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Things to do in London this week

Discover the biggest and best things to do in London over the next seven days

Hello, London. Got a quiet week ahead? Not any more. Get a load of this week’s hottest happenings and you’ll be begging for a night off by Sunday. From new restaurant openings, museum shows and the latest art exhibitions to out-of-the-way events and secret gigs that you really don’t want to miss – here’s your social lifesaver for the next seven days. 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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London Beer Week

This city-wide celebration of all things hop-tastic, is back for 2018. Beer fanatics can download a £10 pass through the DrinkUp.London app, which gives them access to £5 beer flights in over 75 of the capital’s best bars and brewery taprooms. 

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Various venues , London Until Sunday March 18 2018


This big multi-venue cultural love-in aims to inject some creativity into the Square Mile. The standout event, ‘Tunnel Visions: Array’, sees the usual Beech Street traffic halted and replaced with a hypnotic installation with digital projections and a soundtrack by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Barbican Hall , Barbican Until Sunday March 18 2018

Where’s Wally Fun Run

Signing up for any fun run involves looking like a bit of a wally, but for this one you’ll really have to get used to it. Walk, jog or run the 5km or 10km course in Clapham Common, dressed as Martin Handford’s cheerfully elusive creation. 

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Clapham Common , Clapham Sunday March 18 2018

‘Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy’

4 out of 5 stars

See the first solo exhibition Tate Modern has ever held for the Spanish master, focusing entirely on 1932 – a pivotal and prolific year for Pablo. It’s a slow burn of a show, but there are some truly beautiful artworks on display. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Until Sunday September 9 2018


4 out of 5 stars

Don’t miss the RSC’s new production of the Shakespearean tragedy set in a West African kingdom. Astonishingly, Paapa Essiedu is the first black man ever to play Hamlet for the RSC and he’s memorably good as the doomed prince. 

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Hackney Empire , Hackney Until Saturday March 31 2018

Bar of the Week: MC & Sons

4 out of 5 stars

This pub and Thai kitchen is from the Irish family-operated Windmill Taverns Group. Beers from near and far are on regular rotation on tap, all noodle and curry dishes come in under a tenner, and folk bands play at weekends. 

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Show of the Week: ‘Summer and Smoke’

5 out of 5 stars

Catch this stunning rarely performed Tennessee Williams play, which will go down as a milestone in the careers of its two brightest stars: director Rebecca Frecknall and lead Patsy Ferran, who gives a stupendous lead turn. 

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday April 7 2018

Film of the Week: ‘My Generation’

Michael Caine revisits the decade that made him a star and chats to old mates about what it was like to be there in this doc about swinging ’60s London. Caine presents a city in flux, as young people fought for new freedoms and The Man tried to stop them.

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‘Ian Cheng: BOB’

BOB (or Bag of Beliefs) is Ian Cheng’s new digital life-form. Across six enormous screens, Cheng has given birth to little AI creatures. Using an iPhone, you interact with each BOB: they choose to play with you or ignore you as you investigate them.

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Serpentine Gallery , Knightsbridge Until Sunday May 27 2018
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