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56 wonderful ways to spend the bank holiday weekend in London

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Oh May, how you spoil us! It’s the second bank holiday of the month, and although the summer sunshine is less reliable than a Soho nightbus, we’ve got you covered rain or shine. Here’s our guide to what’s going on this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

All weekend

London Comic Con © Patrick Dalton

No need to trek to a beach when you’ve got fish and chips and knickerbocker glories at beach themed pop-up Hoxton-on-Sea, Hoxton.

Get your fill of workshops, baking competitions and cookery demos at Morden Hall Park Food Festival, Morden.

Watch five-time Academy Award-winning movie ‘Gladiator live with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall.

Get involved at the demos, tastings and masterclasses (or just scoff yourself silly) at Foodies Festival, Marble Hill House and Kenwood House.

Swing over to outdoor photography exhibition Spotlight Sumatra for orangutans, elephants and tigers, More London Riverside, London Bridge.

Walk barefoot, make your own potions and learn how cocktails really can be medicinal at Plantasia, Kew Gardens.

Join the gathering of 40 breweries from around the world at Meantime Brewfest, Old Brewery.

Fanboys unite for this year’s dose of manga and cosplay at MCM London Comic Con, ExCel London.

Graffiti artist Paredes presents 25 large-scale sculptures at Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes, Somerset House.

Ladies, stock up on vintage-inspired pieces at the East London label Bitching and Junkfood Sample Sale, Arch 379, Haggerston.

Take a look around Ai Weiwei‘s newest installation symbolising a dying breed of bicycles, Lisson gallery.

Come face to face with Mammoths: Ice Age Giants, which opens this weekend at the Natural History Museum.

Listen to music and glug some craft beer while raising money for cancer charity Macmillan at Hear No Evil, London Fields Brewery.

Go to a graffiti canvas workshop at Converse Arts Project London, various locations.

Get the glow at four-day feel-good festival The Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing FestivalEarl’s Court Exhibition Centre.

Shake your ass over to bank holiday monster festival We are FSTVL, Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster.

Festivals further afield: Radio 1′s Big Weekend, Glasgow, Bearded Theory FestivalWalton-on-Trent, Off The Tracks Spring Festival, Derby.

Friday

freak friday

Get your freak on for cabaret, stand-up and circus performers at Friday Night Freaks, Udderbelly, Southbank.

Have a laugh at the funnier-than-it-sounds show by Richard Herring – We’re All Going to Die!Bloomsbury Theatre, Euston.

See if you can find Le Disco, a massive secret party by Viktor Wynd somewhere in Hackney Wick.

Give that credit card a good workout at Browns Pop Up Sale, The Music Room, Mayfair.

Gigs: Albert Hammond, Jazz Café, Camden, Seasick Steve, Royal Albert Hall, Nine Inch Nails, The O2, Tower Hamlets, and 24 more.

Saturday

Crab Feast

Have a smashing time at Hammer & Claw, the American feast where you can help yourself and be as shellfish as you want, Farr’s School of Dancing, Dalston.

Party hard with Canadian breakcore genius Venetian Snares at Scala, King’s Cross.

Get high and listen to some experimental melodies at the RooftopTerrace Party with Vakula, Prince of Wales, Brixton.

Test out your music skills at a Ukulele Taster Class, various venues.

Let William Lunn show you five artists’ infatuation with detail and our love of repetition, and our love of repetition at Obsessive Compulsive Order, Copperfield, Borough.

Accept this Curious Invitation: The Rite of Spring – The Great May Masquerade for cabaret, dance and music, The Coronet, Elephant & Castle.

Gigs: The Monochrome Set, Half Moon Putney, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Under the Bridge, Chelsea, Arctic Monkeys, Finsbury Park, and 19 more.

Sunday

Soho Flea Market

Browse the wares of artisan and designer crafters at Soho Flea Market 2014, Dean Street.

Eat your way through interactive courses and shape-shifting cocktails at the Edible Book Launch, Boxpark, Shoreditch. No, you can’t eat the book.

Make Contact with some of dubstep and grime’s heavyweights at Village Underground, Shoreditch.

Immerse yourself in the storytelling, gambling and mysterious game at Teatime Wonder Game, Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall.

If you missed last night’s terrace party then slide down to this one: Slide with Dimitri From Paris + The Reflex, Prince of Wales, Brixton.

If you’re in need of a chuckle, be there for the podcast recording of Greg Proops – The Smartest Man in the World, Soho Theatre.

Berlin based party Extended Play comes to London for one night only, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.

Gigs: Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball, Barbican Centre, Alan Clayson And The Argonauts, 12 Bar Club, Holborn, Fletch’s Brew, Ronnie Scott’s, and 18 more.

Monday

Drenge © Andy Willsher

Mummies (and daddies) grab your kids and head to Marvellous mummies which starts today, British Museum.

Gigs: Hospitality, Seabright Arms, Haggerston, Barry Manilow, The O2, Tower Hamlets, Drenge, 100 Club, Soho, and 12 more.

Or why not…

Watch new hit films: ‘Fading Gigolo‘, ‘The Punk Singer‘, ‘Heli‘.

Or a new and limited-run five star shows: ‘The Pajama Game‘, ‘A View from the Bridge‘, ‘King Charles III‘.

Apply to Win a ride in the driver cab of a new tube train.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

★ Cereal offenders: London’s first cereal café planned for Shoreditch

★ National Vegetarian Week: five of our favourite veggie-friendly restaurants

★ Take it to the roof: London’s hottest rooftop bar openings

★ Tube ticket time machine: compare your fare from 1983-2050

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