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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.

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Norman Jay presents Good Times Goes East

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Funk and soul maestro Norman Jay is known for his connection to west London, where he's held countless Good Times parties and Carnival bashes. But this year he's royally mixing things up and going east – all the way to the beautiful st John-at-Hackney church.

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St John-at-Hackney Church, Hackney Saturday August 29 2015
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Slides and Scoops

This is your chance to fly down slides, climb up towers, play in a sandpit and take command of a pirate ship, because Yelp are taking over Kids Adventure Play Hackney and asking for ID on the door. There'll be cocktails, games, food stalls and music, and... wait for it... an ice cream festival with more than a dozen vendors of frozen treats.

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Kids Adventure Play Hackney, Upper Clapton Saturday August 29 2015
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Curious?

Science workshops, expert talks, live dance and music, language lessons and metaphysical poetry will all be on offer, with a dedicated area for toddlers and activities designed with teens in mind to make sure all ages are entertained.

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Various, London Until Sunday August 30 2015
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Boombox Carnival Special

Ex-Portishead DJ Andy Smith unleashes his funky Boombox party for a Carnival special. It's a vinyl-only affair, and tunes will span hip hop, disco, boogie, early house and reggae, of course.

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The Horse & Groom, Shoreditch Until Sunday August 30 2015
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London's Royal Docks Open Water Swimming

Dive headfirst into the Royal Docks in safety thanks to these open water swimming sessions, which run four times a week. Swimmers are tagged to make sure nothing goes wrong and qualified coaching is available should you feel you've thrown yourself in the deep end.

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45 Years

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a couple dealing with the past in this powerful, brilliant British drama

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Mistress America

Greta Gerwig shines in this flawless comedy about a uni student and her new, cool step-sister

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Trainwreck

American comedian Amy Schumer makes her leading-lady debut with this hilarious bad-taste comedy

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The Wolfpack

This remarkable doc follows six brothers who spent their lives confined to a New York apartment

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