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Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

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Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
London Seafood Festival
Bushstock Festival
Sweatlife
Molam Sundays
House & Garden Festival
The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia
East Village Wellness Day
London Gelato Festival
London Gelato Festival
Queer And Now
 

 

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.

 
 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Greenwich, , London, SE10 9HF

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 7th July 2018

 

The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a two-week free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. It kicks off with Fly By Night, which sees over 1500 trained pigeons soar into the skies above the Thames. Other events on the line-up are D-Construction, a hip-hop dance piece that explores identity, borders and the bonds that connect us; Plock!, an acrobatic show that takes inspiration from the art of Jackson Pollock; Robopole, a duo between a man and a robot; and Icarus, a dance pieces that looks at the mythical fall of humankind. A number of family-friendly shows also feature, include Bicycle Boy, a musical for children aged between six and ten.

 
 
 

London Seafood Festival

Battersea Power Station, Circus West, Sopwith Way, London, SW8 4NN

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 20th to 24th Jun 2018

 

This weekend, Battersea Power Station hosts the five-day London Seafood Festival. The free event boasts a programme of masterclasses and takeovers along the banks of the River Thames at Circus West Village as well as festival menus inside the local restaurants, bars and shops. The Wright Brothers will offer Oyster shucking classes, Vagabond will present tutored tastings, Fiume will serve Italian seafood dishes inspired by the Mediterranean, and Tonkotsu will hosts a special seafood brunch. There will also be a Seafood Supper at No 29 and a seafood masterclass with renowned chef Vivek Singh.

 
 
 

Bushstock Festival

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

English folk rock duo Aquilo (like "Justin Timberlake trying to out-falsetto Jeff Buckley" - Rolling Stone) headlines this year's Bushstock festival, back for its eighth year in 2018. A one-day west London festival played at venues across 'The Bush', more than forty bands play at the annual event which is the brainchild of Communion record company. With bands like Billie Marten, Flyte, Freya Ridings, Haus, Maisie Peters, Matt Woods, Stereo Honey and The Beach lined up to play, it's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw.

 
 
 

Queer And Now

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

Back for its second year and following on from the 2017 Queer British Art exhibition, the one-day Queer and Now festival celebrates the powerful role of LGBTQ arts and culture. Curated in partnership with Pride in London, this event will see people of all ages and identities, who of whom are rooted in the UK's queer community, take part in a day of live performances, talks, family tours, workshops, music, film and dance.

 
 
 

London Gelato Festival

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018

 

Bringing a taste of Italy to east London, the Gelato Festival returns this June, bringing a range of flavours to Covent Garden. Launched in 2010 as a tribute to Bernardo Buontalenti, the inventor of gelato in 1559, the festival invites top gelato masters and award-winning chefs to showcase their skills and authentic gelato. This year, they will be coming from all over the UK as well as Italy, with participants flying in just for the festival. Flavours have been specially created for the occasion - expect fruity, creamy, chocolatey, weird and wonderful and everything in between. Grab yourself a gelato card in advance, which allows you to sample all the gelato on offers and participate in all events that are part of this year's festival.

 
 
 
 

Sweatlife

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018

 

This June, athletic apparel brand Lululemon bring back their Sweatlife festival. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, the two-day festival invites all fitness fans, yoga devotees and anyone who loves getting sweaty to embark on classes and workshops led by top teachers from across the globe. The festival will feature some of London's favourite studios such as Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, Psycle, Xtend Barre and Third Space. There will also be a speaker-based series, encouraging discussion around key topics like diversity, body positivity, community and work/life balance. Speakers include the founders of Park Run and Good Gym, The Tempest Two, Melissa Hemsley and Carly Rowena.

 
 
 

Molam Sundays

Som Saa, 43a Commercial Street, London, E1 6BD

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 17th June to 22nd July 2018

 

Launching on Sunday 17th June, Som Saa will present a series of Molam Sundays. Running for six weeks, the one-day event will focus on the rustic dishes of Thailand's countryside and backstreets. Bringing a taste of rural Asia to east London, the Thai restaurant will present a series of dishes such as red mullet curry served in fresh bamboo, whole duck served four different ways, and green rice and shredded coconut doughnuts. There will also be unique Thai beers, bag in box wines and traditional Molam music, mixed in with Thai pop, funk and hip hop.

 
 
 

East Village Wellness Day

East Village, , London, E20

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

Following on from World Yoga Day on 21st June, East Village presents the East Village Wellness Day. The one-day event invites Londoners to try their hand at yoga with a series of free yoga and wellbeing workshops in and around Victory Park. From baby yoga to high intensity yoga, as well as group meditation, there's something for everyone. After mastering the downward dog, aspiring yogis will be able to join wellness workshops run by Obby, a collective of creative makers and teachers in London. Additionally, FitFam Studios will set fitness challenges for the chance to win a PT session.

 
 
 

House & Garden Festival

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th to 24th Jun 2018

 

A new summer festival for London, the four-day House & Garden Festival brings together four events: the Spirit of Summer, HOUSE, GROW London and, a new addition this year, the Arts & Antiques Fair Olympia, creating a one-stop-shop for stylish living. Full of interior, gardening and lifestyle inspiration, there are over 500 to explore and shop, all hand-selected by an expert team, including the editorial team at House & Garden magazine. Stylists have selected their favourite pieces from the huge array of products available at the festival to create inspirational spaces alongside beautiful feature gardens so you can magpie ideas for your own garden.

 
 
 

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th to 27th June 2018

 

In 2018, the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair joins three other festivals taking place at Olympia at the same time, offering four events under one roof for the House & Garden Festival. A fixture in the London arts calendar since 1972 the fair, which comes to Olympia every June and November, features more than 150 dealers from Britain and abroad showcase their collections of antiques, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and contemporary designs. The fair typically attracts over 30,000 people and includes items as varied as Pre-Raphaelite paintings, 3,000 year old Bronze Age helmets, contemporary art and furniture which can fetch up to £20,000. Among the highest prices achieved in recent years was a toilet service set which sold for a staggering £1.5 million. The exhibition will take place at London's Olympia. If you're looking for accommodation near Olympia, be sure to check out our London Hotels page.

 
 
 

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