Things to do in London


It's time to love the Barbican

A maze of 21 residential blocks and a world-renowned arts centre, London’s Barbican was designed as a radical solution to urban living – but only now, 50 years after building started on the residences, is the world fully coming to appreciate it. An update by the author.

Cry Freedom in Hoxton

Let’s All Be Free returns for a third year with a programme of short films, performances and workshops taking place in October.

Je ne t'aime pas Croydon

A newspaper in France branded Croydon a ‘dull and monotonous’ suburb after its journalists were sent there to cover the games of their national team in the Rugby World Cup.

New Newham

East London’s £3.5bn plan for ‘Meatpacking District’ in Docklands gets go-ahead

Routed Master

When Mayor Boris Johnson said that, after spending millions of pounds, the design of the new RouteMaster busses would belong to the taxpayers of London, he surely meant it belongs to the bus building company.

Hidden from Prying Eyes

Private Eye has logged 100,000 land titles in the UK attached to tax avoidance jurisdictions. Check out your neighbourhood.

Tosh 3.0

Penny Dreadful Theatre brings you the life of the tosher: the sewer workers of Victorian London

Disconnected Croydon rat run

The good news was: Croydon closed Norbury Avenue to cars in favour of cycles as a test for a ‘quietway.’ The bad news is: the hell with it – car rule!

Lorries driving into London told not to make any left turns to make roads safer

Between 2008 and 2012 lorries were involved in 53 per cent of London cyclist deaths Transport for London is today implementing the first part of a new programme to make lorries that travel on the capital’s streets safer.


The Crystal Palace International Film Festival is screening its Best of Horror and SciFi night at the Stanley Halls, South Norwood, on September 19. Tickets are only £10.

Visit Crossrail in progress

Tickets go on sale tomorrow to visit Crossrail building sites at Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Pudding Mill Lane, and Custom House.

Crap development

The new Barratt home development in Enderby Wharf has a slight problem: it’s not hooked up to the sewerage. Every other day a truck comes to suck away the poo.

Searching for Spitman

For ten years, young men on West London council estates ‘have been meeting a person known as Spitman. Gathering in stairwells they’ll meet him and take their turn. All in exchange for cash. Is Spitman taking advantage of the boys? Are they taking advantage of him? This is a strange story that gets stranger the deeper you get.’


Starting 1 September, you can hammer whilst getting hammered at a new bar in Dalston

Rachel Newton
Sunday, 07 Feb (12:00 AM)

Green Note

Michael Portillo
Sunday, 07 Feb (2:00 PM)

The Orchard Theatre

Gabriel Garrick
Sunday, 07 Feb (12:30 PM)

Jazz at the Manor

People Poems
Sunday, 07 Feb (12:00 AM)

The Harrison

Steve Lawler
Sunday, 07 Feb (8:00 PM)


Enzo Siragusa
Sunday, 07 Feb (10:00 PM)

Village Underground

Guvna B
Sunday, 07 Feb (12:00 AM)

O2 Academy 2 Islington

Hannah Scott
Sunday, 07 Feb (12:00 PM)

Caffe Nero Heathrow

Fobo Jug Band
Sunday, 07 Feb (8:00 PM)

Oriole Bar

DJ Yoda
Sunday, 07 Feb (12:00 AM)

Electric Ballroom

Sunday, 07 Feb (5:00 AM)

The Lightbox

Applescal, Aidan Doherty
Sunday, 07 Feb (8:00 PM)


Sunday, 07 Feb (11:00 PM)


Chris Betts
Sunday, 07 Feb (7:45 PM)

Angel Comedy Club

Sofar Sounds
Sunday, 07 Feb (7:30 PM)

Unknown venue

Franc Cinelli
Sunday, 07 Feb (2:00 PM)

SAUK London

The Jive Aces
Sunday, 07 Feb (1:00 PM)

Ronnie Scott's

Borrowed Body
Sunday, 07 Feb (8:00 PM)

The Islington

Ollie Wade
Sunday, 07 Feb (7:00 PM)

The Fiddler's Elbow

Downliners Sect
Friday, 12 Feb (7:30 PM)

100 Club

Friday, 12 Feb (7:00 PM)

Retro Game Base

The Residents
Friday, 12 Feb (7:00 PM)

Hackney Empire

Slum Village
Friday, 12 Feb (7:00 PM)

Brooklyn Bowl London

Lucero, Ducking Punches
Friday, 12 Feb (6:30 PM)

The Garage

Beirut, D.D Dumbo
Friday, 12 Feb (7:00 PM)


Hot Vox
Friday, 12 Feb (7:00 PM)

Spice Of Life

Voodoo Love Orchestra
Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)


Wizz Jones
Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

The King's Head, Crouch End

Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

Club Aquarium

Honey Ryder
Friday, 12 Feb (7:30 PM)

Zed Music Cafe

Friday, 12 Feb (7:00 PM)

O2 Forum Kentish Town

Ben Sims
Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

Village Underground

Riko Dan
Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

Unknown venue

Max Cooper
Friday, 12 Feb (10:00 PM)

Corsica Studios

Friday, 12 Feb (8:00 PM)

Lift 574

Phace, Rockwell
Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)


The Gallery
Friday, 12 Feb (10:30 PM)

Ministry of Sound

Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

Cecil Sharp House

Alix Perez
Friday, 12 Feb (10:00 PM)

Brixton Jamm

Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

Red Room

Friday, 12 Feb (10:00 PM)

The Nest

Friday, 12 Feb (9:00 PM)

Private Venue

Friday, 12 Feb (6:45 PM)

Rough Trade East

Friday, 12 Feb (10:00 PM)


Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)


Jouis, Cheap Wine
Friday, 12 Feb (7:30 PM)

The Magic Garden

Dan Shake
Friday, 12 Feb (12:00 AM)

Moth Club



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