What to do this weekend in Hackney

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Hoxton square sunshine
Hoxton square in the sun. Photo credit: mrlerone/flickr

Photo credit: mrlerone/flickr

Looking for something to do in Hackney this weekend? Here are our suggestions

Friday late-night takeaway
Mama Wangs restaurant: The Dolls House, Hoxton Square

Run by two entrepreneurs who turn derelict buildings into pop-up venues, this week Mama Wangs serves up a four-course set menu of authentic Chinese dishes.
Friday 21 March, 6pm-1am

Hackney empire
Hackney empire, Photo Credit: Ewan Munro/Flickr

Saturday Dance Extravaganza
Face Off 2014 – The Finals:Hackney Empire, Mare Street

The UK’s largest university music and dance competition comes to the Empire. King’s College London, Leicester, UCL, Hertfordshire, Brighton & Sussex and City compete to take the title.
Saturday 22 March, 6.30pm, £23 (£18 concession)

Weekend time-travelling
CA Mathew: Photographs Of Spitalfields A Century Ago, Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, Princelet St.

100 years ago a mysterious photographer arrived at Liverpool Street and walked into the heart of Spitalfields capturing the bustling district in gorgeous detail. A haunting look at pre-war London.
Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 March, 12pm-6pm

Saturday night culture
Britney Spears Custody Battle Vs. Zeus in Swan Rape Shocker, & Painkillers, the Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick

Britney’s Custody Battle by Lucy Hutson draws on the writer’s experiences searching for Jesus, battling with consumerist choices and mental health forms. Painkillers by Mamoru Iriguchi explores physical pain, obesity and body image through staged magic.
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 March, 7.30pm and 9pm

Photo Palm 2 Event space in Lower Clapton
Palm 2 event space – Photo: Rose Lam

Posh Sunday lunch
China and Ben’s Sunday Lunch, Palm2, Lower Clapton Road

Sample the likes of chicken liver parfait with organic sourdough and mustard watercress to start, pork, Chorizo & White Bean Pie for main and a dark chocolate and sea salt tart to perfectly polish off your packed weekend.
Sunday 23 March, 11.30am-3pm