Things To Do In London This Weekend: 1-2 August 2015

All aboard the beer express for Real Ale Festival at Heritage Railway

This weekend’s Things To Do In London, sponsored by I Love The 90s Party.

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ALL THAT JAZZ SUMMER WEEKENDER:
Curzon cinemas in Bloomsbury is hosting a weekend dedicated to jazz. Catch screenings of classic jazz films and hear rare recorded jazz performances. On Saturday there’s a screening of Jean Luc-Godard’s iconic 1960 film of French New Wave Cinema, Breathless. On Sunday you can hear a discussion on the seminal year for the explosion of jazz, 1959. £8/£12.50/£15, prebook, 1-2 August

COMMUNITY HAYSTACKS:
Discover the skill and history of stacking hay this weekend as Walthamstow Marshes becomes the setting for a two day hay harvest community event with scything workshops, haystack building and a public talk about the history of land cultivation. Take your own picnic on Sunday and join an informative tour of the marshes. Free, just turn up, 1-2 August

FIRST WORLD WAR PLANE WORKSHOP:
The Royal Air Force Museum in Colindale holds Airfix Make and Take morning and afternoon sessions where you can make your own First World War aircraft to decorate and take home. Appropriate for age 7+, £3, just turn up, until 7 August

RICHMIX YOUTH TAKEOVER:
A 22 day festival is at Rich Mix, supporting young people and showcasing emerging talent through performance, music, masterclasses and networking. This weekend there’s a Q&A about jobs in the arts industry, Edinburgh Fringe previews and an opening party. Free, just turn up, until 22 August

RIVER STAGE:
It’s week two of performances, theatre and family friendly events held at the River Stage outside The National Theatre. Saturday there’s an interactive installation plus music provided by The Swing Ninjas. Sunday the whole family can enjoy lunchtime circus from Bench. Free, just turn up, until 30 August

REAL ALE FESTIVAL:
Spend the day exploring London's closest heritage line, enjoying scenic views with a pint in hand. Trains run from Epping Forest underground station and run through to North Weald. £6.50, prebook, 31-2 August

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Saturday 1 August

Plaza Latina, Nursery Row Park

CRAFT BEER FEST:
It’s the final Saturday of Brook Green Market’s beer festival. Today’s brewers are Moncada Brewery whose pairing dishes sound delicious — French toast filled with stout and coffee cream and cured meats matched with beer. Yum. You’ll be able to purchase your favourite beers and soak up some craft beer history alongside the alcohol. Free, just turn up, 10am-3pm

JUDITH KERR EXHIBITION:
Little ones will love this charming exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Camden, in which they can have Tea with Tiger and curl up in Mog's basket. Take advantage of the 2-4-1 offer on tickets and under fives go free. £6.50, prebook, 10am

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PLAZA LATINA:
Nursery Row Park in Elephant and Castle will be celebrating all things Latin American over the first three Saturdays of August. Music, Colombian dance and craft will keep all the family entertained. Fill your face with authentic Latin American dishes washed down with Latin beer. Free, just turn up, noon-7pm

AUGUST IN AFRICA SUMMER FESTIVAL:
The Africa Centre in Covent Garden is celebrating African culture with a rich programme made up of musicians, authentic African food, art, photography and a fashion show. Free, just turn up, noon-10pm

HAINGEY IS 50:
Celebrate Haringey's 50th birthday in Bruce Castle Park with a full programme of dance, food, music and entertainment. Try out sports for free and see the talent Haringey has to offer. Free, just turn up, noon-6pm

COMEDY GROTTO:
The Star of Kings in King’s Cross holds a daylong session of Edinburgh previews, including Edinburgh legend / podcast pioneer Richard Herring, three-time Edinburgh Best Show Nominee James Acaster and The Guardian's Best Show of 2014 Liam Williams. Eight shows for £14 sounds like a pretty good deal to us, plus there’s a late night disco. £14, prebook, 12.30pm-late

