Things To Do In London This Weekend: 27-28 April

All weekend

COFFEE: The Truman Brewery hosts the London Coffee Festival, open to the public from Friday evening until Sunday. Session tickets £9.50 advance, £12.50 on the door.

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)

ART: Connect directly with artists and their work at The Other Fair running Friday to Sunday at Ambika P3, Marylebone Road. Tickets £6 (£3 concessions) in advance, open 11am-7pm (6pm Sunday)

ROAD MOVIES: Watch cult road trip movies in the Filling Station, Kings Cross. Check the website for programme and booking.

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 JAPANESEHither 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

SPRING CONCERT: London Gay Symphony Orchestra presents a classical programme of Elgar, Glazunov and Mahler at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, EC1. Tickets £10/£8 advance, £12/£10 on door, starts 7.30pm

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  • http://www.londonthisweekend.co.uk/ London This Weekend

    Hum it’s not much good things to do but there are few new places where i can spend my weekend …. thanks and i always visit this site because i found best ideas for things to do in London everyday….

  • Gabriella

    I know it’s not exactly ‘The Weekend’ but the Fun Art Bus will be touring around London. Simon Callow and Prunella Scales will be launching what will
    be the UK’s most ambitious community development and employability
    projects at noon on Monday, 29th April at Canary Wharf. Should be loads of fun!