Things To Do In London This Weekend: 7-8 May 2016

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Meet the cuddly and the creepy crawly at the National Pet Show. Image: Kate Scannell

CUTE AND CUDDLY: Meet all types of cute, cuddly, weird and wonderful creatures at the National Pet Show at ExCel London. Make furry friends, chat to pet experts and celebrities and watch amazing animal performances. £18.19/£12.84, prebook, 9.30am-5pm, until 8 May

GRAND DESIGNS LIVE: The UK's top contemporary home show, presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, is back at ExCel London. Better still, Londonist readers can get 2 tickets for the price of 1 — just use code LON241 to claim. Enjoy hundreds of limited-edition items and seven design sections. £15-£39, 10am-5pm, until 8 May

BILLINGSGATE BATHS: Go poking underground as you dive into the city's Roman past at Billingsgate Roman House and Baths. This Museum of London tour explores the ancient site buried below office buildings. £8/£6, prebook, slots start from 10.30am

MOD FASHION: The exhibition Moses, Mods and Mr Fish goes behind the stylish scenes of menswear for the last 150 years, from the formal 19th century to the flamboyance of the 1960s, with clothing worn by celebrities including John Lennon, at the Jewish Museum. £7.50, just turn up, 10am-5pm

IMPERIAL FESTIVAL: Imperial College's Festival has hands-on science experiments, music workshops, comedy, dance, cookery and more, for the whole family. Free, just turn up, 12pm, until 8 May

CLEAR VIEW OF TOTTENHAM: Bruce Castle Museum showcases the work of Ben Robson, whose sketches of Tottenham chart its evolution from over half a century ago. Free, just turn up, 1pm-5pm

ROOFTOP FILMS: Celebrate the summer with Rooftop Filmclub, opening this week. Pick from flicks at three locations in Peckham, Shoreditch and Stratford. This weekend's programme includes Romeo + Juliet, Back to the Future and The Grand Budapest Hotel. From £15, prebook, various times

Saturday 7 May

Watch Trollhunter as part of Dulwich Picture Gallery's Scandi-loving festival

CRAFTY: It's the final day of London Craft Week and the city's dotted with events exploring some incredible crafts. From leather working to ceramics crafting, watchmaking and glassblowing, there's a chance to see demos, hear talks and get involved in workshops. See website for locations and prices, from 9am

MAKE A MUSICAL: The Showstoppers Fantasy is an improvised musical, created completely by kids — with the help of some West End professionals. Watch as their suggestions evolve into an exciting musical show made right there on the spot at Udderbelly Festival. £10, prebook, 1.30pm

SCANDIMANIA: Forget ABBA and Ikea, this Dulwich Picture Gallery festival celebrates all things Scandi with art, music, cinema, folk culture and market. Today, soak up a Scandinavian Soundaround as Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer introduce you to the music and instruments of Norway and beyond. £12, prebook, 11am/2pm

MAD HATTER'S TEA: Dive down the rabbit hole and into a world where playing with your food is encouraged — creATE invites you to make your own Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea — a taste explosion with unexpected flavours and plenty of hands-on creativity. At Sushi Slim Kitchen. £48.67, prebook, 2pm

STREET FEAST: Grab your napkin and prepared to get stuck in because Street Feast is back at Dalston Yard. Cuisine from every corner of the world and a huge choice of drinks, your Saturday dinner is sorted. Free before 7pm, £3 after, (food and drink prices apply), just turn up, 5pm

IMPROV: The Wunderkammer — unique improv comedy from Do Not Adjust Your Stage — storms the stage at Hens & Chickens, plus guest speakers and a touch of the unexpected. £5.80, prebook, 7.30pm

BROOKS BLUES: She's made over 60 albums and been a major music figure for the last 40 years; blues vocalist Dana Gillespie brings her wealth of talent to Brooks Blues Bar tonight. £12-£14, prebook, 7.30pm

BOAT SHOW COMEDY: Go overboard on the funny with The Boat Show Comedy Club on the Tattersall Castle. This week, bob along to some of the city's funniest comics while moored on the Thames. Laughter ahoy. £16/£12, prebook, 8pm

ATLANTIC SOUL: The scintillating sounds of Atlantic Soul take over Shoreditch Blues Kitchen tonight with The Reelers, bringing their blend of 1950s Rock 'n' Roll to start off your Saturday night. £10, just turn up, 10pm (live music starts)

Sunday 8 May

Jump aboard a carousel today in Bushy Park. (see below) Image: Champnet

HACKNEY HALF: Missing the London Marathon already? Watch Hackney Half Marathon this Sunday. Starting at Hackney Marshes, this flat, fast route careers past east London landmarks and flies through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Free to watch, just turn up, 9am

BE A-MAZED: Get lost at Hampton Court Palace's famous maze. Commissioned in the 1700s, it might just be the most famous maze in the world. See if you can find your way in/out this weekend. Maze tickets: £4.40/£2.80, just turn up, 10am-6pm

SHREK: Key Stage Two teachers can meet Shrek for free this Sunday at Shrek's Adventure on Southbank. Meet some of DreamWorks's best-loved characters and learn what Shrek's been up to — you can even bring a friend. Free, pre register online, 10am-5pm

WOMEN ON THE MARCH: Take a theatrical walking tour this Sunday and discover the history of Women on the March through London, starting at the National Gallery. With actors, teachers and Blue Badge guides — experience the struggles of London women. £13, prebook, 10.30am

COVENT GARDEN MAY FAYRE: The Punch and Judy Fellowship presents the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Show this Sunday. Pop to St Paul's Churchyard for a grand procession, special service plus lots of shows and stalls. Roll up, roll up. Free, just turn up, 11am

V TEA DAY: Celebrate the 71st anniversary of VE Day with some old fashioned tea and cakes at Catford Constitutional Club. Truly Splendid mobile tea rooms present a traditional British afternoon tea in beautiful period surroundings — rousing wartime sing-song optional. Free entry (food and drink charges apply), prebook, 12pm-5pm

CHESTNUT SUNDAY: Bushy Park gets in the spirit of summer this Sunday with an afternoon of activities. Take a ride on a carousel, learn about the area's wildlife, trot off on a pony ride or sing along to the sounds of a big brass band. Free (some ride charges apply), just turn up, 12.30pm

JAZZ AND GIGGLES: Relax into Sunday evening with some jazz at Crouch End's The King's Head. Then rev things up with some Comedy Variety Cabaret from "London's friendliest comedy club". £7, prebook (comedy only), 2.30pm (jazz), 8pm (comedy)

MULTILINGUAL SHAKESPEARE: He's one of our best exports, so how does Shakespeare translate into other languages? The Swiss Stage Bards will use scenes from The Merchant Of Venice and Love's Labours Lost to explore the use of language in Shakespeare's work, at the Anatomy Museum. Free, prebook, 3pm-5pm

£5 YOGA: Bring out your best downward dog with Brixton Yoga. If it's your first class, you pay just a fiver for it at Dogstar — that's your Sunday relaxation sorted. £5 (for first timers, £7 for return visitors), prebook, 7pm

ROOFTOP GOLF: Crazy golf on a London rooftop on a Sunday night — what's not to love about this one? Swing into next week with Tee Time at Birdies' Stratford location. Fore! £8.80, prebook, 8pm