10 coolest things to do in London this week

From Comic Con London to Country Music Week, these are the best things to do in London this week


Ian McKellen On Stage

Iconic actor and activist and GQ Legend Sir Ian McKellen has brought his one man show to London. Performing each night at the Harold Pinter theatre in celebration of his 80th birthday, McKellen will be reliving and reprising some of his greatest performances, from Tolkien to Shakespeare, and even singing a song or two. Take this opportunity to interact with the legendary man, ask questions and bask in his glory. Book quickly as performances almost always sell out or enter the daily lottery for tickets on TodayTix. From £8.


Friday 25 October: Comic Con London

Comic Con is a biannual jam-packed celebration of all things fantasy, sci-fi, video game and comic book related and it’s coming to London this weekend. Alongside all the usual suspects, including Cosplay Central and Comic Village, there will be workshops, fan meets, panel discussions and, of course, all the merch your heart desires. Friday 25 - Sunday 27 October. Excel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16.

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Country Music Week

Bringing some of the biggest stars in Nashville to London, Country Music Week 2019 promises to be an exciting celebration of country music across the capital. The week kicks off on Monday 21 October with “Introducing Nashville” at Cadogan Hall and closes on Sunday 27 October with Charles Esten’s headline show at the Royal Albert Hall. Find some of Nashville’s newest talent including Tenille Arts as the iconic Bluebird Cafe comes to Bush Hall and definitely don’t miss out on Scotty McCreery, Logan Mize and Michael Ray, both performing shows throughout the week. If you’re in any way a country fan, or interested in getting into country music, don’t miss out. Various locations.

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Six Day London

Taking place over six days at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Six Day series will be bringing some of the world’s best cyclists to London for a range of men and women’s competitions. What’s the twist? The cycling is combined with a party atmosphere of low lighting and loud music for a truly unique event. Opening on Tuesday night with the Elite Men’s Team elimination and 200m Flying Time Trial Sprint Finals, expect a suspenseful and thoroughly engaging night of sport that carries on until Sunday. From £19.

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Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery

Opening on Wednesday at the Hayward Gallery will be a major retrospective exhibition celebrating the work of British artist Bridget Riley. Following the evolution of Riley’s work, it features both the artist’s black and white Sixties paintings and the most recent wall paintings. The exhibition will follow 70 years of work, including some rarely seen drawings to showcase a truly iconic artist in one of the capital’s most iconic galleries. Free for members, £18 otherwise. Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1.



Revolutionising your lunch game, healthy and wholesome eatery Atis has just opened its doors in Shoreditch. Offering a selection of warm and cold salad bowls with vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters in mind, alongside breakfast and evening specials, Atis is all about delivering flavoursome food to fuel your day. Grab-and-go or dine-in and enjoy the conceptual, modern space that has been specially designed to energise and uplift. Open now. Atis, Unit 3, The Atlas Building, 145 City Road, London EC1.


Friday 25 October: World Pasta Day at Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

This is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill. World pasta day is real and it deserves to be celebrated. Luckily, there’s no shortage of London restaurants to help you mark the momentous occasion. Our top pick? Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, which is giving away free pasta to everyone who visits their Aldgate restaurant between 12-4pm and 5.30-9.30pm on Friday 25 October. You’re welcome. Free. Friday 25 October only. 77 Alie Street, Aldgate, London E1.


Half-term happenings

We know the drill: school’s out and you’re in need of things to help entertain the kids for an entire week. Enter, Kerb's Seven Dials Market children-friendly activities, including book readings from popular authors such as Louie Stowell, Loretta Schauer and Mo O’Hara and a cheese tasting workshop designed with little ones in mind. In the mood for something more immersive? Sherlock: The Game Is Now is offering adults the chance to join forces with their children and race against the clock to crack codes, solve puzzles and explore the world of Sherlock Holmes for a limited time only. Until 1 November. From £10. Various locations. and


StockX Drop-Off and Archive DNA exhibition

StockX is the luxury resale marketplace for streetwear aficionados and it’s bringing its popular “Drop-Off” concept back to London for a limited time only. Alongside offering resellers the opportunity to drop recently sold sneakers off at the store, freeing them of any postage and packaging fees or hassle in the process, StockX is also partnering with a host of experts for a series of exhibitions and industry events. To kick off, sneaker pros Archive DNA will be showcasing a collection of the most iconic Nike sneakers from the golden era of trainers, 2000-2007. Until 24 December. 47 Poland Street, London W1.


Lost In Brixton

From Monday 21 October, Lost In Brixton, the rooftop hideaway bar in SW9, will be opening their winter transformation for long winter nights and festive celebrations. Complete with a fully closed roof, heaters, new winter drinks and new food menus, it’ll be hard to find a cosier spot to drink this winter. Be one of the first to try the new menu, uniquely using technology to deliver food straight from Brixton’s food market into the bar. Head down for a special two-for-one cocktail offer on Wednesday’s and Friday’s 5-7pm and Thursday’s 5-8pm. Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9.


Monday 14 October: Lungs at The Old Vic

Back together again after their phenomenal performances in The Crown, Matt Smith and Claire Foy star in Lungs, opening this week at The Old Vic. Taking on an incredibly relevant and relatable topic, the play follows a young couple facing up to climate change, overpopulation and political unrest, and debating if it would be fair to bring a child into the world. Directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Duncan Macmillan, this is the hottest ticket in town this week. From £14. The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1.

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Monday 14 October: BrewDog x Biff’s Jack Shack

BrewDog Dalston is joining forces with vegan “junk” food aficionado Biff’s Jack Shack for a plant-based takeover from 14 October. Expect crispy fried jackfruit in all its best-loved forms, with Biff’s Jack Shack favourites appearing alongside some deliciously indulgent new menu offerings. As the first and only fully vegan bar in the BrewDog portfolio, the Dalston venue will be exclusively serving up a selection of its own vegan-friendly beers over the duration of the takeover. 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16.

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