Things To Do In London This Weekend: 18-19 February 2017

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Check out Moominland at Southbank Centre this weekend. Copyright Vic Frankowski.

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.

NURSE!: Pamper yourself with Nurse Knows Best. Equipped with flowers, advice and smiles, these nurses will help you to lie back and relax in this interactive performance. Suitable for ages 12+. Wellcome Collection, free, book ahead, 18-19 February

FIRE BREATHER: Keep the little ones busy this weekend with Don't Dribble On The Dragon. A sweet tale about the importance of family and growing up, it's perfect for grown ups and kids alike. Greenwich Theatre, £15/£12.50/£10, book ahead, 18-19 February

BOOZE & BRUNCH: Unwind with bloody marys, bagels and bubbly, courtesy of a bottomless brunch at King's Cross. Two hours of indulgence is just what you need. Drink, Shop & Do, £25, book ahead, 18-19 February

POETRY: Phillip Larkin's work is often associated with loneliness and failure. Artist DJ Roberts provides a different perspective on the poet's work in Larkinworld, which uses works in neon, drawings, and pop culture references. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, Until 30 April [closed Mondays]

HAIR: Explore hairstylist Sam McKnight's work with exhibition 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

SEDUCTION AND CELEBRITY: Get an insight into the life of Emma Hamilton. She was one of the most famous celebrities of her time, best known as the woman who captured the heart of Admiral Horatio Nelson — but she also had a story of her own. National Maritime Museum, from £12.60, book ahead, until 17 April

Saturday 18 February

Take a wander from Whetstone to Colindale on Sunday.

BUSHCRAFTS: Enjoy a morning of storytelling and cooking around a fire. Learn which materials can be used to build a fire, and cook bread over it. Hyde Park, £10, book ahead, 10am-noon

POPUP: Coinciding with his exhibition, Miró and Life in General, a John Baldessari pop-up shop is opening for a limited time at the Marian Goodman Gallery. Get your hands on mugs, posters, t-shirts, totes and more. Marian Goodman Gallery, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm [Tuesday-Saturday, until 25 February]

FILM TIME: Join grumpy Branch and jolly Poppy as they set out on a journey to rescue their friends from the Burgens. Trolls is a sweet film about friendship and happiness. House of Vans, free, just turn up, 10.30am/12.15pm

CANARY WHARF WALK: Canary Wharf wasn't always the glass forest it is today. Go behind the scenes with the London Ambler, and explore the politics, business deals and ups and downs of creating Wall Street on Water. Canary Wharf, £12/£9, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm

HELLO BERMONDSEY: Learn all the ins and outs of Bermondsey with Thameside Tales. Walk through south London's old docks, and encounter the lives of young Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Bermondsey tube station, free (donation suggested), just turn up, 11am-1pm

SHINE BRIGHT: Learn about the beauty of difference and individuality with Bright Sparks, a theatre show for 3-7 year olds. Logical Links and day dreamer Rex must learn to work together and find the balance between their skills and interests. Half Moon Theatre, £7, book ahead, 11am/2pm

HISTORY STROLL: Discover why Victoria Park is such a beloved part of London with local author and commentator Travis Elborough. Find out hidden secrets and history of the area on this guided walk. Victoria Park, free, book ahead, 1pm-3pm

FAMILY CRAFTING: As a part of the Highgate Heritage Fair, Lauderdale House hosts a family workshop. Make your own Tudor ruff, Nell Gwyn and King Charles stick puppets or a Good Luck Chicken — just like the good luck charms bricked on to the Lauderdale House chimney. Lauderdale House, £8.50, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

INDIE NIGHT: Chris Stride from Sheffield's legendary Offbeat club night is behind the decks at this Saturday's How Does It Feel To Be Loved, at The Phoenix near Oxford Circus. Bop the night away to the ilk of Hefner, Beach Boys and Supremes. £6.60, book ahead, 9pm-3am

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Sunday 19 February

Take a tour of the Charles Dickens Museum.

GOSSIP: Go back in time to the days of author Charles Dickens with the Housemaid's Tour. His housemaid will take you on a tour of his family home in Bloomsbury, while candidly revealing the young writer's family's secrets. Charles Dickens Museum, £15/£12/£8, 10.15am/11am/11.45am

VINTAGE FASHION: Get your hands on unique accessories, vintage jewellery, clothes and more at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. 50 traders will be selling their wares at this new location for the fair. Courthouse Hotel, £4 entry, book ahead, 11am-5pm

MS TAYLOR: Join fellow bookworms for a walk along Hampstead Heath, while discussing Elizabeth Taylor's A View of the Harbour. Daunt Books Hampstead, free, just turn up, 11.30am

SPIRAL WALK: Have a stroll up Mill Hill and down Colindale with London Spiral. The guided walk sticks mainly to suburban territory, but expect to see some unusual buildings en-route. Muddy terrain is expected — dress accordingly. Totteridge & Whetstone tube station, free, just turn up, 1pm

FAMILY DAY: Get the little ones into literature at this arts and craft workshop at Keats House. Make a percussion stick and create music inspired by Keats's poetry. Keats House, free, book ahead, 1pm-4pm

FAMILY ORCHESTRA: Children's book Max The Great is being brought to the stage, accompanied by a live score performed by Britten Sinfonia. Follow Max the brave kitten as he searches for a mouse. For ages 3-7. Barbican Centre, £12/£6, book ahead, 2pm/4pm

PHILHARMONIA: Listen to the Philharmonia Orchestra perform the works of Ravel and Ligeti to wind down your weekend. Southbank Centre, from £11, book ahead, 7.30pm

BEOWULF: Get cosy for a fireside reading of Beowulf. For high adventure (without the effort of moving) it's the perfect way to round off the weekend. Tea House Theatre, £5, book ahead, 8pm

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The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

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