Things To Do In London This Weekend: 23-24 September 2017

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BBC Good Food Show heads for the Tower of London

CHAMBER CONCERT: Composer and curator Iain Chambers is showcasing three new works alongside spoken word performances and an immersive sound walk in the incredible inner working chamber of Tower Bridge. Bascule Chambers (Tower Bridge), £15/£25/£50, book ahead, various times, 22-24 September

PADDINGTON BEAR: Families are able to discover and create their own Paddington Bear adventure as they travel down a specially created family trail around the Museum's Time Tunnel with historic displays of toys and games. Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (Notting Hill), £9, various times, 23-24 September

DEPTFORD DESIGN: South East London Makers Club is celebrating the work of local designers and makers with exhibitions showcasing great British design and craft, maker demonstrations, and workshops in wood making, screen printing, marbling and woodcarving. Deptford Market Yard, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm, 23-24 September

WHEELY GOOD TIME: Love motorbikes? Love art? The Losers MCC vs Underdogs Custom Show celebrates the very best of motorbikes and biker art to the tune of live music and DJ's, and with a side of craft beer, food, and the Losers biker tea stall. The Underdog Gallery (Bermondsey), free entry, 11am-1am, 22-24 September

GOOD FOOD: BBC Good Food Show are bringing their annual feast to the Tower of London, with up to 200 cutting-edge food and drink companies from all over the world showcasing the best of what they can do for Londoners. Tower of London, £18, from 11am/10.30am, 22-24 September

UNUSUAL OPERA: The opera for people who don't think they like opera, Fever Pitch is based on the Nick Hornby's iconic memoir about his obsession with Arsenal football club. Union Chapel (Islington), £15, book ahead, 3pm/7pm, 22-24 September. Full review.

MOVE OVER SANDY: Rock out at this one with rock 'n' roll band Move over Sandy, who will be tearing up a storm at the BALABAM. Tottenham, £3, just turn up, 9pm-1.30am

Saturday 23 September

Get the drum & bass party started this weekend with Hospitality in the Park

BIRTHDAY MARKET: To celebrate its 130th birthday this year, the North End Road Market will roll out over 150 stalls where you can enjoy live music and entertainment. Fulham, free, just turn up, 9am-5pm

SAVING THE SUMMER: Can't let the summer go? Well go and learn how to keep it alive at this workshop where you will be taught how to dry, pickle and preserve your summer produce. The workshop will finish with a tasting session and lunch cooked using produce grown on the rooftop. The Culpeper (Aldgate), £25, 10.30am-12.30pm

DRUM & BASS: Get tickets quick for Hospitality In The Park, brought to you by south London's drum and bass authority Hospital Records with a huge line up of performers ready to get the party started and your heart pumping. Finsbury Park, £56, book ahead, 11am-10.30pm

BIG KIDS: Get inventive with meltable bio-plastic FORMcard. Its inventor Peter Marigold is demonstrating how to melt the plastic in a simple cup of hot water and how easy it is to make amazing creations and modifications to other toys you know and love. Adults and children alike are welcome. Makerversity (Somerset House), £9, book ahead, 11.30am-2.30pm

MOBILE RAILTON: As part of Lambeth Heritage Festival, this walking tour Time-lining the Front Line looks into the past of Railton Road. How did it feature in the 1981 Brixton uprisings? Explore its history using mobile street photography, so don't forget to bring your phone. The Commercial (Herne Hill), free, book ahead, noon-2pm

BLOCK PARTY: Tuck into some brunch from an array of stalls offering food from around the world, then dance on the block to a mix of disco, afrobeat, and house tunes — although no confirmation yet if any Bloc Party tunes will play. Garden Bar (Borough), £10, just turn up noon-7pm

MOANA: Deck chair cinema season isn't quite over yet as the folks over at The Workshop put on Moana and invite the film's fans to come dressed in outfits inspired by the movie. There will also be poster designing, prop making, face-painting, singing and dance classes. The Workshop, £2.50/£5, book ahead, 2.30pm

LAST DAY: It's your last chance to find out what the Laura I. Gallery calls art in its exhibition Now That's What I Call Art. The exhibition explores art innovation from 30 professional culturally different artists who what to inspire people to think outside the box. Laura I. Gallery (Barking), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm

PAINT JAM NIGHT: Bring your paint brush and some inspiration to this arty party, with a glass of prosecco on arrival. Secret Central London venue, £30, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

