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What to do in London this weekend (September 16-18)

The funeral will be marked by a public holiday, and although many working people across the country will be given the day off, London’s attention will be focused on royal proceedings, meaning much of the events planned in the city ​​have been postponed.

For more details on where to pay your respects, head over to this page.

However, the weekend before there was still a lot going on, from new art exhibits to family raves. Here’s the best, with a warning to check ahead in case of last-minute cancellations.

Pay homage to the Queen

With the Queen’s funeral scheduled for Monday, many Londoners will be looking to pay their respects throughout the weekend. There are plenty of ways to do it, from laying flowers near Buckingham Palace, to dining and drinking at one of the Queen’s favorite restaurants. Read our comprehensive guide to learn more.

Greenwich Comedy Festival

Some of the best comics are coming to South West London this weekend for the Greenwich Comedy Festival. Hosted at the National Maritime Museum, it kicks off on Wednesday and some of the biggest concerts have already sold out, but there are still tickets for Milton Jones, Rosie Jones, Tim Key and more.

Various prices, until September 18, National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF, greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk

Yinka Ilori at the Design Museum

Creative Courts, Yinka Ilori, photographed by Matt Alexander

If you like your art big, bright and beautiful, this new exhibition at the Design Museum is sure to win you over. Celebrating the work of Yinka Ilori – an Islington-raised artist whose aesthetic is defined by the bold use of color – the show will feature over 100 objects, spanning Ilori’s own designs and many inspirations.

Free, from September 15, Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG, designmuseum.org

Decolonization Day

First held in 2017, this annual nonprofit DIY punk festival is “collectively run by and for punx of color.” With a hard and heavy 15-act lineup, a number of workshops are also held in conjunction with the festival, from an exploration of the banjo’s black history to a badge-making class.

From £8.50 for day tickets, 16-18 September, Signature Brew Haggerston, Railway Arches, 340 Acton Mews, E8 4EA, decolonisefest.co.uk

Queer Sounds #003: A Queertopia of All-Night Music

An evening of queer live music is coming to this Shoreditch spot on Saturday, with London dance duo NIMMO headlining. Up-and-coming artists Toby Corton and Amaroun are in charge of support, Bestley and D’Vey feature as DJ sets and hosts for artist Barbs.

From £11, 7.30pm, 17th September, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, richmix.org.uk

open house festival

Every year, some of London’s most fascinating structures – from townhouses and private barges to chapels and cinemas – open their doors and invite the public to peek inside. Most paid events have sold out, but there are plenty of free events this weekend; check them out here.

Until September 21, various locations, open-city.org.uk

Totally Thames Festival

Running along the 42-mile stretch of the River Thames throughout September, this festival brings together all sorts of events to celebrate London’s aquatic centrepiece. This weekend, the festivities range from a sightseeing cruise along the river to live music and dancing. The organizers advise participants to check the website in case of last minute cancellations.

Until September 30, various locations, thamesfestivaltrust.org

Water Festival

This electronic music festival established itself as one of the best in town when it inaugurated last year, and it’s now back to wrap up the summer season. Expect top-notch DJs – Or:la, Peach, Moxie, Ben UFO, Jane Fitz, Yung Fitz and more – playing across seven stages.

From £49.50, September 17, 12-10.30pm, Gunnersbury Park, W3 8LQ, waterworksfestival.co.uk

London Podcast Festival

The London Podcast Festival wraps up this weekend, which means it’s your last chance to see some of your favorite talent behind the mic on stage. Head to Kings Place to see RuPaul’s Drag Race UK favorite Crystal, record live her podcast The Things That Made Me Queer (with special guest Tia Kofi) and Nick Helm’s Film Quiz.

Until September 18, prices vary, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG, kingsplace.co.uk

big fish small fish

big fish small fish

The hugely popular family-friendly rave series arrives in Lewisham this weekend for its final party. The key here is to make sure the kids have a good time – safe volume levels, no strobe lighting – as well as the parents, with a licensed bar and the same kind of music you’d hear at the clubs normal nights. In time, Mr Switch gets behind the decks for a classic drum’n’bass and jungle set (a pirate dress code is in place, but optional).

£11 adults, £8 children, infants before walk free, 2pm-4pm, 18 September, Fox and Firkin, 316 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ, eventbrite.com