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.

  • Total Immersion: Percussion

    Something different for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion this time –an instrument rather than a composer. With events throughout the day, highlights include a 2pm concert of percussion works by Reich, Kagel and Lachenmann; plus a 7.30pm performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s ‘Tutuguri’ for large orchestra, ten percussionists, taped chorus and speaker.

    Barbican Centre, Jan 31

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  • Fill a Bag With Vintage for £15

    Jazz up your wardrobe with some bargain vintage finds, courtesy of Shoreditch boutique Paper Dress. For £15, you’ll be able to cram a bag full of clothes and accessories from decades gone by. For those who are handy with a sewing machine, there’ll be a limited amount of sought after vintage fabrics, too.

    Paper Dress Vintage, Jan 31 & Feb 1

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  • Laura Marling

    The elegant folk songstress plays a very low-key London date with her band (none of this 'solo acoustic' nonsense). Marling may look fragile, but she has a voice that resonates with depth and maturity, a great back catalogue of affecting songs, and a new album coming out in March. Tickets are available via a ballot – head here quick for your chance to buy one.

    The Silver Bullet, Jan 31

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  • Snowdrop Days

    Crocuses may be more colourful, daffodils more dazzling, but snowdrops hold a special place in the hearts of gardeners for being the first spring bulbs to appear. Hardy harbingers of the season to come, these pure little blooms dare to put on a show when temperatures keep most plants underground – and most flower fans curled up on the sofa. Ahead of its official spring opening, London's oldest botanic garden unlocks its doors for nine days in winter each year to showcase its collection of snowdrops (Latin name Galanthus, meaning 'milk flower') at their peak. Guided tours will highlight the huge variety of snowdrops out there – from the common snowdrop, G nivalis, to the large flowered, honey-scented G Sam Arnott – some so prized among galanthophiles that a single bulb can change hands for hundreds of pounds. No booking required, but check the Chelsea Physic Garden's website for details of the walks and talks taking place.

    Chelsea Physic Garden, until Feb 8

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  • Roni Size Reprazent

    D&B don Roni Size throws his clued-up jungle beats and basslines around in style with a seven-piece live band (including Dynamite MC, Onalee and Si John) and material from an upcoming new album with Reprazent (scheduled for release in 2015). Size will also be showcasing tracks from his dancefloor-focused solo album 'Take Control', released earlier this year. And we've a sneaking suspicion that a few classic tracks from Reprazent's Mercury-winning 'New Forms' album will be aired as well – wait for that bassline to drop in 'Brown Paper Bag' and then hit the dancefloor, if you're not already there.

    Koko, Jan 31

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Total Immersion: Percussion

Something different for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion this time –an instrument rather than a composer. With events throughout the day, highlights include a 2pm concert of percussion works by Reich, Kagel and Lachenmann; plus a 7.30pm performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s ‘Tutuguri’ for large orchestra, ten percussionists, taped chorus and speaker.

Barbican Centre, Jan 31

See more on Total Immersion: Percusion at Barbcian Centre






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