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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Holi One

Abandoning Battersea Power Station (site of several multi-hued frolics last year) for a new venue in 2014 is Holi One (similar set up to Festival of Colours, different organisers), which is moving to Wembley Park for this year’s festival. Pink Bikini, Juicy Orange and Violet Secret will all be there. Not dodgy cocktails or strippers with fancy stage names but the human and environment-friendly paints you’ll be using to smother your mates. 

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The Phoenix Fringe

  • Critics choice

Screw the Edinburgh Fringe, London's got its own alternative. The Phoenix Fringe was a huge hit last year, and in 2014 it's back with an even more impressive line-up. Tons of comics – big names and small – are taking part, with every show just £10 (or £8 in advance), or a day ticket giving you access to three shows for £20. 2014's line-up includes Frankie Boyle, Al Murray, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne, Aisling Bea, Brian Gittins and so many more. 

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sat Aug 9
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3

Graham Coxon

  • Critics choice

One of the few remaining guitar heroes left in indie, Coxon is the guitarist for Blur, a big fan of American hardcore and – more recently – a peddler of folkish and alluringly melodic solo songcraft. His most recent album 'A+E' features synths and drum machines alongside Coxon's distinctive guitar style.

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Sat Aug 2
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4

Holy Warriors

  • Rated as: 3/5

It’s hard to fault the ambition of a play that takes the audience from the Third Crusade to the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers and its bloody fallout. Writer David Eldridge has eloquently described how impossible it would have been to do ‘Holy Warriors’ as a history play, instead taking his cue from writers like Caryl Churchill and Tony Kushner to present the last fraught millennium in the history of the Holy Land as a fantasia.

  1. Shakespeare's Globe New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sun Aug 24
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5

Visions Festival

  • Critics choice

Polica, Andrew WK, Perfume Genius, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Dirty Beaches, The Range, Fat White Family, Eagulls, Young Fathers, Perfect Pussy, Eyedress, Cheatahs + more. After a storming (and scorching) Year One, hip one-day festival Visions returns to Hackney for more fun in the August sun. 

  1. London Fields Brewery 365-366 Warburton St, E8 3RR
  2. Sat Aug 2
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