Things to do this weekend in London: August 26 – 29
It’s the last bank holiday before Christmas, boo. But there’s loads of stuff to do, hooray!
Forget honing in on your sketching skills while looking awkwardly at a naked stranger reclining on a plinth. Mudchute Farm are playing host to Wild Life Drawing – and you can etch their llamas and alpacas, with a percentage of your ticket going towards the farm’s charity. 27 Aug; 11am – 1pm; £20; Pier Street, Isle of Dogs E14 3HP
Now in its third year, Wimbledon Park Food Festival hits all those big consumption buzz-words like gourmet, artisan, wood-fired and fudge. There’ll be plenty of market fare to take home and demos from top chefs to show you how to use it. 27 – 29 Aug; 10am – 5pm; from £6.50; Wimbledon Park, SW19
Rise above it
If Oxford Street on a weekend sounds like fresh hell, don’t despair. Head up to John Lewis’s roof garden (they have one, you know) where a selection of Etsy’s makers are selling their wares, including Nikki Strange, whose tropical phone cases are ace. 25 -29 Aug; 12 – 8pm (6pm Sun); free entry; 300 Oxford St, W1C 1DX
It’s time for Europe’s biggest and most brilliant street party, people. Notting Hill Carnival is back and for two days, West London will be taken over by steel bands, dance, costumes, food, drink, and everyone having a really good time. Just make sure to check the website for Tube entry/exit details. 28 – 29 Aug; free entry; W10
The Natural History Museum Lates are always great fun, but this month’s looks particularly good. The Party Animal theme means workshops on how creatures great and small dance, get intoxicated, dress up and do party tricks; all with some suitably on-topic food and drink. 26 Aug; 6 – 10pm; free entry; Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD