InTRANSIT Festival | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 15 – 21 June 2015

Your one-stop culture shop – everything you really need to know if you’re looking for quirky, kooky or unusual things to do in London this week!

Monday 15th June – Sunday 21st June 2015

THEATRE

Becoming Mohammed | The Space | 16-18 June | 7:30pm | £14

Becoming Mohammed | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

They Say: 

“Tonight, two siblings will be reunited live on television. You will be in the audience. Watch as they visit their past, be surprised by their present and discover their futures face grave opposition…

How do you cope with the fear of the unknown when your brother converts to Islam? As a converted Muslim, how do you explain your choices to western media?

We will find out who can win, and what there is to lose, on Becoming Mohammed.”

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Until You Hear That Bell | BAC | 17-27 June (Wed-Sat) | 7:15pm | £12

Until You Hear That Bell | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

Forget chess boxing, here’s chess spoken word! Until You Hear That Bell is a story about amateur boxing and family, about doing something for ten years, and slowly getting good at it.

They Say: “Three minutes boxing. One minute break.
Three minutes boxing. Try to impress dad.
Three minutes boxing. Play Sega Dreamcast.
Three minutes boxing. Parents break up.
Three minutes boxing. Fail your GCSE’s.
Three minutes boxing. Sing in a car.
Three minutes boxing. Break.”

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CABARET

Diane Chorley: Duchess of Canvey | Soho Theatre | 15-27 June | 9:30pm | £10 – £17.50

Diane Chorley | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

Diane Chorley, former owner of The Flick – “the most popular, celeb-filled nightclub in Essex in the Eighties” – is joined by her band The Buffet for an evening of comic tales from her troubled and infamous past…

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Suburbaret! | The Bedford | 18 June | 8pm | £4 – £8

Suburbaret | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

A cabaret celebration of the suburbs. Featuring acts including Tina Turner Tea Lady, Jonathan Richardson, Sophie Henderson, Luke Courtier, Tempest Rose, Jim Daly, Corey Pickett, Robert Beck, and special guest host Ms Timberlina.

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MUSIC

Mariann Rosa | The Glory | 16 June | 8pm | FREE

Mariann Rosa | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

Punk rock, new wave, dance and thrash pop combine in the mind-bending music of Norwegian singer Mariann Rosa, who performs a live, FREE gig ast The Glory supported by “the prince of darkness”, DJ Ray Noir.

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A World in London – Live | Southbank | 19 June | FREE

A World in London | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

An afternoon of world music as part of a series of events for Refugee Week. At 1pm, the central bar hosts Ganga Thapa’s Nepalese band Namlo. And then, at 5:30pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hall you can catch Mosi Conde and his cosmopolitan group Kaira Kora Afrika.

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FILM

Little White Lies x Disney: A Movie Pub Quiz | The Old Queens Head | 15 June | 7pm

Little White Lies x Disney | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

The people from Little White Lies, our favourite film magazine, set a quiz which covers the work of the great Walt Disney Studios on screen – from B&W Mickey Mouse one-reelers to the game-changing Pixar films, and everything in between. Six rounds, one picture round, teams of six.

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EVENTS

ACT UP FOR LOVE | Trafalgar Square | 15 June | 6-8pm | FREE

Act Up For Love | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

Paying tribute to the founders of the gay liberation movement and HIV activism, ACT UP London brings together HIV+ and HIV- migrants, their friends, family and allies for a joyful (and peaceful) protest against negative representations of HIV+ migrants by certain politicians and media outlets.

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Border Talk | RVT | 17 June | 8pm | FREE

Border Talk | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

In advance of Duckie’s Gay Pride 2015 production, Border Force, here’s a Question Time style debate around global freedom of movement, LGBT asylum law and practice in the UK and international queer human rights. Hosted by Amy Lamé, and featuring Aderonke Apata, PJ Samuels, Paul Dillane and Jonathan Cooper.

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The Swaminarayan School Fair | Neasden, NW10 | 20 & 21 June | 1pm – 9pm | £1 Entry

The Swaminarayan School Fair | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

Against the backdrop of the iconic Neasden Temple, this Swaminarayan School Fair attracts more than 6000 visitors each year for: Indian street food, live performances, cultural flavours, free guided tours of the beautiful temple, fun, games, thrilling rides, free goodies for the children, and a stunning exhibition!

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FESTIVALS

InTRANSIT Festival | Various Venues in Kensington & Chelsea | 19-28 June

InTRANSIT Festival | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

The annual InTRANSIT Festival brings people of all ages together to explore exciting new artistic collaborations in venues across the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Highlights should include an urban beach under a flyover, a pop-up art school, and five Mexicans soaring through the air like birds. Obviously.

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Camberwell Arts Festival | Across Camberwell | 20-28 June

Camberwell Arts Festival | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

A festival of exhibitions, open studios, comedy, poetry, music, talks, walks, supper-clubs and markets just down the road from To Do List HQ. Look out for the Camberwell Family Gin Palace by Frog Morris at The Tiger on Camberwell Green on 20th June: inviting local people to create a colourful stained glass window for Camberwell.

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ART

Crossroads of Curiosity | British Library | 20 June | 7pm | £15

Crossroads of Curiosity | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

The launch of a light box art installation created by artist David Normal, using imagery from the Library’s digitised collections. There will be talks by Normal, Larry Harvey (founder of the Burning Man Festival where this work was first exhibited in 2014), and Viktor Wynd of the Last Tuesday Society and the Museum of Curiosity. There will then be an outdoor party featuring performances, readings, sounds, visuals… and a bar!

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ODDITIES

#THEFRIENDZONE | Boxpark | 19 June | 6pm – 9pm | FREE

#THEFRIENDZONE | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

#THEFRIENDZONE returns for another night of games, laughter, mingling and new friends!

Meet on the Boxpark Upper Deck for some Social Skydiving – aka talking to strangers.

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Make Me Like Marilyn | BFI Southbank | 20 June | 12pm – 4pm | FREE

Make Me Like Marilyn | Unusual Things To Do in London, 15-21 June

As part of the BFI’s Marilyn Monroe season, Nina’s Hair Parlour are offering the chance to be transformed into one of the most recognisable icons of all time… That’s right, hair and makeup like the blonde bombshell herself!

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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.