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52 tremendous ways to relish this weekend in London

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All weekend

Get your music fix at weekend-long festival Field DayVictoria Park, Tower Hamlets.

Try Soho’s finest restaurants, all in the name of charity, at the Soho Food Feast.

Loosen your belt and prepare for some tasty treats at Streatham Food Festival, various venues.

Get crafty at Crouch End Festival – the ten-day community festival kicks off with live music and a craft fair.

Enjoy cult cinema gems at the Hollywood Spring Weekender, Hackney.

Party with some BBQing bears at day parties The 2 Bears Rooftop Picnic + XOYO Residency Series, Dalston Roof Park.

Celebrate your inner bookworm with music, art, debates, talks and more at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

Have a look around Toy Stories, a new exhibition at the V&A featuring portraits of children across 50 countries, V&A Museum of Childhood.

Invest in some great designer pieces at the Emma Cook Sample Sale, Shacklewell Studios, or the Linda Farrow Sample Sale, Finsbury.

Head over to the Topman Festival for free music and clothing customisation, Oxford Circus.

Check out Red Marketone of London’s first pop-up street food markets, recently reopened on Old Street.

Visit the animals at night, London Zoo Lates start this weekend!

Grab some Caribbean cuisine and watch some theatre at More London Free Festival, The Scoop at More London, South Bank.

Take a look at Amy Sharrock’s damp collection at the Museum of Water, Somerset House.

Learn how the experts make their gin, and (more importantly) drink it at Junipalooza, Factory 7, Shoreditch High Street.

Check out all of the exhibitions, debates, walks and talks going on as part of London Festival of Architecture, various locations.

Flamingo Pier


Spend the night watching slapstick comedy Knightmare Live at Udderbelly.

Don’t miss the re-opening of Frank’s Cafe, Peckham.

Feel totally tropical at the canal side in Hackney Wick with street food, DJ sets and cocktails at Flamingo Pier.

Have a Rumpus with circus, storytelling, immersive theatre, dance classes and more at the Coronet, Elephant & Castle.

Gigs: Arcade Fire, Earls Court; Lorde, O2 Academy Brixton; Pusha T, Koko, Camden and 29 more.



Rewind to the ’40s for a booze fuelled The Blitz Party at The Vaults.

Take a road trip on a Routemaster coach with design critic Stephen Bayley, Grosvenor Gardens.

Watch innovative comedy talent Simon Munnery at Fylm School, Udderbelly, South Bank.

Party all day long at Rootikal on the roof, The Prince of Wales.

Race around Smithfield Market and catch a glimpse of some international cycling stars at London Nocturne, Farringdon.

If you’re feeling nautical, get glammed up for the Pacha Boat Party, Victoria.

Get your weekly dose of dancing and DJs with Kanye vs Prince at The Doctor’s Orders, The Book Club, Shoreditch.

Listen to secret urban storytelling somewhere in Woolwich’s derelict lido.

Gigs: One Direction, Wembley Stadium; Graham Parker and The Rumour, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Bitty McLean, Jazz Café, Camden and 23 more.

Gumball crowds! DAVID SIDHU


Tart up your vintage wardrobe at Frock me! Vintage Fashion Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, Sloane Square.

Be fast and furious watching extreme sport demos at Gumball 3000 Rally on Regent Street.

Make some noise for Notsosilent Rootop Parties at South Place Hotel, Moorgate.

Buy one-off pieces of art straight from the artists at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane Yard.

Gigs: Mari Wilson, ArtHouse, Crouch End; Shonen Knife, Cafe Oto, Dalston; Echo And The Bunnymen, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and 15 more.

Or why not…

Watch new hit films: ‘22 Jump Street‘, ‘Fruitvale StationorPulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets‘.

Or a new Theatre production: ‘Fathers and Sons‘, ‘Mr Burnsor the star-studded ‘Skylight‘.

Go to a recently reviewed art exhibition: ‘Alex Ruthner: Unreliable Imitation of Life‘ or ‘The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760‘.

Try out these recently opened restaurants: Ham Yard Hotel, Fischer’s or The Perfectionists Cafe.

And don’t forget the best of the blog!

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