Things To Do In London This Weekend: 14-15 March 2015

This weekend's Things To Do In London, sponsored by thinking bob.

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The Classic Car Boot Sale is back at Southbank Centre

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.

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR: 112 galleries offer artworks from over 1,000 artists at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. New to art fairs? Let us show you how it’s done. £10/£8, prebook, 12-15 March

SPEAKEASY CINEMA: Pop Up Screens spends a weekend on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Watch classic movies such as The Big Lebowski and Anchorman teamed up with cocktails. £22 (£14 for non-alcoholic cocktails), prebook, 13-15 March

SWEDISH FILMS: The artFix store in Soho hosts a four-day long Swedish film festival supported by the Swedish Embassy. All films were released in the last five years, and many have not been shown in the UK before. £2 per event, prebook, 13-16 March

CLASSIC CAR BOOT: The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to Southbank Centre with vintage homewares and clothing being sold from the boots of classic cars. Also on site are food stalls, heritage fairground rides and roaming street theatre. £4, just turn up, 14-15 March

COMIC CON: Superhero fans will descend on the ExCel Centre this weekend for London Super Comic Convention. Buy vintage editions and brand new series comics, and mee authors, artists and publishers including Neal Adams (Batman, Superman, X-Men), Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hellblazer, Dan Dare) and John Romita Jr. (Iron-Man, Spider-man, The Hulk). From £18.50, prebook, 14-15 March

TROPHY HUNTING: Oxford House Gallery in Bethnal Green hosts a wildlife photography exhibition by Marta Ariza, focusing on the canned hunting industry in South Africa, ahead of her documentary film, Death For A Trophy. Free, just turn up, until 31 March

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: The V&A Museum's much-awaited Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition opens on Saturday. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, the exhibition is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe. From £17.50, prebooking recommended, 14 March-2 August

FUTUREFEST: Head to Vinopolis for a weekend event of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers to excite and challenge perceptions of the future. Speakers include NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and author and columnist Owen Jones. £40-£80, prebook, 14-15 March

PERCEPTION: The current exhibition at Howard Griffin Gallery is Perception, by Iranian street artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo. Ghadyanloo's work offers an insight into the everyday lived experience of Iranians, many of whom have had their normal lives suspended and dictated by outside forces. Until 12 April

Saturday 14 March

Viva Pacifico! at Rich Mix

FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY: Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park run a plant photography workshop, led by local photographer Natalie Clarke. The workshop is aimed at beginners who are new to their camera. £40, prebook, 10am-1pm

FAMILY WORKSHOPS: The Fleming Collection near Green Park runs a  monthly family workshop, giving visitors a chance to create their own artwork based on current exhibitions. Age 3+. Free, just turn up, 12pm-2pm

ROOFTOP WIGWAM: Queen of Hoxton's winter Rooftop Wigwam is open for a couple more weeks, with the Woodlandia theme still in full swing; fairy-light bedecked trees and scattering of leaves. Toast marshmallows on an open fire, or have your dinner cooked for you on the open barbecue. Free entry, from 3pm

KIDS POETRY: SPIN, a childrens' show developed by poetry experts Apples and Snakes, comes to Ealing Central Library. The interactive show, bursting with rap, poetry and storytelling is led by Paul Lyalls, Alex D Great and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton. Free, prebook, 2pm-3pm

FISHING COMMUNITIES: National Maritime Museum in Greenwich hosts a talk about British fishing communities and the role that women played in sustaining them. Free, 2pm-3pm

TREASURE HUNT: There's a treasure hunt around National Maritime Museum in Greenwich with a mixture of straight and cryptic clues to solve, offering teams of 2-6 people a chance to explore the nautical heritage on display. £10, prebook, 2pm

WINE TASTING: The Wine Parlour in Brixton hosts Sparkling Saturdays, a wine tasting event where you can test your tastebuds on six sparkling wines, from champagne to cava. £65, prebook, 2pm-5pm

MATHS ON TOAST: Head to Pancras Square Children’s Library for free family workshops along a theme of shapes. Free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

GALLERY TOUR: Curator Emma Enderby leads a tour of the exhibition Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue at the Serpentine Gallery. Free, just turn up, 3pm

MUSEUM THEATRE: The PIP Theatre Company, comprised of adults with learning disabilities, is performing an original production for 2015, Lion Heart: The Gentle Hero Who Changed The World, at the V&A Museum. £10/£7, prebook, 3pm

