Things To Do In London This Weekend: 25-26 March 2017

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Floristry workshop at Coppa Club

FOOTPRINTS OF MEMORY: This exhibition at Amnesty International's Shoreditch offices is raising awareness of those — particularly students — who have disappeared in Mexico in recent years. It features 40 pairs of shoes worn by people when they were searching for their family members, and messages for the missing. Amnesty International (25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA), free, just turn up, 20-31 March, 9am-6pm

BABY LAMBS: Forty Hall Farm welcomes new lambs into the world this springtime. Greet the fluffy wuffy things, and even see them being born at this lambing weekend. Plus there are opportunities to meet and feed other rare farm animals. Forty Hall Farm, £5/£2/free, just turn up, 11am-4pm, 25 and 26 March

CERAMICS MARKET: Hackney Flea Market brings together some of London's most talented DIY potters for the Independent Ceramics Market in Stoke Newington. Abney Hall, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 25 and 26 March

PUPPET THEATRE: Little Venice's Puppet Theatre Barge is back, with The Flight Of Babuscha Baboon. It's the story of a baboon who wanted to fly to the moon in a hot-air balloon. Puppet Theatre Barge, £12/£10/£8, book ahead, various times until 14 May

FLORISTRY WORKSHOP: Learn how to arrange a floral piece in time for Mother's Day. At this workshop you'll learn the basics of floral vase arrangement, and take your work home with you when you leave. Coppa Club Oxford Circus and Tower Bridge, £40, book ahead, various times, 25-26 March

Saturday 25 March

Family Folk Show at Half Moon Theatre

FILM FESTIVAL: West Norwood Free Film Festival sees the likes of  Northern Soul, Finding Dory and The Goonies screened at locations around the area. Tonight's offering? Back To The Future. Various locations, free, just turn up, 25 March- 1 April

CREATIVE CRAFTS: There's a creative crafts fair in Greenwich for the day. Not only is there lots to buy, there are also taster sessions in how to make the crafts themselves. Perfect for those panicking about last minute Mother's Day shopping. Greenwich Park Centre, free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

PLAY ON WORDS: 5-11 year olds and their families are invited to take part in a words-themed creative workshop, inspired by words on display in the galleries and in the Library's collection. British Library, free, just turn up, 10.30am-noon

BESTIVAL: Experience a mini version of Bestival. DJs (including Goldierocks and Rob da Bank), arts & crafts, cuisine from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen and spiritual meditations take over this listed Georgian townhouse and courtyard garden in Soho. The House of St Barnabas, £15, book ahead, noon-7pm

FAMILY FOLK SHOW: Get ready to sway, dance and feel the rhythm at this family friendly folk show from duo Megson. Half Moon Theatre, £7, book ahead, 2pm

NIGHTTIME WALK: A starlit walk of discovery through some of Kensington's most intriguing passageways, alleys and tunnels, culminating with storytelling on the theme of darkness. Bring a candle in a jar and dress warmly. Secret location, £6/£3, book ahead (email vanessa@londondreamtime.com), 7pm

INTIMATE THEATRE: Normal is the tale of the Dusseldorf Ripper, which interrogates how society handles those who deviate from societal norms. If you get there an hour early watch Friends adaptation, Mates, for free. Afterwards there's an Aqua fan party warehouse rave too. It's all going on. Styx, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm


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Sunday 26 March

Eduardo Paolozzi mosaics in Tottenham Court Road Station

*Remember that the clocks go forward at 1am this morning. Don't be that person who's an hour late for everything today.*

FREE PIZZA: Ahead of opening its first London restaurant in Battersea Power Station in June, Danish brand Mother Pizza is giving away free pizza to celebrate Mother's Day. At time of writing, the details are sketchy, but we're reliably informed that details of locations and times will be posted on @Mother_ldn closer to the time.

CHILD GRAFFITI: The Royal Academy host a drop-in, family-friendly graffiti session. Watch as children unleash their inner street artist — without worrying about your own wallpaper. The Royal Academy, free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

BLACK TOTTENHAM: Tottenham's black history dates back to the 1550s, when the Moor Balthazar Sanchez made the area his home. Follow the history of black Tottenham from then up until the present day on this walk around the area. Seven Sisters Station, £10/£5, book ahead, 11am-1pm

FASHIONABLE RECYCLING: Freshen up your wardrobe by swapping your old clothes for replacements at a swishing event. Good quality men's, women's, children's and baby clothing can be swapped for tokens, which can in turn be swapped for items donated by other people. Recycling at its most fashionable. Studio 5 in Haringey, Free, just turn, 12.30pm-3pm

PAOLOZZI WALK: Take a tour around London to see the wonderful sculptures by Eduardo Paolozzi which are dotted around the city. The tour culminates in a visit to the current Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. Starts at British Library Courtyard, £10, book ahead, 1pm

AFTERNOON TEA: The perfect way to treat your mother to a memorable day out, on the day that's all about her. Charlton House have a delicious collection on homemade treats for you to feast upon, unlimited prosecco and live music. Charlton House, £35/£18, book ahead, 1pm

MOTHER'S DAY CRUISE: Treat your mum to a lovely day out on the River Thames, with a cruise from Chiswick Pier. If you're feeling peckish you can get cakes on board. Chiswick Pier, £10/£15, book ahead, 3.15pm

LIVE MUSIC: Celebrate Bangladesh Independence Day with live music from east London raised singer-songwriter Shapla Salique and her band, who will be performing Bengali folk music with a twist. Rich Mix, free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Theatre review: Hamlet, the seance

Probably the closest thing this country has to a medium, Dickie Beau is able to use impressive lipsynch skills and theatrical magic to bring to life and to the stage rarely heard recordings of voices past and present. In his latest show, he uses decapitated mannequins and talking heads to expound on Hamlet and enlightens us on how iconic actors across the ages like Sirs Ian McKellen and John Gielgud felt about playing the great Dane. By turns incredibly moving, insightful and hilarious, there is plenty here which resonates long after the last word is uttered. Dickie Beau's Re-Member Me, The Almeida, £15, 26 March ★★★★★ Franco Milazzo

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Haunted Hampstead to Highgate Pub Crawl


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