The weekend’s almost here and, yes, we cannot wait to ditch the office desk and stretch our leg’s around the wonderful playground of London. However, we’re not at primary school anymore kids. Fun doesn’t come as cheap and easy as trading your 10p Freddo for a go on your mate’s skipping rope. The city’s an expensive beast… but she can be tamed. We’ve found some glorious things for you to do in the upcoming days (the kind that will make you feel elated without deflating your wallet).
1. Free Exhibition: All Dog’s Matter
Calling all dog lovers, big and small (we mean the dog size). All Dogs Matter organisation have teamed up with Cuffleberry and Co. to put on a free exhibition. The theme is (obviously) canine related. Fashion photographer, Andrew Lamb has snapped up pictures of canines and their lady companions in order to celebrate the relationship between women and their pooches. (Who said dogs were just man’s best friend, eh?) There are a couple of celebrities chucked in for good measure too. The exhibition will be held at Gallery Different and will be open to the public from the 22nd-24th April. For more information, put your paws here.
2. Play: Charley’s Aunt
The Tower Theatre Company are putting on their hilarious version of the romantic farce, Charley’s Aunt, at the Theatro Technis in Camden. This classic comedy has retained its ability to make an audience cackle. Expect ludicriousness, cross-dressing and good ol’ fun (that you can bring the whole family to). So this one isn’t actually on at the weekend, but it’s definitely something you want to get your tickets for now (you can buy them here for only £12!). The show opens on Tuesday 26th April and runs every evening from 7.30pm until Saturday 30th April. There’s also a 3.00pm matinee show on the Saturday.
26 Crowndale Rd, London NW1 1TT
3. Live Music at Paper Dress Vintage
The ultra-hip Paper Dress Vintage is clothing boutique that by day sells threads, shoes and accessories, but once the sun’s gone down it transforms into a live music joint. From 8pm this Friday 22nd April, they’re putting on a night of fantastic futuristic music performed by Clara Clara, a French noise pop quartet from Lyon and Super Best Friends Club – an eclectic group of talented musicians from London. The evening will continue with an afro funk and futuristic disco DJ set by Mind Enterprises. Tickets are only £4 on Fever – buy them here!
352 Mare St, E8 1HR
4. Have A Picnic
Now the sun is being a bit kinder to us, we’ve rounded up our favourite picture perfect picnic spots in London for you. It’s the best answer to a weekend that’s easy on your bank account. You’ll have to provide you’re own Pimm’s though.
5. Free Film Festival
Launching on Friday 22nd April and running until the beginning of May, the non-profit community group Free Film Festivals, are putting on a wide range of flicks across 22 South-East London venues. This year, in order to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, their also running the bard-inspired ‘From Stratford to Deptford’ set of screenings, which include Baz Luhrmann’s Rome and Juliet, a contemporary NYC adaptation of Hamlet and Marlon Brando’s ‘Julius Caesar’. For those who are less Dardanius and more Disney, then Hanuka Matata – The Lion King is also showing. For the full line up, see here.
6. Jumping Fitness
There’s always a ‘new, fun way to get fit’ in London. Sometimes they aren’t so fun (and just plain painful). But we can guarantee that Jumping Fitness classes are bringing the bounce back into your workout – literally. Jumping Julia and the gang put on classes across three London studios, which are located in Southwark, Kensington and Shoreditch. You can check out the full timetable here. One off classes are £10.
7. Virgin Money London Marathon
What’s more entertaining than watching the likes of the Honey Monster, Mona Lisa and giant testicles running 26 miles? Go lend a supportive high-five hand to the brave ones running the Virgin Money London Marathon this Sunday 24th April. If you want to see the route and spectator info, click here. OR you can take a peak at the alternative London Marathon route, which details the cost of houses in the various areas (making it even more painful to run around, we can imagine).