Things to do in London this weekend

Lizzie Thomson

It’s a good week for fusions, with food and music getting in the collaborative mood.

There's a lot on offer for film fans, with the year's biggest queer film festival and a sing-along screening of a smash hit.

Here are our top picks of what to get up to in London this weekend.

BFI Flare Festival

The annual 10-day celebration of LGBTQ+ film is underway with a host of screenings, talks and special events. Highlights of this weekend’s programme include Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki starring in Vita & Virginia, about the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, and José, the tale of a 19-year-old gay man struggling to get by in Guatemala City. Read our guide to BFI Flare here.

March 21-31, BFI Southbank,


Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers opens its doors to a regular collaboration with Thai street food restaurant Farang, as part of their new Sunday Sessions. Guests will gather at communal tables to taste the delights of fusion dishes including chilli jam seabass and cardamom donuts with pandan dunkin custard.

March 24, Hoppers Soho,

The Greatest Showman movie night

(20th Century Fox)

It’s A Million Dreams all come true at once – the Clapham Grand’s latest cinematic extravaganza is a sing-along to hit film The Greatest Showman. Showing on their 25ft screen, audiences can expect cocktails, unlimited popcorn and the occasional balloon drop at the film’s pivotal moments. Costumes, as always, are encouraged.

March 23, the Clapham Grand,

Grime: Orchestrated

A 30-piece orchestra and some of the country’s best up-and-coming grime artists combine at Brixton’s POW this Saturday. Yizzy, Terra and Squintz are on the line-up to perform alongside Brixton Chamber Orchestra, playing adaptations of well-known grime beats and sampling classical music from Stravinsky to Shostakovich.

March 22, POW Brixton,


A surreal, fantastical fairy tale about life in and beyond the care system is told by one of Theatre503’s writers in residence. Ross Willis’s first play is the story of a pair of twins separated at birth and asks who is responsible for our most vulnerable children.

March 20-April 13, Theatre503,

Free Mind Festival

Twelve emerging musicians including Tin Pigeons and Oh La Kanada are playing at Free Mind Festival on Sunday. The day-time showcase will be raising money and awareness for mental health charities Mind and Music Minds Matter.

March 24, Omeara,

Sunday Papers Live

(Sabrina Dallot-Seguro)

Sunday Papers Live is hosting its 14th edition, with each section of the broadsheets being brought to life. Those leading the political discussions include MP Stella Creasy and playwright James Graham, with the Everyday Sexism Project’s Laura Bates talking all things education. Chef Danny Jack will be serving up six-hour braised lamb shoulder for sustenance.

March 24, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Rd,

Kindred Launch Party

A new members-only community club in Hammersmith is opening its doors to everyone for a free launch weekend. Guests can get involved with events from a West African drumming workshop and United Voices Collective choir performance to vinyasa yoga and cocktail masterclasses.

March 23-24, Kindred Hammersmith,