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Things To Do This Weekend In London: 14-15 May 2022


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Wimbledon Art Fair is back

LONDON CRAFT WEEK: Cricket bat making? Tick. Leather work? Of course. Find out about some of the more unusual things being made here in the capital at London Craft Week. Workshops, demonstrations, talks and workshop tours feature in the programme, showcasing the handiwork of London’s makers. Various locations and prices, 9-15 May

PHOTO LONDON: International fair Photo London is back at Somerset House for a celebration of all things snap happy. As well as a chance to collect and purchase photos from around the world, there are talks, tours and workshops on all aspects of photography. Somerset House, from £29, book ahead, 11-15 May

WIMBLEDON ART FAIR: More than 150 artists and makers exhibit at Wimbledon Art Fair, giving you a chance to purchase artworks directly from the people who created them. There’s also a rare opportunity to go inside artists’ studios. Wimbledon Art Studios, free, book ahead, 12-15 May

Dulwich Park Fair on Sunday is part of Dulwich Festival

FUTURE CITIES: Visual arts and poetry collide in Future Cities, an exhibition exploring what cities will look like in… well, the future. It consists of four contemporary artworks, accompanied by responses by poets Selina Nwulu, Astra Papachristodoulou, James Wilkes and Aea Varfis-van Warmelo. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 12 May-18 September

DULWICH FESTIVAL: Theatre, music, talks, dancing, fairs, exhibitions and more form part of the full-to-brimming Dulwich Festival programme, which celebrates the history and culture of the local area. Highlights this weekend include a spring fair, a street art walk, and the Dulwich Park Fair. Various locations and prices, 13-22 May

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: After being closed for more than two years, the Florence Nightingale Museum reopens to the public, continuing its curtailed exhibition, Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places. Florence Nightingale Museum (Waterloo), £10, book ahead, from 12 May

The Florence Nightingale Museum reopens

OPEN AIR THEATRE: The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre kicks off its season with a production of Legally Blonde, a musical version of the 2001 film. Watch the show at the open-air auditorium, located in the middle of Regent’s Park. Read our guide to outdoor culture for more al fresco fun this summer. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, from £23, book ahead, from 13 May

ASMR: Design Museum examines the world of ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, a physical sensation of euphoria or deep calm, triggered through sound, touch, and movement — in a new exhibition. Hope it features rain on canvas… Design Museum (Kensington), from £9.50, book ahead, from 13 May

BLUE BOY: It’s the final week to see Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, which returned to London 100 years to the day after it was sent across the Atlantic to a new home in California. It could be another century before the 18th century painting is back on display in London again, so don’t miss it. National Gallery, free, book ahead, until 15 May

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: It’s also your last chance to see Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, an exhibition of fabric and textile works by artist Louise Bourgeois. It’s a mixture of figurative sculptures and abstract collages, using materials such as bed linen. Southbank Centre, £15, book ahead, until 15 May

PECKHAM FRINGE: This year’s Peckham Fringe theatre festival continues. Performances this weekend include The Underground Society For The Preservation Of Human Kind. It’s set in a dystopian future in which censorship rules a community of people have fled underground to save music, speech and the freedom of expression. Theatre Peckham, various prices, book ahead, until 5 June

Last chance to sign up for the Banham Marsden March

WOMAN IN THE WINDOW: Dulwich Picture Gallery’s big new exhibition, Reframed: The Woman in the Window, is now open. It features artworks by 50 artists spanning several centuries, all using the motif of a woman in a window, eliciting responses ranging from empathy to voyeurism. Dulwich Picture Gallery, £16.50, book ahead, until 4 September

LAST CHANCE SIGNUP: This weekend is your last chance to sign up for the Banham Marsden March, a 15 mile walk through London (or virtually) in aid of the Royal Marsden cancer charity. This year’s event takes place on 22 May, but Sunday (15 May) is the cutoff for new sign-ups. Go on, you know you want to.

Saturday 14 May

Cheam Charter Fair is back

CHEAM CHARTER FAIR: Rumour has it that the Cheam Charter Fair dates back to 1259 — though even the modern-day organisers can’t verify that. Either way, head to the London-Surrey border for a traditional fair of stalls, kicked off with a procession at 9am, with Cheam Charter Week events happening in the run-up to the big day. Park Road, Cheam, 9am-1pm

KENSINGTON DOLLSHOUSE FESTIVAL: Experience life in miniature at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, which takes place on Friday and Saturday. 120 top miniaturists from around the world exhibit and sell their works for anyone looking to kit out their own dolls house, plus there are displays, kids’ activities and more. Kensington Town Hall, from £10, book ahead, 10am-5pm

THE UNDERLINE: Adventures on the Underline is a free, one-day festival making use of the space beneath the DLR tracks on the Isle of Dogs. Circus performances, parkour demos, live music, street food, and a chance to get involved in creating a new street mural are all part of the fun. Isle of Dogs, free, just turn up, 11am-7pm

