Things to do in London this weekend

David Ellis
Hot stomp: Five Guys Named Moe is revived for the new Marble Arch Theatre: Helen Maybanks

Five Guys Named Moe

Pop in to see the brand new Marble Arch Theatre, which comes from the team behind Underbelly. They’re launching the venture with a showing of Clarke Peters’ much loved and Olivier Award-winning musical Five Guys Named Moe. Peters is directing the production himself, which is a rollicking, soulful, jazz-filled jaunt through 1940s New Orleans.

From Friday, Marble Arch Theatre, W1C 1CX, fiveguysmusical.com

Bearpit Karaoke

Bearpit Karaoke is a big thing in Berlin, and founder Joe Hatchiban is bringing it to Vauxhall from this weekend. It’s a strange old thing, which sees Joe coaxing random strangers into performing karaoke and hoping to draw a crowd, before inviting someone from the crowd to get up and give it a go, too. It’s grown to be a staple of the Mauerpark, but will Londoners be convinced? Who knows, but it’ll be fun to watch Hatchiban try.

Friday and Saturday, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HL, vauxhallone.co.uk

Open House London

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the brilliant Open House London, a two day festival of sorts which has seen huge success built on Londoners’ innate nosiness. This year, more than 800 properties across all 33 of the capital’s boroughs are involved. See inside Battersea Power Station, take the chance to spy on the possible future of London living at the Islington Micro Flat, and have a peak at the Soho loo that’s also a museum of sorts. Read the Standard’s guide to the best of what’s on.

All weekend, across London, openhouselondon.org.uk

London Podcast Festival

​Podcasts have been the surprise hit of 2017, and whether you’ve just gotten into them or are a long time fan, this festival – now in its second year – has a line up that promises a closer look at the best of the podcasting world. There’s everything from tips to getting started at podcasting yourself to panel chats with the teams behind some of the best 'casts in the biz.

All weekend, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 9AG, kingsplace.co.uk

Colourscape Music Festival

Clapham Common is hosting the 28th annual Colourscape from this weekend until the 24. It’s an unusual affair, most certainly unique, as it all takes place within a sculpture. Don a coloured cape and head into the labyrinth of tunnels. The weekend promises music too, adding to the ethereal feel of the thing. This Sunday features Hans-Karsten Raecke performing on his invented instruments.

Saturday – Sept 24, Clapham Common, SW4 9DE, eyemusic.org.uk

A Night Of Amy

Following a series of sold out shows, the ‘A Night Of’ collective return with another full-band tribute to Camden’s favourite daughter, Amy Winehouse. They’ll be performing some of her biggest and best-loved tracks from her albums Frank and Back to Black.

Friday, Camden Centre, Euston Road, WC1H 9JE, designmynight.com

Drink up: the margarita march includes a whopping eight rounds

Margarita March

Fancy a drink or eight this weekend? This ‘march’ is, in fact, a glorified bar crawl, which travels around some of London’s favourite Mexican restaurants, including Cafe Pacifico, Kanaloa Club, WM Barker & Co, Cabana Brasil, Simmon's Clarkenwell and Barrio Soho. The £29 ticket includes eight margaritas, and there’ll be deals on food and drink at each venue to tuck into.

Saturday, kicking off at Cafe Pacifico, 5 Langley St, WC2H 9JA, londonmargaritamarch.com

London Mezcal Week

Raise a toast to Mexico as London hosts its first Mezcal week. There are plenty of boozy goings-on across the city, culminating in the UK's largest ever mezcal tasting in Hackney. Read our guide for more. If you miss this weekend, don’t worry; the Bloomsbury Club Bar have launched one of Europe’s largest mezcal collections, which they’re holding onto for a while after Mezcal Week draws to a close.

Across London, all weekend, londonmezcalweek.com, londonmezcalweek.designmynight.com

LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair

Top flight fair the Lapada Art Festival is once again in Berkeley Square with a hundred exhibitors showcasing their art and antiques. There’s everything from gorgeous vintage watches to stunning ceramics, tapestries and fine art. Besides all that, it’s a bit of a social event for certain arty types, so there’s a chance to rub shoulders with those in the know, if that’s your bag. Besides all that, don’t miss the bar upstairs, sponsored, appropriately enough, by Berkeley Square Gin.

Friday until Sept 20, Berkeley Square, lapadalondon.com

Campari on a canal boat

The weather might be as far from Italy’s glorious, endless summers as it can be right now, but get a taste for la dolce vita up in Kings Cross, where Campari are hosting a ten-day pop-up on a canal boat. Besides plenty of drinks, it’s all about creativity, so there’s a chance to design your own Campari bottle, listen to talk from British designers Eley Kishimoto or mix up your own cocktail.

Friday until Sept 24 Granary Square, N1C 4AA, lineupnow.com

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