Things To Do This Weekend In London: 29-30 September 2018

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Raise a dram for The Whisky Show's 10th birthday. Photo: Simon Hanna

THE LONDON ARTISAN: Held in the heart of east London, this two-day curated marketplace brings together 50 of the capital’s finest designer-makers, all under one roof. Expect a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, illustration, beauty products and artisan coffee. A must for those passionate about handmade, organic and sustainable goods. The Old Truman Brewery, free, just turn up, 29-30 September, 11am-6pm (sponsor)

FESTIVAL OF SOUND: Cast aside your tinny pound shop headphones, it's time to start blasting your bangers as the musical gods intended. That's where the Festival of Sound comes in. Discover the snazziest portable audio and hi-fi products all under one roof, as well as live performances, industry seminars, and equipment showcases. Hammersmith International Centre (Hammersmith), from £10, book ahead, 27-30 September

FEMINISTA FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrate the grit, determination and physical prowess of female athletes and artists at this documentary film festival. Fly through the Alaskan wilderness, cycle up the Himalayas, and go beyond the world's highest peak with inspirational women from the world over. The Tabernacle (Notting Hill), £17, book ahead, 28-30 September

NUNHEAD ART TRAIL: Go on an arty expedition through south east London, where dozens of Nunhead-based artists and craftspeople are showing off their work. There's also dance, performances, and poetry. Various venues (Nunhead), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 29-30 September

HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: Nothing beats a nice rummage through some vintage treasures. And a bit of splurge is much easier to justify when you've really worked to find your perfect piece. With records, clothes, homeware, and all manner of curiosities, there's bound to be something that catches your eye at Hackney Flea Market. Abney Hall (Stoke Newington), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 29-30 September

THE WHISKY SHOW: With over 600 whiskies from all around the globe to try, you're sure to find your dream dram at The Whisky Show's 10th anniversary festival. Tickets may not be cheap, but they get you an awful lot of grain-based goodness, as well as food pairings, cocktail masterclasses, and much more. Old Billingsgate (Monument), from £110, book ahead, 11.30am-6.30pm, 29-30 September

Saturday 29 September

A translation-themed treasure hunt comes to Shoreditch

BATTLE BUSES: London's last four surviving B-type Battle Buses pull into Covent Garden Piazza for one day only. It's a rare chance to see these gorgeous pre-1915 vehicles while discovering the role the capital's buses played in the First World War. Covent Garden Piazza, free, just turn up, 10am-3pm

ZERO MKT: No animal products, no single-use plastics, no waste. That's the premise behind new not-for-profit market Zero Mkt. As well as cruelty-free grub, they've got all your other eco essentials, included upcycled accessories and biodegradable glitter. The Conservatory, Millennium Gloucester Hotel (Kensington), £4, book ahead, 10am-5pm

TRANSLATION TREASURE HUNT: You don't have to be a polyglot to partake in this interactive linguistic journey through Shoreditch. Head to the station, meet your team, and collect your mystery items before setting off on an exploration of how the art of translation connects people and cultures. Begins at Shoreditch High Street station, free, book ahead, 12pm-5pm

ARCHWAY MARKET: Take a trip down memory lane at Archway Market, where local historians are gathering images and stories all about the north London neighbourhood for a brand new project. There's also history tours, a big group singalong, plus all the usual market goodies. Navigator Square (Archway), free, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

COMMON GROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL: It's Common Ground's last free music festival of the season, bringing you 12 hours of top tunes from an eclectic range of artists. Get your groove as Secret Garden Party’s head honcho takes over the decks, or unwind to the soulful British folk sounds of Ferris & Sylvester. Iron Square (Borough), free, just turn up, 12pm-12am

WOLLSTONECRAFT LIVE: Admirers of Mary Wollonstonecraft will be intrigued by this unique reading of Wollstonecraft Live!, a text the dramatises the shooting of a biopic about the legendary feminist writer. For extra poignancy, the event takes place in an 18th century chapel which once counted Wollstonecraft amongst its congregation. New Unity (Newington Green), £7.50, book ahead, 7pm-8pm

Sunday 30 September

Potty for plants? This is the market for you. Photo: Peach Photo London

VINTAGE KILO SALE: What if you could seriously shake up your wardrobe without upsetting your bank balance? Look no further than The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale, which comes to Camden bringing you all the retro clobber you could wish for, priced at just £15 per kilo. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £3, book ahead, 10am-4pm

TOTE BAG EMBROIDERY: Become a tote-al stitching pro at this morning embroidery workshop. There's tea and cake, plus you get to take home a unique piece of arm candy (not to mention some newfound crafting skills). Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £30, book ahead, 10.30am-12.30pm

GREEN ROOMS MARKET: Gipsy Hill Brewery Taproom is serving up more than just craft brews this weekend. Head on down to find your perfect plant, a terrific terranium, or some beautiful botanical art as Green Room Botanical Market returns. Gipsy Hill Brewery Taproom (Crystal Palace), free, just turn up, 11.30am-5pm

HARVEST DAY: It's all about autumnal fun today in Ruskin Park, which is flying the flag for local produce and sustainable living with a Community Harvest Day. There's live music, workshops and, perhaps most excitingly, some special green hop beer made from Clarkshaws' first hop pick of the year. The bandstand at Ruskin Park (Lambeth), free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

BUBBLEDOGS BIRTHDAY BASH: There's a fiery fiesta brewing in Fitzrovia, as gourmet hot dog and champagne bar Bubbledogs celebrates its sixth birthday. Expect mariachi madness, a party piñata, and (semi) compulsory tequila shots. Bubbledogs (Fiztrovia), free entry, book ahead, 2pm-9pm

HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION: From Argentina to Zimbabwe, autocrats the world over have managed to create an illusion of democracy by hijacking the electoral process. Find out how at this eye-opening talk from election watchers Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaass. Conway Hall (Holborn), £8, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm

CHARITY TREEHOUSE CONCERT: Enjoy classical music and champagne in the enchanting setting of Shoreditch Treehouse. Under the warm glow of fairy lights in a cosy, wood-panelled loft, you'll be serenaded by a Flamenco-Fusion guitarist, a mezzo soprano, and the Chagall Piano Quartet. Shoreditch Treehouse (Shoreditch), £25, book ahead, 6pm-9.30pm

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