A good weekend for cosplay, free exhibitions and a bank holiday street party.
MCM Comic Con (25th-27th May) – From £15
The UK’s biggest pop culture event. Cosplayers, film geeks, and graphic novel fans gather under one colourful roof in to pledge their pop cultural allegiance. This year’s special guests, from big and small screen, include Cooper Andrews and Khary Payton (Walking Dead), Felicia Day (The Guild), Michael Biehn (Terminator) and duo Jackie Cruz and Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black).
Red, Blue, White: global colours (26th) – Free
Last chance to catch this free international photography exhibition featuring the work of 37 photographers from 24 countries, most of which have national flags featuring the red, white and blue configuration from the UK to South Korea. The exhibition explores the politics behind the colours and their symbolic connotations in the work on display.
Star of Bethnal Green Street Party (28th May) – £5
Extend the weekend fun into bank holiday Monday with this community street party in east London. The Star of Bethnal Green is celebrating its 10th year with street food, drinks and DJ sets. Kids can enjoy bouncy castles, face painting and a vast array of entertainers. There will be delicious food provided by Smokey Trails among others and an outdoor bar serving craft beer, cocktails and soft drinks too. The street party wraps up outside at 9 pm, but revellers can continue the fun indoors after that until 2 am.
Midnight Apothecary (26th May) – £5
An atmospheric, candlelit drinking den is open on Friday and Saturday nights at Brunel Museum. Head down to the museum. Cocktail lovers can get cosy around the campfire with drinks, Greek street food and riverside views this summer. An advance ticket costs a fiver which includes entry to the museum—with an optional guided descent into the underground chamber (maybe do that bit before cocktail hour!). It’s all to raise cash for the new entrance and staircase for Brunel’s underground concert hall.
The Great British Tattoo Show (26th-27th) – Free
The Great British Tattoo Show takes place over two days at Alexandra Palace with oodles of tattoo related and peripherally related activities and entertainment. You can meet hundreds of Britain’s top tattoo artists, see tattoo competitions, watch fashion shows, nod your head to bands and stuff your face with food and craft beer.
Deptford Market Yard (26th) – Free
Rivalling nearby Peckham and Brixton, the latest addition to the Deptford food scene Deptford Bites is a new weekly food and craft market from the events collective Eat Me Drink Me which will be on every Saturday. There will be a focus on South East London traders and makers with food stalls including Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, KraPow LDN, Muffin Man, Hank’s and Piadina Project and live music each week.