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If you’re out and about this weekend, there’s a rugby showdown, a floating market with a Swedish twist, a design extravaganza and even jousting to choose from – all without straying beyond the M25.
Saracens v Tigers at Wembley
Two of the country’s top rugby teams will challenge each other this Saturday as the centrepiece of a whole day of entertainment at Wembley Stadium. (Saracens are from London, if you’re not sure who to cheer for.) The big game begins at 3.30pm, but warm up gig from is Bajan chart act Cover Drive, who opened for Rihanna on her Loud tour last year. Tickets are still available, with adult prices from £16. 15 Sept
Lambeth Country Show
Forget the big smoke and escape to Brockwell Park this weekend, as the Lambeth Country Show brings the spirit of a country fair to South London. We’re talking sheep dog displays, flower and vegetable competitions and more animals than ever before in the farm zone. There’s also live music on two stages and other rural pursuits like, er, horse jousting – though we’re not sure they really do that in the countryside! 15-16 Sep
IKEA Floating Night Market
IKEA wasn’t content with a catalogue to introduce its latest collection. It has set up a floating night market on Regent’s Canal this Friday evening, with market boats packed with its new wares including textiles inspired by graphic patterns and global influences. Reserve your free slot here for a trip that promises to be no longer than an hour. 14 Sep
New Artist Fair
Art can be expensive – for the artists as well as the public. The emerging talents at the New Artist Fair sell their work directly to guests, without any gallery fees. And if you feel like buying, the pieces range from a respectable £50 to £2,000. Around 45 artists have work on display, ranging from painting and drawing to printmaking, photography, sculpture and installations. It’s in the Old Truman Brewery, a distinctly cool building that is part of Brick Lane’s heritage and worth seeing for itself. 14-16 Sep
London Design Festival
Some 300 events on the programme means this festival of London’s design prowess could get a little daunting. Try narrowing your interests – are you more tempted by fabrics or furniture? Glass or graphic design? Or you could stick to one area – this map shows the location of the talks, exhibitions, installations and events taking place. A top spot will be the Victoria and Albert Museum, where a beam of light will follow you in the entrance tunnel while in the ceramics galleries you can climb previously closed staircases to see Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism installation in the dome. Until 23 Sep
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