Things To Do This Weekend In London: 10-11 March 2018

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Marie Curie's Garden of Light ends this weekend.

MOTHER OF ALL FAIRS: Browse pretty items from local makers for your mum before treating yourself to a hot massage or reflexology session at this Crafty Cow Market. You deserve it. Salisbury House, free entry, just turn up, 10am-5pm, 10-11 March

PECKHAM SALVAGE YARD: Swap the IKEA trip for a rummage around this market full of vintage gems and second hand goods. You might not find anything flat-pack-able but at least no-one else will have the same furnishings as you. Copeland Gallery, Peckham, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 10-11 March

NCA'S INVISIBLE PEOPLE: Would you recognise the signs of slavery and exploitation if you saw them? You might after seeing this exhibition as of part of the National Crime Agency’s campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking. It makes for depressing yet essential viewing. Westminster Abbey, free, just turn up, 9am-7pm

MARIE CURIE DAFFODILS: It's your last chance to catch the 4,000 daffodils that have sprouted up in Paternoster Square to commemorate the hard work Marie Curie nurses do. Listen carefully and you'll hear touching letters from patient's families. Paternoster Square, free, just turn up, until 11 March

HIDDEN FIGURES: Change the course of history (or at least pretend to) at this interactive theatre meets escape room event, where each player is assigned a historical figure, whose story you then take on. There's a themed bar too if you need some Dutch courage. COLAB Theatre, London Bridge, £25, book ahead, 6.45pm-11.15pm, until 11 March

Saturday 10 March

Curious kids get the chance to build their own flying machine at Lab Live.

LAKE OF STARS: E17 will be buzzing with live and electronic music, poetry, theatre, film, readings and exhibitions — at this one-day festival, which champions talent from the UK and Africa. Expect to see more exciting events like this as Waltham Forest has just been named as the first ever London borough of culture. Various venues, Walthamstow, £15-£25, book ahead,10am-2pm

LAB LIVE: At Lab Live: Sci-Art curious kids and budding engineers can build their own flying machine, try out an air rocket launcher, create interactive art and make an extraterrestrial creature using 3D printing. Cool stuff. Imagination Lab at The Workshop, Vauxhall, £7, book ahead, 10am-5pm

KIDZANIA WONDERLAB ROADSHOW: From rockets to 'magic' tricks, instant ice cream to earth-shaking bangs, this day of demonstrations and lab experiments blows your secondary school science lessons out of the park. KidZania London, Westfield London, Ariel Way, free, just turn up, 10.30am-4pm

HACKNEY DOWNS VEGAN MARKET: Not just a food market, you'll also find cruelty-free, plastic free goodies from One Small Shop and handmade soaps from the Soap Fairy, but if you are here to fill up on street food Big V London burgers are seriously delicious. Hackney Downs Studios, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

BANDSTAND BUSKING: This great little project breathes new life into London's sad-looking bandstands. Today you can see Scottish folk-rock band Frightened Rabbit at this intimate stage. Northampton Square bandstand, Islington, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-3.30pm

WILL GOMPERTZ'S ARTS CLUB: Delve into the world of films, theatre, TV, music, books, architecture, fashion, exhibitions and anything else under the arty umbrella with BBC arts editor Will Gompertz, comedian James Acaster and writer Alan Connor. The Bill Murray, Islington, free, just turn up, 3pm-5pm

SISTER MAGAZINE LAUNCH: Instead of shying away from recent events surrounding some high profile sexual assault allegations, the Sister Magazine is launching its SAD issue today. Hear from the contributors and pick up your copy. Tate Modern, free, just turn up, 3pm-5pm

COMEDY SHORT FILMFEST: The London Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers from around the world. These short films will (hopefully) keep you chuckling long after the credits have rolled. Hackney Picturehouse, £5, book ahead, 7pm

SKIN & BLISTERS: Continue the International Women's Day celebrations at this gig which is raising money for The Fawcett Society’s 50:50 equal pay campaign. We're promised equality entertainment and quality music. Betsy Trotwood, Clerkenwell, £10/£7.50 adv, book ahead, 7pm

Sunday 11 March

Paint your way into your mum's good books.

MBNA THAMES CLIPPERS MOTHER'S DAY: Ensure your Mother's Day is plain sailing by booking a boat trip up the Thames. Use the code TREATMUM18 when you book an adult river roamer ticket and you can take your mum along for free and you get a free glass of plonk. Various venues, £16.30, book ahead, all day

MOTHER'S DAY AT CRAFT: Treat your mum to a Mother's Day roast, cooked using British, seasonal ingredients at this rooftop bar and all mums will receive a jar of Craft’s homemade honey to take home. Craft London, Greenwich Peninsula, £30, book ahead, 11am-9pm

NEEDS X HEFORSHE: Remember the HeForShe campaign, spearheaded by Emma Watson? You can show your support for it at this all-dayer of live music, discussion and female optimism, which is raising funds for the UN Women's gender equality campaign. Oval Space, £11.30-£16.90, book ahead, noon-midnight

POPUP PAINTING: Bond with your mum at this boozy painting session. It doesn't matter if your irises look nothing like Van Goghs, it's the quality time together that counts. The Grange, Ealing, £30, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

SPOKEN WORD: Head to Camden Market today and you can hear the considered words of emerging poets and spoken word acts for free. The poetry trail concludes with performances from The Poetry Collective, Koko Brown and Wax Lyrical at Dr. Martens. Camden Market, free, just turn up, 2pm-6pm

MOTHER'S DAY CLASSICAL CONCERT: Treat your mum to a relaxing afternoon of classical music, featuring Clare Deniz on cello and Rose Andresier on classical guitar. If classical isn't your thing, make sure you at least stick around for the interval when the fizz and cake are brought out. Forty Hall, Enfield, £20, book ahead, 3pm-4pm

PORTRAITS WITH BOB: Interested in how others perceive you? Head along to the Ian Cheng exhibition today and you can have your portrait drawn with BOB. Serpentine Gallery, free, just turn up, 3pm-6pm

LEFTOVER WOMEN: This politically charged feminist production is a must-see for budding feministas. It starts with a performance by Li Maizi — one of China's 'Feminist Five' who were detained for 37 days for campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day in China in March 2015, and closes with fierce cabaret performances. The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, £8, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

PETIT CHEF: Book this extravaganza of a 3D meal for your mumma and you'll be treated to a glass of bubbly on arrival. Le Petit Chef takes diners on a virtual journey, where you'll sample (real) food inspired by Marco Polo's travels on the Silk Road. TT Liquor, £95, book ahead, ongoing

RAW WINE FAIR: Like your wine au naturel? Sample your way around this raw wine fair, featuring more than 150 growers of natural, organic and biodynamic wines. 180 The Strand, £45 for one day, £75 two days, book ahead, 11-12 March

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Lost London Walking Tour


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The London Cheese Crawl


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The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets