15 Things to Do in London This Weekend

Lead image: See Harmonics in Space at NOW Gallery, Greenwich

1 Plosive Comedy, Dulwich
20 April

Plosive Comedy in Dulwich – south east London’s all-headline comedy show – will host absurdist master Paul Foot, star of Would I Lie To You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, on Friday 20 April. The headliner will be accompanied by Viceland star Jamali Maddix, Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning character comic Adam Riches and Suzi Ruffell – fresh from her appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle – as MC. If you can’t make it, there will be two further shows on 4 May, with a double-headline bill featuring Hal Cruttenden and British Comedy Award-winning ventriloquist Nina Conti, with support from The Mash Report star Rachel Parris. Then, on 20 July, it’s James Acaster, Pat Cahill and Ian Smith. Plosive Comedy in Dulwich takes places at the MCT at Alleyn’s – a state-of-the-art theatre near North Dulwich station. Tickets £16.
Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, Dulwich SE22 8SU; plosive.co.uk

2 Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square
21 April
It’s St George’s Day on Monday 23 April, and the Mayor of London is encouraging us all to start the celebrations early with a feast of English food, music and entertainment in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 April. Celebrations and performances will focus on women as part of Mayor’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, marking the centenary year since the first women secured the right to vote. Hosted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Music Introducing presenter Abbie McCarthy, the event features a programme of music, traditional Pearly Kings and Queens, a special Food Market serving up hog roasts, pies, tarts and pastries, ‘London cabs’ selling ice-creams and lollies, plus a family-friendly zone complete with St George’s Dragon. Joining the Players’ Theatre is special guest Anita Harris, who has appeared in two Carry On films, enjoyed success in the charts and starred in Cats in the West End. Anita will portray music hall artist Vesta Tilley, famous for her performance of Burlington Bertie. 12pm-6pm. Free.

3 London Oyster Week, various locations
21-29 April
London Oyster Week, the first city-wide celebration of oysters, will take place from 21-29 April 2018. Venues across the capital will join together to demystify oysters and raise awareness of their health benefits. Over 25 restaurants, bars and pubs – including Bentley’s, Wright Brothers, Noble Rot, Northbank, and the Hawksmoor group – will develop featured oyster dishes and serve special oyster-matched drinks and cocktails to encourage customers to try oysters. Select venues will also be hosting special events, from exclusive masterclasses and oyster roasts to film screenings and mixology. Oyster lovers should check out the Oyster Passport (£10), which grants you preferential rates on events and exclusive offers at venues across the city throughout London Oyster Week.
Click here for further information

4 Record Store Day 2018
21 April
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. As well as the streets of Soho springing to life with live music and parties spilling out of record shops, Container Records will take over Pop Brixton for the year’s biggest day of record shopping, with a label market from 12pm-7pm, as well as events across the capital from Les Aldrich Music in Muswell Hill to Love Vinyl in Hoxton.
For the full line-up see recordstoreday.co.uk

5 Open Weekend at London Transport Museum’s Depot, Acton
21-22 April 
London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton throws open its doors this weekend to give you the chance to explore a treasure-trove of over 320,000 artefacts from London’s transport history. Celebrating London’s unique transport design heritage, Capital Design will showcase a fascinating and fun design-themed programme of talks, tours, interactive displays, and family activities, from guided tours of the Museum’s stunning poster collection and quirky object handling, to a talk from writer, broadcaster and cartography expert Mark Ovenden on 150 years of London Underground Design; transport enthusiasts. Highlights include a talk from historian Oliver Green on the legacy of Frank Pick – the man responsible for some of the most recognisable icons of London Underground’s identity – and nostalgic heritage bus rides through the Depot’s scenic surrounding area. Tickets £12 (concs £10, ages 17 and under go free). Open from 11am-5pm.

6 NTV Spring Break, Park Village Studios
19-21 April

London party purveyors, Shuttlecock Inc, are distilling everything you loved about MTV Spring Break in the late 90s into an immersive adult playground version of JM Barrie’s Neverland. NTV Spring Break takes you on an imaginative journey through Neverland, from welcome drinks at the Darling’s House, and delicious street food from the bearded hipster Lost Boys, to Tinkerbell’s Bar which is run by a foul-mouthed, no nonsense fairy covered in ink, situated next to Croc’s Territory – a Hip Hop legend complete with a clock on a chain around his neck and an entourage. Partygoers looking for a place to chill can head to the Neverland Camp to join Tiger Lily and friends sat among brightly coloured teepees, trippy Psy-trance flags and a campfire to chant around. Here you can try your hand at arts and crafts, have a massage, join a guru session or sip on Jarr Kombucha cocktails. The night rounds off with an almighty NTV Dance Off, when the gangs will congregate in the NTV dance studio and take turns to show off their routines in the NTV boxing ring, before the crowds are invited to stay to continue the party. Tickets £40pp (includes entry, 1x cocktail, 2x street food tokens and all the entertainment).
Park Village Studios, NW1 7PX; shuttlecock-inc.com

7 nth nature by Lilah Fowler at Assembly Point, Peckham
Until 21 April
Assembly Point in Peckham presents a new body of work by Lilah Fowler that enacts the tensions and translations between the many layers of what we now conceive of as natural, a potentially infinite ‘nth nature’ that encompasses deserts, data centres, energy farms and designated areas of wilderness. On 13 April, from 6pm, there will be a free special performance event to celebrate the launch of nth nature, the book, published and art directed by Assembly Point with Chris Lacy. Dennis McNulty’s performance, anginging, is made in response to the exhibition, and will see McNulty performing live with a Roland TB-303, the sampled voice of American artist Nancy Holt and a piece of custom software called MARK, an algorithmic musical collaborator.
49 Staffordshire Street, Peckham SE15 5TJ; assemblypoint.xyz