CITYDASH:
London literally becomes an adult playground as you rush around overcoming challenges and solving clues. Begin at the Mulberry Bush on the South Bank. A great way to meet fellow adventurous Londoners and get your daily exercise. £15, prebook, 2pm

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STREET ART TREASURE HUNT:
The Chocolate Museum in Brixton shakes up the usual street art tours with puzzle clues and photo challenges. Collect clue packs and plan your route around Brixton. The three hour tour ends with prizes and a well deserved pint at a nearby pub. £15, prebook, 2pm

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ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ:
Head to The Jetty Bar in North Greenwich for an all you can eat BBQ, a drink and unlimited salad. Admittedly we aren't too excited for unlimited salad but there's a cocktail bar to make up for that. You get two hours to stuff your face and you can only redeem your meal at the time stated on the ticket. £15, prebook, 2pm-9pm

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ANIMAL SCIENCE AT FOYLES:
Head to Foyles in Charing Cross to hear former presenter of the BBC's The Really Wild Show, trained zoologist and author Nicola Davies, chat all things weird and wonderful from the world of nature to inspire any child’s curiosity. Nicola offers an eye-opening introduction to the science of animals and tells stories of her own thrilling encounters with creatures great and small. £3, prebook, 2pm-3pm

LONDON GRAPHIC CENTRE WORKSHOP:
London Graphic Centre is hosting weekly free workshops as part of their Colour in Summer Art Festival. Today Esther Ellard is showing you the possibilities of creating collage artwork using coloured masking and patterned tape. Free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

Creative workshops at London Graphic Centre

PIZZA TASTING TOUR:
Lovers of pizza will thank us for telling them about this tour which takes you around London's finest pizzerias. Learn about the history of how this doughy goodness came to London. Five tastings take place in a secret location. £25, prebook, 2.15pm

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LONDON IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL:
Catch a day of Iranian cinema at Greenwood Cinema, King's College. There are three films to chose from, 360 Degrees (2.30pm) I’m not angry (5pm) and Melbourne (7.30pm). Prices vary, prebook, 2.30pm-9pm

JAMES BOND TOUR:
Bond enthusiasts can revisit some of the most iconic moments in James Bond movie history by visiting actual London locations. Meet at Barbican Station and visit the headquarters of MI6 in Skyfall and Quantum of Solace and much more. £10, prebook, 3pm

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TAPAS:
We might not be heading to Barcelona this summer but we don't need to when we can enjoy tapas and rose for two on a sun terrace at Angelus Restaurant in Bayswater. (Providing the sun comes out.) £19, prebook, 4pm

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RETRO PARTY:
The ultimate retro party I love the 80s vs I love the 90s takes place every Saturday night at The Jazz Cafe in Camden. Which decade do you prefer? Show off your love while you hit the dance floor. £5 before 11.30pm/£7 afterwards, prebook, until 3am

MUSIC:
Spend the evening at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall listening to acoustic folk quintet Punch Brothers who are performing tracks from their new album, The Phosphorescent Blues. Punch Brothers have featured on the soundtrack to the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as on the soundtrack to Hollywood blockbuster The Hunger Games. Support comes from Rachel Sermanni. £22.50/£20, prebook, 7.30pm

JAZZ ON THE LAWN:
Spend an sunny evening (fingers crossed) listening to jazz at Fulham Palace, on the bill tonight is Kevin Fitzsimmons. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

SHUFFLE FILM FESTIVAL:
Head to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to see a screening of sci-fi thriller Monsters followed by a Q&A with director Gareth Edwards. £16.50, prebook, 8pm

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SUNSET CRUISE:
Spend the night on Westminster Pier who is throwing not one but two summer parties with top DJs till late. If a party on the Thames wasn't enough to entice you maybe the offer of a free drink with the ticket will. £15, prebook, 8pm

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OUTDOOR SCREENING:
Pop-up cinema has come to Bishop's Gate in Fulham. Tonight enjoy romcom Pretty Woman. There's a fully stocked bar and burgers provided or snuggle up with your own picnic. £8.50, prebook, 9.15pm

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JAZZ:
Tonight talented singer Heidi Vogel will be impressing audiences at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington. She has toured internationally and ended the year with a sell out show at The Royal Albert Hall. Dress code is smart/casual. £7, prebook, 9.30pm

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Sunday 2 August

Enjoy a Faulty Towers dining experience [sic] with a hint of Basil...

