This weekend is sponsored by The Gentleman’s Grooming and Lifestyle Show.
SEA SHANTIES: Sea shanties and pirate hats are on the bill at Museum of London Docklands' Maritime Music Festival this weekend.Take your little pirates along to the family-friendly festival for free fun and games. Learn how to sing like a sailor, watch poetry performances and take part in pirate hat making classes. And when your little ones get hungry, remember that they can eat for free in Rum & Sugar, the museum's Caribbean restaurant. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, 18-19 November (sponsor)
DOC'N ROLL FILM FESTIVAL: See the premieres of Any Way The Wind Blows, about soul singer Syl Johnson (Saturday) and Pretend We're Dead, a chronicle of the American grunge punk band using vintage home movie footage (Sunday). It's all part of the Doc 'n' Roll Film Festival. Various venues and prices, book ahead, until 19 November
OPEN STUDIOS: See the work of more than 50 artists across 18 venues around south east London. This open studios event has been going since 1999, proving not all artists get pushed out. Lee Green, free, just turn up, noon-6pm, 18-19 November
SECRETS OF GREEN POPUP: This shop for nature-loving urbanites has popped up in Battersea. Workshops in vegan slipper-making, terrariums and botanical bath salts run over the weekend. Secrets of Green pop-up shop, Sopwith Way, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, various prices, book ahead, 16-19 November
JARMAN FILM AWARDS: Botox and fairytales, storytelling in the dark and queer wilderness are all topics explored through film screenings and discussions at this short film awards weekend. Whitechapel Gallery, £5 per day, book ahead, 1pm-6pm, 18-19 November
LAST CHANCE: The ongoing refugee crisis, the shootings of black men by police officers in the US and the death of Fidel Castro are just three of the major news stories covered in this exhibition of striking press images from around the world. Royal Festival Hall, free, just turn up, until 20 November
WINTER VILLAGE: Even if you're not jetting off for ski season you can at least pretend, at this alpine ski village in Vauxhall. Don retro skiwear, warm up in a heated booth and take your festive photos in the cable car photo booth. South Lambeth Place, free entry, just turn up, 16 November-22 December
Saturday 18 November
KID'S LITERARY FESTIVAL: Get comfy and listen to tales from a line up some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors with your little bookworms in tow at this Children's Literary Festival. Kingston Upon Thames, free, book ahead, 18 November-16 December
TIME TRAVEL CLUB: Kids are invited to set sail on a voyage through the 18th century using letters from the archive for storytelling and creative activities. Adults go free. The National Archives (Kew), £7.50, book ahead, 10.30am-noon
HOME MOVIE DAY: Dig out your home movies at this event which reckons they should have their time on the big screen – no matter how embarrassing. Cinema Museum, free, just turn up, 1am-4pm
ECO THAMES TOUR: Active360 paddleboarders are invited to this SUP Eco Tour, where you can find out how to keep the river clean— without falling in. (There's also a beginner's morning session at Little Venice for £57.) Kew Bridge, £20, book ahead, 1.30pm-3.30pm
MOUSTACHE PARTY: Need an excuse to glug Brewdog beer, dance to top-notch DJs and grow out your facial hair? Hit up this Camden do, raising money for Movember. Lockside Camden, £5, book ahead, 5pm-3am
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: Quite possibly the most intense and exciting sporting event of the year... no not Rugby or horse racing, it's the UK Rock Paper Scissor Championships, of course. And there's a £100 cash prize to ramp up the excitement. Crutched Friar (Fenchurch Street), £14.01, book ahead, 6pm-10pm
RHYTHM JUNCTION: Pull on your dancing shoes and sashay over to Notting Hill for a night of Swing music, killer moves and rocking hairdos. The Tabernacle, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm
ART PARTY: Arty types are invited to throw paint (on canvas, not each other) and shapes at this Pop Art-themed party, in celebration the Jasper Johns exhibition at the Royal Academy. Secret venue, £30-£55, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
SAUNA PARTY: Life is too short to not take up the offer of a party promising a yurt sauna, even if it is November. Go for a dip then warm up with a hot water bottle in the fairy-lit cafe and listen to live music on the Magic Garden stage. The Magic Garden (Battersea), £15, book ahead, 7pm-2am
Get 20% off tickets to this ultimate men’s grooming event
Head to Tobacco Dock on 3 December for a jam-packed day dedicated to the modern man.
The Gentleman’s Grooming and Lifestyle Show will showcase everything you need to look good, smell good and feel good. Over 75 brands will be there, from shaving giants Cornerstone and the slick guys from Uppercut Deluxe, to Ted Baker.
The event takes place just in time for Christmas — why not take the opportunity to pick up festive gifts such as quirky cufflinks or organic toiletries for the modern gentleman in your life?
You can get a free haircut or shoeshine, or even indulge in a whisky tasting before heading home. Find out more about The Gentleman’s Grooming and Lifestyle Show here. Get 20% off tickets with code LONDONIST20.
Sunday 19 November
DEER WALK: Make some four-legged friends at Theydon Bois Deer Sanctuary, where you'll learn how the antlered animals have adapted to live alongside us and our traffic. Lodge Road car park, £5, book ahead, 9.30am-1.30pm
TOY PARADE: Surely one of the most exciting events in any kid's life is this annual event in which everyone's favourite toy characters escape from Hamleys and parade down Regent Street. Free, just turn up, 11am-4.30pm
CHRISTMAS FLEA: Browse gifts from veteran vintage sellers and locals just having a vintage clear out. EPIC (Dalston), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm
SOLO CRAFT FAIR: Avoid the high street Christmas shopping crush and browse handcrafted gifts with a drink in hand and DJs on the decks. There's even a GoT jewellery-making class. Prince of Wales (Brixton), free, just turn up, noon-5pm
ARCHIVES WEEKEND: Some museums keep their most interesting objects locked away in the archives, which means you can only discover them through events like this talk, on rarely seen objects spanning the 1960s to the present day. National Army Museum, free, just turn up, 2pm
AFRICAN DRUMMING: Swap your lazy Sunday for a load of high energy drumming workshop. You'll learn a new skill, make new friends and it's a damn good way to destress. Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, £24, book ahead, 2pm-4pm
WINTER WALK: Join ranger Dan Hall on this walk around Tower Hamlets Cemetery. He'll be talking you through the trees, fauna and flora in the park. Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, free (donations welcome), just turn up, 2pm-4pm
SCREENPRINTING: Drop in to this free screen printing session to create your own colourful print. Sebright Arms, £3 suggested donation, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
FUGEES RE-SCORE: This orchestral rendition of music by The Fugees — the band behind Killing Me Softly — could be the next best thing to seeing them live. Jazz Cafe, £11.50, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
HIV VOICES: See a powerful play using individual stories to explore what it's like to live with HIV today, from meals cooked to ill friends to the struggles of online dating. Pleasance Theatre, £10, book ahead, 8pm-9pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
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. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets