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

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It's the final weekend of exhibition Mum, Dementia and I

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: From now on, there are plenty of Christmas markets and fairs going on every weekend and some weekdays too. Luckily for you, we've rounded them all up and organised them by London area and date.

PUB: Just want to kick back and relax with a pint and a packet of pork scratchings? Our pubs guide has information about all the best pubs in London, organised by area for your convenience. Find a boozer nearby, try a new place, or see if your local's in there.

FAMILY FUN DAY: Debenhams flagship store in Oxford Street hosts a Festive Family Fun Day both this Saturday and Sunday, on their 5th floor. There will be fun free activities for families including face painting, cookie decorating and toy demos. Free, just turn up, 22 and 23 November 11am-5pm daily

SOUTHBANK: World Press Photo of the Year 2014 is now open at Southbank Centre. See 143 selected pictures from over 130 countries that capture news, portrait and sports. Amazingly, this exhibition also costs nowt to get into. Free, until 26 November. For more openings this month, see our November art listing.

ICE SKATING: Slowly but surely, London’s seasonal ice rinks are waking up for the season. See what’s already open, or book ahead for the rest of the run-up to Christmas.

CYCLING TOURS: Join Tally Ho! for a merry winter's ride around London with its glittering Christmas lights and festive markets. On a vintage British bicycle, explore the city from Regent Street to the South Bank, passing through Winter Wonderland. £25pp, prebook, every weekend at 2.30pm

JAZZ FEST: The EFG London Jazz Festival returns.  with a 10-day programme of nearly 300 shows. Various venues from the Roundhouse to the Southbank Centre are involved in the festival. Too much choice? Have a look at our pick for each day. Various prices, prebook, 14-23 November

EXHIBITION: Mum, Dementia and I is an exhibition at Bernie Grant Art Centre. Annemarie Anang shares her experience of living with a mother who has dementia, through a series of intimate photographs. Free, until 23 November

Saturday 22 November

Join in with the Oblique Winter Brunch

MAKE SHIFT DO: This nationwide festival focusing on new crafts has several events going on in London. Workshops on offer range from laser-cutting and 3D-printing to smart textiles and CNC-milling. See full programme and ticket details. 21-22 November

BOOK SALE: Amnesty International Blackheath and Greenwich has a book sale at Church of the Ascension in Blackheath , with thousands of good quality fiction and non-fiction books available. 10am-4pm

MUSIC SEMINAR: Register now for Cr8ting Vision, a day-long free music seminar organised by the University of Westminster. Forty-plus leading music industry figureheads share their knowledge and expertise during the day, and inspire the next generation of music industry professionals. Free, register online, 10.30am-7pm

CROSSRAIL WALK: Tour guide Mark King leads the first in his series of walks around Crossrail. Breaking down its route into several parts over 2014/15, this first walk tracks west of centre, starting from a location near Paddington and ending up around Bond Street. Oyster card needed as part of the route will involve tube or bus travel. £12/£15 adult, £6/£7 child, Book by email, 10.30am-12.30pm

WINTER BRUNCH: Oblique Presents The Winter Brunch at Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch. The party starts at 11am with chilled out slow jams, brunch and a special happy hour. This is followed by a signature Oblique game to get everyone interacting, and then the party starts to hot up. £15-£20, prebook, 11am

GUIDED WALK: Join guide Sue Sinton Smith and explore the area around East Ham, discover its past and the future opportunities the area has to offer. Meeting point is just inside East Ham station and the walk finishes close to Upton Park station. £10/£7.50, prebook, 11am

WINTER FAIR: Stroud Green WI's Winter Fair takes place at Stapleton Tavern on Crouch Hill. It features the work of local talented artists and craft experts, with homemade produce to tempt Christmas shoppers. And it’s in aid of local charity Open Door, so you can shop knowing you’re making a difference. 12pm-4pm

COLOMBIAN FOOD: Feel like you're in South American at the Colombian Food Fest in the Oxo2 Tower Wharf along the South Bank today. There are plenty of food stalls plus live demonstrations by Colombian chefs Diana García and Juanita Umaña. 12pm-7pm

CITY TOUR: Occupy London Tours is a free alternative tour company, run by volunteers, who want to throw open the secretive world of finance and politics for all to see. Today they tell the story of the UK’s smallest city, the City of London, the history of money in the heart of London and the Square Mile’s role in the financial crisis of 2007/8. Find out just what the Corporation of London actually is and more. Free, prebook, 2pm

ART SCREENING: Dream:ON is a digital art screening taking place at the Goethe Institut in South Kensington. It showcases the contemporary work of emerging and established artists from Germany and around the world. £6+bf, prebook, 4.30pm

