Things To Do This Weekend In London: 27-28 January 2024

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White snowdrop flowers growing in the wild
Snowdrop season is upon us. Photo: Jack Blueberry via Unsplash

GHOSTS: This is the final weekend of Ghosts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, programmed as part of the theatre's 10th anniversary season. The play, by Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen, caused scandal when it premiered nearly 150 years ago. Until 28 January

DECORATIVE FAIR: The Winter edition of The Decorative Fair takes place in Battersea Park, with decorative and fine antiques and 20th century design, furniture, lighting and mirrors, traditional textiles and a wide variety of art all available to browse and buy. 23-28 January

BRITISH INDIA: As part of its current Indian Army at the Palace exhibition, Hampton Court Palace offers a virtual reality experience about the 1947 partition of British India. The docu-drama style experience features two men, one an Indian Hindu who migrated from Pakistan to India, and the other a Pakistani Muslim who made the opposite journey, sharing their experiences as they play a board game together. 24-28 January

BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH: Help the RSPB keep an eye on the numbers of wild birds in London by taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. If you're lucky enough to have a garden or outside space, spend an hour counting and recording the numbers and types of birds that visit it, then report back to the RPSB. The charity uses the data to spot any patterns, anomalies, or any species that may be in danger. FREE, 26-28 January

FROST FAIR: The historic frost fairs of London past are brought back to life with Bankside's Frost Fair, a three-day event imitating the days when the Thames used to freeze over. It (hopefully) won't be that chilly this time around, but head to Bankside for traditional games, music and dance, artisan stalls, art and craft workshops, and even a life-sized elephant — as well as Frost Fair-themed food and drink. 26-28 January

THE NUTCRACKER: If you didn't manage to catch one of the many renditions of The Nutcracker in London over Christmas, there's another chance. The Little London Ballet put on a production of the classic show, featuring dancers aged 3-18, at Artsdepot. 27-28 January

ITALIAN DOCS: Bertha DocHouse in Bloomsbury plays a trio of Italian documentaries this weekend. Pure Unknown is about the identities of the nameless bodies which end up in an autopsy room, After Work looks at what could happen when the majority of today's job roles disappear in a few decades, and The March on Rome is about the rise of fascism in 1930s Italy. 27-28 January

The exterior of Alexandra Palace
Never seen inside the Alexandra Palace Theatre? Here's your chance. Photo: Matt Brown

THEATRE TOURS: London's 'oldest new theatre' is opening its doors for tours. Join a guide for a tour of the Alexandra Palace Theatre, which opened in 1875, but closed in 1935 and was left to decay, until a restoration programme saw it reopened for performances in 2018. Age 14+. Until 31 January

BATTERSEA LIGHT FESTIVAL: For the second year running, a light festival comes to the area surrounding Battersea Power Station, with glowing artworks in situ for a whole month. The seven installations include a giant diamond, illuminated butterflies, a playable light piano and a cycling light battle. Keep an eye out for free live entertainment and music performances as you wander round. FREE, 25 January-25 February

CUTE: The world of cute culture comes under the microscope in new Somerset House exhibition, Cute, which is curated in partnership with Sanrio to celebrate Hello Kitty's 50th anniversary. Music, fashion, toys, video games and social media all feature, along with new artist commissions, looking at how plushie toys, doe-eyed animals and the like have gained so much traction. 25 January-14 April

SNOWDROPS: 26 January is the average date of the first snowdrop flowering in England. Keen to get out and see the white shoots breaking through the winter ground this year? Have a read of our guide to when and where to see snowdrops in London, including a snowdrop sale taking place this Saturday (details below)

Saturday 27 January

Last chance to see Winter Lights

TUBE SKETCHES: Head to Barbican Library to see Martin Church's tube paintings — a display of more than 100 paintings and mixed-media works of people going about their business, all captured on the Metropolitan line. The exhibition closes on Monday. FREE, 9.30am-4pm today

SNOWDROP SALE: A highlight of snowdrop season in London every year, the Ultimate Snowdrop Sale at Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield is a chance to buy your own snowdrop bulbs. Local nurseries and garden centres sell their wares, including some rare and unusual varieties. 10.30am-12pm

FAMILY FILM CLUB: This week's Family Film Club at Barbican Cinema offers a special preview of Dutch stop-motion film Oink!, which isn't due to be released in the UK until later this year. It's about a nine-year-old girl whose long-lost grandfather gives her a piglet, but she discovers that he may have an ulterior motive. It's in Dutch with English subtitles, and there's a workshop before the film too. 11am

LINO PRINTING: Take a plain item of clothing or tote bag from your wardrobe along to Poplar Union and jazz it up at a lino printing class. Plan, carve and print your own lino design over the course of the session, under the guidance of textiles artist Jasmine Karis. 1pm-3.30pm

MOCKTAIL MIXOLOGY: Jack Sotti from Channel 4's Sunday Brunch leads a mocktail mixology masterclass at restaurant and cocktail bar Ester in Camden Market. Learn how to balance flavours, and master techniques such as shaking, stirring and garnishing to create your own alcohol-free drink. 1pm/3pm/5pm/7pm

STARRY NIGHT: Wyland Tondelier's Van Gogh vs Monet inspired mash up artwork, Starry Night Over Haystacks, is the inspiration for today's Pop-Up Painting session at London Art Bar. Have a go at creating your own version of the piece — all art supplies are provided, and a professional artist is on hand to offer tips and guidance. 3.30pm-6pm

