Things To Do In London This Weekend: 1-2 June

All Weekend

HANDWRITTEN PORTRAITS: Artist Annemarie Wright uses handwritten text to produce political portraits of Boris Johnson, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill. Get up close to read pieces and discover the true message behind them, at Woolff Gallery. Free, just turn up, until 19 June

GREEN FILM FESTIVAL: The UK Green Film Festival returns this year to bring us a selection of award-winning films with an environmental message at their core. Check their programme to find a screening near you. Until 8 June.

WANDER THE WANDLE: Explore an alternative London river this weekend as Wandle Weekends invites you to a variety of free events along the River Wandle (pictured), which runs through Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon. Walks, talks, cycle rides, craft and wildlife activities are all on offer. Free, just turn up.

CHELSEA FRINGE: The spin-off from the Flower Show offers lots of opportunities to admire blooms and green-fingered achievements all over London, including in the grounds of Battersea Power Station. Check out the extensive what’s on guide or download the app.

LITERATURE: The London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre continues: check out our book and poetry events round-up for our recommendations.

Saturday 1 June

FOOD MARKET: The City of London’s first Saturday food market launches today at One New Change, head along for fresh produce and tantalising tidbits. Free, just turn up, from 10am

ARDBOG DAY: The small Scottish island of Islay is home to a premier whisky distillery, Ardbeg. Ardbog Day is an opportunity for whisky-lovers who cannot make the pilgrimage to the distillery itself to enjoy (sensible) drinking, welly-tossing and live music. Free, RSVP, 10am

GETTY: Getty Images Gallery’s Best of Archive celebrates a selection of of iconic images from the Getty Images Archive, the world’s largest commercial photography archive with a collection of over 90 million images to choose from. Free, just turn up, noon-5.30pm

CANALIVAL: London sees a free-for-all floating canal party hit its waters today. Canalival has a simple premise: put a sound-system on a barge, invite bands to perform, and encourage attendees to join the melee in their own inflatable dinghies/kayaks/dustbin lids. Starts at Islington. Free, just turn up, noon-late **PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED**

BUSHSTOCK: Willy Mason, Theme Park and Scott Matthews are just some of the amazing artists who will be performing at Bushstock 2013 today. It takes place at St Stephen’s Church in Shepherd’s Bush and get your tickets sooner rather than later as it is likely to sell out. £27.50, prebook, from noon

STREET FESTIVAL: Kicking off Holloway Arts Festival 2013 is Mayton Street Festival, where artists, activities and events will fill up Mayton Street and the Old Fire Station. Free, just turn up, 1-5pm

ILLUSTRATION: Graphic novelists Posy Simmonds and Etienne Davodeau draw together with their live illustrations projected onto a big screen at Institut Francais. £7/£5, prebook, 2.30pm 

MUSIC SHOWCASE: Musiconnex brings you an eight-artist talent showcase, all of whom will be performing live on the night. £10, prebook, 7.30pm

FREE FILM: Today is the last day of the Herne Hill Free Film Festival – it ends with a screening of Eat, Drink, Man, Woman in the square outside the station. Free, just turn up, 9pm

JAZZY ELECTRONICA: The Parov Stelar Band perform at The Forum tonight, join them for a creative live show that samples a variety of genres and twins them with modern beats. £24, prebook, 9pm

Sunday 2 June

HAPPINESS: The Sunday Assembly is a non-religious organisation who meet the first Sunday of every month for inspirational talks, songs and frivolities. Today’s topic is Happiness. Free, just turn up, 11am

JEWISH EAST END: Writer and tour guide David Rosenberg will walk through The Radical Jewish East End  in the streets of Spitalfields, exploring the period from the 1880s until the First World War, when Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe led strikes against exploitation in sweatshops and created their own organisations to fight for better conditions in their workplaces and neighbourhoods. £8/£5, prebook, 11am

BIG LUNCH: Everyone likes a big lunch, so why not share the pleasure with your neighbours today by joining in with The Big Lunch, a nationwide get together for neighbours. Organise your own or find one taking place in your neighbourhood. Free.

OPEN THE GATE: Cultural organisation Open The Gate celebrates their 4th birthday tonight at Rich Mix by holding a 12 hour event of cultural entertainment. An African market and live music will taking place throughout the day. Free, just turn up, noon-midnight

FLEA MARKET: The Soho Flea Market is back with a quality line-up of stalls. Browse for bargains or enjoy the free live comedy and music that will be put on throughout the day. Free, just turn up, noon-8pm

MASSIVE ATTACK: Classic Album Sundays presents an evening of soul, reggae and jazz as they showcase Massive Attack’s Blue Lines album. Listen to music that inspired or was inspired by the album, before sitting back to enjoy the album itself in its entirety. £8, prebook, 5-8pm

LIVE MUSIC: An alternative live music night at Aces and Eights in Tufnell Park tonight, as shadow-puppet musician Matthew Robins, and self-constructed sample satchel musician Parenthesis Dot Dot Dot perform. Free, just turn up, 6pm

SLOW FOOD: Slow Food Week 2013 is upon us and to celebrate, Corrigan’s Mayfair is hosting a special Forgotten Foods banquet with the principles of Slow Food in mind. £75, prebook, 7pm

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Explore the River Wandle this weekend. Photo by A-Lister Photography via Londonist Flickrpool.

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  • Nick

    http://www.thebigmix.org.uk – loads of great music, comedy and cabaret – plus all the money goes to MacMillan Cancer Research.