Things To Do This Week In London: 12-18 November 2018

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A Persian fairy tale comes to Sadler's Wells

GFEST: Celebrate the best in LGBTQI+ arts, at Gaywise FESTival 2018. Two weeks of workshops, performances, film screenings and exhibitions from talented artists across the sexuality spectrum kick off this Monday. Various venues in London, various prices, book ahead for some events, 12-24 November

POSH MOCKTAILS: Whether you're teetotal or just fancy a night off the sauce, you no longer have to settle for fizzy pop a night out — at least, not while alcohol-free spirit brand Seedlip's pop up is around. Pop in to Seedlip General Store & Bar for a proper, grown up, booze-free libation, and pick up a couple of stocking fillers while you're there. 71 Duke Street (Marylebone), free entry, just turn up, 10am-7pm, until 8 December

JOURNEYS DRAWN: The first UK exhibition to tell refugee stories through illustration has arrived in King's Cross. See Olivier Kugler's Portraits from Calais, animation by Majid Adin, and manga by Asia Alfasi, among many others. House of Illustration (King's Cross), £8, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 31 March

LAYLA AND MAJNUN: Madness, mysticism and music See Mark Morris and the Silkroad Ensemble's take on Middle Eastern folklore classic, Layla and Majnun. Sadler's Wells (Angel), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm, 13-17 November

Monday 12 November

Be blown away by Julie Rose Bower's Foley Explosion. Photo: Chloe Wicks

HAUNTED HISTORIES: Discover the link between war and the massive influx of interest in the paranormal during the early 20th century with novelist Cathi Unsworth, academic Dr Amara Thornton, and Professor Owen Davies, a historian of witchcraft, magic and ghosts (coolest job title ever) at this evening talk. Union Theatre (Southwark), £12, book ahead, 7pm

ARETHA FRANKLIN DANCE CLASS: All together now — R.E.S.P.E.C.T, find out what it means to me! Learn how to bust a move that the Queen of Soul herself would be proud of at a dance class that's dripping in sass. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

FOLEY EXPLOSION: Fake news, espionage, and cinematic-quality sound effects created live using every day objects — this is Julie Rose Bower's Foley Explosion. See the theatre maker and sound artist's latest immersive show, a spy thriller set in Britain and Russia. Hackney Showroom (Hackney Downs Studios), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm, until 13 November

Tuesday 13 November

Have a laugh with Mark Watson

CHARTERHOUSE CHRISTMAS FAIR: Fancy a bit of yuletide cheer? Visit The Charterhouse. The former monastery and Tudor mansion is transformed into a treasure trove of fabulous pressies, from cashmere hats to chocolate, at it Christmas Fair. Word on the street is that Santa might even make an appearance. The Charterhouse (Clerkenwell), £3, book ahead, 11am-7pm

NARCISSUS: Why are we so obsessed with the myth of Narcissus? Take a long, hard look in the mirror with James Cahill at the Freud Museum, who scrutinises the ancient story's enduring power. Freud Museum London (Hampstead), £9, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

MARK WATSON: Tickling your funny bone at the 100 Club this Tuesday is Mock The Week regular and Live at the Apollo comic Mark Watson. He's joined by Plebs star Tom Rosenthal, Ivo Graham, Fern Brady, and Lou Sanders. 100 Club (Soho), £14, book ahead, 7.30pm

DOC 'N ROLL: The UK's music documentary film festival is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The action kicks off tonight with a screening of My Darling Son: Morski & The Turbans. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £11, book ahead, 8.30pm, until 14 November

Wednesday 14 November

BGT finalists Flawless show off their moves

CANDLELIT CATHEDRAL TOUR: Southwark Cathedral looks impressive at any time of day, but if you want to see it at its best, this candlelit tour is an absolute must. Discover 900 years of history while admiring its stunning architecture. Southwark Cathedral (London Bridge), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm

SCHIELE SALON: Get to grips with the work of bad boy painter Egon Schiele at London Art Salon. Art historian Andrew Spira explores the Modernist's raw angst and stark sensuality, just in time for the new Royal Academy exhibition on Schiele and his mentor, Gustav Klimt. Library Club (Soho), £30, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

FLAWLESS: Remember Britain's Got Talent finalists Flawless? The street dance super troupe are back in London following a huge world tour with an acrobatics-infused family-friendly show. Indigo @ the O2 (Greenwich), £29, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

MURDER, SHE WROTE: Revisit an absolute classic of daytime telly at this interactive screening of Murder, She Wrote. Join Jessica Fletcher (aka the fabulous Angela Landsbury) in unravelling another Cabot Cove mystery... there are prizes for the best sleuths. Dingwalls (Camden), £9, book ahead, 8pm


StubHub's top three events of the week

StubHub’s picked a few events they reckon will be right up your street this week. First up, there's the Nitto ATP finals, where the world's best tennis players — including Federer and Djokovic — vie for top place before your eyes. With tickets starting at just £33 on StubHub*, you can witness tennis history being made without breaking the bank.

