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What to do in London this weekend (September 23-25)


here’s a feast of things to do in London this weekend – literally and figuratively.

First, there’s a new food hall opening in south London, with 12 vendors ready to feed customers until they burst, while an east London bar is reducing its prices at 2004 levels to celebrate its anniversary.

Elsewhere, there’s a shiny new exhibition at one of London’s top museums, the final days of a design-focused festival, and more.

While the past two weekends have understandably felt weird, but now things seem to be getting back to normal. Here’s the best of what to do in town this weekend.

The restaurant: Market Place Vauxhall

Rudie’s Jerk Shack

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Market Place is adding to its food halls in Hounslow and Peckham by opening a new spot just south of the Thames this weekend. With 12 vendors in place, there’s a globe-trotting menu to sample – from Jamaican flavors at Rudie’s Jerk Shack and Persian dishes at Chelo, to Neapolitan pizza at Made In Puglia and Taco House at Hermano.

From September 23, 7-11 South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP,

Bar: Big Chill Brick Lane


Wouldn’t it be great if we could travel back in time to when you didn’t need to take out a small loan to buy a round in a London bar? That’s essentially the plan for the Big Chill in Brick Lane this Friday, which will celebrate its 18th birthday by pricing its drinks as it did 18 years ago. That means £4 glasses of wine, £3 pints and house spirits plus a mixer for £3. It’s time to party like it’s 2004.

From 6 p.m., September 23, Dray Walk, Brick Lane, E1 6QL,

The exhibition: Hallyu! The Korean Wave at the V&A

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South Korean culture has spread around the world, from its Oscar-winning films to its chart-topping pop music. It’s a phenomenon known as hallyu, or the Korean wave, and this dynamic new exhibit at the V&A explains how we got there. Check out our full review here.

£20, from 24 September, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL,

The event: London Design Festival

The London Design Festival enters its final days this weekend, and there’s still plenty to see in the capital. Take a design-led tour of Earl’s Court, follow the Shakespearean Art Trail along the bank of the Thames or try digital fashion and look at yourself in the AI-assisted smart mirror at the V&A. Visit the website for full listings.

Until September 25, various locations,

The club night: Sadar Bahar and others at Night Tales

Head under the railway arches in Hackney for this club night led by Sadar Bahar, the Chicago legend with a collection of funk, soul, disco and house records to rival the best of them all. Portuguese DJ Mafalda is another highlight of the evening, with MarshmeLLo, Leanne Wright and Sanoy also appearing.

From £4, 3pm-3am, 24 September, 18 Bohemia Place, E8 1DU,