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

Learn the real story of Harry Selfridge and his famous department store. See Sunday, below.

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BEER: That's right. Beer. Craft beer. Head to Craft Beer Rising at the Old Truman Brewery building to taste a variety, meets the brewers, enjoy a bit of food and music. Not a bad-sounding weekend. Tickets from £15, prebook

HALF TERM: It's half term this week. Anyone with children probably already knows that because WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THEM?? We've created a day-by-day stuff to do in half-term guide so if you're in need, check out Saturday and Sunday's suggestions.

FUTURE FILM: Designed for 15-25 year olds, BFI's Future Film Festival aims to help individuals develop their pathway into the world of film with daily events and screenings. See website for further details

FASHION: If your invite to London Fashion Week got lost in the post then you can still enjoy the catwalks, shopping and style events at London Fashion Weekend, also at Somerset House. Tickets from £20+bf, prebook

NEW ORLEANS: A taste of New Orleans comes to Dalston Pond for a weekend of cornbread, crawfish, cajun sausage and sweet potato pecan pie. Choose between a brunch or supper club - full details on the website. £30/£10, prebook

ICE SKATING: The Canary Wharf ice rink season ends on Sunday and is likely to be popular thanks to half term, so book ahead. £13.50/£9, prebook, until Sunday

BUSKING: See the musicians who have made it to the next round of London Designer Outlet's Music Talent Search contest, as they perform live with 30 minute slots at the outlet in Wembley Park. Free, just turn up

LAST CHANCE: Four Four Jew, an exhibition at The Jewish Museum portraying historical links between London's Jewish community and football, closes on Sunday. £7.50 , just turn up. Other exhibitions closing this weekend include Bring Me Laughter at the Cartoon Museum and X-pose: Material and Surface at the Oxo Tower Gallery. See individual website for details.

THEATRE: Broadway Theatre in Catford hosts a new comedy play, The Real Housewives of Brixton, following the lives of four Brixton women. Prebook, from £22.50, both days 8pm

Saturday 22 February

WORK/FAMILY: If you find it difficult to strike that balance, The Work & Family Show at London ExCel offers talks, workshops and seminars on about juggling the two. £18/£12, prebook, 10am-5pm

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, just turn up, 11am

LOCAL HISTORY: Haringey Local History Fair takes place today consisting of stalls from local interest groups and a series of short talks and lectures. Free, just turn up, 11am-4.30pm

MOROCCAN FILM: Moroccan thriller Without Limits screens at Notting Hill Gate's Coronet Cinema as part of the monthly Mena Film Hub, which brings Middle Eastern & North African film screenings to London. £10+bf, prebook, 12.15pm

CHANGE IT: Tired of your wardrobe? Bring your unwanted clothes and swap them for those of another. One man's trash etc. This swishing event is at St Paul’s Church in Whinchmore Hill for. Free, just turn up, from 12.30pm

DICKENS: Starting from John Harvard Library in Borough, this hour-long guided walk by historian Nigel of Bermondsey covers many of the sites familiar to Charles Dickens when he lived in Southwark as a boy. Free, just turn up, 1.30pm

241 RUGBY: See the England Women’s rugby team take on Ireland for free, at Twickenham Stadium. Following the men’s game beforehand, ticket holders can stay on, while additional fans can enter the stadium. Free, just turn up, 6.20pm

PUB THEATRE: Drama is being brought to pubs around London courtesy of Drunken Nights, who curate live events specifically for pubs. Tonight it's a triple bill at The Bell near Liverpool Street. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Knock2Bag's comedy night at Rich Mix is crammed full of comics, including Nick Helm, Gemma Whelan as 'Chastity Butterworth', Milo McCabe and more. £12/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

ELECTRONICA: Electronic Lockdown at The Vault Festival brings electronic music to the labyrinth of old access tunnels underneath Waterloo station. £8.50, prebook, 10.30pm-3am

Sunday 23 February

ANTI-FASCIST FOOTPRINTS: This is the name of tour guide David Rosenberg's new walk,  that recalls the events of 1936 when hundreds of thousands of East Enders took to the streets and battled the police to prevent Oswald Mosley’s fascists invading the streets. £8/£5, prebook, 11am-1.30pm

SELFRIDGE WALK: Guide Stephen Benton tells the real story of Harry Selfridge and his famous department store on this guided Footprints of London walk around the West End. £10/£7.50, prebook, 11am-1pm

IRANIAN CINEMA: A full day of Iranian cinema comes to Greenwood Theatre with My Persian Nights. Four films (all with English subtitles), one day. See the website for the line-up. £25/£18, prebook for cheaper tickets, midday-7.30pm

FLAMENCO: Head to Truman Brewery for a free Flamenco afternoon, including film screenings and dance and music workshops. Free (but donations welcome), just turn up, 5pm

COMOOEDY: Sorry for the tenuous pun. Amused Moose launch their Laugh Off competition today with the first heats, where you can vote for your favourites alongside the industry pros. At The Albany's comedy cellar. There's food too. £5 per session, just turn up, 6pm (heat 1) or 8pm (heat 2)

FLUTE: Conductor Daniel Harding pairs a symphonic favourite - Mahler’s First Symphony - with a brand new work by British composer Huw Watkins, at Barbican Hall. Adam Walker plays the flute. £10-£37, prebook, 7.30pm

BIG ISSUE: John Bird, founder of The Big Issue magazine, speaks at Rich Mix about his life, story and how he became a revolutionary. £8/£6, prebook, 7.30pm


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