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London Weekend Guide: here’s one for the library lovers

There’s a bounty of discoveries in the city just waiting to be found

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Literary love-in

We’ve made no secret of our passion for the humble library. The British Library (who else?) are celebrating the most unusual of the lot in this one-off event hosted by Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler magazine, alongside three librarians of note, who will teach you a lot more than you thought there was to know about the archives. 17 March; 7pm; £8; Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1

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Moving pictures

Kinoteka, the Polish Film Festival, is practically a springtime stalwart. Now in its 15th year, there’s an incredibly varied line-up over three weeks, taking in documentaries, rom-coms, biopics and historical drama. Plus, hang about until closing night on 5 April and see British Sea Power playing live to Polish animation shorts. 17 March-5 April; prices vary; various London locations

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Flour power

Think pizza’s easy to make? No. There’s a reason you let other people perfect the humble pie. But Radio Alice are launching a series of workshops where head chef Matteo Aloe will help you perfect that dough, before letting you loose on the larder to pick out your favourite toppings. Takeaway, begone! Every Saturday from 18 March; 2-4pm; £15; email to book; 16 Hoxton Square N1

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Down on the farm

If you like wine but the English stuff doesn’t jump out at you when you’re picking up a bottle, VINtwined are here to change things. Their latest food experience is at Stepney City Farm, where you’ll enjoy the best of the country’s crop paired with four courses that really do them justice. 18 March; from £65; Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, E1

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Eastern promise

If your trusty shops aren’t quite doing it for you, get thee to the annual Asia House Fair. Back with all its usual marvellous mix (handmade textiles, vintage kimonos, jewellery, accessories and loads more), there’ll also be an Asian street food pop-up to keep you pepped. If you can’t wait, the opening night preview is tonight – book it here. 16-19 March; free entry; 63 New Cavendish Street; W1G

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