Things To Do This Weekend In London: 2-3 March 2024

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A display of colourful orchids around a pond inside a conservatory.
Last chance to see Orchids at Kew. Photo: Tabish Khan

COMIC CON: Dust off your costume and head to Olympia London for London Comic Con Spring, a two-day celebration of film and TV. VIP guests on the line-up this time around include Billie Piper, Ruth Madeley, Alfie Allen, Tom Savini and Michelle Greenidge. 2-3 March

BOOK WEEK: Previously known as Jewish Book Week, Book Week takes over Kings Place in King's Cross for nine days of talks, performances, debates and workshops, starting on Saturday. Topics covered are many and varied, but this weekend they include Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, along with appearances by theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner, and Turkish-British writer Elif Shafak. 2-10 March

ORCHIDS: This is the final weekend of this year's Orchids festival at Kew Gardens. It has a Madagascan theme, with rare plants from the island nation on display in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. It's included in a Kew entry ticket. Until 3 March

HORNIMAN WALRUS: A reminder that the comically-overstuffed taxidermy walrus at the Horniman Museum is going off-show until 2026 as part of the museum's refurbishment works. You can only see it until this Sunday. FREE, until 3 March

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: Cirque du Soleil's latest show, Alegria: In A New Light, closes at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend. It's an update of a Cirque show now marking its 30th anniversary, telling the story of a power struggle between the old order and youth, with typical Cirque flair. Until 3 March

China Moses wearing a black top and gold jewellery
China Moses performs at Classical Vauxhall

CLASSICAL VAUXHALL: A mini festival of classical music, Classical Vauxhall continues through this weekend, taking place at various venues around the area. American singer-songwriter China Moses performs at St Mark's Church on Saturday, and there's a family concert at Edinburgh House in Kennington on Sunday. The festival ends with a capella vocal ensemble Apollo 5 performing at St Mark's Church. 29 February-3 March

COLLECT 2024: Head to Somerset House for Collect 2024, an art fair specialising in contemporary craft and design. Over 400 artists are represented by specialist galleries and dealers, with prices ranging from £500 to £50,000. 29 February-3 March

ROLLING STONES: A new exhibition of photos of the Rolling Stones opens at J/M Gallery in Notting Hill. Elegantly Wasted consists of 27 pictures taken by 'Spanish Tony' (Tony Sanchez, the Stones' photographer friend), and include a black and white shot of Keith Richards sat behind a sound mixing desk, smoking (well of course). FREE, 29 February-5 March

DAVID BOWIE: A free exhibition of photographs of David Bowie is on show, in the beautiful setting of Fitzrovia Chapel. They were snapped by photographer Kevin Davies in a single day in 1992, as Bowie was preparing for the release of his 18th studio album, Black Tie White Noise, and though a few made it into the mainstream press, most of the images were never seen again... until now. FREE, 1-20 March

WOMEN OF THE RNLI: Greenwich's National Maritime Museum opens new exhibition Women of the RNLI, celebrating the bicentenary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. It features 42 photographs taken by Jack Lowe, photographer on the Lifeboat Station Project, each depicting women who volunteer for the RNLI, and is part of London's Women's History Month celebrations. FREE, from 2 March

Saturday 2 March

Four Masterchef finalists and Vivek Singh wearing chef's whites
There's a special supper club at Cinnamon Kitchen

VINTAGE MARKET: Wings World is a vintage clothing company with a focus on sustainability and preventing used clothing from going to landfill. There's a Wings World Vintage Market at Boxpark Wembley today, where you can browse and buy a range of second-hand clothes. 10am-4pm

OPEN GARDEN: Bell House in Dulwich opens its two-acre garden to the public, giving you a chance to explore its Walled Garden, House Garden, and other areas, with tea and coffee available. 11.30am-12.45pm

TEQUILA AND TACO BRUNCH: Devonshire Terrace by Drake & Morgan has launched a new tequila and taco brunch, in collaboration with booze brand Patrón. Tickets include a welcome Paloma cocktail plus a two-course brunch, which consists of a sharing board of cheese, charcuterie, breads and dips, and tacos. 12pm-4pm

SUPPER CLUB: Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Club joins forces with the 2020 MasterChef: The Professionals final four — Santosh Shah, Philli Armitage-Mattin, Bart Van der Lee and winner Alex Webb — for an exclusive supper club. Each chef prepares a signature canape and another dish, all served communally. 12pm/6.30pm

