Things To Do In London This Weekend: 16-17 January 2016

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London Model Engineering Exhibition takes place at Alexandra Palace.

MODEL LONDON: The London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace features displays from scale model ships to remote control trucks, boats and aeroplanes and even a Meccano roller coaster. Special attractions include the 50th anniversary celebration display of Star Trek with a selection of models and space themed memorabilia and plenty of chances for kids (and big kids) to do some hands-on model making. £11, prebook, 10am

ZEALOUS X FESTIVAL: Catch the last two days of this festival of creativity at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. Take part in one of the free workshops on Saturday, see acrobatics and dance performances in the main space and round off the weekend watching films from a host of award-winning directors on Sunday. Mostly free, just turn up, until 17 January

LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: If film's your thing, you can't miss the last few days of this city-wide festival. The Harmony Korine Weekender features screenings by this truly original filmmaker, including the experimental A Crack Up at the Race Riots, and a collection of short films from his 20-year career. Various prices, prebook, until 17 January

ICE SKATING: You can still get your skate on at Broadgate Ice Rink, near Liverpool Street Station. The magical rink in Exchange Square suits skaters of all ability (skate aids, in the form of cute penguins are even available) and is surrounded by restaurants and bars for you to chill in afterwards. Tickets from £13, prebook, until 25 February
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LONDON BOAT SHOW: Get your best sea legs out for the final days of the London Boat Show at ExCeL London. In its 62nd year, this exhibition of all things nautical features some new attractions plus old favourites the Boardwalks and the famous Black & White Bar. £15/£22, prebook, until 17 January

Saturday 16 January

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR: Go backstage at Royal Festival Hall with exclusive access to the usually restricted areas. Take a peek into the secrets of the world-famous venue in this one-hour tour. £8.50, prebook, 11am

Experience an alternative life drawing class at Carousel

ALTERNATIVE LIFE DRAWING: Head to Carousel in Marylebone for an afternoon of art history, experimental drawing classes and a life drawing session, interspersed with lunch. £30, 12pm
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BRIXTON BLOC REMEMBER BOWIE: As a last salute to the Starman, Brixton Bloc's final celebration - In Remembrance Of David Bowie takes place near where he was born — Stansfield Road. Cult film Labyrinth will be on the screen throughout the day and evening, along with a soundtrack honouring Bowie's music. £3 after 6pm, just turn up, 12pm-11pm

BREWERY TOUR: Take a tour of Crate Brewery's brew shed in Hackney Wick to get an insight into how the good stuff is made. Take part in a tutored tasting while you're there. £15/£25, from 1pm
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TEA AS A SAVOURY: Experiment with tea at this cookery event with Kyle from Tea Workshop. Make your taste buds dance with six tasty dishes, accompanied by different teas. Learn how the humble brew can add a twist to your cookery. £32, prebook, 5pm- 7pm

AMERICAN PSYCHO: Watch Christian Bale star as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, at London's smallest independent cinema, The Exhibit in Balham. While the film is on, tuck into a meal, included in the ticket price. £19.95, 5pm
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ICE HOCKEY: London Raiders take on Invicta Dynamos in ice hockey at Lee Valley Ice Centre in Stratford. £8/£4, 5.30pm
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FLUFFER PIT PARTY: Make your way to the Secret Manor House Warehouse Venue (in central London) for bands including Bad Breeding and Virgin Kids. With only 150 tickets available, grab your chance by putting your name down on their website. if you're lucky you'll receive an email with the address on the day of the party. £10, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY SEX: An excellent line-up at Conway Hall includes Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza, David Baddiel, Robin Ince and Ava Vidal, all in aid of young people's sexual health charity Brook. £20, prebook, 7pm

FILM AWARDS PARTY: Rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of London Short Film Festival at the closing night awards and party at Oval Space in Hackney. £13.75, 7pm
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MUSIC ON THE ROOF: Kensington Roof Gardens hosts an evening of live music courtesy of French-born musician Nuuxs, with support from Dreadzy, Hugo Valentine and Indigo Face. Age 21+. £10, 7pm
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HA HA AT HOOPLA: Get giggling at a selection of the best improvised comedy in London tonight at Hoopla's comedy club. Expect many games, scenes, long-form and improv musicals at the London Bridge venue. Tonight's guests are the popular RH Experience. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

