Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
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Just when you thought it was time to hang up your elephant onsie for good, ZSL London Zoo brings back its 'after hours' sessions. A reincarnation of Zoo Lates (which ended in 2015) Zoo Nights will entail street-food, a Zooniversity Challenge quiz and a salacious talk on animal sex at 'The Birds and the Bees – Uncut'.
Putting a spotlight on the health of the River Thames, artist Jason Bruges’ light installation will shine one of three patterns on to the Sea Containers at Mondrian London based on whether the water quality is good, average or poor according to that day’s Thames data reading. The lights will be a permanent fixture every evening from dusk until midnight, letting us know if the river’s health is improving or declining. The data will also be tweeted on via the @ThamesPulse account and a billboard will show readings on real time. The lights will be switched on for the first on March 16 at 6.30pm.The project was devised by MEC UK to help raise awareness about the condition of the Thames and to support charity Thames21 in its mission to protect London’s rivers.
Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was a physican and philoshopher who made enormous contributions to seventeenth-century science and medicine. This exhibitions puts his collection of notebooks, paintings, samples and letters on display.
From Whitechapel Market, you can look west along the high street to where the Gherkin stands out above the City. It might as well be the Emerald City for all the relevance it has here: this is a non-stop, heaving, all-weather, cacophonous East End micro-economy, born of pragmatism rather than fashion and largely sustained by local Bangladeshis. Go for fruit, phonecards, pots and pans, fish, spices, cleaning products and the sort of vegetables you might have to ask the name of. For a lunch break visit Needoo Grill: just over the road, this no-frills BYO restaurant serves excellent Punjabi food.
Forget the Crown Jewels; get yourself down to 'Bloomin Jewels', an exhibition celebrating the long and esteemed tradition of depicting flowers and foliage in jewellery while spotlighting cutting-edge, imaginative and technically accomplished modern work incorporating floral motifs. Over 20 respected contemporary jewellers have been invited to offer work using the botanical as a starting point. The results will surprise anyone interested in contemporary jewellery, decorative arts, fashion, design and gardening. Throughout the exhibition there'll also be a series of talks and events, for a full programme and for prices see here.
Over the last decade Field Day has slowly become one of London’s very best music festivals, with a consistently excellent booking policy covering the world’s finest alternative acts. The festival is more streamlined for 2017, pouring all the programming into one day – the Saturday. Aphex Twin has already been announced as the headliner, playing his first live show in the UK in almost a decade. The bill regularly incorporates everything from weird pop and indie up-and-comers to underground dance producers and folk musicians. Book now: it usually sells out. Line-up includes: Aphex Twin, Run The Jewels, Arab Strap, Death Grips, Flamingods, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz, Slowdive, Mura Masa, Abra, Clams Casino, Lasy Leshurr, Thee Oh Sees
The Camden Crawl is long gone (RIP) but there’s still a festival where you can catch loads of bands turning it up to 11 across north London’s sticky-floored rock ’n’ roll wonderland. Camden Rocks is a newish hard rock and metal festival which brings more than 200 bands (a mix of big names and underground talent) to 25 venues around NW1. This year’s line-up includes The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC.
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Marlin Empire Square
This four-star serviced apartment hotel provides home comforts in the centre of London; located just ten minutes' walk from The Shard and 15 from the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Marlin's rooms all feature a kitchenette, lounge area, super-fast broadband, L'Occitane toiletries and great views of the city.
Venue says: “Right in the city, nestled among the bars and restaurants of the London Bridge area. Perfect for business or leisure.”