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 |

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

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.

Things to do, Food and drink events

Secret Urban Suppers: Brooklyn, New York

icon-location-pin Secret London location, London

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. 

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

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

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.


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

Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato

icon-location-pin David Zwirner, Mayfair

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

‘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

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?!’

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

Hot Gin Roof

icon-location-pin Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

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. 

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. 

Things to do, Food and drink events

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

icon-location-pin 202 Brick Lane, Brick Lane

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! 

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

Kris Lemsalu: ‘4LIFE’

icon-location-pin Goldsmiths CCA, New Cross

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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