Guilty Pleasures Cinema Party

As Madge continues to piss everyone off – from Deadmau5 and President Putin, to those grumpy, soggy souls watching her strut and preen across the stage at Hyde Park a couple of weeks ago – remind yourself of the Material Girl’s heyday, with this two-night cinema party celebrating Desperately Seeking Susan, and all its shiny-gloved, New York City-styled, Eighties-fashion glory.

There’ll be fancy dress, cabaret, live groups, dance-offs and one hell of a lot of audience participation in this Madonna movie party mash-up.

August 24-25. 8pm-2am, £18.50
The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, W1 0HX 
Station | Limehouse 
guiltypleasures.co.uk

 

Spare Parts

Originally on show in Brisbane in 2010, Priscilla Sutton’s prosthetics-turned-art exhibition arrives in London in time for the Paralympic Games.

Originally conceived when Sutton gave limbs to her friends to design so she could hang them on the wall as decoration, this new show features 43 artists from across the world.

August 25-Sept 9, free
Rag Factory, E1 5LJ 
Tube | Aldgate East 
ragfactory.org.uk

British Tea Party

There’s only a couple of weeks left to enjoy the decidedly British tea party atop the glamorous Selfridges store. On the roof terrace, you can sup Earl Grey (or builders’, depending on your tastes), scoff sandwiches (with the crusts cut off) and, should you desire, indulge in a round of crazy golf. Fore!

Until Sept 2. 12pm-6pm, £6
Selfridges, W1A 1AB
Tube | Bond Street
selfridges.com

 

Rituals Urban Oasis

Dispose of all that London stress with these free yoga, meditation and tai chi sessions in The City courtesy of Rituals.

You can sign up for an hour-long session – or shorter, if you can’t get away from the rat race that long. Feel all that pent-up aggression just ebb away and return revitalised. Highly recommended.

Until Aug 24. 7.30am,12.30pm, 6pm, free
Broadgate Exchange Square, EC2M 2QS 
Tube | Liverpool Street
rituals.com

The Ultimate Pork BBQ Extravaganza

So what constitutes a pork extravaganza? Well, as the kind folk at Dingley Dell and this south London boozer are showcasing, it’s a six-course pork-tasting menu that includes, among its platters, a 14-hour hickory and cherry wood-smoked pulled-pork shoulder, cherry-smoked St Louis-style ribs with black-treacle glaze and a fantastic spit-roast pig.

There’s special guest chefs, too, including World BBQ Championship finalist Andy Annat, drink pairings, and a live farmhouse band.

August 21. From 7pm, £25
The Leather Bottle, 538 Garratt Lane, SW17 0NY 
Station | Earlsfield 
leatherbottlepub.co.uk

 

Outdoor Theatre

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing gets a run out at 19th- century Lauderdale House as part of the national tour of the Bard’s comedy by the Shooting Stars Theatre Company.

The tea lawn provides the perfect setting for a picnic, and you can watch the sun set over Waterlow Park.

August 22-26. 7pm, £12
Lauderdale House, N6 5HG
Tube | Archway
lauderdalehouse.org

 

Live Vienna Art

Nine internationally renowned artists set up a studio in Grosvenor Gardens to create live works of art inspired by Vienna artist Gustav Klimt, to mark what would have been his 150th birthday.

A giant screen will show their progress, and the creations will be on display from August 23 at Soho’s

Lazarides Gallery
August 21. 12pm-8pm
SW1V 0BD 
Tube | Victoria
grosvenor-gardens.co.uk

 

Images: Getty, Angus Muir 2010