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38 terrific things going on this weekend in London

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Wondering what to do with your lovely full bank account after payday, or wondering how to survive a horribly skint weekend because (like us) you have to wait until Monday for your top-up? Either way we’ve got you covered because this weekend is full of fabulous, proud, colourful events to suit all budgets. Here’s a guide to some of the great things going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All weekend

Get yourself down to the Southbank Centre for the Festival of Love Opening Weekend. (And don’t forget to come and have a chat with us!)

Swap the rabbit hole for a coal mine at Beth Steel’s new drama Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre.

Explore the power of the Bridge and how they can influence and inspire us, Museum of London Docklands.

Step inside the giant marshmallow-like structure for cinema, theatre and debates at the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion, Kensington Gardens.

By George! Enjoy a family day out eighteenth-century-style at the Georgian Family Festival, Kensington Palace.

Dolly Parton at the O2 Arena

Friday

Get on your bike for the Critical Mass mass bike ride: starts at the Southbank Centre at 6/6.30pm.

There’s a free gig from Voodoo Love Orchestra on the South Bank, too.

‘Get ’em high’ at Kanye night at the Jazz Cafe in Camden. Yep, that’s right, a whole club night dedicated to his godliness. Or check out 15 critics’ choice club nights happening tonight!

Gigs: Dexys, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, The Daptone Super Soul Revue, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Dolly Parton, The O2, and 21 more.

pride london 2014

Saturday

It’s the Pride in London parade! We’ve chosen seven great places to celebrate and 15 great after parties too.

Treat your taste buds at Tottenham Green Market in north-east London.

Make a racquet for the Wimbledon Championships, All England Lawn Tennis Club. Ace! (Games are being shown on big screens around the city.)

Pop some sea sickness pills and bob along to Frogbeats Sweet Boat Party, Tamesis Dock or Smartie Partie Boat Party, Tower Millennium Pier.

Cover yourself if coloured powder at Holi-inspired Festival of Colours, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.

Cook up a feast at a free cooking class with José Pizarro, Bermondsey Street.

Have a Fiesta in the Fields, with music, street food and plenty of booze at London Fields Brewery.

Chat to a stranger at Talk to Me London and Time Out’s Talk Bar, South Bank.

Dance your way over to The Rambert Event, Rambert Dance Company, South Bank.

Cheap gigs from Paradise (summer Jagwar Ma-ish jams at Surya, Angel, £5) and MFC (‘back-to-basics garage rock’, Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, £5.)

Gigs: Brendan Reilly/Cecilia Stalin/Natalie Williams, 606 Club, Chelsea; Paradise, Surya, Pentonville; Calling Festival, Clapham Common and 17 more.

Dragon Boat Race

Sunday

Go bonkers for Wonka at a ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ sing-a-long at The Prince Charles Cinema.

Music, martial arts and racing dragons at the London Dragon Boat Festival, London Regatta Centre, Royal Albert Docks.

Massive orchestra, soloists and choir as the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler‘s Eighth Symphony, Royal festival Hall.

Gigs: Rough Copy, Fairfield Halls, Croydon; Laura Holland Band, Proud Camden; Joe Stilgoe, Brasserie Zédel and ten more.

Or why not…

Watch a recently released hit film:Cold in July‘, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2‘ or ‘The Two Faces of January‘.

Or a recently reviewed theatre production: ‘Idomeneus‘, ‘Carousel‘ or ‘East of Berlin‘.

Try out the clever cocktails at Peg & Patriot, Town Hall, Bethnal Green.

And don’t forget the best of the blog…

★ Four London restaurants set in old toilets
★ Scream tea: the London Dungeon opens a rat café
 Get on board: snap up your chance to spend a night in A Room For London
 Seven kind-hearted projects in London to melt your hear
★ These clever benches are the opposite of anti-homeless spikes

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