Things To Do This Weekend In London: 29-30 June 2019

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The Gelato Festival comes to town

AUSTRALIAN FILM FEST: Films from Down Under take centre stage at Regent Street Cinema this weekend. The London Australian Film Festival presents new films including dramas, comedies and documentaries, plus there are Q&A sessions and a gala night. Regent Street Cinema, various prices, book ahead, 27-30 June>

GREAT GET TOGETHER: Various Great Get Togethers take place all over the country this weekend in memory of Jo Cox MP. The aim is to bring communities together to celebrate kindness and respect in street party style events, and you can find your nearest event on this map. Various locations, 28-30 June

GREAT EXHIBITION: The Great Exhibition of 1851 is long gone, but The Great Exhibition Road Festival aims to recreate its spirit with free activities across more than 20 venues celebrating science and technology. There are events for adults and kids, including talks, tours and workshops. South Kensington, free, some events require booking, 28-30 June

See artist Louise McNaught painting live for Mayfair Art Weekend

ART WEEKEND: Mayfair Art Weekend is a three-day programme of talks, exhibitions, film screenings and tours across various galleries in the area. Highlights include a morning of live painting by artist Louise McNaught, a drinks reception at The Wellington Club and an artist-led tour of Grosvenor Chapel. Various Mayfair locations, 28-30 June

WIMBLEDON REMATCH: Relive one of the greatest tennis tournaments of all time — The Championships, Wimbledon 1980. This immersive, 1980s themed experience uses film, live actors, projection and period props to recreate the experience. 1980s clothing is encouraged, and there's a chance to rub shoulders with roving TV reporters, players and paparazzi at the bar. Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, from £53.90, book ahead, 28-30 June

BASEBALL: In celebration of the first ever London Series baseball matches, there's a whole weekend of events dedicated to the American sport. Take part in interactive baseball games, eat food inspired by Boston and New York (the two teams playing in London), drink specially brewed beer, purchase official merchandise and listen to live music between the matches. Truman Brewery, free, just turn up, 28-30 June

Mudchute Agricultural Show

AGRICULTURE SHOW: Livestock shows, baking competitions, rural craft demonstrations, a Shetland pony photo booth, local art and craft stalls, and plenty of food and drink are all part of the Mudchute Agricultural Show — all in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers. Mudchute City Farm, free entry, just turn up, 29-30 June

EEL PIE ISLAND: There's a rare chance to get onto Eel Pie Island, a small spit of land at the centre of the Thames in Twickenham. The artists who work in studios on the island open their doors and invite the public in for open studios weekend. Chat to the makers and buy work from them directly — and bring cash, as they don't all take cards. Eel Pie Island (Twickenham), free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 29-30 June

Visit Eel Pie Island for Open Studios Weekend

GELATO FESTIVAL: 16 of the world's best gelato makers appear at the London Gelato Festival, whipping up their frozen treats for visitors to enjoy. Tickets include samples of all 16, with a chance to purchase plenty more, as well as watching it being made, and take part in workshops and masterclasses. Canopy Market (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 29-30 June

BOOK FESTIVAL: Queen's Park Book Festival brings together big names including Tessa Hadley, Sadie Jones, Simon Mayo and Sam Leith. Across two days, dozens of writers, authors, journalists, poets and historians take to the stage to talks about their passions and their latest projects. Queen's Park, £18-£34, book ahead, 29-30 June

TOWER BRIDGE: Tower Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday by offering entry tickets for just £1.25 this weekend. It'd usually cost you £8.80-£9.90, so it's rather a bargain — the catch being there's no advance booking, so it's a case of turning up on the day and hoping it's not too busy. Tower Bridge, £1.25, just turn up, 29-30 June


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Saturday 29 June

Take a wander through some of London's secret gardens

ARMED FORCES DAY: It's Armed Forces Day, which means events are going on all over the country to show support for our Armed Forces. London happenings include performances by the Band of the Royal Yeomanry at National Army Museum and an event in Woolwich town centre. Use the map to find an event near you.

