11 things to do in London this weekend, including watching Usain Bolt, geeking out to Star Trek and enjoying William Eggleston's photographs

This sassy, smutty show at the Hippodrome is fantastic

1. Go and see some filthy cabaret at the Hippodrome

Cabaret, Hippodrome, Saturday, 19.30, from £15-£50

Inspired by 1930s Parisian cabaret but also swiping at the mainstream success of Cirque du Soleil, this is a sassy combination of smut and sparkle.

2. Remember your childhood watching The BFG

Film, IMAX Waterloo, Saturday, 11.15, £20

A saccharine-sweet adaptation of the classic kid’s book by master of schmaltz Steven Spielberg.

3. Or go and see an art film about a tiger instead

Film, Picturehouse Central, Saturday, 14.20, £8

An arthouse picture about Antoine Yates, who kept a Bengal tiger in his fifth floor New York apartment, until it tried to eat his leg.

4. Enjoy the beauty and absurdity of everyday life with William Eggleston

Photography, National Portrait Gallery, all weekend, £6.50

The pioneering American photographer brings together a collection of more than 100 of his enigmatic portraits dating from the 60s to the present day.

5. Geek out watching the new Star Trek

Film, Everyman Canary Wharf, all weekend, 11.30, 14.40, 17.30, 12.00, £19.20

Simon Pegg writes the latest pop-culture strewn instalment of the interminable Star Trek franchise, starring Idris Elba as the baddie.

6. Get your politics Fix

Theatre, Union Theatre, Saturday 14.30, 19.30, Sunday 14.30, £25

Musical theatre meets House of Cards in The Fix, a play about a political dynasty’s attempts to transform the tearaway son of a dead governor into a successful candidate.

7. Learn about London’s great big fire

Exhibition, The Museum of London, all weekend, £8

350 years ago London burned to the ground after someone set fire to a rogue pasty. Today you can see the charred remains of that very pasty at this new exhibition. At least that’s what we think you can see.

8. Relive the London Olympics at the Anniversary Games

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, all weekend, from £12

Remember how fast all of the men and women ran in 2012? How high they jumped? How far they threw? Of course you don’t, but this weekend you can shine a light into your memory-folds at the Anniversary Games, where Usain Bolt is the star attraction.

9. And then go to the beach without leaving Stratford

BeachEast, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, all weekend, £2

What could be better than combining shopping with sand? Nothing. Literally nothing. So head down to this urban beach and sprawl in the sand, making everybody else envious.

10. Feed your appetite for street food

Food Fest, Red Market, Shoreditch, all weekend, free

All four varieties of food are available here: pizza, ribs, curry and “other”. Hoover them all into your gaping maw at this lovely little food festival, where you can get three dishes for just £8.

11. Watch ET in the sunshine then go down a massive slide

Festival, Alexandra Palace, Saturday 11.00-22.00, Free

Alexandra Palace’s Summer Festival returns for a second year with DJ Yoda spinning the tunes, an outdoor screening of Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, a silent disco in the woods and a 100m water slide

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