Things To Do In London This Weekend: 15-16 October 2016

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This weekend's Things To Do is sponsored by The Chocolate Show.

Gripping photos of Kenyan slums and their inhabitants are on display at OXO Tower.

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FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Let's All Be Free Festival screens fiction, documentary and feature films from all around the world at five Shoreditch venues. Panel discussions, a poetry evening and a bagel brunch also feature. £7.50-25, book in advance, 12-16 October

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: Striking images of 10 girls living in poverty in urban Nairobi and rural Mashuru, and the struggles they face, are on display at OXO Tower. Free, just turn up, 12-16 October

OKTOBEERFEST: There will be live synth pop, acid house and post punk music at Wild Card Brewery's Bavarian-inspired beer festival. Choose from over 30 beers to taste, including a specially brewed raspberry wheat beer. Free entry, just turn up, 14-16 October

CHOCOLATE SHOW: Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Show London. Mingle with chocolate royalty, watch a fashion show of clothes made from chocolate, and pick up skills in the Chocolate Theatre. £12.50-£15, book in advance, 14-16 October

INDIA FASHION SHOW: See exquisite garments and spice up your wardrobe with clothes from designers including Satya Paul at India Fashion Week at ExCel London. £10, book in advance, 15-16 October

WORLD'S LONGEST LANDSCAPE: Join renowned illustrators at Dulwich Picture Gallery to get involved in creating the world's longest landscape. Ticket includes standard gallery entry fee. £8, book in advance, 15-16 October

Saturday 15 October

Learn about the restoration of Spencer House

CRIME FICTION DAY: Martina Cole, Kate Colquhoun and Tammy Cohen are among the authors at Killer Women Crime Writing Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall. There are writing workshops, screenings and even a murder mystery to be solved. £75, book in advance, 10am-8pm

WOOD WIZARDRY: Head to Carpenters' Hall near Liverpool Street for the quadrennial Wizardry in Wood and see live demonstrations of wood turning. Over 70 craftsmen will be exhibiting their wares. £10, book in advance, 10am-3pm

CRAFTSMEN DAY: Meet the craftsmen who restored Spencer House in Mayfair by producing glass chandeliers and recreating the trompe l'oeil effect on the staircase balustrade. £14, book in advance, 10.30am-5.30pm

SOUTHBANK SINFONIA: 33 young musicians play music by the likes of Haydn and Mendelssohn, accompanied by dramatic light effects, for a family concert at Chelsea's Cadogan Hall. It's aimed at children aged 5-11 and their families. £10, book in advance, 11am

KIDS' SAFETY: Teach your children how to stay safe online with a puppet show at Half Moon Theatre in Limehouse. £7, book in advance, 11am/2pm

COFFEEHOUSE TOUR: Take a whirlwind tour of London's most intriguing coffeehouses, starting near Bank, and sample shots of 17th century style coffee, imported from Yemen. The tour is led by historian and Londonist contributor Dr Matthew Green. £14, book in advance, 11.30am-1pm

SCULPTURE WALK: Visit 16 sculptures from artists including Sir Anthony Caro and Sarah Lucas, and discover the stories behind the pieces on a guided walk around the city, starting at Liverpool Street. £7, book in advance, 2pm

DANCE INSTALLATION: It doesn't matter if you have two left feet — dance however you like at The Secret Slowness of Movement, Laura Dannequin's installation with an ever-changing light and soundscape. Takes place at the David Roberts Art Foundation in Camden. Free, just turn up, 2-6pm

ROADS TO REFUGE: Head to The White Building in Stratford for an evening of panel discussions, films, live music and spoken word exploring the refugee crisis. Free, book in advance, 6pm

LIVE MUSIC: All You Read Is Love, an independent bookshop in Leytonstone, hosts an intimate gig by French singer Freschard. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

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The Chocolate Show, London's ultimate celebration of all things cocoa-related, is coming to Olympia 14-16 October. From truffles to bars, cakes to patisserie, plenty of free tastings will be on offer, as well as demos by celebrity chefs and hands-on 'bean to bar' workshops by Hotel Chocolat. Industry icons such as Eric Lanlard and Edd Kimber will be concocting chocolate-inspired creations, and an exclusive Afternoon Tea, featuring scones with salted caramel, is just one of the show's temptations. The highlight, no doubt, will be the world-famous Chocolate Fashion Show taking place daily at 5pm, showcasing outfits made from, and inspired by, the star of the show: chocolate.

The Chocolate Show is at National Hall, Olympia, Friday 14 October 11-7pm, Saturday 15 October 10-7pm, Sunday 16 October 10-6pm. Tickets £15 on the door or £12.50 if purchased in advance. For more information, and to book tickets head to

Sunday 16 October

Diwali Festival returns to Trafalgar Square.

IMMERSIVE FOOD EXHIBITION: The Spirit of Surplus at Clapton Tram Depot explores the wastage of food and how we can tackle this. Tickets include a table at the Surplus Kitchen. All proceeds go towards tackling child food poverty. £13.50, book in advance, 10am-2pm

NORDIC LONDON: Visit the Norwegian and Finnish churches of Rotherhithe, learn about the Nordic communities of London, and lunch with a traditional Norwegian buffet on a Nordic tour of London. The event marks Norwegian Thanksgiving, which was on 9 October. £30, book in advance, 10.30am

PUNCH CARTOON TOUR: Get an insight into the life of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne through a guided tour of his Kensington home. £10, book in advance, 11am

LETTERPRESS PRINTING: From mixing inks to typing with wood, discover the entire process of letterpress printing at London Centre for Book Arts. £85, book in advance, 11am-6pm

FAMILY PUPPET FUN: Take the kids to Keats House where they can make finger puppets to help act out some beastly monster tales. Free, just turn up, 1-4pm

DIWALI FESTIVAL: Try bollywood dancing, make a Diwali lamp and watch performances at the Diwali Festival in Trafalgar Square. There's an Indian street food market too. Free, just turn up, 1-7pm

SENSORY WORKSHOP: Coffee expert Régine will show you how to use your senses to properly appreciate your food and drink in a three hour class in Walthamstow. £20, book in advance, 2pm

ITALIAN COOKERY: Cook up a storm at an Italian quiche cookery class in West London. £35, book in advance, 3pm

CITY OF LONDON: Find out about London's monetary history and why the Queen needs permission to enter the Square Mile on a free tour around the City of London. Free, book in advance, 3pm-5pm