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28 fabulous things to do in London this weekend

Alexandra Sims

It’s been baltic out this week thanks to a chilly air flow from Siberia. But don’t let the cold weather put a dampener on your weekend. Warm yourself up by joining Sue Perkins, Sadiq Khan and Helen Pankhurst on a March4Women through central London, sipping on pints in our bar of the week The Virgin Queen, or hitting up a colourful chromotherapy exhibition at Now Gallery. Go on, beat that big chill. 


Garden of Light. Paternoster Square. Sat-Sun. Free. Paternoster Square is turning yellow again as 4,000 illuminated daffodils pop up in the space to mark the Great Daffodil Appeal 2018.

‘Lubaina Himid’. Hollybush Gardens. Sat. Free. See new work by the most recent Turner Prize winner. These simple, direct, bold paintings ask a lot of powerfully pertinent questions.

‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’. National Portrait Gallery. Sat-Sun. £10. Bringing together some of the most celebrated figures in early art photography, this exhibition reveals a radical approach to image-making that still resonates today.

RA Lates: Night at the Palace. Royal Academy of Arts. Sat. £40. Enjoy a night fit for a corrupt king as the RA transforms into the seventeenth-century Whitehall Palace. Take in courtyard poetry, music and a masquerade, all with a much lower risk of catching syphilis.

Santo Remedio. 152 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU. Tuck in at our restaurant of the week, this homely Mexican joint relocated from Shoreditch to Borough. Go for the guacamole, the quesadillas and the service.

‘All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Life Painting’. Tate Britain. Sat-Sun. £16.80. Tate Britain’s spring blockbuster is full of big names. It traces a line from painters such as Walter Sickert through to Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon to the present day looking at the intimacy and emotion in British painting.

‘Really Good’. Trafalgar Square. Sat-Sun. Free. All ‘Really Good’ things come to an end, especially on the Fourth Plinth. It’s your last chance to catch David Shrigley’s aptly named giant bronze thumbs-up in Trafalgar Square.

March4Women. Begins in Millbank. Sun. Free. Grab a placard and join Sue Perkins, Sadiq Khan, Helen Pankhurst, Bianca Jagger and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, the co-organiser of Women’s March London, at the #March4Women.

Imkaan x gal-dem: Fundraiser to Support Women Facing Violence. House of Vans. Sun. Free. Ahead of International Women’s Day, gal-dem – the magazine made by and for women of colour – is holding a day of film screenings, talks and raffles to support Imkaan, a UK-based black feminist organisation.

‘Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK’. House of Illustration. Sat-Sun. £7.50. Feast your eyes on the stunning graphic design and ephemera collected from North Korea over 20 years. Sweet wrappers, posters, stamps, packaging and labels are among some of the pieces on display.


Independent Ceramics Market. Abney Hall. Sat-Sun. Free entry. Get your hands on unique and original ceramics from over 60 innovative ceramicists, and DIY potters at this market. Once your bags are full of quirky finds have a spot of lunch at the on-site café.

Sunday Swish and Shopping Charity Extravaganza. Walthamstow Trades Hall. Sun. Free entry, £5 swish. Deplete that pile of clothes on your bedroom floor at this charity swap-shop in aid of the Aplastic Anaemia Trust.

Little Simz Welcome to Wonderland: The Experience Part II. Roundhouse. Sun. £25. Hit up this all-day jam curated by one of the UK’s tightest rhymers, set across three stages. With performers including Kojey Radical, Junglepussy, Ezra Collective and more.


‘Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins’. Barbican. Sat-Sun. £13.50. Capturing the lives of people on the fringes of society all over the world, this diverse exhibition features the work of 20 photographers working from the 1950s to today.

The Virgin Queen. 94 Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QY. Pay a trip to our bar of the week – a pub and chippy, which has taken over former footie ‘museum’ The Albion. Go for friendly vibes over fish and chips. Back of the net!

Number 90’s Fourth Birthday. Number 90. Sat-Sun. Free. Help Number 90 celebrate its birthday this weekend. A block party on Saturday will fill La Terazza with music and a giant piñata, and if you’re still game for more partying, Sunday will host the Pop-Up Choir and the brand new summer menu.

Well Street Market Celebrates International Women’s Day. Well Street Market. Sat. Free entry. This edition of the market will be an International Women’s Day special, featuring female traders and entrepreneurs plus stalls providing info and advice on issues affecting women.

Mid Century Inspired Flower Workshop. York Hall. Sun. £55. Learn how to create a hand-tied bouquet under the expert eye of Hazel Gardiner at this 60-minute workshop inspired by the colourful botanical textiles of Josef Frank.

‘Smile Upon Us, Lord’. Barbican. Sat. £16-£100. See this exploration of lost Jewish communities by a renowned Moscow company. It’s offbeat and haunting.


‘Harmonics in Space’. Now Gallery. Sat-Sun. Free. Bust the winter blues with Fred Butler’s ‘Harmonics in Space’ installation at Now Gallery. Her polyhedral shapes and chromotherapy are the equivalent of a psychedelic meditation sesh.

Street Feast Woolwich. Public (former Woolwich Public Market on Plumstead Rd). Sat. Free entry. A new Street Feast is opening in SE18 called Public. Housed in a covered market dating back to the 1930s, it’ll have grub from old favourites and newbies Salt Shed, Henhaus, Lava Bar and a local favourite: Rust Bucket Pizza Co.

‘DC Exhibition: Dawn of the Super Heroes’. The O2. Sat-Sun. Free. Calling all comic buffs! Heaps of costumes, comic pages and preparatory sketches, models and props used in the DC Entertainment films are waiting for you at The O2.

Crafty Fox Market. Mercato Metropolitano. Sat. Free entry. Stock up on prints, cards, ceramics and textiles or create a piece of your own at a Crafty Fox workshop.

The Big Half Festival. Greenwich Park. Sun. Free. Missed out on a running spot in the London Marathon’s new, shorter cousin? Spectate from the sidelines instead at The Big Half Festival with a day of veggie food, yoga and live music on The Big Stage.

‘Rachel Howard: Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa’. Newport Street Gallery. Sat-Sun. Free. See minimalist paintings that translate a war crime into a biblical metaphor. They’re powerful, solemn and properly affecting works of art.

‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’. Block 336. Sat. Free. What do David Hockney and Gillian Wearing have in common? They’re New Contemporaries alumni. See if you can spot the next big thing from this year’s selection of 47 artists. Catch the last day this Saturday.


‘Jubilee’. Lyric Hammersmith. Sat. £15-£35. See this fierce take on a classic punk movie. It’s subversive and totally exhilarating.

‘Sustainable Packaging’. Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising. Sat-Sun. £9. As more and more people try to eradicate plastic from their lives. This exhibition showcases packaging created from ocean waste and plant-based materials as well as edible containers.

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