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43 fun things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

The weekend's rolled round again and it's looking mighty fine! Bag some design beauties at Midcentury Modern or the East London Vintage Fair, celebrate Kerb's third birthday with a food-tastic party in King's Cross, or head to Peckham for some ace Oxjam gigs. Have fun out there!

Things to do 

Car Bootique, Storeys, Sat, free. A sky-high shopping bonanza marking the closing weekend of Storeys on the old BBC car park. Independent designers will be selling unique pieces including luxury fur parkas, handmade jewellery and vintage clothing. Street food comes courtesy of Busan BBQ, Yum Jungle and Vinn Goute. 

Rugby World Cup Screenings at Wimbledon Brewery, Wimbledon Brewery, Sat, £20 adv. Head to Wimbledon Brewery to catch 14 live screenings of the Rugby World Cup. Ale loving sports fans can take part in pre-match brewery tours and tasting sessions before settling down in front of the big screen to enjoy the match. 

East London Vintage Fair, Round Chapel, Sun, £1. East London’s newest and largest vintage fair returns to Clapton’s Round Chapel for it’s first autumnal event, promising stalls from more than 40 traders selling everything from 20th century couture to vinyl and vintage posters.

Diwali on the Square, Trafalgar Square, Sun, free. This annual celebration in Trafalgar Square marks the the Festival of Lights with heaps of food, music, activities and fun.

London Honey Show, Lancaster London, Sun, £1. As well as food and drink stalls, you'll find a display of hives, stalls providing information about honey and beekeeping, equipment vendors and demonstrations.

Midcentury Show East, Haggerston School, Sun, £9, £8 adv. For this east London sibling of Midcentury Modern – a showcase event for 50 vintage furniture dealers, featuring classics of British, American and Scandinavian twentieth-century design. 

The Big Draw: Drawing The World, Granary Square, all weekend, free. The Big Draw, the world's biggest drawing festival, are teaming up with Central Saint Martins art college and House of Illustration for a day of demonstrations and hands on creativity.

Wimbledon Bookfest, Wimbledon Common, all weekend, prices vary. Just over a week of exceptional literary talent in a big tent on Wimbledon Common. Featuring Michael Rosen, Andy McNab, Vince Cable and more top names.

The Crime Museum Uncovered, Museum of London, all weekend, £15, £12.50 adv; concs £12.50/£10/from £8. Uncover history's famous crime scenes in this exhibition of previously unseen police artefacts. 

Hello Love Festival, Paper Mill Studios, all weekend, free. This four day festival aims to provide a platform for people to talk, think and learn more about cancer through a series of events, activities and exhibitions promoting healthy and sustainable living.

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


Kerb is Three



Eating and drinking

Kerb is Three, West Handyside Canopy, TONIGHT, free. Lovely street food collective Kerb has been enabling our fancy lunch habits for three years now. They'll be celebrating their birthday with a free party back where they began – under a canopy behind Central Saint Martins in King's Cross.

The Icelandic Pantry, Borough Market, Fri-Sat. Farmers, fishermen and other independent food producers from Iceland (the country not the frozen food emporium) will be selling their wares in Borough Market.

24-Hour Bar Build, N&C Showrooms, Sat, £35. Some of our favourite London bartenders are joining forces to create a brand new bar in just 24 hours. Not only that, but the likes of Duck and Waffle’s Richard Woods and Dandelyan’s Iain Griffiths will be going head-to-head with leading bartenders from New York, Paris and Singapore who are also forming teams and bringing bars to the big smoke.

Vegfest, Olympia London, Sat-Sun, £12, concs £8, under-16s free. Check your tofu stocks and get ready for some meat-free magic, Europe's biggest vegetarian event has announced plans for a 2015 event at Olympia Central.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew






Stewart Lee – A Room With a Stew, Leicester Square Theatre, Fri-Sat, £24.50. 'A Room With a Stew' sees the influential comic testing ideas for the fourth series of 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'. But, as this is Stewart Lee, don't expect these new routines to be messy and joke-less. Even when trying out new material, Lee's on spectacularly funny form.

Sam Simmons – Spaghetti for Breakfast, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£20. 2015's triumphant Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Sam Simmons heads straight to London for a Soho Theatre run. This Aussie absurdist is erratic, loud and relentlessly silly, and 'Spaghetti for Breakfast' is his best show yet.

Doug Stanhope, multiple venues, Sat-Sun, £30-£31. We're massive fans of Doug Stanhope. This hellraising US stand-up and star of 'Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe' is the real frickin' deal, tackling hard-hitting topics with brutal honesty and drunken intelligence.

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







Live music

Peace, O2 Academy Brixton, TONIGHT, £18.50. Breakout indie boys Peace are at the head of a new wave of Brummie guitar-pop bands which also includes Swim Deep and Jaws. Their songs are heavily indebted to the ’90s, full of Hacienda funk grooves, Blurry riffs and even the odd shoegazing moment.

Oxjam Peckham, venues around Peckham, Sat, £10, £5 adv. A new addition to the Oxjam calendar: a takeover in Peckham with indie crew Mellah, south London strummer Ben Holland and more. Venues include Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club, Peckham Pelican and The Montpelier.

