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Your guide to the best events in London this week

Various: The Genius of Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock, the greatest British film director of all time, is the focus of this season at the BFI, which kicks off this week. There are screenings of his nine newly restored silent movies, including Blackmail, The Lodger and The Pleasure Garden. There are also gala screenings of his flicks, a complete retrospective, including classics such as Psycho, The Birds and Strangers On A Train, as well as an introductory guide The Genius Of Hitchcock... In 39 Steps for those keen to embelish their Hitch trivia.

June 1-October. Times vary
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT 
Tube | Waterloo  bfi.org.uk/hitchcock

 

£10: Panic - A Homage To The Smiths

This ‘live homage to The Smiths’ will feature a couple of bands doing covers of The Smiths’ classics, and former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce as special guest DJ, all of which serves as the launch for Kevin Cummins’ new exhibition of photos of the iconic band.

Thurs, May 31. 8pm-1am.
Exhibition runs until July 15

Proud Camden, NW1 8AH
Tube | Camden Town
proudcamden.com

 

Free: Hijacked III / Australia

This exhibition brings together artists from Australia and the UK to collectively challenge the status quo of what is expected from contemporary photography. The photos here explore the best and the worst of society, such as Katrin Koenning’s intimate family portraits and Toni Greaves’ study of monastic life.

June 1-July 20. 11am-5pm
Photofusion, SW9 8LA
Tube | Brixton
photofusion.org

 

Various: Watch This Space

Promising a ‘British combo of tea, pensioners, jive and foxtrot’ this eclectic festie brings the best in outdoor performance. There’s rapping OAP Ida Barr’s Jubilee Mash Up; Polar, a tango danced in flames; and Project 3Sixty, which boasts gravity-defying free running tricks and stunts to live up to its no-holds-barred title.

June 1-Sept 9. Times vary
National Theatre, SE1 9PX 
Tube | Waterloo

nationaltheatre.org.uk

 



£2: Right Royal Pub Quiz

As Queen Lizzie celebrates her Jubilee bash, and as everyone else enjoys the benefits of a four-day weekend – when, with a bit of luck, the sun will be shining – put your regal knowledge to the test in this royal pub quiz. The questions will cover royal history from 1952 onwards, so expect one or two on Phillip’s gaffes, the Queen Mum, Prince Harry’s Nazi moment, and perhaps something about last summer’s wedding. The winner gets a £100 bar tab, too.

Mon, June 4. From 7.30pm
The Cadogan Arms, SW3 5UG
Tube | Sloane Square 
thecadoganarmschelsea.com 

 

Free: Cycle In Cinema

The second screening in this cycle-licious cinema project is Stephen Chow’s martial arts comedy, Kung Fu Hustle. While the film is ace, full of high-kicking gags and mayhem, it’s the project itself that’s the draw. The screen is pedal- powered, so bring your bike and work off your popcorn as you watch.

May 28-July 16. 7pm
Hackney City Farm, E2 8QA
Tube | Hoxton
magnificentrevolution.org

 

£18+: Marmite Afternoon Tea

Marmite, it’s heavenly and divine to some, a black, sludge-like abomination to others. You love it or hate it, as they say.  Those for whom it’s the former have teamed up with west London restaurant The Botanist to offer a Marmite menu – so that’s finger sandwiches and Ma’amite scones. Delish.

May 28-June 10. 3.30pm-6pm
The Botanist, SW1W 8EE
Tube | Sloane Square
thebotanistonsloanesquare.com

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