Things To Do In London This Weekend: 15-16 August 2015

Enjoy all the beer you can drink at The London Craft Beer Festival

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POP-UP SWEET SHOP:
Anges de Sucre hosts a Crown and Glory pop-up event in their cafe in Kensington. Pick your own faux fleurs and they will be turned into floral crowns, fascinators, clips and headbands. Purchase macaroons and cakey treats if you get peckish. Free, just turn up, Saturday 9.30am-7pm Sunday 10am-6pm

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH:
Enjoy a brunch at Smiths in Spitalfields to cure even the worst of hangovers. Choose from a full English or branch out with fish finger sandwiches, pulled pork and corn fritters. Veggie options are available. Wash it all down with bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas. £22, prebook, 9am-12.30pm

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CAT CAFE:
Take a friend along to play with the kitties at Cat Village in Shoreditch. A purrfect way to unwind before grabbing some lunch or coffee. £9, prebook, 10am-8pm

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GLADIATOR GAMES:
Be transported back to bloodthirsty Roman times at these staged Gladiator Games held at Guildhall Yard. There's pre-show entertainment and snacks and drinks are provided. £8, prebook, noon

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CHINGFORD BIG WEEKENDER:
Head to Ridgeway Park in Chingford for a weekend of live music featuring local and international artists (ABC, Boney M, Baby D, N-Trance and Gwen Dickey to name but a few). On Sunday, there's a family sports day including basketball, canoeing, cricket and more. Free, just turn up, Saturday 1pm-8pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm

EXHIBITION:
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

LONDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL:
Taste a great range of beers from quality brewers and learn about the history of the brew at Oval Space in Hackney. Pick up your festival beer drinking glass and let the boozy fun commence. £40, prebook, Saturday noon, Sunday 1pm

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YOUTUBE WEEKEND:
The annual meet up for die hard YouTubers, Summer in the City is held at ExCel London Docklands. There will be talks, panel discussions and performances as well as a chance to meet your idols and fellow Youtube enthusiasts. £27.50/£44 for the whole weekend, prebook, 11am

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Saturday 15 August

Have a go at Airboading in Hyde Park

SOURCE TO SEA RIVER RELAY:
Now in its third year the Source to Sea River Relay is bigger and more diverse than ever. The Bottle’s journey will begin at the source of the river in a field near Kemble in Gloucestershire where it will be filled with fresh Thames water. It will then be helped on its journey downstream towards London by rowers, walkers, swimmers, paddleboarders, kayakers, sailors, punters and many more. Find out more about where the bottle will be popping up on the Totally Thames website. Free, just turn up, until 30 September

AIRBOARD IN HYDE PARK:
Why walk when you can AirBoard? Join experienced guides in Hyde Park to master the skill of this latest form of transport. Try out different speeds and terrains if you're feeling daring. £60, prebook, 11am

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VJ DAY COMMEMORATIONS:
VJ Day commemorations are happening around the country today to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day. There will be a special Horse Guards Parade which will be screened to the public around Whitehall. Military bands will also line the route during the parade and the flypast will pass overhead. Free, just turn up, 11am

THAMES HEART OF LONDON:
Thames: Heart of London is a new exhibition of photographs by Henry Reichhold at London Blackfriars Thameslink station which aims to capture the character of the Thames as it winds through the city. Free, just turn up, until 30 September

CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP:
Brixton's own Chocolate Museum lets adults have a go at making chocolate truffles. Learn how to prepare, flavour and shape different fillings, as well as decorating techniques. £40, prebook, 11.30am

SUMMERTIME WALK:
Meet outside Maudsley Hospital before beginning a four-hour tour of Camberwell which encompasses environmental issues and sustainability through talks about foraging, saving the bees and more. The tour ends with a picnic in the park. This walk is open to all and is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. There's no pressure to do the whole three miles but be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Free, just turn up, 11.45am-4pm

SEVEN DIALS SPOTLIGHT FESTIVAL:
A free one day festival in Covent Garden compered by BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine featuring an impressive lineup of music, performance and comedy. Free, just turn up, noon-7pm

