Things To Do This Weekend In London: 22-23 July 2017

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Celebrate the best of Indonesian culture

INDONESIAN FESTIVAL: A vibrant, colourful celebration of the food, culture, fashion, music and tourism of Indonesia rocks up in central London. There's even a beach created from 50 tonnes of white sand, to transport you across the world. Potters Fields Park (Southwark), free, just turn up, 22-23 July

FLAG MAKING: Create flags to foster togetherness during these times of separation and uncertainty. Using drawing, materials, colour, text and symbols, you can create your own large scale banners celebrating diverse cultures. Serpentine Gallery, free, just turn up, 22-23 July

COUNTRY STARS: Nashville lands at Canary Wharf for a weekend music festival to warm the hearts of any country music fan. This year's lineup includes US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, along with UK-based acts. Canada Square Park, free, just turn up, 22-23 July

COLOURFUL MAZE: Artist Camille Walala has used her signature colourful, patterned designs to create a psychedelic maze that sounds part puzzle, part fun house, part Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole. Solve clues, look at things from different angles, and embrace the fun of playing. NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula), free, just turn up, until 23 September

Saturday 22 July

Work up a sweat at Sweatlife festival

BOAT PARTY: Immerse yourself in 1960s flower power spirit, and turn back time to the epicentre of the hippie movement. The double decker Pride of London cruises down the Thames while DJs spin your favourite tunes. Departing from Festival Pier (South Bank), £20, book ahead, 4pm-8pm

SWEATLIFE: Lululemon hosts a one day wellness event, including fitness classes, yoga experiences, personal development workshops and sessions with wellness partners. With so much going on, you're sure to work up a sweat. Tobacco Dock, £30, book ahead, 9am-9pm

DRAW N' TOUR: Uncover 900 years of Southwark Cathedral's architecture, while sketching the beautiful spaces in this glorious place of worship. Your guide will share stories behind the architecture as you cover six stops in the cathedral. Southwark Cathedral, £7, book ahead, 10.30am-11.30am

TOTALLY WILD: A variety of free, family activities are on offer at the beautiful Camley Street Natural Park near King's Cross. From pond dipping to bug hunting and nature crafts to games and songs, there's something to keep every little adventurer occupied. Camley Street Natural Park (King's Cross), free, just turn up, 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm

TALES FROM THE SHED: An afternoon of really silly, colourful and fun interactive theatre shows, just for young children. Great to keep the little ones occupied. Alexandra Palace, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

ALL'S FAIR: Love music? Love markets? Camberwell Fair is celebrating diverse people, culture and community in the local area with two quality music stages, 40 market stalls, food, bars and games. Camberwell Green, free entry, just turn up, midday-9pm

STREET CYCLING: Watch this exciting racing format that challenges competitors over a short, technical cycle race circuit, riding brakeless, fixed-gear cycles traditionally used on a velodrome. Get down early to grab a free Rockstar Games cowbell so you can be that person who makes all the noise during races. Greenwich Peninsula, free entry, just turn up, midday-9.30pm

LOTS OF POETRY: And we mean lots. Come and hear 61 poets in an all-day, non-stop poetry reading bender. Raising money for the Poetry Café, each poet will read for eight minutes. Don't worry — you can come and go as you please in case you get all poetry'd out. The Poetry Café (Covent Garden), £5 donation suggested, just turn up, midday-10pm

CRAFT BEER FEST: Sample south London's best craft beer, with over 20 breweries showcasing their latest and greatest. Of course, there's live music and tasty street food too — but how you wash it all down is the important bit. Copeland Park (Peckham), free, just turn up, midday-11pm

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE: Trace London's industrial heritage on this walk of the lower Lea Valley, from fine porcelain in the 18th century, through gasworks, gin, explosives and film studios.  Pudding Mill Lane DLR, £10, book ahead, 1pm-4pm

NATURE RESERVE: We went to visit Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve recently, and absolutely  loved it. Why not go and visit this little oasis yourself on its summer open day? Expect pond dipping, guided walks, stalls and more. Gunnersbury Triangle, free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

BEES IN THE CITY: What do the bees do for us? Alison Benjamin of Urban Bees Ltd. reveals the answer, as well as what we can do for them. You'll even get the chance to make your own bee hotel to take home. Museum of London, £25, book ahead, 1.30pm-4pm

JAZZ JAM: This one day music extravaganza brings exciting acts from the best jazz clubs around the world to London. There's also delicious American-style food alongside the music. The Piano Bar Soho, free entry, just turn up, 2pm-8pm


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Sunday 23 July

Visit The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

CITY CEMETERY: This 200 acre natural beauty site opens its doors for a guided history and heritage walk. Featuring more than 3500 trees, 32 acres of memorial landscaped gardens, water features and ponds, this afternoon will be full of Victorian heritage. The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium (near Wanstead Flats), free, book ahead, various times

COLINDALE TOUR: Cast your prejudices aside, and realise that Colindale is a lot more interesting than you might think on this walking tour — covering everything from its first aerodrome to the opening of the museum. RAF Museum London, free, just turn up, 11am and 2pm

PINEAPPLE STUDIOS: If you want to be the next Louie Spence, or just adore his crazy antics, sign yourself up for free dance classes at the Pineapple Studios. Lesson styles for beginners include street and hip-hop, Bollywood, burlesque, jazz, tap and commercial dance. Pineapple Dance Studio (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

WALK THE CITY: The City is built on business, with evidence harking back to Roman times. Walking through its heart, you'll discover the foundations for trade in this historic part of the city, and how some have attempted to destroy its financial infrastructure. St Paul's Churchyard, £12, book ahead, 11.30am-1.30pm

JUMBLE SALE: Putting things in the bin is bad. Why not buy, sell or swap your stuff that would have otherwise gone to waste with other local residents? They'll be sure to give them a good home. RM12 (Havering), free, just turn up, midday-4pm

NOSE AROUND: Fancy having a nose around Opera Holland Park? Maybe even singing on the stage, or conducting the orchestra? Now's your chance, at this open day full of free and fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Opera Holland Park, free, just turn up, midday-5pm

ROSÉ FESTIVAL: It's the UK's first and only festival dedicated to rosé wine, and it features an abundance of the stuff. Need we say more? The Geffrye Museum (Hoxton), £15, book ahead, midday-7pm

JUNGLE BOOK: A screening of this childhood classic in a park sounds like the recipe for a good evening to us. A fully stocked bar, food and popcorn completes this round off to the week. Bishop's Park (Fulham), £12/£6, book ahead, 7.30pm

MACBLAIR: You've lived through the New Labour years, and you've seen your fair share of Shakespeare... but how about a combination of both? This is the story of Tony Blair, reimagined as a Shakespearean tragicomedy. Omnibus Theatre (Clapham Common), £9, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

DRUNK SHOWTIME: We bet you've never seen the Wizard of Oz where one actor is absolutely off their face before. No? Well now's your chance... Leicester Square Theatre, £15, book ahead, 8pm

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