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29 great things to do in London this weekend

By Stephanie Hartman

Pick up handmade craft items in Kew and Peckham, sip on wonderful Greek wine at a two-day celebration in King's Cross, or check out Anthony Gormley's latest offering at White Cube Bermondsey. Here are 29 ways to make your weekend great!

Things to do

London Rollergirls Derby, Tottenham Leisure Centre, Sat, £15. The gals latest home game sees them take on the Auld Reekie Roller Girls in north London. Alongside the eight-wheeled action, cheering crowds can listen to DJs, enter a raffle and sip on London Rollergirls Pale Ale.

1066 Pop-Up Encampment, Hyde Park Corner, Sat, free. It’s been 950 years since King Harold got an arrow in the eye at the Battle of Hastings. A group of re-enactors will set up camp near Apsley House to show us their weapons, games and living arrangements.

Crafty Fox Market, Bussey Building, Sat-Sun, free. This is the ultimate craft market for emerging designers and makers. Find a handpicked line-up of traders selling ceramics, textiles, jewellery, prints and more. 

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered, V&A Museum of Childhood, Sat-Sun, free. A showcase of board games that'll be sure to have you reminiscing about rainy days spent competing with your siblings.

Impulse, Leicester Square Gardens, all weekend, free. Musical light-up seesaws transform Leicester Square Gardens this month as part of London's 'Pause and Play' series.

Handmade at Kew, Kew Gardens, all weekend, £18, concs available. Browse beautiful and innovative crafts and design from over 200 exhibitors in a truly lovely setting at this fair in Kew Gardens.

A Letter in Mind, Gallery@oxo, all weekend, free. This fundraiser for The National Brain Appeal returns in 2016 with a whole host of artists and contributors including Grayson Perry and Anthony Gormley who have created visual responses to the title 'A Letter in Mind' using the humble white envelope as their starting point.

Organ Reframed, Union Chapel, all weekend, single concert £18.50. A three day celebration of Union Chapel's 1877 organ which was specially designed and built for the space.

…or check out more events happening in London this weekend.


London Greek Wine Festival





Eating and drinking

Adam Rawson at The Sun and 13 Cantons, Fri-Sat. This mini-residency is your only chance to try Rawson’s award-winning burgers, which involve aged Galician beef patties and onion aioli chips.

London Greek Wine Festival, West Handyside Canopy, Sat-Sun, £10. The London Greek Wine Festival returns for a second year, bringing with it a fine selection of booze, grub and passionate plonk producers.

Oktoberfest at The Frog, all weekend, prices vary. If you can't make it to Munich, head to The Frog instead to get your fix of German grub. The kitchen will be whipping up baked giant pretzels (£5) and tasty bratwurst (£8).

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews.


Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs





Live music

The Kills, Roundhouse, TONIGHT, £22.50. Sexy blues, stuttering, no-wave disco and art pop from singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hince. 

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, London Palladium, Sat, £25-£62.50. The bright-eyed, bouncy-kneed Scottish stage-and-screen star sings cabaret – playing fast and louche with the format and sprinkling naughty words into long comic stories.

Lee Scratch Perry, Jazz Cafe, Sun-Mon, £25. The guy who pioneered modern studio sonics, invented slash-and-fade mixing and kick-started Marley's Wailers is now off the skunk, but still as bonkers as ever.

…or take a look at all the live music events in London this weekend.







So Fresh So Clean, Queen of Hoxton, Sat, £5. If your dream night is gatecrashing a 1991 film classic House Party then you need to get down to So Fresh So Clean.

Make Me, Corsica Studios, Sat, £5-£17. Head straight to Make Me to catch deep house, refined techno and heady disco spun by a glittering cast of electronic party people.

Reggae Roast, The Forge, Sun, free before 5pm, £5 after. A custom-built soundsystem brings this all-day 'Sunday Skank' to life. Special guests include Nick Manasseh (UK Roots Reggae legend) and Hylu (Unit 137).

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.







London Film Festival: ‘American Honey’, Odeon Leicester Square, TONIGHT, £16 - £17.60. Heavily musical, rowdy and fleshy, ‘American Honey’ is structured less as a story and more as fragments hung together by disparate episodes with a strong air of on-the-road improvisation.

Adapting Miss Highsmith: ‘Enough Rope’ + ‘Strangers on a Train’, Rio, Sun, £11, £9 concs. Another fabulous double bill of films inspired by the novels of thriller queen Patricia Highsmith.

Or at the cinema...

The Girl on the Train ★★★☆☆ The bestselling novel about a missing woman becomes a solid thriller.

…or see all of the latest releases.


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Travesties, Menier Chocolate Factory, Fri-Sat, £29.50-£36. Tom Hollander shines in Tom Stoppard's wild ride of a comedy.

Girls, Soho Theatre, Fri-Sat, £10-£26. Young writer Theresa Ikoko makes a splash with this story of three pals kidnapped by jihadis.

The Adding Machine, Finborough Theatre, all weekend, £20, £18 concs. Impressive fringe premiere of this musical about a man who goes postal when he loses his job to a robot.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.






This week's best new art

The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, all weekend, £10, £8 adv. At the autumn edition of the fair, visitors can expect talks, papercutting workshops, terrariums, wooden spatula carving and children's activities, as well as works from 130 carefully chosen artists.

Donna Huanca, Zabludowicz Collection, all weekend, free. American artist Donna Huanca’s show features models wearing body-length nylon stockings and a whole mess of paint. Nothing else. It’s terrifying.

Antony Gormley, White Cube Bermondsey, all weekend, free. The big space in the gallery has been subdivided into a maze of rooms, each home to some configuration of self-portrait sculpture.

…or see all London art reviews.

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