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46 enlivening events happening this weekend in London

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If you’re as undecided as the weather about what to do with your weekend, don’t worry – whether it’s festivals, film or food you’re after, we’ve got it covered. Here’s a selection of the many great things going on in town this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All weekend

Cook with chefs and indulge in cakes at the Foodies Festival, Kenwood House.

Fashion favourites flog their high-end pieces for low prices at London Designers’ Sample Sale, 21 Albemarie Street, Piccadilly. Give that credit card a workout!

Get the gang together for family friendly Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse.

Step back in time for a London Zoo History Tour, various venues.

Check out the arts graduates showcasing their work at the Free Range Art and Design Show 2014, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Dig out some vinyl gems at the London Record Fair, Truman Brewery, Spitalfields.

Chat to business big shots like Cath Kidston and Rosie Wolfenden at the Makegood creative conference hosted by Doug Richard, The Old Selfridges Hotel, Marylebone.

Raise money for charity by buying some designer homeware for a decent price at Spring Clean Designer Interior Pop Up, Londonewcastle Project Space, Brick Lane.

Pluck up the courage to look at some contemporary art at the Chicken Show, Roman Road Project Space.

Watch experimental theatre show ‘The Roof on top of the car park opposite the National Theatre.


Make some noise at London’s first ever hip hop silent disco, Concrete, Shoreditch High Street.

Learn about cycling legend Eileen Sheridan at Look Mum No Hands! East.

Have a magical night of jokes and tricks with Pete Firman at Udderbelly, Southbank.

There’s hip hop, fried chicken and cocktails at the Kentucky Fried Check On pop-up at The Arch, Cambridge Heath Road.

Gigs: Songs For Our Sisters, The Russet, Clapton, Tim Garland’s Lighthouse, Kings Place, King’s Cross, Katy Perry, The O2, Tower Hamlets and 20 more.


Enjoy the buzz at the opening night of the Royal Ballet: The Dream/Connectome/The Concert, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Go on a gig crawl around North London with Camden Rocks, various venues.

Trade your unwanted wares at Mrs Bear’s Swap Shop, The Water Poet, Spitalfields.

Watch BBC Three’s comedy Frenchman Marcel Lucont as he explains why the French are superior, Udderbelly.

Find yourself a classic novel to delve into at Little Free Libraries in E17.

Rewind back to the glory days of UK garage at The UKG Chronicle, Wembley Arena.

Scare yourself silly at the Terracotta Asian Film Festival: Terror-Cotta Horror All-Nighter, Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place.

Browse the work of designers, ceramists, hat makers and photographers at the Wimbledon Village Affordable Art & Design Fair, Wimbledon Village Club.

Gigs: Sun Ra Arkestra/Marshall Allen, Barbican Centre, Blair Dunlop, Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park Road, Outta Mind, Shacklewell Arms, Dalston, and 16 more.


The Sunday Papers are brought to life with speakers and performers at Sunday Papers Live, Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park Road.

Be inspired by Holi and run the 5K Colour Run, Wembley Stadium.

Let go and watch a screening of ‘The Lego Movie at Rooftop Film Club: Queen of Hoxton.

Join the treasure hunt for free cash by following @LDNHiddenCash on Twitter (unless it’s a hoax, of course).

Don’t miss the first day of the first ever exhibition on the Mexican Shawl Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion, Fashion and Textile Museum.

Invest in a new Summer wardrobe at this month’s revamped Fashion Sunday, The Oval. First 50 people get a G&T for free!

Join the debates, walks and exhibitions at the London Festival of Architecture, various locations.

Explore Chinese film in the 1930s and ’40s at the Century of Chinese Cinema, BFI Southbank.

Shh! It’s the Royal Horticultural Society’s Secret Garden Sunday, various venues.

Gigs: The Jim Jones Revue, The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, Linda Perhacs, Union Chapel, Fletch’s Brew, Ronnie Scott’s, Soho and 15 more.

Or why not…

Watch newly released films: ‘Venus in Fur‘, ‘Edge of Tomorrow‘, or  ‘A Farewell to Arms‘.

Have a laugh at London’s newest Museum, The Museum of Comedy, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury.

Try out recently reviewed restaurant City Social for food with a view, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try Hill & Szrok for dinner in a butcher’s shop.

Strut your stuff at London’s best tango classes.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

★ Selfridges on Oxford Street is getting a £300 million makeover

★ Hot Tub Cinema goes underground

★ A heartstopping video of a guy dangling from a South Bank crane

★ This is what it’s like to walk around the entire perimeter of London 

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