75 simply fab ways to spend this weekend in London

 Tedz Duran

[Buckingham Palace. Photo: Tedz Duran]

Welcome March, roll on Spring! Make the most of your weekend with our top tips of the hottest things happening…

All weekend

Newly opened: the Fashion and Gardens exhibition at the Gardens Museum, Lambeth Palace; the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Award exhibition at the Museum of London.
Fri and Sat: Vault Lates Nabokov Arts Club as part of Vault Festival 2014, Waterloo.
Alternative Arts is hosting exhibitions across London to kick off Women’s History Month.
Feeling sad post-Sochi? Think ‘Courchevel 1850′ and ‘Cool Runnings’… Hush Presents Ski Season!
Have a Wes Anderson fest! Every night this weekend, you can book in to Secret Cinema’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘.
Stop and smell the flowers at the Chiswick House Camellia Festival.
Sharpen your comic timing at a Improvisation Academy weekend course.
Geek out on technological gadgetry the Barbican Weekender.
Aye Aye Captain! It’s the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.
Family Fun Weekend: Whatever the Weather at the Cutty Sark.

Friday

The London Author Fair, empowering authors, writers and content creators, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden.
Last chance to catch the Kino/ Film Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen, GRAD, Fitzrovia.
Celebrate LGBT History Month at Polari with VG Lee, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank.
Art from N19 at the Tottenham Takeover, the V&A.
Funny woman Sarah Millican is back to roost: Home Bird at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Gigs: The Orwells at the Trinity Centre, Dalston; Black Stone Cherry at Koko, Camden; Me First And The Gimme Gimmes at the Shepherds Bush Empire.

Clubs: Beast Mode at Zinc, Holbron; Contact at Village Underground, Shoreditch; Vid-E-Yo at Jazz Café, Camden and 26 more.

Saturday

Enjoy a Hitchockian affair with ‘The Birds at Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow.
Do a drawing workshop at the Whitechapel Gallery.
The First Person Plural Science Museum Symposium: a closer look at the Only in England photography exhibition
Not you average old fayre… The Science Alternative Village Fete, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Arenacross : dirtbikes and motor racing at Wembley Arena. Vroom vroooom!
Critic’s choice comedy from Amused Moose, Moonlighting, Soho.

Gigs: Beyoncé at the O2 Arena; The Presidents of the United States of America at the Shepherds Bush Empire; Omar Puente at Vortex, Dalston.

Clubs: Darkside at The Coronet, Elephant & Castle; Hip Hop ‘n’ Bowl at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes; Club du Fromage, Islington Academy and 20 more.

Sunday

Have a very Russian celebration at the Maslenitsa Festival, Trafalgar Square.
Footie on skates:Rollersoccer, Queen Mother Sports Centre, Vauxhall.
Stevie Wonder’s favourite chip shop is just one stop on the north London Music, Movies, Murder and Mayhem tour.
Or, step back in history on the Mayfair and St James at War tour.
Kids get free reign at First Family Sundays at Kenwood House.
Big Fish Little Fish promises acid house fun for kids and parents alike, The Bedford, Balham.
Sunday Family Workshop on Silhouette Animation at Parasol Unit, Angel.
Drop by a Sunday Social at The Pump House, Battersea Park.
Join the infamous Sunday Assembly on a guided walk with Chris Barez Brown.
Tickle the strings at Violin Makers’ Day, the Clerkenwell Centre.

Gigs: Beyoncé at the O2 Arena; Eric Church at the Shepherds Bush Empire.

Other Ideas

Bounce over to inflatable dance act Meeting Mr Boom, at Greenwich Dance (Fri and Sat).

Catch the latest films  (and re-releases): ‘Funny Face, ‘Non-Stop, and ‘Almanac, or catch up on one of February top films so far; ‘Her, ‘Nymphomaniac’ or ‘Dallas Buyers Club.

Theatre: Catch the opening night of ‘Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre, ‘A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre, Lyttelton South Bank, or five-star critics’ choice ‘1984 at the Almeida Theatre, Islington.

Eating Out: Why not try one of Time Out’s most popular restaurants; the Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone; Berners Tavern, Soho; or The Delaunay, Aldwych.

Or, head to one of this week’s critics’ choices: Polpetto, Soho; Ember Yard, Soho; or Dirty Bones, Kensington.

Swing by the latest exhibitions: Art14 at Olympia London; United Visual Artists: Momentum at the Barbican Centre; Infinite City at the Zabludowicz Collection, Knetish Town; Camille Henrot: The Pale Fox at the Chisenhale Gallery; or Giacomo Brunelli: Eternal London at the Photographers’ Gallery, Oxford Circus.

February’s nearly over: Don’t miss some of the month’s best openings; Botanical Art in the 21st Century, Kew Gardens; Handel’s Music for Royal Occasions, Foundling Museum; Darwin (or) Bust, Grant Museum of Zoology; Men in Pants, De Morgan Centre; Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright, the V&A; Discovery: Art, Science and Exploration, Two Temple Place.

It’s also the last chance to see the Butterflies in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisely.

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