Feb
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Things To Do In London This Week

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Is the week looking quiet? Not any more. We made a selection of the best Things To Do In London This Week! Here’s our pick of the newest restaurant openings, the best new museum shows and the latest art exhibitions, plus out-of-the-way events and gigs you really won’t want to miss. Let us be your social lifesaver for the next seven days.

Barbican OpenFest: Art 50

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This year the festival will be exploring what it means to be British through the work of artists who’ve created performances, shows and interactive elements for the one-day event. Highlights include brand new work from contemporary dance group Boy Blue and Ivor Novello award winner, Nitin Sawhney accompanied by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Show Of The Week: Come From Away

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The big sleeper hit Broadway musical of the last few years, ‘Come from Away’ tells the unlikely true story of a sleepy Newfoundland town that took in strangers from around the world when their planes were grounded at the local airport in the wake of 9/11. A hit in Canada and the States, ‘Come from Away’ is written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and is directed by Christopher Ashley, with musical staging by Kelly Devine. Expect to be very charmed.

The Big London Flea

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Pick your way through more than 50 vintage stalls at the Big London Flea, held at the newly refurbished EartH. Market traders will set up shop alongside locals clearing out their attic to sell pre-loved clothes, kitchenware, oddities and accessories. You might find a designer dress, a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture or just a stack of old comics. It all depends on how sharp your eyes are.

Festivals: Craft Beer Rising

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February can be miserable, but this should make you happy: a three-day festival showcasing bevvies from 175 of the world’s best breweries. Expect an overflowing line-up of street food, DJ sets and dead delicious suds.

Restaurant Of The Week: Henrietta Bistro

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The bistro at the boutique Henrietta Hotel remains best known for an old tenant: it’s where chef Ollie Dabbous cooked in the period between his eponymous restaurant and Mayfair’s Hide. But more fool the unaware. Under Sylvain Roucayrol, it’s become an extremely decent Basque-influenced spot with a chic mid-century-styled dining area and a menu of small plates that err from conventionally delicious to actively interesting.

Art Exhibition: Tracey Emin A Fortnight Of Tears

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Throughout this show, Emin brilliantly takes the misery we all experience from time to time and condenses it into little atomic bombs of aesthetic urgency. It’s overwrought, over-intense, and over the top, but that’s why it’s so good.

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