Next, you're invited to rock out with Interpol at the Royal Albert Hall. The legendary NYC post punk revival band have landed in London for the UK leg of their world tour. Get in on the action from £30 on StubHub*

Finally, there's StubHub's score of the week: an evening with national treasure Stephen Fry. He reimagines Ancient Greek myths for the modern world in an epic one-man show at the Apollo. Tickets to this one won't last long, starting from £29 on StubHub*.

*While tickets last


Thursday 15 November

Discover your new favourite artist at this free fair

WIMBLEDON ART FAIR: Get creative insight from professional London artists and get your hands on some affordable art at one of the capital's few free fairs. The fun begins at tonight's launch party, featuring live music and a free bar. Wimbledon Art Studios (Wimbledon), free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 18 November

CHRISTMAS FOOD FEST: Love food? Love Christmas?  Head to Taste of London: Festive Edition and discover a winter wonderland of yuletide grub. Tobacco Dock, £15, book ahead, 6pm-10.30pm, until 18 November

AFTER DARK AT CHISWICK HOUSE: See Chiswick House and Gardens in a whole new light on this nighttime trail. Designer Nick Gray, who has worked with the likes of Kasabian and London Fashion Week has transformed the 18th century gardens with a dazzling array of light installations. Chiswick House and Gardens (Chiswick), £16.50, book ahead, 8pm-10pm

Friday 16 November

Part queer manifesto, part pop culture medley

HYPERJAPAN: Calling all Japanophiles! From martial arts to manga cosplay, explore over 3000 years of Japanese culture at HyperJapan's winter showcase. Olympia London (Hammersmith), £18, book ahead, 12pm-8pm, until 18 September

ANOTE'S ARK: Thanks to climate change, a whole Pacific island nation will some day be swallowed up. That makes the release of the first feature film to be shot there pretty damn bittersweet. Discover the beauty and precarity of the Republic of Kiribati at the UK premiere of Anote's Ark, followed by a panel discussion. IMAX Theatre, Science Museum (South Kensington), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.45pm

STORIES IN THE DARK: Gothic horror meets Caribbean folklore and East End hauntings at this immersive storytelling evening. Your ticket includes a free cocktail and a torchlit tour of The National Maritime Museum's galleries. The National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

FOR ONLY AN HOUR: One man. Three gay icons. A queer manifesto told through song, dance, spoken word and performance art. For Only An Hour promises an awful lot from its 60 minute run-time. Blue Elephant Theatre (Camberwell), £12, book ahead, 8pm-9pm

Saturday 17 November

Take your pint-sized party animals to a family rave

KIDS' PARLIAMENT FAIR: Youth political engagement in this country is pretty abysmal right now and it's time to change all that. A visit to KidZania's Parliament Fair isn't a bad place to start, with its jam-packed weekend programme of activities designed to teach ages 4-14 all about politics. KidZania, Westfield London (Shepherd's Bush), £14, book ahead, 10am-7pm, until 18 November

MUSEUM RAVE: Big Fish Little Fish is back with another family dance party, where your tiny ravers can get their groove on to some proper tunes. We're talking acid house, techno and multi-sensory dancefloor fun like glitter cannons and giant balloons. After you're done boogieing, you're free to check out all of the delights the Museum of London Docklands has to offer. Museum of London Docklands (Canary Wharf), £9, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL: The UK's largest festival championing women in film returns today with a showcase of rising cinematography star Rina Yang's work and a screening of short films that respond and reflect on art in a post-MeToo world. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £11, book ahead, from 5pm, until 25 November

PAINT JAM: This one has all the key ingredients of a great night out — welcome prosecco, a banging DJ, a well-stocked bar — but there's a twist. You spend the evening creating Bauhaus-inspired art. Things are going to get messy. Secret London location, £35, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

Sunday 18 November

Discover vintage treasures at the Big London Flea

ALL DOLLED UP: Indulge your nostalgic side at the London Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair. With items priced from £10 to £10,000, it's perfect for those after a special Christmas pressie, as well as for serious collectors. Kensington Town Hall (Kensington), £5, just turnu p, 10am-3pm

THE BIG LONDON FLEA: London's veteran vintage traders are having a bit of a clear-out. Won't you help them offload some of their salvaged treasures? EartH (Stoke Newington), £1 entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Revisit the beloved Christmas tale told by Dickens himself — Gerald Dickens, that is. Charles Dickens' great grandson brings you A Christmas Carol to melt the hearts of the stoniest of Scrooges. Kenwood House (Hampstead), £18, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm/8.30pm-10pm