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What’s On This Weekend In London: 23.10.2015 - 25.10.2015
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What’s On This Weekend In London: 23.10.2015 - 25.10.2015

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Updated: 15 November 2016
November may be looming, but no need to be spooked just yet – there’s still plenty of things to do this weekend before Halloween takes over! Once more, London does not disappoint, with a whole host of events. Be part of something truly thrilling at Thrill The World London, go manga-mad at MCM Comic Con, or marvel at the Affordable Art Fair. Whatever your tastes and weekend preferences, there’s something for you!
Phantom of the Opera | Courtesy of Alexander PR-A Song For Syria
Phantom of the Opera | Courtesy of Alexander PR-A Song For Syria

A Song For Syria

Sunday 7PM

Join London’s biggest stars of film, theatre, music, and television as they unite for a one-off, cross-genre performance – including the entire cast of The Phantom of the Opera. Organised by actor John Jack, the charity gala A Song For Syria aims to raise money for two charity beneficiaries: Hand in Hand for Syria and the International Rescue Committee. Both charities are working to help the victims of the Syrian crisis and to help prevent further suffering. This unique event will be something to remember.

St. Paul’s (The Actors’ Church), Covent Garden, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7836 5221

Children playing American Football | Courtesy of Dave Parry, Press Association
Children playing American Football | Courtesy of Dave Parry, Press Association

NFL on Regent Street

Saturday 12PM – 5PM

Let that inner American football fan scream out in joy, as Regent Street goes traffic-free in celebration of the NFL’s international games. This American football–themed party will see the famous Ohio State University Marching Band open the event, with performances by the Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders and NFL champions. Being surrounded by everything NFL, you would think you were in America without ever having to leave London.

Regent Street, London, UK

LEARN THE DANCE! THRILL THE WORLD!!! | Courtesy of Thrill the World London
LEARN THE DANCE! THRILL THE WORLD!!! | Courtesy of Thrill the World London

Thrill The World London

Saturday 11PM

Be part of a world record with zombies across the world in the 9th annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In honour of global humanitarian Michael Jackson – who personally donated over $300,000,000 to charity over the years – people in cities across the world will unite as they perform the Thriller routine at exactly 10PM GMT (11PM BST). With the record currently at 22,596 zombies dancing simultaneously, be part of something truly thrilling and help to beat the record.

Covent Garden Piazza, London, UK

Eat. Meat. Bier. Repeat. | Courtesy of Oktober Feast
Eat. Meat. Bier. Repeat. | Courtesy of Oktober Feast

Oktober Feast

Friday 4PM –12AM | Saturday 12PM – 12AM

Canada Water has been a well-kept secret by locals, but with the brand new indoor night market heading to Hawker House, you may just find out why locals love it so much. To open the new market, they are hosting the best of the three Greatest Brewing Nations – England, Germany, and the USA – at a brand new meat, beer, and music festival. Oktober Feast will feature 12 of the biggest names in street food, over 50 beers, Field Day DJs, and more! Get excited!

Hawker House, Surrey Quays Rd, London, UK

London Never Dies

Friday & Saturday nights only | Until 7 November

With the anticipated release of the new film Spectre, the London Cabaret Club hosts a series of glamorous shows inspired by the one and only Bond – James Bond. Each show will be based on a different Bond film, with immersive antics, sights, sounds… and even tastes! With extravagant costumes, this high-end production will see acclaimed cabaret performers Valerie Murzak and Delia Du Sol take centre stage! For all Bond and Cabaret fans, this is something you do not want to miss.

Victoria House, 37-63 Southampton Row, London, UK

A sneak peek at what’s on offer | Courtesy of Affordable Art Fair
A sneak peek at what’s on offer | Courtesy of Affordable Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Friday 11AM – 6PM | Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 6PM

This weekend, Affordable Art Fair is back for its 50th UK fair! After a record-breaking opening night, this year is set to be another corker. Director of AAF Battersea Nicky Wheeler says the aim is to ‘ensure art is made accessible to everyone’ – and with prices from as little as £100, AAF continues to accomplish this year after year. Whether you’re looking to start your collection or add to your mini at-home MOMA, there’ll be something for you.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, UK +44 (0) 20 8246 4848

The Loris | Courtesy of UCL
The Loris | Courtesy of UCL

The Loris at Bloomsbury Festival

Friday 5.30PM & 7.30PM | Saturday 1PM, 4PM & 7.30PM

As part of Bloomsbury Festival, UCL has commissioned The Loris, a guided walk giving participants an alternative perspective of the University of London. A leading researcher will guide you through unusual spaces in and under the University buildings as she tells you about light, love, and loss. The tour will lead you to unusual places in reality and in imagined spaces, so be prepared to immerse yourself in a bizarre universe.

Senate House Library, Malet Street, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7862 8500

Getting stuck in for the Jimmy Peace Mosaic | Courtesy of Southbank Centre
Getting stuck in for the Jimmy Peace Mosaic | Courtesy of Southbank Centre


WHY? What’s Happening for the Young

Thursday – Sunday

Inspired by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, WHY? festival at Southbank Centre celebrates the rights of children and young people. This year’s festival is centred around defining what makes a good childhood, with inspiring keynote speeches from the likes of Jacqueline Wilson. From staged protests to theatre performances to adding your handprint to The Peace Mosaic… give your child the chance to literally make his mark and get to WHY? festival this weekend!

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7960 4200

Comic Con May 2015. Photograph by Darren Nana | Courtesy of MCM Central
Comic Con May 2015. Photograph by Darren Nana | Courtesy of MCM Central


MCM London Comic Con

Friday 10AM – 7PM | Saturday 9AM – 6PM | Sunday 9.30AM – 5PM

It’s back for another year, and it’s set to be bigger than ever. That’s right: MCM London Comic Con, the UK’s biggest modern pop culture convention, descends upon London this weekend. Revel in a visual and sensory explosion of fantastical figures, crazy costumes, and inspiring talks. Or just pop along to join in an attempted world record for the largest Virtual Reality!

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7069 5000

Club de Fromage | Courtesy of Alexandra Palace
Club de Fromage | Courtesy of Alexandra Palace


Club de Fromage on Ice

Friday 8.30PM – 11PM

Yes – it is what it sounds like! Every 4th Friday of the month, London DJs Club de Fromage hit the ice skating rink at Alexandra Palace to bring you a night of ice cold pop gold. For the first time, a bar will be open, so if you need something to warm you up before you slip on the skates, grab yourself some Dutch courage. If your friends really can’t convince you to go, there are separate tickets for spectating so you won’t be inflicted with FOMO!

Ice Rink London, Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, UK +44 (0) 20 8365 2121

 

By Ellie Griffiths & Briony Lewis