Things To Do This Weekend In London: 28-29 April 2018

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Find a boot-iful selection of vintage wares in King's Cross.

LONDON ESOTERIC: It's Month of the Dead at Brompton Cemetery, where you'll find all manner of workshops, talks and concerts dedicated to the weird, the wonderful and the otherworldly. This year's highlights include a hypnosis how-to, adventures in LSD, and an introduction to the cemetery's very own time machine. Your ticket includes a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Brompton Cemetery, £12, book ahead, 27-29 April

CONCRETE DREAMS: 1960s architecture has a bit of a bad rep, despite housing one of London's best cultural events venues — the Southbank Centre. Head to Queen Elizabeth Hall for a celebration of these buildings' rich and varied histories, with contemporary dance performances, classical Indian music, five decades' worth of poetry and much more. Southbank Centre, free entry, book ahead for some events, 27-29 April

CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE: Lovers of all things vintage, this one's for you. Take a peek at the bonniest bonnets in London and pick yourself up some serious bargains at Classic Car Boot. As well as the best vintage vehicles on display, you'll also find tasty street food, impromptu performances and roaming theatre, plus the festival's brand new bike bazaar. Granary Square and West Handyside Canopy (King's Cross), £5, just turn up, 10am-6pm, 28 April-29 April

IMPERIAL FESTIVAL: Ever wanted to take on a robotic arm at air hockey, or compose beautiful music using only your brain waves? You can at Imperial College London's free weekend of discovery for all ages. The uni's annual festival will be chock full of demos, workshops and live experiments for you to get involved in, as well as live performances and snacks courtesy of London's best street food vendors. Imperial College London (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm, 28 April-29 April

PROFESH: New commissions from artist Arvida Bystrom, ceramist Louise Madzia and vintage sunglasses collector Seda Sezen take centre stage at an exhibition that presents their pieces as workspace installations to give insights into their respective creative processes. The show is complemented by a market place that includes a jewellery vending machine, handcrafted perfumes, and pop culture-inspired embroidery from talented indie designers. Galeria Melissa (Covent Garden), free, book ahead, 10am-6pm, 28-29 April

Saturday 28 April

Enjoy a totally barmy bingo experience at Balham Bowls Club.

EMBASSY GARDENS MARKET: Nine Elms' hottest artisan food and drink pop up is back to bring you a springtime selection of locally-sourced food and drink from some of the capital’s finest vendors. You'll also be treated to a performance from Swedish singer Axel Johnson and professional beatboxer Dana Mckeon. New Union Square (Nine Elms), free entry, just turn up, 10am-5pm

PLANT FAIR: Find your new favourite succulent or add a tasty treat to your edible garden at London's first plant fair of the season. Whether you have a garden, balcony, allotment, or windowsill, you'll find something to suit your space at the Garden Museum, which brings together green goodies from Britain's best nurseries. Garden Museum (Lambeth), £5, book ahead, 10am-6pm

BONKERS BINGO & BRUNCH: Experience bingo like never before at Go Bonkers' Bingo Brunch. Comedy cabaret artiste SuZanna GonZo hosts, bringing you extra game rounds, a decidedly mixed bag of prizes and top notch hilarity while you munch on smashed avocado and poached eggs. Balham Bowls Club, £8/£15 inc. brunch, book ahead, 11am-2pm

WIKI EDIT-A-THON: Help literally rewrite history at this Wikipedia edit-a-thon. You'll be improving their coverage of dissidents, suffragists and freedom fighters from across the ages. The National Archives (Kew), free, just turn up, 12pm-4pm

SPICED UP SCI-FI: Venture into new frontiers of science fiction at The British Library. Award-winning journalist Faisal Al-Yafai is beaming up an expert panel of authors to discuss how Arab visionaries are breathing new life into the genre. The British Library, from £3/under 16s go free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

HOTBOX LAUNCH: From D'n'B to dubstep, and from garage to grime Hotbox is shacking up at Boxpark Croydon for a series of events that explore the full spectrum of bass styles. Today's launch party features living legend David Rodigan and mystery rapper Casisdead. Boxpark Croydon, £19,50, book ahead, 4pm-11pm

SAUNA SOIRÉE: On the cusp of Beltane (that's an ancient Gaelic May Day festival, FYI), The Magic Garden and Lost Horizon are throwing a spring sauna party. Dance until the wee hours with a line up of live bands and DJs, and then soothe your muscles in the warmth of the sauna. The Magic Garden (Battersea), £15, book ahead, 7pm-2am

SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES: Stay up late for a delightfully unusual concert. Folk singer Sam Lee is bringing his human-bird duet inside thee Southbank Centre for a new theatrical experience. Hear the nightingale's nocturnal song broadcast live as Sam weaves a forest-themed fairytale out of spoken word and song. Southbank Centre, from £15, book ahead, 10pm-1am

Sunday 29 April

Have a good old rummage at The Big London Flea.

MAUSOLEUM OPEN DAY: Explore the Grade II listed Kilmorey Mausoleum at its open day, with volunteer-led tours and the opportunity to check out the local wildlife. There'll also be a sale of fauna-friendly plants to keep your garden buzzing. Kilmorey Mausoleum (Richmond), £2, just turn up, 9am-3pm

THE BIG LONDON FLEA: Over 50 vintage traders and local spring cleaners are descending on Dalston for The Big London Flea. Expect homeware, vintage attire, industrial electricals, and all sorts of oddities. Epic Dalston, free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm

BOOZY BOTTOMLESS ROAST: Is there anything more satisfying than a really good Sunday Roast? Sanctum Soho Hotel are offering a veritable feast of 30 day aged roast rib of beef with all the trimmings, plus a starter of fresh bread with smashed avocado and lobster butter. You'll also get endless Bloody Marys, passion fruit martinis, or lazy lavender cocktails to wash it all down with. Sanctum Soho Hotel (Warwick Street), £35, book ahead, 11.30am-2.30pm

KIDS DISCO: Introduce your teeny-tiny boppers to some proper tunes at the How Does It Feel Children's Disco. From indie darlings like Belle & Sebastian, to the psychedelic soul of The Temptations played at a kid-friendly level, it'll be music to their (and your) ears. The Phoenix (Cavendish Square), from £2, book ahead, 12pm-4pm

EGG TIME: Comedian Jenny Bede can hear the ticking of her biological clock, and it inexplicably sounds just like Jack Bauer from 24. Join her as she explores what it means to be a childless 30-something back in the dating game through a mixture of song, standup and sass. The Bill Murray (Islington), free, just turn up, 2pm-3pm

WOMB TO TOME: Hear from five of the Wellcome Book Prize's shortlisted authors as they reveal the inspirations behind their critically acclaimed works. From the blood and gore of Victorian surgery to issues of family and fertility in Nigeria, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Lindsey Fitzharris, Kathryn Mannix, Sigrid Rausing and Meredith Wadman will be discussing life, death and everything in between. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £11, book ahead, 3pm-4pm

TRIAL OF RICHARD III: Join top criminal barristers, a killer cast of celebrity performers and young people from the nationwide Shakespeare Schools Festival for a unique fundraising event. As Shakespeare’s King Richard III stands trial for many a grisly murder, will you help to change the fate of England’s most notorious monarch? Familiar faces include Hugh Dennis, Tony Gardner and Dave Benson Phillips. Novello Theatre (Aldwych), £23, book ahead, 7pm

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