What’s On In London This Weekend? 20-23 August

What are you up to this weekend? Here’s a round up of our recommendations and a smattering of suggestions to help you make the most of your 48 hours leisure time.

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Dancer at Cellar Door by marcusg via the Londonist Flickrpool

All weekend:

  • Hungamunga Festival means you can make a mess and possibly something arty or crafty in Bethnal Green – Saturday at the Gallery Cafe and Sunday at the Working Men’s Club. All materials provided plus music, animation and performance. A day pass is £12, weekend pass £20.

  • Tete a Tete Opera Festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, reaches its final weekend of “new and innovative drama and storytelling driven by music and the voice”. If you arrive dressed as a mermaid or a sailor to “She Walked Veiled and Sleeping” you’ll get in gratis.
  • If you like your opera a tad more traditional Glyndebourne arrives at Somerset House by screen.
  • It’s also the final weekend of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and weekend three of The Camden Fringe.
  • Friday:

  • Rock a Hula! ushers rock n roll, hula hooping and swing dancing into Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Come dressed for a 1950s Hawaiin beach party. 8pm-3am, £5 in advance.
  • One of our favourite late night drinking and snuff holes is hosting free cabaret entertainment as part of the London Alternative Fringe Festival. Friday Night Follies, Cellar Door at 9pm. Don’t be afraid of the toilets.
  • Saturday:

  • Venture down the Old Vic Tunnels for Dark Carnival and be treated to additional late night performances with the Red Light Night, 8:30 until late, £9.
  • Semiotics attracts literary types to an old ice cream factory in Deptford. 3pm-2am, £3.
  • Find out where the Love Fever Studio Party is taking place in Dalston, 10pm-4am, £12 in advance.
  • Sunday:

    • Chiswick Thai Festival provides an alternative Sunday lunch choice on Chiswick Common Park. Open from 10am through to 7pm find authentic Thai food and beer and be entertained by Thai dance, music and boxing. £3 admission.

  • To mark the end of Ping London the open Time Out Table Tennis Tourney takes place in Soho Square between 4-6pm. Just turn up, free.
  • Close your weekend with quizzing and comedy with Adrian Poynton’s “Quiz That Ate My Brain” at Camden Head, 10.15pm. £4 per person.
  • Other good stuff:

    Don’t forget to comb our specialist selections: all things literary in the Book Grocer, show openings and closings in Arts Ahead and things for when you’re on a tight budget.

    You can also browse all latest arts and events features and salivate over our latest food and drink content for gastronomic inspiration.

    Booking ahead: Open House City, Secret Subterranean London, Shooting Portraits at NPG, Turning Point Festival.

    What did we miss? Shout it out in the comments. And have a good one!

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