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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Horst: Photographer of Style

A retrospective exhibtion of Horst P Horst's prolific 60-year career. The German-American photographer did shoots for couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in the ’30s, as well as experimenting with early colour techniques. His most renowned images will be on display alongside rarities and unpublished pictures, plus there will be a recreation of Horst's 1940s studio. Archive film footage, sketchbooks and letters will also give an insight into his creative process.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Jan 4
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Meatopia

It’s baaaaaack (bacon) – the meatiest of food fests, Meatopia. And in its second year, the line-up promises to be even bigger and better, with unique-to-the-event dishes designed by some of the greatest meat masters in the capital. Expect whole roasted beasts, great music (which this year will be themed according to the day – old skool and acoustic jams on the Saturday, with more cutting-edge cool on the Sunday), and a mind-blowing array of carnivorous pleasures. 

  1. Tobacco Dock Porters Walk, E1W 2SF
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Sep 7
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Busta Rhymes

  • Critics choice

Two decades in the game and with his stock as high as ever, 'Bussa Bus' is still one of the most inventive personalities in the rap game, with a huge back catalogue of old-school classics to lay on you.

  1. The Forum 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY
  2. Sat Sep 6
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Tie Dye High Five

Wispy-haired men in rainbow-coloured peace-symbol T-shirts will probably be few and far between at this Hackney tie-dye workshop. It’s fresh-faced hipsters (rather than ageing hippies) that are more likely to be found here, tying up their whites and wielding tubes of Dylon in a sort of post-grunge stab at an ironic fashion statement. Still, there should be space for the genuinely nostalgic/restless child/crafty type to learn the art of swirly fabric painting at Tie Dye High Five’s instructive session. 

  1. Queen of Hoxton 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX
  2. Sat Sep 6
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The Big Tramp

Have you got what it takes to spend a night on the streets? The Cardboard Citizens theatre company is a charity that provides support for homeless people by teaching them performing arts skills and producing touring productions. They’re recruiting for a fundraiser that will see supporters walk a mile – well, nine miles, actually – in the shoes of someone who has experienced homelessness. The Big Tramp is an all-night sponsored walk starting at 11pm on Saturday September 6.  






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