Things To Do This Weekend In London: 19-20 May 2018



All weekend
A bottomless tea

ROYAL WEDDING: Looking for somewhere to watch the Royal wedding? It’s all in here, from stag/hen dos and garden parties, to rooftop screenings and other special events. On the other hand, if you want to avoid the Royal wedding (and FA Cup) altogether, this is the place for you.

CHEAP CUTS: Whether your preferred style is experimental, animation, or observational, this film festival has shorts for a every flavour of documentary fiend. This year’s themes include conflict and identity, displacement, and best of British. Rio Cinema & Hackney Attic (Dalston/Hackney), from £6, book ahead, 17-20 May

URBAN TREE FESTIVAL: London may be something of a concrete jungle, but there are still plenty of green spaces to explore. Ramble through your local urban forest, compose a haiku in a Japanese garden, or take on a tree-sure hunt at the inaugural Urban Tree Festival. Various locations, from £10, book ahead, 18-20 May

SLIME PLANET: Kids will go gooey for this workshop that’s all about slime. As well as making their own, complete with fun extras like glitter and foam beads, they’ll learn the science behind the stuff and try their luck at the slime Olympics. Good Hope Cafe (Lewisham) £12.50, book ahead, 19-20 May

HACKNEY FLEA: Delve into a treasure trove of salvaged, one-of-a-kind vintage goodies and handmade items at Hackney Flea Market, which returns to Stoke Newington’s Church street this weekend. Abney Hall, free entry, just turn up, 10am-6pm, 19-20 May

BOTTOMLESS TEA: Get stuck into MAP Maision’s bottomless afternoon tea. You’ll get a scrumptious selection of savoury and sweet treats alongside an endless flow of bubbles and cocktails. MAP Maison (Haggerston), £25, book ahead, 1pm-5pm, 19-20 May

Saturday 19 May
A gloriously ginger get-together for all you redheads.

NUNHEAD CEMETERY OPEN DAY: Check out woodcraft demonstrations, follow a family treasure trail, and see an art exhibition in a mausoleum at Nunhead Cemetery. This magnificent 19th century cemetery is opening its steely gates for a day of free tours and much more. Nunhead Cemetery, free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm

REDHEAD DAY: Redheads rejoice — the festival dedicated to all things ginge is making a comeback. Over 1000 flame-haired men, women and children are coming to Camden for a day of ginger infused games, photography, music, comedy, and talks. Cecil Sharp House, £9, book ahead, 12pm-10pm

COCK & BULL: Head to Oasis Farm for family-friendly festivities as Cock & Bull Festival begin the countdown to their big bash with a one day mini-fest. Feast on the farm’s own produce and make some music at their school of noise. Oasis Farm (Waterloo), £15, book ahead, 3pm-midnight

FUN AND FLIRTY: Done with dating? Give Tantra Speed Date a try. Pair up with other singles for a unique dating and relationship skills session, featuring plenty of playful (and PG-rated) interactions. Good Vibes Studios (Covent Garden), £25-50, book ahead, 4.30pm-7pm (sponsor)

BERMONDSEY FOLK CLUB: Multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti make up Hickory Signals, a shruti strumming, glockenspiel bashing, and flute tooting folksy double act. See them live at the site of the historic Peek Frean’s Biscuit factory. Shortwave Cafe (Bermondsey), £5, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

Sunday 20 May
Sprayskool, designer goodies and musical bingo… this is not your average village fete.

MIDCENTURY EAST: Deck out your home like Don Draper’s at a furniture fair that showcases the very best in mid-century modern interior design. From Eames to Ercol, British classics to Scandi-cool, Midcentury East has it all. Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School (Haggerston) £9-£10, book ahead, 10am-4pm

BIG CAT FESTIVAL: Cat people, this one’s for you. Learn about living with lions, go behind the scenes of the BBC’s Big Cats series and get constructive criticism on your wildlife shots with a day that’s all about the world’s most majestic felines. Royal Geographical Society (Kensington), £35, book ahead, 10.30am-6.30pm

URBAN VILLAGE FETE: Let Gilles Peterson provide the soundtrack to your Sunday at the coolest summer fete around. As well as the best soul, jazz, house and hiphop, there’s also talks from Rob Elms, workshops that range from jazz dance to perfume-making, a house of fairy tales, and much more. The Gateway Pavilions (Greenwich), free entry, just turn up, 11am-7pm

WINDRUSH: This timely audio-visual event details the Windrush generation’s fight for equal rights since 1948. Learn about the Notting Hill riots, forgetful and neglectful museums, and inspiring black female leaders with the director of Black History Walks, Tony Warner. Phoenix Cinema (East Finchey), £10, book ahead, 2pm

THEATRELAND ON FOOT: Comedy, tragedy, and murder most foul are afoot on this West End walking tour. Visit a haunted stage door where an actor was brutally slain, stand on the spot where Eliza Doolittle sold her flowers, and see London’s oldest theatre. Meet at Covent Garden tube station, £10, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

HIPPO: Bristol-based jazz futurists Hippo are bringing their bouncing rhythms to a Peckham record store. Before they introduce their brand new material, Jazz Plus DJs will warm you up by spinning the vinyl on the shop floor. Rye Wax (Peckham), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm

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