REVERB FESTIVAL:
If you love BBQs, live music, comedy and cocktails, then Kensington Roof Gardens has got your Saturday sorted. Headliner Daley will be joined by the likes of Zak Abel, Skinny Living, Up Down Go Machine, Max Marshall, Louise Smith, Sam Garrett and many more including comedy from Kerry Godliman. £15, prebook, 12.30pm

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SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY GAME:
Meet other Sherlock fans during this interactive game where you'll be up against the clock, decoding images in an attempt to eliminate the other players. Meet outside Temple Tube Station. £15, prebook, 2pm

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BERMONDSEY MICROBREWERY:
Visit breweries on what has become known locally as the Bermondsey Beer Mile. Enjoy a pint or two or three with London Brewery Tours who will be filling you in on the history of the brew. £36.84, prebook, 1pm

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BAILA BRAZIL:
The Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank will be teeming with carnival spirit as Baila Brazil wow with their exceptional dancing and music. Suitable for over six years old. £10, prebook, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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SOHO NOSES:
Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud leads a walking tour around Soho in search of the Seven Noses of Soho. Legend has it that if you see all of them you will attain infinite wealth. Worth a try. £10-£12, prebook, 3pm

AFROBEACH AND BBQ:
Dance the night away at Cargo in Old Street to a mixture of afrobeat, reggae, dancehall and basement courtesy of BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Ace. £10, prebook, 4pm

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BUELLER, BUELLER?:
Watch 1986 comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Century on Shaftesbury Avenue. Then, enjoy a 1980s themed afterparty on the rooftop. £10, prebook, 7pm

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COMEDY:
If you like your comedy like your wine — vintage — then head to Leicester Square Theatre in Soho to see Richard Herring perform his 10 year old Edinburgh Fringe show Someone Likes Yoghurt. £10, prebook, 7pm

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Sunday 16 August

See The Grand Budapest Hotel at Snap Studios

RECORD FAIR:
Hackney Record Fair at Epic Dalston has independent music labels, sellers of rare/obscure vinyl, music related ephemera, vintage hi-fi and local vinyl enthusiasts selling directly to the public. Free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

FABRICATIONS WORKSHOP:
Want to hone those sewing skills or fancy repairing your own clothes instead of forking out a load of money on new ones. Fabrications in Hackney is running an Introductory course on how to use a sewing machine. Stay for the Creative Making afternoon session to put those skills you've learnt in the morning into practice. A friendly, informal class and a great way to meet other people. £25/30, £45/£50, prebook, 11am-1.30pm/ 2.30pm-5pm

CARNIVAL COMMUNITY DAY:
Portobello Green is celebrating the original Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers with performances from Youth Steel Band, Soca Singers, DJ Soca Massive, plus special guests Papa Weazel & DJ Dukes. This year's theme is Founding Mothers so they will be remembering the women who made the festival what it is today. Kids can enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, contests and more. Free, just turn up, noon-10pm

GUIDED WALK ENFIELD:
To mark 50 years since the borough of Enfield was formed the council is holding guided walks which explore the history, heritage, characters and buildings which make up the area. Meet at Ponders End. Free, prebook, 2pm-3.30pm

BABY DISCO:
Take under fives along to The Spiegeltent on the South Bank to spend the afternoon dancing to DJ Monski's tunes. £5, prebook, 3pm

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THREE NEW PLAYS:
Indelible Images: Three new plays will be performed at Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice as part of the Camden Fringe Festival. The plays will pose questions about memory. £6/£7.50, prebook, 6.30pm

MUSIC CONCERT:
This charity concert features soul, jazz, gospel and R&B from two of London’s most exciting choirs at the beautiful world famous Rivoli BallRoom. Proceeds from this summer concert will go to Ashdon Jazz Academy, Kidney Cancer Research and Fibromyalgia Awareness UK. £10, prebook, 7pm-10pm

OPEN AIR THEATRE:
Morden Hall Park has an open air family production of Pride & Prejudice. £12/£8, prebook, 7pm

TOP SECRET SUNDAY:
Spend Sunday night in fits of giggles at Top Secret Comedy Club in Covent Garden. £1, prebook, 8pm

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PILLOW CINEMA:
Tonight, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel at Snap Studios in Shoreditch. You can book pillows or take your own — don't forget refreshments — then snuggle up under the stars and enjoy the film. £25, prebook, 8.45pm

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