London To Do List – 9-13 October

London To Do List – 9-13 October

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

Sorry it’s a bit late this week – it’s been a busy start to the week at To Do List HQ, and being only a team of two it can be time-consuming to sort the wheat from the chaff. Anyway, WE’VE DONE IT! And it’s a mighty fine list, even if we say so ourselves!

// All Week //

London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week | Various Locations | Various Times

A celebration of our London’s cocktail culture, through a host of seminars, pop-up bars, tastings, parties and master-classes, aimed at both novices and experienced professionals (we know which camp we’re in!). Get inspired, educated… and drunk. Events will be held in the historic and beautiful Seven Dials.

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Bryony Kimmings

Bryony Kimmings: Credible, Likeable, Superstar, Role-Model | Soho Theatre | 7:15pm | £10-£15

They Say: “In an audacious, provocative protest against flagrant global attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood for profit, award-winning artist Bryony Kimmings and her niece Taylor, nine, decided to play the global tween machine at its own game by inventing dinosaur-loving, bike riding, tuna pasta-eating, alternative pop star Catherine Bennett.”

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// Wednesday //

Matryoshka

Matryoshka | The Yard | 8pm | £10

A showcase of cabaret talent “from down the road and around the world!”

Line-up for tonight includes: Akira the Don, Iain Sinclair & Isaac Marreo Guillamon hosting a roundtable discussion on “the word”, Siddartha Bose, Sunshine Faggio with a poetry installation, Panjandrum’s acapella songs, and host (and scientific advisor) Professor Gauntlet.

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// Thursday //

X&Y

X&Y | Science Museum | 7pm | £20

For those of you have wondered in an idle moment: what is the shape of the universe? Is it finite or infinite? Does it have an edge? This is for you!

Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould aim “to use mathematics, humour and theatre to navigate the known and unknown reaches of our world”.

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Take Me Home

Take Me Home | 9 Claylands Place | 6pm | FREE

The second instalment of the Take Me Home projects features three contemporary artists “whose works reference dialogues within the present digital age”. Matthew Pagett, Paul Coombs & Steve Nice present their work.

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Julius

Elastic Theatre Presents… Julius | Maudsley Learning | 5:30pm | FREE

From an original concept by Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Elastic Theatre presents ‘Julius’: “an innovative multi-screen film exploring a surreal story of intrusive thoughts and compulsive rituals. When an adolescent boy in a rural town learns about the life, death and many lovers of Julius Caesar, a series of strange thoughts begin to flash in his mind, triggering a bizarre world of compulsive rituals and imaginary contaminations. In a unique surround projection format, the language of film becomes theatre, fusing dance, circus and opera.”

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// Friday //

Moulin Rouge

Sing-A-Long-A Moulin Rouge | Prince Charles Cinema | 8:30pm | £16

Your chance to join Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and dozens of leggy can-can dancers, bohemian artists and acrobats for a fabulous Burlesque party. Celebrate Baz Luhrman’s masterpiece by singing along to “Sparkling Diamonds (Diamonds are a girls best friend)”, “Your Song”, “Because We Can”, “Like a Virgin”, “The Show Must Go On”, “The Sound of Music” and all the rest!

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DVD-Bang

DVD-Bang presents: Get A Room | Stratford Picture House | From 1pm | FREE

Half installation, half cinema –  a blacked out box with lightboxes and a ton of smoke and mirrors. Intrigued?

Be prepared for a weird and wild film marathon. Expect sci-fi themed South Korean short(ish) films, kimchi and soju – and it’s all FREE! No need to book, its a rolling programme, just turn up and join the queue.

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// All Weekend //

Tobacco Dock

The Scandinavia Show | Tobacco Dock | From 10am | £12

The Scandinavia Show is the UK’s only show dedicated exclusively to showcase the best of, erm, Scandinavia. Be dazzled by the very best of Scandinavian design, travel, lifestyle, fashion, culture and food.

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Pop Up Flea

Pop Up Flea | Piccadilly | Various Times | FREE

The Pop Up Flea is an ever changing collection of new and vintage menswear goods. Opening just one weekend at a time, it is a meeting of the menswear minds, bringing together “good people, better things, expert craftsmanship, exercises in refinement, brands you love, up-and-coming designers, and menswear done right.”

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Is It The Shoes

Is It The Shoes? | The Rag Factory & Boxpark | Various Times | FREE

We Are Parable present “Is It The Shoes?”, a four day sneaker retrospective festival (!) that celebrates how sneakers have influenced mainstream popular culture over the last thirty years.

They Say: “From music and art, to film and fashion, “Is It The Shoes?” will explore the last three decades and how the sneaker has now become a cultural phenomenon. From kids wanting to “be like Mike” to high end fashion designers collaborating with sportswear companies, this festival will give an insight into what makes sneakers loved the world over.”

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Hendricks Carnival of Knowledge

Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge | London Cocktail Week | From Midday | Some FREE

Secreted amongst the civilized environs of Fitzrovia, well-hidden behind the imposing doors of 33 Fitzroy Square, you are promised a most decadent series of events and experiences!

They Say: “Wisdom of the most eye-opening variety will be provided by luminaries, visionaries and deviants such as The Idler Academy, Antique Beat & The Enlightenment Café; and for the stimulation of the taste-buds as well as the mind, Hendricks’s Parlour Bar will be open to the all from Noon till 10pm each day.”

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// Saturday //

Vintage Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale | Southbank Centre | All Day | £3

An all-day vintage event at the Southbank Centre – a glorious exhibit of classic cars trading vintage items and food delights.

The Queen’s Walk and Southbank Centre Car Park will never have looked so fine! Expect that heady mix of “petrolhead’s paradise and vintage shopper’s cornucopia of clothing, accessories, pop culture memorabilia and vinyl records.”

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World Zombie Day

World Zombie Day | Central London | From 1pm | FREE (Afterparty: £5)

They Say: “The highly anticipated annual event attracts hundreds of zombies each year to groan and shamble through Central London in aid of the charity St. Mungo’s. The zombie horde will gather at an undisclosed location then make its way around a pre-arranged route, calling at set pubs for hour long stops while taking in some of London’s most beloved landmarks.”

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// Sunday //

Great Pink Bake OFf

Great Pink Bake Off  | Blackheath Halls | 1pm | FREE

As if the Great British Bake Off wasn’t enough, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month you’re invited “to put your pinny on, roll up your sleeves and show breast cancer what you’re made of in the Great Pink Bake Off. It’s time to raise some dough and give Breast Cancer a good beating!”

The residents of Blackheath are hosting their very own Great Pink Bake Off event at the Blackheath Concert Halls to support the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.

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Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.