FASHION: The Vogue Festival brings the beautiful people together for two days of glamorous talks, discussion and panels, including the obligatory session on body image and size at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre. Buy tickets for each session here.
TANKS: Hyperlink Festival is a 3-day art, music and fashion fest curated by young people (15-25) at Tate Modern Tanks and explores the idea of six degrees of separation. Free entry, just turn up but check the website for what’s on when.
FIRST FESTIVAL: Dip into the First Festival at Last Refuge in Peckham for unusual and unexpected theatre, comedy, cabaret, poetry and film experiences. Check the website for the full programme and tickets, which range from free to £12.
CHEESE N WINE: Sniff out three days of deliciousness in Southbank Centre Square. Free to browse, watch out for tasters, open Friday to Sunday, 11am – 8pm daily (6pm Sunday)
MICKRONSONFEST: Still tickets available for this ICA special, featuring live music, rare film screenings, comedy and talks as well as a night in the bar exploring the impact Mick Ronson had on pop history (check out BOWIEVIRUS while you’re there for free). Multibuy pass £15, check the website for individual events and prebook.
OPEN STUDIOS: Explore Robinson Road Studios, an old Bethnal Green brush factory, and browse over 40 open artist studios. Free, just turn up, open Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm
AWAY FROM IT ALL: The forecast looks springy still so if you’re getting out and about to enjoy London’s green spaces or bucolic fringes, do take some photos for our project with London Transport Museum. You could win a trip in a tube driver’s cab!
Saturday 27 April
MOD MANIA: Scoot the Thames is a scooter ‘ride-out’ that ends on Lower Marsh for a day of mod-themed fun, focused on Scooter Caffé and Café del Marsh. Free, just turn up.
CAKE: The Great Brixton Bake-Off brings cake to the streets of SW9 with an all day celebration, including kids activities, live folk music and a tea dance. But it’s mostly about the cake. Free, just turn up and join in, 10am-5pm
WEMBLEY PASS: Watch out for a football mad parade bringing the FA Cup final match ball from Oval to Wembley Stadium via Kennington pitches, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square (around 1pm). Free, just turn up, check the timetable here.
DOG DAY: Plenty of pooches will be pootling along to Marylebone Parish Church Grounds with their vintage-styled owners for Dog Day Afternoon, courtesy of Cabbages and Frocks market. There will be stalls, fashion and doggy fun from 11am-5pm
THE FINAL FINAL: There are still tickets left for the final final of The Place Prize for dance – it’s your last chance to vote for your favourite and find out who is the overall winner. Tickets £25, prebook, starts 8pm
SKYFALL: Watch the latest Bond movie in Fordham Park as part of the New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival. It’s a bike powered screening – bring a bike and you could help! Free, just turn up, from 8pm
HIPSTERS: A festival of fashion, art, live music and pop-ups… er, pops-up in Hoxton Docks, and apparently around 1,000 of the capital’s trendiest hipsters will be there. We’re not sure if this is an invitation or a warning but if it sounds like your kind of thing, tickets for Offbeat Live are £15, prebook, runs 8pm-2am
Sunday 28 April
SCI-FI: If you like to dress up as your favourite fantasy, sci-fi, film or TV character, head to Stratford for the costume parade which marks the launch of Sci-Fi London. Free, just turn up, and there’s an after party after. Meet in Theatre Square, Stratford from 1.30, ready to go at 2.30pm
IDA BARR: Enjoy a Right Song & Dance with the very funny pensioner turned rapper, Ida Barr (Christopher Green) at Kingswood House, SE21. Sing a long to music hall classics mashed up with R&B hits and witness an intergenerational choral performance masterminded by Ida. Free, just turn up, between 3-5pm
TURN JAPANESE: Hither Green Cinema presents a kids’ screening of My Neighbour Totoroto in the afternoon (2-5pm, £5) but for the adults, there’s a Kendo demonstration and free 20 minute Karate lesson by the Lewisham Shotokan Karate Centre, followed by a screening of Zatoichi in the evening. Tickets are £8, prebook or just turn up, doors 6.45pm
Other good stuff
- What’s on stage and art shows to see
- Live comedy in London
- Booky and spoken word events
- Events for curious-minded Londoners
- Free things to do in London
- What’s on in the big Museums and Galleries