This week we’re combining London On The Cheap and our Weekend post to give you the best of the bank holiday weekend, whatever the weather.
Photo of that brilliant Carnival image used by TFL all round the tube by version3point1
Thurday The weekend starts early with the Lockstock Festival Bank Holiday Bonanza in Camden Lock Market from 2pm until late. Free.
And there’s free tango in Spitalfields, 6.30-9.30pm.
Plus you can get erotic in the Barbican Conservatory.
Friday: The first London Electronic Dance Festival raves up Victoria Park today and Saturday. Tickets £40/day, £70/weekend.
Saturday: The Alternative Village Fete sets up its stalls at the National Theatre from 1 till 7pm (and Sunday, 1-4pm) “where the folk is activism and the bunting radical.” Free.
Follow the animals round Southwark Cathedral on a family friendly safari starting at 11am, free, no booking required.
Jam, vegetables, cake and chutney at Kew Horticultural Society Summer Show on Kew Green, 1.30-6pm.
The Windmill in Brixton lays on a party for anyone who went to Reading in ’92 or failed to get tickets this year. 1992: The Year Reading Peaked is a fond tribute to the rock festival without the mud but with a Super Mario Kart competition. 4pm-midnight, £5.
Sunday: The Ballroom Boot Fair at The Ivy House offers ‘art, wares, bric-a-brac, records, vintage clothes & cool junk!’ between midday and 4pm, entrance 50p (kids free) at 40 Stuart Road, Peckham Rye SE15 2PL.
Index on Censorship hosts a night of comedy, cabaret and music starring the banned in Belarus theatre company, ‘Belarus Free Theatre’ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, E2, 6pm till 2am. Buy an early bird ticket now for just £5.
Museum of London Docklands’ season of Ealing Comedies kicks off with Hue and Cry at 2pm, free.
Storytails presents readings of original stories at the Birdcage, Stamford Hill between 5-6.30pm. Free (spare change to charity).
The Dalston Cup is a spin off from Little London Fields Festival and takes place at the Junction Rooms between 4pm and midnight with live music all the way.
Monday: Find out about Wild and Wonderful Herbs: Remedies for Children and their Grown Ups at the bandstand in West Ham Park, free between 2-4pm.
The Great Summer Frolick winds up the weekend in the most civilised style at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead. Award winning baroque group The Frolick sing songs from 18th century London promising: ove, lust, recession, melancholy, drinking and riotous fun. 7pm, £10/8.