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62 glorious things happening in London this weekend

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[Carter’s Steam Fair on Eel Brook Common in Fulham. Pic: Flamenco Sun]

Tell the April showers to shove off. Get out and about this weekend with our brillo ideas…

All weekend

Head to the O2 arena for marvellous indie film festival Sundance London.

Weekend art and design fairs: Pick Me Up at Somerset House; The London Original Print Fair 2014 at the Royal Academy of Arts, Green Park; or The Other Art Fair at Ambika P3, Marylebone.

See Daley dive: The London Aquatics Centre reopens for the FINA/NVC Diving World Series.

Smash it stoner rock style at Desertfest music festival Camden.

Watch fun flicks at unusual venues at the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival.

Kids bits: Storystock at the Saatchi Gallery; Shakespearean workshops continue at Easter at the V&A; or Hahahopscotch workshops at Brunel Museum gardens, Rotherhithe – parents can kick back with a cheeky fresh herb cocktail.


Explore biology technology at Synthetic Aesthetics at the V&A.

Learn the facts behind funnies at the Science of Laughter, RIGB, Green Park.

Enjoy live music and tasty food from Greenwich Dance at the Supper Room, Borough Hall.

Gigs: Fuck Buttons + Mount Kimbie at Barbican Hall; Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats at Koko, Camden; Maroon Town at Hootananny, Brixton; and 33 more.

Clubs: SubDub London at The Coronet, Elephant and Castle; Andy C All Night at Electric Brixton; Over the Moon at Moonlighting, Soho; and 79 more.


Light up, get set, go! It’s the Electric Run at Wembley park – glow sticks at the ready!

Stitch and sing at Crafternoon Cabaret Club’s First Birthday, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden

Support Freightliners Farm and Islington Giving on a town-meets-country-rich-meets-poor-themed charity walk, starting at Islington Town Hall.

Attend It Was a Lover and His Lass at The Actor’s Church, St Paul’s, for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s baptism.

City Lit Deaf Day: Discuss deaf issues and celebrate achievement with a play, art therapy and workshops, Holborn.

Catch some sweet rides at Bonham’s Classic Car Auction, the Royal Air Force Museum, Colindale

Take fido for doggy accessories, treats, and training at the Cabbages and Frocks Dogs Day, St Marylebone Parish Church.

Check out the William Morris wallpaper as the historical 7 Hammersmith Terrace reopens for the summer.

The Music Circle, part of Annie Lennox’s Circle initiative with Oxfam, is back to host stellar second hand sale Rumble in the Jumble, Oval Space.

Gigs: Toy at Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Marlena Shaw at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho; Iain Ballamy 50th Birthday Celebration at Kings Place, King’s Cross; and 22 more.

Clubs: Stumblin’ Slims at The Blues Kitchen, Camden; Through The Looking Glass at Adam Street Members Club, Strand; Late Night LTD at The Nest, Dalston; and 83 more.


Embrace spring at the Perivale Wood Nature Reserve Open Day.

Rejoice with Rembrandt in song at the Portrait Choir Singing Day, the National Portrait Gallery.

Cheer on aspiring athletes (aged 7-16) at the London Mini Marathon, Greenwich Park.

Russian pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy meets muso Edward Seckerson at The London Jewish Cultural Centre, Golders Green.

Gigs: Brody Dalle at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane; Aziza Brahim at St Pancras Old Church, Camden; 65daysofstatic: Silent Running at Village Underground, Shoreditch; and 30 more.

Other ideas

Wake up and smell the roses at Columbia Road Flower Market.

Sample 250 wines (as well as cider, beer and vodka) at the Vintage Wine Festival, Old Billingsgate Market (Fri and Sat).

Fancy Meeting You Here: comedians and culture on a tour of the Tate or the British Museum (Fri and Sat).

Last chance to catch: Keep It Clean! A Grubby History of Wandsworth and London, the Wandsworth Museum (until Sat); The Anatomy of a Suit at the Museum of London; Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration at Two Temple Place.

Theatre: See the newly opened ‘A Small Family Business‘ at the National Theatre, Olivier, South Bank; A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic, Southwark; Let the Right One In at the Apollo Shaftesbury; or seven more.

Kids’ theatre: See the London Children’s Ballet do ‘Nanny McPhee, the Peacock Theatre, Covent Garden (all weekend); Lost & Found at Madame Jojo’s, Soho (Sat); The Last Pearly at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green (Sun).

See the latest movie releases: Transcendence, Exhibition, or Locke.

Shoppers! Head to new Lark boutique, Kensal Rise; get a glow-in-the-dark suit at Dashing Tweeds, Savile Row; or hit the best of the Easter sales!

Food: try the tasty cuisine at the revamped Cat & Mutton pub, Broadway Market; eat around the world at the Urban Food Fest, the Euro Car Parks, Shoreditch; or try one of London’s newly opened fab food joints.

Have fun!

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