15 Things to Do in London this Weekend: 12-14 April 2019

Lead image: Banquet of Hoshena by Dinner Time Story

1 Banquet of Hoshena, Shepherd’s Bush
From 12 April
Dinner Time Story, the producer behind the hugely successful Le Petit Chef, is launching its latest projector-led dining concept, Banquet of Hoshena. An illusionary feast for the senses, this one-of-a-kind dining experience takes guests on a journey through a mystical land known as Hoshena, a once-green and luscious kingdom that banished anger, sadness and fear. But as a result, love, happiness and courage cannot exist, leaving the land bare, dark and empty. Using cutting-edge 3D technology, image mapping, experiential props and effective storytelling through sights, sounds and tastes, the Banquet of Hoshena takes you on an immersive journey to restore the kingdom to its former glory, while dining on five courses with wine and cocktails. Tickets from £90.
Westfield, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF; banquetofhoshena.com

2 Night of the Living Dead at The Pleasance, Islington
9 April-19 May
Based on George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, the first ever UK stage adaptation and the only officially authorised production opens at The Pleasance in Islington this month. Directed by Benji Sperring, the show pays homage to the cult monochrome classic, skirting the line between the horrific and the hysterical as it resurrects the original zombie masterpiece. This new adaptation features all the iconic scenes, as well as an entirely new journey from the farmhouse for the beloved characters, in a loving, comedic tribute to the world-renowned film. Tickets from £15.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; livingdeadlondon.com

3 Dinner Is Coming, The Vaults, Waterloo
9 April-2 June
Launching at The Vaults in Waterloo, to coincide with the launch of the final series of Game Of Thrones this month, Dinner Is Coming is a new immersive spoof dining experience. Blending a delicious feast of indulgent food with theatre, comedy and an unhealthy dose of murder, Dinner Is Coming will recreate the world of the Several Kingdoms deep in the Vaults’ underground tunnels, for an experience that’s full of dark twists, allegiance challenges and ominous royal celebrations.
The Vaults Leake Street SE1 7NN; dinneriscoming.com

4 Tough Mudder’s 5K Urban Series, Finsbury Park
12-13 April
Tough Mudder returns with the first of its city-based 5K events in Finsbury Park this weekend. Encouraging Londoners to ditch the same old spin class, abandon the boozy brunch and take on a new fitness experience with friends, Tough Mudder’s 5K Urban Series is full of fun featuring 13 of Tough Mudder’s top-rated obstacles, including the Next Level, Pyramid Scheme and Everest. Take part on Friday evening (3.30pm-10pm) or Saturday daytime (8.30am-4.30pm). There’ll also be plenty of food and craft beer for spectators or a post-race pick-me-up.
Finsbury Park N4 1EE; ToughMudder.co.uk

5 The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
9-14 April
The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair returns to Battersea Park this week. Catering exclusively for interior design buyers, this antique fair, founded in 1985, will showcase pieces from all ages, including Art Deco, Chinoiserie and Art Modern. More than 140 exhibitors will be there, and you can expect to find anything from £15 vintage French wine glasses to valuable paintings by the likes of David Hockney, Peter Blake and Banksy. Register online for a complimentary ticket.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; decorativefair.com

6 Selfie Brunch with Artist Nick Gentry at Opera Gallery, Mayfair
14 April

Opera Gallery is hosting a brunch and pop-up exhibition with London artist Nick Gentry, the artist famous for creating art from old floppy disks, VHS cassette tapes and other obsolete technology. Take along old vinyl sleeves and a selfie and Nick will paint your selfie portrait onto the vinyl sleeve as part of his series of portraits of Londoners, which celebrates diversity in the capital. The works will be a multifaceted representation of The Face of London, and the final artworks will be donated to a charity of Nick’s choice. The brunch will also feature Nick in conversation with Opera Gallery director Federica Beretta, discussing the 30th anniversary of the internet, AI, biometrics, and how all of these inform his artistic practice. 11.30am-12.30pm.
134 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 2TF. Tickets are free but must be booked via eventbrite.co.uk

7 SE20 Art Group’s Spring Show 2019, Penge
13-14 April
The SE20 Art Group Spring Show takes place at Kenilworth Hall this weekend. More than 20 of the art group’s 33 members will be exhibiting their works, from painting to printmaking, sculpture and resin pieces. This year’s concept is ‘Think Off the Wall’, where artists have been encouraged to produce work that can be viewed in the round. There will also be 2D work lining the walls, as well as prints and cards for sale, all at affordable prices. Open Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. The next SE20 Art Group event will be the Penge Art Trail running over the first two weekends of June.
Kenilworth Hall, 2A Kenilworth Road SE20 7QG; se20artgroup.com

