Things To Do This Weekend In London: 9-10 November 2019

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We Must Live is part of Voila! Europe

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: We're only just in November, but Christmas is well on the way. The Spirit Of Christmas Fair is a week of festive fun, giving you the chance to stock up on gifts, decorations, cards, wrapping paper and festive food well ahead of the big day. There's also a packed workshop programme, covering topics such as making edible gifts, floral arrangements and cocktail masterclasses. Olympia London, from £20.50, book ahead, until 10 November

VOILA! EUROPE: British and European theatre-makes come together for Voila! Europe, a two-week festival. Highlights this weekend including European Freaks, featuring dysfunctional humanoid robots who invite you to help them create EU 2.0, We Must Live — a memorial ceremony to Anna Karenina — and physical theatre performance Lighthouse. Various locations, from £8 per event, book ahead, until 17 November

Get festive at the Spirit of Christmas Fair

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: See hard-hitting photos by Giulio Piscitelli in new exhibition Wounds: When War Comes Home. The shots come from his time visiting surgical centres in Kabul and Lashkar-Gah, Afghanistan in 2018, meeting war victims and hearing their stories. Old Truman Brewery (Brick Lane), free, just turn up, 5-10 November

WINTER FOREST: Broadgate transforms into a Winter Forest once again. Dozens of snowy trees pop up at the public space close to Liverpool Street station, decked in twinkling lights and making for the ideal festive photo backdrop. Look out for special events in the forest throughout the winter, including live music this Saturday. Broadgate (Liverpool Street), free entry, just turn up, 6 November-20 December

WOOLWICH PRINT FAIR: Looking for some new artwork for your walls? Woolwich Print Fair brings together work by more than 500 artists, all with a contemporary spin. Screen-printing, etching and woodblock are just some of the disciplines represented, and keep your eyes peeled for pieces by Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin. Royal Arsenal (Woolwich), £10/£8, book ahead, 7-10 November

Shop all manner of crafts at Handmade in Britain

HANDMADE FAIR: Annual craft and design fair Handmade in Britain returns, with a curated selection of contemporary pieces for sale. Browse and buy textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass and more direct from the makers, with more than 100 artists present. Treat yourself, or get a head start on the Christmas shopping. Chelsea Old Town Hall, £10/£8/£7, book ahead, 8-10 November

STYLIST LIVE LUXE: The new, upgraded version of Stylist Live begins today, with talks, celebrity appearances and interviews, live catwalk shows, a shopping floor, contemporary makeovers and more. Vicky McClure, Stella Creasy MP, and Sofia Hagen are among the guests scheduled to appear. Magazine London (Greenwich), from £80, book ahead, 8-10 November

WINTER MARKET: There's nothing like the glowing lights of a Christmas market to warm the cockles, and that's exactly what you'll see at Southbank Centre. The Winter Market opens for business from Friday, with traders from all over the world selling their wares in German-style wooden huts. There's plenty of festive food and drink to be had too. Southbank Centre, free entry, just turn up, 8 November-5 January

Have a rummage at Hackney Flea Market

QIGONG MASTER: For two days only, Bali-based Per Van Spall, a certified master in the art of Qigong healing, brings his intuitive approach to London. This traditional branch of Chinese medicine uses magnetic energy to clear emotional and physical blockages, restore internal alignment, and promote physical wellbeing and spiritual growth. Book your private session here. COMO Metropolitan London (Mayfair), £300, book ahead, 9-10 November (sponsor)

FLEA MARKET: Vintage clothes, records, furniture, kitchen equipment and bric-a-brac are among the items for sale at Hackney Flea Market. Over 30 handpicked traders take part, with a different line-up from previous events to keep things fresh. Abney Public Hall (Stoke Newington), free entry, just turn up, 9-10 November

TIBET FILM FESTIVAL: Enjoy two days of feature films, shorts and documentaries, all hailing from Tibet. The Tibet Film Festival comes to London for the first time, after previous events in Switzerland and India, showcasing work made both inside Tibet, and by Tibetans in exile. Deptford/Woolwich, various prices, book ahead, 9-10 November

Saturday 9 November

The Lord Mayor's Show takes place on Saturday

PEACE, POETRY AND POPPIES: Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, the National Army Museum shines a light on the soldiers who fought during the first world war. The family-friendly day of events includes poetry workshops, guided tours, an augmented reality experience, and more, all marking 100 years since the Treaty of Versailles. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

EAST ART FAIR: Combining work by up and coming new artists with that by some of the country's biggest established names, the East Art Fair is a chance to buy one-off and limited edition prints direct from the artists, and to talk to them about their work. Old Spitalfields Market, free, book ahead, 10am-6pm

