Things To Do This Weekend In London: 4-5 March 2023

All weekend

A woman in a park or cemetery, wearing a Batman mask and clutching a cuddly toy whale or shark
Batman is on at VAULT Festival on Saturday and Sunday

JEWISH BOOK WEEK:  Jewish Book Week, a celebration of Jewish authors and illustrators, enters its final weekend, but you've still got 25+ events to choose from. It takes place at Kings Place, with some events also streamed online. Until 5 March

BATTERSEA LIGHT FESTIVAL: This is the final weekend of this year's Battersea Power Station Light Festival, a free trail of eight installations, in and around the newly reopened Power Station. Until 5 March

DICKENS' GHOSTS: The ghost stories of Charles Dickens — including A Christmas Carol and The Chimes — are the subject of current exhibition Dickens, Ghosts and the Supernatural, in his former home in Bloomsbury. It looks at the author's interest in and thoughts on the paranormal, but it's only on until Sunday... at which point it vanishes for good. Until 5 March

A crowd of people dressed in white boiler suits and throwing colourful powders up in the air for Holi
Cinnamon Kitchen launches its House of Holi celebrations on Sunday

KEW DOUBLE BILL: Two exhibitions at Kew Gardens come to a close on Sunday as well. Pip & Pop: When Flowers Dream is a trippy, psychedelic display of miniature landscapes made from sweets, and has been in situ since last May. Orchids also comes to a close, focusing on the flowers found in Cameroon. Until 5 March

VAN DE VELDES: The Van de Veldes were a Dutch father and son artist duo who arrived in London in the 1670s, and worked from a studio in Queen's House Greenwich, which they were offered by King Charles II. Now, 350 years after they arrived, Queen's House opens an exhibition dedicated to their maritime-themed artwork. From 2 March

COLLECT 2023: Head to Somerset House to browse contemporary craft and design pieces at art fair Collect 2023 this weekend. 400 artists are represented, spanning ceramics, glass, jewellery, metalwork, textiles and more. 3-5 March

POSTER ART: Barbican Library has a new exhibition, The Poster Art of Hans Arnold Rothholz, displaying work by the poster designer and graphic artist who immigrated to Britain from Germany in 1933. He worked on posters for Festival of Britain, London Transport, Ealing Studios and Lyons Corner House among others, and some of his works are for sale at this exhibition. FREE, 3-29 Marc

COMIC CON: Dust off your costume and head to Olympia London for London Comic Con Spring, a three-day celebration of film and TV. VIP guests on the line-up this time around include Vinnie Jones, Moosa Mostafa (Wednesday), Mandip Gill (Doctor Who) and BRIAN BLESSED. 4-5 March

A woman in a pink dress tasting food in a kitchen, alongside a lifesize cardboard cutout of Sue Perkins
In PurSUEt is at VAULT Festival this weekend. Photo: Sophie Giddens

BATMAN: VAULT Festival carries on until 19 March, in what is its final year in its current home. One of our picks for this weekend is Batman (aka Naomi's Death Show), an interactive live storytelling show based on a true story. As a girl clutches a knife in her pocket, on her way to confront the man she believes killed her mother, the audience gets to choose which direction the show goes in. 4-5 March

IN PURSUET: Also at VAULT Festival this weekend is In PurSUEt. That's not a typo — it's a comedy show all about Sue Perkins. More specifically, it's about a woman who is obsessed with Sue Perkins, and is convinced they're meant to be together. 4 & 5 March

FAMILY FUN WEEKEND: It's the first weekend of the month, which means Family Fun Weekend on board the Cutty Sark. In addition to the usual things to see and do, take part in workshops, singing sessions and other activities, and look out for characters from the ship's past. 4-5 March

Saturday 4 March

A man in a pinstripe suit, red bow tie and hat sitting at a piano and looking at the camera
Bonnie and Clyde opens at the Garrick. Photo: Darren Bell

BONNIE AND CLYDE: The Garrick Theatre is the new home of musical Bonnie and Clyde, which tells the story of the gun-slinging American fugitive lovers, through song and dance. Opening tonight. From 4 March

WOMEN'S DAY FILMS: This week's Family Film Club at Barbican Cinema features a progamme of short films by female filmmakers from around the world to celebrate International Women's Day. The exact line-up is TBC at time of writing, but it's the same price as any other Family Film Club screening — a very reasonable £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. 11am

WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: For Women's History Month, Bishopsgate Institute looks at the history of female workers in professions from teaching to librarians to Soho sex workers. Delve into historical sources from the archives including diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, and journals to find out how issues such as access to childcare and equal pay have affected women's career experiences. 12pm-4pm

