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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Out on the Dock

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If, like us, you've been wondering when '80s pop star Sinitta was going to stop mucking about with reality TV shows and get back into music, wonder no more. This huge LGBT festival, held at vast warehouse rave space Tobacco Dock, features a performance from none other than the 'Toy Boy' singer. 

  1. Tobacco Dock Porters Walk, E1W 2SF
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

The State Rooms open annually while the Royal family is on their summer hols. It's difficult to imagine what it would be like to attend one of the state, ceremonial or official occasions for which the rooms that visitors have access to are used, protected as they are by Perspex and seasonal staff – but it's fascinating to see them, all the same. 

  1. Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Sep 28
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3

George Clinton And Parliament-Funkadelic

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At 72, P-Funk frontman Clinton is still rocking out. Expect outlandish costumes and plenty of politico-funk – stuff from his last record, 'George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love', as well as the classics – and get ready to 'give up the funk, you punk'.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Old School Indie

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Get your Adidas Gazelles cleaned up, put that old Pulp T-shirt in the wash and sort your floppy fringe by Saturday because it's time to throw yourself around to some huge old school indie-club classics. Brought to you by the team behind the long-running Feeling Gloomy nights, expect top-tier floorshakers all night from everyone including Blur, The Beatles, Bowie and Blondie.

  1. O2 Academy Islington 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Sep 28
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London at Dawn Photo Workshops

Photographer Anthony Epes leads these weekend workshops beginning at 4.15am and capturing the beauty of the early morning city. Amateur photographers begin by shooting dawn from one of London's bridges, before wandering through the streets to capture the changing light in the city and Borough Market and Columbia Road market as they're set up, all the while learning pro-photography skills and tips.

  1. Westminster Bridge
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sat Sep 13
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