A red DLR train whooses past the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf
Adventures on the Underline is open to everyone

ART CAR BOOT FAIR: Art is sold out of the back of a car/van and emerging artists mix with well-known names like Gavin Turk at the Electric Art Car Boot Fair. There’s also live music and food and drink stalls — and if you can’t make it in person, there’s an online art sale running parallel to the main event. Lewis Cubitt Square (King’s Cross), £15 until 5pm/free after, book ahead, 2pm-7pm (continues online until Monday)

AS YOU LIKE IT:  Today’s your last chance to see Halifax-based theatre company Northern Broadsides’ 30th anniversary production, a refreshing take on Shakespeare’s As You Like It. It’s the story of cousins Rosalind and Celia escaping the Duke’s court into a forest, where they learn that ‘all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.’ The 2.30pm show today has BSL signing. Wilton’s Music Hall, £11-£28, book ahead, 2.30pm/7.30pm

FA CUP FINAL: Chelsea take on Liverpool in the FA Cup Final at Wembley today, which is the 150th anniversary of the first FA Cup Final. If you’ve not got tickets for Wembley, consider heading to one of the best pubs and bars for watching football in London. Kick off is at 4.45pm

Last chance to see As You Like It at Wilton’s

ANDY ZALTZMAN: Comedian, author and podcast host Andy Zaltzman brings his unique brand of satire to London is new show, Satirist For Hire. Audience members can submit a topic in advance for Zaltzman to cover — anything from political stories to personal peeves — meaning no two shows are the same. Soho Theatre, from £20.50, book ahead, 7pm

IMPURITY! A unique cabaret of poetry, burlesque, dance, comedy comes to Bishopsgate Institute — inspired by the history of a sex worker, as record in the Institute’s archives. Impurity! explores how sex workers have historically been treated by the police, media, and society as a whole. Bishopsgate Institute (Liverpool Street), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

Someone on stage at the Eurovision Party London, with the event's logo on a screen in the background
Dust off your best sequinned outfit. Photo: Eurovision Party London

EUROVISION: If you’re partial to sequins, disco balls and cheese by the truckload, tonight is absolutely your night. Here’s our guide to London parties and screenings, all of which broadcast the action live from Turin, with games, drinks and other entertainment thrown in. Various locations and prices, book ahead, events start from 5pm/BBC broadcast begins at 8pm

WHITE RIOT: Enjoy a screening of White Riot, director Rubika Shah’s award-winning documentary which charts national protest movement Rock Against Racism (RAR). It was formed in 1976, prompted by musician Eric Clapton’s support of racist MP Enoch Powell. The screening is follow by a Q&A session with Shah, and an afterparty. Catford Mews, £8, book ahead, 8pm

Sunday 15 May

Go in search of Archway’s ghostsigns

SPRING BBQ: Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham hosts a fundraising Spring BBQ, with games and activities for all ages, including stalls, a lucky dip, tombola and a beat the goalie contest, as well as the all-important barbecue. Age UK (Hammersmith), suggested donation £10, book ahead, 10am-3pm

ZUMBATHON: Get your Zumba on with 2022’s Zumbathon — in which 15 of the best Zumba instructors in London come together to lead you through a serious workout. It’s in aid of charity Healing Venezuela. 229 The Venue (Great Portland Street), £21.08-£32.93, book ahead, 10.30am-3pm

PERIODS OF CHANGE: This week’s Sunday Assembly event features Chella Quint, a science communicator, educator, and comedian who coined the term ‘period positive’. She is aiming to eliminate negative portrayals of periods in the media, which lead young people to feel shame and disgust about their bodies. Conway Hall (Holborn), free (donations welcome), book ahead, 11am-1pm

GHOSTSIGNS: Join Footprints of London guide Jane Parker for a stroll down the A1 Holloway Road, focusing on the area’s ghostsigns — historic advertising signs, now faded but still visible. The walk covers hand-painted signs, forged metalwork, incised letters and old pub signage, all of which offer an insight into the area’s history. Archway, £12/£9, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

Share a carafe of preach spritz at Coupette.

HEALTHY CITIES: What’s the future of health in London? Experts including Audrey de Nazelle (Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London) and Kirsten Watters (Director of Public Health at London Borough of Camden), assemble to discuss new urban technologies that’ll improve Londoners’ wellbeing, and how they city’s preparing for the next pandemic. British Library (Euston), free, reserve tickets, 2pm

SPRITZ O’CLOCK: Bethnal Green cocktail bar Coupette will add some effervescence to your weekend, with its spring-inspired menu of spritz cocktails — including a peach spritz and a rhubarb basil sbagliato. It’s £7 a serve or £30 for a sharing carafe. Book ahead, (open 5pm-11pm Sundays)

ONLINE COMEDY: Laugh Train Home takes things online for a Comedy For The Curious show. Join Robyn Perkins and two guest comics to watch three unique stand-up sets, all around a particular topic. Online event, £1-£8, book ahead, 8.30pm



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