Things To Do This Weekend In London: 2-3 June 2018

Looks like this article is a bit old. Be aware that information may have changed since it was published.

All weekend

Nine days of community creativity begins in Brockley.

SUMMER FASHION WEEKEND: Grab some style inspiration with a weekend of free fashion shows and live entertainment in Canary Wharf. Then take advantage of discounts on your favourite brands and get kitted out in your new look. Canada Place and Jubilee Place (Canary Wharf), free entry, just turn up, 1-3 June

STOKE NEWINGTON LITERARY FESTIVAL: From Chelsea Clinton to Adam Kay, and dub poetry to ghost walks, there's something for everyone at Stoke Newington's small but perfectly formed literature festival. Having proudly done away with arty pretentiousness, what's left is a genuinely fun book bash with a stellar line up of events. Multiple venues (Stoke Newington), individual events £3-£10/£70 for unlimited access, book ahead, 1-3 June

BROCKLEY MAX: South-east London's biggest community arts festival is ringing in June with a jam-packed schedule of (mostly free) events. This weekend's highlights includes a Paint Jam, and jazzy brunch and a BBQ busk. Multiple venues (Brockley), just turn up, 1-9 June

RUGBY SEVENS: See the penultimate leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the flesh at Twickenham Stadium. The day is themed around the greatest city in the world (London, obvs), with gourmet street food, live music and entertainment alongside the non-stop sevens action. Twickenham Stadium, £30, book ahead, 2-3 June

CHOCOLATE CAKE: Chocolate Cake, a much-loved (and delicious sounding) book by children's author Michael Rosen is brought to life on stage in a new musical. It tells the story of two boys, and some chocolate cake that mysteriously disappears in the night. Artsdepot (Finchley), £10-£12, book ahead, 2-3 June

Saturday 2 June

Get your groceries fresh off the farm at Hoxton Square Market.

KIDS' CREATIVE WORKSHOP: Let your pint-sized Picassos loose at an art class for 4 to 11 year olds. The kids will pick either painting, drawing, paper mache, or collage as their project in a session aimed both at creative exploration and introducing artistic technique. West London Arts Factory (Park Royal), £20, book ahead, 10am-12pm

HOXTON SQUARE MARKET: Meet local farmers and makers at a new celebration of slow living that brings together artisan-produced food, handcrafts, and mindful community activities. Alongside the fresh Kentish veggies, responsibly sourced meat, and raw chocolate, there's a six week ceramics pop up in collaboration with Turning Earth Studios to look forward to. Saint Monica's Roman Catholic Primary School (Hackney), free entry, just turn up 10am-3pm

PARALLEL: Part immersive theatre, part walking tour, Parallel is all about identity and the little things that make up the Big Smoke. Join a tiny team of explorers in a journey of discovery through the City, with some surprises along the way. Meet at Liverpool Street station, £10, book ahead, 11am/3pm

SCI-FI FUN DAY: Could the TARDIS ever actually exist? What about Frankenstein's monster? Discover the science behind your favourite sci-fi classics at The Royal Institution's Family Fun Day, where you can explore strange super powers, have a go at making gold, and find out how to leave planet Earth. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 11am-4pm

BERBER & Q BBQ: Get a taste of the Moroccan souks with dishes served straight from Berber & Q's canalside fire pits. To celebrate the launch of their new cookbook, the North African grill house will be plating up some of its signature dishes alongside glasses of raki and big beats. Berber & Q (Haggerston), 11am-11pm

CAMDEN ROCKS: It's all about to kick off in Camden, which welcomes back its one day music festival this weekend. Alt-rock faves including Maximo Park, PiL, Twin Atlantic, and British Sea Power are just a handful of the acts performing at Camden Rocks, and you get to see them all for under 50 quid. Various venues (Camden), £40, book ahead, noon-11.30pm

WEIRD CREATURES: Get hands-on with some of the specimens in this fantastic zoology museum's collection, which includes giant starfish, flying lizards and thorny devils. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, 1pm-4.30pm

