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64 spring-tastic things happening in London this weekend

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 4, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Gordian Knot. Pic: Unslugges

[Gordian Knot. Pic: Unslugged]

It’s nearly the weekend, London, and as always, there are loads of wonderful ways to stay entertained…

All weekend

Attend an expert ‘coffee lab’ at the London Coffee Festival, Hanbury Street.

Tuck into some street food at KERB at the Southbank Centre

Appreciate those tinkling ivories at It’s All About Piano! Institut Français, South Ken.

Get down and boogie at The Hanwell Hootie music festival, various venues across Hanwell.

Kyra Crane, Kris Campo, and Lesley Risby are just a few of the prestigious potters showing at Ceramic Art London, the RCA, South Ken.

It’s Welly Weekend at Morden Hall Park, so grab your gumboots, discover the local wildlife and sow some seeds for spring.

Find haberdashery, textiles, and fine craft at the Selvedge Magazine Spring Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall.

Fashion history and tips from the best at Creative Stitches with Fashion & Embroidery and Hobbycrafts, ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock.

Besotted with Bulgari? Devoted to Dolce and Gabbana? Head to The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 at the V&A (opens Sat).

Art exhibitions opening: Richard Mosse: The Enclave at The Vinyl Factory Space, Soho; Shezad Dawood: Towards The Possible Film at Parasol Unit, Angel; From Jamaica to Notting Hill – Rudi Patterson’s Visions in Colour, the Leighton House Museum, Holland Park; and four more.

And, special Easter programmes include: egg painting at the London Wetland Centre, Willy Wonka workshops at Kew Gardens; a Word Explosion at the V&A Museum of Childhood and the chance to meet much loved children’s author Jacqueline Wilson.


Performance from Harold Offeh, installation from Miles Aldrige, and the chance to be included in Nina Mandahar’s What We Wore Project, all at the Late at Tate Britain.

Time Out does a Silent Disco at Altitude London, at the top of Westminster’s iconic Millbank Tower. (Sold out!)

Gigs: The Primitives at The Lexington, Clerkenwell; Paul Carmichael Band at the 606 Club, Chelsea; London Community Gospel Choir/Omar Puente at the Union Chapel, Highbury; and 33 more.

Clubs: Tempo Clash at Autumn Street Studios, Bow; Jazzanova at Village Underground, Spitalfields; BleeD at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle and 75 more.


Celebrate the grand opening of chill zone Victor’s Lab, set to host capoeira, dance, pilates and yoga sessions.

See the physical scars left by WWI on London in the Wars guided walk, starting from Tabard Piazza, Borough.

Gigs: Evan Parker at Kings Place, King’s Cross; You Me at Six at Alexandra Palace; Gary Barlow at The O2, Greenwich; and 26 more.

Clubs: Rebel Bingo at Electric Brixton; Buttoned Down Disco at Koko, Camden; Saturday Night Lick at Moonlighting, Soho and 75 more.


In the words of Mary Poppins: Let’s go fly a kite… at Streatham Common Kite Day.

Take your pick of the Sunday races: the traditional Oxbridge Boat Race, from Putney Bridge; the RNLI Alternative Boat Race (with teeny tiny lifeboats!), Syon Reach; or the even more, err, alternative, Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race at Spitalfields City Farm.

Be the first to set foot in the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (and up Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit tower).

Or, settle in after a lecture by Richard Wiseman on Sleep at The School of Life, Russell Square.

Gigs: Rufus Wainwright at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; Melingo at the Purcell Room, South Bank; Stacey Kent at Millfield Arts Centre, Tottenham and 21 more.

Other ideas

For the Kids: See Michael Morpurgo’s book ‘Private Peaceful’ come to life on stage at the Richmond Theatre (Fri, Sat) or as part of Cityread London Family Day, Museum of London Docklands (Sat).

Or, learn how Harry Potter’s Hedwig, Pidwidgeon, Buckbeak and Fawkes all flapped into life at Feathers & Flight, Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden.

Catch April’s best theatre: ‘A View From The Bridge‘ at the Young Vic; ‘Birdland‘ at the Royal Court Theatre; ‘King Charles III‘ at the Almeida and many more.

See newly opened exhibitions: Mark Titchner at CGP London Dilston Grove; Club of Friends: Underground Art From St Petersburg, at Calvert 22, Shoreditch; and Abraham Cruzevillegas at Thomas Dane, St James’s.

And it’s the last chance to see: Gifted glassworker Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object at the Halcyon Gallery, New Bond Street; London Stories at The Serco Prize for Illustration at the London Transport Museum; or the best from University of the Arts at Future Map, Space, Bethnal Green.

Watch incredible ballet productions: the English National Ballet’s ‘Lest We Forget‘ at the Barbican Centre, and ‘Savoin Glover: Sole Sanctuary‘ at Sadler’s Wells.

Try out the five-star food and drink at: Koya, Soho (if you’re skint); Caravan, King’s Cross (if you’re of mediocre means); St John, Smithfield (if you’re treating yourself); or, Orrery, Marylebone, (if you’re feeling plush).

Bee-line to the cinema to see the ‘Hunger Games’-esque ‘Divergent‘, Richard Ayoade’s ‘The Double‘, or gripping documentary ‘A Story of Children and Film‘.

Pop by a pop-up: The Antipodium Sample Sale, Cremer Business Centre, Hoxton; The Swedish Hasbeens London Pop-Up, Shoreditch Boxpark; or the Seek No Further Pop-Up Shop, Shoreditch.

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