Do you and your family always check out the roar-some lion statue on the south bank at the end of Westminster Bridge? Here are eight wonderful secrets about him you may not know (we love the fact that he’s got a time capsule in his bum).
The Beautiful Octopus club at the Southbank Centre puts learning-disabled artists and culture firmly on the map. This Friday night festival focuses on inhibition and experimentation, with workshops, performances, DJs on the terrace and musicians. Older kids and teens will love the colourful, bold nature of the performers, and a chance to dance, try crafts and experiment. SE1. Free. Friday 9, 7pm–12am. More here
Rekindle that Olympic excitement at Brazil Day in Trafalgar Square this Saturday. Enjoy music, DJs, sport and food, and samba the day away. WC2. Free. Saturday 10, 12pm–7pm. More here
Whether you’ve got a window-sill garden, a few pots on a balcony or an allotment, if you’re interested in growing your own food, the Cultivate festival in Waltham Forest is for you. Make blackberry ice-cream and plant seeds at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve (free, Sunday 11), go on a magical mystery bike tour of food-growing sites in Waltham Forest (free, Sunday 11), or sample vegetarian street food at the People’s Food Fair in Walthamstow (free, Saturday 10). Full line-up here
Celebrate 34 years of nature conservation with London Wildlife Trust at Sydenham Hill Wood this Sunday. Go on guided walks, hop to folk music, and try bird watching, bug hunting and pond dipping, as well as munching on home-baked cakes. SE26. Free. Sunday 11 11am–4pm. More here
Tucked away on a tiny plot of land right in the very centre of London, the Phoenix Garden is a mini oasis. Celebrate its very recent facelift at this Saturday’s Country Show. Morris Men, farm animals, brass bands, Punch and Judy shows and more will be crammed into this weeny space. W1. Free. Saturday 10, 12pm–6pm. More here
Celebrate Hackney’s vibrant and varied cultures in a procession through its streets, featuring sound systems, live music and dancing groups, all dressed in eye-popping costumes. Head to Gillett Square to frolic in the all-day play area in Gillett Square, or Ridley Road for live street theatre and carnival parties, food and arts and crafts. Across Hackney. Free. Sunday 11, 12pm–6pm, procession at 2pm from Ridley Road. More here