Things To Do This Weekend In London: 17-18 February 2018

All weekend

The Orchids Festival is back at Kew Gardens.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Feast your eyes on more than 700 mechanical beauties at the London Classic Car Show, while you steadfastly try to ignore the cost to the environment and your wallet. Excel London, from £25, book ahead, 15-18 February

STOKEY BEER FEST: Clink glasses with 14 top-notch brewers across four booze-soaked sessions, which includes veterans Seven Sisters Brewery, Solvay Society and Elusive Brewing as well as newcomers  Affinity Brew Co., Unity Brewing Co and Moncada Brewery. Abney Public Hall, £32, book ahead, 17-18 February

GOING UNDERGROUND!: For a subculture that started in the late ’50s, Mod continues to hold its place as an image of swinging London and the epitome of teenage cool. Dig out your Hush Puppies and spend your weekend bowling to the tune of Garage Rock, Northern Soul and Mod Revival with music from the likes of The Kinks, Small Faces, Skatalites and The Jam. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, £6/£7 after 11pm, book ahead, 9.30pm Saturday-3am Sunday

ORCHIDS FESTIVAL: Skip into spring at Kew Gardens, where 100s of colourful blooms have sprung up for the annual Orchids Festival. This year’s theme is Thailand and at weekends you can tuck into authentic Thai street food in front of live music from Thai musicians at 1pm and 3pm. Kew Gardens, £16/£4, book ahead, until 11 March

Saturday 17 February

Celebrate the year of the dog with a themed interactive ‘Tales from the Shed’ performance.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, make your own puppet pooch and listen to tales of canines at this day of family-friendly events celebrating the Year of the Dog. National Gallery, free, book ahead, 11am-4pm

CHURCHILL GUIDED TOUR: If the film The Darkest Hour piqued your interest in Churchill, you might enjoy this tour delving into his 64 years as a Member of Parliament. Houses of Parliament, £25.50, book ahead, 11.20am and 2pm

DOGGY BRUNCH: Want to celebrate Valentine’s with your best friend of the four-legged variety? Enjoy a cookery masterclass, doggy speed dating and treat your furry pal to a two course meal, £15 of which is donated to the Dogs Trust. Talk about pampered pooches! M Victoria Street (Victoria), £35, book ahead, noon-2pm

FRANKENSTEIN AT 200: The lumbering square-headed monster has long captured our imaginations, from the chilling classics of Walpole to more modern reincarnations. This talk from novelist Kate Mosse illustrates why the novel is as powerful today as it was back in 1818. One for literature students and gothic fans everywhere. Hampstead Theatre, £10/£8, book ahead, 12.45pm

CAFE SOCIETY SWING: Let leading vintage vocalist Vimala Rowe, guitarist and vocalist Ciyo Brown and their swinging eight-piece band recreate the radical atmosphere of New York nightclub, the Cafe Society Swing, which stuck two fingers up to prevailing racist attitudes of the 1930s and 1940s and booked legendary musicians such as Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Hideaway Jazz Club (Streatham), £15, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

CASA LOCA CLOSING PARTY: Rave it at up at Camden’s finest cobbled club, which every Saturday turns into an Ibiza-style piss-up, complete with costumed performers, fully choreographed routines and enthralling stage shows, before Proud closes its doors at the end of the month. Proud Camden, £5, book ahead, 7pm

THE DROVES: Unsettling dilemmas, mushroom forests and at least one gorilla await you at the door of this immersive show, where you’ll meet a secret community of children living deep beneath a derelict carpet factory. Creepy much? COLAB Factory (London Bridge), £15-£30, book ahead, until 25 February

Sunday 18 February

Celebrate Chinese New Year

CHINESE NEW YEAR: If you’re in the West End today, expect to see dragons, lions and one heck of a party as London celebrates Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dog will be welcomed with the traditional parade, lion dancing in the streets, food stalls, performances and events in Trafalgar Square, and much more. Free, just turn up, from 10am,

GHOST SIGNS WALK: Who knew peeling paint could have so much meaning? Local ghostsign expert Sam Roberts invites you to look up for your phone and admire the stories of advertising past left on London’s walls on this TripAdvisor award-winning walking tour. Stoke Newington station, £20, book ahead, 10.50am-1.30pm

A WALK THROUGH HIGHGATE: Wander through Waterlow Park, say hi to Karl Marx’s grave in Highgate Cemetery and visit other historic points of interest on this Footprints of London tour. Highgate station, £2-£11, book ahead, 11.30am-1.15pm

FOLK JAMS: Lazy Sundays were made for pub lounging, comfort eating and folk tunes. Hear sets from Great Silkie, Charles Potashner, Gemini Sun and Lucila & Francisco this afternoon. Sebright Arms, free, just turn up, 1pm

HAND EMBROIDERY: Keep nimble fingers busy at this crafty class led by Bella Lane, who will teach you how to stitch your own ‘Love Heart’ design. Fabrications (Broadway Market), £59.73-£102.73, book ahead, 2pm-5pm

TIPSY TEA: Bring your friend/lover to this boozy afternoon tea, where you’ll be treated to the sounds of a live musician and receive a complimentary caricature sketch if you’re feeling brave. Mr Foggs, £40, book ahead, 3pm-5pm

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE: Settle in for Stanley Kubrick’s violent, darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s novel. Moth Club (Hackney), £5, book ahead, 8pm

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing…

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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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. Get tickets

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

How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London’s most superstitious hotel. On Matt’s tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

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