Things To Do This Weekend In London: 7-8 May 2022

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A woman looks at one of Van Gogh's self portraits, mounted on a gallery wall
Last chance to see Van Gogh: Self-Portraits. Photo: Fergus Carmichael.

LAST CHANCE EXHIBITIONS: It's the final weekend for a few big exhibitions — see them before it's too late! They include London: Port City at Museum of London Docklands (free, booking required); Fabergé at V&A (£18, sold out but check for last-minute availability); and Van Gogh at Courtauld Gallery (£18, booking required). All until 8 May.

LGBTQ+ MUSEUM: London's first LGBTQ+ museum throws its doors open in King's Cross, launching with an exhibition called 'Welcome to Queer Britain'. Queer Britain (Granary Square), free (donations welcome), from 5 May

OUR TIME ON EARTH: The Curve at Barbican opens new immersive exhibition Our Time On Earth, looking at how humans fit into the wider ecosystem, and what can be done to tackle climate change. Barbican, £18, book ahead, 5 May-29 August

THE ACT: Notting Hill has just got a brand new bar, The Act. They serve tasty looking cocktails, small Indian plates and — best of all — there'll be live acts performing throughout your visit. Prepare to get up on your feet and start dancing...

Saturday 7 May

A stallholder chats to a customer over a table, with other people browsing at different stalls in the background
Crafty Fox Market is back at Elephant and Castle

MY FAIR LADY: The Lincoln Center Theater's production of My Fair Lady transfers to London for a summer run, inviting you to relive the story of cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle and haughty linguistics professor Henry Higgins, live on stage. London Coliseum, from £20, book ahead, 7 May-27 August

SPITALFIELDS HISTORY: Join lecturer and artist Steven Smith for a walking tour covering the history of the Spitalfields area. It's a locale where many communities new to London have settled in the past, and the walk looks at the traces they left. Bishopsgate Institute, £22, book ahead, 11am-1pm

CRAFTY FOX MARKET: Shop direct from independent artists and makers at the latest Crafty Fox Market. Browse stalls selling ceramics, jewellery, homewares, accessories, art prints, cards and gifts — plus it takes place in a food market, so there's plenty of food and drink to keep you going. Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant & Castle), free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm

A bartender pouring a shot of a clear spirit, with plenty of other bottles on the shelf behind him
Celebrate all things tequila and mezcal

TEQUILA AND MEZCAL FESTIVAL: La Piñata tequila and mezcal festival is in town. It's a celebration of spirits made from the agave plant, as well as Mexican culture — with cocktail masterclasses and street food stands too. Tobacco Dock, from £20, book ahead, 11am-8pm

BREW LDN: More drinks! Beer festival Brew LDN is in its second day of celebrating craft beer and cider, with a side order of tasty food and live music. Sample drinks from a range of breweries — including Electric Bear, Kirkstall, Vocation and Yonder — and get the lowdown directly from the people who make it. Printworks (Rotherhithe), £24, book ahead, 11.30am-midnight

EID IN THE SQUARE: The Muslim festival of Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated in Trafalgar Square to mark the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting. Muslim art, music, culture, literature, history and fashion are all celebrated, alongside food stalls selling dishes from around the Islamic world. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

Crowds of people around Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square, all looking towards a temporary stage
Celebrate Eid in Trafalgar Square

SPRING PROMS: For the Last Night of the Spring Proms, the London Concert Orchestra and soloists perform an afternoon of rousing classics, including Ravel's Boléro, rounded off with a grand finale. Southbank Centre, £17.50-£49.50, book ahead, 2.30pm

UNBURIED LONDON: When the Museum of London moves to its new home in Smithfield, the existing 1970s building on London Wall will be redeveloped. What tales can that building tell? The stories, buildings, archaeology, and people whose lives it has touched are every bit as rich and effusive as the collections within. Join Minimum Labyrinth on a walk that does not go into the Museum itself, but rather around and under it. Museum of London, £9.50-£12.50, book ahead, 3.30pm

CABARET VS CANCER: Comedy, drag, circus and dance acts feature in Cabaret Vs Cancer, a lively show raising money for the charity of the same name. The performance is BSL-interpreted, and the line-up includes burlesque performers Missy Malone and Snatchdragon. Udderbelly Cavendish Square, from £18, book ahead, 7.30pm

