Things to do this weekend is sponsored by Cityread.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: If you've got kids, you'll be well aware that it's the start of the Easter Holidays. Here's a guide to things to do in London over the break.
MUSEUM REOPENING: Atten-shun! After a mega redevelopment, the National Army Museum has reopened. This is its first weekend back on the scene so expect it to be rather rammed. But as our review says, it's worth it. National Army Museum, free, just turn up, 10am-5.30pm
WALKING FESTIVAL: Walking is a form of exercise and also a way of exploring a new area. Do both in this week long walking festival from CoolTan Arts. Various places and prices, book ahead, Until 2 April
HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: 30 individually chosen stalls rock up at Abney Hall selling vintage clothes and furniture, jewellery, textiles, antique luggage and more. Abney Hall, free, just turn up, 1-2 April, 11am-6pm
ART FAIR: The Other Art Fair is a great chance to see art from emerging artists. You may end up purchasing something by the next Damien Hirst. Victoria House, £8/£6.40, book ahead, Until 2 April
CHEESE AND WINE FESTIVAL: Two of the finest goods known to mankind come together for a heavenly weekend of cheese and wine, with 25 traders offering up their wares (full list of traders here). East Village, free entry (charge for some events), just turn up, 1-2 April, noon-6pm & 11am-4pm
Help solve an Elizabethan mystery at the Charterhouse
Cecily Ashe has been murdered, her body lying at the Charterhouse. The Queen's spymaster suspects a plot to overthrow the crown. To uncover the truth, a band of spies is recruited... this is where you come in.
This immersive historical whodunnit is part of Cityread 2017 — a month-long series of events, based on one book. SJ Parris's spy thriller Prophecy — set in the London of 1538 — is this year's gripping read.
Help solve the mystery, while exploring the historic cloisters of the Charterhouse, at this night of Elizabethan intrigue.
Prophecy: Behind Closed Doors takes place every weekend in April.
For more information, tickets, and the rest of the Cityread 2017 programme visit cityread.london/events
Saturday 1 April
SEWING MACHINE MUSEUM: It's no April Fool, London has a whole museum dedicated to sewing machines. Take the opportunity to visit it on its monthly opening and see the exhibits, including a sewing machine which was given to Queen Victoria's eldest daughter as a wedding present. Balham High Road, free (donations welcome), just turn up, 2pm-5pm
WOMEN SOLDIERS: Explore 100 years of women in the army at the National Army Museum. The tour takes you all the way up to last year's lifting on the ban of women in combat roles. National Army Museum, free, book ahead, 2.30pm-3pm
NEW MUSIC: Enjoy an evening of alternative, indie, rock and metal music as Camden Rocks Festival showcases new music. Line-up includes alternative rock wizards Salt UK who, despite being relatively new, have recorded live sessions for BBC radio. Crowndale Club Camden, £7, book ahead, 7pm
GOAT FOOD: Gone with the Goat is a supper club by Women For Rwanda, which aims to help Rwandan women support themselves with goats. To aid this, eat a lot of delicious goat-based food. Stoke Newington, £25, book ahead, 7.30pm
NINETIES THEATRE: The Skriker is a theatre production telling the story of a shapeshifter tormenting two sisters and the underworld. Styx, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm
LADYKILLERS: Ms Wilberforce is a sweet but strict little old lady, who lives alone in a big home. She rents a room out to a group of amateur musicians, but they're not what they seem. See this theatrical adaptation of The Ladykillers — filmed in 1955 at Ealing Studios — performed just a few hundred metres down the road. The Questors, £18-£9, book ahead, 7.45pm
ARABIC MUSIC: Go on a journey through Arabic music, exploring the relationship between song and dance, with the Baladi Blues Ensemble. The Cockpit, £18/£14/£21, book ahead, 8pm
FOUND FOOTAGE: People have a lot of strange things lying about on an old VHS tape. You just never know what's going to turn up, but usually it's pretty hilarious at the Found Footage Festival. Soho Theatre, £15, book ahead, 9.30pm
Guided walk review: travel through the thin veil of London
In the London of folk-horror pioneer Arthur Machen, sinister ancient horrors — troglodyte races and malevolent fauns — lurk just beneath the surface; all that's required to see them is to 'lift the veil' and step into this magical world. On this fantastical dusk walk around Holborn and Bloomsbury, Rich Cochrane and Robert Kingham seamlessly entwine centuries of history, myth, philosophy and literature to weave a wholly engrossing journey (with a couple of pub stops) that will completely change how you see the city. Walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours with a 30-minute pub stop en route. Tickets £17.50, £12.50 concessions (next available date 2 April). ★★★★★ James Drury
Sunday 2 April
PLAYGROUND: Finchley's Artsdepot has created a geometric children's playground for the Easter holidays — it'll thrill children and adults alike. Artsdepot, free, just turn up, until 15 April, 10am-4pm
STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE: Horace Walpole's stunning gothic castle went into hibernation for winter, but is back open from today. Strawberry Hill House, £14/£7, just turn up, 11am-5pm
AMERICANS IN MAYFAIR: Americans have had a special relationship with Mayfair since just after the War of Independence. Walk around and discover all the connections. Green Park, £10, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm
GUIDED TOUR: Discover interwar Islington — when the area was less chic — on this guided tour of the area. Angel station, £9, book ahead, 11.30am-1pm
CROYDON AIRPORT: Get up close to the world's first air traffic control tower at Croydon Airport's monthly open day. Take a guided tour of the exhibitions and displays, and swot up on the history of the first world war airfield. Croydon Airport, free (donations encouraged), just turn up, 11am-4pm
BOAT RACE: Today's the day of the annual Oxford-Cambridge river duel. If you're keen to see the action, we recommend settling yourself in somewhere along the course. Otherwise, The Crabtree in Fulham is having a bit of a do, as is the Chiswick Pier Trust. The first race begins at 2.45pm, but get there early for a good view.
FREE FILMS: It's the start of Camberwell Free Film Festival, which turns five this year. Today there's a choice: hit Disney offering Moana, or the slightly heavier documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First. Various locations, free, first come first served, until 10 April
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets