Things To Do This Weekend In London: 7-8 April 2018

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The three-day games festival returns as part of the city-wide London Games Festival, with a host of hands-on activities for all ages.

BIRTHDAY WEEKENDER: Hoxton's Number 177 is turning one and to celebrate the Berlin-inspired venue is hosting a two day birthday bash. Friday is dedicated to women who have had enough, with short film screenings, jazz guitar and fierce female DJs. On Saturday, there's a free music marathon, with London's freshest bands playing late into the wee hours. Number 177 (Hoxton), Friday £3/Saturday free, just turn up, 6-7 April

COLLIDE: It's all about the youth at this two day festival of music, art and fashion, where you can discover London's upcoming designers, musicians and street artists. Royal Albert Hall, £9.16/£14.24, book ahead, 7.30pm, 6-7 April

YOUNG PLEASANCE EASTER WORKSHOP: Aspiring actors can join this weekend workshop, to brush up on physical theatre techniques and writing tips from those in the industry. Best of all the whole weekend is free. Pleasance Theatre, Islington, free, book ahead, 10am-4pm, 7-8 April

NOW PLAY THIS: Planning a weekend glued to your X-box? Swap the sofa for this three day gaming festival, showcasing the wackiest experimental game designs from around the globe, from the 1990s to the present day. Somerset House, £8 per day, book ahead, 6-8 April

LADIES' PARADISE: Where better to host an exhibition of women artists than in a health and lifestyle club only for women? Four artists explore the female form and femininity through curvaceous vases, paintings, sewn textiles and drawings, all displayed in a stunning gallery space. Grace Belgravia, free, just turn up, until 8 April

Saturday 7 April

Expect local crafts and street food, live music and talks curated by Grace Dent at Deptford Bites.

STREET WISDOM: Three hours of walking, wandering and problem solving await anyone curious about the urban environment. Forget nine grand fees, the streets are your university now. South Bank, free, book ahead, 10am-1pm

DEPTFORD BITES: Next stop on your London foodie tour has to be this new market south of the river. With restaurant critic Grace Dent involved (she'll be curating talks on the rise of veganism and the changing face of Deptford), the food is bound to be up to scratch. We're sure she'll be having words otherwise. Deptford Yard Market, free entry, just turn up, 10am-3pm

CRAFTY FOX MARKET: Green up your gaff by joining a leather plant holder workshop, or browse brightly coloured ceramics, funky prints and unique homewares you won't find in IKEA. Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle, free/£25 workshop, just turn up, 11am-5pm

BANDSTAND BUSKING: Wander over to Islington's Northampton Square and watch two incredibly acoustic acts breath new life into its bandstand. This season, bandstand busking are welcoming Benin City's very own Joshua Idehen, who will be performing a very special poetry set, and infectious indie rockers Night Flowers. Northampton Square (Islington), free, just turn up, 1pm-3pm

JABBERWOCKY: Have a frabious day with this must-see musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic nonsense ballad The Jabberwocky. Youth Music Theatre bring you the story of Flora and Jess, The Other Palace, from £10, book ahead, 2pm, until 14 April

THE FLAIR SHARE: All female puppetry company Pigment Theatre put on a show like no other in the intimate setting of a private home. Devour exquisite Italian canapes and sip prosecco as you take in the satirical comedy Gerald Huber & His Office. Kilburn Park, £25, book ahead, 7.30pm

Sunday 8 April

Frock Me is a vintage fashion fair with a huge cult following.

EXPLORE THE URBAN FOREST: Get to know London's street trees on this blossom-filled jaunt around Crouch End, led by the aptly named Paul Wood. Hornsey Town Hall, £18, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm

JEWELLERY MAKING: Learn wrapping, knotting, and beading to make stylish bespoke jewellery you can take home with you. The workshop is open to complete beginners, and there's a bar onsite for you to toast to your new creations. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £30, book ahead, 10.30am-1pm

FROCK ME VINTAGE FAIR: If you're looking for 1920s flapper dresses, costume jewellery and one-off vintage pieces, head to this vintage fair. Kensington Town Hall, free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

HAMPSTEAD'S PIONEERS OF MODERN ART: In the early 20th century, leafy Hampstead was home to the era's most exciting artists, from Stanley Spencer to Barbara Hepworth. Follow in their footsteps on this arty walk. Hampstead station, £12, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm

OUTER EDGE WALK: Give yourself a breather from the built up London you know and enjoy this lovely loop around the outskirts. Elstree and Borehamwood station, Hertfordshire, free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

EDINBURGH PREVIEWS: Comedians Eleanor Morton and Joe Sutherland are releasing their Edinburgh Fringe shows into the wild today. Expect freestyle rap, a potentially murderous alter ego, and more. Show your support or give your (constructive) feedback. The Albany, pay-what-you-want, just turn up, 2pm-3pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: The ever-engaging storytellers behind the Crick Crack Club are bringing to life the stories of Robin Hood and other English radicals through song and performance. British Museum, £8/£6, book ahead, 2.30pm-5pm

SURREALI-TEA: Dali devotees, this one's for you. Join Paint Jam at an arty tea party complete with a DJ spinning tunes, a pop up bar, and a painting workshop on the theme of Surrealism. The location is a closely guarded secret, so you'll have to book to get the deets. Secret venue, from £15.12, book ahead, 2.30pm-5.30pm

FERIA DE LONDRES: Feria de Abril in Pimlico with an evening of festivities to celebrate Spring. You'll find plenty of paella, a flamenco costume competition and live music for you to dance the day away. Baile! Church Hall of the Holy Apostles (Pimlico), from £12, book ahead, 4pm-7pm

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The British Museum Tour - Ideas That Made Our World


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