ROCK CLUB: Head to The Star of Kings in King's Cross to play Game of Rock, Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Caters for all levels, whether you're a beginner or expert. Free (donations welcome), just turn up, 5.30pm

MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY: Enjoy a special night of cocktails and music at the Brunel Museum's Engine House, where the pop-up cocktail bar Midnight Apothecary celebrates both Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day. Tickets include optional guided tour of Brunel's underground shaft. £5, prebook, from 6pm

GOSPEL CHOIRS: The final of the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition takes place at The Hippodrome in Golders Green. Eight choirs from across the country go head to head. £10/£8, prebook, 7pm

BALKAN DANCE: Cecil Sharp House hosts a new monthly Balkan dance event bringing lively Eastern European folk dance to newcomers and enthusiasts. Each event is led by a different MC. £5, prebook, 7pm

VIVA PACIFICO!: Head to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a night of Latin beats, spoken word, activism and musica pacifica, in solidarity with the people of Buenaventura in Colombia. £10/£7, prebook, 8pm

RING OF WATER: There’s a screening of Italian film Ring of Water at the new, not-for-profit, volunteer-run Deptford Cinema.Two boxers are set to meet in a make or break bout that each one desperately needs to win. Both believe that winning would mean a better life. 18+. £3, prebook, 8pm

PUBLIC SHAMING: Jon Ronson is back, with a new book about how quick we all are to pick up pitchforks on social media. He's talking about it at Kings Place. £12.50/£9.50, prebook, 8pm

FOLK ON WATER: Thomas McCarthy, a singer and storyteller from the Irish Traveller community performs on The Minesweeper in Deptford Creek. Bring your own refreshments. £10/£5 donation recommended, prebook, 8pm

IMPROV COMEDY: Hoopla Improv Comedy Club in London Bridge showcases improvised comedy featuring The Maydays and Grand Theft Impro. £5, prebook, 8pm

VEGAN DISCO: Fat Gay Vegan's Disco is back at Kabaret of Wood Green, a 100% vegan bar. Expect DJs spinning 80s, 90s, pop, indie and alternative music. £5, just turn up, 8pm-2am

GREAT BIG KISS: 60s girl pop, Motown, 50s R&B, soul, ska and more at club night Great Big Kiss. Special guest DJ this time is Morrissey bassist Gary Day. At The Phoenix, Cavendish Square. Tickets £4 members/£6 non members. 9pm-3am

Sunday 15 March

Allsortz comes to Rich Mix

SUNDAY ROAST: We’ve updated our list of the best Sunday roasts in London, now with ratings and a map. Take your pick, or check out your other food options.

MOTHER'S DAY: Not planned for this? Take a look at our suggestions for unusual things to do in London on Mother's Day.

SCIENCE MUSEUM AUDIO TOURS: There's a day of free events at the Science Museum for families with a blind or visually impaired member. Take an audio tour or handle objects. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

FINSBURY AT WAR: Meet outside Angel tube station for this guided walk about Finsbury and the Great War. Find out why there were riots in Essex Road in May 1915, why the Finsbury Rifles fought in Gaza and more. £8, prebook, 11am-1pm

PUB WALK: The route of Pete Berthoud's Random London Walk will be spontaneously decided by cards picked from a special pack by you with interesting pub stops along the way, starting from Oxford Circus. 18+. £15, prebook, 12pm

ST PATRICK’S DAY: The annual St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival takes place in Trafalgar Square with an Irish food market, children’s activities and lots of Irish community organisations. See Irish music, song and dance on the main stage. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

FAMILY DAY: Keats House in Hampstead hosts a day centred entirely on the idea of family. Kids can draw up their family tree or write a complaint to mum (that'll go down well on Mother's Day). Free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

FAMILY EVENT: Talented pianist, Derek Paravicini (who is blind and has severe learning difficulties) plays a concert for families with disabled children at Henry Wood Hall in Borough. £6/£4, prebook, 2.45pm

SMITHFIELDS TOUR: Take a stroll through medieval and Tudor Smithfield and explore scenes of executions, plague and bodysnatching with Museum of London. £10/£8, prebook, 3pm

COOKING WITH SCORESESE: Hato Press and Peckham Refreshment Room have teamed up for a silent screening of the 90s classic film Bennie & Joon accompanied by dishes from Hato Press cookbooks, inlcuding peanut butter and cereal milkshake. £20/£25, prebook, 6pm

OPEN MIC: Singers, rappers, dancers, comedians and spoken word artists perform in front of a live audience at Allsortz at Rich Mix. Free, tweet @Allsortz1 to gain entry, 7pm-11pm

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