NAVVIES OF PRIMROSE HILL: It's usually regarded as one of London's posher areas, but this walk around Primrose Hill puts hard-working navvies at the centre of the story. Guide Laura Agustin reveals how the area developed in the face of the railway's soot and smoke. You'll follow the canal, climb the famous hill, see railway landmarks as well as the artists' studios and pastel-painted streets made newly famous by the Paddington films. 1pm

BULGARIAN FOLK FEST: The Spring Fest of Bulgarian Folk and Traditions arrives at Edmonton's Millfield Theatre, with singing and dancing groups from all over the world taking part to promote Bulgaria's folklore, while wearing traditional costumes. 4pm

A table laid out with various taco dishes and cocktails
Get stuck into a tequila and taco brunch.

ICE HOCKEY: As the ice hockey season nears its end, catch the Haringey Huskies in action at home at Alexandra Palace, facing off against the Oxford Rising Stars. New to the sport or need a refresher? Take a look at our guide to ice hockey in London. 5pm

IKECHUKWU UFOMADU: Emmy-nominated actor, writer and comedian Ikechukwu Ufomadu performs his current show, Amusements, at Soho Theatre. This run is the first time it's been on in London, and tonight's your last chance to catch it. Expect a "nonsensical evening of comic absurdity". 7.30pm

CHORAL SOCIETY: Battersea Choral Society performs Brahms' Schicksalslied and Cherubini's Requiem in C minor, in a special concert at Holy Trinity Church in Chelsea. The Battersea Ensemble accompanies, conducted by Sam Evans. 7.30pm-9.30pm

FLORA HIBBERD: There's free entry to the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly showcase gig night, which this time around is headlined by London-born, Paris-based folk musician Flora Hibberd. Modern folk-rock band Siblings also perform at the gig, which takes place at The Victoria in Dalston. FREE,8pm

MEAN GIRLS PROM: It may not be Wednesday, but you absolutely can wear pink to the Mean Girls Prom, a themed Club de Fromage event. Dress as your favourite character and dance to songs which feature in the film, as well as the usual mix of pop hits. 10.30pm-3.30am

Sunday 3 March

Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak is on the Book Week programme today. Photo: Zeynel Abidin

LORD OF THE RINGS: Settle in for a lengthy trip to Middle Earth, as the Prince Charles Cinema screens the extended editions of all three films in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, back to back. Factoring in breaks, that's 12+ hours of Frodo, Gollum, Gandalf and co. 10.30am-11pm

FLEA MARKET: 60+ flea and vintage traders take over Big Penny Social for the Walthamstow Flea Market. Furniture, salvaged electricals, homewares and other oddities are among the objects you can expect to find. 11am-5pm

VINTAGE FAIR: Meanwhile, if it's your wardrobe that needs sprucing up, make a beeline for Kensington Town Hall, where Frock Me! Vintage Fair has 100 vintage fashion dealers from across the UK selling their wares, spanning from the Victorian era to more recent designer label pieces. 11am-5.30pm

WHO OWNS THE MOON?: If humanity were to colonise the moon and Mars, is there any guarantee that it would be peaceful? Or is it more likely to result in conflict and wars as different groups from the human race fight for space and dominance in the new territory? That's the topic of discussion at Conway Hall today, with examples from history used to show that it could go either way. 3pm-4.30pm

ARTISTS' TALK: Artists Paloma Bosquê, Holly Hendry and Teresa Solar Abboud — all of whom have work in the current When Forms Come Alive exhibition — chat to Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff. It's a chance to hear about their creative processes, and the themes behind the exhibition. 3.30pm

STAGE DOOR JONNY: Theatre podcast Stage Door Jonny is recorded live in front of an audience at Jermyn Street Theatre. Actor Jonathan Cake hosts, chatting to playwright Jez Butterworth, and Olivier Award-winning actress Laura Donnelly about their careers. 5pm

DANCING SCREAM: Taking place at The Fighting Cocks in Kingston, Dancing Scream is a night of live rock renditions of ABBA songs. Guitars, bass, drums and vocals combine to cover some of the band's greatest hits as you've never heard them before. 5.30pm

MUSIC RECITAL: For a chilled out Sunday evening, take yourself along to Lauderdale House in Highgate for a piano and guitar recital featuring classical music. Lydia Melleck (piano) and Martin Vishnick (guitar) play music specially written for the two instruments spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. 7pm