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- Visit gardens not normally open to the public for Open Garden Squares Weekend
- Ray Davies’ Meltdown kicks off at the Southbank Centre
- The Urban Physic Garden opens at Union Street, Southwark
- Spitalfields Music Summer Festival begins, and to give you a free taster, the market will be turned over to music on Sunday.
- Admire the automobiles at Canary Wharf Motorexpo 2011
- Cartographiles… get mappy happy at the London Map Fair. Fill your boots by visiting our Handdrawn London display at Museum of London too.
- Drop by the ARThouse Open Studios Festival in Richmond to snoop round the homes and studios of local creative and arts people.
- Get a ticket for Michael Clark Company at Tate Modern Live.
We got a bit stuck for Friday night activities this week so we asked our Facebook friends:
- Ian Visits tells us there will be fireworks by the O2 around 9.30pm
- Evan Dickerson suggests a night of Russian song at Wigmore Hall. 7.30pm start, tickets £15-30.
- Savi Lin says there’s a curators’ and artists’ talk about Taiwanese Art Today at the Rag Factory, E1, 7.30pm start.
- Jude McArdle bigs up Club Fandango at the Bull and Gate, Kentish Town : The Racket + Plead The Fifth + Young Aviators + Drew Girling. 8pm, £6.
- Jelena Popov recommends clubbing with Four Tet at Plastic People, Curtain Road, Shoreditch. £10 in.
- Robert Ander Lugg points you to a rave in a railway arch in Brixton inspired by the Rapture that didn’t happen: World Unknown starts at 11pm, £5/£7.
- Andrew Emerson flags up a DJ set by Simian Mobile Disco at the Nest in Dalston from 9pm, £6.
They’re changing the guard at Buckingham Palace!Actually they’re Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s birthday. You’ll be able to peer at it from the Mall. Starts 10am, fly past at 1pm.
- The Queens Park Book Festival looks like one full day of literary amazingness. Tickets just a fiver.
- Crawl and stitch with Stitch London on Worldwide Knit In Public Day and International Yarnbombing Day. Free to join, just bring your knit kit bag and meet at the bandstand in St James’ Park at 12.30pm.
- Hatton Garden Festival lures you to the jewellery quarter between 11am-5pm as part of London Jewellery Week. As well as demonstrations and have a go activities, there will be a world record attempt to make as many silver rings as possible, all to be sold at £40 a pop in aid of the NSPCC.
- Mayton Street Festival is part of Holloway Arts Festival and brings a free afternoon of poetry, singing, craft, theatre and a pop up cafe to the Old Fire Station Community Centre, Mayton Street N7 between 1-5pm. Dare you enter the bake off?
- Ravers! It’s LED Festival in Victoria Park.
- Join the colourful Rathaytra Festival of Chariots on its procession from Hyde Park around midday to Trafalgar Square with a free party in the Square till 5pm.
- The Sex Worker Film Festival attempts to throw stereotypes back at the film industry at the Dalston Rio this afternoon from 1pm. Tickets £9.
- Do the London Circle Walk
- Stratford Circus Theatre Square hosts the multi-arts Windrush Festival live music, theatre, photography, short films and arts & crafts, celebrating the culture, music and influence of Caribbean and African migrants to the UK. Tickets are £7, 2-6pm. Call 020 8279 1001 for more info.
Other good stuff:
- Lit and spoken word from the Book Grocer
- Sci/tech/nerd stuff in Week in Geek
- Shows and exhibitions opening and closing in Arts Ahead
- Things to do in London on the Cheap
- What’s on at Museums and Galleries
- Where to find the zingiest cabaret
- What’s funny in stand up and sketch comedy
- New music gigs in Music Choice
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