You’ve done it! You got through another week of emails, meetings and listening to Janet from accounts drone on about her new pet chinchilla. You deserve a treat for reaching the weekend in one piece. Or how about ten? Look no further – we’ve got the ultimate guide for you. So whether you want to boogie with a meat-free burger in Bethnal Green on Saturday or fancy lacing up your skates in South Ken on Sunday, be sure to make the most of your two days of freedom – you’ve earnt it!
Saturday October 19 2019
1. Oval Night Market
Street food? Check. Live DJs? Check. Hot cocktails? Triple check. The Bethnal Green-based block party is back, bringing some autumnal cheer to this time of year.
The Oval. Cambridge Heath Overground. Free.
2. All-Night Graffiti and Tattoo Art Festival
This celebration of all things ink is set to make its mark in Manor House. Go for the tattoo rooms and live graffiti workshops, stay for the all-night rave.
Low Profile Studios. Tube: Manor House. £12.
3. Clean Up Crawl
Fancy some free beer? All you have to do is help clean up the Regent’s Canal area, with a full bag’s worth of plastic collected that you can exchange for a free half-pint in six local pubs. Rubbish has never tasted so good.
London Fields Brewery. London Fields Overground. Free.
4. Hogarth: ‘Place and Progress’
Trying to avoid the news on the so-called ‘Super Saturday’? Head to see some Hogarth instead and laugh at the fact that literally every other character looks like Boris Johnson (including some of the animals).
Sir John Soane’s Museum. Tube: Holborn. Free.
5. Indoor Flea Market
Flea fodder comes to NW11 at this market where you’ll be able to buy everything but the trestle tables. Expect bric-à-brac, vintage clothing and a sustainable approach to shopping.
Free Church Hall. Tube: Golders Green. 50p.
Sunday October 20 2019
You’d be silly to miss this festival dedicated to the eats and treats of southern Italy. Come hungry and prepared to eat what cannoli be described as the best food around.
Hampstead Heath. Shoreditch High Street Overground. Free entry.
2. Somali Week Festival
Immerse yourself in the culture of the east African country at the 11th annual celebration, which this year focuses on how artists, activists and musicians respond and react in times of political change.
Various venues. Prices vary.
3. Sylvanian Families Pop-up Shop
Get your paws on some of the cult kids toys at this one-stop-shop for all things Sylvanian. As well as limited edition figures, there’s also a London-themed selfie corner, obvs.
52 Brewer St. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Free entry.
4. Hackney Flea Market
Rummage through stalls and snap up some second-hand bargains as more than 30 stalls pitch up at this Stoke Newington spot.
Abney Hall. Stoke Newington Overground. Free entry.
5. Natural History Museum Ice Rink
We don’t want to alarm you, but Christmas is just around the corner. Get in the festive spirit early and hit the ice at the institution’s rather nice rink.
Natural History Museum. Tube: South Kensington. From £12.65, £8.80 child.
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