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What’s On This Weekend In London: 02.10.2015 - 04.10.2015
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What’s On This Weekend In London: 02.10.2015 - 04.10.2015

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Updated: 31 December 2016
Embrace autumnal London this weekend with a host of events to keep you occupied. Get in the winter spirit with a trip to the Ice Bar, laugh yourself silly at Batman Comedy Knight, or have a more civilised affair at the Marlborough Literature Festival. Whatever mood you’re in, there’s something for you.

ICEBAR London Rocks

Various available sessions

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, head down to the UK’s only permanent ice bar for drinks with friends in a chilly rock ‘n roll scene. Be surrounded by a remarkable life-sized tattooed rock singer on the main wall, intricate designs of skulls… and not to mention a 6-foot tall skull! Make sure you take a seat on the Throne of Rock with a specially created, classic rock song cocktail in your own personal ice glass. Whether November Rain, Dirty Little Secret or Back In Black, this is definitely worth the freeze.

ICEBAR, 31-33 Heddon Street, London, UK, +44 20 7478 8910

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Giant LEGO Brick Animals

3 Oct-8 Nov

Head down to the London Wetland Centre for your chance to meet the most incredible giant animals, all made from LEGO bricks. This giant animal trail, including an otter, goose and mallard, all of tremendous size, will inspire you with creativity… and a love for these gorgeous creatures. Travelling throughout this trail, kids of all ages (yes, that includes you) will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win your own LEGO kit.

WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, Greater London, UK, +44 20 8409 4400

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Columbia Road Flower Market

Sunday 8am-3pm

For an intense aroma of flowers that will never be forgotten, head down to the Columbia Road Flower Market for bucketfuls of flowers of all shapes and sizes. Each Sunday, 60 independent shops come together to support their love for flowers by offering you London’s most visually appealing market. Surrounded by independent galleries, cupcake shops, shops selling pottery and perfume, English and Italian delis, and garden shops, you will be spoiled for choice. Just remember to stop and smell the roses.

Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Rd, London, UK

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Batman Comedy Knight

Friday, 8.30pm

Laugh Out London’s team continues to bring the laughter with their comedy gigs at Camden Comedy Club. Head down to Gotham City this Saturday, where Batman or Bruce Wayne (commonly introduced as Stuart Laws) and Alfred (the works of Matthew Highton) will introduce to you a tremendous lineup of laughter. If you’re lucky, you may even come across the joker… Someone had to say it.

Upstairs at the Camden Head, 100 Camden High St, London, UK

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Oktoberfest

Saturday, 2pm-12am

Did you know… At the Munich Oktoberfest 2014, 6.9 million litres of beer were consumed! That’s three… yes THREE Olympic-sized swimming pools. Rather than competing with everyone in Munich, head down to The Brewhouse for local and imported brews to celebrate this festivity. Remember to bring your own stein, or you can buy one at the bar to accompany you with your friends… and you can even watch the England vs Australia Rugby World Cup match on the big screen.

London Fields Brewhouse, 370 Helmsley Place, London, UK

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Raindance Film Festival

Until Sunday

Now in its 23rd year, Raindance is sadly drawing to a close for another year. The festival continues to support new, independent and alternative film and web series makers. This year’s event has seen over 100 feature films and over 150 short films screened on the West End. If you missed the main events, fear not: the closing ceremony looks to be a cracker with the Raindance Film Awards and Closing Night Gala.

Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, London, UK, +44 871 224 0240

Art Licks Weekend

Friday-Sunday, 12-6pm

Returning for its 3rd year, Art Licks Weekend is back bigger and better than ever. With over 90 independent galleries participating this year, Art Licks Weekend is a festival celebrating and showcasing the work of grassroots, emerging artists in the city. Art Licks Weekend spreads from Hackney to Peckham Rye, taking over local galleries, libraries and even living rooms. There are also tours and talks. As if you need any more reason — it is FREE.

Map of the Art Licks Weekend

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Buy British Day

Saturday, 10am-6pm

For Buy British Day 2015, Best of Britannia has teamed up with Wayne Hemingway to host an event at London King’s Cross. Buy British Day celebrates quality homegrown producers and aims to encourage the public to do just that: buy British produce. The location will spread from King’s Cross and St Pancras Square into Granary Square. From bespoke shoes to beautifully crafted fabrics, there’s something for everyone.

Granary Square, London, UK

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Marlborough Literature Festival

Friday-Sunday

If you feel like getting out of the city, hop on a train and head to Marlborough Literature Festival for a weekend of literary goodness. This year’s line-up features a host of celebrated creatives, such as author Alexander McCall Smith, poet Gillian Clarke and BBC director Peter Kosminsky. Aside from talks, there are also creative writing workshops. There is an event for the entire family, and with tickets from as little as £5, you’d be mad to miss it.

Various venues in Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK,

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Urban Food Fest

Saturday, 12pm-12am

Everybody loves a food festival. Everybody especially loves a FREE food festival. What if this festival happened weekly? Mind. Blown. This Saturday head to East London to Urban Food Fest, Shoreditch’s weekly car-park food festival. The 15 street food trucks change weekly, meaning there’s no reason to not go every weekend. Delicious food, great atmosphere, and a fun way to pass a Saturday are guaranteed.

Urban Food Fest, Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, UK, +44 20 7563 3021