Things To Do This Weekend In London: 15-16 July 2017

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Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre

FOOD FEST: If you were stranded on a remote desert island, what would be your ultimate desert island dish? That’s the question catered for at this day of food, music and fun. Stock up on tokens, because we’re told you’re going to want to eat a lot. Red Market (Old Street), free, just turn up, ;14-16 July

WIMBLEDON FINAL: As the tennis action draws to a close in SW19, stay up to date with the final matches on these free screenings on big screens around the capital, including public squares and rooftops. Free entry, until 16 July

FOODSTOCK: Imagine the legendary Woodstock, but for food. That’s how tasty this festival is, with a whole two days of street food, live music and local craft beer to salivate over. Battersea Park, £1-£5 entry, book ahead, 15-16 July

WALTHAMSTOW GARDEN PARTY: Lloyd Park once again hosts Walthamstow Garden Party, a free, family festival showcasing talent from the Walthamstow area. Expect live music, theatre performances, cinema, craft, design, poetry and delicious food and drink. Get there early — 30,000 people turned up last year, and it’s limited capacity. Free, just turn up, 15-16 July

AFRICA UTOPIA:Most people will never visit every country in Africa, so get a flavour of the continent at Africa Utopia Festival. The range of talks, workshops, music, performances, fashion and food will give an insight into all countries — we’ve got our eyes on the African food market. Southbank Centre, various prices,15-16 July

Saturday 15 July
Liberty Festival is coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

HYDE PARK: Explore wild meadows in the heart of London on this walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. There’s even a chance to discover the secret life of bugs, as you use a sweep net and magnifiers to capture and observe a host of resident invertebrates. The Education Centre (Hyde Park), £5, book ahead, 10.30am-midday

SECRET GARDENS:From the dreamy St-Dunstan-in-the-East church garden to Cross Bones, an old burial ground for paupers and prostitutes, there are plenty of secret gardens to discover. This walk reveals some of these beautiful sites and the history behind them. Monument, £4, book ahead, 11am-2pm

VEGAN BEER FEST:Spanning three spaces, this festival features a beer hall, beer market and a sit down beer and wine cafe. So pretty much beer, beer and more beer, which sounds perfect to us. It’s all vegan too. Hackney Downs Studios, £5-£9, book ahead,11am-8pm

STREET PARTY:The annual Whitecross Street party returns with a line up of performances from artists and the local community, as well as family friendly activities, cocktails and live music, all close to Barbican. Whitecross Street (Islington), free, just turn up,noon-6pm

CIDERDOG: If you’re in the mood for a staggering selection of 100+ reasonably priced British ciders (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), then this is the one for you. All tastes are catered for, from very sweet to super dry at this cider festival, where all festival ciders are £3.50 a pint. The Miller (London Bridge), free, just turn up, noon-late

LIBERTY FESTIVAL: Liberty Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park celebrates deaf and disability art and sport. Have a go at wheelchair basketball or sitting volleyball, watch a deaf dance group perform a fusion of dance and sign language, visit a specially-commissioned exhibition and more. Olympic Park (Stratford), free, just turn up, 1.30pm

ART JAM: What art really needs is a DJ. Thankfully Paint Jam London has us sorted with a prosecco reception on arrival at this arty party, followed intro art exercises on paper, then the chance to move onto your own canvas. Gulp. Let your creatively flow, mingle and go home with an original artwork. Secret Holborn space, £30-£102, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

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Sunday 16 July
Greenwich World Cultural Festival

10K SECRET MISSION: It’s a race against the clock to solve a murder mystery and win a prize in this cryptic team challenge. The year is 1698. The ever-curious Samuel Pepys will get you up to speed on the case, and then you’re off to interview witnesses and interrogate suspects. North Greenwich/Deptford Bridge, £19-£25, book ahead, 11.30am-1pm

FAMILY FUN: ‘Princess Freda’, a Dunkirk Little Ship is offering free boat trips, departing Chiswick Pier every 45 minutes. There’s a great selection of stalls to entertain the children, freshly cooked BBQ food and a bar on hand, too. Chiswick Pier, free, just turn up, 11.30am-4pm

DRAGON RACE:Head to the annual Kingston Dragon Boat Race for a day of family fun, complete with face painting and Thames-side antics. The Boaters Inn, free, book ahead, noon-10pm

WORLD CULTURE: Enjoy an afternoon of free dance, theatre, music and circus from around the world at Greenwich World Cultural Festival, which is returning for its ninth year running. Eltham Palace and Gardens, free entry to festival (usual charge for entry to Palace), just turn up, 12.30pm-5pm

POWER OF PLANTS: From beautiful to medicinal, Keats knew the power of plants. Sow your own health-giving herb while learning more about herbs and flowers on this Family Day. Keats House (Hampstead), free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

Food review: shining, shimmering, splendid

For their latest afternoon tea, bakery wizards Cutter & Squidge have turned their attention to all things genie. The decor is spectacular (think shiny things — everywhere) and the food is a triumph, incorporating everything from pashmak (a Turkish candyfloss) to ‘magic carpet’ shortbread. Their signature biskies make a welcome appearance too, topped with 24 carat gold flakes in keeping with the theme. The savoury snacks don’t quite hit the mark — the scones are a tad on the dry side — but really, we’re in it for the sweet stuff. Fans of flavoured teas are well catered for too — the pineapple is particularly refreshing.

Good cause for the weekend

CHARITY WALK: Register for free and get moving for a good cause in the annual charity walk organised by the Croydon Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Group. Follow along with their warm up exercises and then take part in the walk. There will also be various fun activities for kids, so bring the whole family. Dulwich Park, free, book ahead, 15 July, 11am-3pm


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