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Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials

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Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials
KERB: Livin' On The Veg
Iceland Dance Company: Sacrifice
Afternoon Tea Week
Streatlife
Streatlife
Bottomless Beach Brunch
Bompas & Parr Future Forest
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best weekend events in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th August 2017

 

Returning for its fourth year this August, Spotlight Festival is an annual celebration of the culture in and around Seven Dials, with a line-up of theatre, dance, comedy, music and more. This year welcomes indie choir Some Voices, British pop singer Whinnie Williams and 2017 Glastonbury performers Old Dirty Bastards to the open air stage, which will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Laura Jackson. Further to the stage entertainment, there will be cocktails and food from Monmouth Kitchen, Canela, The Escapologist, Rossopomodoro and Balans Soho Society as well as free glitter stations and a GIF booth.

 
 
 

KERB: Livin' On The Veg

West Handyside Canopy, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August 2017

 

KERB welcomes both vegans and meat-lovers to their latest event, Livin' On The Veg. The ultimate vegan rumble, it will see eight KERB-picked traders cook indulgent vegan dishes that appeal to herbivores and carnivores alike to battle it out for KERB's golden carrot. There won't be a mung bean or Buddha bowl in sight, with guests invited to feast on deep fried buffalo wings, chocolate brownie mud pies, red Thai curry pots, Tandoori naans and Venezuelan chip buttie arepas. There will also be a cocktail bar, beer bar and a KERB bar as well as DJ sets and a Mr Potato Head vegetable decorating corner. Every ticket provides a portion of food from all eight traders and once you've sampled all the goods you'll be able to vote for your favourite.

 
 
 

Knives in Hens

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 17th August to 7th October 2017

 

Yael Farber directs a revival of David Harrower's modern classic, Knives in Hens, a haunting and poetic thriller about "lust, language and medieval peasant life" (Guardian). Making her directing debut at the Donmar Warehouse, the multi-award-winning director's recent credits include Salome (which she wrote and directed) and Lorainne Hansberry's Les Blancs, both at the National Theatre. Her acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible at the Old Vic earned her a London Evening Standard nomination and an Olivier Nomination.

 
 
 

Iceland Dance Company: Sacrifice

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th, 19th and 20th August 2017

 

Iceland Dance Company presents the UK premiere of Sacrifice in an evening of new creations with leading choreographers and visual artists exploring the relationship between art and religion. Inspired by the idea of the ritual as an essential part of life, performance and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and choreographer Margrét Bjarnadóttir focus on the idea of youth with a group of dancers with acoustic guitars. American artist Matthew Barney, choreographer Erna Omarsdottir and musician Valdimar Johannsson collaborate on a performative video installation, Union of the North. Finally the festivities reach an immersive high at the Market, where people present their beliefs, ideas and solutions for a sustainable future.

 
 
 

Afternoon Tea Week

 

This great British custom was started by the Duchess of Bedford in 1830 when she ordered a light meal to stave off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Now London revives the Afternoon Tea tradition to the tinkle of teaspoons, slurping of tea and swooning over scones. Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week by booking in at one of the best high-end, affordable or alternative afternoon teas in London.†

 
 
 
 

Streatlife

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 27th May to 20th August 2017

 

The Alexandra Palace Street Food and Craft Beer Festival is back this year, revamped as Streatlife. Set in the capital's biggest beer garden, which also happens to boast panoramic views across London, it brings together 30 of London's top street food vendors, craft beer bars, cocktails and Pimm's across four summer weekends. On Saturdays, there will be an eclectic line-up of bands while on Sundays the DJs take over. Plus, there will be live street art and graffiti. Food traders include the Crabbie Shack, Greek Expectations, Mother Clucker, Oli Baba's, Popdogs, Sticky Beaks, Rarebits London, Bodeans and Le Bao.

 
 
 

Bompas & Parr Future Forest

Westfield London - Shepherd's Bush, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7DS

Tube: Wood Lane Station , Shepherd's Bush Station (Central), Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: 21st July to 28th August 2017

 

The latest Bompas & Parr installation explores the complex relationship between humans and nature. Popping up at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford, Future Forest is a free to visit family destination that will take visitors on a journey through an indoor forest to give an insight into the future of nature and its potential role in urban landscapes. There will be the chance to walk and jump on water on the Forest Zorb Lagoon, discover the secret language of trees and soar across Westfield London on a zipline. There will also be a fruit cloud housing a mini exhibition showcasing plants that create electricity, spider silk and a historic tree circus.

 
 
 

Bottomless Beach Brunch

Albert Wharf, , London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 

Dates: 13th to 27th August 2017

 

London's first Thameside beach, Neverland London, launches a Bottomless Beach Brunch this summer. Running every Sunday throughout August, the brunch will be served on long sharing tables under a flowery canopy. For £30, guests will be able to enjoy endless gin and tonics, red snappers, prosecco or cider as well as food from one the street food traders to the value of £10. It also includes rest of day entry to Neverland. A DJ will be on hand to set the vibe with tunes all day and there will be a photo booth to capture all the moments. The brunch will be available in two-hour slots and once the slot is over you will be able to purchase drinks from the bar. No BYOB is available with a brunch ticket.

 
 
 

RA Summer Lates: The Other Paradise

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th August 2017

 

The Royal Academy's next late-night event turns the venue into a playground for the night with a boutique arts festival inspired by the ideas of paradise. The Other Paradise will have an outdoor Tropical Paradise decked out with palm trees, sculptures, a mermaid crown-making workshop and a botanical postcard making station; a Nomadic Yurt, with a tropical funk DJ set and dark mermaid life drawing; a Mythical Theatre with holographic visuals, live music and an opera viscera performance; and Matisse's Paper Garden, with the chance to create paper flowers and foliage with The Collage Club. There will also be cocktails and the chance to see the RA exhibition after hours.

 
 
 

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Canada Square Park, Canada Square, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 5AX

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017

 

Bringing Canary Wharf to life this weekend, the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival offers two days of live jazz music from a number of remarkable musicians. Taking place in Canada Square Park, this year's line-up includes Rob Barron Quintet, Poppy Ajudha, Mammal Hands, Riot Jazz Brass Band, Wild card and Melt Yourself Down. Visitors will also be able to feast on Turkish toasties from TOST and Japanese gohan from Pochi.

 
 
 

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