8 Now Play This at Somerset House
Until 14 April 
Now Play This is Somerset House’s annual games festival celebrating the latest in experimental game design from around the world. Part of the London Games Festival, the nine-day festival showcases exciting hands-on gameplay for all ages, from solo games to multiplayer collaborative experiences. Make sure you tackle the Octopad by Patrick LeMieux – a classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) from the 1980s with eight controllers featuring only one button each, which means you’ll have to cooperate with others to play. There will also be two free outdoor games, open to all visitors of Somerset House. Tickets £8 (concs £6.50, weekend pass £25).
Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

9 Juergen Teller exhibition, New Bond Street
10-16 April
Demelza Kids is hosting a new series of photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer Juergen Teller, which will go on display for the first time in a new exhibition at Bonhams New Bond Street. The exhibition is a visual story of the children cared for by Demelza Hospice Care for Children at its centres in Kent and South East London. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the charity, which provides specialist care and emotional support for hundreds of children with terminal conditions and their families.
Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 1SR; bonhams.com/juergenteller

10 Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon, Queen’s House, Greenwich
12 April
Inspired by the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, this performance procession, starting at the Queen’s House and ending at the National Portrait Gallery, will see multi-award winning actor Christopher Green bring Elizabeth I to life. ‘Ladies of the bedchamber’ – all members of the Amies Freedom Choir – will accompany the Queen, who will be wearing a replica of the remarkable and intricate garment as depicted in the Armada Portrait, to recreate a popular form of 16th century public entertainment. The Queen will emerge from her chamber at 10.45am, the procession will begin at 11.15am, and the procession will arrive at the National Portrait Gallery at 3.30pm.
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk

11 Telegraph Hill Festival, various venues
Until 14 April
Telegraph Hill Festival, which celebrates its 25th year in 2019, remains south London’s largest independently produced festival. Don’t miss the final weekend of events, with highlights including the Murder Me Too Interactive Murder Mystery (7pm-8.30pm on 12 April at the Telegraph Hill Centre, tickets £15), The Sound of La La with La La Piano Bar and David Roper from 4 Poofs and a Piano (8pm-11.30pm on 12 April at Telegraph Hill Centre, £12), and Orísun: Spring – a theatre experience like no other set in a converted motorbike garage (2.30pm-3.30pm & 7pm-8pm on 13 April at hARTslane Studios SE14, £10).

12 Power UP, Science Museum, Kensington
Until 22 April
This Easter the Science Museum welcomes back its phenomenally popular interactive gaming event Power UP. Returning for a fourth year, this hands-on video game extravaganza features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. This year will take both gaming fans and novices on an interactive journey covering four decades of gaming history with 160 consoles and hundreds of games, from retro arcade classics through to the latest in VR technology.
Exhibition Road, Kensington SW7 2DD; sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup

13 Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Hampton Court Palace
Until 22 April
The Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt returns to Hampton Court Palace for 2019, with the famous Lindt Gold Bunny hiding throughout the palace and gardens. Every bunny found reveals a new story from Hampton Court’s history, with successful hunters offered the chance to claim a delicious chocolatey prize. The hunt is included in Hampton Court Palace admission.
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU; hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

14 Haegue Yang: Tracing Movement at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 26 May
Large-scale works from acclaimed South Korean artist Haegue Yang’s Trustworthies series adorn the walls at South London Gallery for her latest exhibition, Tracing Movement. But the star of the show are the two large, movable sculptures from the Dress Vehicles series, Sonic Dress Vehicle – Hulky Head and Sonic Dress Vehicle – Bulky Birdy, which channel Yang’s interest in identity politics, movement and dance. The powder-coated aluminium frames, dressed with Venetian blinds and bells, are activated daily at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm (and Weds at 7pm), moving around the space and producing a quiet yet distinctive rattle.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

15 Toast at The Other Palace, Westminster
Until 3 August
A new adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater’s best-selling memoirs, Toast the Story of a Boy’s Hunger, has just opened at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace theatre. Following its world premiere at The Lowry in Salford in May and a sold-out run at as part of Traverse Festival 2018 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London transfer has been hotly anticipated. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and the audience will be enveloped by the evocative sights and sounds of that cookery. Monthly brewery takeovers will also be taking place in the ground floor bar area with Toast Ale, which produces craft beer from surplus fresh bakery bread, on Thursday 11 April, 9 may, 13 June and 11 July.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JA; nigelslaterstoast.co.uk

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