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Social Bingo Academy
Roundhouse Rising
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2018
London Fashion Week Festival
Independent Label Market
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes
Craft Beer Rising
Friday Late: Future of Dating


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.


Social Bingo Academy

180 Arlington Road, , London, NW1 7HL

Tube: Camden Town Station , Camden Town Station


Dates: Saturday 24th February 2018


Having already pioneered bingo for young people with Rebel Bingo, the same team now present the Social Bingo Academy. Taking place in a 750-seater hall, it's part of a bingo revolution that aims to bring the game to a whole new wave of younger, vibrant players who may have previously been scared and intimidated by halls full of master players. The academy will offer masterclasses of bingo skills with prizes that Nan's could only dream of. There will also be hot dogs and booze.


Craft Beer Rising

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 22nd, 23rd and 24th February 2018


A festival dedicated to the increasing interest and innovation in the beer industry in the UK, Craft Beer Rising returns to The Old Truman Brewery this February. The annual event brings together over 175 UK and international brewers, some of London's finest street food and music to dance to. Breweries taking part include well-established beer brands like Meantime, Sierra Nevada and Oakham Ales as well as local rising stars like Gipsy Hill, Brixton Brewery and Mondo. New additions for 2018 include Lost Found A.BL, Unity Brewing Co and Fierce Beer. Street food will be served by the likes of Kolkata, Porky's, La Bao and pork BBQ and gravy shack Salty Loins while music comes from Krafty Kuts, Don Letts, The London Disco Society and A Guy Called Gerald.


Roundhouse Rising

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 24th February to 4th March 2018


The Roundhouse Rising festival returns for its ninth year in 2018, offering a programme of gigs from emerging artists alongside a series of workshops and seminars aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds. This year hip-hop heavyweight Little Simz, who made her debut here in 2014, returns to headline and curate the festival. The rapper presents her favourite new artists, with DJs, an art exhibition, pop up performances, talks, food and visuals. Artists appearing include folk artist Blair Dunlop (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award) and indie-folk artist Ailbhe Reddy. BBC Music Introducing 1XTRA provides a night of free music and DJ Soundclash crowns the Rising Soundclash Champion. Plus there are panels, workshops, demos and talks from big names in the business at the YouTube space in Kings Cross.


Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2018

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 23rd February to 3rd June 2018


In spring each year The Photographers' Gallery in London shows an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize worth £30,000 to the winner. The 2018 exhibition - which marks the prize's 21st year anniversary - features images by Mathieu Asselin who spent five years investigating the biotechnology company Monsanto, Rafal Milach for his exhibition Refusa which focuses on post-Soviet countries, Batia Suter nominated for her publication Parallel Encyclopedia #2 and Luke Willis Thompson and his film autoportrait. The winner will be announced during the run of the exhibition, rewarding the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.


Murillo: The Self Portraits

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 24th February to 21st May 2018


Reuniting the only two known self-portraits by Murillo for the first time in over three hundred years, this free National Gallery exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the artist's birth. One of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age, Bartolome Esteban Murillo is well known for his religious paintings and depictions of street children. He was also an ingenious portraitist though this has been less frequently studied. The first 'Self-Portrait' (from about 1650-55) in the Frick Collection shows Murillo in his thirties while the second was painted roughly twenty years later. The two portraits are hung alongside ten other works, some by Murillo and others reproductions of the two paintings, showing their fame in Europe.


Friday Late: Future of Dating

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: Friday 23rd February 2018


The latest Friday Late at the V&A looks at the Future of Dating. The free event looks at how the onslaught of dating apps has led to the love game becoming as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. It will explore what roles data and technology place and what is at stake in terms of chemistry, privacy and ask who knows our preferences best. Visitors will look at the politics of sex and relationships and question how we build and sustain them today and into the future.


London Fashion Week Festival

The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 3DA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 22nd - 25th February 2018


Britain's biggest biannual showcase of British and international fashion presents catwalk shows, talks by industry experts, hair and beauty tips and trends as well as more than 150 designer brands under one roof. Following on from London Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Festival invites you to join a number of leading fashion names and influences in a line-up of talks and discussions. Elle's fashion editor Harriet Stewart, blogger Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now and brand consultant Alicia Waite lead a discussion on the future of fashion; Orla Kiely and Dennis Nothdruft discuss the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives; and Darren Skey talks about the transformation of menswear today. The catwalk welcomes designer and trend based fashion shows and the fashion pop-up shop provides the very best designer shopping.


Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 23rd February to 13th May 2018


This February, The House of Illustration presents the UK's first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea. Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK draws from items collected by Nicholas Bonner, author of the book Made in North Korea and an expert guide of the country, to give a rare, comprehensive glimpse into the communist republic. Common objects like posters, sweet wrappers and stamps will provide an extraordinary insight into the day-to-day lives of North Koreans and showcase a graphic style unique to the insular society.


Independent Label Market

West Handyside Canopy, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018


The Independent Label Market returns this weekend with another chance to buy sought-after records from numerous labels. Taking place at West Handyside Canopy, this year's festival welcomes labels such as Bella Union, Castles in Space, East London Printmakers, Madhouse, Nice Swan and Super Fan 99. There will also be artisan food, craft ale and cutting-edge designers and makings, adding up to the ultimate hipster day out.


DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 23rd February to 9th September 2018


After a successful run in Paris, the DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes is given its London premiere at The O2. Featuring more than 200 original comic pages, 300 preparatory sketches and concept artworks, and 45 original costumes, models and props, the unique exhibition is a celebration of DC's rich history. Running in chronological order, it will look back at a century of creations to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the mythical DC universe. Fans will be able to get up close and personal with the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

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