What's On In London At The Weekend: 5-7 November

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What's On In London At The Weekend: 5-7 November

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.

Ice skating season begins at the Natural History Museum today. Image by onenil v2 via the Londonist Flickrpool

All weekend:

  • Remember, remember the 5th of November: find a bonfire night event near you.
  • Skip ahead on the seasonals and visit the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia
  • It's Frank Zappa's 70th birthday celebration 'Zaptacular' at the Roundhouse
  • Go and browse the Books of the Dead at the British Museum
  • Friday:

  • The Natural History Museum ice rink opens today: weekdays from 10am-10pm, weekends from 8.45am-10pm. Adult peak time ticket £13, kids £8.50.
  • Party with "the best emerging talent from France's trés chic electro scene" It's a Kind of Magic: The Abracadabra Launch party at XOYO as recommended by Time Out. Doors 10pm-3am. Tickets £12. Drinks £2.


  • The Throwback Vintage Festival celebrates "the entirety of the last century" with a fair for shopping all afternoon and a night of music and live performance. At Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Free before 8pm, then tickets £5 adv. From midday till 3am.
  • The international film festival Future Shorts presents short film screenings at Shoreditch's Village Underground at 7pm, with a fusion of installation art, design, music and interactivity to launch their new monthly global event. Tickets £10.
  • Boosh man Rich Fulcher gets his own comedy fest at the Bull and Gate, Kentish Town with Fulchfest at 8.30pm, starring one of our recent favourites, Colin Hoult. Sketches and irreverence throughout the night. Tickets £10.
  • Sunday:

  • Take a walk in the beautiful 1,000 acre River Lee Country Park and discover a world of lakes, waterways, green open spaces and countryside areas. Meet at Fishers Green Car Park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF. 10.30M-12.30pm, free.
  • Cultivation is an eclectic combination of short films, chilled out music and performance at Counter Culture, Crucifix Lane, SE1 between 1-7pm. £2.
  • Moscow Drug Club at Le QuecumBar comes recommended by Run Riot as "a highly intoxicating and intimate musical experience fueled by 1930s Berlin cabaret, hot club de France, New Orleans funeral parade and gypsy campfire songs". From 6pm, Le QuecumBar
  • 42-44 Battersea High Street SW11 3HX. Tickets £12 adv.

    Other good stuff:

    Lots of arty stuff opens this week. There are gigs to go to and literary events to listen at. Plus, if you're feeling the pinch, there's frugal fun for everyone.

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

    Booking Ahead

    Masterchef Live - formerly more boringly known as the London BBC Good Food Show Live - is at Excel weekend of 12-14 November. Tickets from £20.50.

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

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    Last Updated 05 November 2010