Hello London, got a quiet week ahead? Not anymore. 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 don't want to miss - here's your social life-saver over 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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An explosion of new plays, performances and workshops about sex is hitting Camden People’s Theatre this week. The headline attraction is Louise Orwin’s ‘Oh Yes Oh No’ – an exploration of porn and sexuality that’s the follow-up to her dark riff on movie misogyny – but the line-up’s also stuffed full of other great events to get your pulse (and brain) racing.
Rifle through your favourite celeb’s cast-offs at Oval Space this Saturday in aid of a good cause. Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney has asked famous faces to donate an impressive array of bits and pieces in aid of Oxfam’s Refugee Appeal. This year’s donations are brought to you from the likes of Kate Moss, Florence Welch and Angela Scanlon.
A new stylish spot in Soho with a busy takeaway counter and a sprinkling of first-come-first-served tables, specialising in Canton-style steamed buns and small plates, and featuring a weirdly delicious dark chocolate and pig blood dessert bun. Yum! (really)
Awol Erizku, the young black American artist (best known for taking that picture of Beyoncé draped in flowers to announce her pregnancy) has filled a dark room with black panthers, broken fences and swastikas. You don’t need a PhD in art theory to figure out that he’s not happy, but Erizku clearly has important things to say.
Start off the long weekend in style with funk, house and disco from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor in honour of the Purple One, a year after his untimely death. Head down to Peckham and party with rare Prince cuts, B-sides and all his golden hits, of course.
Yep, that’s right, another bank holiday weekend is already upon us, which means three days off work and a whole lot of time to play with. May Day traditionally marks the beginning of springtime and a big ‘see ya later!’ to winter, but whatever your plans for the long weekend, check out full guide to freedom here.
The Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve is challenging Londoners to dig out their wellies this weekend and get to know the urban wilderness with two days of free wildlife workshops, debates, a live music stage and guided walks, all less than 15 minutes from Manor House tube.
Ofili rose to fame in the ’90s with his exquisite paintings featuring materials like elephant dung. He’s since ditched that and, for this new commission at the National Gallery, he’s created a hand-woven tapestry that features a mixture of classical mythology and the folklore of his adopted home Trinidad.
Head to the Blue Cross cat estate agents to check out some grand designs for your feline friends. The unique pet properties on offer range from Georgian manors to quaint cottages (all constructed from cardboard, of course). There will be a silent auction ballot, with all proceeds going to help thousands of local pets. Mewing recommended.