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LONDON LIT: Wood Green Literary Festival celebrates London in its first every lit fest, organised by the Big Green Bookshop. Our preview is here. Events range from free to £6, prebook, events 9-13 October.
MUSIC: If your listening has been heavy lately, Herne Hill Music Festival presents jazz, classical and lighter music from Friday until 19 October. This weekend there’s free music in Carnegie Library, Opera Night at Methodist Hall and Voices and Winds for all the family at St Faith’s. Consult the programme and buy tickets online.
SCI-FI: Oktoberfest generally means beer but this weekend in Stratford it means sci-fi, starships, zombies and anime. Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest runs from Friday to Sunday at Stratford Picturehouse and includes good films, bad films, film marathons, a pre-World Zombie Day “meat ‘n’ greet“, an all-day event on Starship design and the Sci-Fi London pub quiz. Check out ticket info and programme listings online.
RUMFEST: Rum lovers head to ExCel this weekend where UK Rumfest presents over 400 rums to sip, savour and buy plus cocktail demonstrations, live music and a Tropical Food Market. Tickets £25+bkg, 12-5pm
OPEN STUDIOS: Artists in Kensington and Fulham open their studios to the public all weekend. Explore intimate spaces and diverse artworks. Download a map and full listings from the Pocket Arts website. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm
COMEDY: New and established Irish comedy acts appear at the London Irish Comedy Festival, including Andrew Maxwell, Abandoman, Aisling Bea, a family-friendly show and a free comedy podcast recording. It’s at the Irish Centre in Camden, check out listings and book online.
COCKTAILS: Drink the last of London Cocktail Week dry. It ends on Sunday.
BEING HUMAN: King’s College London’s arts and humanities festival starts on Friday looking at what it means to be human.
EALING: The fourth Ealing Autumn Festival joins in the celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary with concerts, film, local history and kids stuff until 27 October. This weekend, trace the history of local flooding, enjoy a family oriented concert featuring Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, find out about life and music in the 30s and take in a piano concert. Have a look at the festival website for more details.
MENSWEAR: Visit the Pop Up Flea market for men at St James’ Piccadilly and “get handsome”, apparently.
DRINKING: Try ales and ciders at beer festivals taking place in South Kensington and Croydon & Sutton this weekend.
Saturday 12 October
CIRCLE WALK: Spend a day walking in a circle around Central London. Free, just turn up, meet in the middle of Tower Bridge, 9.45am
FREE WALKS: It’s Local London Guiding Day and qualified guides from Westminster, City of London, Clerkenwell and Greenwich are leading free walks on the theme of scandals, secrets and suspense! These hour-long jaunts take place every hour, on the hour from 10am-4pm. No need to book, just turn up. Check the flyer for meeting points. From 10am-4pm
CURIOSITY ROADSHOW: Wellcome Collection takes their wares to Camden Lock Market on a converted Routemaster bus for a unique object handling session. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE: Mosey down to Southbank Centre for London’s first classic car boot sale, with over 70 classic vehicles trading fashion, homewares, collectibles and food. Browse the offerings or enjoy some of the free music from the top of an open air London Routemaster. £3, just turn up, 10am-6pm
BIG DRAW: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosts the Big Draw launch event. Sharpen your pencils, dig out your sharpie and start feeling arty. Contribute to the Museum of Tomorrow, work with amazing artists, produce electric drawings, help a giant caterpiller across the Park and lots more. For all ages, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm
OXJAM: Shepherds Bush gets taken over by live music with 40 acts across four venues. Wristbands £10, Earlybirds still available online, 12-12
ZOMBIES: It’s World Zombie Day. Register to get involved and shamble, groaning through Central London disconcerting tourists and amusing photographers. It’s free to register, After Life party £5+bkg. Join Team Zombie and raise money for St Mungo’s. From 1pm
BUS TOUR: At time of writing there are still tickets left for Dr Matthew Green’s Coffeehouse tour of London aboard a vintage Routemaster bus. Part of the National Trust Routemaster Road Trip series. Tickers £40, prebook, 2-6pm
BLACK HISTORY: Go behind the scenes at Hackney Archives and explore key, historic documents about Hackney’s past. Part of the borough’s Black History Month events. Free, just turn up, 2.45-5pm
SHAMBLES: Robin Ince and Josie Long present a live version of their Utter Shambles podcast at Stratford Circus (Friday too). Tickets £14/£12, 8pm
Sunday 13 October
GOLDFINGER: Midcentury East sets up in Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School. Browse furniture, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, vintage fabrics, industrial, clocks, collectable posters and more. Entrance £8 on the door, 10am-4pm
CONKERS: Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, is the idyllic autumn setting for the Conker Championships and Heritage Festival. As well as conker action at 3pm there’ll be welly wanging, willow weaving, felt making, morris dancing, Victorian games and more. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm
FILM: DocDays at Dalston Social screens Infiltrados, a documentary film about FARC – one of the world’s oldest and deadliest terrorist organisations. Followed by a discussion. Free, just turn up, 2pm
TROLLOPE: Take a walk with City of London Guide Paul Baker and explores the life and work of the great Victorian novelist, Anthony Trollope, especially his career working for the Post Office. Tickets £10, (contact Paul), meet at the statue of Wellington, Bank station, 2pm
CONCERT: A concert organised by Action Against Hunger takes places at St Pancras International station today, hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah Jane Crawford and fronted by singer-songwriter Bo Saris. Free, just turn up, 3.30-5pm
NICK DRAKE: Classic Album Sundays will play all of Nick Drake’s Bryter Later album in the beautiful chapel at the House of St Barnabus in Soho. All proceeds from the party go to the House homeless charity. Tickets £15, prebook, 6-9pm
TURKISH MUSIC: Turkish Mystic Sufi musician Latif Bolat presents music, poetry, Sufi mystic stories and images from the ancient land of Turkey, at Newington Green Unitarian Church. £5, just turn up, 7pm
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