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The Great Fete
Mr Black's Espresso Martini Festival
Circus 250 Weekend
Summer Jazz Weekender
Elrow Town London
Art Car Boot Fair
Little Shop of Horrors
The Jam Shed Supper Club
Walking With Dinosaurs
Wine Car Boot
 

 

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

 
 

The Great Fete

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 18th August 2018

 

A celebration of Alexandra Palace and its role since it first opened in 1875, The Great Fete presents a mix of music, entertainment, wellbeing, education and performance. Book in for the Silent Disco in the woods or for Block Party Cinema's screening of Dreamgirls. There's free fitness with 30 minute pilates classes, dementia friendly ping-pong and a smooth(ie) cycle - peddle and power a blender and you'll receive a well-earned drink. Wild About Our Woods set nature based activities for children and adults alike while younger children can try their hand at crafts and circus skills and see a performance by Open & Shut Theatre. Joining up with Streatlife for their final food festival of the summer, they've got 30 of London's top street food vendors as well as Soul II Soul's Jazzie B performing a DJ set.

 
 
 

Mr Black's Espresso Martini Festival

 

Various Venues Dates: 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Aug 2018

 

This August, Mr Black's Espresso Martini Festival returns for its second year. Launched last year by coffee liqueur company Mr Black, the event is London's first-ever festival dedicated to the espresso martini. Running from 16th to 19th August, this year's festival welcomes 100 of the top cocktail bars across the city to serve their unique take on the coffee-based cocktail, each of which will be available for £6. Bars on the line-up this year include Original Sin, the London Cocktail Club, Three Eight Four, Discount Suit Company and Ben's Canteen. By purchasing a £10 festival pass, visitors will be able to enjoy £6 drinks at each of these venues as well as access to 1000 free Espresso Martinis on 16th August.

 
 
 

Circus 250 Weekend

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th, 18th and 19th August 2018

 

Celebrating 250 years of circus, the Southbank Centre is putting on a weekend of free workshops and performances as part of the national #Circus250 celebrations. This weekend will include an array of free workshops where you can learn a new skill as well as live circus acts from Backbone performers, who are performing on the main stage at Royal Festival Hall, and others. The free weekend events take place on the Riverside Terrace stage outside Royal Festival Hall.

 
 
 

Summer Jazz Weekender

Greenwich Peninsula, 1 Green Place, London, SE10 0PE

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 18th - 19th August 2018

 

A weekend of free jazz hosted by Harry Christelis, the Summer Jazz Weekender brings award-winning jazz guitarist Rob Luft to Greenwich Peninsula. Joining this prominent young contemporary jazz musician on the line up is Waaju, with drummer and percussionist Ben Brown, playing music influenced by Africa, South America and beyond. It's not just about the jazz. You can get creative with Lizzie King, a popular artist from Hackney, at her pinata, tie dye and pattern making workshops, and have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing, the aerial circus company. The same weekend also sees the return of Pop Up Screens to the Central Park of the Peninsula, showing recent box office hit Baby Driver alongside popular films Bridesmaids and La La Land. While you're in the area wind your way to Noodles! in Peninsula Square a colourful, interactive hanging maze of 241 'Noodles', with retro street games 'Hopscotch' and 'Long Jump' as part of the installation.

 
 
 

Elrow Town

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018

 

After a successful debut last August - when 25,000 people flocked to London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a first class rave - elrow Town returns on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018 and this time they promise even more mayhem. Paul Kalkbrenner headlines on Saturday while Fatboy Slim graces the decks on Sunday supported by Idris Elba, The 2 Bears and top DJs playing to a pack-out crowd. The set is something special, from a colossal multi-story tower-block stage to giant puppets, enormous inflatables and a twenty-foot high mechanical camel to dazzle partygoers dancing beneath a monsoon of streamers and confetti. Club night organisers elrow are also responsible for creating Monegros Festival and legendary Club Florida 135 in Fraga, Spain, and they have teamed up with Amnesia in Ibiza, adding circus and herds of unicorns to the club's Saturday nights.

