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Not only is it another fantastic weekend for London events, including the ever-excellent London Mela on Sunday, but it’s also the start of Shop London – an unmissable month of shopping activities in England’s capital. Why not prepare for London Fashion Week by indulging in some retail therapy?
London Mela 2013
Don’t miss the 11th London Mela, a free festival of Asian culture in Gunnersbury Park. This colourful event is designed to imitate traditional South Asian festivals and features live performances, a funfair, craft market, sporting activities, outdoor arts and lots of wonderful Asian food. Performance highlights include Falak, Bally Sagoo and AS Kang on the Main Stage, as well as the spectacular finale on the Classical Stage, which merges puppetry, theatre and pyrotechnics to tell the love story of Rama and Sita. 1 Sep
The Great London Swim, Royal Victoria Dock
Get your bathing suits at the ready, because the Great London Swim returns this Saturday for a fourth year of fun and water-based adventure. A one mile open water swimming challenge through London’s Docklands, this huge event is not only a challenge but also an excuse to party, and you’ll see spectators and competitors enjoying the waterside music, food and markets during and after the race! Competitor tickets are £39. 31 Aug
The Oxford Street Fashion Showcase
The Oxford Street Fashion Showcase is a great way to celebrate London Fashion Week, and pick up some bargains at the same time! Retailers up and down the famous road will be offering exclusive opportunities that include makeovers, workshops, DJ sessions and fashion career advice, alongside their usual great selection of wares. Don’t forget to check out the gorgeous 12ft high fashion flags, designed by five of the biggest names in London Fashion week, which will be decorating the length of Oxford Street. 1-17 Sep
Land Army Week at the RAF Museum
Families who are curious about how Britain fed itself during WWII shouldn’t miss Land Army Week at the Royal Air Force Museum. The museum will be hosting farm animals that the wartime public were encouraged to keep on its helipad, allowing families to explore both which livestock were kept for food, and how people used animals to solve problems like the lack of transportation. Animals on display include miniature Shetland ponies, goats, chickens, sheep, rabbits and ferrets, and you can see them for free between 10am and 5pm. Until 1 Sep
Ham House Uncovered
Head to the beautiful Ham House on the river Thames for a fascinating trip back into the building’s rich history. During this weekend you can learn about the role the house played in politics and high society during a series of talks, including a speech by David Taylor on the grand river pageants of Catherine of Braganza, the wife of Charles II. Visitors can also play with a camera obscura, go boating or picnic in the picturesque grounds of the house. Entry is £4.50. 31 Aug – 1 Sep