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

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Friendly traders and a bustling atmosphere make Hackney Flea Market a great place to be on a weekend, and there are few places in London that offer the charm of Stoke Newington’s Church Street.

DOWN UNDER BEER FESTIVAL: The Australia Day celebrations finish up this weekend with Australian and New Zealand beers, BBQ food and Kiwi and Aussie rock tunes in this combined celebration of both Australia Day and Waitangi Day. Lost Rivers Leake Street, £5-£10, book ahead, 26 January-4 February

DESTINATIONS THE HOLIDAY & TRAVEL SHOW: Sitting at your desk dreaming of your next holiday destination? With more than 550 travel brands present and 50+ hours of free expert talks and panel sessions (including with celebs such as Rick Stein and Michael Portillo), you could turn those dreams into a reality. Olympia London (Kensington), £11, book ahead, 10am-5.30pm, 1-4 February

VOTES FOR WOMEN: Join a suffragette rally, flex your language skills in the poetry masterclass, play a pank-a-squith suffragette parlour game and other patriarchy shattering activities, as part of the centenary celebrations of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which gave voting rights to some women. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 10am-5.50pm, 3-4 February

HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: Looking for reclaimed industrial fixtures, vintage threads and other old clobber? You’ll find it at this flea market featuring more than 30 traders. Abney Hall (Stoke Newington), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 3-4 February

SNOWDROPS: It’s your last chance to marvel at the drifts of delicate milky white blooms of snowdrops that carpet Chelsea Physic Garden from late Jan to early Feb. Chelsea Physic Garden, West London, £7, just turn up, 10am-4pm, until 4 February

Saturday 3 February

Explore the Sewing Machine Museum on a tour of Tooting.

YOGA AT THE GARDEN MUSEUM: Early risers, grab your yoga mats and head to the relaxing Garden Museum to unwind and stretch before it opens to the public. Head to The Garden Cafe on site to enjoy brunch for just £6. The Garden Museum, £12.50 or £40 for all four Saturday sessions, book ahead, 8.45am-9.45am

SAPPHIRE ICE LAUNCH: Mention Romford to most people, and they wrinkle up their nose at you as if you’ve just made an inappropriate joke. But this brand new leisure centre, complete with ice rink, swimming pool, 100-station state-of-the-art gym and sauna should put a stop to that. Sapphire Ice, free, book ahead, 10am-11pm

WORKOUT ON ICE: Still clinging on to your get fit resolution? Get on your sports gear for this hour-long workout-on-ice and you’ll be rewarded by a botanical brunch courtesy of French restaurant Plateau after. Canary Wharf Ice Rink, £38.32, book ahead, 10.15am

THE DRAWING GYM: Over three weeks this course will teach you how to sketch like a pro. In the final session, you’ll be taking inspiration from the Design Museum’s collection. Design Museum, £90/£75concs, book ahead, 11am, every Saturday until 17 February

LONDON LIVING WALKS: Tooting has many a hidden gem, as you’ll realize on this urban wander past vibrant Tooting Markets, a historic and wild cemetery, secret hospital and a magical Sewing Machine Museum. Tooting Broadway Station, £10, book ahead, 11.30am-2pm

RELIEF PRINTING: This drop in workshop shows you how to design, draw and cut out your own blocks, which you can then use to create awesome prints. GreatArt (Dalston), free, just turn up, noon-6pm

STUART HALL: Hear poetry from Mona Arshi, dance and performance from Lanre Malaolu, plus talks and readings on the political and economic changes taking place around the world and the forms of popular resistance to those changes at the first Stuart Hall Public Conversation. Conway Hall (Holborn), £15, book ahead, 2pm-5.30pm

BOYS IN THE BUFF: It’s your last chance to catch this risqué musical, which explores body image, bullying, photoshop, exercise, selfies and diets with a lot of eye candy-rich moments thrown in. King’s Head Theatre (Angel), £15-£25, book ahead, 5.30pm and 9.30pm