 
 
 
 

Art Car Boot Fair

Granary Square, Good's Way, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Sunday 16th September 2018

 

A car boot sale with a difference, the Art Car Boot Fair 'reboots' for 2018, moving to Granary Square and taking place on and around the piazza outside Central Saint Martins college of art. This year, the one-day festival celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with the launch of an additional event - the eco-friendly Art Cycle Basket Fair. Up and coming artists, recommended by Art Car Boot Fair veterans Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard and Mat Collishaw, will bring everything they need by bike. Both fairs take place at the same time and place. Artists lined up for the main fair include Billy Childish, Blek le Rat, Philip Colbert, Juno Calypso, Keith Coventry, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Pure Evil and Charming Baker. Music is by Andy Weatherall, DJ-ing and selling his exclusive 12"s and woodcuts, Kevin Rowland (of Dexys Midnight Runners' fame), finishing with Miranda Sawyer and Lulu Levan.

 
 
 

Little Shop of Horrors

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 3rd August to 15th September 2018

 

Flower shop assistant, Seymour, discovers a mysterious new plant with questionable taste and a big appetite. Little Shop of Horrors brings the greenery to life as Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus, RSC, Fantastic Mr Fox) makes her Open Air Theatre directorial debut. A big musical number, the show features classic songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken including 'Suddenly, Seymour', 'Skid Row (Downtown)', and 'Dentist!'. "Matt Willis is a revelation" says The Guardian, "upstaged only by Tom Scutt's design". A critical success, this "exuberantly excessive" production gets a terrific five stars from The Times.

 
 
 

The Jam Shed Supper Club

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 24th July to 8th September 2018

 

A brand new rooftop dining experience for summer 2018, The Jam Shed Supper Club brings summery menus from five MasterChef contestants to the sixth floor of Royal Festival Hall. As well as sunset views over the Thames, diners can enjoy sharing dishes and small plates by Steve Kielty, Nawamin Pinpathomrat, David Crichton, Alexandra Jorge, George Kallias, and Emma Spitzer who'll take turns cooking their own menus. Working together, Alexandra Jorge and this year's MasterChef semi-finalist George Kallias are creating a delicious fusion menu of Portgreek food. To drink Australian wine brand Jam Shed has come up with some refreshing cocktails including Elderflower Jam, Jamgria and a Jam Shed sour. As well as having a fun night out you can also feel good knowing you're supporting The Springboard Charity and giving trainees a chance to work with the contestants.

 
 
 

Walking with Dinosaurs

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 14th to 19th Aug 2018

 

A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and will be stopping by The O2 this August to depict the dinosaurs' evolution with almost cinematic realism. The updated show will depict spectacular and colourful changes to dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research and present nine species from their entire 200 million year reign. You can get up close to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-Rex, who towers over us at an impressive 39ft, and walk alongside Allosaurus - one of the largest carnivores of the Jurassic period. Other dinosaurs featuring include the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period and, the largest of them all, the Brachiosaurus, which stands at 11 metres tall and 17 metres from nose to tail.

 
 
 

Wine Car Boot

St James's Market, St James's, London, SW1Y 4QQ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 28th July to 18th August 2018

 

Moving to St James's Market, the Wine Car Boot returns this summer, providing visitors with the chance to taste their way around London's independent wine scene. Wine producers in attendance include Bib Wine, When In Rome, Carte Blanche, Maltby & Greek, Friarwood and Borough while food comes from Cafe Murano and Paxton & Whitfield. Further special guests include Redchurch Brewery, Noble Rot and Govino Glasses. Entry is free and once inside guests can spend the afternoon drinking by the glass or bottole, or sample as many wines as possible, all to a backdrop of music. There's also the chance to buy bottles or a 12 Tasting Tote to take away.

 
 
 

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