What's on and things to do over the May bank holiday weekend
Events, family activities and fun days out in the capital and beyond: Friday 28 - Monday 31 May.
Kids and families
The sound of galloping hooves, the clash of steel on steel, pennants fluttering in the breeze.
The Grand Tournament features a series of medieval jousts
All the ingredients are in place for Hampton Court Palace's Grand Tournament, a bank holiday special that includes games and entertainment, armour and falconry demonstrations and Tudor craft tents to explore.
Jousting is at the heart of things of course, providing real thrills and spills as four knights on their mighty steeds battle it out for the victor's crown.
Catch the action at 12noon, 2pm and 4.30pm each day.
Grand Tournament, Saturday 29 - Monday 31 May, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, open Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm. £14 adult, £7 under-16s, under-5s free, concs and family tickets available. Info: 0844 482 7777
Walk through the days when the Great Fire burned in the capital, cool off with a stroll through Georgian pleasure gardens or re-live the fashions of the Swinging Sixties - all in a matter of minutes.
Pearly King John Walters takes a tour of the Museum of London
You can, thanks to five new galleries, housing thousands of artefacts at the Museum of London.
Using 'show-stopping' interactives, film and photography, the new £20m, three years in the making, Galleries of Modern London complex shows how the capital has taken shape over the centuries - and shaped us in the process.
"It's our heritage", says Pearly King John Walters about the new look museum; see if you agree at Friday's launch, or at a special after-hours session later on the same day when the museum's doors - and bar - stay open until 9pm.
Galleries of Modern London, Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm, Friday 28 May also 6pm - 9pm, Museum of London, London Wall EC2. Free admission. Info: 020 7001 9844
A much-loved tradition of London life hoves into view with the new season at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.
It's a winning formula once again: Shakespeare, a classic or two and a cracking musical - all done with great aplomb and a timely nod to GCSE students wanting to catch a live performance of one of their set texts.
The new 2010 season includes theatre, music, comedy and film
This weekend brings opening production The Crucible, Arthur Miller's exploration of a Salem community divided by witch-hunting and hysteria, followed over the coming weeks by The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and Sondheim's Into The Woods.
One-off events include a screening of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, an evening with gardening guru Monty Don and music by Martha Wainwright and Seth Lakeman.
The theatre's website has a useful Calendar link for you to plan ahead.
The Crucible, Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Monday 31 May at 8pm, Saturday also 2.30pm, ongoing thereafter, season ends 11 September, Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent's Park NW1. £10 - £39, premium seats extra, discounts available. Booking on 0844 826 4242
Gamers, comic freaks and fans of all things sci fi-related will be pinching themselves with excitement as Europe's answer to the San Diego Comic Con rolls into town.
The London MCM Expo features hundreds of exhibitors, housed in 'villages' dedicated to videogames, comic books and anime - with a side order of manga, costume and masquerade and steampunk thrown in.
The Expo is billed as Europe's answer to San Diego's Comic Con
There are photo ops, signings and movie first-views and teasers; this year also organisers are asking gamers to bring a DS and game to get involved in a Guinness World Record attempt at hosting the largest handheld game console party.
Screen legend Tony Curtis was among the special guests in 2009; look out for Oliver! stars Ron Moody and Mark Lester this weekend as they mingle with visitors and fans.
London MCM Expo, Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 May, ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway E16, 11am - 6pm Saturday, 11am - 5pm Sunday. £10 adult, £5 under-15s, under-10s free. Info: 0844 448 7600
Nothing cryptic about SATC2 - not for movie fans and lovers of high-end footwear at any rate.
It's shorthand of course for the continuing adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and Co in the much-anticipated Sex and the City 2, arriving this weekend at a screen near you.
The new movie is more than a fashion parade, says Sarah Jessica Parker
Here's a chance though to catch up in style with Manhattan's infamous glamour posse: the Everyman cinema chain will be transforming each of its venues across London and the South with shoe displays, flower shows, cocktail glass towers - and a red carpet for guests to make an entrance.
"We love the buzz of a bespoke event", says CEO Andrew Myers.
In case you're wondering - yes, fellas dragged along on a date can console themselves with a beer in the bar.
Sex and the City 2, from Friday 28 May, participating venues in Hampstead, Belsize Park, Islington, Baker Street, Oxted, Reigate, Walton and Winchester, times vary. Box office: 0871 906 9060
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