THE EXPERIMENTAL LIBRARY: If you love a concert riddled with literary references you’ll enjoy this gig consisting of rooms filled with the work of various artists and musicians responses to the sci-fi writer Octavia E. Butler. Cafe Oto (Dalston), £10/£6, book ahead, 7.30pm

CRAIG CHARLES: Bring all your best moves to this late night jam, headlined by Red Dwarf star turned banging DJ Craig Charles, who is rocking Brixton with his BBC 6 Music Funk and Soul show tonight. The show’s a perennial favourite of ours at Londonist Towers, so comes with an extra special recommendation from us. Brixton Jamm, £17.50, book ahead, 10pm-4am

Sunday 4 February

Sea bass, hake, peppers and sour cream tucked into a Bowls pita.

SUPER BOWL: The biggest sporting event the States has to offer is pretty massive in London too. If you’d rather be soaking up the atmosphere (and the beer) in a pub, The Social in Fitzrovia, Planet Hollywood in St James’s, The Water Poet in Shoreditch, Honky Tonk in Clapham and the Draft House on Seething Lane are all worthy choices. Various venues, free, just turn up, 4 February

EXPLORE THE URBAN FOREST: Paul Wood is back with another Stalking Trees walk, where you’ll hopefully spot the first signs of Spring. This one takes you past evergreen Strawberry Trees, deciduous Dawn Redwoods, early flowering Persian Ironwoods and even an Almond. Haggerston Station, £19.02, book ahead, 10.30am-noon

CLASSICAL MORNINGS: Start the day with a saxophone-fuelled coffee and pastry. Royal College of Music student Teddy Humphrey is only 17 but he’ll blow your socks off with his talent. South Kensington, £13, book ahead, 11am

LAUGHING YOGA: Prepare to leave with an aching jaw, a clear mind and a smile on your face after you’ve spent an hour being silly in this laughing yoga sesh. The Archivist’s Gallery (Dalston), free (donation welcome), just turn up, 11am-noon

YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY: Why settle for a packet yorkshire pudding when you can have a Yorkshire Pudding Club Sandwich? It includes sirloin steak, duck fried egg Tiptree original tomato chutney, and bacon jam all wrapped in a large Yorkshire pudding. And if you get your social media game on you can get 50% off your off the Yorkshire Club dish. More details here.

CLOTHES SWAP: Gearing up for a Spring clean? Start by bringing your clean, unwanted clothes, bags, books, DVDs, toys and other household items to this clothes swap. Ziferblat London (Old Street), £5, just turn up, 2pm-4.30pm

BERBER & Q PITA PARTY: Get your mitts on these mini pitas filled with tasty creations from top guest chefs, who you’ll usually find cooking up a storm in the kitchens of Smokestak, Breddos Tacos and more. It’s the ultimate carb fest to get you through winter. Berber & Q Shawarma Bar (Exmouth Market), £26-£53, book ahead, 3pm

FASHIONING THE FOUNDLINGS: Brush up on your knowledge of the Foundling Hospital in this talk detailing how the hospital’s children learned to read and how their education changed over the course of the eighteenth century. The Foundling Museum, free with museum admission, book ahead, 3pm-4pm

WOMEN OF DOCTOR WHO: Fans of the popular BBC series should catch a tardis to this pub quiz to test your knowledge of the women of Doctor Who. All the rounds have been created by long-running Doctor Who fans. The Sebright Arms (Haggerston), £2, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

SUNDAY FILM NIGHT: Enjoy 10% off wine and order a pizza from Streatham’s independent pizzerias, which you can munch in front of a screening of Singing in the Rain. Streatham Wine House, £5 deposit, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

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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

Beer, bragging rights and buddies. That’s what Ping Pong Socials are all about – well, and showing off your whiff whaff skills. The event is crafted to serve both serious table tennis players with lots of challenges and tournaments, as well as social players, with plenty of tailor made games for singles, couples, colleagues and friends. Who’s up for a game? Get tickets

Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour ‘get started in archery’ class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills.

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We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets

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2018-02-02 16:00:00 – Source: londonist.com