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Something For The Weekend in London: October 25-27

Matilda Egere-Cooper

053 1280x854 300x200 Something For The Weekend in London: October 25 27This weekend’s agenda features a 30s style jazz speakeasy in Peckham and an evening of entertainment at a Boys’ school in Shoreditch (featuring the kind of school dinners you wished they served back in the day, we kid you not).  Plus, there’s contemporary art,  a festival of ancient culture and  hip-hop manga magic at the Barbican, thanks to the amazing dancers that make up Boy Blue Entertainment.  With a weekend like this, we think it’s safe to say there’s rarely a dull moment in this city.

Friday

ARTS & CULTURE: After Hours at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

How much: FREE

We say: Check out the museum’s popular galleries and live music sets or participate in a speed-sketch workshop at this enjoyable late-nighter. This month’s highlight is the premiere of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Info: www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us

ARTS & CULTURE: Origins Festival at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

How much: FREE

We say: Discover a rich and eclectic selection of music, film and theatre created by artists from 10 indigenous cultures, including Pacific Islanders, Native American, Gaelic and Inuit.  The festival also provides powerful insights into human rights, migration and globalisation from different cultural perspectives.

Info: www.richmix.org.uk

Saturday

MUSIC: Kansas Smitty’s Speakeasy, The Peckham Liberal Club, 24 Elm Grove, London, SE15 5DE

How much: £10

We say: Inspired by the 1930s US southern scene, this evening will present swinging beats courtesy of a house band and DJs, unbeatable juleps and a tamale shack in case you get peckish (and with plenty of jumpin’ and jivin’ to look forward to, you probably will).

Info: www.billetto.co.uk/kansassmittys

ALTERNATIVE: School Dinners at Central Foundation Boys Schools, Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4SH

How much: £8 (entertainment only), £40 (Special Rate Dinner and Show), otherwise £60.

We say: Going back to school may not be your idea of a Saturday night out – but this is education with a difference. Enjoy an evening of thought-provoking entertainment with an impressive guest-list of speakers and performers, plus a mouthwatering menu courtesy of the Cult Events: they’ll be whipping up four courses with a retro twist. Book before 2pm on Friday to get a special rate ticket for the dinner and show.

Info: schooldinners.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday

ARTS & CULTURE: Boy Blue Entertainment: The Five & the Prophecy of Prana at Barbican theatre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

How much: £16-£32

We say: This new narrative work from the award-winning Boy Blue crew mixes Hip-Hop, Manga and Martial arts, based on the story by Manga artist Akio Tanaka. In previous productions, such as their most well-known Pied Piper, Boy Blue have received critical acclaim for their dynamic and physical feats and you can expect this to be no different.

Info: www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

ARTS & CULTURE: Affordable Art Fair at Battersea Evolution Battersea Park London SW11 4NJ

How much: £12

We say: See some of the finest paintings, sculptures, photography and original hand-made prints from over 100 galleries at this contemporary art fair – and with pieces starting from £40, you may not have to splurge!

Info: www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

For more things to do in London, visit www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

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