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5 brilliantly bizarre things to do this weekend in London

Alexandra Sims

You’ve spent all week sat in the office trying to look normal. Now it’s the weekend and time to unleash your kooky side. Here are five ways to live life on the weird side this weekend in London. 

Zip Now London

Don’t spend your weekend walking around on the ground like normal people; instead, fly through the air on this humungous zip wire. Seriously, it’s the longest, fastest city zip wire in the world and it’s popped up in Archbishop’s Park for the summer for adrenaline junkies to woosh down. If you thought cycling at rush hour was a buzz, it’s got nothing on this thrill. Zip Now London. Archbishop's Park. Every day, noon to 8pm until Sep 9. Exclusive Time Out offer: £25


Free Ghost Tour

Get to know all of London’s ghoulish secrets on an after-dark tour of the city’s most spine-chilling spots. From the Houses of Parliament to Green Park you’ll traverse through town hearing creepy stories of modern hauntings, learning about spooky urban legends and discovering eerie tales from London’s history. Meet at Westminster tube station. Sat May 26 at 7pm. Free. 


Thames River Kayaking Trip

Start your weekend by joining Kayak Crew London for a morning paddle up the Thames. While you’re at it get an eyeful of the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, the Globe, St Paul’s, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. It’s definitely the kookiest way to do a bit of sightseeing we’ve ever heard of. Meet at Old Naval Collage, Greenwich. Sat May 26 at 8.20am. £48pp. Book by May 25. 


‘The Simpsons’ Symposium

It’s not often we get excited about a symposium, but this one dedicated to our fave family from Springfield has certainly got our heads swivelling. Head on down for a panel talk from lots of knowledgeable ‘Simpsons’ enthusiasts touching on the Lisa Simpson Book Club, notable predictions of the future in the series and the recent documentary ‘The Problem With Apu’, plus plenty of screenings. Looks like everything's coming up Milhouse. Studio Voltaire. Sat May 26 2.30pm to 5pm. Pay what you can, suggested donation £4. 


MCM Comic Con

A firm fixture on every fangirl and fanboy’s annual calendar, London Comic Con is the UK’s biggest modern pop culture convention. With dealer stalls, special guests, plenty of manga, games and cosplay, there’s heaps to get excited about. Special guests rocking up to events this year include Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapičić from ‘Deadpool’, John DiMaggio (‘Adventure Time’) plus Jackie Cruz and Taryn Manning (‘Orange is the New Black’). ExCeL London. Sat May 26-Sun May 27, from 9am. From £11. 

Find more wonderful things to do in London this month with our May calendar.  

Images: ‘Spooky Ben’ Adrian Chandler/Fickr, ‘Kayaking on the Thames’ Agustin Molina/Flickr

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