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Things to do in London this Saturday

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

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.


Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award

Now in its fifth year, the annual award have partnered with the Royal Academy of Arts to present this year’s five shortlisted artists. Jonathan Trayte, Rachel Pimm, Lawrence Lek, Tamsin Snow & Sarah Tynan and Patrick Cole were selected from hundreds of submissions by an esteemed judging panel that includes Tim Marlow, Sarah McCrory and Javier Peres. Each artist has been given £1,000 to produce new site-specific works in a bid to win the £5,000 prize that has become an invaluable platform for launching emerging creative talent in the UK.

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Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens Until Sunday May 17 2015 Free

Urban Food Fest

A revolving cast of dozens of food stalls and trucks serve a frankly intimidating variety of global cuisine at the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. Jerk chicken, wood-fired oven pizza, pad thai, halloumi souvlaki, sushi, schwarma, fried chicken, burritos – we could go on. And we will, quickly, to make special mention of the deep-fried frogs' legs at Geaux Cajun. Those things are amazing. Organiser Jessica Tucker (who's a City lawyer by day) has ensured that visitors couldn't want for a thing, so there's everything from Orchard Pig cider to bottles of champagne on the bar, a 'V Corner' for vegans (and their day-walker counterparts, vegetarians) and a sugary selection of dessert options. Up-and-coming bands and entertainers round out the experience, while the night market’s ever-evolving lineup ensures second and third visits are well worth the effort. Entry is free. The food, of course, is not.

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Euro Car Parks Saturday May 2 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015 Free

Saturday Sessions at Ministry of Sound

Critics' choice

Saturday Sessions at Ministry of Sound is all about thinking big: big breakdowns and big tunes from big-room names in a bloody big superclub. The up-for-it crowd will also be up for a big ol' party as well, so get ready for some serious clubbing business based around house and techno soundtracks.

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Ministry of Sound Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Brockley Market

Located in Lewisham College car park, this friendly market makes a great place to pick up some quality groceries. The focus is on locally-sourced seasonal food, whether that’s a joint for your Sunday lunch, your basic supply of fresh fruit and veg, or cakes, artisan breads, cheese and charcuterie for a special occasion. Highlights include organic meats from Jacob’s Ladder, free-range poultry from Fosse Meadow, organic veg from Wild Country Organics and excellent Spanish cheeses and chorizo from Flavours of Spain. If you’re after a quick bite, then there’s also a regular gang of star-studded street food vendors such as Mike & Ollie with Lebanese-style flatbread wraps, Fleischmob serving Austrian schnitzel, plus juicy beef patties in glazed buns from Mother Flipper.

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Brockley Market Until Saturday May 2 2020 Free

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen became fashion's enfant terrible in 1992 when the then 21-year-old debuted his own line, and he continued to dazzle with out-of-this-world haute couture until his untimely death in 2010. This phenomenally successful exhibition was one of New York's most visited exhibitions when it debuted at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute in 2011. Here in London, the V&A will host more than 200 examples of the late designer's astonishingly original works, with an additional section on McQueen's development in London when he started out as a designer. The pieces will be presented thematically, conserving and often mimicking the stylised presentation of the designer's catwalk shows. 

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V&A Until Sunday July 19 2015
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The Falling

British director Carol Morley offers a striking, courageous drama set in an all-girls school

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While We’re Young

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are ageing reluctantly in indie darling Noah Baumbach's witty generation-clash comedy

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