Things To Do This Weekend In London: 3-4 March 2018

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Hand painted poster reads: “everything for the full achievement of the people’s economic plan” from Nicholas Bonner’s collection. © Justin Piperger

SOFAR SOUNDS GIGS: Sofar Sounds brings music lovers and musicians together in living rooms all over London. This weekend you can apply for tickets to attend secret gigs taking place in Hackney, Hampstead and Bermondsey. The venue and artist will be revealed the day before the event. Go on, add some spontaneity to your life. Various venues, various prices, book ahead, ongoing

NUMBER 90’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY: This canal-side bar is marking its fourth birthday with four days of banging tunes, creative workshops and of course plenty of booze. Saturday sees DJ Norman Jay bring his party bus to Hackney Wick while Sunday’s entertainment is provided by a pop-up choir. Number 90, Hackney Wick, free, just turn up, 1-4 March

MADE IN NORTH KOREA: A woman smiles while displaying her consumer goods. Two men beam as they look into the distance with architectural plans in hand, imagining their new project. Where could this patriarchal utopia be? North Korea, of course. See posters, illustrations, stamps and other ephemera in this five-star show about NK. House of Illustration, £8.25, book ahead, until 13 May

CAULDRON COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE: The only magic-making this cocktail class is interested in is of the alcoholic cocktail variety. Guests get to wield a wand to mix up two elixirs, plus enjoy a Four Caldrons beer while you get your robes on. 5d Stoke Newington Rd, £30, book ahead, various times, every day except Monday until 30 June

Saturday 3 March
Family rave sensation BFLF throws the ultimate event for the post-rave generation of parents.

WELL STREET MARKET: The Well Street sisters are doin’ it for themselves today, as all the market stalls are occupied by savvy women-led businesses and entrepreneurs to mark a century since some women gained the vote. Well Street, free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

CRAFTY FOX MARKET: After snazzy ceramics, witty cards, kidswear made out of recycled material and other handmade goodies? Head to the Crafty Fox Market, where you can also make a sparkly brooch with PupTart between 11am-2pm. Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant & Castle, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

LONDON HOME SHOW: Make the house search that little bit easier by attending the London Home Show, a fair aimed at connecting first time buyers with affordable properties. Plus, it offers info on schemes such as Help to Buy and mortgage advice. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, free, book ahead, 11am-5pm

URBAN FOOD FEST: London’s street food scene just got a lively addition as Urban Food Fest returns to a Shoreditch carpark. Alongside all the usual food and craft beer offerings, you can play giant Jenga, ping-pong or just hang out on the retro furniture. Euro Car Parks, free, just turn up, every Saturday, noon-midnight,

CLIMATE CHANGE AND US: Care about the impact us humans are having on the environment? With global temperatures looking to soar past the 1.5 degree target set by the Paris Agreement, this long overdue discussion asks how we can find sustainable solutions to climate change. Conway Hall, free, book ahead, 2pm

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH: Bring little ravers to this family-friendly party hosted by the Glasto performers Big Fish Little Fish. Expect bubbles, balloons, glitter cannons, a craft table and a parachute dance final. Amersham Arms, £10.96, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

POPMASTER LIVE: Got a head full of pointless pop trivia? Bring your one-hit wonder knowledge to this quiz night hosted by Ken Bruce, a faithful recreation of the popular BBC Radio 2 morning quiz show. 155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, £25-£65, book ahead, 7pm

RA LATES: The Royal Academy is throwing a masque ball to coincide with its Charles I: King and Collector exhibition. Dig out your finest feather collars and dine in the banqueting hall while listening to political gossip, give the dance floor a twirl to Baroque Remix and try your hand at life drawing. Royal Academy, from £40 (final release), book ahead, 7pm-11.45pm

Sunday 4 March
Hip-Hop heavyweight Little Simz is bringing her audio-visual fest Welcome to Wonderland: the Experience back to London’s historic Roundhouse.

COOKING MASTERCLASS: New Year’s Resolution (remember those?) to ditch the ready meals and cook more from scratch? This masterclass, led by the Garden Cafe’s pastry chef will teach you how to make three seasonal dishes using fresh pasta, so you’ll be cooking up a storm at home in no time. Garden Museum, Lambeth, £55, book ahead, 10.45am-2pm

GREEN AND PLEASANT ISLINGTON: Get your nature fix without leaving the city on this tour around Islington’s green spaces. Lower Holloway, £9-£12, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

HACKNEY RECORD FAIR: Dust off your old records and bring them for a professional cleaning or spend your Sunday unearthing new treasures at this record fair, while DJs spin tunes throughout the day. Epic Dalston, £2, just turn up, 11am-6pm

MARCH4WOMEN: While we celebrate a century since the first women went to the polls, there’s still plenty to march for. The walk ends with a rally at Trafalgar Square hosted by Sue Perkins with speeches from Helen Pankhurst and Bianca Jagger. Raise those placards high ladies (and gents). Central London, free, just turn up, noon

MAKER NOT MUSE: Fed up of seeing art exhibitions dominated by men? Find out about the female artists in the Foundling collection in the first of these talks coinciding with the 2018 centenary of women’s suffrage. Foundling Museum, free with museum admission, book ahead, 3pm

WELCOME TO WONDERLAND: The north London rapper has laid on an entire day of live music, art and food as part of Rising Festival. As well as hearing from exciting young artists across three stages there will be a live visual art experience in the aptly named Shroom Room and a talk with actor Riz Ahmed and broadcaster Reggie Yates. The Roundhouse, Camden, £25, book ahead, 1pm-11pm

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Learn about London’s debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London’s unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. 
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Camden’s known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it?

Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You”ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You’ll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area’s links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town – following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets

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