What's On In London This Weekend? 23-25 July

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What's On In London This Weekend? 23-25 July

What are you up to this weekend? Here's a round up of our recommendations and a smattering of suggestions to help you make the most of your 48 hours leisure time.

Kissing in front of Hampton Court Palace by Mr.Zak - taken as part of one hundred days to make me a better person project - get a picture of yourself getting a snog there this Saturday, for 'Henry VIII's honeymoon' celebrations.

All weekend:

  • Hoxton haircut paradise plus Fucked Up at the 1234 Shoreditch
  • Use our top tips on how to Prom it. Kings Place On Sea turns family friendly with music, performance, puppets and a Tarporley Boat trip up t'canal (some stuff free, check the website).
  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Marillion and ZZ Top rock the High Voltage festival in Victoria Park (day admission £75/weekend £135).
  • Barbican Weekender includes the Whitecross Street Party (Saturday and Sunday midday-6pm), Surreal House shenanigans, family film club and free evening entertainment in the foyers.
  • Venture on river wades, walks and nature events courtesy of Lewisham Council, all weekend, all for free.
  • Friday:

  • The Design Museum Late looks at the Shape of Things to Come between 6-10pm, Shad Thames (£5 adv/£8.50 on door). Peruse the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition while you're there.
  • Final chance to watch and contribute to Slapdash - a festival of the best of UK improvised comedy in the tunnels at the Old Vic. £8.
  • Boothby Graffoe is on the bill for the closing gala of Ealing Comedy Festival - tickets still available.
  • Trendy Host Gallery launches its summer photography show Foto8 with a party on Honduras Street, EC1. Tickets are £10 adv/£15 on door and include all drinks, live music exhibition and other fun.
  • The Great Game: Afghanistan festival returns to the Tricycle tonight with Part One in the theatre and Vote Afghanistan in the cinema.
  • Saturday:

  • Celebrate Henry VIII's Honeymoon at Hampton Court Palace - the one where he married wife number 3, Jane Seymour. Watch a magnificent tudor river pageant, sword fighting, falconry, Tudor cookery, fireworks, and get in line to sample a fully working recreation of a 16th century wine fountain. From 10am-10pm. Admission adults £14, kids £7, family ticket £38.
  • Support the Race For Life in Finsbury Park where participants will warm up with a routine from Popdance, which sounds like a great spectator sport in itself.
  • Try Susurrus in Holland Park: "Part radio play, part avant-garde sonic art, part lesson in bird dissection and part stroll in the park." Just you and your ears. £8, between 10am-6pm.
  • Sunday:

  • Deptford local boys Athlete close the Greenwich Summer Sessions, 3pm, £25 (!! there are support acts, apparently).
  • Go west to Ealing Global Festival which goes mental for gypsy, Balkan and klezmer music in Walpole Park between 1-10.30pm. Entry £1, kids free.

    Other good stuff:

    Go sustainable shopping, nose round Dalston's bunker, visit Pollocks Toy Museum or view the peregrine falcons outside Tate Modern.

    Don't forget to comb our specialist selections: all things literary in the Book Grocer, show openings and closings in Arts Ahead, gigs galore in Music Choice and things for when you're skint in London on the Cheap.

    You can also browse all latest arts and events features and salivate over our latest food and drink content for gastronomic inspiration.

    What are you doing? Let us know in the comments. And have a stonking time.

    Last Updated 23 July 2010