VINTAGE KILO SALE:
Head to York Hall in Bethnal Green to pick up a vintage bargain; choose from hundreds of items which are then priced by weight. £1.50/£3, just turn up, 11am-4pm

VOICE MAP AUDIO TOUR:
Meet at The Apple Store in Covent Garden before being led on an alternative history tour where the guide speaks to you through your head phones. The tour with travel writer Joey Leskin lasts for an hour and a half before a pub stop. £1.50, just turn up, 11.30am

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH:
Maida Hill Place in Paddington will be satisfying your brunch craving and curing that hangover with their tantalising menu which features lavender French toast and maple cured smoked bacon. £19.95, prebook, 11.30am

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MANUOSH KNITTING:
Learn how to knit with only the finest wool provided by luxury New York knitting brand Manuosh. In this session at Drink, Shop and Do in King's Cross you'll get to make a gorgeous Merino wool clutch bag. £40, prebook, 1pm

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FAULTY TOWERS DINING EXPERIENCE:
Torquay Suite Theatre in Charing Cross serves up an entertaining mix of food and farce. Join Basil, Sybil and Manuel on this this improvised dining experience where anything could happen. £50, prebook, 1.30pm

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OPEN AIR THEATRE:
Get some fresh air at Wanstead Park this weekend — weather permitting. Wanstead Open Air Theatre shows the opera Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan. Family tickets are available. £3.95/£8.95/£14.95, prebook, 2pm

CLASSIC FILMS:
The Phoenix Cinema is reserving Sunday afternoons for the screening of classic films. The first two Sundays are dedicated to Italy in Focus. This afternoon you can see The Bicycle Thieves. £9.50, prebook, 2pm

FARM FUNDRAISING EVENT:
This singles event is to raise money for Stepney City Farm. Meet like-minded people, enjoy home-made cake and muck in with the farm work. End the day with Speed Field Dating — a chance to solidify those friendships you've built up over the course of the day. £15, prebook, 2.30pm

BABY DISCO:
Does your baby love to boogie? Take under fives along to Spiegeltent on the South Bank for an afternoon of busting moves and singing tunes. £5, prebook, 3pm

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ROOM ESCAPE ADVENTURES:
Spend the afternoon trapped in a room somewhere in Whitechapel with 11 other mortals and a zombie. Use your cunning to solve riddles and clues which will help you escape. £28, prebook, 6pm

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TOP SECRET COMEDY:
OK, it might not be so secret but it sure is funny. Head to Top Secret Comedy Club in Covent Garden for a cheap and cheerful night. £1, prebook, 8pm

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SKETCH COMEDY:
Sooz Kempner will be performing Character Activist at Leicester Square Theatre before taking it to Edinburgh. Expect songs and sketches dominated by an Essex princess, posh vlogger, heptathlete and an ageing diva. £7.50, prebook, 8.30pm

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OUTDOOR SCREENING:
Head to Ally Pally in Wood Green for Lunar Cinema's al fresco experience. Tonight's screening of classic 80s film The Goonies is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is full of childhood nostalgia. £16.50, prebook, 8.45pm

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Party Like It's The 1990s This Weekend

From Spice Girls tunes to double-denim outfits, I Love The 90s Party promises to take you a couple of decades back in time. Taking place Fridays at the Borderline in Soho and Saturdays at Camden's Jazz Cafe, expect a night of music, dance and fun — seriously 90s style.

Since it started in 2007, I Love The 90s has become the biggest and longest running 90s-style party in London with sold out parties every week. Tickets start from just £5 and can be booked in advance on the website — get yours before it's too late.

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Things To Do In London This Weekend is sponsored by I Love The 90s Party.


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