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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, Festivals

Open House London

icon-location-pin Various, London

More than 800 London venues are opening their doors once again for the annual Open House London weekend, and this year is going big on towers. Take a tour around the oldest building in Hornsey, head up Hackney’s St. Augustine’s Tower or, if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the floor, don your hard hat for a talk at the as-yet-unfinished East End Women’s Museum construction site.

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Things to do, Festivals


icon-location-pin Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

Broaden your mind and your horizons at the ‘world's largest’ philosophy and musical festival, HowTheLightGetsIn. Held at Hampstead Heath's Kenwood House, attendees can listen in to speakers including economist and politician Yanis Varoufakis, broadcaster and journalist Emma Barnett, musician and visual artist Brian Eno, political activist and filmmaker Tariq Ali and many others, as they debate subjects from politics and art to philosophy and science. 

Photograph: Black Food Festival
Things to do, Food and drink events

Black Food Festival

icon-location-pin Oval Space, Bethnal Green

You’ll find doughnuts, tacos and all the usual fare here, but with a twist. Everything – from squid linguini to charcoal ice cream – is 100 percent black.

Restaurants, Chinese

Restaurant of the week: Master Wei

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury

The food of China’s Shaanxi province is having a bit of a moment in London, and its the ‘wide belt’ biang biang noodles that have got everyone’s tongues wagging (and stinging if you go in for the szechuan chillies). This Bloomsbury spot does these terrifically, but it’s the cold liangpi noodles that steal the show.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Colourscape Music Festival

icon-location-pin Clapham Common, Clapham

Enter this labyrinth of rainbow-hued tunnels and find musical performances that tip the experience into magical territory.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Urban Food Fortnight

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London

Join foraging walks, make kombucha, try Hackney tea, food from Tottenham Ploughman and more at this series of foodie events celebrating grub grown in London.

Photograph: Blackhorse Market
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Blackhorse Makers Market


Visit the yard of this E17 workshop to shop at a food and makers’ market and buy gifts you won’t find on the high street.

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Show of the week: ‘William Blake’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Millbank

Turn the clock back at Tate Britain and experience a show of awe-inspiring art by Britain’s great mystic rebel. The poet, artist and printmaker crafted huge and detailed compositions on tiny canvases, which adds even more drama to his already spellbinding creations. It’s not green or very pleasant, but Blake’s art is very, very special indeed.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Bar of the week: The Devereux

icon-location-pin Temple

Although it’s already had almost three-and-a-half centuries of trade, The Devereux can be considered something of a new opening thanks to a recent refit. The facelift has brought the pub into 2019 – sustainably brewed beer is on tap, while there are dried out pasta tubes instead of straws – but it still has some of that old-world charm you’d expect from an establishment with such history.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

North End Road Autumn Market


This year the annual street party has an eco theme. Go for music, markets and vegan munchies that are being served up from a whopping 150 stalls.


Film of the week: ‘Ad Astra’

Brad Pitt has already served up an out-of-this-world performance this summer, and in James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ he’s done it all over again. Strap in for a thrilling, occasionally improbable, sometimes confounding, story of a man sent on a space mission to find his father, and possibly save the world.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Antiques Anonymous Vintage Market

icon-location-pin Church Street, Marylebone

Eye up vintage gems as 80 antiques dealers set up shop on the streets of Marylebone. Street food, music and entertainment will accompany the action.

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Theatre, Drama

‘A Doll’s House’

icon-location-pin Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith

Ibsen’s masterpiece has been rewritten as a postcolonial parable by the talented Tanika Gupta. While there are similarities with the original, there is an underlying allegory for the end of the empire throughout, with Anjana Vasan putting in a terrifically good performance as heroine Niru.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Clapton Jumble Trail

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London

See Clapton turn into a giant yard sale with 200-plus front garden stalls. Pick up bric-à-brac from local sellers. 

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