London To Do List - 10-16 June 2013

London To Do List – 10-16 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 //

Blind Date | Charing Cross Theatre | 8pm | £31.50

blind_dateWe caught an early preview of this great show at the Charing Cross Theatre – a great way to cheer up if you’ve got a case of the Monday blues. Mimi is looking for love – and you never know, you might be the one she’s looking for! If you’ve got a boyfriend you wouldn’t mind seeing put in a few awkward situations, definitely take him along!

Runs until July 13th.

// Tuesday //

Surprise Theatre | Royal Court | 7.30pm & 9:00pm | £10

surpriseWe would tell you all about what to expect but, well, it’s a surprise! Surprise Theatre runs on Monday & Tuesday nights during the Open Court Festival, and each performance will be a complete surprise from “writers and theatre-makers with thrillingly distinctive voices”.

The Open Court Festival runs until July 20th.

Wild West Ukulele Cabaret | Lincoln Lounge | 8:00pm | FREE

ukeTricity vogue hosts another cracking night of uke-based cabaret, joined by guests including Gaio de Lima (‘cavaquinho from Rio de Janeiro), Liberty Hodes (‘beautiful filth’), The Faltering Hearts (‘close harmony loveliness’) & more! Make sure to dress the part: Cowboys, Cowgirls, Native Americans & saloon-bar sluts of both sexes are welcomed.

// Wednesday //

Gateways Salon | RVT | 7:00pm | FREE

gatewaysPaving the way for Duckie Goes to the Gateways at the end of the month, Amy Lamé hosts a “round table excavation” of the legendary  lesbian club on the King’s Road. ‘The Gateways’, which featured on film in 1968’s The Killing of Sister George.

DJs Readers Wifes will provide the musical backdrop.

Dragon Boat Festival | Min Jiang Bar | £19.75 (for 2)

dragonCocktails and tasty food – can’t be beaten! Min Jiang are celebrating the Chinese holiday (Duanwu Festival) with a great pre-dinner treat – two tasty dumplings and a gorgeous Golden Dragon cocktail, £19.75 for two! You’ll need to book in advance, and once you’ve supped your cocktail and nibbled your dumplings, head into the restaurant for more amazing food.


// Thursday //

Lolo Brow’s Cabaret Derangium 3 | Marylebone Gardens | 7:30pm | Pay What You Can

derangiumLolo Brow returns to host the third Cabaret Derangium at Marylebone Gardens, an “interactive night of rapture and raunchy hullabaloo, with a raw unbeatable mixture of comedy, art, music and burlesque”. The line-up includes: MISS Cairo, The Late Night Shop, Rubyyy Jones, Mr “Methany” Mistress, Honey Wilde, Dee Riley, Lilly Snatchdragon, EastEnd Cabaret, Anna Lou Larkin, Dunja Khan, Julie “Psycho” Jones & more…


The Comedy of Errors | Capel Manor Gardens | 7:30pm | £13



Feeling bardy? Get your open-air Shakespeare fix somewhere a bit different this year, by heading out to Enfield to catch Comedy of Errors at Capel Manor Gardens. Set to the magical music of Motown (!), the organisers promise that this “terribly ticklesome show is a joy to behold for all ages”. Book tickets at

Comedy of Errors runs until June 22nd.

The Royal Ballet: MacMillan’s Mayerling | BP Big Screens | 7:30pm | FREE


Thursday’s looking like a classy day on this list. Head down to your nearest BP Big Screen (Trafalgar Square or Victoria Park) to an evening of ballet. MacMillan’s Mayerling  is “a dark drama of political intrigue, twisted romance and morbid obsession, set to dramatic music by Liszt.” Pack the pimms (and maybe a duvet).

// Friday //

Stark Dallas Reloaded | Rose Lipman Building | 7:30pm | £15


Jonny Woo, Timberlina and David Mills star in this soap opera pastiche, returning to East London for a limited run – you’re promised “a unique re-take on the classic TV phenomenon – now with bigger wigs, bigger guns and bigger bitch fights”.

Stark Dallas Reloaded runs until June 16th.


Shinky Shonky | The Black Cap | 10:00pm | £4-£5


Shinky Shonky, Boogaloo Stu’s legendary club night, returns for one night only at The Black Cap in Camden. Expect non-stop pop party classics, late-nite cabaret capers, naughty-botty showbiz shenanigans, and naughty badges!

// Saturday //

London Fields Weekend Movie Festival | London Fields Brewery | 12:15pm | £10-£19

970159_464342316988471_1009072730_n London Fields Brewery plays host to a great weekend of movie plus craft beers, bean bags, deck chairs, DJ’s, live bands, BBQ food and bunting! Saturday films are Wreck-it Ralph, The Goonies, Django Unchained & The Blues Brothers.

London Fields Weekend Movie Festival continues on Sunday – films are Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Superbad & Silver Linings Playbook.

LUPA Fete | The Approach Estate | 2pm – 9pm | FREE

600px_lupa19-17may2013-013An all-day performance event held in multiple spaces across the James Campbell estate, marking the last LUPA as we know it. Confirmed artists include: Annabelle Stapleton-Crittenden and Stuart Parkinson, Coffee+Sponge, Elena Colman, Holly Slingsby, Jordan McKenzie, Simone Spagnolo, Verity Whiter & many more!

// Sunday //

Nordicana | Farmiloe Building | 12:15pm | £10-£17.50

NordicanaA 2-day festival celebrating Scandinavian crime & thriller fiction & film, at the Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell. You’ll have the chance to “meet the author and stars of Arne Dahl plus hear from Borgen creator Adam Price, The Killing star Marie Askehave, the new Linda Wallander, The Killing novelist David Hewson and much, much more!”

Nordicana begins on Saturday.

Murder on the Battersea Barge | Battersea Barge | 8:30pm | £13

wp19d3c8a5_05_06A 1920s murder-romp featuring Dusty Limits, Laurie Hagen, Champagne Charlie, Tricity Vogue, Jamie Anderson, Paul L Martin, and the voice of Sarah-Louise Young. We love the Battersea Barge, which is one of London’s truly unique venues, so we can’t wait to catch this show.

Murder on the Battersea Barge runs until June 19th.


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