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Things To Do This Weekend In London: 17-18 June 2017

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Things to do this weekend is sponsored by Alexandra Palace.

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Navigate your way to Europe's largest map fair

MAP ANTIQUES: Over 40 exhibitors from all over the globe have come together for Europe's largest antique map fair. From classic to quirky, prices run from as little as £10 to as eye-watering as £100,000. Royal Geological Society (Kensington Gore), free, just turn up, 17-18 June

POTTERY FAIR: If you're potty about pottery, you'll love this fair which promotes appreciation for studio ceramics. From established artists to emerging creators, take a look round and maybe take a piece home for yourself. The House Mill (Bromley-by-Bow), free, just turn up, 17-18 June

LABYRINTH: All kids are welcome at Crystal Palace Park... if they're brave enough. Listen for whispers, follow the clues, and unravel the mysteries of the maze in this storytelling adventure. Crystal Palace Park, free, just turn up, 17-18 June

CANADA NOW: A showcase of bold new film offerings from Canadian directors such as Bruce McDonald, Ann Marie Fleming, Zacharias Kunuk, Anne Émond and Nettie Wild. Curzon Soho, £15, book ahead, 15-18 June

WATERY WONDER: King's Cross Canal Festival promises to be two days of fantastic fun with circus performances, live music, river tours, fun activities for all the family, delicious food, and the highlight — fleets of colourful narrowboats. Regent's Canal towpath, free, just turn up, 17-18 June

GELATO FESTIVAL: This weekend is going to be a hot one, so take a chill pill and cool down at the Gelato Festival with intriguing creations such as brown bread & butter and bakewell tart. Old Spitalfields Market, £15, just turn up, 17-18 June

Saturday 17 June

Jousting comes to Wimbledon Common

BRILLIANT BOOKS: Reading is good for the soul, so give yours a little TLC and head over to the Amnesty International Blackheath and Greenwich Group's book sale, a hugely successful local fundraising event. With high quality literature and affordable prices, you're in for a treat. Church of the Ascension (Blackheath), free, just turn up, 9am-5pm

A GREAT KNIGHT: Relive the best parts of the middle ages in Wimbledon with an action-packed jousting display and falconry exhibition. part of the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair; great for families, foodies, shopaholics and music lovers. Wimbledon Common Southside, free, just turn up, 10.30am-5pm

MODERNIST HAMPSTEAD: Take a walking tour of 1930s architecture in picturesque Hampstead, learn the controversy these designs caused, and discover the hidden rivers beneath the buildings. Hampstead station, £2/£9/£12, book ahead, 11am-1pm

FASHIONISTAS: Get the low-down on how to create the perfect portfolio of fashion illustrations, and learn fresh new and experimental drawing techniques in this workshop masterclass. Museum of Brands (Notting Hill), £20, book ahead, 11am-4pm

ROSES ARE RED: Take a leaf out of William Morris' book and create your very own A4 screen print in the home and gardens Morris himself used as inspiration for some of his earliest wallpapers. Or enjoy a relaxing walk around the gardens. Red House (Bexleyheath), £9, just turn up, noon-4pm

DOCKLANDS ODYSSEY: As part of the London Festival of Architecture, learn how 30 years of improvements turned London's 18th century port into a financial hub in The Reinvention and Rise of Canary Wharf, a celebratory talk and walk. Westferry DLR Station, £15, book ahead, 1pm-3.30pm

MIDSUMMER FAIR: A trip to the park just got 10 times better at Myatt's Fields, host to a fun-filled day of dance and music, fairground rides, food stalls as well as a football tournament. A great family-friendly day out in south London. Myatt's Fields Park (Brixton/Camberwell), free, just turn up, 1pm-5pm

COMIC GENIUS: If you're not usually into Saturday Night comedy, you may find A Night of Powerful Punchlines a little different from the norm. This is friendly, safe, relaxed comedy, for cool nerds and alternative comedy fans, who want to be sure of getting away from heckling and stag dos. The Carpenters Arms, free, just turn up, 7pm-10.30pm


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Enjoy craft beer, live music and epic views at this street food festival

If you're on the lookout for a prime spot to enjoy a pint of ale, some global grub, and the London skyline, look no further. StrEATlife street food and craft beer festival is popping up at Alexandra Palace throughout the summer, offering just that.

The next event is on 17 and 18 June, when there'll be live music and street food from all over the world. Showhawk Duo are taking to the stage on Saturday, and there'll be tunes from Reggae Roast on Sunday.

Entry is completely free (which already gives it a bonus over Glastonbury) and there's plenty of green space where you can sit back and relax. Be sure to turn up with cash, an empty stomach, and some serious dance moves.

Take a look at who'll be featuring at the June edition.


Sunday 18 June

Street party festivities at Cally Festival

ECLECTIC FRAGMENTS: You'll see a whole host of strangely fascinating and occasionally sinister pieces of art at the Ice House. A trio of artists explore the ideas of remembrance, life and loss. Ice House (Holland Park), free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

STREET PARTY: A dynamic, diverse and inclusive street party hits London with the seventh annual Cally Festival. New and upcoming talent will delight on the main stage, with comedy, storytelling, music, dance and theatre. Caledonian Road (Islington), free, just turn up, noon-6pm

SHORT FILMS: You may not have thought it was possible to watch 40 films in one day, but Short Sighted Cinema is celebrating the art of short films featuring new works from emerging British filmmakers, with free popcorn and summer festival vibes. The Yard Theatre, £6/£30, book ahead, noon-10pm

MINI SAFARI: Kids will love this mini-beast safari with a free wildlife spotter sheet and instructions on how to make their own miniature bug hotel for their garden. Keats House, free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

CHILDREN'S ART WEEK: To top off a week celebrating children's art, head to the National Portrait Gallery where kids can create stop-frame animation with the help of award-winning animator Lizzy Hobbs, or get creative with their own artwork at the Royal Collection Trust. Various locations, free, just turn up, various times

HOUSE PARTY: A piece of Ibiza is coming to Clapham with Little Festival Sunday Sessions. Chill out with an afternoon of House music from artists such as Lewis Jimenz and August Five. Gigalum, free, just turn up, 3pm-11pm

Good cause for the weekend: Syrian refugee community Iftar

In honour of former MP Jo Cox and Refugee Week, the Syria Solidarity Campaign screens the BAFTA award-winning BBC documentary Exodus, while speakers discuss the challenges faced by organisations to look after and provide humanitarian aid for refugees. Half the Syrian pre-war population are now refugees or considered internally displaced.

After sunset at 9.20pm, enjoy a traditional Syrian Ramadan meal in the company of Syrian refugees who have now settled in the UK and hear their stories firsthand. The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox who was an advocate for the Syrian refugee cause.

Tickets are £20 for adults, £10 for 7-11 year olds, and free under 7. Haverstock School, 17 June, 7.30pm-11pm

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LDN Talks @ Night | The Science of Psychedelics
Scientific research is resuming on how psychedelics affect the weirder aspects of human consciousness. This talk from Dr David Luke engages in current study into pyschedelics and their historical use in shamanic rituals. Be prepared, you might leave with more questions than answers. Get tickets

Talk: Neuroscience of Powerful Habits
Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

LDN Talks@Night |Insights of a War Crime Investigator
What would you say face-to-face to Saddam Hussein? How would you feel digging up the mass graves of Kosovo? Jonathan Tait-Harris will share experiences from his jobs as a policeman, soldier, war-crimes investigator and adviser to UK and Iraqi governments. £10 Get tickets