Things To Do This Weekend In London: 12-13 August 2017

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A taste of Latin America at Comida Fest

SUMMER JAZZ: What better way to while away the weekend than with some smooth jazz tunes from live bands at the Summer Jazz Weekenders festival? Greenwich Peninsula, free, just turn up, 12-13 and 19-20 August

COMIDA FEST: Eat tacos in Mexico City, a bandeja paisa in Bogotá and an acai bowl in Rio de Janeiro — all without leaving London. This Latin American food festival promises a tantalising journey. Potters Fields Park (London Bridge), free entry, just turn up, 12-13 August

DESTINATION EARTH: Dave loves old monster and sci-fi movies. He also believes in aliens. Presenting a film night to showcase his passions, he gets more than he bargained for. Part of Camden Fringe Festival. The Cockpit Theatre (Marylebone), £12, book ahead, 12-14 August

KILO SALE: Load up on vintage summer and winter clothes, shoes and accessories for £15 per kilo in this monthly vintage market. Everything from sportswear to coats, denim, dresses and more. We love a good bargain. Pop Brixton, free entry, just turn up, 12-13 August

CIDER-LICIOUS: Sample a variety of homegrown ciders at The Great British Apple Festival, splash your cash at the farmers' market and sway to live music from some of London's best bands and singer/songwriters. Shoreditch Park, £10 (children go free), 12-13 August

FILM NIGHTS: A series of classic films in a classic location — what better place to catch a screening of Jaws, Free Willy, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid than at the Natural History Museum. Notice a theme? It's all to welcome Hope, the blue whale skeleton. Natural History Museum, £28, book ahead, 12-15 August

Saturday 12 August

Witness this animalistic outdoor show set in a post-apocalyptic world

90S FESTIVAL: Prepare for a hit of serious nostalgia as Now That's A Festival sees in live music from '90s supergroups Blue, B*Witched, S Club and Blazin' Squad. Ain't no party like an S Club Party. Central Park (Dagenham), £15, book ahead, 11-12 August

THAMES MEANDER: Put on your running shoes and do the Thames Meander. It's a marathon or half-marathon along a flat scenic riverside trail starting and finishing at the YMCA HQ. YMCA Hawker Centre, from £26, book ahead, 10am-5pm

HIDDEN GEMS: Walk Southwark's hidden gems on this exploration of the area, featuring the Albion channel, the quirky ecological park, the views from Stave Hill and the farm animals at Surrey Docks City Farm. Canada Water, £4, book ahead, 11am-2pm

JOHNSTON JOURNEYS: These tours have been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the 'Johnston' typeface, designed in 1916. Hear about the challenges and successes of designs so strong that they now represent the idea of London itself. London Transport Museum Depot (Acton), £10, book ahead, 11am and 2pm

SAFARI FESTIVAL: Celebrate the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond at this festival showcasing the work of cartoonists and publishers. Protein Studios (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

BRUNCH CLUB: Did you know about the five key taste profiles: sweet, salty, sour, umami and bitter? Get to know each a little better with Grey Goose for Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club. Carousel London (Marylebone), £30, book ahead, midday-2pm

KATHY'S PARLOUR: Visit this parlour, seemingly closed for the weekend — but who knows what you'll discover with a peek through the windows? There are plenty of surprises in this piece of immersive street theatre. Bell Square (Hounslow), free, just turn up, midday-4pm

SINESTESIA: Follow the animalistic journey of survivors to a safe-zone in a post-apocalyptic world, in this atmospheric outdoor show presented by Barcelona-based experimental dance company, Iron Skulls. Giffin Square (Deptford), free, just turn up, 1pm and 2.30pm

BOTTOMLESS BELLINIS: Can there be too many bottomless brunches? We don't think so and now JuJu has joined the trend with a Bottomless Belaire Brunch. JuJu (Chelsea), £20, book ahead, 1pm-5pm

CEILIDH DANCING: Come and dance, Scottish style. There'll be live music and a family friendly atmosphere, so no matter what your skill level, you needn't be afraid to put your dancing shoes on. Kensington Gardens, free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

UNFILTERED: Pop the social media filter-bubble and break out of the echo-chamber in this interactive exhibition designed to expose you to a range of opinions and experiences on topical UK and global issues. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

SILENT MARCH: Local shopping streets will be transformed into a sea of placards as individuals march anonymously in support for their own causes and personal crusades, in an event designed to provide a platform to all. Bell Square (Hounslow), free, just turn up, 4pm-6.30pm

BEER RACE: Three cheers for the Beer Mile World Classic, a drinking race that's actually a race — not just a weekend long bender. Part athletics meet, part beer festival, it's all kinds of fun, and happens all over the world. Allianz Park, £10, book ahead, 5pm-9pm

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Enjoy a screening of sci-fi favourite Back to the Future at this outdoor cinema event in the heart of Bloomsbury. Wrap up warm and enjoy street food and popcorn while you watch. Coram's Fields (Bloomsbury), £12, book ahead, 7pm-late

HORSE SHOW: It's the last day to catch this two-person comedy show with a twist: the sketches are only about horses and people who love them. Camden People's Theatre, £12, book ahead, 9pm-10pm

Sunday 13 August

Explore our love affair with locomotion through poetry

MARVELLOUS MAPS: Did you know that the museum's collections hold around 100,000 historical maps and sea charts? Learn about the ways people have navigated the globe in the past and even create a map of your own. National Maritime Museum, free, just turn up, 11am-1pm and 2.45pm-3.30pm

MYSTERY ADVENTURE: If you're a parent with a child 6-14 years old then you've been set a challenge by XRACE, a mystery adventure race against the clock to be crowned XRACE champion. Highbury Fields, £19, book ahead, midday-3pm

MINDFUL DRINKING: As more and more people join the mindful drinking movement, try some alcohol alternatives at this alcohol free festival, featuring a (hopefully) sunny roof garden to sample your beverages in. Bermondsey Square Hotel, free entry, just turn up, midday-6pm

CARNIVAL PIONEERS: A free, family-friendly festival featuring three live stages, paying homage through music to those who have made invaluable contributions to the local community. There will also be special tributes to those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Portobello Green, free, just turn up, midday-9pm

SPIRAL WALK: If you like walking in London, you'll enjoy the 24th stage of the London spiral walk, taking in the green space and views of the city through Norwood into Beckenham, and finishing up at Crystal Palace. Norbury station, free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

RAILWAY RHAPSODY: Ever since its inception, the railway has cast a spell over our nation. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for the rhymes and reasons why the enchantment lingers still. Keats House (Hampstead), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

33 WOOD VALE: This award winning garden is home to the Corokia National Collection, along with a number of other unusual Australasian, Mediterranean and exotic plants. Visit on a rare open day this weekend. 33 Wood Vale (Highgate), £3.50, just turn up, 2pm-5.30pm

WALK THE TWOPENNY TUBE: Follow the line of the Twopenny Tube by foot with the author of Walk the Lines. Full of history and trivia, you'll find more about the London you know and the London you don't. Bank tube, £8, book ahead, 2.30pm

BRITISH NFL: It's the tense semi-final showdown in preparation for the American Football BritBowl national championship game, and the London Blitz are taking on the Merseyside Nighthawks to see who comes out on top. Finsbury Park Athletic Stadium, £3, just turn up, 2.30pm-7pm

PITCH PERFECT: Sing along to Pitch Perfect at this outdoor cinema in the heart of Bloomsbury. Wrap up warm and enjoy street food and popcorn whilst you test out those vocal cords. Coram's Fields (Bloomsbury), £12, book ahead, 7pm-late

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