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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

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By Alexandra Sims, Angela Hui and Charlie Allenby |

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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Things to do, Literary events

Event of the week: London Literature Festival

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank

Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival is taking a closer look at fairytales for its 2019 theme ‘Once Upon Our Times’. Expect readings, talks and workshops from acclaimed authors, poets, speakers and collaborators throughout the 11-day event.

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Oval Night Market

icon-location-pin The Oval, Bethnal Green

Ready to dance in the street? This alfresco party is back with hot cocktails, firepits and blanket-strewn cosy corners for autumn. The roads will be closed off to make way for street food trucks, craft stalls, bars and DJs. It’s sure to be a great way to round off your week.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Restaurant of the week: Fatt Pundit

icon-location-pin Soho

Two of Britain’s favourite takeaway cuisines have been fused together in this Soho Indo-Chinese spot, but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill ’Asian fusion’ affair with a slightly dodgy name. The menu combines a Cantonese base with Indian heat, and it really works. The chilli paneer served in lettuce cups is a case in point. Order lots – you won’t regret it.


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Natural History Museum Ice Rink 2016
Things to do, Ice skating

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, South Kensington

Skate in style on arguably London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse-designed buildings.

Photograph: SicilyFest
Things to do, Food and drink events


icon-location-pin The Boiler House, Brick Lane

Sample all things Sicilian without leaving Zone 1 at this festival dedicated to the southern Italian island. Get to know your cannoli from your arancini and correct your Mediterranean missteps with tastings, cookery demos and more tastings of the island’s delicacies. Prego.

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Theatre, Drama

‘Mephisto [A Rhapsody]’

icon-location-pin Gate Theatre, Notting Hill

This darkly hilarious drama about a pretentious actor who sells out big time is fun but almost sitcom-ish in its simplicity. Although it feels too on-the-nose to really work as satire, that shouldn’t take anything away from Leo Bill’s performance as lead protagonist Aymeric, which is just a wonder.


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Things to do, Performances

Lunar Dreams

icon-location-pin Holy Cross Church, King’s Cross

Not seen Luke Jerram’s six-metre ‘Museum of the Moon’ sculpture at the Natural History Museum yet? Another of the British installation artist’s lunar creations is popping up in this King’s Cross church for an evening of performances of out-of-this-world folk tales to soundscapes created live by sound artists.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar of the week: Near & Far Camden

icon-location-pin Camden Town

The south London bar has opened a sister site north of the river, and it’s as fun and carefree as the original. Head to the funky-looking drinking den on Chalk Farm Road for a very happy happy hour among the flamingos.

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Things to do, Festivals

All-Night Graffiti and Tattoo Art Festival

icon-location-pin Low Profile Studios, Manor House

Go for live graffiti workshops, tattooing rooms and pop-up shops. Stay for the all-night rave and UV graffiti exhibition. And if you opt to get inked yourself, it’ll definitely be a night you won’t forget.

Things to do, Performances


icon-location-pin Apple Tree, Clerkenwell

Storytelling troupe The Embers Collective turn their focus to LGBTQ+ tales for an evening of stories and songs inspired by queer myths and folklore from around the world.

William Hogarth 'A Rake’s Progress, 3: The Orgy' (1734) © The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Show of the week: Hogarth: ‘Place and Progress’

icon-location-pin Sir John Soane’s Museum, Holborn

Master satirist William Hogarth’s serial works have been assembled in London’s coolest house, and the timing is impeccable. Go to see the artist’s hot takes on the early eighteenth century’s trials and tribulations, which include depictions of human life in all its (sometimes not very pretty) forms.


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Things to do, Performances

Unsightly Drag

icon-location-pin Chapel Playhouse, Gray’s Inn Road

Expect drag queens, drag kings and pushed boundaries at this show spotlighting blind and visually impaired LGBTQ+ performers. It’ll be fully accessible, of course.

Things to do, Food and drink events

Peckham Levels Beer Festival

icon-location-pin Peckham Levels, Peckham

Sip on suds from six of London’s best indie brewers (including ales from Brockley Brewery, Canopy and Orbit) while dancing to live music.

South London's Affordable Vintage Fair
Things to do, Markets and fairs

The South London Vintage Furniture Flea

icon-location-pin Balham SDA Church, London

Packed with mid-century gems and retro goodies, this sale is straight out of your homeware-filled dreams. Bag vintage furniture, record players, lamps and more (take a tape measure to avoid any dramas getting your new purchases into your flat).

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