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.
Seven new venues in Tottenham and Seven Sisters host this all-day festival of arts and indie music. LNZRT, who run the bill at Moth Club and the Shacklewell Arms, have programmed 30 eclectic acts including Metz, The KVB and Jacuzzi Boys, alongside a record market and an exhibition by Polyester Zine.
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.
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.
Oregon's kookiest city is known for its coffee shops, microbreweries, farmers markets, independent bookshops, colourful food carts, zine culture and kooky suburbs full of crafty shops. Now a slice of Portland is taking over the Old Truman Brewery. For three weeks, Londoners can get a taste of The City of Roses at this pop-up shop featuring stalls from Portland's best designers and makers. There'll also be series of events and workshops giving visitors an insight into Portland culture, including talks with leading designers and entrepreneurs, live mural drawing, craft beer and tea sampling, free vegan tattoo inking and spoken word slams.
London accidentally gained a new celebrity earlier this year when an enormous ‘fatberg’ – a huge, congealed blob of wet wipes, condoms, nappies, fat and cooking oil – was found lurking in a sewer under Whitechapel Road. The ‘evil, gut-wrenching, rancid blob’, as Thames Water affectionally called it, was the largest ever recorded. It weighed the equivalent of 11 double-decker buses and measured 250m – that’s six metres longer than Tower Bridge. One final piece of the putrid mass remains and now you can see it for yourself at the Museum of London as part of the museum’s ‘City Now City Future’ season in 2018. It might not be the Elgin Marbles, but it’ll certainly spark a few reflections on our consumer-driven, disposable society. 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.
All your Agatha Christie dreams have come true. Delve into an evening of mystery and top-notch nosh at this immersive murder mystery dining experience 'Killer at the Courthouse Hotel'. Join the night full of clues, plot twists, suspicious suspect, and surprises as you turn detective and try and suss out the evening’s killer before they strike again - all while tucking into a three course meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.