GRAND DESIGNS (READER OFFER): Grand Designs Live is at ExCel, 3-11 May, giving Londoners a chance to pimp their pad or spruce their summer house. Until 11 May
ART FAIR: Handmade in Britain’s Spring Craft and Design Fair takes place at Chelsea Old Town Hall this weekend, showcasing work from up-and-coming designer-makers. £5/£7, prebook, until 11 May
ART DECO: Eltham Palace hosts an Art Deco Fair, with vintage stalls themed around the Palace’s past. £10.20, just turn up, until 11 May
CINEMA CELEBRATION: The Genesis Cinema 15th birthday celebrations culminate in a kids weekend, with screenings of Charlie Chaplin films (Saturday) and Laurel & Hardy classics (Sunday). Free, prebook, until 11 May
BEAUTY SHOW: The Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty Show comes to Olympia London with exhibitions, talks, products and celebrity guests. £18/£29, prebook, until 11 May
TWO-MAN PLAY: The Shroud at Rich Mix is a two-man play exploring Hindu myths, memories and personal letters. £12/£10, prebook, until 11 May
FASHION FILM: New fashion film Advanced Style has several preview screenings across London this weekend, with Q&A sessions with the cast and crew of the film. Various prices, prebook, until 18 May
MARKETS AND SHOPPING: We’ve created a round-up of shopping and market events for shop, browse and bargain-a-holics to enjoy this month.
ART EXHIBITIONS: Take a look at our May round up of London art openings too.
THEATRE: And yet another for theatre openings in May. Lots of shows are selling out fast, so hop to it. God we’re good to you.
Saturday 10 May
EUROVISION: Tonight is Eurovision night. Check out our list of places to watch Eurovision 2014. Booking recommended or it’ll be nil points for you.
DOCKLANDS HISTORY: Docklands History Group holds a conference, Conflict, Commerce and Community, which looks at the role of the Port of London at wartime. Takes place at the Museum of London Docklands. £35/£30, prebook, 10am-5pm
BODY IMAGE EXHIBITION: The Gallery On The Corner in Battersea Park has a one-day-only exhibition, Skin, which explores body image in contemporary culture. 10am-10pm
LONDON BUSES: Catford Bus Garage has a free open day to celebrate the Year of the Bus, and the garage’s centenary year. Visitors can ride on vintage buses, sit on a bus while it goes through a bus wash, see the garage maintenance area, and more. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-4pm
OPEN ARCHIVES: The Full English Archive Open Day at the British Library gives access to some of the original documents of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger, with illustrated talks about the early folk revival and the collectors. Free, prebook, 10.30am
LEYTONSTONE: Absofabvintage holds its monthly vintage market at Lister Hall in Leytonstone. £1 entry fee, just turn up, 11am-5pm
STATION PERFORMANCE: Witness Resting Place, a live performance in Charing Cross station based on extracts from the WWI diary of nurse Clarice Spratling. Free, just turn up, 11.55am-12.35pm
IMPERIAL FESTIVAL: The Imperial College 2014 Festival takes place at the South Kensington campus with talks, workshops, demonstrations and more, for all ages. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm
NIPPLE TASSELS: The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts Jumble & Pearls Vintage/Designer Fayre. As well as the chance to buy vintage items, we’re promised a nipple tassel workshop, live DJs and the chance to get your portrait done on the spot — great if you’re going with a group of friends. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm
FREE CITY WALK: This Occupy London tour of the City talks about the history of the financial district, and why the Queen has to ask for permission before entering the City of London. Free, prebook, 2pm
WINDMILL: Upminster Windmill has an open day this weekend. Free (donations welcome), 2pm-5pm (also tomorrow)
TERRACE LAUNCH: Ink on Palmers Road hosts a launch party to celebrate the opening of the canal side terrace, just in time for summer. There will be a big roast and cocktails. £20, prebook, 5pm
CHANT CONCERT: St Ethelburga’s Centre on Bishopsgate has a concert of chants from the Syriac and Byzantine traditions by Arabic song specialist Merit Ariane Stephanos. £12, prebook, 7.30pm
Sunday 11 May
ROYAL ROWING: Every year, Her Majesty’s Royal Watermen complete a marathon row from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London, a distance of some 25 miles. Find out more about The Tudor Pull here. Free, just turn up to watch, 9am-5pm
PUNCH & JUDY: The 39th Annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival takes place at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, with a grande procession at 11am, and Punch & Judy shows throughout the day. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-5.30pm
VINTAGE CELEBRATION: Clerkenwell Vintage Fair celebrates its 5th anniversary, with fashion items dating back to the 1800s. £4, just turn up, 11am-5pm
ROLLERSKATING: The Sunday Stroll is a relaxed slow paced skate open to all roller skaters and rollerbladers able to stop, turn and control their speed on hills. Meet at Serpentine Road in Hyde Park. Free, just turn up, 2pm
POLITICS: Lewisham gears up for the local elections with a screening of the documentary feature Tory Boy at St Swithun’s Hall in Hither Green. Also on hand to answer questions will be candidates standing for council, and Lewisham’s current Mayor Steve Bullock. Free, 6pm
CLASSICAL CONCERT: London Symphony Orchestra plays a free open air concert in Trafalgar Square, featuring music by Prokofiev. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm
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