8 Devil With The Blue Dress at The Bunker, Southwark
Until 28 April
Devil With The Blue Dress is a new play about the Monica Lewisnky scandal. The world premiere, produced by The Bunker Theatre, Seaview Productions, and Desara Bosnja, brings together American playwright Kevin Armento and The Bunker Theatre’s Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart in a collaboration that marks The Bunker’s first American play to be staged in its space. Slyly exhuming the little blue dress that launched the biggest media circus of a generation, the five women who were at the centre of the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal – a First Lady, a secretary, a daughter, a confidant and an intern – collide on stage in this political thriller. A theatrical battle over exactly how it all went down, Devil With The Blue Dress asks why, 20 years later, we’re only beginning to grapple with the challenging question of how to respond to women seeking power, and the men who misuse it?
53a Southwark Street SE1 1RU; bunkertheatre.com

9 Harmonics in Space at the NOW Gallery, North Greenwich 
Until April 29 
London-based designer Fred Butler unveils her solo-exhibition Harmonics in Space at the NOW Gallery in Greenwich Peninsula.  Butler is turning the NOW Gallery into a destination for healing as a wellness and art therapy experience for free. Harmonics in Space is designed for you to focus on your self-care in a totally unique setting for you to be immersed in. With the addition of a tactile floor and iridescent shimmer, you will be transported on a journey to a meditative other-world. As part of the experience, you are invited to take the time to try origami and create an exclusive colourful cosmic creature to match your mood.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk

10 Coconut at the Oval House, Kennington
Until 28 April
Based on writer Guleraana Mir’s real experience of interracial and intercultural relationships, Coconut will embark on a UK tour this summer. This fresh new play challenges dated Asian female stereotypes with an honest portrait of the contemporary British Asian experience. With its unremitting humour, Mir explores the impact of religion and faith – and the lack of it – in modern romance. Coconut will see the professional debut of Kuran Dohil as Rumi and will play from 11-28 April at Ovalhouse in Kennington.
52-54 Kennington, Oval SE11 5SW; ovalhouse.com

11 East End Film Festival, East London 
Until 29 April
This year, the East End Film Festival opens with the UK Premiere of Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat including a Q&A with director Sara Driver. Other highlights include the London Premiere of In The Fade starring Diane Kruger in a role that won her a Best Actress award at Cannes. In his first UK appearance since In The Fade won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, East End Film Festival welcomes director Fatih Akin to talk about the controversy surrounding his latest film as well as his eclectic body of work. Events take place at various locations around east London.

12 Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams at Underbelly Festival, Southbank
Until 2 May
Following their smash hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and, Circus Abyssinia makes its London premiere at Underbelly. An unashamedly joyful mix of astonishing stunts, astounding circus skills and enchanted adventure, Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams follows the magical journey of two little Ethiopian brothers, Bibi & Bichu, who dream of joining the circus. Featuring high-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, clowning and towering feats of strength all performed to a thumping Ethiopian dance beat, this adrenaline-filled show is fun for all the family. Featuring the inimitable Konjowoch Troupe, this is an incredible retelling of how the cast dreamed of the circus in a country without one and created a phenomenal new Ethiopian tradition.
30 The Queen’s Walk, Lambeth SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com

13 Fashion Re-Told, Knightsbridge
Until 13 May
Harrods is partnering with the NSPCC to launch Fashion Re-Told, a luxury charity fashion pop-up, this weekend. Fashion Retold sells new, nearly new and pre-loved high-end fashion items, donated by Harrods – NSPCC’s longstanding charity partner – Harrods employees, members of the public and NSPCC ambassadors. The pop-up will feature both menswear and womenswear with pre-loved donations from top brands like Celine, Tom Ford, Chloe, Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Loewe and more. Proceeds from the event will go directly towards helping NSPCC’s operations, helping children in the local London area. Cadogan has donated the premises on Sloane Street for the store. Open 11am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sundays.
196 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 9QXharrods.com

14 SPIKED at Pleasance Theatre, Islington
16-28 April
Pepperbox Theatre’s SPIKED come to Pleasance Theatre in Islington on Monday 16th until Saturday 28th April. Written, directed and designed by mothers, SPIKED will be performed by women in their forties to redress the gender imbalance in theatre and to tell the stories of women in their prime. When their children’s class have been mysteriously taken ill, three mothers from very different backgrounds wait anxiously in A&E for news. As they confront the unresolved tensions in their lives, the boundaries between them break down and they realise they have something to learn from their children. Tickets £12and £10 concessions.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; pleasance.co.uk

15 Norman Ackroyd: Travels with Copper and Wax at One Paved Court, Richmond
20 April-26 May 
One Paved Court, an independent contemporary art space in the heart of Richmond, is delighted to announce a new exhibition Travels with Copper and Wax by Norman Ackroyd, one of Britain’s leading landscape artists working in watercolour and etching. The show coincides with the artist’s 80th birthday. Travels with Copper and Wax offers a rare opportunity for visitors to view Ackroyd’s early and recent etchings together, giving a unique insight into his work. The exhibition will bring together two distinct areas of his work – ‘intimate English landscapes’ from the early 1990s, and his more recent dramatic monochrome landscapes based on the harsh coastlines, outcrops of rock and wild seas of the north of Scotland and the west of Ireland.
1 Paved Court, Richmond TW9 1LZonepavedcourt.co.uk

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