What’s On In London This Weekend? 19-21 November

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What’s On In London This Weekend? 19-21 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.

Winter Wonderland last year by Buckaroo Kid
All weekend:

  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens for the festive season. Daily 10am-10pm, free entry but you'll have to pay for a go on the ice rink, observation wheel and circus.
  • In celebration of the Agatha Christie Weekend at the BFI Southbank the Orient-Express carriage Zena will be outside the Royal Festival Hall. Have a nose inside, win prizes, follow it on Twitter.
  • The London Eye and Tower of London ice rinks also open this Saturday.
  • The London Jazz Festival closes on Sunday - plenty of free and ticketed events.
  • This weekend is film festival fantastic. Check out the Iranian Film Festival, the Underwire Film Festival and the Discovering Latin America Film Festival.
  • The British Indoor Kayak Championships goes off at Lee Valley Athletics Centre
  • Mazaj Festival of Experimental Middle Eastern Music brings free expression and explores sonic experimentation at City University and Cafe Oto, Dalston.
  • The London History Festival carries on in Kensington.
  • Tennis fans, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals commence at the O2.
  • It's Colombiage Weekender at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green E1.
  • Everything you need to know about Christmas markets and fairs. This weekend, head to the Southbank, Hyde Park and Kensington.
  • Friday:

  • Leadenhall Market gets lit up by the Lord Mayor as its Winter Festival draws to a close between 5-6pm.
  • Penultimate opportunity to see Blue / Orange at Arcola.
  • Kitsune Maison Party kicks off at Village Underground 9pm-5am. Tickets £13.50 on the door.
  • The Kings Head, Islington presents a night of silly late night cabaret from 10pm with Cubs in their Eyes, £7 or £12 for two.
  • Saturday:

  • Curiouser and curiouser is in the Old Vic Tunnels. 6-11pm. Entry £7. A donation of £1 will be given to the The Railway Children charity. Also, Sunday, 11am-4pm.
  • Mol's Place, in Covent Garden, has a new exhibition adorning its fabulous walls. "Jimmy" is open 12-6pm. Ring the buzzer, don't be afraid.
  • Swish in Hammersmith
  • Taste Champagne with Tastours on Embankment, 6.30pm, £40.
  • Feeling Gloomy throws a special Pulp night @ Islington Academy to celebrate their reformation and Wireless headline slot. Book tickets £4.50. Doors 10.30pm.
  • Craig Charles hot foots it from his 6music show to get funky and soulful @ Funk Bowl at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Tickets from £5. Doors 8pm-3am.
  • We profiled and recommended it earlier this year: The Record Player retros back to 1986 at Concrete, Shoreditch from 9pm-2am, tickets £4.


  • Camden has a car free Christmas party as the Christmas lights go on and the High Street is closed to traffic. From 11am-4.30pm.
  • There's a Vintage Furniture Flea mid century sale centering on the 50s to 70s at York Hall, Bethnal Green between 11.30am-4pm.
  • Comedy fans should flock to the Phoenix, Cavendish Square, W1 for All Day Edinburgh: 7 hours of comedy from Tony Law, The Penny Dreadfuls, Jim Bob, Pappys, Robin Ince & Michael Legge, Sara Pascoe, Paul Sinha, The Trap and more. Starts at 2pm. Admission £20.
  • 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.

    Have you got your tickets for A Fluid State food festival yet?

    Last Updated 19 November 2010