Things To Do In London This Weekend: 22-23 March 2014

Join a New York Speakeasy Crawl with The Candlelight Club.

Join a New York Speakeasy Crawl with The Candlelight Club.

All weekend

DEPTFORD, PHOTOGRAPHED: An exhibition of photos by photographer Chris Schwarz that document Lewisham and Deptford in the 1970s and 80s is on display at The Albany from today. Selected photographs will also be the subject of a storytelling performance by members of The Deptford Stories Theatre Company, bringing the history of the area to life. Free, just turn up, exhibition open until 31 March and performances are today only at 12.45pm and 1.45pm

FILM FESTIVALScreentest Festival is the UK’s largest student film festival, taking place this weekend at London South Bank University. Tickets from £5 per day or £15 for the whole weekend. Over 100 student-made films will be screened over the weekend.

RAILWAY FESTIVAL: The London Festival of Railway Modelling takes place at Alexandra Palace all weekend, with over 100 exhibitors offering demonstrations and advice. £10/£11, prebook

FEMINIST ISSUESBirangona: Women of War is a show by the Komola Collective about the troubles of women in 1971 Bangladesh, bracing themselves for war and a storm. All shows followed by Q&A with the cast and production team. Takes place at Rich Mix. £10/£8, prebook,

PERFORMER PHOTOSShamil Tanna: Encore is a photography exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall of images of artists the moment directly after they have stepped off stage, including Jarvis Cocker, Brandon Flowers and Mark Ronson. Free, just turn up

ECO-FASHIONCamden Friends Of The Earth are holding a pop-up eco-friendly fashion weekend at Red Hand Gallery in Tufnell Park, including vintage fair, clothes swapping, and upcycling workshops. Free, just turn up

BARBICAN TOUR: Barbican is offering a series of architecture tours throughout the year, but tickets always go fast. Tours run at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. £10.50, prebook.

SPORT RELIEF: Sport Relief events are taking place across London this weekend. Here are a couple of ways you can get involved in fundraising for disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Saturday 22 March

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION: The V&A’s new exhibition, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, opens today, exploring the work of the most prominent Georgian architect. £9, prebook, until 13 July

LIVE ART: As part of Scream’s pop-up Carnaby Street gallery, Shuby will be creating an interactive wall piece live in the gallery. Free, just turn up, all day

BIG DIG: Whether you’re a veteran gardener or new to it, the Big Dig  encourages people to get down to their local gardens and learn new skills. Find your nearest location. Free, just turn up, various times

WALK CANONBURY: Discover Islington’s green and pleasant land and learn about its history, past residents and those who now call it home. With Clerkenwell and Islington guide, Sue Sinton Smith. £8/£6, just turn up, 11am

ART: Promising “live painting, live drawing, live talking, live drinking, live moving, live eating, live looking, live thinking, live sitting”, a group of BA illustration students from Camberwell College of Arts hold their Edition Fair today, at The Peckham Pelican. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

AFRICAN MARKETOpen The Gate‘s African market brings together African designers and artists inspired by African culture, all in the very London setting of Old Spitalfields Market. Art and crafts, ethical fashion and natural beauty products. Free, 11am-5pm

FREE CONCERTAlex Mendham & His Orchestra, an 11-piece period dance band group, perform a free concert at Union Chapel in Islington. Free, just turn up, 12pm

RECYCLED FASHION: Step into the world of swishing at St. Paul’s Church in Winchmore Hill. Bring along up to ten good quality items of clothing, and swap them for others.  Free, just turn up, 12pm

LITERARY WALKBram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars visits the Bloomsbury sights of Stoker’s novel about an Egyptian mummy. You don’t need to have read the book to follow the walk. Free, just turn up, 2pm

CHARITY CONCERTThe Mahogany Blog put on an evening of music to raise money for CLIC Sargent, with performances from Newton Faulkner, Johnny Borrell, Emily & the Woods and many more. £15-£25, prebook, 6pm

CHARITY CONCERT 2Kings Place hosts a free string trio concert, featuring three young and talented musicians, which aims to raise awareness of Kilimanjaro Blind Trust‘s work improving literacy in East Africa. Free (donations welcome), prebook, 7.30pm

NEW YORKThe Candlelight Club hosts a New York Speakeasy Crawl. Relive New York’s golden age of illegal drinking during Prohibition, and watch a dance off between the troupes of Gatsby Girls and Gatsby Boys. £25, prebook.

