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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 and Angela Hui |
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Is the week ahead looking quiet? Not any more. Head out in to 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, Festivals

Feria de Londres

icon-location-pin South Bank, South Bank
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The sun-drenched climes of Andalusia are coming to the banks of the Thames for a Spanish festival full of mouth-watering tapas, sherry tastings and jamón Ibérico masterclasses. Tuck into organic gazpacho, watch live flamenco dancers and sample some moreish Andalusian cocktails. Arriba!

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Things to do

Bike Shed London

icon-location-pin Tobacco Dock, Wapping
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Rev up and ride down to Tobacco Dock for two days of motorcycles, where riders and bespoke makers from across Europe will be showcasing their builds, alongside street food, live music and art.

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Things to do, pop-ups

The Aperol Spritz Big Birthday Social

icon-location-pin Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Shoreditch
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Aperol is celebrating its 100th anniversary in true Italian style with a ‘1919 Lido’, complete with revolving carousel bar, Aperol-glass-shaped ball pit and classic-Italian-car hot tubs. Then there’s the lido itself, which is an opportunity to bob around on orange floats, drink orange drinks and take selfies under the orange waterfall. We get it, Aperol is orange.  

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Depop Market London

icon-location-pin Bohemia Place, Hackney
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Depop is bringing together some of its biggest sellers for an in-person, real-life market with added vegan street food.

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Free From Festival
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Things to do

Free From Festival

icon-location-pin The Boiler House, Brick Lane
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If your dietary requirements mean you spend a noticeable portion of time squinting at ingredient lists, this food festival in Brick Lane will be a chance to let loose. A whole host of exhibitors will be on hand to introduce you to alternative ingredients to dairy, gluten or sugar. Naturally, there’ll also be plenty of ‘free-from’ treats, and demonstrations from specialist chefs. 

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High Cross
Bars and pubs, Pubs

Bar of the week: The High Cross

icon-location-pin Bruce Grove

A Tottenham micropub inside a former public toilet – with a surprisingly wide range of beers and scotch eggs for such a dinky drinking spot.

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Adams Anqitues Fair, press image, 2013
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Adams Antiques Fair

icon-location-pin The Royal Horticultural Hall, Victoria
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This huge antiques fair has been going since the 1970s. Join the snaking queue that usually forms before the doors open to be one of the first to bag a bargain. 

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Foodies Festival

icon-location-pin Syon Park, Brentford End
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Syon Park will be overflowing with good food and drink over the bank holiday weekend. Catch recipes and masterclasses in the Chef’s Theatre and Drinks Theatre. Choose from dozens of stalls in the Street Food Village. And look out for live music from Boyzlife on Sunday and Queen tribute band Flash on Monday.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

May Half Term at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

icon-location-pin Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
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Since opening to the public five years ago, the Olympic Park has become a popular spot for fun in the capital. Things are no different this bank holiday, with the park opening its doors for lots of activities, including rides on the slide, an enormous water obstacle course, BMX biking and skateboarding sessions.

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Henry IV, Part 1, Shakespeare's Globe 2019
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Theatre, Shakespeare

Show of the week: ‘Henry IV Part 1, or Hotspur’

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank
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In Shakespeare’s beloved history play, Michelle Terry is jaw-droppingly good with her psycho take on rebel lord Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy.

 

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Things to do, pop-ups

The Sainsbury’s 150 Experience

icon-location-pin Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden
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Sainsbury’s has been around for 150 years, so it’s time for some immersive theatre, taking you back to its beginnings with a pop-up recreating its Drury Lane butter, milk and eggs store in 1869. There’ll be performances taking you through the shopping experience right up to the present day, and interesting finds from the Sainsbury’s archive.

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Kate Cooper 'Infection Drivers' (2018) Image courtesy of the Artist
Art

Kate Cooper: ‘Symptom Machine’

icon-location-pin Hayward Gallery, South Bank
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This mega-tense video installation is about beauty and conformity. It’s a fight-back from the good guys.

 

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