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Prosecco Springs
Concrete Dreams Weekend
Margarita Rumble
Vaisakhi Festival 2018
Classic Car Boot Sale
London Burlesque Festival
Gung-Ho
Street Feast: Model Market
V&A Friday Late: Circus - Past, Present and Future
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Prosecco Springs

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th Apr 2018

 

London already has festivals dedicated to wine, beer and coffee and now it's the turn of prosecco with Prosecco Springs. The four-day event returns for its second year in 2018, bringing together Italian food, live music and, of course, lashings of prosecco at Oval Space. Top producers of the tipple will be on hand to discuss their produce and answer any prosecco-related questions you may have. Expert sommeliers from the East London Wine School will also be in attendance to host a series of masterclasses where you can learn about the process from grape to glass as well as discover different types of prosecco and how to pair it with food. Visitors will also be able to feast on Italian dishes while enjoying a soundtrack of live music.

 
 
 

Concrete Dreams Weekend

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th April 2018

 

The culmination of the Concrete Dreams exhibition, this special three day weekend showcases performances by artists who share a history with Southbank Centre. Every inch of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room will be filled with music, dance, workshops and talks celebrating the history of the 1960's buildings. Free events include a '60s Big Sing - a participatory workshop celebrating songs from Bowie to Pink Floyd - Rambert Dance hosting a family workshop and performances from Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Drake Music as well as dance company Corali. Other highlights are appearances from folk singer Sam Lee and Fifty Poems from Five Decades - with Simon Armitage and Caleb Femi among the ten poets taking part.

 
 
 

Margarita Rumble

The Yard, 89 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: Saturday 28th April 2018

 

Party like there's no mañana at the Margarita Rumble where mixologists from more than 15 specially curated bars and restaurants compete for the title of Best Margarita in London. Guests will be able to sample all the margaritas by the likes of Cafe Pacifico, Trapeze, Barrio Bars, Cabana Brixton, Whistling Shop, Benitos Hat, Simmons and The BootLegger and vote for their favourite, all while enjoying live Mexican music and food by talented chef James Cochran, owner of B.Y.O.C in SoHo and EC3 in Aldgate.

 
 
 

Vaisakhi Festival 2018

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 28th April 2018

 

Each year the official Vaisakhi Festival celebrations in London take place in Trafalgar Square in the heart of the city centre. A colourful way to welcome in the Sikh New Year, this fun, free event is a celebration of Sikh and Punjabi tradition, heritage and culture. There's traditional and modern Asian music and dancing, turban tying and an array of exotic culinary delights on offer. Live performances include music such as Kirtan (spiritual music), as well as modern dance music and DJs. In previous years crowds of 30,000 have attended the celebrations, which typically end with a final prayer for the good and well-being of the whole of humanity. Have a go at sports, arts events and fun activities for children and sample vegetarian food prepared by the Sikh community and on sale during the afternoon.

 
 
 

Classic Car Boot Sale

Granary Square, Good's Way, South Bank, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018

 

The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to King's Cross this weekend, moving to Granary Square with an impressive collection of classic cars and vintage goods. Curated by the Vintage Festival team, the event sees over 100 petrol heads park up their classic cars and vintage vehicles to trade fine vintage fashion, homewares and pop culture memorabilia from their boots. Further goods on sale will include vinyl records and accessories. There will also be street food, booze, music, dance and walkabout entertainment.

 
 
 
 

London Burlesque Festival

Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, Soho, London, NW1 2AJ

Tube: Euston Station , King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 27th April to 2nd June 2018

 

With the welcome news that Madame JoJo's is due to reopen in 2018, burlesque in London is enjoying a revival. Flying the flag for a saucy striptease, the London Burlesque Festival celebrates its 12th birthday in 2018. Brought to you by the infamous King of Burlesque, Chaz Royal, the man behind the hilariously named 'Pavabotti - The Naked Tenor', the festival showcases the very best in burlesque, glitz, vaudeville and sizzling striptease. Taking place at Shaw Theatre, the festival opens and closes with glittering ceremonies with five shows in between by the winners from the World Burlesque Games as well as a Tattoo & Twisted Revue - alternative artists of the underbelly performing scene. If you crave suspenders, stockings, whips, lace, red lips, lascivious ladies, pert posteriors and a bit of a slap 'n' tickle then this is the event for your diary.

 
 
 

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 26th April to 29th July 2018

 

French sculptor Auguste Rodin, one of the greatest and most innovative sculptors of the modern era, took his inspiration from the art of antiquity. He regularly travelled to London and visited the British Museum to sketch. So it's entirely appropriate that this is where Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, an exhibition staged in collaboration with the Musee Rodin,is being held. Visitors can see how Rodin admired the art of antiquity, particularly the works of Phidias who carved the sculptures on the Parthenon.

 
 
 

Gung-Ho

Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8RS

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Saturday 28th April 2018

 

Giant slides, bouncy balls, 11 big inflatables and enough air to inflate over 100 million footballs... it can only be the world's biggest inflatable fun run, Gung-Ho! It was a sell-out success last year, with 10,000 people taking part, now the seriously fun 5K will take place at three London parks. Adults and children of all ages, shapes and sizes, are challenged with clambering over and through giant inflatable mazes, walls and obstacles reminiscent of 'It's a Knockout'. It costs between £30 and £60 to enter but if you take on the challenge for BBC Children in Need you can get free tickets, as long as you pledge to raise at least £100 for the charity, for tickets go to www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey. Gung-Ho! 5k run London dates: Saturday 28th April - Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill | Saturday 28th July - Finsbury Park | Saturday 22nd September - Crystal Palace Park.

 
 
 

Street Feast: Model Market

196 Lewisham High Street, , London, SE13 6LS

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 27th April to 1st September 2018

 

Street Feast re-launches Model Market this April for an entire summer of street food and partying in the former 1950s market. The likes of Yum Bun, Mother Clucker, Mama's Jerk, Up In My Grill, Frankie Goes to Bollywood, What the Fattoush and Sodo Pizza will be serving up devilish dishes. Add to that fives bars, local DJs and late-night vibes, and you've got one hell of a party in south east London.

 
 
 

V&A Friday Late: Circus - Past, Present and Future

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Friday 27th April 2018

 

Dalston Superstore, the Roundhouse Street Circus Collective and Giffords Circus are at the V&A as it celebrates 250 years of the circus at its Friday Late this April. Enjoy an evening of italo gymnastics, high wire funk, and cosmic disco as young circus artists and hip-hop dancersaged 16 to 25 perform against a backdrop of Renaissance painting. Discover the dynamics of clowning at a drop-in workshop, hear how Philip Astley transformed an open-air riding school in Lambeth into the first circus and see spectacular acrobatics, dance and physical theatre in the John Madejski Garden.

 
 
 

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