15 Things to Do in London This Weekend

Lead image: othellomacbeth is now on at Lyric Hammersmith (photo: Mark Leeming)

1 After Hours Adventures at Go Ape Battersea
26-27 October
Thrill seekers can now up the ante with a limited time Night Adventure at Go Ape Battersea. Head up into the trees under the cover of darkness and complete the tree top ropes course in Battersea Park, which combines a range of challenging and exhilarating activities, with the highest rope circuit measuring over 13 metres high. Zigzag bridges, wobbly stepping stones, nets and zip wires await to test your balance and coordination. Sessions run from 6pm on 26 and 27 October for £21 per person – it’s the perfect Halloween activity for family and friends alike!
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; goape.co.uk

2 The Staying Inn Supperclub, Bermondsey
DFS, award-winning interior designers 2LG Studio and Kenny Tutt, MasterChef Champion 2018, have teamed up to present the ultimate cosy supper club at The Staying Inn pop-up supperclub. Hosted in a warehouse space on Bermondsey Street, The Staying Inn will boast five beautifully designed dining and lounge spaces showcasing new DFS sofas. Book one of the six exclusive lounge spaces and you and up to three guests can enjoy the cosiness of a dinner party, cooked up by this year’s MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt, who will curate a bespoke three course menu of warming dishes like winter Buddha Bowls, luxury fish pie and pork shoulder, apple and cider stew. Tickets £30 (including three courses and a glass of wine).
To book see eventbrite.co.uk

3 70 years of Israeli Cinema, Curzon Soho
25-28 October
70 years of Israeli Cinema is a four-day film festival celebrating critically-acclaimed Israeli films and emerging talent. From eye-opening, subversive feminist and queer documentaries to internationally successful comedies, it’s a rare opportunity to discover the vanguards and veterans of Israeli cinema on the big screen. Each night will show films themed by LGBTQ+, Women, Immigration and Tradition in Society, and there will also be two feature films from critically-acclaimed female director Rama Burshstein, the first Orthodox Jewish woman to find commercial success as a film director with the support of the Orthodox community. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Asher Tlalim, a cherished contributor to Israeli film.

4 Magic Brunch, east London
28 October
Bistrotheque’s Private Dining Room in east London will provide the venue for the first ever Magic Brunch, with a menu curated from signature dishes by Bistrotheque, The Good Egg, Polpo and Farmer J. This new fundraiser is supporting Magic Breakfast, a charity that started in east London and provides healthy breakfasts to children who arrive at school too hungry or malnourished to learn. A special brunch cocktail menu will be provided by local experts and one the World’s 50 Best Bars, Three Sheets, and baking expert Juliet Sear will be whipping up a breakfast-themed cake. There will also be raffle prizes, a silent auction, games and music. Tickets £65, including food and four drinks.
To book see magicbreakfast.com

5 The Festival of Italian Literature in London, Notting Hill
27-28 October
The Festival of Italian Literature in London is back at Notting Hill’s Print Room at the Coronet this weekend with a two day programme featuring over 30 speakers. A collection of authors will discuss everything from migration to gender and contemporary culture. Highlights include a panel on Margaret Atwood and feminist dystopias with Veronica Raimo and Sophie Mackintosh as well as a discussion on London as a Second Language with Xiaolu Guo, Saleh Addonia and Vanni Bianconi. All tickets in the studio and auditorium are priced at £5, with events in the bar free-of-charge.
Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB; fill.org.uk 

6 Luna Cinema at Natural History Museum
28-29 October
The Luna Cinema is continuing their wonderful list of film screenings into autumn with the announcement they will be partnering up with the Natural History Museum. The iconic location of the Hintze Hall, which is home to the 25-metre blue whale skeleton of ‘Hope’, will be hosting a special programme this Halloween. The Blair Witch Project and Silence of the Lambs will be screening in the space on Sunday 28 October, with Ghostbusters and The Shining on the line-up for Monday 29 October. As well as a complimentary box of popcorn, guests will also have the opportunity to see the museum’s new exhibition ‘Life in the Dark’ before the film starts.
Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk

7 Perrier-Jouët X The Mandrake Hotel’s #ArtOfTheWild, Fitzrovia
25-28 October
Perrier-Jouët Champagne House has launched #ArtOfTheWild, a wild garden-inspired table installation on the whimsical private terrace at The Mandrake hotel. The terrace, normally closed to the public, features an 18-seater table where you can enjoy Perrier-Jouët champagne among wild and tropical plants mixed with artistic interpretations of nature. Events include Perrier-Jouët Champagne Tasting With Jonny Fizz (25 and 26 October, £40pp), a champagne paired lunch and dinner hosted by Jonathan Simms (25-27 October, £85pp) and a champagne paired brunch on 28 October (£50pp).
To book see feverup.com

