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 |
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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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Aries, Jeremy Deller and David Sims
Things to do

‘Wiltshire Before Christ’

icon-location-pin The Store Studios, Temple
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Something Wiccan this way comes. Artists Jeremy Deller and David Sims and fashion brand Aries use photography and film in this immersive exhibition to explore pagan symbology and Neolithic sites.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Secret Urban Suppers: Brooklyn, New York

icon-location-pin Secret London location, London
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Tuck into a five-course dinner inspired by the artistic character of the NYC borough. The location will be revealed a few days before. The menu is a secret until the night itself. 

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The War of the Worlds, Rhum and Clay, New Diorama
© Richard Davenport
Theatre, Experimental

‘The War of the Worlds’

icon-location-pin New Diorama Theatre, Regent's Park
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Physical theatre troupe Rhum & Clay have created a pleasingly twisty-turny, smart homage to Orson Welles’s radio broadcast. It’s not a stage version of the classic sci-fi; but it’s not not a stage version of the classic sci-fi.

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Things to do, Film events

Collective Cinema

icon-location-pin St Margaret's Church, Blackheath
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Watch ‘Moulin Rouge!’ from a pew in the overwhelming gothic setting of St Margaret’s Church at this pop-up cinema. Saturday’s screening of Baz Luhrmann’s riotous film will be set to live music from the church organ.

 

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Little Mercies
News, Drinking

Bar of the week: Little Mercies

Forget deconstructed cheesecakes – it’s all about reconstructed pornstar martinis at this Crouch End cocktail bar from the team behind east London’s Bar Three.

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Wicked Vegan
Restaurants, Vegan

Wicked Vegan

icon-location-pin Balham

A dinky neighbourhood diner, Wicked Vegan deals in the best kind of plant-based cooking: the naughty kind. It’s all here, from burgers and wings to mac ’n’ cheese or nachos.

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Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato 'Pôr do Sol' (1989). Image courtesy of David Zwirner
Art

Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato

icon-location-pin David Zwirner, Mayfair
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Want to be reminded of what it feels like to soak up the heat of a day at the beach, cool water lapping and not a cloud in the sky? Get a load of Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato’s paintings with January-blues-busting sunlight and hotter-climate colours. 

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Songs for Nobodies’

icon-location-pin Ambassadors Theatre, Covent Garden
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‘Songs for Nobodies’ is a poignant musical stuffed full of songbook standards. Bernadette Robinson gives a stunning performance.

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Photo: Parisa Tag/Focus Features
Film, Drama

‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

This historical drama about the ill-fated Scottish monarch sees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie square off as rival queens.

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Things to do, Festivals

Festival of New Masculinity

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Curated and organised in part by new online magazine The Book of Man, this three-month event series hopes to tackle the pitfalls of masculinity, rather than just filling a room with middle-aged white blokes shouting ‘Why isn’t there an International Men’s Day?!’

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Hot gin roof, Sipsmiths
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Things to do, Food and drink events

Hot Gin Roof

icon-location-pin Ham Yard Hotel, Soho
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Beat the freeze by snuggling under a blanket on Ham Yard Hotel’s toasty rooftop and sinking a great selection of hot gin cocktails. Make ours a Steaming Julep. 

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Monsters and Men
Film, Drama

‘Monsters and Men’

This sombre but deeply emotional drama offers three different perspectives on a single act of unprovoked police violence on a Brooklyn street corner. A sobering addition to the ever-swelling canon of films addressing the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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Things to do, Food and drink events

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

icon-location-pin 202 Brick Lane, Brick Lane
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Expect a serious sugar rush at this bar serving chocolatey twists on classic cocktails. Sink a Chocotini before glugging on a glass of chocolate wine. Enjoy! 

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Courtesy the artist. Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Mark Blower.
Art

Kris Lemsalu: ‘4LIFE’

icon-location-pin Goldsmiths CCA, New Cross
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Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu has converted the Goldsmiths gallery into a little shop of psychedelic horrors, filling it with bodies caught in the middle of mutating into bizarre, twisted new shapes. 

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