Things To Do This Weekend In London: 14-15 April 2018

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Holiday hijinks at Battersea Power Station.

EASTER AT BATTERSEA: Finish up the Easter holidays in style at Battersea Power Station. Sample special Easter tasting menus and visit the Imagination Workshop. This weekend there's also a workshop on growing bee-friendly plants. Battersea Power Station, free entry, from 10am, until 15 April

ART FAIR: Hampstead Garden Suburb showcases over two dozen local artists at an exhibition and sale. Pick up paintings, sculptures, jewellery, photography, textiles and glassware, or simply have a browse while scoffing scrumptious coffee and cakes (all refreshment proceeds go to Combat Stress). Fellowship House (Hampstead), free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm, 14-15 April

BAFTA FEMALE FIRSTS: Take a peek at previously unseen video footage and photography, and discover over 70 years of pioneering women in film at the BAFTA Open Weekend, from the first female filmmakers to win awards, to the creator of the iconic BAFTA mask. There's also a whole weekend of screenings inspired by the exhibition. Princess Ann Theatre (Piccadilly), from £3, book ahead, 1pm-6pm, 14-15 April

SPANISH FILM FEST: The best new Spanish cinema is landing in London at this two day film festival. You can catch the latest works from the likes of Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel Coixet and Gustavo Salmerón in the art deco glamour of Kensington's Cine Lumiere and the historic Regent Street Cinema. Queensberry Place/Regent Street, from £11, book ahead, 13-15 April

Saturday 14 April

Reggae and jazz collective Dojo come to the Hootenanny.

ASTRONOMY AND ISLAM: Discover Arabic tales inspired by the constellations at a special Royal Observatory young person's show dedicated to the night sky. Find out which stars are still called by their Arabic names today, while your little ones learn all about the cycles of the moon. Suitable for ages 7+. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), from £6.40, just turn up, 10am-10.45am

VINTAGE KILO SALE: Give your biceps some exercise and stock up on retro bargains at Brixton Vintage Kilo Sale. Simply pick out some new threads, get your haul weighed and pay £15 per kilogram of clobber. Pop Brixton, free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm

GAMES PARADE: From Avatar to Zelda, spot all your favourite video games characters at this very special parade around the City. If you fancy cosplaying yourself, there's an open call for participants. Meet at Gresham Street (City of London),free, book ahead to take part, 12.30pm

BRINK OF EXTINCTION: Catch Marcus Coates' solo exhibition The Last of Its Kind before it disappears for good. In its titular centrepiece, filmed in Newfoundland, the artist imagines himself the last human alive —exploring our connection with vanishing species and our relationship with our own extinction. Workplace Gallery (Mayfair), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

BENGALI NEW YEAR: Celebrate Pahela Baishakh—a colourful festival to mark the start of the Bengali new year. Bengali community activist Syeda Sultana Sikha hosts an evening of vibrant rituals, dazzling dance, traditional Bangla music and poetry, all for free. Poplar Union, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm

CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND: Who doesn't love a good old fashioned sing-along? Fans of Crazy Ex Girlfriend can bust out their best Rebecca Bunch with prizes for best dressed, brave souls who attempts a rendition of What A Rush To Be A Bride and for any song that makes at least three people cry. All proceeds go to international children's charity Child.org. The Canvas Cafe (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

ERIC SARGON: BBC Symphony Orchestra alumnus Eric Sargon is turning 90. To mark the occasion the Whitehall Orchestra is performing a celebratory programme, featuring Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Strauss. The nonagenarian violist himself will also perform a solo. St James's Sussex Gardens (Paddington), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm

BITCOIN BANTER: Check out the first comedy show to sell tickets in Bitcoin (don't worry, you can still buy them the normal way too). Five comedians will be cracking jokes about cryptocurrency, with three-time Chortle Award winner Joseph Morpurgo headlining and promising voodoo of the highest order. 2Northdown (King's Cross), £5/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

DOJO: International jazz and reggae collective Dojo, who have toured with the likes of Lee Scratch Perry and Max Romeo, are bringing their powerful lyrics and fusion of American, African and European influences to Hootenanny Brixton. They're joined by roots reggae upstarts Royal Sounds, neo-soul trailblazer Bahia and dub act Numesa. Hootenanny Brixton, free entry before 9pm/£7 after, just turn up, 9pm-3am

Sunday 15 April

A very Emu-sing comedy night.

WELLNESS TEMPLE: Put a spring in your step with a unique yoga session in Adaz Hotel's hidden Masonic Temple followed by a nutritious and delicious bottomless brunch (they've swapped the Bloody Marys for veggie juice). You'll also be given full access to the hotel’s Health Club facilities. Adaz Hotel (Liverpool Street), £45, book ahead, 10.30am-2pm

MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY: Take the kids down the rabbit hole with a day of Alice in Wonderland themed-fun. Expect interactive theatre performances, crafts, rides, and fancy dress in the idyllic gardens. Valentines Mansion Gardens (Ilford), from £5, book ahead, 11am-4pm

VINTAGE POP UP: The best vintage traders are filling up a stunning 19th century Gothic church with an enormous range of goodies from the 1930s-1980s. Get your hands on unique homeware, jewellery and clothing while swinging sixties trio The Amorelles perform live. St Stephen's Church (Belsize Park), £2, just turn up, 11am-4pm

CLOTHES SWAP: Calling all swapaholics. Clear some space in your closet and get yourself some snazzy new outfits at this clothes-swap spectacular. Simply bring up to 20 decent quality items and get exchanging. Shoreditch Platform, £3, just turn up, 12.30pm-3.30pm

BATTLE OF BARNET: Commemorate the 547th anniversary of the Battle of Barnet with a guided walk. Learn all about this key event in the Wars of the Roses, fought right here in London and altering the course of English history. Meet at the junction of the Great North Rd and Hadley Green Rd (Barnet), £9, book ahead, 2.30pm

THE CADILLAC KINGS: Take in some premium rhythm and blues at Hideaway, where The Cadillac Kings will be zooming in for a lunchtime concert. Treat yourself to a Sunday roast while you're there. Hideaway (Streatham), £10/free for under 16s, book ahead, 12pm-4.30pm

GOLDBERG VARIATIONS: Enjoy one of Bach's finest masterpieces in Hammersmith's oldest church. Grammy-nominated guitarist, Craig Ogden, and LSO's principal cello Tim Hugh  join violinist David Juritz to perform a new transcription of The Goldberg Variations. St Peter's Church (Chiswick), from £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

BIRDS: Head to Stockwell for some totally bird-brained comedy. Dynamic duo Amy Spinks and Leila Nashef brave their debut comedy hour ahead of the Brighton Fringe. With sharp, snappy and surreal sketches on offer, you're sure to be raven about it for days. The Cavendish Arms (Stockwell), free, just turn up, 8pm-9pm

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