CHARITY TENNIS: London’s first ever Charity Tennis Day raises money for homeless charity Shelter. Take part in coaching session and matches throughout the day, with professional players Naomi Broady and Miles Bugby on hand to offer tips. Battersea Park, charity donation required, book ahead, from 10am

CORDON BLEU: Cookery school Le Cordon Bleu opens it doors for a summer festival. Browse the food market, and watch talks and demonstrations from chefs. For an extra charge, take part in workshops and tastings including a boulangerie techniques masterclass and a wine tasting. Le Cordon Bleu London (Bloomsbury Square), £25 per workshop/£5 general admission, book ahead, 10am-6pm

SECRET GARDENS: Take a wander through some of the capital's secret gardens, including a bombed-out church garden in the City, a hidden community garden with a little library, and an old burial ground for paupers and prostitutes recently made into a community garden. Monument, £10, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm

The Band of the Royal Yeomanry performs for Armed Forces Day

NATIONAL PARK CITY: Over 20 activists, adventurers, growers and photographers offer short talks on the theme of "what if...?" ahead of London becoming a National Park City. Author Paul Wood asks “What if London were a forest?”, and climate change lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist Farhana Yamin asks how London can respond to the climate change emergency. Conway Hall (Holborn), free, book ahead, 11am-6pm

SEVEN DIALS FESTIVAL: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sundial Pillar in the middle of Seven Dials with a free festival (the original pillar can now be seen in Weybridge). Celebrations today include live music, theatre performances, arts and crafts activities. It's closed to traffic, with a pop-up lawn around the pillar, and KERB stalls are on hand to give a preview of the new market opening in September. Seven Dials, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

STREET FOOD AT SUNSET: Flat caps and flapper dresses at the ready. Solomons' Yard — an immersive alfresco pop-up — launches tonight at Camden Market. Get your groove on with DJ sets from big names from the wickedly smooth South London Soul Train, as you devour London's finest street food and watch the sunset over Regent's Canal. Middle & West Yard, Camden Market (Camden), from £5, book ahead, 5pm-11.30pm, every Friday and Saturday until 24 August (sponsor)

TOWER HAMLETS: Who defines Tower Hamlets? That's the topic examined through a series of artworks, performances and interactive workshops by local women involved in the Muslim Girls Fence Project. It's often described as a 'problem area' and 'deprived borough', but this evening questions why a community where the people are 'different' is frowned upon. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 6pm

SUPPER CLUB: Tuck into a five-course supper club curated by Helen Graves of Food Stories. It's a Latin American menu, with dishes including chilled garlic and almond soup, and hibiscus and watermelon granita. It's all paired with wine too. D Vine Cellars (Clapham), £50, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Sunday 30 June

The Big Jewish Summer Fete

DRAGON BOATS: Dozens of traditional dragon boats go head to head at the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Entries to race this year have closed, but you can still go along and watch, and enjoy entertainment including food stalls, live bands, a raffle and a carnival. Royal Docks, free to watch, just turn up, 8.30am-6pm

PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: Take part in a morning photo walk in the grounds of Forty Hall. It's led by Pat Simmons, a member of the Royal Photographic Society, who offers tips for improving your shots along the way. Cameras and phone cameras are welcome.  Forty Hall (Enfield), £30, book ahead, 10am

HANWORTH CLASSIC: The annual Hanworth Classic is a 1940s-50s themed event showcasing vintage cars, motorbikes, scooters and military vehicles. Other entertainment includes live swing music, jive dancing and a barbecue. Bushy Park (Hampton Court), charity donation for entry, just turn up, 11am-4pm

Watch the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race

MUSIC ON THE LAWN: Enjoy a day of live jazz, blues and soul music in the grounds of Forty Hall. It's a family-friendly festival, raising money for conservation projects. Food and drink stalls are available, or bring your own picnic to tuck into as you enjoy the live acts. Forty Hall (Enfield), £7, book ahead, 11am

SHUBBAK LITERATURE FESTIVAL: Celebrate contemporary Arabic culture at British Library's Shubbak Literature Festival. Hear from writers from across the Arab world and diaspora, including Leïla Slimani and  Inaam Kachachi, on topics including contemporary Arab feminism, and the rise of queer memoir. British Library, £18/£12, book ahead, 12pm-7pm

90S ROOFTOP PARTY: Party like it's the '90s all over again at this rooftop party. Dance to the likes of Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Shania Twain and Shaggy at a silent disco. Fancy dress is highly encouraged, so dig out that Union Jack dress. Queen of Hoxton, £7/£9, book ahead, 12pm-10pm

JEWISH SUMMER FETE: The Big Jewish Summer Fete is a free family day out celebrating Jewish culture. Poetry and comedy takes place in the Jewish Speakers' Corner, there's a Middle Eastern henna ceremony, and live Klezmer music provides a soundtrack to the day. Highbury Fields, free, just turn up, 1pm-6pm

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: Psychogeographers, writers and historians David Fathers, Ted Sandling and Steve Crabb discuss the fascinating discoveries they've made on their off-piste rambles across London. They're in conversation with the actor and writer Michael Simkins. It's part of the Queen's Park Book Festival. Queen's Park Community Tent, free, just turn up, 3.30pm-4.30pm