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Get set for another fabulous summer weekend in London: see world class art, marvel at some thrilling sport or take the kids to their first festival.

World Rugby Sevens at Twickenham

The inaugural World Club Rugby Sevens is a major new 7s tournament which brings together some of the globe’s biggest names in club and provincial rugby for two days of thrilling sport. Taking place in Twickenham Stadium, the spiritual home of rugby, the tournament will see 12 teams competing to be crowned champions. As well as home sides such as the Harlequins, teams come from countries such as South Africa, Australia, Argentina, America and Russia, so expect to see lots of national flags on show! Tickets start from £30. 17 – 18 Aug

The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

Don’t miss your last chance to see the 245th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, which displays more than 1,000 works by artists ranging from Academicians to those starting out in their career. Chosen from thousands of entries by a panel of experts, the works include paintings, sculpture, photography and more. Highlights this year include a series of six tapestries by the renowned Grayson Perry, as well as a large-scale sculpture by Anthoy Caro. Tickets start from £10. Until 18 Aug

Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square

Celebrate the end of the Muslim Ramadan at this free Eid festival in Trafalgar Square, which takes place between 1.30pm and 6pm. Spectators can enjoy a range of entertainment on the festival stage from the likes of Adam Ali, Saif Adam and Fursaan, as well as exhibitions, children’s activities and much more. In addition, to mark the end of the Ramadan fast there will be a food festival offering delicacies from across the Islamic world. 17 Aug

The Lollibop Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

This vibrant event is the UK’s biggest festival for kids, and a perfect chance to introduce your young ones to the thrills of a festival in a suitable environment. Under 10s can see performances from popular figures such as Rastamouse, Shaun the Sheep and the Go!Go!Go! Show, as well as enjoy dance lessons, circus workshops, cooking classes and much more. The festival emphasises interactive play, and your kids will be kept busy all day long with the huge array of activities on offer! Tickets start from £23.50. 16 – 18 Aug

The Great British Beer Festival at Kensington Olympia

The UK is famous for its ales, and you can get a taste of this world-class reputation at the 36th Great British Beer Festival, the biggest event in the beer festival calendar. More than 800 real ales, ciders and perries will be on offer, allowing you to sample a huge range of styles that ranges from pale ales and milds to stouts and barley wines. Food, live music and pub games also feature, or you can simply soak up the fantastic atmosphere created by the tens thousands of real ale enthusiasts who attend over the festival’s five days. Tickets are £8 and available on the door; you will also need to rent a festival glass which you’ll be able to take away as a souvenir. 13-17 Aug

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What’s On in London This Weekend: 10-12 August 2012 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/whats-on-in-london-this-weekend-10-12-august-2012/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/whats-on-in-london-this-weekend-10-12-august-2012/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:00:25 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=28462 The London 2012 Olympic Games may be drawing to a close, but events aren’t slowing down in London. Our top events this weekend allow you to master Indian drumming, sip 800 beers or take on an outdoor tango.

London International Arts Festival
Nearly 2,000 international music acts applied to perform at the first ever London International Arts Festival, but only 14 were selected to play at Grade II listed Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford this weekend. They hail from countries as varied as Cyprus and Serbia and include Dhruv Ensemble, a London-based South Indian youth orchestra and Latin-Balkan beat band La Internacional Sonora Balkanera. Workshops in nearby Vine Church Hall on Saturday mean you could come away schooled in Indian drumming or Mexican traditional music. Concert tickets start from £8 and workshops are £5.
10-12 Aug

London Live
It’s the last few days of the Olympics and there’s a good chance Team GB medallists will drop into the two London Live sites at Hyde Park and Victoria Park. Both are great spots to catch the final events on big screens in a festival atmosphere: Hyde Park is home to the interactive chocolate experience that is Cadbury House, while Victoria Park boasts a 55m-high observation wheel, bungee trampolines and the zip wire that Boris Johnson recently got stuck on. The sites are free but book online for guaranteed entry before 2pm.
Until 12 Aug

Great British Beer Festival
It’s big, it’s British, and it’s full of beer. The Olympia Exhibition Centre becomes one enormous pub for this annual celebration of the good old pint. More than 800 British real ales, ciders, perries, and foreign beers will be available to sample – though we don’t suggest you try them all. You can learn about the brewing industry from producers, or just choose a glass (a third, half or a full pint) and get tasting.
Until 11 Aug

Dance Al Fresco in Regent’s Park
Head to Regent’s Park for a spot of outdoor dancing at Dance Al Fresco. DJ Jacky Logan will lead “The Broadwalk Ballroom” on Saturday, taking visitors through some Latin, salsa, line dancing and more, while Sunday’s session is dedicated to the Argentinean tango. Both days kick off at 1pm with a class for beginners, followed by a demonstration at 4.30pm and dancing until 6pm. Tickets are £10 and proceeds go to the Royal Parks Foundation charity.
11-12 Aug

Where will you be this weekend? Let us know by commenting below.

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