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These are the best events happening in London this week

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Featuring free noodles and affordable street art (Picture: Street Art Atlas Photography/Mr Cenz Artwork/Graham Westley Lacdao/Koya Ko/Supplied/ © Provided by Metro Featuring free noodles and affordable street art (Picture: Street Art Atlas Photography/Mr Cenz Artwork/Graham Westley Lacdao/Koya Ko/Supplied/

Oh, it’s a rich tapestry when you live in London. Take this week.

We’ve got a crazy golf/boozy brunch hybrid for you interspersed with cool street art, a festival of houseplants, cocktails, affordable art, stars for you to buy – and name – oh, and free noodles!

You could always just sit in and watch TV. Your call…

Think outside the box

If by the Art Of Emotion you mean that little display you put on when you thought he/she had been texting him/her, then we’re not into it.

If, however, you mean the immersive pop-up at Boxpark Shoreditch to celebrate the rebranding of streaming platform Lionsgate+, then put our names down.

Get arty (Picture: Street Art Atlas Photography/Mr Cenz Artwork) © Provided by Metro Get arty (Picture: Street Art Atlas Photography/Mr Cenz Artwork)

Expect live art and installations including some of the most incredible murals and street art from the likes of Mr. Cenz, Ngadi Smart and Nyanza D, live music, goodie bags and all the usual delights of Boxpark – which means the best street food and a grown-up array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. And it’s free! Now that’s an Art Of Emotion we can deal with.

Free, Saturday and Sunday, 22-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1

Bars in their eyes

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Space can sometimes be a little too much to deal with. But if you want to add beer into World Space Week, then all of a sudden our ears prick up. Thanks to Beavertown Brewery, we can now all participate in a celestial adventure – one where they hand out 200 real stars which you even get to name.

You get a certificate to prove it and everything. Which is nice. And the fact that you have to buy a Neck Oil IPA to get your star is all the motivation we need. Now there’s something to put a twinkle in our eyes. 

Friday to Saturday, Tap Room and Corner Pin venues

Putt a swing in your step

Putt a swing in your step (Picture: Paul Winch-Furness) © Provided by Metro Putt a swing in your step (Picture: Paul Winch-Furness)

Now, don’t see the word ‘swingers’ and start checking out your special underwear drawer. In this case, Swingers is Swingers City, the place where you go to crazy golf (that is a verb, right?), eat street food and grab a drink or two. And the reason we’re talking about them is that they’re launching a Sunday Boozy Brunch in partnership with Cazcabel tequila, which could get wild, especially with golf clubs in the house.

Nevertheless, we are more than up for a bit of high-end putting, food from the likes of Pizza Pilgrims, Breddos Tacos and Patty & Bun, a bit of light DJ action and the odd frozen piña colada. 

From October 16, Swingers City, Brown’s Buildings, EC3 

Jungle massive

Plant the idea (Picture: Graham Westley Lacdao) © Provided by Metro Plant the idea (Picture: Graham Westley Lacdao)

If you’re edgy and on trend, you’ll have a home full of cheese plants and succulents and banana palms, some maybe hanging in macramé in front of windows. If that is a bit of you, you’ll be interested in the Houseplant Festival taking place at the Garden Museum later this month.

The theme this time around is all about propagation (teaching us how to grow our own houseplants). With workshops, plant swaps, talks and a lesson in how to make your own terrarium (you know, gardens in glass bottles) along with stalls from our favourite plant shops, expect a huge indoor jungle. 

October 22-23, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1

Batter-sea it, want it

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Everyone’s a winner at this amazing showcase for emerging artists: they get a platform to display the fruits of their labours, we get the chance to not only enjoy some brand new artwork, but actually invest in the stuff – because you never know when the next Tracy Emin is going to pop up.

With 113 galleries from around the world taking part in Battersea’s Affordable Art Week, and a special celebration of Black History Month, we reckon you’ll be able to bag a bargain. Add bars and cafés and Art After Dark with DJs, and you’re looking at a day/night out!

October 20-23, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11

Shake up your weekend  

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Forget Christmas, Easter and any Bank Holiday you care to mention – our favourite week of the year has to be London Cocktail Week: the biggest cocktail festival in the world! Think about it: no extended family, no kids, no presents to buy and loads of delicious multi-coloured drinks.

And it’s ten days, not just a week! There’ll be international bar takeovers, residencies, limited edition cocktails, DJ sets, parties, workshops and exclusive new concoctions. Expect names like Rémy Cointreau, Passoã, The Umbrella Workshop, Parisian hedonist Lulu White, Blinker Bar from Manchester… We’ll drink to that.  

October 13-23, various locations 

Win oodles of noodles

Use your noodle (Picture: Koya Ko) © Provided by Metro Use your noodle (Picture: Koya Ko)

You know how much we love noodles? And you know how much we all love free stuff? Well, how about free udon for a year to help celebrate the first birthday of noodle bar Koya Ko? In it to win it, right?

All you have to do is stop by for a bowl of the good stuff and, when you’ve finished it, check the underside of your bowl to see if you’ve got a golden ticket entitling four people to free udon for a year! You might also win a Happy Endings x Koya ice-cream sandwich and/or a pint of Asahi beer. And if we have to eat a bowl of delicious noodles to find out, then so be it!

Friday, 10 Broadway Market Mews, E8

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