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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

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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Craft Beer Rising

Beer, cider, music, street food. You deserve all of them, and luckily there'll be a lot of each at Craft Beer Rising, which returns to east London's Old Truman Brewery for a fifth year. Tons of breweries from London, the UK and further afield will be on hand to provide you with weird and wonderful boozy tipples, plus there are workshops on beer and whisky cocktail-making if you fancy yourself as a mixologist. DJs including Bill Brewster, Don Letts and James Priestley will provide the soundtrack. Tickets available here.

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Saturday February 25 2017

Richard Mosse: Incoming

Let's cut straight to the chase. This show contains some of the most beautiful images you'll see in a gallery this year, perhaps ever. It will also make you rethink the European refugee crisis. Mosse's photographs are all black-and-white, but taken with a camera that responds to heat, rather than light, and which can pick out a human body 30km away. The lifeblood of the show is the title piece, ‘Incoming’ – a three-screen video projection accompanied by a soundscape of electronic drones and field recordings. It runs for nearly an hour, but you'll be too absorbed to notice the time flying past you. Powerful, incredible work. 

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Sunday April 23 2017

Corazon Taqueria

Don't pretend you haven't noticed: tacos are so hot right now. If you haven't gotten involved yet, now's the time and Corazon Taqueria is the place. There are other menu options (coffee and ancho chile-braised beef or a hearty stew of pork shoulder and hominy), but tacos are the main act here. Highlights include the powerfully porky carnitas (slow-cooked pork belly, collar and crispy skin, marinated in orange juice, cinnamon and garlic), a fantastically fishy creation with king prawns, shrimp and Mexican oaxaca cheese, and two solid veggie options, including one with roast parsnip puree and brussels sprouts.

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CUT Festival: The Art of Barbering

Need a haircut? You probably do, but even if you don't, make sure you head to CUT, a festival that celebrates barbering across the world. Taking place in barbershops and galleries around east London, there'll be live performance, music, film, theatre, talks and a big art exhibition collecting together some fascinating photographs and resources. There'll also be plenty of hair getting cut over the ten-day event, including Mark Bustos giving free haircuts to people affected by homelessness.

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Various , London Until Sunday March 5 2017

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras

Styled as 'London's biggest, baddest Mardi Gras party', this full-on-fun event encourages revellers to celebrate Madri Gras in the proper fashion: New Orleans-style. That means partying hard and loud, prefarably while wearing very colourful clothes. There'll be performers, dancers and of course plenty of energetic live music – inlcuding New Orleans rhythm and blues – to keep feet moving and pulses raising.

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Until Sun Feb 26

Man on the Moon: Emergency Pop-Up Cheese Cafe

The name of this event alone should really be enough to make you visit out of sheer, cheese-fuelled curiosity, but if you really need more info; it's a five-day pop-up cheese café and open house. Sample a huge selection or organic cheese and 'pay what you want' to take the goods home afterwards – but don't forget to take a look around the home of the mysterious cheesemaker, Mr Armstrong, while you're at it. And let's face it – if there was ever going to be an emergency cheese-meets-art immersive pop-up, it was always going to be in Peckham, right? Give in to the intrigue, go visit and gorge on cheese. It's free and there's no need to book.

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139 Copeland Road , Peckham Until Tuesday February 28 2017

Untitled Bar

Ever ordered a ghost at a cocktail bar? Now's your chance at this new, high-end venue. Don't worry, though – you won't get a fright, just a creative concoction crafted by a team of expert mixologists. Opened by Tony Conigliaro (who founded Bar Termini and Drink Factory), Untitled's drinks are each meant to represent just one single thing, hence their one-word names; as well as a Ghost, you can also order a Violin, a Sicily or even a Tomato. Don't get too hung up on those options though, as it's an ever-evolving menu. Look out for ingredients like chalk, zinc, beeswax and truffle in whatever drink you opt for, and check the 3D-printed vessel that your classy tipple is served in.

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Supa Dupa Brunch with Beyoncé

Okay, fine – Beyoncé won't actually be at this brunch and beats party, but the idea is to raise a toast to Queen Bey in honour of her two upcoming new arrivals. As soon as you've done that, get on with scoffing the tasty food (choices include eggs and avocado on sourdough, with treacle tart for dessert), sipping your glass of prosecco and then dancing afterwards to work it all off. The event is hosted by Emily Rawson and the Supa Dupa Fly crew – who really know how to throw a party – and also features a Beyoncé quiz and DJs spinning upbeat grooves throughout the day. 

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch , Shoreditch Sunday February 26 2017


What would a live blend of 'Desert Island Discs', 'The Moth Radio Hour' and a TED Talk look and sound like? Probably quite a lot like this unique combination of music and storytelling. Held at the beautiful Wilton's Music Hall, the event features writers, artists, thinkers and musicians waxing lyrical on how music affects the way we live. Guests over the two nights inlcude comedian and broadcaster Natalie Haynes, travel writer Dan Kieran and sociologist and writer Keith Kahn-Harris – an expert on heavy metal and Jewish communities.

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24 Feb 2017

The Divine Comedy

Ivor Novello-nominated Irish troubadour Neil Hannon and his long-running band/collective/project remain wry, witty performers of seductive, imaginative and melodious pop. Listen out for the much-loved hits like 'Something for the Weekend' and 'National Express', both of which are bulging with Hannon's playful, off-kilter humour and subtle, catchy melodies.

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Until Thu Feb 23
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