Things To Do In London This Weekend | September 18-20

Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. This can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.

If you’re after a little culture, we have a couple of things for you, starting with the exhibition for artist Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts. This costs £15.00-£17.60 per ticket, and will include “major works spanning Ai Weiwei’s career, as well as new work that is shown for the first time”.

Ai’s work is described as “political and often viewed as controversial. His work tends to place Chinese art and culture in dialogue with Western contemporary art, either through its themes or his choice of materials.”

The exhibition is being held from 19th September – 13th December 2015.

Book tickets and get more info, here – Royal Academy Of Arts

Next up on the culture platter is a little theatre. There are several shows currently running in London, and which one is good for you is entirely down to your taste. Here, though, I am recommending Wicked, taking place at the Lyceum Theatre. This show needs no introduction, as it has won over 100 awards and has been one of their post popular shows for some time.

You can find out more information here – Wicked, or take a look at the other shows here – Most Popular Shows

Lastly, to finish off, we have the London Design Festival, which is touted as “an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community” and takes place at the Victoria and Albert museum.

The London Design Festival is taking place from 19th-27th September.

Entry is free, so take a look at their website here – London Design Festival

If you’re into your sports, there is the Rugby World Cup taking place, with numerous pubs showing it live alongside a fair few outdoor screenings. You can find a full break down of where to watch here – Where to Watch the Rugby World Cup

If a bit of nightlife is what you’re after, then we have you covered.

Ministry of Sound are celebrating their 24th birthday, with one of their regular club nights being stuffed to the brim with a variety of DJs. They have a mix of techno, dance and electronic music being played, with samples of each DJ available here – Ministry Of Sound

This event will be held at 103 Gaunt Street in Elephant and Castle on September 19th, and tickets are currently available for £20.

If Hip Hop is more your thing, The Jazz Café in Camden have you covered. Their event is touted as “one of the most popular nights out in town and now the party returns for a monthly residency at Camden’s legendary Jazz Café.”

“Boasting an incredible line up of residents going back to back in the Hip-Hop vs R&B challenge each month we have Kiss FM’s king of hip-hop, Shortee Blitz, joining The Doctor’s Orders resident & best Hip- Hop DJ in the country Mr Thing BBC 1xtra’s Martin 2 Smoove is the new voice of r&b while The Doctor’s Orders resident Russ Ryan will be warming things up month on month with his incredible selection of floor fillers.”

This event is on Friday 18th September, and you can find out more info here – The Jazz Cafe

Tickets are fairly cheap at £6, and you can buy them here – Buy Tickets 

However, if you’re like me, and you like your alternative music, London has you well and truly covered.

There aren’t any metal gigs taking place this weekend, as the one show that is on is sold out, and a gig that was supposed to be on this weekend has been rescheduled.

However, if you want to try and scour the web for available tickets, The Sword are performing at The Underworld, Camden on Friday 18th. You can find the event page, here – The Sword at The Underworld

Abbath was supposed to be performing this weekend, however that event has now been rescheduled to September 23, with standing tickets still available for £27.50. Anyone who is remotely into black metal will know who Abbath is, as was the front-man of legendary black metal band Immortal.

He is also playing alongside Primordial, who are worth seeing by themselves, as well as Doom masters Conan. There is quite a bit of variety on show here, so check it out.

Find out more here – Abbath at The Forum and get tickets here – Buy Tickets

If you’re after something  a bit more casual, or something a bit more chilled where you can just hang with like-minded people while listening to good music, London is chock full of choices.

This week, I want to make special mention of Garlic and Shots in Soho and Crobar near Tottenham Court Road station for your of dose metal, or if you like a bit of EBM/Industrial served up alongside your heavy metal, there is also Slimelight at the Electrowerkz on Torrens Street on every Saturday.

Find out more info on those below.


Garlic and Shots


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