PROVOKED WIFE: It's your last chance to catch this comedy about the tedium and pitfalls of marriage. Expect extra marital drama, scheming lovers, all soaked in bourgeois angst and champagne. The Hope Theatre (Angel), £15, book ahead, 7.45pm

THE DECAY: Apparently gig promoters An Alternative Gathering are "well chuffed" to welcome back their friends and rock band The Decay for this live show. Go along and see why they're so happy. The Unicorn (Camden), free, just turn up, 8pm-11.45pm

LITTLE FEST: Swing down to the Steel Yard and party with Bohemian Wonderland as they celebrate four years of putting on shows in London. The Steel Yard, £15, book ahead, 10pm-6am


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Sunday 24 September

Villa Walala at Exchange Square

ART IN THE CITY: It's the last day to catch Villa Walala, an immersive and colourful art installation that'll remind many of a patterned bouncy castle, intending to inject a little joy underneath London's usual blanket of grey skies. Exchange Square, free, just turn up, 6am-10pm

RUN THE COMMON: What better way to end a blood pumping run than with a picnic in the park? Starfish offer 2k, 5k, 10k or 15k runs on flat ground and lots of cheering supporters. You'll receive a medal, Starfish t-shirt and a picnic basket to enjoy on the common when you finish. Clapham Common, £17 (BOGO half price), book ahead, 9.30am

JAPAN MATSURI: Immerse yourself in Japanese culture without even needing to step on a plane with Japan Matsuri. Get stuck into Japanese food, music, dance, and entertainment, as well as a rare chance to see performers from the little-known Japanese form of variety theatre known as yose. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 10am-8pm

THE KENSINGTON TRENCH: Did you know a first world war trench was built in Kensington Gardens 100 years ago? A reconstruction of the original, which formed part of the Government's top-secret plans to devise ways to defeat the enemy, is open for visitors to discover the vital but undercover role played by London's Royal Parks during wartime Britain. Buckhill Walk (Kensington Gardens), free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH: Sit back and relax with a full tummy at the Royal Albert Hall this Sunday and listen to to exceptional musicians from London's jazz scene. The music will be led by composer Barbara Snow and lyricist Tom Hannah. Royal Albert Hall, £31, book ahead, noon

SOUND ALONG THE STREAM: This workshop is perfect for those of you who are disposed to wearing chains of flowers around your neck, and delicately dragging the palm of your had across a tree trunk as you walk past it. Explore our relationship with rivers and ideas about presence, flow and the dynamics of water. River Wandle, free, book ahead, 1pm-4pm

RIVER WESTBOURNE WALK: As part of the Totally Thames festival, David Fathers, author and illustrator of London’s Hidden Rivers, is leading a guided walk along the ‘musical’ River Westbourne. Hampstead Tube Station, £12, book ahead, 1pm

TROLL TWO: This movie is known as the "best worst movie ever made". So if you enjoy astoundingly dire dialogue, pathetic production design, crappy cinematography, awful acting, and a piffle plot then this movie covers all of those bases and more. Genesis Cinema (Stepney Green), £9, book ahead, 1pm-3pm

GALA CONCERT: Celebrate 30 years of West End musicals with Lesley Garett at the Theatre Royal this Sunday. Garett will be joined by Ruthie Henshall, G4, Jacqui Dankworth, The London Gay Men’s Chorus, along with special guests Angela Rippon and Judith Chalmers. Theatre Royal Haymarket, £10-£85, book ahead, 5pm

BACH VESPERS: The Bach Vespers series will return again today for a range of orchestral pieces in an ecclesiastical setting. A cantata will be performed, which demands the audience consider the world around them. St Mary-at-Hill Church (Monument), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-7.45pm

COMEDY: Have a laugh this Sunday at Collywobblers night of comedy featuring award winning TV stars, special guests, Edinburgh previews and free lollipops too. The Railway (Streatham), £16, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

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The Harry Potter Christmas Tour


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

Psychology of Attraction


Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets

Learn How to Shoot Like Robin Hood


Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Hit bullseye and get your tickets: http://bit.ly/2kyov7a (sponsor) Get tickets

East London Food Tour


Feast on the tastes of the East End... Chomp on pie and mash from a restaurant that's been open since 1900, and visit Russell Brand's not-for-profit café. There are seven stops in the food and drink tour across Shoreditch and Hoxton, so you better come hungry! Get tickets