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What's On This Weekend In London: 16.10.2015 - 18.10.2015
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What's On This Weekend In London: 16.10.2015 - 18.10.2015

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Updated: 9 January 2017
Another week, another weekend. This is not any ordinary weekend though, as the city is host to a plethora of events and things to do. Whatever you’re into, Culture Trip’s guide to the weekend has something for you.

The Chocolate Show London

Friday – Sunday | Friday 11AM – 7PM | Saturday 10AM – 7PM | Sunday 10AM – 6PM

This should be your number one event to attend this weekend. The UK’s biggest chocolate celebration returns to London with mouth-watering treats that will have your taste buds running wild! The Chocolate Show will see dessert bars, Paul A Young’s famous brownies and award-winning, sea-salted caramel sauce, patisserie creations, and not to mention the Tasting Room… do we need to convince you any more? Just make sure you stay till 5PM to see the world famous Chocolate Fashion Show – this is a treat you do not want to miss.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7385 1200


Saturday – Sunday | 12PM – 6PM

‘Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!’ Pirates are definitely not the only people who love rum. Head down to the 9th annual RumFest to embark on a journey of rum discovery. Showcasing over 400 of the most diverse rums from across the world, accompanied by the most mouth-watering foods from across the world, you will be in pirate heaven. Whilst you are there, enjoy the live music and dancing during ‘Carnival Hour’ – but just remember, last pour is at 6PM.

47 Lillie Rd, London, UK

James Bond Arrives

From Saturday 17th, for a limited time.

‘Both hands on the wheel, Mr. Jones, I’m a very nervous passenger…’ Don’t be as nervous as Bond when you head down to Madame Tussauds to meet not one, not two, but all six of the James Bonds! Appearing in London for a limited time only, you will have the chance to see Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig before they embark on a global wax figurine tour. Get excited, as the new 007 movie, Spectre, premieres soon.

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London, UK +44 (0) 871 894 3000

North vs South Real Ale Festival

Friday – Saturday | Friday 3PM – 1AM | Saturday 12PM – 1AM

If you’d rather not embrace your inner pirate, head to Snooty Fox’s Real Ale Festival to help decide whether beers from the north or the south of England are brewed better. As brews from the likes of Yorkshire, Sussex, and London come together to fight for their right as the best craft ale in England, sit back and relax with classic dishes to complement the various ales you will encounter… not to mention glorious tunes from the ’50s and ’60s.

The Snooty Fox, 75 Grosvenor Ave, Mildmay Ward, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7354 9532

Doodle Dance Show

Saturday, two available sessions at 11AM and 2PM

For kids of all ages, forget your shoes, grab a pen and join in the interactive story-show that will have you showing your creative side in no time. With a giant piece of paper, there is so much you can create at the Doodle Dance Show by moving, doodling, and imagining a story that is so powerful, you will want to draw another. With two 55-minute sessions available, make sure you dance down to Greenwich Dance quickly, and don’t forget to bring your thinking cap.

Greenwich Dance, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London, UK +44 (0) 20 8293 9741

London Surf / Film Festival

Friday – 24th Oct

This weekend the 5th edition of the London Surf / Film Festival, presented by REEF, crashes over the city. Revel in the glorious sport with two weekends crammed full of exclusive film screenings and inspiring talks from world renowned surfers, as well as live Q&As with film directors. It’s the UK’s largest celebration of contemporary surf culture, and if you’re a water baby (or just want to mentally escape the city), this event is not to be missed.

Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7780 2000

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Thursday – Sunday | 12PM – 8PM, Sunday 12PM – 6PM

Never mind Frieze or The Other Art Fair: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is the unmissable art event this weekend. Following its successful debut in New York this year, 1:54 returns to Somerset House for the 3rd year to present its biggest show yet. With over 30 galleries participating, the fair offers a rare opportunity to discover and appreciate contemporary African art on home soil.

Somerset House (East, West and South Wings), Strand, London,UK +44 (0) 20 7845 4600

Eukanaba Discover Dogs

Saturday – Sunday | 10AM – 5PM

Fancy watching the first ever Canine Rugby World Cup Game? Want the chance to meet dog-celebs Bruno the Mini Dachshund or Husky Mika? Then get to ExCeL London this weekend for Discover Dogs, London’s biggest dog event. You will also have the chance to meet hundreds of canine cuties and their respective human companions, shop at some of the best doggy retailers, and revel in world-class events.

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, UK +44 (0) 20 7069 5000

Walk London: Autumn Ambles

Saturday – Sunday

What better sound than the crunching of crispy leaves underfoot as you take a stroll on an autumn day.. If this sets your heart racing then do not miss Autumn Ambles, a series of free guided walks around London. All walks are designed to be away from traffic and connect to some of London’s greatest attractions, parks, and canals. There is only one walk which requires booking and a small fee, so pull up your socks and grab your boots.

Various locations around London, UK +44 (0) 20 3151 1151

Pallet Paradise

Friday – Sunday

For something a little different, head north to Pallet Paradise. For one weekend only, get lost in a labyrinth of 629 recycled pallet boxes. A creative collective of eight artists and three architects have been working for over a year on this immersive installation, creating hidden passages and secret rooms which will be host to digital, craft, sculpture, and music artworks. Entry is free, although donations are welcome.

The Omnibus, 199 Eade Road, London, UK