Things to do this weekend in London: May 28-29, 2022

The whole weekend

The Rosé Festival is all weekend at Fulham Palace

ROAD CLOSURES: There has been a slight change to this year’s RideLondon – instead of going into the Surrey countryside, the 100 mile cycle route is routed through Essex, starting at Victoria Embankment and heading for Braintree, before returning to the finish line at Tower Bridge. That means road closures at various times, so check your route before you go whatever you’re up to this weekend. May 27-29

ROSES FESTIVAL: Celebrate everyone’s favorite pink drink at the Rosé Festival, which brings rosé wine producers together for a weekend of food and drink on the grounds of Fulham Palace. Stay well-watered in the Rosé Spritz bar and enjoy live music and food and wine pairings. Fulham Palace, £25, book ahead, May 27-29

pub in the park: Doesn’t Rosé do it for you? There are all kinds of other drinks (plus food and live music) at Pub in the Park. Try dishes from award-winning restaurants, get tips from live cooking demos, drink your way through pop-up pubs and enjoy live music and DJ sets from the likes of Faithless, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Basement Jaxx. Wimbledon Park, from £40 adult/£25 child, book ahead, May 27-29

CANCER REVOLUTION: Gain insight into how cancer is detected, prevented and treated during the first weekend of the Science Museum’s new Cancer Revolution exhibit. It contains objects and personal stories and aims to dispel myths about the disease and highlight the progress made in fighting it. Science Museum (South Kensington), free, book ahead, May 25-January 2023

A kid in a Spiderman costume poses with Ninja Warrior Turtle characters
MCM Comic Con is in town

MCM COMIC CON: Dust off your cape – MCM Comic Con is back. Highlights include a replica of the Stranger Things set (much like the season four launch); a chance to pose for a picture with stormtroopers; become a Jedi Knight with the Silver Sabers battle academy; or try Quidditch. In addition, there are the usual guest stars, author readings, costume contests and more. Excel London, from £17.50, book ahead, May 27-29

LORD OF THE RINGS: The epic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring gets even more epic, accompanied by a live score by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus. Royal Albert Hall, from £41.50, book ahead, May 27-29

DIPPY RETURNS: One of London’s most famous museum exhibits, Dippy the (replica) diplodocus is back at the Natural History Museum after its national tour, starring in a special exhibit. The ersatz diplodocid sauropod is only here until December, so be quick if you want to welcome it back. Natural History Museum (South Kensington), free, book ahead, from May 27

HALF TIME: Starting Saturday, most schools in London are biannual, but fear not – we’ve got some suggestions for things to do with all the family this week, including theater shows, exhibitions and family-friendly anniversary events.

Superbloom Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific London, one of the current royal menus on offer

ELEPHANT & CASTLE TOUR: Learn about the history and heritage of the ever-changing Elephant & Castle area, with one of these free tours taking place this weekend. As you walk, actors bring the stories you hear to life. Castle Square, free, book in advance, May 28-29

ENFIELD PAGEANT OF ENGINE: Start your engines! The Enfield Pageant of Motoring enters the city for the first time in three years. Go here to see hundreds of classic cars, bicycles and other vehicles. Entertainment includes demonstrations, a funfair, live music, food stalls and a bar. St George’s Playing Fields (Enfield), £10 adult, just drop by, May 28-29

ANNIVERSARY AFTERNOON TEA: Ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week? Get the party started early by enjoying one of these Jubilee afternoon teas served in town. Crunch on a corgi, or take a bite of Her Majesty’s hat.

Saturday 28 May

Two Chelsea retirees in their red uniforms - one with a plant pot, the other a wheelbarrow full of flowers
It’s the last day of the Chelsea Flower Show. Image: RHS

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW: A calendar highlight for any green-fingered Londoner, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week takes over the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, with gardeners from across the country showing off their work; stalls where you can buy flowers and plants to take home; and a chance to pick up tips from gardening experts. Today is the last day when many of the plants and flowers are sold. Royal Hospital Chelsea, from £85.85, book ahead, 8.00-17.30 hrs

CHARM: The recent Disney animated film Encanto is the pick for this week’s Family Film Club, which offers families a budget-friendly way to see the Colombian movie hit — be warned, you’ll have We Don’t Talk About Bruno on your mind for the rest of the day. And before the movie, come to the movies to take part in a free creative workshop led by Colombian artist Ivonne Vargas. Barbican Cinema, adults £3.50 / children £2.50, book ahead, 11 hours

SOAP BOX SCIENCE: Gabriel’s Wharf turns into a hub of science education and discussion, as some of London’s leading scientists head to their soapboxes to showcase their knowledge to the general public. This year’s Soapbox Science focus is on trailblazing women and non-binary people. Gabriel’s Wharf, free, just show up, 2pm-5pm

BRAZILIAN RESISTANCE FESTIVAL: Rich Mix hosts a day of exploring and celebrating the Brazilian resistance through art. Watch the world premiere of a new documentary about four Brazilians fighting for democracy while living in exile, then enjoy a concert with a highly political message. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), book ahead, from 3 p.m.

We don’t talk about Bruno… except at Barbican Cinema

LIMITS: Theater show Borders is the story of two men – one in Israel, the other in Lebanon – who meet on Grindr. Despite various obstacles, they travel to Berlin to meet, but the border between the countries gets hot and they have to make tough decisions. OSO Arts Center (Barnes), £16, book ahead, 4.30 pm / 8 pm

ESSEX ROAD: Join Footprints of London guide Jane Parker for a walking tour of Essex Road, an often overlooked artery in Islington. Over the course of about a mile, learn about some of the area’s historic buildings that show how the road has changed, including an innovative market and an early care home. Essex Road (Islington), £12/£9, book ahead, 17:00-19:00

THE NINTH OF BEETHOVEN: The Philharmonia Orchestra and the Bach Choir join forces to perform Beethoven’s Ninth. It’s a rare opportunity to hear the composer’s last symphony live, which also includes works by Mendelssohn and Grieg. Southbank Centre, £16.50- £56.50, book ahead, 7.30 pm

ED MACARTHUR: Comedian Ed MacArthur performs a work-in-progress show and tests new material. The Launch has been described as “an outrageous, multi-instrumental rollercoaster of razor-sharp humor, original songs and stunning musicianship”. Battersea Arts Centre, pay what you can (proposed donation £12), book ahead, 8 pm

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Image: Horniman Museum

BABY WIDE ROAD: Take the kids to a family-friendly concert featuring songs from movies and West End musicals. Sing along to songs from Mary Poppins, Grease, The Sound of Music and Frozen — with pops, bubbles and dance moves. Poplar Union, £9/£7/£5, book ahead, 10am-10.45am/11.15am-12pm

HORNIMAN MARKET: Did you know that there is a farmers market every Sunday in the gardens of the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill? We think it has the best view of any market in the capital, overlooking the central London skyline. Stalls sell fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, cake, meat and street food, as well as jewelry, clothing and more. Horniman Museum, free entry, just drop by, 10am-3pm

PECKHAM SALVAGE Wharf: Search for treasures at Peckham Salvage Yard, where over 50 hand-picked merchants and locals sell their wares, including clothing, furniture and household items. The event belongs to the people behind Hackney Flea Market. Bussey Building (Peckham), £1 entry, just drop by, 11am-6pm

You never know what you might pick up at Peckham Salvage Yard

GOSPEL BRUNCH: Indulge in a gospel-themed brunch in a bar in a former church, with a live choir. The Gospel Bottomless Brunch at Amazing Grace offers brunch dishes, including crispy fried chicken waffles, which you can enjoy while a gospel choir serenades you with Motown hits. Amazing Grace (London Bridge), £10 (or £25 for bottomless booze), book ahead, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

HALF PRICE CITIZENS: Today is the last day to get 50% off the bill at the newly opened Black Bear Burger in Exmouth Market (it’s their fourth and largest location to date). They have great looking cheeseburgers, bourbon BBQ wings and brisket spring rolls. Black Bear Burger (Exmouth Market), 50% off your menu, book ahead, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

THERE ARE SALTERS: How much do you know about Ada Salter? Learn about London’s first woman mayor on this guided walking tour of Footprints of London. Guide Sue McCarthy describes the impact she had on the health, housing and employment opportunities for the local population, along with her husband, local physician and MP Dr. Alfred Salter. Bermondsey station, £12/£9, book ahead, 2:00 p.m.

Learn about the life of Ada Salter

BEKET: “Turbulent priest Thomas Becket is most famous for being killed in Canterbury Cathedral, but he spent much of his life in London. Join Jonathan from London On The Ground to follow in Becket’s footsteps, from his well-marked birthplace on Cheapside to other sites of The walk supports the Becket Pageant, coming to Guildhall Yard June 17-18. Barbican station, £15, book ahead, 14.30-16.30 hrs

MAKROOH: Enjoy an evening of spoken word and music performed by British Muslim performers at Soho Theatre. Makrooh also has an open mic section, for anyone in the audience who has something to say. Soho Theatre, from £12, pre-book, 5.15 pm

COLLYWOBBLERS COMEDY: Enjoy the weekend with a smile at Collywobblers Comedy. On the program this week are Babatunde Aléshé, Kuan-wen, Ben Clover, Sonia Aste, Jo Phaure, Ro Dodgson and MC Siôn James. The Railway (Streatham), £7, book ahead, 8 pm

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