London To Do List - 3-10 June 2013

London To Do List – 3-10 June 2013

Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

// Monday //

#Loliedup @laughtershock | The College Arms | 8pm | FREE


More comedy, this time hosted by Lolie Ware, who is joined by amazing duo Brendan & Dan (Late Train), the dry, educated wit of Alex Hoyle, chameleon-like Gemma Layton and the ever-amusing Samantha Mann.

// Tuesday //

The Painted Grin | Apartment 58 | 7.30pm | £5

apartment584juneApartment 58 hosts weekly comedy pot of gold, The Painted Grin – a mix of tried-and-tested material and totally new stuff. Hosted by Jayde Adams, the line-up includes one of our favourite comediennes du jour, Lindsay Sharman!

Dusty Fingers Mid Week Vintage Night Market | The Round Chapel | 2.30pm-9:30pm | FREE


There’s no better way to while away an afternoon (and an evening) than by mooching around a market spotting some long-sought after treasure.

There will be over 30 stalls (vintage, retro, industrial…), so you should find something to float your boat!

// Thursday //

The Perfect American | ENO | 7:30pm | £19-£75


ThePerfectAmerican_2338Written by Philip Glass (to celebrate his 75th birthday), this adaptation of Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel looks set to be the cultural highlight of the month. This very modern opera imagines the final months of Walt Disney’s life – which, of course, includes mythical imaginings of Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol!

Helen Lederer asks… WTF? | St James Theatre | 8pm | £15


We love Helen Lederer, whether she’s popping up in an Ab Fab episode, or falling into a swimming pool on Splash! Now she’s on a quest to find the meaning of life!

Combining humour with curiosity, Helen will ask: “What is happiness? Is there a point? What’s better; laughter or sex? & Does anyone use side-plates anymore?”

Freeakpong vs Steele | Arbeit Gallery | 12pm – 6pm | FREE


An exciting looking exhibition from artists Steele and Freeakpong who, we’re told, have formed an alliance against humanity. So, if you’re white, black, religious, atheist, homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual, whatever, they despise you, and they’ve turned that hatred into art! ‘See it to believe it’ stuff, we think…


// Friday //

The Shag | Studio 180 | 6pm | FREE


A platform for artists, poets, musicians, performers and actors to present work-in-progress or finished pieces for feedback and discussion with fellow artistes.

Roll up for an evening of performance, prose, acting, music and film. Now THIS is variety. Good variety.

Icy Gays | ICA | 8:30pm | £8


The Icy Gays return to the ICA for “an evening of genderfuck performances”.

To Do List favourites Bourgeois & Maurice will perform, along with New York performance artist Miss Rose Wood; another of our favourites, Le Gateau Chocolat; and an interactive film from Mr Gay Bingo, Jonny Woo.

OpenCo London | 9am – 5pm | FREE

open-co-londonAn international festival offering a close-up view into the inner workings of some of the most innovative companies in the world. This is the first London event, which will see companies such as Google Campus, Mind Candy, Spotify, Absolute Radio, YouTube, LivingSocial, and WIRED sharing their wisdom.

// Saturday //

Big If London | Hyde Park | 2pm | FREE


Join Bill Gates, Myleene Klass, Gethin Jones, beatboxer Beardyman, Rowan Williams, Angelique Kidjo and Natasha Kaplinsky (!), plus thousands of others whose names we don’t know, to support the Big IF campaign demanding that G8 leaders take action against hunger.

Organisers promise inspiring speakers, stories, family activities and music.

Big Noise Festival | The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe | 2pm – 4am | £10


An arts and music festival at one of our favourite venues, Big Noise will include a diverse range of musicians, DJ’s, theatre groups, spoken word artists, visual, live and digital media artists, short films, festival acts and circus performers.

Raising funds for The Big Issue Foundation.

// Sunday //

Art Car Boot Fair | Brick Lane | 12pm – 6pm | £5


An East London institution this – celebrating its tenth year! Become a collector for the day, spot the bargains and root out the treasure at the fab Art Car Boot Fair. There should be over 70 pitches, including Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake, Marcus Harvey & Turps Banana, Bob & Roberta Smith, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw Billy Childish, Jessica Voorsanger, Pure Evil, Ian Dawson, Le Gun, David David, the Bethnal Greeen Working Men’s Club, Louis Eliot & the Embers, Fat White Family LOADS more.


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.