1. Friday lates at the National Gallery
Calling all culture vultures – every Friday the National Gallery keeps its doors open until 9pm. Musicians from the Royal College of Music will be playing a concert in Room 41, while Room 62 will play host to brief talks on artists Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini.
6pm, Friday 11th May
The National Gallery, Orange Street, WC2N 5DN
2. Ben & Jerrys Core Tour
Fancy some free ice cream? What a stupid question – of course you do.
Ben and Jerrys are pounding the streets of London, dishing out their new ‘core’ flavours. Starting off in East London on 7th May, they’ll be found in North London on 8th, Central on 9th, West London on 10th and South London on 11th. There’s still time to influence Ben and Jerry’s route. If you’d like these ice cream folk to swing by your way, take a look at their Facebook app.
11am, Monday 7th May – Friday 11th May
3. Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
Did you know that Punch’s birthday is May 9th? Nope, neither did we. Apparently diarist Samuel Pepys first clapped eyes on Mr Punch on May 9th 1662, plonking the hunchback wife beater in British consciousness forever more.
To celebrate Mr Punch’s 350th birthday, St Paul’s Church gardens will open its gates to puppeteers, folk music, clowns and maypole dancers.
10am, Sunday 13th May
St Paul’s Church Garden, 29 Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED
4. London Symphony Orchestra in Trafalgar Square
The first in a new series of annual open-air concerts, the London Symphony Orchestra will be taking up residency at Trafalgar Square this Saturday. This Stravinsky special will also feature 100 young musicians from the LSO’s music education and community programme – LSO Discovery.
6.30pm, Saturday 12th May
Trafalgar Square, WC2N
5. The Painted Grin
This Shoreditch comedy night features promising, up and coming talents. This Tuesday expect to see Chris Coltrane, Lee Russell, Michelle de Swarte, Matt Rees and Jayde Adams.
8pm, Tuesday 8th May
Benny’s Bar, 119a Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG
6. Our Hobby is Depeche Mode
If you Just Can’t Get Enough of Depeche Mode, then it’s just A Question of Time before you should get yourself to the Hayward Gallery for Jeremy Deller’s new edit of his film Our Hobby is Depeche Mode. The film takes a look at the band’s fans in Germany, Romania, Mexico, Brazil, USA and Canada. You know… because People Are People and all that.
10am, until Sunday 13th May
Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
7. Board Games and Beyond
For all those who dabble in Scrabble and know their Cranium from their Cluedo – the Hackney Picture House is hosting board game lovers London wide.
4pm, Monday 7th May
Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
8. Camden Crawl Crawlternative Media Expo
Bringing together the Alternative Press Festival, Poster Roast and Lexington Record Fair, the Camden Crawl Crawlternative Media Expo celebrates the best record collectors, underground music press and poster design.
1pm, Monday 7th May
St Michael’s Church, Camden Road, NW1 9NH
9. Johann Arens Apple and Pear
Marking the transition from corporate HQ of British Telecom to art space, this exhibition juxtaposes film, installation and office relics, with an air of artful abandonment.
1.30pm, until Friday 18th May
ASC Gallery, 128 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8EQ
10. We Will Pop You
Top of the Pops walks into Delorean and comes out the other side looking something a little like this. Expect some seriously cheesy pop tunes spanning the last few decades.
8pm, Friday 11th May
The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8BG
See here for the Facebook group.