Things To Do This Weekend In London: 24-25 June 2017

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Catch Me (Attrape Moi) at Underbelly Festival

IT’S ALL INSTRUMENTAL: Whether you’ve never touched an instrument or once put a violin down and forgot to pick it up again, Learn to Play Weekend is offering free music lessons for both adults and children on piano, guitar, violin, trumpet and drums — or try something new on the Yamaha Venova. Yamaha Music Store (Wardour Street), free, just turn up, 24-25 June

CROYDON HERITAGE: In the run up to the Croydon Heritage Festival , a host of events will get your brains in gear, from archaeological displays to talks on attracting bees to your garden. Hear an introduction to the River Wandle or find out about Croydon’s part in gaming history. 16-30 June

PALACE FESTIVAL: Soak up the atmosphere of this impressive Tudor palace as performers take to the stage in Hampton Court’s beautiful open-air courtyard. Highlights include Will Young, Van Morrison, James Morrison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Hampton Court, various prices, book ahead, 7-24 June

UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL: The best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment is at South Bank. Have a tipple in one of London’s largest outdoor bars before you kick back and watch some of the amazing performances. South Bank, various prices, book ahead, until 30 September

Saturday 24 June
The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre

BILINGUAL: If you’ve always wanted to try learning Spanish, German, Italian or Brazilian-Portuguese but haven’t been able to convince yourself to take lessons yet, Lingua Diversa is offering one-hour taster sessions to get you started. Conway Hall (Holborn), £10, book ahead, various times

EMERGING ARTISTS: Split between the Royal College of Art’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington, emerging contemporary art and design is on show from over 600 postgraduate students. Much of the work will also be on sale or commission, so get yourself a piece of the action before they’re famous. Free, just turn up, noon-6pm

PRESERVING HISTORY: Discover one of the most severely bombed areas of the city in the second world war — from the buildings they tried to rescue, to the ones that have been lovingly restored, and even those that remain as damaged monuments. Moorgate Station, £12, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

MIDSUMMER FEST: Celebrate Midsummer’s Eve at Aquavit in St James’s Market. Live music, pop-up bar, food stands; all your favourite London festival entertainment in one place for a magical evening — as long as Puck doesn’t turn up to cause mischief. Aquavit, free, book ahead, 5pm-10pm

LONDON SWEDES: Sit back and chill out on fluffy bean bags under flower arches at this Midsummer House party, with live music, authentic Swedish food and what every summer party needs – a chocolate fountain. Loft Studios (Kensal Green), £25/£30, book ahead, 5.30pm-3am

MASKED MAYHEM: Head to Mexico this weekend via York Hall, where legendary and newly-masked wrestling stars battle it out in flamboyant capes and outlandish suits. The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre has everything from high-flying moves to catapulting off ropes. York Hall (Bethnal Green), various prices, book ahead, 7pm

GAP YEAR COMEDY: Comedian Jordan Brookes brings his Edinburgh Fringe show to Soho as he tells the tales of a gap year gone wrong, with daft faces, uncomfortable poses, and unnecessary confessions. Soho Theatre, £10/£12, book ahead, 9.15pm

Sunday 25 June
London Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Festival

DRAGON BOAT: It’s a race to the finish line at this year’s London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a fun-filled day out that promises traditional Chinese lion dancing, martial arts displays, Tai Chi, cultural theatrical acts and dance performances, and of course the dragon boat race itself. London Regatta Centre, free, just turn up, 8.30am-6pm

AMAZING ANTIQUES: Explore the longest running antiques fair in London and find a hidden treasure you just have to have. This particular fair specialises in fine jewellery, silver, ceramics and paintings. The Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, £4, just turn up, 10am-4.30pm

LOCAL MARKET: Enjoy a plethora of delicious foods, beautiful handmade goods, unique clothes, and even some pet fashion accessories at East Village Market, accompanied by the pleasing notes of musicians from across London. Victory Park, free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

VINTAGE SURPRISES: Find a one of a kind treasure at the Big London Flea with over 50 vintage traders in North London’s biggest vintage market. From curiosities and collectibles to lost and found objects, you may come across something quite unexpected. EPIC Dalston, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

KEATS HOUSE: Hear the stories of John Keats and his good friend Charles Brown on this tour of the basement and first floor areas of their former home, and discover how it was transformed into the building we know and love today. Keats House, free with admission, just turn up, 11.30am-12.15pm

SECRET SPIES: Immerse yourself in a world of danger and intrigue as you evade undercover surveillance to carry out a series of missions in the heart of the city. Undercover London will make all your spy career fantasies come true and is sure to keep you on your toes. Have you got what it takes? Secret Venue (Orange Street), £25, book ahead, 1.45pm-4.30pm

Good cause for the weekend: Amnesty International UK

Raising money for Amnesty International UK to help them promote their vision of unity and universal human rights, Ben Oakley Gallery and friends are hosting a special two day show launching an exclusive limited edition print release donated by contemporary artist Guy Denning. There is also a showcase of art throughout the weekend as various artists interpret what unity means to them. Ben Oakley Gallery, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm


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