Things To Do This Weekend In London: 27-28 January 2018

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Expect workshops and storytelling exploring India’s rich array of scientific ideas and technological innovations at the Illuminating India family weekender. © Earth Ball by Ksema Karna 1571

THE FRANCE SHOW: Fill your basket at the French market, fill your glass with wine, practice the language of love, play pétanque and generally pretend you're living it up on the Riviera at The France Show. Olympia London, £12, book ahead, 26-28 January

DOWN UNDER BEER FESTIVAL: Beer guzzling Aussies wondering where to enjoy a few bevvies on Australia Day should make a beeline to new venue Lost Rivers for Australian and New Zealand brews, BBQ food and Kiwi and Aussie rock tunes, a combined celebration of both Australia Day and Waitangi Day. Lost Rivers Leake Street, £5-£10, book ahead, 26 January-4 February

ILLUMINATING INDIA: Find your inner zen at a yoga and meditation class, settle in for a storytelling session with Sita Thomas or join creative workshops in constellation-mapping, Rangoli geometry and more at this family-friendly weekend coinciding with the Illuminating India exhibition. Science Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 11am-5pm, 27-28 January

LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY: Cold January weekends were made for film marathons. Hardcore LOTR fans are invited to power through the extended editions of the trilogy, beginning on Saturday evening. Good luck. Prince Charles Cinema, £20, book ahead, from 8.45pm Saturday

Saturday 27 January

Significant Seams bring their love of sewing to Family Day at the William Morris Gallery.

ENFIELD LITERARY FESTIVAL: Pick up creative writing advice from a book surgery, attend talks with authors and a talk on the impact of digital media on local journalism at Enfield Literary Festival today. Edmonton Green Library, various prices, book ahead, 10am-5pm

HONEST ROOTS VEGAN BRUNCH: The Goodness Guru, Isa Robinson, offers alternative tips for a healthy lifestyle, followed by a brief meditation session before a menu of chickpea fritters, smashed avocado and pomegranate seeds is served up, which will have you feeling so smug from that health high you'll forget all about that craving for a fry-up. The Bluebird (Chelsea), £35, book ahead, 11am

BRICK BREWERY OPEN DAY: The first 50 eager beavers through this new Brewery's doors will get a free half pint. During the open day celebrations, there will also be tasting sessions and a chance to make friends with the Brick team. Unit 13-14 Deptford Trading Estate, free, just turn up, noon-6pm

EDIBLE SEED SWAP: Got grand plans to grow your own this year? Start at this seed swap and pick up tips on how to store your seeds from a local 'seed saver'. The Garden Museum (Lambeth), free, just turn up, 1pm-3pm

FAMILY DAY: This afternoon of fun sewing activities for the whole family is themed around May Morris's talent for embroidery. Nimble fingers at the ready! William Morris Gallery, free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

SEX APPEAL SEVEN: See a tonne of top notch comics come together for the annual Sex Appeal charity event, raising vital funds for Brook, a charity working with under 25s to promote their sexual health and wellbeing. Conway Hall (Holborn), £25, book ahead, 7.30pm-1am

FLEETWOOD BAC: This Fleetwood Mac tribute band is so good that it got the seal of approval from drummer Mick ‘Big Daddy’ Fleetwood. They have garnered fans from as far afield as the Cayman Islands and Monaco to St Tropez and Dubai, but you only need to go as far as Putney to be hypnotised by this landslide of Mac hits. The Half Moon (Putney), £14, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Sunday 28 January

Boom like Basquiat at this Paint Jam event, a quirky night out in a pop-up art studio.

THE BIG CRAFT SWISH: Craft is no longer the preserve of grandmas and ageing textile teachers. There's a new wave of crafters and you'll find them swapping unfinished/unused projects bought on a whim after watching too much Kirsty Allsopp at The Big Craft Swish. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £4, book ahead, 10am-1pm

EVERYONE A MAKER: Bring objects you have lying around at home you reckon could inspire a great story, which you'll put together during this family-friendly workshop, as part of National Storytelling Week. Rich Mix, free, book ahead, 11am-4pm

CARIBBEAN BRUNCH PARTY: Fill up on a two-course Caribbean meal, guzzle down rum punch during Bottomless Hour, enjoy a glass of prosecco on arrival and an after-brunch shot while listening to the best in soca, reggae and R&B. Hair of the dog and all that. Proud Cabaret (Camden), £35, book ahead, 11am-5pm

MUSEUM OF BRANDS: Discover the history behind the collection at the Museum of Brands, including the stories behind British brands Golden Shred and Birds Custard, as well as more contemporary names. Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (Notting Hill), £9, book ahead, 12.30pm and 2pm

A PIECE OF CAKE: What's better than free comedy on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Free comedy served up with free homemade cake, of course. Keen bakers are welcome to bring their own cake to share. The Bill Murray (Angel), free (or pay £5 to reserve a seat), 3.30pm-5.30pm

BASQUIAT PAINT JAM: Leave your glad rags at home for this arty party, where you get a canvas or paper to doodle on while DJs spin tunes. There's a prosecco reception to jack up the creative juices. Secret location, £30-£35, book ahead, 4pm-7pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

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

Therapeutic Potential of Magic Mushrooms


Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London.  Get tickets

The Original London Loo Tour


We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets