Saturday: a day of the week so uniquely brilliant that Elton John, Nick Drake and, uh, Whigfield all wrote songs about it. Whether you plan to spend yours dancing, drinking, shopping or broadening your cultural horizons, we've got you covered with our pick of the day's best events.
The World Photography Organisation is serious about organising photography. Every year, to show just how damn serious it is, it hosts a competition to find the best damn photography out there. The entries number in the tens of thousands, and they get turned into this massive exhibition at Somerset House.
The relationship between money, property in London and the effects it has on our lives is explored in this exhibition and events series. Displays will look at estate regeneration, the origins of money in London’s housing market and what impact glass towers have on our environment.
See brilliant Kodachrome images of the East End back in the day at this exhibition of long-lost photos by Stepney-born-and-bred photographer David Granick. The scenes will be hanging up at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives and span 20 years from the 1960s, including sights such as now-demolished Stifford Estate and the wonderful George Tavern in Whitechapel. Find out more here.
India is heading to South Kensington for the Science Museum’s latest season, celebrating the global influence of India’s science, culture and thought. Joining ‘Illuminating India’ is Danny Boyle in a Q&A following a special screening of 'Slum Dog Millionaire', the 'Bluebird Tea Company' hosting tea blending workshops, renowned speaker Sadhguru – named one of India’s 50 most influential people, talks from Indian science, tech and innovation experts and famed Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission, Moumita Dutta. Much of the season is free, however some events are ticketed. Find out more here.
How does London's black-bogey-inducing air compare to other places around the world? Find out by travelling through British artist Michael Pinsky's Pollution Pods, which are popping up at Somerset House to mark Earth Day on April 22 – the world’s largest environmental movement. Insid each of the five pods visitors will encounter recreations of the air in different locations across the world, starting off in a pod emulating the conditions in Tautra, an island in Norway, which will be the cleanest air in the whole of London). The journey continues through Beijing, São Paulo and on to London’s toxic output of nitrogen dioxide and New Delhi’s haze of airborne particulates. (Don’t worry, there’s no danger of breathing in any harmful gases; they will all be removed using special technology.)
Whoever said the Square Mile is purely the domain of bankers and stockbrokers? The seventh edition of this urban sculpture trail will bring a dose of high culture to the City from June 27. It's quite a blokey line-up this year; look out for work by shark-pickling troublemaker Damien Hirst and American schlock merchant Paul McCarthy. You'll find a handy map of the trail here.
Get your flowery spring fix at ‘Sense of Space’, a pop-up exhibition hoping to awaken your senses. There are four rooms to explore, but make sure you catch the blossom-filled ‘infinity garden’, where you’ll feel like you’re in a never-ending meadow of pink flora thanks to the mirrored walls. Find out more here.
The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.
In April, Glasgow's biennial sonic art festival Sonica is hitting London for a two-day taster of skull-shattering experimental art. Come along during the day to experience an eclectic array of installations around the world. 2018's line-up includes 'Slow Pixel', a delicate installation involving 176 snails. There's also 'Infinite Lives', a surreal sonic science laboratory inhabited by robots and sea monkeys, and astonishing light installation 'Nearer Future'. Or check out longer performances in the evenings, including 'Lakker AV', which fuses icy techno-style sounds with stunning visuals of glaciers.
The Bon Sin Experiment is bringing a caffeine kick to Soho and the largest list of espresso martini concoctions you’ve ever seen. Once you’ve found the secret door to the speakeasy on Moor Street, you’ll be able to sip on drinks with names like A-List Avocado and The Ginger Beer’d, all of which are blended with Oubu Coffee. Book a late night spot here.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is getting a magical makeover, inspired by the fourth film ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. From Easter 2018 visitors will get to see the Goblet itself, which is returning to the Great Hall for the first time since filming wrapped eight years ago. There will be special effects demonstations, showing how parchments were expelled from the Goblet, as if by magic. Many new props and costumes from the Triward Tournament and beyond will also be on display, including the boot Porkey, the Prefects’ Bathroom and Tom Riddle’s grave. Entry is included in ticket price.
Expressive dance and indulgent dining collide at this supper exploring femininity. American director Kate March’s all-female creative collective will use the tables as a stage while the audience eats, slowly becoming part of the art piece as the dancers interact with them.
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. Each room of this exhibition give a a behind-the-scenes look at the mythical realms created for the likes of Superman, Catwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Mr Freeze, accompanied by original soundtracks from the blockbuster flicks. Get your peepers on exclusive artwork made for last year’s ‘Wonder Woman’ release, the original costume worn by Lynda Carter’s ‘Wonder Woman’ in the 1970s and that iconic cape donned by Christopher Reeve as ‘Superman’ in 1978.
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