Things To Do In London This Weekend: 8-9 August 2015

Prepare to get messy at Holi One Festival on Saturday in Wembley Park

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

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A musical theatre production following one woman and her relationship with our digital world. With video projections, dance, movement, comedy, theatre and, er, a skateboard, Your Call has something for everyone. Part of tête-à-tête: The Opera Festival. £5/£7.50, prebook, (Saturday 7.45pm, Sunday 3.45pm)

Brush up on your kitchen skills at Mint Cookery in Walthamstow. Over three hours you'll learn how to master a three-course meal which you can then add to your 'special occasion' repertoire. Chose from Mediterranean, French or Italian cuisine. £28.95, prebook, 1.30pm

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London Olympia in Kensington is transformed into a stunning showcase of African-inspired design. Highlighting a unique and fashion-forward catwalk collective. With daily eye-catching runway shows and vibrant exhibitions, this two-day event brings together fashionistas and industry professionals from around the world to Europe’s largest and most important African-inspired fashion event. £7-£44, prebook, until 8 August

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Gladiator Games come to London this weekend. Expect a thrilling re-enactment of this bloodthirsty sport at Guildhall Yardclashing steel, a raucous crowd, and an appearance from the emperor himself. £8/£10, prebook, until 9 August

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Urban at Southbank Centre is a celebration of street culture and a chance to find out how urban city environments inspire people to keep fit and become athletes or artists. We’re particularly enthused by Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups, a performance aimed at 4-10 year-olds which brings a children’s book to life through beatbox, rap and graffiti. Prices vary, prebook, until 9 August

Take part in a community building event taking place this weekend in both Deptford and North Finchley. The People's Tower is built entirely from cardboard and once it's finished, you get to help bring it crashing back down to the ground. Construction takes place at Douglas Square (8 August, Free, just turn up, 10am-3pm) and at Albany Garden (9 August, Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm)


Visit a Bronze Age roundhouse at the British Museum this weekend, thanks to new virtual reality technology being used there for the first time. The aim of the weekend is to bring this period of history alive for young (and older) visitors. Free, just turn up, 8-9 August, 11am-4pm


Fabrications, a textile craft shop and workshop on Broadway Market, has several workshops this weekend. Pick from a freestyle garment making session, an introduction to using a sewing machine, or an applique class. Various prices, see calendar for details.


Ripley's Believe It Or Not is opening late this summer for an extra chance to explore the six floors crammed with unusual artworks, artefacts and experiences. £14.95, various dates

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Saturday 8 August

Afternoon tea at The Water Poet


Been to see the Judith Kerr retrospective exhibition at Jewish Museum yet? These weekend, you can get two-for-one tickets to the child-friendly show featuring favourite characters Mog, Tiger, Pink Rabbit and more. £6.50, 10am

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The Fan Museum is holding a community open day which is free for local residents. The museum is located in two grade II listed buildings in Greenwich. Throughout the day you can go on tours of the museum, partake in fan making, and activity trails for children. Free for local residents or £3/£4, just turn up, 11am-5pm

Living Streets and the Sue Bramley Centre are running a walk from the Thames View estate to the banks of the River Thames. Meet at the Sue Bramley Centre in Barking IG11 before embarking on a leisurely stroll down to the river. Bring sandwiches for a picnic. Free, just turn up, 11.30am

Do not wear your best clothing if you're planning a trip to Wembley Park this weekend. Holi One Festival is inspired by the Indian festival and travels around the world. Expect a mixture of dance, music, performance and, of course, a sky filled with rainbow colours. £32.32, prebook, noon

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Seth Troxler is paying homage to London's acid house music scene at this warehouse party at Tobacco Dock in Wapping. On the line-up are Seth Troxler, Jack Master, DJ Harvey and more. If you get hungry, there's a BBQ. VIP includes fast track entry and skipping the toilet queue. £42.50/£65, prebook, noon

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The Water Poet in Liverpool Street has one of London’s best beer gardens. Enjoy a range of delicious sandwiches and a variety of loose leaf teas. Add a glass of prosecco for an extra fiver. £22/£27, prebook, noon-5pm

Tooting Bec Common is hosting its first Folk and Blues Festival this weekend. On the line-up are Wizz Jones, Luke & Charlotte Ritchie, Steve Morrison, Chaz Thorogood, Case Hardin, Garry Smith, Niall Kelly & Band, The Bara Bara Band, Whom By Fire and Gabriel Mes. Free, just turn up, noon-7pm

Celebrate Jamaican Independence Day with Brixton Jamm who is playing a mixture of Reggae, Dub, Roots, Hip Hop, Bass, Jungle throughout the day and into the night. There’s free Reggae Rum Punch for the first 100 people through the door and food from Wray’s Jerk BBQ on the front terrace. £5 Adv, 21+, prebook, 2pm-3am

An unlikely combination perhaps: head to Trinity Buoy Wharf in the Docklands and you can combine your love for street art with your tea craving. Tea Studio HQ will be quenching your thirst with unusual concoctions and you get to try at least six different teas. £20, prebook, 2pm

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Lovers of jazz should adorn their gladrags and head to The Spiegeltent on the South Bank for an evening of music. Tonight Nina Ferro is performing. £7.50, prebook, 5pm

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It was Jamaican Independence Day on 6 August. Why not celebrate at Indigo O2 in Greenwich with the Sisters of Reggae. On the bill are Etana, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Dawn Penn and Marla Brown. £23.19, prebook, 7pm

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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 11.30am/£7 afterwards, prebook, until 3am

Sunday 9 August

Express Brewing Masterclass

Keep Saturday morning hangovers at bay with this Express Brewery Tutorial at The Shakespeare in Farringdon; once you've mastered the craft enjoy a full English breakfast washed down with a brew. £55, prebook, 11.30am

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Begin the day in a healthy way at Hatton Garden in Holborn, with a 90-minute Tabitha Yoga session followed by a relaxing meditation class and a superfood brunch. £30, prebook, noon-3pm

If you're feeling peckish head to Howl at the Moon in Hoxton where you can enjoy a gourmet burger and pint from Mr Pigstuff. Sides include battered hand cooked sweet potato chips. Yum. £12, prebook, noon-8pm

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The Leyton Technical is celebrating its second birthday with a beer festival this weekend. Today you can catch live music from Rhy and Val in this beautiful converted town hall. Free, just turn up, 5pm

Liven up your Sunday evening by heading to the Comedy Pub in Piccadilly. On tonight's lineup you can see Marcel Lucont, Max Dickins, Eshaan Akbar and Annal Joy. £8.50, prebook, 6.30pm

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Head to Regent Street Cinema to see dystopian classic, Metropolis. Accompanied by a live soundtrack. £11, prebook, 7.30pm

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We were impressed with Paper Dandy's Horrogami back in 2012 and the artist is back with a new exhibition using single sheet kirigami paper models inspired by scenes from Star Wars. After a successful Kickstarter campaign you can see his paper skills at 5th Base Gallery just off Brick Lane. Free, just turn up, until 16 August

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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