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A right royal laugh: Fun Palaces are popping up in London this weekend

Isabelle Aron

Step aside, Liz: there are new palaces coming to town and they won't be checking your blood for blueness at the door. On October 3 and 4, 'Fun Palaces' will be popping up all over London for a weekend of free events. Theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price originally came up with the concept back in 1961, but it has taken more than 50 years to get it off the ground. After a successful launch last year, the event is back for a second instalment. Museums, libraries, schools and community centres across the city will be flinging open their doors to let the fun in, hosting workshops on photography, dry-land synchronised swimming, gingerbread-baking and even how to make elephant toothpaste - because why not? There's the silly: kidult-friendly soft-play areas, hula-hooping, face-painting and giant dominoes, and the serious: discussions on sex and mental health. But whatever your idea of fun, there won't be a corgi in sight.

October 3 and 4, various locations. Find out more about Fun Palaces.

Or find more fun things to do in London this weekend.

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