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.

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Netil Market

While Broadway Market is clogged with whippet-walkers, busking indie bands and buggies, Netil Market (just a gourmet loaf's throw away) is an altogether more sedate affair. The small collection of stalls (usually about 15) offer a microcosm of Broadway Market with espresso coffee, gourmet baked goods, bric-a-brac, crafts and even a rotisserie. Based in the playground of London Fields School, it’s the brainchild of a local creative community based nearby at Netil House which has focused on giving space to local designers.

  1. Netil Market 11-25 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
  2. Until Sun Jul 5
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Food Smoking Course

No, you won't be rolling joints made of Parma ham. This one day practical course will teach you how to use a hot and cold smoker and how to brine and salt various foods. Instructor Turin will also teach you how to construct your own cold smoker and participants will all receive a booklet on smoking fish to take home. To book a place, see www.coldsmoking.co.uk.

  1. Hackney City Farm 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Yard Life Festival

  • Critics choice

This new charity festival puts all its profits towards MS Research, and brings a big line-up of young bands and DJs to Islington across the Easter weekend. Performers on Saturday include Van Susans, Youth Club and Nudes, while Sunday's line-up features Lemmy Ashton, Men's Adventures, The Savage Nomads and Younghusband. As well as the music there's a barbecue, a market and art installations throughout the venue, so you can get the full festival experience – and feel good about it.

  1. Islington Metal Works 7 Torrens St, off City Rd, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Mon Apr 21
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Susan Calman – The 68 Comeback Tour

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Feisty Scot Calman – a regular on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and as seen on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'QI' – is back with a brand new show. Calman's always wonderfully funny, mixing silly (often cat-related) thoughts with political jabs.

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Apr 19
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5

John Mayall

  • Critics choice

The godfather of British blues is now 80 years old, but his hard-rockin' blues and boogie are as tough and dirty as ever. In a career spanning seven decades, Mayall has released almost as many albums, and gave Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green and John McVie and the Stones' Mick Taylor their first breaks. He's a genuine living legend – see him while he's still around.

  1. Cadogan Hall 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sat Nov 1
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