Weekend Guide 18.07.14



Survival of the fittest 


Get a rare behind the scenes glimpse at the 27 kilometres of shelves and 22 million specimens housed in the NHM on this special Spirit Collection Tour. You’ll even get up close and personal with a giant squid and some other oddities Darwin himself collected!

NHM, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD,, 12:30, book at the Hintze Hall info desk


Get jiggy with The Jayhawks


This American alternative country and rock band returns to the UK with the reissue of some of their favourite albums… Take a trip down memory lane with tunes from Sound of Lies, Smile, and 2003’s Rainy Day Music. 

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT,,19:45, £28.12


Magical mystery


We’re not letting any cats out of any bags; you’ll just need to go down to Mode, organisers of top immersive experiences and masters in bi-annual conceptual events that bring often bring together art, architecture music and food, to find out what its ‘Undisclosed’ event is all about… Tickets can only be purchased on the door.

Mode, 12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ,, £15, 19:00





A whole new world


For Disney-enthusiasts, a retro cinematic experience calls.The Electric is showing Aladdin the way it was meant to be seen… on the big screen. ‘Don’t you dare close your eyes…’ Robin Williams’ genie in all his larger-than-life glory.

Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED;, 09:30, £15 – £45


The artists of the round table


Meet the artists involved in the Mosaic Rooms’ ‘My Sister Who Travels’ exhibition. Chaired by independent curator Rebecca Heald, the creatives will discuss their work and the journeys they undertook to complete them.

The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW,, Free


Pitch perfect in the park


Performed for the first time at the legendary La Scala in Milan back in 1831, Bellini’s Norma comes to the Opera Holland Park. Tickets are, of course sold out for this opening night, but pack a picnic and go sit in the park. We promise they sing loud enough!

Opera Holland Park, 37 Pembroke Road, W8 6PW,, 19:30



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