CHOIR CONCERT: Thames Chamber Choir perform at St Dunstan and All Saints Church, to mark the opening of Ian Brice's art exhibition. £8/£6/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

CIRCUS DINING: Façade at artsdepot in North Finchley is a circus-theatre dining experience which blurs the boundaries between the performers and the audience. Be enthralled as the Crashmat performers spin, swing and serve at your table, absorbing you into their world as you munch down on a three-course meal. £45, prebook, 7.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Head to the St Ethelburga's Centre Reconciliation and Peace in Bishopsgate for an evening of music from the Eastern Mediterranean, as part of their world music series. The concert features music by Israelian percussionist Zohar Izhak Fresco. £14, prebook, 7.30pm

WEST END FILM CLUB: The central Century Club in Shaftesbury Avenue turns into a cinema club for one night only, hosting the screening of the film Chef. Your ticket will also provide you with a famous Mojo Pork Cubanos, as featured in the film (they also have the vegetarian option) plus access to the club's rooftop. £10, prebook, 7.45pm

BRASS BAND: Rich Mix in Shoreditch hosts a brass bands and DJs mashup evening, featuring four acts who were hot on the festival circuit this summer; Temple Funk Collective, Dutty Moonshine, The Brass Funkeys and DJ Chris Tofu. £10/£8, prebook, 8pm

SARA PASCOE: The comedian brings her show, Sara Pascoe vs. History, to Soho Theatre and shares her romantic history, existential theory and cultural insights. Subjects include wars, witches, Kim Jong-il and your ex. £12.50, prebook, 9.30pm

Sunday 23 November

See comedy stars at the Kurdish Comedy Benefit

SUNDAY ROAST: Nothing says Sunday like a full roast dinner. Have a look at our choice of the best Sunday roasts in London, or check out your other food options.

GUIDED WALKS: Footprints of London has plenty of guided tours to choose from today. We suggest the walk Re-moved, Re-used and Recycled led by guide Andrea Vail around the City, meeting point is Embankment tube station. £10/£7.50, prebook, 11am

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Get into the Christmas spirit at Turner's House in Twickenham. The Christmas Fair has cards and prints by artists Beverley Waller and Katie Sollohub, scarves by Annie Simpson, Stella & Dot jewellery, calendars, a cake stall and much more. All profits go towards Turner's House Trust’s restoration project. 11am-3pm

OPEN STUDIO: London Centre for Book Arts near Hackney Wick has an open day, with books, prints and gifts available for purchase. They're also running demonstrations on the printing presses throughout the day. 11am-5pm

FAMILY WORKSHOP: Join artist Raksha Patel at Pumphouse Gallery in Battersea Park, as she teaches you how painting and photography can combine. Alongside the workshop, at 1.30pm there will be a free family tour of the gallery’s current exhibition. Free, 11.30am-3.30pm

MUSIC IN CAMDEN: The Green Note in Camden hosts an afternoon of live music, featuring acts from Jesse Gamage, Rodney Branigan and John Pointer. £5/£7+bf, prebook, from 2pm

UKULELE CLASS: Head to Wells Way in Southwark for an introductory ukulele lesson with experienced tutor Lorraine Bow. No prior musical experience is necessary, just go along and have fun in a relaxed setting.  It's in a pub, so over 18s only. £28, prebook, 3.3opm

WEST END STARS: Cabaret in the House at Lauderdale House gives the public a chance to see West End stars perform in a more intimate setting. Tonight is the turn of Martin Neely, who has performed in  Mary Poppins,  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Starlight Express and Les Misérables on the West End stage. £13/£11, prebook, 4.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Pianist and arranger Dominic Alldis is joined by former Ronnie Scott’s Quintet bassist Andrew Cleyndert and ECM drummer Martin France to perform at Omnibus Clapham. £10, prebook, 7pm

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: University of London Symphony Orchestra plays an evening concert at St Stephen's Church in Kensington, culminating with Shostakovich’s 5th symphony. £10/£8/£5, prebook, 7.30pm

COMEDY BENEFIT: Comedy stars Jeremy Hardy, Tim Key, Josie Long, Mark Thomas, Andy Zaltzman, Nadia Kamil and Abdul Rashid come together for a charity show at Bloomsbury Theatre, raising money for The Kurdish Red Crescent who are co-ordinating aid for refugees on the Syria/Turkey border. £15/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

FEMINISM: Wolf Whistled Day of Doing is a day of feminist workshops and discussions for women, including activism, pornography and self defence. There will also be t-shirt printing and zine making. £5/£7, prebook, 11am-5pm


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