Things To Do In London This Weekend: 22-23 October 2016

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Layla's Room is part of What's Happening For The Young at Southbank Centre

JAZZ AND BLUES: Nells Jazz & Blues in West Kensington hosts a week-long celebration of Irish music, with performances all day at the weekend. From £22, book in advance, 17-24 October

SOUTHBANK FESTIVAL: Southbank Centre explores how under-18s can understand and influence the world at Why? What's Happening for the Young?. There's a talk by Olivia Coleman, dance workshop, youth concert and a gallery featuring striking photos of Britain's young carers. Free, some events require booking, 19-23 October

BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL: Bloomsbury Festival takes place at venues around the area, with events on the theme of language, including workshops, performances, talks and more. See full programme for details. 19-23 October

MADE LONDON: Craft and design fair Made London pops up in Marylebone this weekend, with over 120 designers exhibiting items including ceramics, glass, textiles and more. £10, book in advance, 20-23 October

MONEY AND POWER: Striking images from 16 specially chosen photographers on the theme of Money and Power are on display at Guildhall Art Gallery. Free, just turn up, 21 October-6 December

YOGA SHOW: Relax your mind, body and soul at the OM Yoga Show at Alexandra Palace. Take classes from top yoga instructors (some cost extra), and browse 200 stalls to see the best of what the yoga world has to offer. £10-£18, book in advance 21-23 October

DANCE AROUND THE WORLD: Dance Around The World is a celebration of traditional dance from a range of cultures, taking place at Cecil Sharp House in Camden, with performances, workshops and more. £10-£30, book in advance, 22-23 October

FOUNDLING MUSEUM: Get free entry to the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury this weekend and discover the history of the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery. Free, just turn up, 22-23 October

VEGAN FEST:  There are over 250 vegan-focused events at VegfestUK, including a kids' cookery class, a vegan bodybuilding competition and an animal rights' workshop. £12/£15, book in advance, 22-23 October

Saturday 22 October

See live music at All You Read Is Love

CHARITY RUN: Raise money for The National Osteoporsis Society with a five or ten kilometre run around Hyde Park. £20 (sign up by 21 October), book in advance 9.15am

RICHMOND PARK: Join the RSPB for a morning stroll in Richmond Park, and look for winter thrushes and other resident bird species. It might get muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. £1 donation, just turn up, 10am

NETTLE CRAFT: Head to Hyde Park to take part in a workshop where you'll learn how to make your own string from nettles, including harvesting nettles safely. £10, book in advance, 10am-noon

EDIBLE WALK: Take part in an inner city foraging adventure, beginning at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, to discover how the streets of London are a haven for ingredients. The walk is led by John Rensten, author of The Edible City. £3, book in advance, noon

HEALTHY MAKEUP: Maria Stone's practical workshop in Maida Vale will show you how to restock your make-up bag using natural products, and how to achieve a zero waste lifestyle. £5, book in advance, noon-1.30pm

ARCHITECTURE WALK: Discover the extremes of London's architecture — wander over the cobblestones of St Paul's to the modern commercial buildings of Newgate to the listed, retro-fitted publishing buildings of Fleet Street. £18, book in advance 2pm-4pm

OXJAM ISLINGTON: Oxjam Islington celebrates its 10th anniversary with a music festival held in 10 venues around Upper Street and Essex Road. More than 10o bands will be performing. £10, book in advance, 2pm-4am

PUNK FESTIVAL: Celebrate 40 years since Croydon band The Damned released their first punk single in their home town. See new artworks, and free live performances from LaFlamme, Matilda's Scoundrel and St Evel in St George's Walk. More information on Facebook. 4pm-11.30pm

BUTCHER'S FEAST: Bring up to ten of your friends for a meat feast at Flat Iron in Covent Garden that showcases the rare and traditional cattle from the restaurant's North Yorkshire farm. £40, book in advance, 6.30pm-9.30pm

RAW MOROCCAN DINNER: Head to Kontiki Studios in Haggerston to tuck into a five-course vegan Moroccan meal made by renowned raw chef Kate Magic. £35, book in advance, 7pm

BOOKSHOP MUSIC GIG: Local Walthamstow singers Steven James Adams and Darren Hayman are playing a small, intimate gig at All You Read Is Love in Leytonstone. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm


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Sunday 23 October

Get involved in pumpkin carving at Drink Shop Do

PUMPKIN CARVING: If you're already in the mood for Halloween, head to Drink Shop Do's pumpkin brunch (for adults) in King's Cross. Tuck into Bloody Marys and bagels while you carve a pumpkin. £25, book in advance, from 10.30am

EXPERIMENTAL CHOCOLATE CLUB: Unleash your inner chocoholic by learning how to taste chocolate properly and creating your own autumn-inspired chocolate treats at Meredith's class near Barbican. £45, book in advance, 11am

JAZZ CONCERT: NYJO Jazz Jam are performing with a surprise guest at Foyles Charing Cross Road. Free, book in advance, noon

HARVEST FESTIVAL: There's a Corn Queene effigy, an apple tasting and a specially adapted Robin Hood play at harvest celebration, October Plenty. Why not join the crowd and follow the procession from Bankside to Borough Market? Free, just turn up, from noon

ART DISCUSSION: Londonist's visual arts editor Tabish Khan discusses urban installation Plinth with artist Jacques Nimki who has created an indoor meadow. The talk itself will take place on the meadow. £5 deposit (refunded), book in advance, 4pm

REHEARSED READING: Give your feedback on award-winning Dan Corrigan's Once Was Home at a rehearsed reading and feedback event at SLAM King's Cross. £5, book in advance, 7pm


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