Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
This week’s best of Londonist is guest edited by Three Streets Productions, a theatre company dedicated to producing bold new work by exciting playwrights. Their current production, fiji land by Nick Gill, runs at Southwark Playhouse until 8 February. It’s a surreal, absurdist romp through 21st-century torture– a blackly comic look at what happens when the cell doors shut. Called “a richly imaginative, darkly witty and at times unsettling experience” by Exeunt Magazine (****) and “a strange but deeply affecting production” by The Stage.
Guest Editor picks
- Exhibition: Soviet film posters from the silent era: Step into a world where political indoctrination is strange, beautiful — and coming to a screen near you.
- Free guided walks this weekend: If (like us) you’ve been spending far too much time indoors so far this year, why not remind your legs why they exist and take a free guided walk of London?
- 10 forthcoming London gigs you should be excited about: An eclectic list of London’s best upcoming gigs. See you at Brixton’s O2 Academy for the wonderful Metronomy who are back with bittersweet new single I’m Aquarius.
- Review: Blurred Lines at The Shed: By turns witty and poignant, this exploration of contemporary gender politics is a delight. Less blurred lines than battle lines.
- Year of the Bus events at London Transport Museum: Did you know it was Year of the Bus this year? No, us neither. Reason to celebrate next time there’s a tube closure, then …
fiji land is at Southwark Playhouse until 8 February. Tickets are £18/£16 but Londonist readers can get an exclusive £10 ticket deal by using the code “LDNfiji” at checkout.
- Pictures of the UK’s first eye-level cycle traffic lights
- London boroughs have spent a total of £630m on emergency housing since 2010
- Proposed changes to the controversial ‘stop and search’ policy are being delayed
- Rumours that the Victoria line suspension on Thursday was caused by a flood of concrete were … reinforced
- Are tube stations becoming more inaccessible to disabled passengers?
- Jack Bauer was in London earlier this week. He caused a scene, obviously
- Get geeky with us – we’ve updated our Anglo Saxon London map
- Where to get an authentic American dining experience in London
- We got up close and personal with the beautiful Rubens ceiling in Whitehall’s Banqueting House
- Love London Bridge? Love, er, David Hasselhoff? Then you’ll love Terror at London Bridge
- The secrets of the Heathrow Express in video. Yes, there are some
- In search of London’s vanished castles
- Ever wondered how to become a tube busker?
- Michael Wolf’s photographs of densely-inhabited buildings are “staggering”
- Breathtaking atmospherics at The Duchess of Malfi
- Art addresses the politics of food at Delfina Foundation
- We absolutely loved the “show stopping” King Lear at the National Theatre
Things to do
- It’s Australia Day! Here are seven ways to celebrate
- It’s also the final day of the Big Garden Birdwatch, so get out into your garden or local park and record your avian sightings
- Any London lover’s wet dream – visit a gin palace in a pie and mash shop
- Got a hot date lined up? Here are 10 first date suggestions for gay Londoners
- Book ahead for theatre openings in February – there’s a lot to choose from
- London’s best bars for drinking whisky
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