WINTER LIGHTS: Tonight's your final chance to visit this year's Canary Wharf Winter Lights, a free trail of illuminated artworks dotted among the skyscrapers. There are 13 temporary installations to hunt down. Take a look at our guide to eating and drinking in Canary Wharf, and make a night of it. FREE, 5pm-10pm

A pink table with colourful buttons, thread and an embroidery hoop
Chill out at a mindful crafting event on Sunday

OCEAN WATCH: The world premiere screening of ocean footage film Ocean Watch takes place at the Royal Institution. The footage was recorded on the Schmidt Ocean Institute's state-of-the-art research vessel, R/V Falkor, which has an underwater robot capable of diving to depths of 4,500 metres. See underwater ecosystems, never before seen by human eyes, including newly-discovered species, all of which offer more information about what lies below the water. 7pm-8pm

AUSTRALIA DAY PARTY: The Troxy hosts the Aus Day London Expat Party, an Australia Day celebration for anyone from Down Under who's missing home. Sup Aussie beers, eat Aussie snacks, and dance to Australian music from the likes of Beth Caldow, Jimmy Mac, KatsNotDogs, Mike Gill and Wonder of Down Under until the small hours. 7pm-2am

SHOOT FROM THE HIP: Chaotic comedy improv troupe Shoot From The Hip pitch up at The Pleasance in Islington for a completely unplanned evening of games, chaotic scenes and laughs. 7.30pm

WIZARD OF OZ: We're off to see the wizard at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, where Ballet Theatre UK puts on a production of the Wizard of Oz. It's a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the much-loved story, set to a classical score, and featuring the whole gang: Dorothy, Toto, the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion. 7.30pm

COCKROACH: Set in the 1980s, Cockroach is described as 'an eccentric drag king comedy', starring three average blokes, Barry, Brian and Bean. Expect '80s karaoke, themes of pity and loneliness... and the occasional emu, apparently. See it at Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice. 7.30pm

STRICTLY BANGERS: On the last Saturday of each month, the Queen of Hoxton hosts Strictly Bangers, a night of floor fillers, sing alongs and club classics spread across two floors of the venue. 8pm

Sunday 28 January

People riding horses down The Mall in Civil War era costumes
Look out for a Civil War procession in central London on Sunday.

CLASSICAL COFFEE MORNING: Start your Sunday in a civilised matter, at a Classical Coffee Morning in the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room. Tuck into a hot drink and a pastry as you enjoy a classical music performance — this time round, the Flutes and Frets Duo from the Royal College of Music perform pieces spanning the past 500 years. 10am

KOMBUCHA FESTIVAL: Curious about kombucha? Can't get enough of the fermented drink? Either way, go to Ester in Camden Market for Camden Kombucha Festival. Try kombucha by 10 different UK brewers in a tasting session, and stock up on your favourite to take home with you. 10am-4pm

ANTIQUES FAIR: The Adams Antiques Fair rolls back into the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster with over 120 exhibitors selling antique jewellery, silver, decorative pieces and collectables. The event was first established in the 1970s, so it's fair to say they know what they're doing. 10am-4.30pm

CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT: A royalist branch of the English Civil War Society commemorates what they call "His Majestie's horrid murder" every year. Dozens of volunteers in royalist costumes, with mounted troops and weapons, recreate his final short final journey from St James's Palace to the execution scaffolding at Banqueting House on Whitehall, before retracing the route back to St James's Palace. FREE, 11am

KIDS' COMEDY: Take the whole family along to Artsdepot in North Finchley for Comedy Club 4 Kids — it's just like a regular comedy show, but with the jokes toned down to be suitable for the younger generation. Recommended age 6+. 12pm/2.30pm

Anna Haugh dressed in chef's whites
Anna Haugh takes the reins at Kanishka

ART SUNDAYS: Once a month, Dulwich Picture Gallery holds its family-friendly Art Sundays, aimed at 7-12 year olds. Experiment with colour and make different artworks inspired by the Rubens & Women exhibition — which ends today. FREE, 1pm/2pm/3pm

FORGOTTEN WOMEN: How do we know how poor women lived in the Middle Ages when historians have mostly ignored them? Answer: take this Southwark walk. Guide Laura Agustin will recount six women who lived and worked near the Thames in Southwark in the 14th century: scullery maid, victualler, laundress, alewife, sex worker, huckster. 1pm

MINDFUL CRAFTERNOONS: Finish your week with a mindful crafting session for adults. Londonist contributor Momtaz Begum-Hossain leads a creative workshop, encouraging you to forget the stresses of life for a while as you focus on a craft project. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary — you could be working on anything from painting and collage to mindful sewing and embroidery. FREE (donations to CALM suicide prevention charity), 4pm-6pm

SUPPER CLUB: Mayfair-based Indian restaurant Kanishka lets Head Chef and owner of Myrtle restaurant, Anna Haugh, take over the kitchen for the latest in its Sunday Supper Club series. Taking inspiration from old Irish recipes, she serves up a six-course meal including cheese mousse with mushrooms and Jerusalem artichoke, smoked salmon, and buttermilk panna cotta topped with Flahavan's oats and poached rhubarb. 6pm