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4 outrageously offbeat ways to spend this weekend in London

Alexandra Sims

It’s boring being normal. Let your kooky side out this weekend at these weird and wonderful events aching to welcome all you offbeat Londoners with open arms.

Anya Hindmarch’s ‘Chubby Cloud’

Don’t stay in bed all weekend constantly hitting the snooze button on your alarm. Doze off on a huge, fluffy white bean bag, which is popping up in the beautiful Banqueting House. Inspired by Anya Hindmarch’s latest collection for London Fashion Week, ‘Chubby Cloud’ lets Londoners sink into and snooze on the huge bean bag while staring up at the building’s gorgeous Rubens-painted ceiling. There’s also a programme of talks, meditations, music and bedtime stories, including lullabies sung by The London Gay Men’s Chorus and Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast read live to music. Banqueting House. Sat-Sun. Prices vary.

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Join an East End knees-up that Dick van Dyke would give his right arm to muscle in on. London’s other Royal Family – the Pearly Kings and Queens – are putting on their very own harvest festival with a whole load of good old-fashioned entertainment including maypole dancing, morris dancers and a marching band. Remember to reacquaint yourself with the lyrics to ‘Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner’ before you go. Guildhall Yard. Sun. Free. 


Colourscape Music Festival

Grab a coloured cape and head on a tour of the kaleidoscopic tunnels taking over Clapham Common. This enormous labyrinthine, inflatable maze filled with rainbow-coloured glows will leave your usual Sunday walks in the park in the shade. At the weekend there’ll also be some unusual musicians performing in the space, which will really tip the experience into magical territory. Clapham Common. Sat-Sun. £11.

Dinosaur Days

Spend your weekend hanging out with some giant, anatomically-inaccurate dinosaur sculptures. Crystal Palace Park’s 30 huge concrete dino sculptures may not be correct by modern standards, but boy do Londoners love them. Grab your chance to get up close and personal with the reptiles at this tyrannosaurus-sized weekender. Learn about the history of geology through street theatre and try your hand at some volunteer gardening. This is the closest thing we have to a (safe) Jurassic Park in London and well worth a visit. Crystal Palace Park. Sat-Sun. Free.

Find more great things to do in London this weekend with our September guide.  


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