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London weekend guide: Your brain. Your wardrobe. Your ice cream.

Trust in us, the cure for early-onset February boredom lies below

Brigitte Aphrodite, My Beautiful Black Dog 2

Born sick

Across the city this weekend comes The Sick of The Fringe, an expansion of what usually goes on in Edinburgh ever year. Courtesy of the Wellcome Collection, the focus is always on health and science, from a skewed angle, with talks, workshops and performances from the likes of feminist showgirl Brigitte Aphrodite. 17 – 19 Feb; free, but booking essential; venues across London

Clerkenwell vintage fair

Get your glad rags

As a pep-up for a new year, The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has moved to the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch. It’s swanky there. There’ll be all the usual wares, like jewellery, accessories and men’s and women’s clothes from the 1900s to 1990; go get lost in apparel for a few hours. 19 Feb; £4 entry; Courthouse Hotel, 335-337 Old Street, EC1V

ice cream

Ice Ice, baby

We know it’s cold outside, but we like to think ice cream is a food for all seasons. And what’s better than making the cold stuff yourself? Ice cream firm Blu Top will teach you how to make crazy good ice cream – French vanilla, raspberry ripple and salted caramel – from scratch. And you get to take a tub home at the end of the day. 19 Feb; £62; The London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga Street, SW11

London transport museum

Undressing design

This month’s London Transport Museum late is Urban Fabric: on the face of it, very fashion-y, but it’s actually packed with weird and wonderful stuff like talks on the inconvenience of dress and the design story behind the Crossrail project’s Elizabeth Line. Plus, there are workshops on creating pins, pocket squares and bows from the iconic moquette fabric. 17 Feb; £12; London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E

Treasure your love

If you’re interested in love and want another way to look at it now Valentine’s Day is done, head to the Tate Britain. Treasure Hunts in London are holding a Love and Marriage-themed treasure hunt that will explore how artists have represented the soppy stuff over generations, followed by drinks and prize-giving. 18 Feb; from £50 for two; Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P

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