Things To Do In London This Weekend: 11-12 February 2017

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MinaLima's Harry Potter exhibition has been extended.

HALF TERM: Not sure how to keep the kids entertained for half term? Check out our top half term events here — we've got craft days, museum activities, theatre shows and more covered.

JOURNEY TO THE MOON: Watch two hippos take part in the ultimate race — to the moon. Family-friendly theatre show The First Hippo on the Moon features enchanting music and puppetry. Artsdepot, £12/£10/£8, book ahead, until 12 February

PHOTOGRAPHY: It's your last chance to get lost in a winter wonderland with Jessops #WINter photography exhibition. Admire a selection of images capturing the beauty of winter. Art Bermondsey Project Space, free, book ahead, until 12 February

OPEN PLAN: Enjoy the last weekend of the immersive Open Plan exhibition. Discover works by modern artists that use painting and sculpture to explore space and architecture. House of Vans, free, just turn up, until 12 February

RUN WILD: Channel your inner child with the Imagine Children's Festival. Events include author talks, performances of favourites such as The Gruffalo, and a pedal-powered screening of The Little Mermaid. Southbank Centre, various prices, until 19 February

BANISHANTA: Banishanta: A World of Sinners is an exhibition exploring a state-licensed brothel on a tiny island in Bangladesh. Award-winning photographer Shahadat Hossain tells the stories of the 150 women and girls that work there. Rich Mix, free, just turn up, until 26 February

HAIR: Explore the infamous Sam McKnight's work with Hair, a celebration of his remarkable 40 year career. From Diana's short-do, to Madonna's Bedtime Stories album cover and Tilda Swinton's Bowie-esque style, McKnight has created some of the most iconic images in pop culture. Somerset House, £13/£10.50, book ahead, until 12 March

THE LONDONERS: Whether it's wrestling, waitressing or politics, London has become a hub for job seekers. Explore 400 years of London living with The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, an exhibition covering the period 1447-1980. London Metropolitan Archives, free, just turn up, until 4 July

CROSSRAIL: The Crossrail project has given archaeologists the chance to explore London's most historical sites. See the archaeological discoveries of the project as they are put on display. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, until 3 September

HARRY POTTER: This free Harry Potter exhibition was due to close last weekend but, surprise surprise, it was popular, so it remains open. There's graphic artwork from the films, including designs for the newspapers used as props, and Hogwarts textbooks. MinaLima store, free entry, just turn up, noon-7pm daily

Saturday 11 February

Go behind the scenes at Southbank Centre on Saturday.

ABBEY FAMILIES: Learn about the history of Westminster Abbey, find out about coronations and make your own crown at the Abbey's family day. It's aimed at children aged 3+ and their families. Westminster Abbey, included in Abbey admission, book ahead, 10am-1.30pm

FOOD MARKET: Not sorted Valentine's gifts yet? A Valentine's themed food market is coming to Chelsea. Oysters, pink doughnuts and heart-shaped macarons are just some of the items on offer. Duke of York Square, free entry, just turn up, 10am-4pm

HOUSE HUNTING: Retrace the historical landscape of Marylebone and Mayfair on this guided walk. From workhouses to lost mansions, you'll see into all walks of life. St Marylebone Parish Church, £12/£9, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm

RECORDS AND BOOK: Get your hands on records, books and zines at this fair in South Bermondsey. Independent sellers will be flogging their wares, and there's a cafe if it all gets too much. DIY Space for London, free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm

MISCHIEF AND WOLVES: Start the weekend with a performance of Peter and the Wolf. Join Peter and his animal friends in this Prokofiev classic. After, join in a workshop and learn how to make your own puppets. Age 4+. Lauderdale House, £8.50/£6.50, book ahead, 11.30am

CHINESE NEW YEAR: The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is celebrating Chinese New Year with an afternoon of music and dance performances, plus costume and mask making workshops. Museum of Childhood, free, just turn up, 11.30am-4.30pm

ROOF GARDEN: To celebrate the Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Museum of London Docklands hosts a family workshop where children can plant their own 'mini blossoming station' with real seeds. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, noon/2.30pm

MASTER: This new adaptation of Mary Shelley's ground-breaking Frankenstein merges theatricality, ensemble storytelling and live music for a thrilling stage show. Follow Victor Frankenstein and the Creature for this tale of life and death. Greenwich Theatre, £20/£15, book ahead, 2.30pm/7.30pm

STRAND HISTORY: Discover the oddities of the Strand as you make your way along the former beach on this walking tour. See where an elephant was executed, notice sculptures you may not have seen before and finish up with a drink in close company with Dracula. Covent Garden Station, £15, book ahead, 11am-1pm

INFINITE WEALTH: According to legend, if you see all seven noses of Soho, you will find yourself with infinite wealth — sounds like it's worth a try to us. On this special walk through Soho, learn about the myths behind the noses and their construction, as you walk in the footsteps of the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Mozart. Covent Garden station, £15, book ahead, 3pm-5pm

BEHIND THE SCENES: Take a behind the scenes tour of Southbank Centre and get a feel for its history, hearing stories about its royal patronage, and the time Eurovision was held there. Southbank Centre, £8.50/£7.50, book in advance, 6pm

VAMPIRE INTERVIEW: Spend Saturday night with Louis (Brad Pitt) as he recounts his life to biographer Christian Slater in Interview with a Vampire. A cult classic, the film follows Pitt's character through the ups and downs of being undead. See if you can spot a young Kirsten Dunst. Prince Charles Cinema, £10/£7.50, book ahead, 8.45pm

Sunday 12 February

Watch Breakfast at Tiffany's at Gate Picturehouse.

CINEMA AFTERNOON: Watch a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn. Follow happy-go-lucky Holly Golightly as she develops a fragile relationship with her new neighbour, writer Paul Varjak in this stone cold classic. Gate Picturehouse, £13.50/£12.50/£6.50, book ahead, noon

INDEPENDENT: Celebrate the independent spirits and voices of Willesden Green on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy music, food and drink with this family-friendly twist on the ancient wassail festival. Willesden Green tube station, free, just turn up, 2.30pm

SING!: Keep the little ones busy with Sing With Patty, a session for children under five years old. Patty will teach children songs with hand movements, instruments and chime bars. Lauderdale House, free, just turn up, 2.30pm-3pm

ROCK'N'ROLL BARBIE: Enjoy meaty food and and an evening of live music from rock 'n' roll, beat and grunge bands. Rock 'n' Roll Barbie is the place to be. Red's True Barbecue Shoreditch, £3 entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

BLUES MUSIC: The Book Club's monthly blues club takes place in Shoreditch. Take a blues dance lesson or just kick back and enjoy the live music. The Book Club, £8, 7pm-11.30pm

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

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

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets

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

Paint Ceramics and Bring Your Own Prosecco!


If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations.  Get tickets