Floating Market Little Venice

Barges and narrowboats line the canal that cuts through picture-postcard Little Venice.

Selling food, antiques, books, vintage clothes, jewellery and many more wallet-emptying temptations, the Bangkok-meets-London floating market moves to Little Venice as the Paralympics begin. Great if the weather’s nice.

Aug 20-Sept 2. 10am-8am, £15
Regent’s Canal, W9 2PB
Tube | Warwick Ave


The Tanks: Art In Action

Have a gander at Tate Modern’s new space, The Tanks. For 15 weeks, these huge, industrial spaces offer a line-up of performance and events.

July 18-Oct 28. 10am
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Tube | Southwark


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Brixton Windmill Open Day

A totter off busy Brixton Hill, the Brixton Windmill, set in its own gardens, has something surreal about it.

In 1816, the mill was powered by wind but was later adapted to steam to accommodate the public’s growing desire for white bread. Even in 1917, this was a rural area and the mill was described at the time as “approached by a small roadway over which nods acacias, limes and lots of fowl.”

Find out more on the windmill’s open day.

Aug 26. On the hour and half- hour from 1pm to 3.30pm, free
Windmill Gardens, SW2 5BZ
Tube | Brixton 


Festival of Flowers

Need a break from hedonism? Take a tranquil drift around Southwark cathedral, which will be filled with flowers in designs overseen by top florist Mig Kimpton. Money goes to a Leprosy Mission.

Aug 23-26. 10am
Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA
Tube | London Bridge

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Bookstock: Leonard Street Party

Don’t let the slightly worthy name put you off, the Bookstock street party, put on by The Book Club, will not be the least bit studious.

During the day, the street will be taken over by DJs, bands, food stands, cocktails, fancy dress and more. After dark, head to the basement for a glow-in-the-dark neon Nineties ping-pong rave.

Sun, Aug 26. 12pm-8pm, free
The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, EC2A
Tube | Old St, Shoreditch High St


Zombie Soundsystem

If a Bank Holiday for you means an extra day of debauchery, then this all-dayer may fit your bill. Deep house and techno
will be pumping and, in the unlikely event you are hungry, there will be a BBQ.

Sun, Aug 26. 2pm-2am, free
Cargo, EC2A 3AY
Tube | Old St, Liverpool St



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Ronnie Chieng: The Ron Way

Melbourne-based comedian Ronnie Chieng is still buzzing from winning the Melbourne Comedy Festival Best Newcomer Award this year.

Now he’s bringing his show to the UK and you can begin your Bank Holiday with some cerebral laughs.

Aug 13-Aug 25. 9.15pm, £15
Soho Theatre, W1D
Tube | Leicester Square


Carnegie Cup Final

This noisy event is one of the biggest dates on the rugby league calendar, so if you haven’t had your fill of sports with the Olympics, get yourself to Wembley Stadium.

Sat, Aug 25. 2.30pm, £21
Wembley Stadium, HA9 0WS
Tube | Wembley Park


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Egyptian Afterlife Augmented Trail

Use your mobile phone to follow an augmented reality trail around the museum and solve clues about the ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead, a 1550BC text that contains magic spells to assist a dead person’s journey through the underworld.

You never know when this knowledge might come in handy.

Sat, Aug 25. 11.30am-3.30pm, free
British Museum, WC1B 3DG
Tube | Tottenham Court Road


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Gay Sports Day

Let the Handbag Toss, the 50m mince and the Space Hopper relay commence.

Sandwiched between the Olympics and Paralympics, Gay Sports Day promises “those with pitifully little training the chance to walk off with a champion’s cup”.

Don fancy dress and join in or go along and lend your support from the sidelines.

Money raised goes to GMFA (the gay men’s health charity) and Vauxhall community projects.

Mon, Aug 27. 1pm
Pleasure Gardens, SE11
Tube | Vauxhall


Mauritian Open Air Festival

Europe’s biggest celebration of Mauritian culture will attempt to capture the atmosphere of a Mauritian party, albeit without the palm trees.

Mauritian musical stars will perform and there will be traditional food and cocktails galore. There will also be a huge funfair, if you feel like being a kid.

Last year, more than 10,000 people attended and organisers are expecting this year to be even busier.

Sun, Aug 26. 12pm-8pm, £6.50
Down Lane Park, N17 9EY
Station | Tottenham Hal


Knockout Knickers

Make your own fancy pants at this knicker-sewing session.

Choose your fabric, learn to measure your booty, then embellish those bloomers with ribbons, roses and more.

Sat, Aug 25. 10.30am-1pm, £49
41½ Barnsbury Street, N1 1TP
Tube | Highbury & Islington, Angel

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Phantasmagoria: Photographs by Marco Sanges

Apparitions and optical illusions are presented in this series of story-telling black and white photographs.

Sanges’ work is a dream-like imaginary cinema in which voyeurism, sexuality and costume, danger and play are explored.

The exhibition includes installations and a collaboration with Agent Provocateur. Sanges’ work is dramatic, disturbing and probably fun on acid.

Until Sept 30. 11am-5pm, free
Proud Galleries, NW1 8AH
Tube | Chalk Farm

Prom 59: The Broadway Sound

A high-octane orchestra presents a tribute to the composers who created the Broadway Sound.

Musical fans will recognise excerpts from Show Boat, On Your Toes, Kiss Me, Kate and Annie Get Your Gun.

Mon, Aug 27. 8pm, £13
Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
Tube | South Kensington


Japanese-Style Tapas Cookery

Learn to make delicacies, such as seared tuna with avocado and ponzu jelly, topped with garlic chips and chili.

At the end of the class, you can taste your creations with a complimentary glass of wine.

Fri, Aug 24. 7pm-9.30pm, £55
The Grocery, E2 8DP
Tube | Old Street


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Back To The Future Trilogy Screening

Hang out with Marty McFly all the way from his 1985 meeting with Doc Brown and trip back to 1955, through to his 1855 rescue of Doc from Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen.

Pile in popcorn, wear your high-tops and revel in nostalgia.

The UK’s only non-subsidised repertory cinema, Prince Charles is independent of all film distribution companies. Great for both blockbusters and indies on a budget.

Mon, Aug 27. 4.45pm, £20
7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
Tube | Leicester Square


Hurly Burly Show

Bawdy musical fun with burlesque acts, speciality variety artists and fabulous costumes.

Directed by William Baker, who’s worked with the likes of Kylie and Rihanna.

Until Sept 22. Times vary, £30
Duchess Theatre, WC2B 5LA
Tube | Temple, Holborn, Leicester Sq

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Plant Identification And Eating

Ever wished you could wander into your garden, tear a bunch of fresh salad from the earth and devour it?

If so, pop along to this class and get acquainted with 18 easy-to-grow edible plants, which you will eat later, along with samples of preserved local foods, including pestos and fruit leathers.

As an alternative to paying the cover fee, you can volunteer for a day at a Transition Finsbury Park project.

Fri, Aug 25. 11am, £13
Edible Landscapes, N4 2NQ
Tube | Finsbury Park, Manor House


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