Things To Do In London This Weekend: 12-13 March 2016

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Get hands on at this weekend graffiti workshop. Image: Claude Crommelin

FAMILIES FIND OUT: As part of Science Week, families can explore the Museum of London with students from Imperial College. Go in search of all things science and technology to inform, inspire and investigate. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

LEARN AN INSTRUMENT FOR FREE: Head to various London venues this weekend for a free taster class with a musical instrument. Loads of places, including Yamaha Music, Music Room and Sax Wind Brass, invite you to have a go at learning anything from the oboe to the ukulele as part of Learn to Play Day. Free, prebook, various times (see website)

TAKE ON TEXTILES: Get creative by making your own printed textiles with Susannah at this vintage textile printing workshop. Use vintage Indian blocks to produce bespoke pieces in your own designs. All materials are provided, so just bring loads of creativity. Kids welcome too. £35, prebook, 2pm-5pm

GRAFFITI WORKSHOP: Spray some art this Saturday in Notting Hill. Learn can control, shading and fading in this (completely legal) workshop. All art supplies are provided, so just bring your ideas and prepare to spray on your tag. £19, prebook, 1pm

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GHOSTLY RIDES: Discover London's dark side with The London Ghost Bus Tour. Ride a creepy Routemaster past sites of horrid hauntings and dastardly deaths (with a bit of comedy thrown in too). It's a full-on theatrical experience. £15, prebook, various times

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SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY: If you're still waiting for Hogwarts to give you a shout, get in training at this immersive team game. Grab your fellow Muggles and learn how to brew potions and defy the dark forces to become a witch or wizard. Will you work together to graduate from the school? Or will Voldemort come knocking? £30, prebook, 9.30pm

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Saturday 12 March

Join Annie Lennox for a WOW evening talk. Image: Southbank Centre

START SEWING: Let your inner Dior burst out at this pattern cutting workshop. Get to snips (sorry) with patterns in this introductory class with The Fashion Box. Beginners welcome. £20, prebook, 10am

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CHILDREN'S COOKERY CLASS: If your little one is a Bake Off master in the making, whisk them along to this class in Lewisham. They'll learn tons of techniques, recipes and come away knowing how to cook practical meals. Under the guidance of Greenwich Pantry. £26.95, prebook, 10.30am

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DISABLED ACCESS DAY: Wellcome Collection take part in Disabled Access Day this Saturday. Drop into Euston Road to discover the museum's collection through a range of activities with added support, including audio description and BSL interpretation. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

GET INTO THE GROVE WITH VOGA: If you're a yoga bunny with a Madonna side trying to get out, try this upbeat workout in Haggerston. Voga is a hybrid of both yoga and iconic 1980s dance beats. With the same health benefits of yoga plus added motivational music, you'll be vogue-ing in no time. £10, prebook, 11am

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LABYRINTH SCREENING: A future Oscar-winning leading lady, Bowie as a villain, a Monty Python writer, and George Lucas on production duties — what more do you need in a film? See this cult classic at St Swithun's Hall, complete with an hour of David Bowie videos, pre-movie. £5, prebook, 3pm

SHORT COM: Since 2011, Short Com has been screening some of the best comedy short films in the city. Now it's bowing out, with a last screening at Hackney Attic this Saturday. Come and see some of 2015's funniest films from emerging talents. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

THE COCKPIT: Marylebone's Cockpit Theatre hosts the Bridge Theatre Training Company's production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. His last great play, this is a moving portrait of a Russian family affected by change in 1904, and their last, extraordinary party. £12/ £9, prebook, 7.30pm

ANNIE LENNOX TALK: Multi award-winning pop star turned HIV/women's rights campaigner, Annie Lennox shares her experiences at this Southbank Centre Women Of The World Festival event. She'll discuss her transition from music to activism and explain her current work in the field of human rights. £10-£15, prebook, 8pm

ARAB WOMEN ARTISTS: Bringing prominent Arab musicians, artists and DJs to the city, Rich Mix presents an evening bursting with music. The line up includes Ghalia Benali, Ruba Shamshoum and DJ Miss Ness, sharing their rich background, talent and passion at this Saturday night show. £15, prebook, 8pm

PENELOPE SOLOMON COMEDY: Entitled 1I Was A Penis At The Royal Albert Hall1, Penelope Solomon's Leicester Square Theatre show is "cheaper than therapy" and a lot funnier. She even promises songs in Yiddish. £10, prebook, 9pm

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COSMONAUTS LATE: The Science Museum opens late (last entry 10.45pm) as its Cosmonauts exhibition comes to a close. We loved it — if you've not been, go now. £14, prebook, until midnight

Sunday 13 March

Use your loaf at this bread making workshop. Image: Funzing

COMPLETE GUIDE TO BREAD MAKING: Knead to master baking bread? Get stuck in at Lucy's complete guide workshop. She'll take you through the basics of making three different breads and help you whip up pizza from scratch. You'll get to enjoy it for lunch afterwards. £65, prebook, 9am-1.30pm

MOVE IT FILM: Like Frozen? Love Finding Nemo? Move IT! workshops at BFI Southbank are designed for parents and children to make animated films together. Crafty and creative, these sessions provide a great opportunity to learn stop-motion animation techniques. £20 (for one parent and one child), additional children £8 each, prebook, 11am

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE CONCERT: Like your Sunday with a classical soundtrack? Head to Wigmore Hall for Schumann, Hayden and Dvorák, accompanied by coffee, sherry or juice. £13/£11, prebook, 11.30am

ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: Get yourself to Trafalgar Square for the 2016 St Patrick's Day parade. Expect marching bands, rousing music and one huge party. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

WOMEN'S DAY WALK: Celebrate this year's International Women's Day with JW3 and take a two-hour walk around the East End with historian David Rosenberg, discovering Jewish women's activism between 1880-1930. £15, prebook, 2pm

DOUBLE INDEMNITY: See the classic film noir at Britain's oldest picture house, Regent Street Cinema. Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment) directs this 1944 thriller, from a script co-written with Raymond Chandler. It's the perfect screen to watch the film ranked 38 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 US movies. £10, prebook, 5pm

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LITERARY PUB CRAWL: Visit where Dickens liked a tipple on this tour of the watering holes of famous London writers. See the literary history of London with a pint in your hand, winding from Fitzrovia to Soho. You'll take in venues where the Bloomsbury group discussed ideas and visit pubs associated with London's film industry. £18, prebook, 5pm

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FAULTY TOWERS: If you like more than a touch of Basil with your dinner, head to the Torquay Suite Theatre at Charing Cross for a chaotic comedy ride. Relive your favourite moments from the TV show with this three-course meal in the company of Basil, Sybil and Manuel. £52, prebook, 6.30pm

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CSI- CRIME SCENE IMPROVISATION: There's been a murder and only you can find out who did it. The Bread And Roses Theatre, Clapham, invites you to plunge into this comedy play, where you make the drama. Audience participation is not only encouraged, it's essential if you're going to find the killer. £7, prebook, 7.30pm

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SUNDAY SPECIAL: Joke-wrangler Tony Law returns to Up The Creek's Sunday Special with his special brand of silliness. Ed Gamble's on hosting duties. Forget it's nearly Monday with this giggle-inducing duo. £7/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

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