SEWING MACHINE MUSEUM: The monthly opening of London's little-known Sewing Machine Museum takes places today, giving the public a chance to view more than 600 sewing machines, including one which belonged to Queen Victoria's daughter. Read about our visit in August 2018. FREE (charity donations appreciated), 2pm-5pm

Ryan Reynolds wearing a dark blue jacket, looking straight at the camer an smiling slightly
Ryan Reynolds is on the line-up at Just For Laughs comedy festival. Image: Guy Aroch

COMEDY SONGBOOK: Best known for his Cockney sing-a-long sessions, pianist and entertainer Tom Carradine is back at Wilton's Music Hall with a new show, Tom Carradine's Great British Comedy Songbook. It's a whirlwind tour of comic songs from the last 150 years, by performers including Stanley Holloway, George Formby, Noel Coward and Victoria Wood. Singing along very much encouraged. 7.30pm

AERIAL EMOTIONS: Head to Rich Mix for an aerial hoop performance by Danielle Adourian, inspired by burlesque and drag. It's part of  Arab Women Artists Now, a festival celebrating music, performance, spoken word, film and talks by Arab women artists from across the globe. 8pm

JAZZ IN HOLLYWOOD: As part of the Classical Vauxhall festival on all weekend, head to St Mark's Church in Kennington for a performance of jazz songs from Hollywood films. Tracks from Midnight in Paris, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Alfie and The Terminal all feature. 8pm

RYAN REYNOLDS: Just For Laughs comedy festival is on at The O2 all weekend, but the headline performance comes tonight in the form of Hollywood actor/entrepreneur/football club owner Ryan Reynolds. He chats to Rob Delaney about the full spectrum of his career, and though he's not strictly speaking a comedian, we reckon it'll be an enlightening and entertaining show. Browse the full Just For Laughs programme. 8.30pm

Sunday 5 March

Two women chatting over a rack of vintage posters at Walthamstow Flea Market
Have a browse at Walthamstow Flea Market

FESTIVAL OF COLOURS: Pan-Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen City's ever-popular Festival of Colours is back, coinciding with Holi Festival. Over the next week book yourself in for a 30-minute paint-throwing session, and pair it with a cocktail or a meal from a special menu. 5-12 March

CROYDON AIRPORT: The monthly opening of Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is today; discover how the former airport went from first world war air base, to the centre of the world, before its closure in 1959. Some of displays are located inside the world’s oldest air traffic control tower. 10am-2.30pm

WALTHAMSTOW FLEA MARKET: Furniture, homewares, textiles and vintage clothes are among the bargains on offer at Walthamstow Flea Market, which brings 60 traders together at Big Penny Social. 11am-5pm

VINTAGE FAIR: Head to Kensington Town Hall for Frock Me! Vintage Fair, an event with over 100 exhibitors selling vintage clothing, jewellery, textiles and accessories. It's not unusual for high-end designer items to surface at this event, so have a good rummage. 11am-5.30pm

THE FEMALE ANIMAL: Lucy Cook, author of Bitch, is at Conway Hall to discuss what it means to be female, and how interpretations of the females of all species have changed in recent decades. Examples include female lemurs of Madagascar, who dominate the males of their species physically and politically. 3pm

BARNES CONCERT BAND: As part of Barnes Music Festival, the Barnes Concert Band perform at St Mary's Church. Expect a blend of jazz, 70s disco and contemporary music with the theme of the natural world. Tea and cake are served after the concert. 3pm

Comedian Rosie Jones lifted onto the shoulders of wrestlers in a victory lap
Comedians take on wrestlers at The O2. Photo: Claire Haigh

LORD OF THE RINGS: Enjoy music from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Game of Thrones performed live by the London Concert Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus at Southbank Centre. Pieces from The Witcher, Dragonheart, The Chronicles of Narnia, How to Train Your Dragon, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and Avatar also feature. 3pm

WOMEN OF IRELAND: Dr. Gillian Kenny is a specialist in women’s lives in medieval and early modern Ireland and Europe. In this online talk, she discusses how women have engaged in (or been rumoured to have engaged in) magical practices over thousands of years in Ireland, from the battle queens of mythology to 19th century wise woman, and healer Biddy Early. 7.30pm-9pm

COMEDY WRESTLING: On the final day of Just For Laughs comedy festival, professional comedians and professional wrestlers go head-to-head in the ring. Max and Ivan's The Wrestling has some big names including Suzi Ruffell, Rosie Jones, Ed Gamble, Alex Horne and Phil Wang, with Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, and Greg James offering a live commentary. 8pm

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