8 The Dulwich Players Present Life x 3, Dulwich College
24-27 October
This week, the Dulwich Players Present Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza, a deliciously dark comedy from the author of Art. The production tells the tale of Henri and Sonia, who are putting their son to bed when Hubert and Ines arrive for dinner, a day earlier than expected. As the evening degenerates the action blends cruel observations with high comedy in a hilarious and poignant examination of our most personal intimacies and private longings. The disastrous dinner party is played out three times, each with subtle differences providing dramatically different outcomes, providing a fascinating insight into how our realities can be altered by nuances of language and our subsequent reactions. Tickets £10-£12.
Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College SE21 7LD; dulwichplayers.org

9 Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival
25-28 October
This month Battersea Park will be transported to the Alps once again for the 45th annual Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival. This year’s event will be a celebration of all things winter sports with après themed street food and bar areas, live music and entertainment, all the latest apparel and technical equipment and showcases from the world’s best ski resorts. While this year will also see the introduction of some intriguing new additions, including dog sledding, favourites including the ice rink and the ‘Mount Battersea’ slope will all be back as well. 
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; skiandsnowboard.co.uk

10 othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith 
Until 3 November
Lyric Hammersmith is staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal plays in othellomacbeth. The condensed version of the plays is performed by an ensemble company of actors to draw parallels between the two stories of powerful and violent men driven to prove their masculinity. The innovative production is directed by Jude Christian, who has previously worked on Lela & Co at the Royal Court and The Seagull at the Lyric in 2017. The set is designed by Basia Binkowska, who won the Linbury Prize for stage design in 2017, which gives graduating designers the opportunity to work with some of the UK’S leading theatre companies.
Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL; lyric.co.uk

11 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018, Greenwich
From 24 October
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition celebrates 10 years of outstanding images shot by astrophotographers around the world. The 31 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from this year’s competition will be on display alongside a selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in a special exhibition hosted at the National Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Tickets £10.

12 Lily Forwood, 2-Part Return at GX Gallery
Until 1 November
2-Part Return follows on from Lily Forwood’s show Journeys, exhibited at London’s iconic Gherkin. The new title is taken from one of the many tickets she collects and uses within her works, and represents her return to London as two people after the birth of her son a year and a half ago. The exhibition is an amalgamation of her life in drawing. The stations that were drawn and redrawn, littered with tickets and jostling crowds, having become something else since meeting her partner and father of her child in a Calais refugee camp – these things have taken on a darkness and heaviness that were once before a comfort. A symbol of barriers. Papers. Tickets. Passports. Checks.
43 Denmark Hill Camberwell SE5 8RS; gxgallery.com

Until 21 December 
THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE features new paintings, works from Yayoi Kusama’s iconic My Eternal Soul series, as well as painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures. The exhibition also marks the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE, an immersive mirrored room full of suspended paper lanterns covered with polka dots, which conveys the illusion of being unmoored in endless space. Continuing to address the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, Yayoi Kusama’s new works are testament to an artist at the height of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday. Entry is free via timed tickets and must be booked in advance online. 
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW;

14 JP Art Pop Up Gallery, Blackheath
Until 23 December
JP Art returns with a new pop-up gallery in Blackheath. Bringing together a diverse collection of artworks by leading UK-based emerging and mid-career artists, the exhibition will introduce new paintings across genres including abstract, figurative, still life and landscape. There will also be drawings, limited-edition prints and a collection of ceramics by Camilla Webb Carter, as well as a new addition for JP Art – an Affordable Collection of pieces under £500. Established in 2014 by Joanne Parker, JP Art is a nomadic gallery that has previously popped up in Shoreditch, Dulwich, Belgravia, Battersea, East Dulwich and Mayfair. Open Tues-Saturday 10.30am-6pm and Sunday 10.30am-5pm.
JP Art Gallery, 12-14 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath SE3 0TA; jpartconsultancy.com     

15 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum
Until 30 June 2019
Now in its 54th fourth year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on earth. Explore the world’s best nature photography, chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges and exhibited on 100 light panels. The images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Experience the changing face of nature and uncover the surprising, and sometimes challenging, stories behind the photographs.
Cromwell Road SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk

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