Things To Do In London This Weekend: 30-31 August 2014

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Southbank Centre's Festival of Love culminates in Wedding Weekend.

PUB: Just want to kick back and relax with a pint and a packet of pork scratchings? Our pubs guide has information about the best pubs in London, organised by area for your convenience. Find a boozer near you, or see if your favourite made the cut.

BOUDICCA VS THE ROMANS: Battle Bridge is a celebration of the mythological Roman history of King’s Cross, taking place in Granary Square this weekend. Take part in gladiator workshops, watch Roman-inspired films, dress up like a Roman, make a mosaic and more. 29-31 August

ARTS FAIR: Those clever people behind Hackney Flea Market are turning their hands to the creative, as the first Arts Fair comes to Abney Hall in Stoke Newington. Over 60 independent creative businesses will be present, from textiles experts and ceramicists to small publishers. Free, 11am-6pm, 30-31 August

GLORIOUS GEORGE: As part of The Glorious Georges season of events at Kew Palace, there is a family festival. Experience the latest Georgian fashions, take part in family games and meet characters from the royal court. Included in entry ticket to Kew Gardens, prebooking recommended, 30-31 August

WEDDING WEEKEND: It's the final weekend of Southbank Centre's Festival of Love, and it's Big Wedding Weekend, where many couples are getting married in a mass wedding. 30-31 August

STREET FOOD: Munch International Street Food and Craft Beer Festival returns to Potters Field Park near Tower Bridge. There are also children's activities such as face painting and a bouncy castle. Free entry, just turn up, 29-31 August

PROMS: The epic BBC Proms are in full swing at the Royal Albert Hall. Consult our guide to making the most of your Proms experience and consider our top ten highlights from the programme. This weekend there’s a Portrait of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and a double dose of Strauss to enjoy. Promming tickets from £5.

Saturday 30 August

Watch Edwardian films courtesy of the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood

LONDON SWIM (CANCELLED): The Great London Swim takes place at Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre in Millwall Dock today. Swimmers swim half a mile or one mile for charity. If you don't feel like taking the plunge this year, it's free to turn up and watch. From 9.30am  NOTE: This event is now cancelled following a water safety check.

PARALYMPIC DAY: As part of the National Paralympic Day, the Liberty Festival takes place in the newly opened South Park Plaza, part of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Expect plenty of free family activities for both disabled and able-bodied people to take part in. Free, all day

BREAKFEST: There's a breakfast festival (Or breakfest, if you will) at Brockwell Park in Brixton, complete with free breakfast buffet, live music and games and activities. You'll need to register for tickets before the day. Free, prebook, 10.30am-4.30pm

LONGITUDE IN LONDON: To coincide with the new Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, there is a walking tour about Longitude in Georgian London. It focuses on the coffee houses of Devereux Court, and Crane Court, the former site of the Royal Society, where various scientific thinkers debated ideas. Starts on King William Street near London Bridge. £12/£10, prebook, 11am

HOCKEY DAY: Wapping Hockey Club, which is now playing at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, has a free open day to celebrate the new season and new venue. Watch the hockey, or have a go yourself. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

OPEN DAY: Barnet Police Station is open to the public today. Everyone is welcome to drop in and experience a day in the life of a police officer: there will be special advice sessions for adults and interactive activities for children. Free, just turn up, 12pm-4pm  

MARKET: Pop-up market Sclater Street Stalls is back in Shoreditch, with street food, art, craft and a whole lot more. Expect yummylicious street food, a live art paint jam featuring a host of street artists, stalls from independent artists and galleries. Free, just turn up, 12pm-8pm

SOCIAL MARKET: The Bit Beyond is a "social market" taking place in Spitalfields where each of the stalls operates as a social enterprise, rather than a profiting business. Expect plenty of artisan food, and small, local fashion labels. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm-5pm

RE-USED CITY: Andrea Vail leads a Footprints of London walk around the City of London, looking at places, buildings and monuments that had previous lives or used to be elsewhere. £10/£7.50, prebook, meet 11am at Monument station

FOOD POP UP: Disappearing Dining Club has a picnic and BBQ afternoon at The Paperworks near Elephant & Castle, with wine, picnic hampers and food throughout the afternoon, plus live DJs. £46, prebook, 1pm-11pm

FESTIVAL OF TRIANGLES: The fun maths festival for children and their parents has been to several venues around London and today the finale happens at Pirate Castle in Camden Town. Free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

ST KATHARINE'S: Visit the Royal Foundation of Saint Katharine's in Limehouse and hear about the story of how an ancient hospital made way for St Katharine Docks. You'll see relics from the hospital preserved at the Foundation and explore this lovely building and gardens in the company of Chris West, author of The Story of St Katharine's. Tickets £7+bkg, 4-5.30pm

WAR, WOMEN AND SONG: Head to the British Library for this performance of drama, music and comedy by Anna Farthing and Bea Roberts, looking at the concert parties which toured to theatres of war. £5/£4/£3, prebook, 6.30pm

EDWARDIAN FILMS: The Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood are hosting a free night of short films to celebrate the area's cinematic history — the Gaumont film company set up their film studio next to Dog Kennel Hill Wood from 1904-1912. Picnics welcome, as are blankets to sit on, and bear in mind that it's an open air venue. Free, just turn up, 8.30pm

Sunday 31 August

A TransSiberian Band is just one act performing at Horniman Museum's Festival

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: BBC One’s ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 37th series at Waltham Forest Town Hall today. Entry to the show is free throughout the day, loads of precious antiques will be on display. Free, just turn up, 9.30am-4.30pm

THAMES FORESHORE: Take a walking tour around Queenshithe Dock and the Thames Foreshore and hear about the quayside history and its relationship to the Thames foreshore.  There will also be an opportunity to search and discover artefacts connected with the history. £10/£7.50, prebook, 10.30am

VINTAGE FAIR: Lou Lou's Vintage Fair comes to the Camden Centre in King's Cross, with vintage fashion, homeware and collectables from the 1940s-1990s, a vintage tea room and a vintage beauty salon. £2, just turn up, 11am

MUSIC FESTIVAL: There's an afternoon of concerts and carnival performances in the Gardens at Horniman Museum to celebrate the end of their summer festival. Concerts on the bandstand sit alongside pop up performances, storytelling, family trails, face painting, food, dance. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm. This weekend is also the last chance to see The Great Animal Orchestra at the museum.

SUMMER FAYRE: Danson Park in Bexleyheath hosts its annual charity and community fair with donkey races, funfair, food stalls and a farmers and artisan market. £1/50p, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

THAMES TIDY: Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Thames and learn more about the river from a unique perspective. Help out as much as you like, full equipment is provided. Part of Totally Thames Festival. Free, just turn up, 1pm

MELA: Head west for an enormous celebration of South Asian music, food, dance and family activities with London Mela in Gunnersbury Park. 1pm-9pm, just turn up, free.

MAMMOTH HISTORY: Head to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington for a family talk by a Museum scientist about the Pleistocene pachyderms. Part of the mammoth exhibition. 12.30pm/2.30pm

TRAVEL POETRY: Keats House in Hampstead has an afternoon of travel poetry with Laila Sumpton, looking at what people seek to find on holiday, what they hope to get away from and what they gain from new experiences. Free, prebook, 2pm


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