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.
RECOMMENDED: Time Out’s London hot list

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Music, Music festivals
Kaleidoscope Festival
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What is it? A new one-day music and arts festival. We’re promised a ‘world where music, performance, theatre and comedy embrace in a collision of beautiful noise, brilliant ideas and brazen colour’.
Why go? It’s the first time in 30 years that the park and palace have been open for a festival. There’ll also be spaces opened up that haven’t been accessible to the public before. The line-up includes The Flaming Lips, Ghostpoet and Mystery Jets. 
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Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre
Theatre, Drama
‘The Lehman Trilogy’
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What is it? Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct a three-actor epic that charts the story of the Lehman brothers and the institutions that would go on to bear their name.
Why go? It’s an elegantly told voyage through American history with a trio of electrifying performances.
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Restaurants, Global
Bar of the week: Green Room
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What is it? Neon signage, beautiful blooms and pastel hues: the latest bar at The Curtain hotel and members’ club is camera-ready – and she’s not shy.
Why go? For amazing drinks (Crunchie-like cocktails, anyone?) created by The Curtain’s ‘director of beverage’ Jenny Willing, who used to be part of the team at Dandelyan.
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Lambeth Country Show
Things to do
Lambeth Country Show
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What is it? A famous party in Brockwell Park, bringing country pursuits as well as a banging music line-up to Lambeth.
Why go?  There’s no need to up sticks for the countryside when you can watch sheep-shearing, sip locally made cider and see a veg-carving competition right here in London.
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Walthamstow Marshes blackberries
Ben Rowe
Things to do, Festivals
London National Park City Week
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What is it? More than 270 events and activities throughout the week celebrating the city’s green spaces, trees and waterways.
Why go? It’s all part of the London Mayor’s plan to make the capital a National Park City in 2019. And taking part in this week of events will help make it a reality.
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Things to do, Exhibitions
‘A Sort of Home’: 1970s Whitechapel
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What is it? An exhibition from photographer David Hoffman who took candid snaps while living in a squat in Fieldgate Mansions from the 1970s to the early ’80s, and a homeless shelter in Aldgate.
Why go? To see some powerful images. The pictures of the area’s then-growing Bengali community are a joy.
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© Stack Somerset House
Things to do, Festivals
Process!
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What is it? An offshoot of Somerset House’s exhibition ‘Print: Tearing It Up’, which charts 100 years of magazines, this weekend festival celebrates the most exciting mags on the London zine scene.
Why go? For zine fairs and print workshops led by OOMK (One of My Kind), artists-in-residence at Somerset House Studios. Print is dead, long live… print!
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Things to do, Festivals
Africa Utopia
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What is it? A festival celebrating Africa and its diaspora with four days of film, theatre, dance, literature and debates.
Why go? Don’t miss Chineke! Orchestra and catch the UK premiere of Afrofuturistic film ‘Hello, Rain’ by award-winning Nigerian director CJ Obasi.
 
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Things to do, Late openings
Nocturnal Creatures
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What is it? A new contemporary arts festival sprawling across the East End.
Why go? Organised by the Whitechapel Gallery in association with Sculpture in the City, it’s a chance to see performances, video, sound and more pulse through the capital after dark.
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Art
‘Banksy, Greatest Hits 2002-2008’
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What is it? Street art maverick Banksy is the nation’s graffiti sweetheart and now Lazinc gallery has pulled together a show of his greatest hits from the years 2002 to 2008.
Why go? These are Banksy’s golden years. Fans won’t want to miss this.
 
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Restaurants, Japanese
Restaurant of the week: Ippudo
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What is it? A new branch of the noodle specialist in Waterloo.
Why go? If you’re hankering after a hot bowl of tonkotsu ramen, Ippudo will deliver the goods. These are dishes worth queuing for.
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Craving something delicious for lunch? Get Yaki Gyoza, Karaage Sicks or Crispy Gyoza for only £1, available with every bowl of ramen!

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AS YOU LIKE IT, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre London, Britain - 05 July 2018
Theatre, Shakespeare
Show of the week: ‘As You Like It’
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What is it? Shakespeare’s forest-set romcom gets the outdoor-theatre treatment in Regent’s Park.
Why go? It’s a welcome dollop of mischief with strong performances and a fast pace. 
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Things to do, pop-ups
Dock Beach
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What is it? A golden stretch of sand in the London borough of Newham.
Why go? Cool off by the alfresco pool at the dock edge, build a sandcastle or just kick back in the sand, sip on cocktails and put on your resting beach face.   
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