METALHEADZ BOAT PARTY: Drum and Bass fans can set sail on a thumping riverbound bash with DJ Grooverider Ant TC1 and MC Codebreaker. If you find all those breakbeats a bit much before tea time, you can opt for Metalheadz' evening history sessions with DJ Lee and MC Blackeye instead. Lee Festival Pier (Lambeth Pier), £33, book ahead, 1pm-4.30pm/5.30pm-9pm

WREN AND HAWKSMOOR: Admire the baroque beauty of Greenwich on a stroll around the historic Old Royal Naval College with its conservation director, Will Palin. You'll discover a newfound appreciation for two of Britain's finest architects, Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, as innovators ahead of their time. Visitor Centre, Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich), £15, book ahead, 2.30pm-3.30pm

BEETHOVEN BY CANDLELIGHT: Bask in the magic of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata at a candlelit concert courtesy of renowned pianist David Grimwood. The programme also features works by Chopin, Glazunov and the Mendelssohn siblings. St James's Church (Piccadilly), £25-£28, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

SUB ATOMIC SOULS: Though their name might lead you to believe you're heading to a soul show, this music skews more towards blues. Part of Sounds Like London programme. Ain't Nothin But, free before 8.30pm/£5 after, 9.30pm (sponsor)

Sunday 3 June

Make a bespoke bag in which to store your beauty products.

DRAGON BOATS: The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival brings a plethora of dragon boats to London's docks. Watch them race while you enjoy the other entertainment including street food stalls, traditional Chinese lion dancing, martial arts displays, theatre acts, and more. Royal Docks, free entry for spectators, just turn up, from 10am

GOSPEL FITNESS: Give your body and your mind a work out at BeLifted's exercise class set to empowering gospel music. With circuits, high intensity interval training, body combat, and boxercise, they've got routines to fit every fitness fanatic. YMCA GYM (Tottenham Court Road), £12, book ahead, 10am-11am

EPPING FOREST EXHIBITION: Artists Carol Foulger and Katherine Poluck have captured the flora and fauna of Epping Forrest in a range of watercolour, printmaking, and pen and ink works for your viewing pleasure. Take a look, then have a ramble about the woods yourself in pursuit of more creative inspiration. The View (Chingford), free, just turn up, until 1 July

BLOCK TO BAG: Discover the art of lino printing as you create your own bespoke make up bag or pencil case from scratch. All materials are provided and they'll throw in unlimited tea and a slice of cake for an extra fiver. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £30, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm

ZEN GARDEN: Seek inner peace amongst the grey granite and vibrant moss islands of a proper Japanese Zen garden. Don't miss the tea ceremony demo at 3pm. Zen Garden at Japanese Temple (Acton), £3, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

AGE OF WALLS: As Trump's infamous and divisive election promise and the ongoing Shengen Agreement debates in Europe make clear, we're living in a world obsessed with borders. Author Tim Marshall examines the divisions caused by wealth, race, religion and politics at an afternoon talk about life in an age of walls. Conway Hall (Holborn), £8, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm

BJ COLE: The UK's premier pedal steel guitarist is coming to roost at the Chickenshed Theatre with long-time collaborator Joe Papa and Morrissey's former bassist Johnny Bridgewood. See BJ Cole and the gang take the pedal steel guitar way beyond its country roots and into uncharted territory. Chickenshed Theatre (Cockfosters), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

TAKING FLIGHT: Red Dragonfly has been on a nationwide hunt for the best emerging writers from Britain's East, South and South East Asian communities. The result? Three stunning new stories brought to the stage in bite-sized, family friendly theatrical productions. New Diorama Theatre (Regent Street), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm, until 4 June

NORMA WATERSON & ELIZA CARTHY: A duo who between them have three Mercury Prize nominations and are some of the finest exponents of traditional song in the country are performing live tonight. Part of Sounds Like London programme. Union Chapel, £25, 7.30pm-10.30pm (sponsor)

SARAH MUNRO: Rising jazz star Sarah Munro whips out tunes from her debut album, Say Hello To You. Part of Sounds Like London programme. Bush Hall, £16.50, 7.30pm (sponsor)

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets