Things To Do This Weekend In London: 19-20 May 2018

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A bottomless tea

ROYAL WEDDING: Looking for somewhere to watch the Royal wedding? It's all in here, from stag/hen dos and garden parties, to rooftop screenings and other special events. On the other hand, if you want to avoid the Royal wedding (and FA Cup) altogether, this is the place for you.

CHEAP CUTS: Whether your preferred style is experimental, animation, or observational, this film festival has shorts for a every flavour of documentary fiend. This year's themes include conflict and identity, displacement, and best of British. Rio Cinema & Hackney Attic (Dalston/Hackney), from £6, book ahead, 17-20 May

URBAN TREE FESTIVAL: London may be something of a concrete jungle, but there are still plenty of green spaces to explore. Ramble through your local urban forest, compose a haiku in a Japanese garden, or take on a tree-sure hunt at the inaugural Urban Tree Festival. Various locations, from £10, book ahead, 18-20 May

SLIME PLANET: Kids will go gooey for this workshop that's all about slime. As well as making their own, complete with fun extras like glitter and foam beads, they'll learn the science behind the stuff and try their luck at the slime Olympics. Good Hope Cafe (Lewisham) £12.50, book ahead, 19-20 May

HACKNEY FLEA: Delve into a treasure trove of salvaged, one-of-a-kind vintage goodies and handmade items at Hackney Flea Market, which returns to Stoke Newington's Church street this weekend. Abney Hall, free entry, just turn up, 10am-6pm, 19-20 May

BOTTOMLESS TEA: Get stuck into MAP Maision's bottomless afternoon tea. You'll get a scrumptious selection of savoury and sweet treats alongside an endless flow of bubbles and cocktails. MAP Maison (Haggerston), £25, book ahead, 1pm-5pm, 19-20 May

Saturday 19 May

A gloriously ginger get-together for all you redheads.

NUNHEAD CEMETERY OPEN DAY: Check out woodcraft demonstrations, follow a family treasure trail, and see an art exhibition in a mausoleum at Nunhead Cemetery. This magnificent 19th century cemetery is opening its steely gates for a day of free tours and much more. Nunhead Cemetery, free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm

REDHEAD DAY: Redheads rejoice — the festival dedicated to all things ginge is making a comeback. Over 1000 flame-haired men, women and children are coming to Camden for a day of ginger infused games, photography, music, comedy, and talks. Cecil Sharp House, £9, book ahead, 12pm-10pm

ST LUKE'S STROLL: Hear how a marketing genius transformed a local drowning spot into a popular bathing attraction, learn the history of the ominously-named Pest House Row, and get to know the infamous Moll Cutpurse at this neighbourhood walking tour, which includes a couple of historic pub pit stops along the way. Meet outside Marks & Spencer (Finsbury Pavement), £12, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

WEEKEND ITCH: Budding young thespians can spend the afternoon creating innovative theatre with like-minded peers through a series of playful workshops. Chickenshed Theatre are inviting 12 to 17 year-olds to get a flavour of their popular youth theatre ahead of July's week-long Summer Scratch event. Chickenshed Theatre (Cockfosters), £10, book ahead, 1pm-6pm

COCK & BULL: Head to Oasis Farm for family-friendly festivities as Cock & Bull Festival begin the countdown to their big bash with a one day mini-fest. Feast on the farm's own produce and make some music at their school of noise. Oasis Farm (Waterloo), £15, book ahead, 3pm-midnight

FUN AND FLIRTY: Done with dating? Give Tantra Speed Date a try. Pair up with other singles for a unique dating and relationship skills session, featuring plenty of playful (and PG-rated) interactions. Good Vibes Studios (Covent Garden), £25-50, book ahead, 4.30pm-7pm (sponsor)

BERMONDSEY FOLK CLUB: Multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti make up Hickory Signals, a shruti strumming, glockenspiel bashing, and flute tooting folksy double act. See them live at the site of the historic Peek Frean's Biscuit factory. Shortwave Cafe (Bermondsey), £5, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

DINNER WITH ARBIKIE: Fresh greens and hand-foraged herbs are the stars of the show at Ask For Janice's three-course seasonal supper. The Farringdon eatery has teamed up with Arbikie, one of Scotland's most experimental distilleries, to bring you expertly paired signatures serves, classic G&Ts and a bee pollen infused cocktail of the month that will guarantee your meal goes down smoothly. Ask For Janice (Farringdon), £28, book ahead, 7pm

Sunday 20 May

Sprayskool, designer goodies and musical bingo... this is not your average village fete.

