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33 top things to do in London this weekend

Written by
Stephanie Hartman

This weekend's looking pretty great with brunch clubs, book sales, wine and R&B club nights and mini golf all packed in to it. Make your Friday to Sunday sparkle with our list of fun below!

Things to do 

Friday Late: 20th Century Design, London Transport Museum, TONIGHT, £12 (£9 adv). Design your own lino print postcard, inspired by the Charing Cross mural station and create handmade envelopes and gift tags from prints of vintage transport maps with London Craft Club.

The Wonderland Collective Ealing Xmas Market, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, TONIGHT, free. The first night of a five week pop-up with unique products on sale in a cute wooden Christmas cabin.

Crafty Fox Christmas Market, Oval Space, Sat, free. The family-run craft market for emerging designers and makers moves to Oval Space for their annual festive event, with over 70 handpicked stalls selling a range of jewellery, prints, homewares and clothing.

Birdies Crazy Golf, Peckham Feastival, Fri-Sat, £9. Grab your clubs and get in a round of golf at Peckham Feastival. Alongside the nine-hole course, there's a beer station, two bars and lashings of tasty street food to dig into.

Amnesty International Book Sale, Church of the Ascension, Sat, free. Lovers of books and bargains will be delighted by the Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty International Group’s annual book sale.

UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships, The Green Man, Sat, £16. Quite possibly the most intense sporting event of the year - 250 worthy competitors will lock eyes and battle through seven knockout rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Unsung Heroes at The Wiener Library, Wiener Library, Sun, free. Learn to edit and improve entries under the experienced guidance of our Wikipedian-in-residence Victor Stepien, using examples from within the library’s collections. 

Adams Antiques Fair, Royal Horticultural Halls, Sun, £4. This huge antiques fair has been selling precious objects at 'The Horti' since the 1970s, making it one of the stalwarts of the London antiques scene.

Midcentury Modern, Dulwich College, Sun, £9 adv. Vintage furniture dealers come out in force for this excellent mid-century fair, featuring classics of British, American and Scandinavian twentieth-century design from Eames to Ercol.

The Scandinavian Christmas Market, Albion Street, all weekend, free. Rotherhithe's Finnish and Norwegian Churches provide the backdrop for this traditional array of stalls selling Scandinavian treats, decorations and gifts.

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

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Eating and drinking

The Floating Table, Farmopolis, TONIGHT, £45. Spend your Friday nights with chefs from Aster, ONA, Bastien and el Bulli at this new series amongst the trees at Farmopolis.

The Bloody Brunch Club, Haunt, Sat, £19.50. Douse yourself in Bloody Marys to a soundtrack of soul, funk and reggae and screenings of classic childhood films.

Kitchin at Harrods, The Conservatory at The Georgian, all weekend, £55-£90. Tom Kitchin takes the reigns as 'chef of the season' at Harrods with a week-long pop-up in The Georgian restaurant.

…or check out the latest restaurant reviews .

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Live music

The Beat, Under the Bridge, TONIGHT, £22.50. Ranking Roger’s version of the ’80s ska-pop band revisit their hits.

Dinosaur Jr, The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town), TONIGHT, £23.50. J Mascis and his deafeningly loud grunge godfathers return, mashing up heavy, sludgy riffing with a (ringing) ear for sparkling pop melodies. 

Chance The Rapper, O2 Academy Brixton, Sun, £28.50. Young Chicago MC Chancellor Bennett, shot to the front of the new rap pack a few years ago with his awesome second mixtape 'Acid Rap' – one of our favourite albums of 2013.

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



Genuwine, Ruby's, TONIGHT, free. Good wine meets great beats tonight with R&B, soul and hip hop classics pumping out while a vino list created by sommelier Courtney Stebbings flows. 

Supa Dupa Fly - Neptunes vs Timberland Special, Trapeze, TONIGHT, adv £6, £8. Celebrating Neptunes and Timbaland, who between them invented most of today's pop stars. DJs spin an array of garage and hip hop.

Aphrodyki, Tipsy, Sat, £4-£5. A popular lesbian night with a young, femme-leaning crowd, soundtracked by the goddesses of pop and R&B. Tonight is a Lady Gaga special. 

…or see all the parties planned this weekend.


Fringe: ‘Death Becomes Her’, Rio, TONIGHT, £11, £9 concs. The Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest runs until Sunday this week, screening new movies and art happenings, plus talks, parties and the odd gig.

Scared to Dance Film Night: ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’, Genesis Cinema, TONIGHT, £9.50. The mighty Jon Ronson introduces this glorious doc about the troubled indie-rock legend. 

Classic Cinema Club: ‘The Scarlet Empress’, Ealing Town Hall, TONIGHT, £7, £6 concs. Director Josef von Sternberg's penultimate film, starring Marlene Dietrich, was the pinnacle of their work together: a chronicle of the rise of Catherine of Russia.

Or at the cinema...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ★★★★☆ This entertaining first spin-off from the Harry Potter movies is both inventive and familiar – and Eddie Redmayne makes an endearing new wizarding lead.

Your Name ★★★★☆ A boy and girl switch bodies in this visually stunning slice of Japanese animation.

…or see all of the latest releases.

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It Is Easy To Be Dead, Trafalgar Studios, Fri-Sat, £16-£18. Engrossing drama about forgotten war poet Charles Sorley.

Removal Men, The Yard Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15, £12.50 concs. This startlingly original debut from MJ Harding is a play-with-songs about the British immigration system.

An Inspector Calls, Playhouse Theatre, Fri-Sat, £15-£69.50. Stephen Daldry's epochal Priestley production returns.

Trainspotting, The Vaults, all weekend, £20-£35. A warning: if you’re funny about bodily fluids, nudity and don’t like being jostled, you might want to skip this frantic adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s era-defining anthem of a novel.

…or see our theatre critics’ choices.

This week's best new art

Animality: A Fairy Story by Jens Hoffmann, Marian Goodman Gallery, Fri-Sat, free. Curator Jens Hoffmann has pulled together a seriously museum-quality exhibition on animals in art. Part historical investigation, part contemporary art exploration, it mixes a ton of mediums, throwing together more than 70 artists, scientists and filmmakers.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, Tate Modern, all weekend, £13.10-£16.50. This show features just a little slice out of Elton John's 8,000-strong hoard. Some images are grouped thematically, others hung in the same way they are in his office.

…or see all London art reviews.

And finally

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