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.

  • Mother Goose

    Hackney Empire's yearly festive offering is pretty much the panto equivalent of royalty. That's mainly been down to hilariously naughty scripts, Susie McKenna's direction and a great dame - in recent years the inimitable Clive Rowe was hailed as one of the best. He's had a bit of a break (his last dame in Hackney was in 2010) but now he makes his return in the production, which wowed in 2008 and got Rowe an Olivier Award nomination. What's even more exciting, though, is that this year he's joined onstage by the brilliant Sharon D Clarke, who sung beautifully in the Empire's recent 'Blues In The Night' and who was a hit in the Rufus Norris's National Theatre production of 'The Amen Corner' last year.

    Hackney Empire, Nov 22 - Jan 4 2015

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  • Renegade Craft Fair

    This market usually sets up shop stateside, but lucky for us it's made a trip across the pond. Those looking for alternative Christmas gifts can pick up treats from cream of the crop crafters, then grab gift wrapping packs at the 'Adornment Station' after. Over 100 designers and makers will be bundled into the Old Truman Brewery, offering wares that range from stationery and seasonal gift wrap, to jewellery, toys and illustrated prints. Pickle Press will be running a DIY letterpress workshop, and Pom Pom Quarterly will be leading a festive bauble class. Christmas shopping = sorted.

    Old Truman Brewery, Nov 22-23

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  • Mos Def (Yasiin Bey)

    The conscious MC formerly known as Mos Def (and born Dante Terrell Smith) plays a London show. He hasn't released an album since 2009, despite rumours that he's ready to reunite with Talib Kweli for a new album under the pair's Black Star name – as well as early signs of a new project with producer Mannie Fresh – but he's got a hefty back catalogue of funk-and-soul-soaked hip hop anthems to get the place jumping, including the whole of his album 'Black on Both Sides' to celebrate its fifteenth birthday.

    The Forum, Nov 22

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  • Zombie Blitz 1940

    As the Third Reich’s Luftwaffe continues destroying Britain, and reports of an enemy scientist unleashing biological weapons grip the nation, you’re invited to take shelter in Waterloo station's underground maze of tunnels and vaults. Join the soldiers as they take you through the passages and face-to-face with zombie war horrors. Apparently, you ‘must be physically fit and emotionally sound’ to take on this part-theatre, part-physical game experience. It runs on the hour, every hour throughout the day.

    Waterloo Station, Nov 22

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  • Sara Pascoe vs History

    Sara Pascoe’s latest show focuses on big, complex ideas. But she’s a master at explaining them without any sense of superiority – she often undermines her own intelligence with a daft gag or silly pop culture reference. ‘Sara Pascoe vs History’ is her best, and most passionate, show yet. The 33-year-old comic shares frank, personal stories (some a bit too personal, her boyfriend would argue) to back up her weighty ideas, and she’s relentlessly witty.

    Soho Theatre, Nov 22-26

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Mother Goose

Hackney Empire's yearly festive offering is pretty much the panto equivalent of royalty. That's mainly been down to hilariously naughty scripts, Susie McKenna's direction and a great dame - in recent years the inimitable Clive Rowe was hailed as one of the best. He's had a bit of a break (his last dame in Hackney was in 2010) but now he makes his return in the production, which wowed in 2008 and got Rowe an Olivier Award nomination. What's even more exciting, though, is that this year he's joined onstage by the brilliant Sharon D Clarke, who sung beautifully in the Empire's recent 'Blues In The Night' and who was a hit in the Rufus Norris's National Theatre production of 'The Amen Corner' last year.

Hackney Empire, Nov 22 - Jan 4 2015

See more on Mother Goose at Hackney Empire






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