Things to do in London this Saturday

Enjoy the best day (and night) of the week with our guide to Saturday fun in London

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Saturday: a day of the week so uniquely brilliant that Elton John, Nick Drake and, uh, Whigfield all wrote songs about it. Whether you plan to spend yours dancing, drinking, shopping or broadening your cultural horizons, we've got you covered with our pick of the day's best events.

  • BAFTA Backstage

    BAFTA are throwing open their doors to the public to celebrate their latest photography exhibition featuring knockout imagery from a vast archive. Work from eight photographers who have all covered past BAFTA Film Awards will be on show, with reportage and portrait photography of international film stars including Ben Affleck, Colin Firth, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Leonardo Di Caprio and many more. A Q&A with the selected photographers who have snapped the silver screen elite will take place on both days at 2.30pm. Tickets are free but are timed and should be booked in advance.

    BAFTA, until Jan 25

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  • UK Cold Water Swimming Championships

    This festival of cold water swimming sees some very bold swimmers brace themselves for races in the almost literally freezing (as low as 1°C) waters of Tooting Bec Lido. If your strokes aren't up to the head-up breastroke race or a team relay then try the individual freestyle dash instead, or even just a group jump-in in aid of Frank Water and International Inspiration, the Big Splash. A Finnish sauna and hot tubs will be on hand to get rid of all the goosebumps and the Budgie Smuggler's Arms will serve hot toddies. The best hat will win some brilliant prizes and food stalls and poolside activities will keep spectators entertained between races.

    Tooting Bec Lido, Jan 24

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  • The Ultimate Snowdrop Sale

    A select range of nurseries will be offering both common and rare varieties of Snowdrops for early planting. Proceeds from the ticket price go towards the restoration of EA Bowles' Rock Garden. Last year keen snowdrop enthusiasts from Europe and America queued for the event from 8am so turn up early if you're hoping to get your hands on something unusual. Entry to the gardens themselves is free of charge and the visitor centre is open from 9am till 4pm selling refreshments.

    Myddleton House Gardens, Jan 24

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  • Burns Hootenanny at Kerb Clubhouse

    Burns' Night has become an excuse to celebrate Scotland's stereotypical traditions for one night a year, and though we love poetry and everything, we're totally fine with it. This party at street food wonders Kerb's Hackney Wick Clubhouse has all the essential ingredients for a kilted knees-up: Scotch, haggis, bagpipes, tartan and a ceilidh band. Guests will be treated to a dram (or a Brewdog Punk IPA) on the way in before tucking into five courses thought up especially for the occasion by the likes of Wild Game, Bleecker Burger and BBQ Lab. There'll be heaps of the aforementioned haggis in some very inventive guises, plus baconated kale, venison steak, whisky cream sauce and plenty more besides. Highland games and live music from The Shandoneers will keep the party lively, and the bar will be serving whisky cocktails, great beers and fine wine all evening.

    The Clubhouse, 105 Monier Road, Jan 24

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  • Alt-J

    The symbol-named, Mercury-winning trio from Leeds ply their reverb-smothered, off-kilter indie that echoes Yeasayer and Jeff Buckley. Some find it utterly enchanting, others favour the term 'snoozefest', but whichever side of that fence you're on it's hard to deny they're a pretty big deal nowadays – as proved by these huge gigs, at which they'll perform songs from their new album 'This Is All Yours'.

    The O2, Jan 24

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BAFTA Backstage

BAFTA are throwing open their doors to the public to celebrate their latest photography exhibition featuring knockout imagery from a vast archive. Work from eight photographers who have all covered past BAFTA Film Awards will be on show, with reportage and portrait photography of international film stars including Ben Affleck, Colin Firth, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Leonardo Di Caprio and many more. A Q&A with the selected photographers who have snapped the silver screen elite will take place on both days at 2.30pm. Tickets are free but are timed and should be booked in advance.

BAFTA, until Jan 25

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