Sat, £9. The ice rink disco is a British coming-of-age rite of passage, and we're delighted that Club de Fromage are allowing us grown-ups to revisit it. 

Malaysia Night, Trafalgar Square, Sat, free. Get a true taste of Malaysia in central London at this annual food-packed night market, which will take over Trafalgar Square for a seventh year in 2016.

The Museum Depot Open Weekend, London Transport Museum Depot, Sat-Sun, £10, £8 concs. A rare chance to explore London Transport Museum’s fascinating working store containing some 370,000 items.

East End Design Fair, Fount London, Sat-Sun, free. Shop for locally-made jewellery, art, clothing, cards, ceramics, artwork and lots more from 20 plus makers at this market at The Fount's site under London Field's railway arches.

Turning Earth Ceramics Sale, Turning Earth Hoxton, Sun, free. This autumnal edition of the sale, coincides with London Design Festival. Music comes courtesy of The Turbans and neighbouring Hackney Brewery will have the beers covered.

Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, Sun, free. A festival of Japanese culture filling Trafalgar Square with martial arts, traditional arts and crafts, live music and family activities. 

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival, Guildhall Yard, Sun, free. As the last Sunday of September rolls around, it's time for Guildhall Yard to welcome the cockney masses for a shindig Dick van Dyke would give his right arm to muscle in on.

No Fun Without Eu: Artists in Common, Vyner street, Sun, free. Performances, readings, placards, posters and bands in the spirit of agitprop. Work includes live performances by Anat Ben-David, Carolyn Roy & Lizzy Le Quesne, street works by Fiona Banner and a set with Bob & Roberta Smith’s and Jessie Voorsanger’s Apathy Band.

London Tattoo Convention, Tobacco Dock, all weekend, from £20 advance. An annual body art festival packed with the best in the business, the London Tattoo Convention is back for a twelfth year in 2016, with more than 400 of the world's most talented tattoo artists confirmed to attend.

London Podcast Festival, Kings Place, all weekend, prices vary. Join Harry Shearer, Richard Herring, Isy Suttie, Armando Ianucci, Josie Long, Chris Addison, Nish Kumar, and shows from The Moth and My Dad Wrote A Porno - for comedy, journalism and spoken word at London's first festival of podcasts.

Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, all weekend, free. The annual exhibition of contemporary ceramics returns to the Geffrye in 2016, with some 50 potters showing their work to sell at very reasonable prices.

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


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Eating and drinking

Brockley Market, Sat. Located in Lewisham College car park, this friendly market makes a great place to pick up some quality groceries. This Saturday marks the market's fifth birthday. 

90s Brunch, secret London location, Sat, £35. A  fun-packed ‘90s themed brunch complete with bottomless cocktails, lip-syncing battles with chart toppers from the decade, and an ample supply of glittery transfer tattoos.

Chase Lovecky at Sager + Wilde, Sager + Wilde Paradise Row, Sun. The Clove Club's Michelin-starred head chef, Chase Lovecky, will man the grill for the afternoon, serving a specially designed, delicious sounding menu.

Tootopia, various locations, all weekend, free. Tootopia returns to celebrate the glorious food, drink and entertainment that keep the Tooting area fun and thriving. 2016's line-up brings a Street Food Takeover featuring Le Bao, Laffa, Souvlaki Bros and more.

Morito Hackney Road, all weekend. The second branch of Sam & Sam Clark's delicious Spanish and Middle Eastern restaurant starts serving breakfast on Fri/Sat/Sun from today and the menu looks mouthwatering.  

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.







Live music

White, The Lexington, Fri, £7.  We featured this dapper Glaswegian five-piece among our 2016 ones to watch. Tonight they play a headline set of storming, scratchy punk-funk.

Spector, Camden Assembly, TONIGHT, phone for price. Perfectly formed, synth-laced indie songs by Fred Macpherson (formerly of Ox Eagle Lion Man and Les Incompetents) and co. 

Albert Hammond, Under the Bridge, TONIGHT, £25. Tonight the veteran British songwriter and performer – and father of the guitarist from The Strokes – takes audiences through his many original and collaborative hits.

Afropunk, Alexandra Palace, Sat, £55. Brooklyn’s anarchic and woke music and culture festival makes its London debut.

Temples, Camden Assembly, Sun, £5 adv. The analogue fetishists Temples play extremely retro psych-pop like a drier, more period-authentic Tame Impala.

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







Livin' Proof, Village Underground, TONIGHT, £10-£15. Cactch one of London's premier hip hop crews, Livin' Proof who are always a solid bet to put on a fine, fresh and funky night. 

Norman Jay, Old Queen's Head, TONIGHT, £6 adv. The seminal DJ unleashes one of his funky, rare groove and soulful house to hip hop, disco and reggae sets.

Supa Dupa Fly Drizzy Takeover x Trapeze Basement, Trapeze, TONIGHT, £6. A celebration of all things drizzy, with DJs supplying hip hop, R&B and garage classics from the 90s and 00s.

Machinedrum, Electric Brixton, TONIGHT, £13.50-£17.50. Considered one of the most innovative producers around, Machinedrum excels in crafting everything from ambient garage to rave-dashed house.

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.


Little Men






Raindance Film Festival: ‘Mali Blues’, Vue Piccadilly, Sat, £12, £10 concs. The UK’s biggest festival of independent and alternative cinema, with heaps of new features from across the globe plus shorts, docs, and lots of discussions and workshops on all aspects of filmmaking and distribution.

Chaplin’s South London + ‘The Immigrant’, The Cinema Museum, Sat, free. An informative walk will be followed by a screening of one of Chaplin’s most heartfelt and personal films, ’The Immigrant’, projected outdoors.

Scalarama & The Final Girls present Carrie’s Bloody Prom Party, ICA, Sat, £11, £7 concs. It’s the 40th anniversary of this bloody revenge classic, so the good folks at Scalarama and the Final Girls Film Club will be joining forces to present a screening, followed by a discussion on the role of women in the movie. 

Or at the cinema...

Little Men ★★★★☆ In this New York indie, parents fighting over a Brooklyn building while their children grow up around them.

Things to Come ★★★★☆ Isabelle Huppert is a philosophy teacher whose life is unravelling in Mia Hansen-Løve’s deep and meaningful Paris-set drama.

…or see all of the latest releases.







Doctor Faustus, Barbican Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£55. The Royal Shakespeare Company's spine-tingling take on the Faust story.

Party Trap, Shoreditch Town Hall, Fri-Sat, £12.50-£15. A cunning palindromic political drama by Ross Sutherland.

The Alchemist, Barbican Theatre, Sat, £10-£55. Ben Jonson's 1610 comedy classic is turbocharged in this niftily edited RSC version.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.



Image courtesy the artist and Southard Reid. Photo credit, Lewis Ronald. Installation view, Edward Thomasson : Other People,





This week's best new art

Edward Thomasson: Other People, Southard Reid, Fri-Sat, free. In this show of five drawings and a single video, the young English artist tries to unravel the threads of how we use each other, how the barrier between abused and abuser is shaky at best. Things get messy.

Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, Sat-Sun, £10-£16.50. If you don’t leave this show feeling completely overwhelmed and totally breathless, you’re either blind, dead or a bit of a dick.

William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery, all weekend, free. Although William Kentridge is still best known as an animator, his new exhibition at the Whitechapel reveals a far more diverse body of work than that.

…or see all London art reviews.

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