LED ZEPPELIN NIGHT: Led Zeppelin tribute band Boot Led Zeppelin perform at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, beginning with an unplugged set before unleashing their full power. Choose from just the show, or add in a cocktail or dinner. From £10, 8pm
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LOL COMEDY CLUB: Laugh out loud in Wimbledon for this comedy night at Tunnel 267. Follow the hilarity with dancing and drinks, as your ticket includes admission to the club night after the show. £10, 8pm

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Sunday 17 January

Catch a screening of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at Regent Street Cinema

HORTI ANTIQUES: Adams Antiques Fairs brings traders from all over Europe and UK to fill the Royal Horticultural Hall. This month's dealers include specialists in silver, ceramics and paintings. With over 140 stands, you could browse the beauty all day long. £4, prebook, 10am-4pm

EPIC DALSTON: Vintage lovers, bargain hunters and jewellery magpies will all find something they love at the Old Dalston Market in EPIC Dalston. This indoor wealth of stalls is perfect for winter browsing. Choose from vintage clothes, records, glass, ceramics — even taxidermy makes an appearance. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm.

LEARN TO SHOOT LIKE ROBIN HOOD: Get to grips with archery at this popular experience near London Bridge. With the professional guidance of the 2020 Archery Team, you'll soon be hitting bullseyes like a pro. You even get to take part in a mini competition. £25, prebook (limited tickets available), 12.30pm- 2pm

SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH: The Rio Trio — experts in bringing the music of the 20s and 30s to life — perform at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Soak up the jazz sounds as you tuck into a three-course Sunday lunch. £37.50, 1pm
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HEROES AND HEROINES: If you have a mini Superman or Wonder Woman, take them along to Keats House's hero-themed family day in Hampstead. There'll be tales of daring deeds, superpowers and invincible inventions — you'll even get a chance to create your own superhero. Free, no booking required, drop-in between 1pm-4pm

MAKE GOOD TERRARIUMS: Good Empire return to The Book Club with a masterclass in making terrariums — a tiny ecosystem you can keep in your own home. All materials will be supplied, so if you feel like getting creative with cacti (and other succulents) get yourself along there. £27.57 (£22.29 if you bring your own jar), prebook, 2pm

OTHELLO: Trevor Nunn's version of Othello comes to the screen at Barbican. This special screening features an introduction from Sir Willard White himself, with a cast including Sir Willard White, Sir Ian McKellen and Zoe Wanamaker. £11.50, prebook, 3pm

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: With the perfect backdrop of the Royal Albert Hall, Amaluna — the newest spectacle from Cirque du Soleil — makes its UK debut. The show, written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, marks Cirque du Soleil's 20th anniversary. Be one of the first to see their newest creation. Various prices, 3pm/7.30pm
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HAIRSPRAY: The Phoenix Arts Club throws open its doors for a special screening of Hairspray. This retro sing along will brighten the coldest Sunday. Your ticket price includes a box of treats. The cult film stars John Travolta as a woman — what more could you really want? £10, 4pm

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COMEDY SUNDAY ROAST: City Improv throw themselves into another evening of spontaneous games, scenes and crazy characters at this spur-of-the-moment performance. If you like your comedy exploding with the unexpected, book a ticket at this fun-filled show at the Water Poet. £1.50, 5.30pm

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OLD SKOOL SUNDAY:
Get that 90s feeling at Far Rockaway in Shoreditch, where nostalgia is king and retro TV show and games are very much encouraged. £5, 6pm
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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: Catch a screening of Sergio Leone's spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at Regent Street Cinema — Britain's oldest. Clint Eastwood stars in the film, about a bounty hunting scam. £10, 6.35pm
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Joanna Moncrieff

I have a few spaces left on my guided food & drink themed history walk around Soho tomorrow (16th). 4pm-6.30 including info on hidden cocktail bars and a bar stop part-way round. Book via the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e...