LORD MAYOR'S SHOW: If you like your weekends with a bit of pomp and pageantry thrown in, head to the City of London for the Lord Mayor's Show. The traditional ceremony marks the start of the new Lord Mayor's tenure, and consists of a three-mile long procession through the streets, and family-friendly festival zones with games and entertainment going on all day. City of London, free, just turn up, from 11am

Tour the Geffrye Museum's almshouses

ALMSHOUSE TOURS: The Geffrye Museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but you can visit its restored almshouses on special guided tours. Step inside two rooms, designed how they would have been in the 18th and 19th centuries, and find out how the residents lived, ate and slept. Geffrye Museum (Hoxton), £5, book ahead, 11am-3pm

THEATRE COSTUMES: Take a tour of National Theatre's current costume exhibition with curator Aoife Monks. The exhibition looks at how the theatre's wardrobe team create and care for the impressive costumes used on stage, with garments from productions including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, War Horse, Follies and Antony and Cleopatra on display. National Theatre, £5/£3, book ahead, 12pm

Take a tour of National Theatre's current exhibition. (c) Lucy Barriball

CELEBRATE THE CITY: Tying in with the Lord Mayor's Show (above), Museum of London hosts an afternoon of family-friendly activities themed on 'the London that never was'. Find out how Tower Bridge might have looked very different, learn about the history of Salters' Hall, and head about London's answer to the Eiffel Tower. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 12pm

GLOW: Illuminating the dark winter nights, Glow light festival has a theme of illusion this year. For two nights only, the east London gardens are aglow with lanterns, projections and installations for the family-friendly event. See the other light festivals in London this winter. Eastbury Manor House (Barking), £5, book ahead, from 5pm

WOMEN'S DANCING: Bishopsgate Institute hosts Sapphires, a new Latin and ballroom dancing evening for anyone who identifies as a woman. No partner is required, and it doesn't matter if you don't know the steps, as the event begins with classes, followed by social dancing.  Bishopsgate Institute, £12, book ahead, 7pm

It's the second and final day of Glow at Eastbury Manor House

WILL SELF: Author Will Self is at Southbank Centre to launch his new memoir, A Life In Writing. He talks about his drug addiction in the 1980s, and his struggles to get to grips with adult life and he left university and made his way in the adult world. Southbank Centre, £25-£35, book ahead, 7.30pm

FROMAGE ON ICE: Ice, ice baby. Cheesy music meets skating at Fromage on Ice. Regular pop club night Club de Fromage takes its ‘00s tracks onto the indoor ice rink, for a night of skating to the likes of Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse. Alexandra Palace, £10/£9, book ahead, 8.30pm

Sunday 10 November

Watch the world's best tennis players go head to head

REMEMBRANCE: It’s Remembrance Sunday, which special services going on at churches and war memorials over the country. Whatever you’re up to, be prepared for a silence at 11am — and remember that several roads are closed, particularly around the Cenotaph and Whitehall.

TENNIS: See some of the world’s best tennis players go head to head for the last title of the ATP tour season in the Nitto ATP Finals. It’s the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament, with the world’s top eight qualified singles players and doubles teams of the year playing, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. The O2 (Greenwich), from £17, book ahead, 10-17 November

Browse for bargains at the Adams Antiques Fair

ANTIQUES FAIR: Know your junk from your gems? Hunt down a bargain or two at the Adams Antiques Fair, a monthly event which brings traders and dealers from all over the UK and beyond to sell their wares. Jewellery, ceramics, paintings and other decorative items are among the treasures to be had. Royal Horticultural Halls (Westminster), £4, book ahead, 10am-4.30pm

LONDON EAR: Go on a two-mile 'sonic stroll' through the City of London, paying close attention to the noises that you normally miss. Church bells and the beeps of pedestrian crossings are often lost in the hubbub of daily life, but this tour brings them into focus, and offers some history about sounds that have shaped London into what it is today. St Paul’s Station, £18/£15, book ahead, 11am-1.15pm

Have a go at archery

GOSPEL GROUP: UK gospel singer Brenda Emmanuel is today’s lunchtime performer at 606 Club. With the backing of her Gospel Group, she demonstrates her impressive vocal range in a relaxed, family-friendly gig. 606 Club (Chelsea), £10, book ahead, 1.30pm

ARCHERY CLASS: Live out your Robin Hood dreams at this archery class for beginners. Learn the basics of the sport, including some key terminology, and how to shoot safely. Once you've had a bit pf practice, the afternoon ends with a mini competition. London Bridge (address provided on booking), £25, book ahead, 2.15pm-3.45pm (sponsor)

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: London's fireworks season comes to an end with Light Up The Night, a free event in Wembley Park. It doubles up as a Diwali celebration, with lantern parades, giant puppets and other family-friendly events in addition to the fireworks display. Wembley Park, free, just turn up, 5pm-7pm