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.

  • Intoxication Season: Mind Altering Plants and Fungi

    Mind-altering substances hold a special fascination for many people - and what could be better than having the botanical experts at Kew to explain them? The Intoxication Season will explore everything from the opium poppy to coffee, alcohol and tobacco, with the same substance at one moment seen as medicine, another as poison. Food experimentalists Bompas and Parr will host a Plant Connoisseurs' Club in the Secluded Glasshouse, where participants (over-18s only) are invited to try unusual plants.

    Kew Gardens, until Oct 12

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  • Classic Car Boot Sale

    Following two picturesque shopping events on the South Bank, the Classic Car Boot Sale is rolling on over to the Olympic Park in Stratford. Pedestrians with pockets full of change can pick up any number of retro bits-and-bobs from the 100 or so traders, or tuck into street food and quality tipples. You might even spot Kenickie buying Rizzo a drink. If you happen to own a vintage (pre-1989) vehicle – cars, motorbikes, vans, even bicycles are welcome - and have wares to peddle (vintage clothing and accessories, snazzy cocktails, craft beers or street snacks) you'll be in demand: register with a photo on the Classic Car Boot website.

    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, until Sep 21

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  • Sankeys London

    Manchester nightclub Sankeys has a well-deserved air of the legendary about it. Making a name for itself as one of the UK's finest clubs for underground tunes, it played host to some amazing names – Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Laurent Garnier, even Björk – before it closed in 2013, but not before opening up branches in Ibiza and New York – and then reopening the Manchester branch as well for good measure. And now London is being given its own taste of Manchester's clubbing heritage, with Sankeys landing in the city for a monthly residency.

    Studio 338, Sep 20

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  • Brisket Fest

    Make sure you come hungry to this celebration of the low- and slow-cooked BBQ stalwart, beef brisket. The repetitive but tempting menu is simply one dish eight times, but with the likes of Neil Rankin, Smokestak and Miss P's BBQ all providing their take on the moist meat, you might even be hankering after a ninth. Tickets include a serving of all eight briskets and a pint of USA Hells from Camden Town Brewery. Booking is recommended as when they're gone, they're gone, but if you can't face planning ahead there will be brisket sandwiches which involve a mixture of all eight varieties available on the day.

    Camden Town Brewery Bar, Sep 20

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  • Open House London

    This hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture celebrates its twenty-second anniversary in 2014 and takes place over the weekend of September 20 and 21 under the theme 'Revealing'. The festival allows access to hundreds of buildings not normally open to the public – private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments and many others.

    Various venues, until Sep 21

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Intoxication Season: Mind Altering Plants and Fungi

Mind-altering substances hold a special fascination for many people - and what could be better than having the botanical experts at Kew to explain them? The Intoxication Season will explore everything from the opium poppy to coffee, alcohol and tobacco, with the same substance at one moment seen as medicine, another as poison. Food experimentalists Bompas and Parr will host a Plant Connoisseurs' Club in the Secluded Glasshouse, where participants (over-18s only) are invited to try unusual plants.

Kew Gardens, until Oct 12

See more on Intoxication Season at Kew Gardens






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