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.


Soapbox Science

London's Southbank is taken over for the fifith time in 2015 by some of the UK's leading female scientists for an afternoon of talks. Each speaker gets a chance to draw in a crowd, explain the ins and outs of their research and take questions from the audience. The selected experts come from a range of academic areas, and their talks ditch dull PowerPoint presentations and lecture-style presentations in favour of inspirational events designed to inspire young science fans. This year's topics include the use of atoms to study space, testing innovative technology to tackle illness and assessing the risk of extinction of a species.

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Gabriel's Wharf Saturday May 30 2015 Free

Dockside Diner

The Doodle Bar's waterside terrace will host a variety of special lunches from the Grub Club roster this summer, with live blues, Cajun and gypsy jazz music to add to the atmosphere and illustrators capturing the spirit of each event on paper. Options include a Louisiana crawfish boil, an Argentine asado and Caribbean street food from Mama's Jerk Station. Tickets should be bought in advance on the Grub Club website.

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Doodle Bar Saturday May 30 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015

Guinness World Record Attempt at Wandsworth Common

Most of us never thought we would qualify to take part in a world-record attempt, let alone a fitness-related one. But all you have to do to join British Military Fitness's attempt for the most people doing squat jumps simultaneously is pitch up at Wandsworth Common (along with 499 others) and do squat jumps…simultaneously. The best bit is that you only have to do it for one minute. If you're quite enjoying the exercise and want to keep going then you can stay and take part in a massive fitness class. The sessions take place outside whatever the weather: benefits including breathing fresh air, getting a proper dose of vitamin D from sunlight, boosting serotonin and getting shouted at by hardy types in camouflage seem to outweigh the misery of getting drizzled on. After the workout The Hope pub opposite the common will be opening its doors to welcome in hungry participants for breakfast.

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Wandsworth Common Saturday May 30 2015 Free

Spices at Kew

The summer's events at Kew are themed around the spice trade – source of rumours, foundation of historic wealth and the starting point for great adventures. The focus of activities is plants that were at one time literally worth their weight in gold. Visitors will be ferried around the gardens in rickshaw-inspired contraptions to discover why saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and how turmeric is used to dye ceremonial robes. They'll be able to create their own spice and to learn about the medicinal power of cloves. Spiced delicacies will also be available from street food vans, a pop-up bread kitchen and in the garden's Orangery and Pavilion restaurants.

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Kew Gardens Saturday May 30 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015

Hope in Heels

Don your heels and get moving for charity at this run through Battersea Park. Women and men will be racing around the 2.4km route in their highest platforms to raise money for HOPEHIV which supports children and young people orphaned or affected by HIV or AIDS. The day will start in style with a stiletto dance workshop complete with power- pop soundtrack, led by top professional dancers. The actual race will be peppered with Butlers in the Buff, super drag queens and sweet surprises including vodka-jelly filled orange segments to keep you strutting on. An after party for those who can still feel their feet will follow, complete with brunch, manicures, mini massages, foot rubs and live music,and all participants will receive a goody bag. All ticket sales will be donated to the charity and booking in advance is encouraged-  as is fancy dress. Register your place here. 

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Battersea Park Saturday May 30 2015
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Romain Duris has legs to die for in this smart, insightful French comedy about a crossdressing Dad

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