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.
Explore the Olympic Buffer zone with Hackney Wicked.
V&A Summer Camp
will help teach you resourcefulness in the most civilised surroundings. Till late on Friday and all day Saturday, free.
Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House is showing Kill Bill Vol I, Team America and Manhattan over the course of this first weekend. Take rugs, blankets and cushions. Book online.
Fabulous Earls Court Festival's showing Mamma Mia on the big screen outside in Nevern Square between 8-11pm. Take a picnic, wear spangles, sing your heart out and nip along to the after party at Miss Q's till 2am. £7/£5. Family ticket £15.
We've been all about cycle hire
this week so what better way to round it off than by joining the Critical Mass ride
. Meet 6pm ny NFT under Waterloo Bridge, Southbank. NB Probably best not to use a Borocycle for this one unless you're only planning a short hop.
Bangers & Mash are throwing a rooftop party at Queen of Hoxton. BBQ and rum shack, live art, B-boys and DJs playing music ranging from Electronic to Old Skool Hiphop, Rock N Roll, Indie, Ska & Funk. Priority concessions list is £5 via firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bangersandmashme.com or 020 7434 3669 and tables can be reserved for free in advance.
Victoria Park hosts Field Day with mucho music, Cabaret Tent and Village Green area. From 11am. Tickets £33.33.
Brush up your samba skills ahead of Sunday's Carnaval del Pueblo with Samba de Gafieria and London School of Samba
in the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, free from 2.30pm.
Future Cinema presents a tribute to Dennis Hopper with a screening of Blue Velvet at the Troxy. 7.30pm till late - dress as your favourite character and bring a flower. Tickets £15/£12.50.
Put those samba skills on show and enjoy all things Latin American at Carnaval del Pueblo in Burgess Park from noon till late.
The London Alternative Fringe Festival
has its opening party
at Madame Jojos with Finger in the Pie Cabaret Showcase - bringing you a whole range of performance from the bizarre to the beautiful, the sumptuous to the seedy and the opulent to the just plain odd.. 6.30pm-midnight, £12 (£10 adv).
The cocktail bar, 69 Colebrooke Row recently ventured into Sunday opening. This afternoon, it sounds terribly civilised with cocktails and live music from The Daniela Jazz Duo - a unique mix of early Jazz Ballads (20s - 30s - 40s), swing and latin Jazz standards sang in English, Italian and Portuguese. Almond blossom Bellini, anyone?
Other good stuff:
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.
Booking ahead: Fancy a Lord of the Rings all-nighter at BFI IMAX on 7 August? Or flying motorbikes at Battersea Power Station the week after?
What did we miss? Shout it out in the comments.
Last Updated 30 July 2010