Things To Do In London This Weekend: 24-25 October 2015

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Death-defying stunts at Planet Circus

REMINDER: Clocks go back this weekend!

HALF TERM:
If you're looking for things to do in London during half term, take a look at our guide.

PLANET CIRCUS:
The circus comes to Ealing Common in the form of Planet Circus, starring Globe of Death rider Peter Pavlov. With motorbike stunts and death-defying aerial rope artistry, it doesn't sound like one for the faint hearted. £13, 21 October-1 November

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BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL:
Light is the theme of this year's Bloomsbury Festival, which has many events taking place throughout the weekend, including museum tours, pyrotechnic displays and family events. 22-25 October

LONDON EAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL:
There's a warm-up weekend for next year's LEAFF, with screenings of films from Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asian countries around Soho. Over the weekend expect UK premieres, Q&A sessions and more. Various prices, prebook, 23-25 October

SCI-FI THEATRE FEST:
Head to Chelsea Theatre for two days of cutting edge sci-fi theatre. From pregnant men to deadly drones, apocalypse survivors to superheroes, this new mini-festival called Talos promises a mind-melting mix of fantastic fantasies and odd futures, as imagined by a host of up-and-coming writers. £12/10, prebook, 24-25 October

FEMINISM IN LONDON:
Feminism in London is a conference in which women from around the world come together to share their experiences with the intention of making a difference. Keynote speaker is Shami Chakrabarti. Various prices, 24-25 October

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EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP:
Just in time for Remembrance Day, take part in a two-day workshop in which you will embroider a commemorative poppy. Takes place at Crafty Arts in Romford. £55, 24-25 October

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LITERARY LONDON:
Literary London Festival is under way, with walks scheduled on bookish topics across London. This weekend, pick from Sherlock Holmes, Chelsea authors, Shakespeare and Pepys. Full programme here. £10 per walk, prebook, until 25 October

CHILD MIGRANTS:
The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green opens a new exhibition today about Britain's child migrants who were sent to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries between 1869 and 1970, with first-hand stories, photos and personal items. Until June 2016

Saturday 24 October

Go to a daytime party at Sushi Samba

JEWELLERY WORKSHOP:
Ever wished you could make your own beaded jewellery? Learn how to do so at this beginners' workshop in Wimbledon. All materials are provided, and creativity will be helped along with a glass of champagne. £22, 10am
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CHARITY AUCTION:
The Croydon branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a fundraising auction, featuring items such as football memorabilia, and books signed by J.K. Rowling and David Walliams. Free admission, just turn up, 11am

FAMILY FUN DAY:
The Royal Institution has a family fun day, with talks and workshops covering topics as diverse as how rainbows are formed, and why we have earthquakes and volcanoes. £12/£6, prebook, 11am-4pm

NFL ON REGENT STREET:
If you've been down Regent Street recently you can't have failed to have noticed the NFL banners. Today there's an American football themed fun day, when the street goes traffic-free to make way for live music and entertainment, cheerleaders, interviews with NFL stars and more. Free, just turn up, 12pm-7pm

SELFIE CHAMPIONSHIP:
The first Selfie World Championship takes place today, judged by "selfie queen" Karen Danczuk. 30 people can enter, with the winner taking home a trophy and £1,000. £7, prebook, 12pm-3pm

END OF SUMMER PARTY:
Head to Sushi Samba at the top of the Heron Tower in the City for an afternoon of Balearic beats, a Japanese bar, and cracking views over London. DJs including Dan Browne and AJ Odudu headline this daytime party. £15, 12pm

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VINTAGE BIKES: If you find yourself between Herne Hill and Tower Bridge, look out for a cavalcade of vintage bicycles, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Vintage Cycle Club. They depart from Herne Hill Velodrome around 2pm, following this route up to Tower Bridge. From 2pm

CLIMBING PARTY:
The Castle Climbing Centre near Finsbury Park (which featured in our list of the best climbing centres in London) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a UV themed Halloween party. Various activities take place throughout the day, see website from times and prices. From 3pm

NOSES OF SOHO:
Join Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud on this walk around Soho, in pursuit of the Seven Noses of Soho. Legend has it that if you see all of them, you will attain infinite wealth. £10/£12, prebook, 3pm

BROMLEY FC:
See Bromley FC take on Eastleigh in the last round of FA Cup qualifying at Bromley's home ground. £6-£16, 3pm

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ROYAL ACADEMY LATE:
The Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly stays open late for an evening all about the digital world inspired by Ai Weiwei's current exhibition. Talks cover topics from digital space to dating apps, plus there's an emoji cafe, video installations and more. £22, 6.30pm

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ICE HOCKEY:
See London Raiders take on the Bracknell Hornets in a match at Lee Valley Ice Centre. Get the lowdown on ice hockey in London. £6/£3, 8pm
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BOAT PARTY:
Board a boat at Westminster Pier and sail up and down the Thames while partying across two decks. The after-party continues at La Scala until 6am. £7/£15, 8pm
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KNOCK2BAG COMEDY:
Head to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for an evening of sketch and standup comedy from Knock2bag. Channel 4 comedy stars Cardinal Burns lead the line-up, along with David Trent, three-piece Sheeps and more. £8, 8.30pm

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LIVE MUSIC:
Up-and-coming singer and musician Emma Hamilton brings a performance of her debut album La Musique to The Pheasantry Pizza Express in Chelsea. £10, 8.30pm

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Sunday 25 October

The Leroy Jones Quintet comes to town.

WEBFEST:
UK Web Fest at the Prince Charles Cinema celebrates web series across categories including drama, thrillers, and LGBTQ. On top of the screenings, expect panel discussions and an awards ceremony. From £13, 10am

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COOKBOOK SIGNING:
Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson is talking about and signing copies of his new Nordic Cookbook, featuring dishes inspired by Nordic countries, at Whole Foods Market in Kensington. £25 (includes signed copy), prebook, 1.30pm

REDS:
Regent Street Cinema, the oldest cinema in Britain, screens Academy Award winning film Reds, Starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Gene Hackman, it's about a radical American journalist who gets involved with the Communist revolution in Russia. £11, 2pm

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CINEMA ITALIA:
Italian film club Cinema Italia brings a screening of Se Dio Vuole (God Willing) to Genesis Cinema. Tommaso, a respected cardiac surgeon also happens to be an atheist. His only son Andrea brings the family together to announce that he wants to become a priest. £10, prebook, 6.30pm

COMEDY:
Mike Wozniak and Diane Morgan (AKA Philmona Cunk) are joined by guests for an old-style telly gameshow with games, quizzes and prizes. £8/£6, prebook, 7pm and 9pm
CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Oliver Knussen conducts the Britten Sinfonia for the first time, covering works by Mozart and Berg as well as Knussen’s Songs for Sue. At Milton Court Concert Hall in Barbican. From £10, 7.30pm
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CIRCUS THEATRE:
Barcelona circus collective Tuberias, which includes three Cirque Du Soleil artists, brings a show of theatre, circus and mime to the Pleasance Theatre, accompanied by the Mosaico Jazz Trio. £11, 7.30pm
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STEPHEN SONDHEIM:
The Stephen Sondheim Society hosts an 85th birthday tribute to the composer at Theatre Royal. A 30-strong West End cast and a 40-piece orchestra star in the charity gala concert. From £25, prebook, 7.30pm

LIVE JAZZ:
The Leroy Jones Quintet is at Jazz Club Soho, bringing a touch of New Orleans to your Sunday night in London. £20, 8pm

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