MIDCENTURY EAST: Deck out your home like Don Draper's at a furniture fair that showcases the very best in mid-century modern interior design. From Eames to Ercol, British classics to Scandi-cool, Midcentury East has it all. Erno Goldfinger's Haggerston School (Haggerston) £9-£10, book ahead, 10am-4pm

PHOTOGRAPHICA: If you're a classic camera junkie, with an insatiable appetite for analogue that trumps the new-fangled digital offerings every time, this is the fair for you. Up to 135 tables at the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall will be buying, selling, and swapping classic and antique cameras — from wood and brass to modern classics. Lindley Hall (Victoria), £5, just turn up, 10am-4pm

BIG CAT FESTIVAL: Cat people, this one's for you. Learn about living with lions, go behind the scenes of the BBC's Big Cats series and get constructive criticism on your wildlife shots with a day that's all about the world's most majestic felines. Royal Geographical Society (Kensington), £35, book ahead, 10.30am-6.30pm

WEDDING FAIR: Planning on getting hitched? Our media partner, Easy Weddings has a truly heavenly wedding fair up their sleeves to make sure your big day goes off with a bang. The Hilton Atlantis Wedding Fair is a Greek god and goddess-themed spectacular with a 20th century twist. So grab your other half, a glass or two of bubbly, meet London's finest suppliers and prepare to be inspired. DoubleTree by Hilton London (Docklands Riverside), from £5, 11am-3pm

URBAN VILLAGE FETE: Let Gilles Peterson provide the soundtrack to your Sunday at the coolest summer fete around. As well as the best soul, jazz, house and hiphop, there's also talks from Rob Elms, workshops that range from jazz dance to perfume-making, a house of fairy tales, and much more. The Gateway Pavilions (Greenwich), free entry, just turn up, 11am-7pm

BEAUTY AND THE BEESWAX: Treat your skin to natural and nourishing cremes, lip balms and soaps made by your own fair hands, with the help of some fuzzy friends. The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are celebrating National Bee Day with a beeswax cosmetics workshop. All materials are provided and you get to buzz off with all your home-made goodies. Meet at the Soanes Centre (Tower Hamlets Cememtery Park), £20, book ahead, 1pm-5pm

WINDRUSH: This timely audio-visual event details the Windrush generation's fight for equal rights since 1948. Learn about the Notting Hill riots, forgetful and neglectful museums, and inspiring black female leaders with the director of Black History Walks, Tony Warner. Phoenix Cinema (East Finchey), £10, book ahead, 2pm

THEATRELAND ON FOOT: Comedy, tragedy, and murder most foul are afoot on this West End walking tour. Visit a haunted stage door where an actor was brutally slain, stand on the spot where Eliza Doolittle sold flowers, and see London's oldest theatre. Meet at Covent Garden tube station, £10, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

HIPPO: Bristol-based jazz futurists Hippo are bringing their bouncing rhythms to a Peckham record store. Before they introduce their brand new material, Jazz Plus DJs will warm you up by spinning the vinyl on the shop floor. Rye Wax (Peckham), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

ALI BRICE: You are cordially invited to the grand re-re-re-re-opening of Lemon Adrian's Lemonade Stand — a delightfully silly bit of character comedy from Alice Brice. As the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, remember to check their sell-by-date and ensure they've been legally sourced. The Bill Murray (Islington), free, just turn up, 9.30pm-10.30pm

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