Weekend Combo

Photo London, Anita Pallenberg and a big old print fair
17 May 2024

Brian Griffin, Iggy Pop (1979) © Brian Griffin. MMX Gallery

This article is part of Weekend Combo – What to do this weekend

The next bank holiday is so close we can practically taste it but in the meantime, enjoy a whole host of cultural goodness to keep you occupied this weekend. 


A spotlight on rock’s greatest muse, Anita Pallenberg
For too long, Anita Pallenberg’s name has been tied to the men she loved. She was the romantic partner (and muse) of both Brian Jones and Keith Richards, which led to her being referred to as the only female member of the Rolling Stones. But a new documentary, Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg, aims to look at her life behind all the headlines.

Working closely with Pallenberg’s children, the documentary features never-before-seen Super 8 home movies and aims to show Pallenberg as the creative force that she was. Pallenberg’s own words are brought to life by Scarlett Johansson, painting a portrait of a woman at the forefront of rock and roll.

Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg is out this weekend.

Pictures release.
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


A modern classic returns to the stage
Back in 2015, Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things hit the Dorfman Theatre like a hurricane. The hard-hitting play, which takes place in a rehabilitation clinic after an actress has a breakdown on stage, made a star of Denise Gough. Receiving an Olivier Award for Best Actress, Gough is back to reprise her starring role, alongside Sinéad Cusack and Danny Kirrane, at the Trafalgar Theatre. Only around for a limited 14-week run, this is a chance to see one of the best plays of the last ten years on stage in all its harrowing glory.

People, Places & Things is playing at the Trafalgar Theatre until August 10th. Tickets can be booked here.

Denise Gough as Emma in People, Places & Things in the West End. © Marc Brenner


Bumper crop
Photo London returns to Somerset House, showcasing iconic photographers and talented newcomers. Bringing together over 100 galleries from 44 cities, this year’s fair is a belter and well worth a visit. Here are some highlights. Valérie Belin is being celebrated as Master of Photographer, featuring the French artist’s elaborate, theatrical work. A solo show of David Bailey’s incredible career includes his 1973 images of the Rolling Stones for the band’s Goats Head Soup artwork. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation marks its 25th anniversary with the exhibition See/Change, including the below image by Daniel Jack Lyons. Palm* Studios are showing prints from Lola & Pani’s book Bumps, featuring intimate moments of friends and strangers. Also, be sure to check out the MMX Gallery’s ode to Brian Griffin, and the late photographer’s amazing Iggy Pop photo series, titled Soldier (the image at the top of this article).

Photo London runs at Somerset House until May 19th, more info here

Daniel Jack Lyons/Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation


One stop shop
A new designer archive pop-up has arrived on the scene and it’s hosting a 3-day sale at Netil House this weekend. Offering a curated selection of designer pieces alongside rare vinyl and cult archive books selected by Record28, it’s well worth a rummage to see what gems you can uncover. The deets are below, make sure to check it out.

Get your tickets here

Print Fair

Zines galore
Offprint London returns to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall this weekend for its eighth edition, celebrating independent, experimental and socially engaged publishers. Showcasing works which sit at the intersection of arts, architecture, design, humanities, and visual culture, the publishers at Offprint are all doing something a little different. This year includes stalls by MACK, Photobook Cafe, Worms, Loose Joints Publishing, and Printroom. And, if all that wasn’t enough to sell you on it, there’s also a full programme of signings, conversations and workshops to keep an eye out for.

Offprint London runs at Tate Modern until May 19th, more info here

Food + Drink

Bread + butter
Let’s face it, nothing tastes better than some fresh bread covered in salted butter. If you disagree, get out. Since 2010, e5 Bakehouse has been providing us with some of the best bread in London – it was one of the city’s first independent bakery to champion artisanal baking and heritage grain. Today, the institution is going stronger than ever, incorporating a mill, purchasing Fellows Farm, and offering classes and events. But back to the star of the show: skip breakfast and go straight to the Bakehouse this weekend for one of their famous sandwiches, a loaf, pastry, and maybe also some pancakes. It’s all so good.

e5 Bakehouse is located at 396 Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH, more info here


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