Things to do in London this weekend

David Ellis
This, but rave: Romeo and Juliet has inspired a night out at The Colab Factory

This weekend should, of course, be all about your mother, but there are plenty of other chances for fun, too.

Whether you’d rather be letting your hair on a boat or heading off to see the dogs, London has you covered.

1. Silent Disco on a boat

After this week, we’d strongly recommend letting your hair down. The Dutch Master is a two-storey party boat making its way along the Thames, meaning those up for a good time get to dance with the best views in town. Expect plenty of drinks, and plenty of out-of-sync dancing, courtesy of the silent disco.

Info: March 25, The Dutch Master (meet at Tower Pier), designmynight.com

2. Romeo + Juliet meets rave

Shakespeare is given one hell of a remix with this show, where the Montagues and Capulets are transported to a 90s rave squat. The audience decides how the Romeo & Juliet story goes – presumably nobody wants a tragedy on a Friday night – and there’s a bar and plenty of 90s classics spinning to go along with the performance. Don’t expect the play as you know it.

Info: March 24, The Colab Factory, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU designmynight.com

3. Ten Days Six Nights at the Tate Modern

Get ready for something new - this is an art exhibition that unfolds over a period of time. A number of artists (including Isabel Lewis who was recently interviewed by the Standard) will come together, to create daytime installations that are a springboard for nighttime ticketed events. Expect music, scent, food, dance and, from Fujiko Nakaya, lots of fog.

Info: March 24 - April 2, Tate Modern; tate.org.uk

4. Mother’s Day

As Mothering Sunday approaches, this year falling on March 26, take on board the timeless wisdom of Mr T: ‘Treat her right/Treat your mother right’. While buying a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates makes for a solid start, there’s plenty else happening across the capital to tell your mum ‘thanks for having me’.

Info: Across London, standard.co.uk

5. Get a taste of Bestival, for charity

The ever wonderful House of St Barnabas are having a seven-hour knees-up for charity from noon, offering a taste of the much loved Bestival, all for a good cause. Make your way to Soho this Saturday for DJs, plenty to chances to drink and dance and a brunch pop-up from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen. It looks to be a cracking line up, too, with Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton headlining, alongside Rob da Bank and Serocee. A fun way to do a little good.

Info: March 25, House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek St, Soho, W1D 4NQ, hosb.org.uk

6. Free Pizza

Copenhagen’s pizzeria MOTHER are celebrating their forthcoming restaurant with free pizzas for everyone. They’re coming to Battersea in June, but this Sunday will be in the area with a slice of the action for everyone.

Info: March 26, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station

7. Watch the dogs – it’s your last chance

It’s always something of a shame when an institution dies: the final greyhound track in London is about to disappear, as the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium raises a glass to its last weekend. It’s the end to just about a century of racing, and a sad comment on a sport that once drew around 90,000 spectators – though it may be something of a positive comment on animal welfare. Still, if you want to see something of the last century, go and give it a proper send off: drinks are dirt cheap and the atmosphere promises to be marvellous. It really is your last chance to see anything like it in London.

Info: March 25, Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 0BL, lovethedogs.co.uk

8. Black Lives, Black Words

Hurrah! The excellent Bush Theatre is back, after far too long away. Re-opening after an extended absence, the much loved venue is hosting a series of short plays which address the question: “Do black lives matter today?”. It addresses the question in context of multicultural cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Baltimore and London. Expect soul-searching questions, a broader look at society and some extraordinary takes on the way the world often ignores its most obvious problems.

Info: March 23 – 25, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8LJ, bushtheatre.co.uk

9. Celebrate Ruby's Fifth Birthday

Good old Ruby’s. Are they single-handedly responsible for keeping Dalston on the map? Possibly. The east London basement bar are celebrating their fifth birthday the only way they know how: with plenty of shots, their finest cocktails and music from their favourite DJs. Should be a riot.

Info: March 24, Ruby’s Bar & Lounge, 76 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7XB, rubysdalston.com

10. Brunch at Sager + Wilde

We’re big fans of Sager + Wilde. Sure, they know their wine – make that really, really know their wine – but with the addition of new head chef and rising culinary star Chris Leach (Kitty Fishers, Pit Cue and Launceston Place), they’ve got food licked too. Their new brunch launches this Saturday, boasting the likes of cacklebean egg en cocotte and blood cake, fried egg and smoked chilli, and plenty of cocktails. Go.

Info: from March 25, Sager + Wilde, 250 Paradise Row, E2 9LE, sagerandwilde.com

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