SHOWCASE: Prowl House’s Mind Orgy No.2 in Dalston is a showcase of of the area’s finest poets, beatboxers and musicians. £6.50/£5, just turn up, 8.30pm

Sunday 23 March

NATURE: Ponder pond life at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in East Dulwich, at this all-day family event about the wildlife of ponds. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm

CROSSRAIL WALKAll Aboard is a walk exploring the upcoming Crossrail route, from Paddington Station to Bond Street, but it’s not just for railway enthusiasts. Oyster Card required. £15/£12, prebook, 10.30am

FLEET WALK: Footprints of London has a walk covering the history of the Fleet, from the springs of Hampstead to the Thames at Blackfriars. Walk the whole ten miles or pick one of three parts. Swot up here before you go! £18/£12, prebook, 10.30am

FAMILY CRAFT: As part of Freedom Week, Rich Mix is hosting a family event about the history of using placards in Bangladesh. Make your own to take home. Free, prebook, 11am

VINTAGE SHOPPING: Head to Pop Up Vintage at St Stephen’s Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead for the complete vintage experience. As well as vintage traders, there will be entertainment courtesy of singers, tea rooms, and even a vintage beauty parlour. £5/£2/£1, 11am-4pm

TEA LESSON: Sadia’s Persian Tea Party is a pop-up happening for one day only at Valentine’s Mansion, taking diners through the history of tea in Iran. £18, prebook, 11am/2pm

ORGAN INSIGHT: Many people have heard an organ, few can play one. Fewer still know how one works. Learn about the mysteries of the organ at this family workshop at Southbank Centre. Free, prebook, 11.30am/2pm

TASTE BRICK LANE: Mm. That’s bricky. A family fun day to promote the street, Taste Brick Lane will be led by TV chef Ainsley Harriott and offer hundreds of stalls from various local galleries, shops and eateries. Brick-licking optional/not advised. Free, just turn up, noon-4pm

GOOD CAUSE: Feeling active? Head to Skate For Oceans, a charity roller disco at Wandsworth Road in Vauxhall raising money for Sea Shepherd, the conservation organisation which aims to prevent the illegal slaughter of whales and other marine wildlife. £15/£20, prebook, 12pm

WELLBEING: The first Invest In You event takes place today at Lift on White Lion Street. The seminar features talks from industry specialists and experts in Health and Wellbeing, Career Empowerment, Food and Nutrition, Fitness and Style and Fashion. £7/£10+bf, prebook, 1pm

POETRY AFTERNOON: Keat’s House hosts Animating The Word, a poetry event featuring live performances of traditional and contemporary poetry. Free, prebook, 2pm

COMEDY COMPETITIONAmused Moose Laugh Off Quarterfinals 1 and 2 take place today at The Hen & Chickens Theatre. Watch up and coming comedians battle it out for a coveted place in the final. £6.50 per show, prebook, 6pm/8.15pm

ANIMATION: Filmphonics at Hackney Attic is a screening of the animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) set to a live music track by the Prinz Achmed Orchestra. £9, prebook, 7.30pm

ORCHESTRAL CONCERT: London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner put on a concert at Barbican. £10-£37, prebook, 7.30pm

STORIESHidden Story Symposium at JW3 explores hidden stories and the impact they have on wider society. Panelists are Prof Stephen Frosh, Richard Goldstein, Leya Landau and Amichai Lau-Lavie. £15/£7.50, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDYTwice As Nice Comedy is a weekly occurrence at The Grove in Hammersmith and tonight’s guests are Louisa Omielan and Benny Boot. £5+bf, prebook, 8pm

VERY LOW ENERGY MUSICAL WHIMSY: The King of the small Casio keyboard, David O’Doherty performs his comedy songs and normal talking gags at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush . £17+bf, prebook, 8pm

COMMUNITY MEALLondon Soup is a project which sees communities come together to share a meal and raise funds for community projects. Attendees vote for the project they think should win, and the winning project receives the takings of the event. Takes place at the New Unity Unitarian Church Hall in Islington. £10, prebook, 2pm

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Laura

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  • http://www.airticketonsale.com/blog AirTicketOnSale SG

    Thanks for the information! A lot of travelers always try to find events to attend when they fly to London and this will be a good reference! The city’s sure packed with events this weekend, eh? :)

  • HoosierSands

    Kew Bridge Steam Museum reopens this Saturday-after a major refurb-as the London Museum of Water & Steam (bit of a mouthful).