Things To Do In London This Weekend: 26-27 September 2015

This weekend's Things To Do In London is sponsored by London Fashion Weekend. Londonist readers can get 20% off tickets by quoting code LONDONIST when booking, more details below.

See David Walliams at Radio Times Festival

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This year the Saatchi Gallery has been transformed into a shopping and fashion destination with the glitz and glam of London Fashion Weekend. Expect runway shows, panel discussions and opportunities to browse the work of over 80 designers while you spot celebs. Dress to impress. Tickets come in Bronze and Silver. Silver gets you a designer catwalk show and a tote bag. Londonist readers get 20% off tickets, see offer at the bottom of the page. £16-£48, prebook, until 27 September

The House of St Barnabas opens its doors for a weekend festival packed with art performances, live music and pop up lectures. Explore an oasis of creativity in the heart of Soho Square — check full programme here. Weekend tickets are £10 for one day and £15 for both Sat-Sun, until 27 September

BBC Radio 3 will be in residence at Wellcome Collection from 25 September, asking big questions about how music manipulates our human behaviour. All weekend you'll be able to hear interviews with psychiatrists, musicians, academics and a wildlife sound recorder. Free, just turn up, until 27 September

Genesis Cinema is hosting a series of screenings of animated documentaries followed by panel discussions. On Saturday docs focus on the unfilmable truth, stories and portraits and a talk on the future of animation. Sunday explores the political potential of the art form and the power of perspective. Free, just turn up, until 27 September

There are tons of events going on this week for London Design Festival. Design Junction is a design and culture show set in Victoria House B1. Get your shopping done at the 50 pop-up stores, enjoy giant installations and bespoke restaurants. £11.25, prebook, 11am

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See the best in body art at Tobacco Dock, along with live music, 'risqué alternative entertainment' and a fire-breathing tattooed acrobatic dance troupe, while knocking back BrewDog beers. £20, prebook, 11.30am

Discover Soho's rock and roll history on this tour which takes in iconic venues and memorable gigs that launched the careers of many successful bands. Meet at Tottenham Court Road station. £15, prebook, Saturday 11am, Sunday 3pm

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As part of London Design Festival there will be an interactive event with type expert Sarah Hyndman at The V&A which explores what a font might taste like and what our choice of fonts says about our personalities. Check out what other design festival events are happening in London this weekend with our top picks. Free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

Rugby fans are screening the Rugby World Cup every Saturday in Grade II listed surroundings of Hornsey Town Hall. Fans can enjoy games on a huge main screen, with crystal clear sound, a fully licensed bar, hot food, table service, pre and post match entertainment and huge post match afterparties after all England games. Free/£7.50, prebook, 8pm

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Saturday 26 September

Head to Oktoberfest without leaving London

Join Michael Brunström as he leads a circuit walk around the Circle Line which highlights social conditions, and lesser known buildings and vanished places. The route is over 20 miles so be sure to wear comfy shoes, dress for the weather and bring snacks. Free, just turn up, 10am


The south London borough continues its local history festival with the Lambeth Archives Open Day at Longfield Hall with talks on local cinema and First World War history, short film screenings and members of the South London Press on hand to discuss. There's also the Water Lambeth exhibition nearby. Free, just turn up, 10.15am

Conway Hall near Holborn will be filled with poetry, readings, discussions, workshops and publishers today for Free Verse Poetry Book Fair. Look out for events organised by Penned in the Margins, Veer Books and Faber and Faber. Bookworms look out for the rest of London's indie book fairs. Free, just turn up, 10.30pm

Apparently one in six of us has Huguenot ancestry; they were French protestants who arrived in London in the 17th and 18th centuries have left their mark all over London. Meet at Farringdon station before learning about London's Huguenot history with tour guide David Evans. £10, just turn up, 11am

Why not add a homemade touch to your wedding by joining this floristry class where you'll learn the basics and end up with a stunning bouquet arrangement that won't break the bank. £25, prebook, 12.30pm

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You don't need to go all the way to Munich to enjoy the Bavarian event of the year. Fans of beer should get to Bavarian Beerhouse in Tower Hill. Expect wooden benches, live German music and traditional Bavarian clothing. There's a choice of tickets which include different things, so decide whether you want food included, or seats, or a fancy hat before you purchase. £14.50, prebook, 6pm

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If you're looking for a decent night out, head to RVLRY Warehouse Festival where you can dance to live music followed by DJs. Take a break from the dance floor to check out the fashion and jewellery stalls, grab some food from Kurobuta and admire the art on display. £15/£25, prebook, 6pm-4am

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Gather around roaring blazes and be enveloped in music and entertainment. Good ol' sing-a-longs, storytelling and special guests will adorn each gathering. Tonight The Nest Collective present Alistair Anderson who plays traditional music from Northumberland and folk music from Ilaria Graziano and Francesco Forni. The fire-fuelled night takes place in a secret location in Bow. £6/£8, prebook, 7.30pm


The London Philharmonic plays South Bank's Royal Festival Hall, with a programme of Tchaikovsky, Taneyev and Sibelius conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. From £9, prebook, 7.30pm

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Amused Moose Super Saturday at Above The Arts in Leicester Square features an impressive lineup including Mark Dolan, Joey Page, Sarah Keyworth and Francis Foster. £10, prebook, 8pm


Roll up, roll up, for an intimate take on the circus at The Aeronaut in Acton with a selection of jugglers, hula hoopers, dancers, contortionists, magicians and comedians. £12, prebook, 9pm

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Sunday 27 September

Spice it up at Festival of Heat, London's chilli festival


Author and illustrator of The London Thames Path David Fathers leads a 4.5 mile guided tour from the Old Royal Naval Hospital to the Barrier. See the changes happening to the Greenwich Peninsula landscape. The walk coincides with the day the Barrier is to be raised as a part of the testing schedule. Part of Totally Thames Festival. Age 14+. £13.20, prebook, 11am

Kew Gardens first literature festival Write on Kew features 80 events over five days. This morning catch broadcaster and comedian-turned-campaigner-for-female-equality Sandi Toksvig, as she discusses her new children's novel A Slice of the Moon. £15, prebook, noon

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We firmly believe Sundays were invented for roasts so head to The Lexington in Angel and tuck into beef brisket, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, crispy pork belly, rosemary chicken or nut roast while listening to bluegrass and country music. £14, prebook, 1pm or 3pm

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Give your tastebuds a chilli blast at London's Festival of Heat at Red Market in Shoreditch. Expect chilli workshops and a variety of cuisine from Mexican to Peruvian which makes use of the hot stuff. If you've got a sweet tooth have a try of the chilli chocolate and ice cream. If you start to feel like your mouth is on fire grab a cocktail to cool down. £8, prebook, noon-6pm

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There are a whole host of interesting speakers at Radio Times Festival held at Hampton Court Palace. Today hear author and comedian David Walliams talk about his fiction followed by a book signing and photo opportunities. Under fives go free. £6.95, prebook, 3.30pm

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This fundraising event is in aid of South Social Film Festival, a new film festival launching in south London which aims to showcase the work of international indie filmakers. Head to Copeland Park in Peckham to see short films exploring queer identity, Indonesian life and Caribbean women. Free, just turn up, 4pm-9pm

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London Fashion Weekend takes place at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3 4RY between 24-27 September 2015. Visit the website for more information on the programme and to book tickets.

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This weekend’s Things To Do In London is sponsored by London Fashion Weekend.

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