Eskimo Dance, Building Six, Sat, £17.50. A huge grime event at an O2 sub-venue, featuring top names including Wiley, JME and Jamme. 

Hackney Wonderland, various Hackney venues, Sat, £20 adv. Not as funky as Boogie Wonderland, but with a lot more rock ’n’ roll swagger, the cheap-as-chips one-day festival in E8 returns after a sold-out debut in 2014 for another eleven hours of Hackney madness.

Low, Roundhouse, Sat, £25. Never heard of ‘slowcore’? Then check out the divinely downbeat, near-funereal take on alternative pop which Low pioneered in the early ’90s.

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


Ryan Dinham






Tribal Sessions, Fire, TONIGHT, £10-£18. Spacey Detroit techno kingpin Juan Atkins headlines the launch of Tribal Sessions. Also on the bill are Shlomi Aber, Redshape, Blue Hour and Jozef K.

Unleash Fourth Birthday x 15 Years of Moon Harbour, The Coronet, TONIGHT, £5-£15. Leipzig-founded lavbel Moon Harbour Recordings teams up with the Unleash crew for a huge party teeming with underground-leaning techno and house of the highest quality.

Black Butter x East London Series, The Laundry, Sat, £8-£15. A series of east London parties hosted by the ace Black Butter label, all with secret line-ups. BB has has housed a ton of excellent UK electronic music talent covering everything from nu-soul to D&B to electronic pop to woozy R&B.

The Doctors Orders, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Sat, £5. One of London's top hip hop nights, featuring residents and big-name guest DJs spinning the beats.

Watergate Nacht, Electric Brixton, Sat, £20. Nomadic crew Another Party return with another programme of forward-thinking dancefloor goodness, this time bringing friends and family of acclaimed Berlin club Watergate to London. 

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.








Classic Cinema Club: ‘Nights of Cabiria’, Ealing Town Hall, TONIGHT, £7, £6 concs. Federico Fellini’s melancholy tale of a prostitute working the outskirts of Rome is notable for its straightforward depiction of destitution.

Kinema and Kocktails: ‘Passport to Pimlico’, Cellar Door, Sun, £12. Perhaps the most Ealingish of the Ealing comedies, celebrating the cosy sense of wartime togetherness recaptured when the inhabitants of Pimlico, discovering their hereditary independence from Britain, set up a restriction-free (but soon beleaguered and ration-hit) state.

Forbidden Planet at Stratford East Picturehouse, Sun, £9.50, £8.50 concs. Classic '50s sci-fi, surprisingly but effectively based on ‘The Tempest’, with Commander Leslie Nielsen's US spaceship coming across a remote planet, deserted except for Pidgeon's world-wearied Dr Morbius (read Prospero), his daughter (Miranda) and their robot Robby (Ariel).

Or at the cinema...

Pan ★★★★☆ Joe Wright's family-adventure spin on JM Barrie's stories imagines with grand invention how and why Peter Pan became the boy he did.

Suffragette ★★★★☆ Nearly 100 years after smashing shop windows and blowing up letterboxes, the British suffragettes finally get a film they deserve. And thank god it’s not a pretty-pretty sugarcoated period drama.

…or see all of the latest releases.


© Cesare De Giglio






Barbarians, Central St Martins School of Art, Fri-Sat, £10-£32. For anyone mourning the conclusion of Shane Meadows’ ‘This is England’ saga, Tooting Arts Club’s revival of Barrie Keefe’s 1977 play about disaffected youth makes for a deliciously grim dessert. 

The Father, Wyndham's Theatre, Fri-Sat, £20-£49.50. This slippery French drama gets a well-deserved English-language premiere.

Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare's Globe, Sat-Sun, £5-£43. The Globe season ends with the rollicking tale of a woman who changed history. 

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

Nancy Holt: Locators, Parafin, Fri-Sat, free. Conceived with the artist before her death in 2014, this exhibition focuses on Holt’s significant ‘Locators’ sculpture series. 

Joy Gerrard: Protest Crowd, Peer, Fri-Sat, free. The multifarious nature of crowds is explored in Gerrard’s intensely meticulous monochrome drawings and paintings. The congregation of figures on mass in urban public spaces can be both compelling and unsettling.

Cy Twombly, Gagosian Gallery, Sat, free. Gagosian will open their new Caruso St. John designed gallery with an exhibition of the important American artist.

Eddie Peake, Barbican Centre, all weekend, free. The young British artist transforms the curve into a performative playground about love and desire.

Einat Amir: Enough About You, Triad Gallery, all weekend, free, booking required. Calling all Londoners. It's time to get up close and personal with a complete stranger in the Jerusalem-based artist’s participatory performance.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

Win... £150 worth of Deliveroo vouchers and a dinner party kit or a two night stay at a boutique hotel with breakfast, dinner and champagne

Grab... tickets to either the 'Cosmonauts' or 'Gathered Leaves' LATE exhibitions at the Science Museum plus a free drink

Book… these gigs while you still can

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