THE CANDLELIGHT CLUB: Prohibition-era themed party The Candlelight Club returns with all its usual trimmings; live music 1920s-30s style; cabaret host Champagne Charlie; vinyl records; and plenty of cocktails flowing. Secret central London location, from £25, book ahead, 7pm-midnight

Seven women, each in a different colour t-shirt, smiling and cheering. Three at the back hold up a rainbow Pride flag
The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs at Soho Theatre

MOVIE MUSIC: The best works by composer John Williams are performed by the London Concert Orchestra tonight. The film composer's works include scores for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, ET, Jurassic Park and Superman. Southbank Centre, £17.50-£54.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

LESBIAN AFFAIRS: Musical comedy show The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs tells the fictional story of a lesbian choir attempting to get onto the main stage at Pride, in a bid to unite the disparate lesbian community. It explores themes of love, queerness and belonging, at a time when every high street has a rainbow flag but no lesbian bar. Soho Theatre, from £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

Sunday 8 May

Children sitting on the ground looking up at three different Punch & Judy-style puppet show booths
Head to Covent Garden for the Puppet Festival

NORTHOLT VILLAGE: Join Footprints of London guide Jen Pedler for a walking tour around Northolt village. Climb the artificial mounds of Northala Fields for panoramic views across London, and learn about the history of Northolt village, which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. Northolt station, £12/£9, book ahead, 11am-1pm

GREEN MEET: Fulham Palace celebrates all things green and eco-friendly with its annual Green Meet. There's a green market, a picnic on the lawn, family yoga, children’s food waste workshop, garden tours and a seed swap. Sounds like a rather lovely day out. Fulham Palace, free, suggested £2 donation, book ahead, 11am-4pm

PUPPET FESTIVAL: One of those unique London events we love, the Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival is back. It celebrates the first recorded production of a Mr Punch show, as witnessed by Samuel Pepys in Covent Garden in 1662, and draws puppeteers from all over the country for a procession, church service, shows, stalls and workshops. Covent Garden, free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

A rack of vintage dresses in various pale pink shades. To the right are two mannequins, also dressed in vintage dresses.
Refresh your wardrobe at Frock Me! Vintage Fair

VINTAGE FAIR: Stock up on retro togs at the Frock Me! Vintage Fair, which specialises in high-end vintage fashion, textiles and accessories. Over 60 traders are selling goods, and it's not unusual to see designer labels at this event, so well worth having a good rummage. Chelsea Old Town Hall, £5-£10, book ahead, 11am-5.30pm

PINK JUKEBOX: A Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends, Pink Jukebox is back on Bishopsgate. Start your afternoon with classes for beginners, followed by a social dancing session. Bishopsgate Institute, £10-£14, book ahead, 2pm-7pm

HOUSE OF COMMONS: Thinking On Sunday is a weekly lecture series. Today's topic: what's wrong with the House of Commons? You'd struggle to squeeze the answer into 90 minutes but Hannah White, author of a new book on the topic, is giving it a go, offering a critique of Parliament's shortcomings, and how it should be reformed. Conway Hall (Holborn), £8/£5, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm

A man in a Dende Natuion teaches a group of four people how to play drums
Get the lowdown on Samba Reggae music

DENDÊ NATION: UK-based Samba Reggae band Dendê Nation hosts a workshop, giving the public a chance to play and sing along with popular Afro-Brazilian songs. Learn techniques for certain instruments alongside discovering more about the culture behind the music. Age 12+. Poplar Union, £8/£6, book ahead, 3pm-5pm

NO FRILLS FOLK: Wind down at the end of the weekend with some live folk music, courtesy of the No Frills Folk Club. They like to do things traditionally, gathering around the pub table with their instruments and playing all styles of folk, from Irish to Yiddish to Scandi. And, if you're half decent on an instrument, why not join in. Brixton Windmill, free, just turn up, 7pm

CURIOUS COMEDY: Robyn Perkins hosts Comedy For The Curious, a comedy chat show which features two guest comics watching three stand-up sets all centred around a particular topic. Yhis month, it's a deep dive into the subject of the truth. Online event, £1-£5, book ahead, 8.30pm