Is the week ahead looking quiet? Not any more. Head out into the city and get a load of the hottest happenings taking place right now. You’ll be begging for a night off by Sunday, trust us. Here’s our pick of the newest restaurant openings, the best new museum shows and the latest art exhibitions, plus out-of-the-way events and gigs you really won’t want to miss. Let us be your social lifesaver for the next seven days. And if you’ve got a tip for something fun going on in London, tweet us your suggestion and help spread the word.
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A six-day mix of queer cinema and DIY dance parties. Celebrate the big, beautiful world of LGBTQ+ culture in different venues across east London. Plus, there's a chance to sing ‘Under the Sea’ at a drag-enhanced screening of ‘The Little Mermaid’.
See portraits of punks, skinheads, ravers and today’s grime fans in this exhibition charting the evolution of subcultures in the UK. Curated by Tory Turk the exhibition is a re-imagination of V&A’s groundbreaking 1994 exhibition ‘Streetstyle, from Sidewalk to Catwalk’.
A vegan, cash-only, Sichuan street food joint in Hackney that’s re-writing all the rules. Order the smacked cucumber, the dry-fried beans and dan dan noodles. Your stomach will thank you for it.
Prepare to be dazzled as Syon Park’s 600-year-old gardens are filled with illuminations. Follow a twinkling trail dotted with luminous sculptures, lasers and tutti-frutti hues. It’s almost always a sell-out, so book in advance.
Director Noah Baumbach's stunning drama explores the pain and confusion of divorce which, in the film, is described as ‘death without a body’. It features Oscar-worthy performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.
See photos, flyers, films and ephemera submitted by the public at this exhibition celebrating youth culture over the last 70 years.
Patrick Staff’s art is about transformation and gender, but it’s not a celebration. Revealing the brutality of day-to-day queer existence in a crushing society. It’s art that’ll turn your stomach and change your mind.
Halloween is the gift that keeps on giving. The scares will continue for three days of new and obscure blood-curdling horror films, with many showing for the first time in the UK.
A proper boozer that’s steeped in history. What used to be London’s first pub on a council estate was built in Bellingham to serve heroes returning from WWI. Nowadays, it’s known for its knockout jerk chicken and films for a fiver.
Get an augmented stone massage, see dancers controlled by technology and VR inspired by Kafka at this weekend of digital art. The best thing? Most of the interactive events are free.
A brand new West End musical is coming to town and it’s bringing the biggest bangers with it. This sublimely OTT West End musical sees Shakespeare’s Juliet return from the dead and head off on a girls’ trip to Paris.
Hayman’s of London is opening its distillery for this gin-themed pop-up cinema. Watch top flicks like ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ while sipping fine gins and getting cosy on giant beanbags. Tickets include two gin cocktails and a goody bag with a distillery tour voucher. Gin, gin!
The breast pop-up in London is back for a proper good ’ol tits-up. Find clothing, cards, ceramics, mugs, prints, and cushions all created by female designers. Ten percent of all proceeds go to CoppaFeel! breast cancer charity.
This nationwide festival removes academics from classrooms, putting talks, masterclasses and panels into pubs, cafés and public spaces. Look out for gallery takeovers, hands-on workshops and behind-the-scenes tours, on topics spanning everything from Moroccan hip hop to LGBTQ+ history.
Love clothes, but hate throwing them away? The pre-loved clothes at this pop-up have been picked from charity shops by style-savvy influencers. Expect labels and one-offs at low prices. All proceeds go to charity.
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