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9 ace, brilliant events to attend during BritWeek

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British expats seem to love LA, or at least our beaches and sunshine. The feeling is mutual—after all, we at Time Out are the West Coast love child of a London magazine—and found in our wholehearted embrace of fish and chips spots and whiskey bars. For one week a year, that friendship takes center stage during BritWeek, a citywide celebration of all things British. We've picked out nine of our favorite events below.

Apr 25: BritWeek Robertson Boulevard Shopping Stroll

Shop (and drink) your way down Robertson with discounts and in-store events at Reiss, Michael Kors, Eileen Fisher and more.

Apr 25: Santa Monica Rugby Club

Watch four matches of the rough English football variant, including a chance to see the Santa Monica Dolphins pound the San Francisco Golden Gate into the ground.

Apr 26: Village Green Preservation Society Tea Party

Snack on biscuits and "post-WWII British tea" while partaking in playground games like guess the weight of the cake, penny up the wall and hopscotch at the Hotel Shangri-La.

Apr 27: Focus on British Short Film

Watch nine indie shorts and participate in follow-up filmmaker Q&As on the balcony atop Downtown's AT&T Center.

Apr 30: The Second Summer of Love

Listen to dublab DJs spin late '80s acid house tracks during this music and art night at Upstairs at the Ace.

Apr 30: Artist Talk: Thomas Heatherwick

Hear the British designer discuss his imaginative building and furniture concepts at the Hammer Museum, which is currently hosting an exhibition on the artist's studio.

May 1: BritWeek Scotch Tasting

Sip and savor servings of Macallan scotch at the Pikey—something we know a thing or two about.

May 1: "A Lad Insane" by Brian Duffy

Attend the opening reception for this exhibition of five album cover photo sessions spent with David Bowie in the '70s.

May 2: Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble

See high school students tackle Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew during this free pair of performances at Grand Park.

See the full schedule of events here.

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