The best things to do in London this weekend (15-16 June 2019) from a Refuge Week pop-up shop with a difference to the inaugural Big Funny Festival in Richmond with Nish Kumar and Lou Sanders
Lead image: Crystal Palace Festival (photo: Paul Grace)
1 London Seafood Festival, Battersea Power Station
London Seafood Festival returns for its second year to transform Battersea Power Station’s riverside into the home of seafood. The event will feature a series of one-off special events, masterclasses, alfresco cooking demonstrations and tastings with top London chefs including José Pizarro, Asma Khan, Vivek Singh and Francesco Mazzei, as well as live musicians and busking bands. The demonstrations will be compered by Magic Radio presenter Emma B, who brings over 20 years of broadcasting experience and a passion for cooking and seafood to the demo stand. Plus, there will be a handful of ticketed events – on sale now – granting guests access to one-time special feasts by some of the UK’s most renowned chefs.
Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station SW11 8AH; londonseafoodfestival.com
2 Balham Literary Festival
A staple of the London literary calendar, Balham Literary Festival returns with a spectacular line-up and discussions ranging from climate change to crime fiction, whilst celebrating some of best talent south London has to offer. Highlights of the festival include an event with AC Grayling, who will preview his new book The History of Philosophy; former Crystal Palace resident Max Porter, who will discuss his audacious, strange and wonderful new work Lanny; vegan cooking YouTube sensation Rachel Ama, who will share quick and easy recipes from her new book Vegan Eats; and a special event with Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle. Events will take place at venues including Balham Bowls Club and Balham Oxfam. Tickets £5-£30.
3 Camberwell Arts Festival, venues across Camberwell
Camberwell Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and as such, the theme is The Art of the Party. The festival will launch with The Art of the Party Birthday Feast on Camberwell Green, with everything from the drinks to the décor and dancing designed by local artists. The event kick-starts nine days of fun, party-themed art, with the Made in Camberwell Arts Market also taking place on 15 June, the Not for Sale Exhibition and Camberwell Fringe Programme running from 15-23 June, and Camberwell Open Studios running from 22-23 June.
4 Civilised Sunday with Tishani Doshi at Jikoni, Marylebone
Civilised Sunday continues on the 16 June at Ravinder Bhogal’s Marylebone restaurant Jikoni, where the chef will be joined by award-winning writer, Tishani Doshi. Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize earlier this year, Doshi will be reading from her enchanting new novel, Small Days & Nights, and her acclaimed book of poems, Girls are Coming out of the Woods. Bhogal has woven together a menu inspired by Doshi’s South Indian and Welsh heritage, featuring a Seabass Ceviche cured with aam panna – a refreshing raw mango and mint drink – and Crisp Soft Shell Crab with a Tamil peanut chutney. Tickets £55. 6.30pm.
19-21 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 3DG; eventbrite.com
5 Choose Love x A Mile in My Shoes
Popping up on Newburgh Street in Soho this Refugee Week, Choose Love x A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop with a difference – where you can literally walk in someone else’s shoes. Instead of buying new shoes, you can borrow a pair of shoes belonging to a refugee and take a walk while listening to a first-hand story of their life. Storytellers include Ramla Ali, a Somali boxer who’s won numerous titles for England; Aloysius, who left Uganda after being tortured for his sexuality and now runs a community support group for LGBTQA+ refugees in the UK; and Lord Alf Dubs, who arrived in London as a child from Czechoslovakia and has become a politician and life-long advocate for fellow refugees. The shop is a collaboration between the pioneering humanitarian aid organisation Help Refugees, and artist Clare Patey’s award-winning interactive art project, Empathy Museum.
Newburgh Street, Soho W1F 7RE; helprefugees.org
6 Big Funny Fest, Richmond
The inaugural Big Funny Fest, packed full of the hottest, most exciting new and established comedians including Nish Kumar, Lou Sanders and Phil Wang, takes place on Father’s Day Weekend at the historic Old Deer Park in Richmond Upon Thames. Comedians Jayde Adams, Jason Byrne, Lloyd Griffith, Adam Hess, Russell Hicks, Rhys James, Thanyia Moore, Luisa Omielan, Phil Wang, Tom Ward and Mark Watson will perform in the Big Top on Saturday 15th June, while Jen Brister, Desiree Burch, Hal Cruttenden, Gary Delaney, Mark Dolan, Angelos Epithemiou, Darren Harriott, Olga Koch, Nish Kumar, Andrew Maxwell, Glenn Moore and Lou Sanders will bring the Big Top laughs on Sunday 16 June. With three shows a day in the Big Top and a Little Top tent hosting four shows, there will be comedy on every minute from 3pm-10pm both days. Day tickets £34.50, Weekend Ticket £64.50. Use the code DAD to get 2-4-1 tickets for Sunday 16 June.
Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SF; bigfunnyfest.com
7 Misha Nonoo’s Sustainable Pop-Up Shop, Marylebone
New York-based fashion designer, Misha Nonoo, is hosting a sustainable concept store in Marylebone Village this month. It’s the designer’s first ever UK bricks and mortar shop, showcasing a combination of signature pieces from Misha Nonoo’s collection such as the Husband Shirt, Kiki Pant and Magdelena Jumpsuit. Nonoo is a pioneer of on-demand manufacturing, which aims to dramatically improve sustainability in the fashion business. Her womenswear collection is based around a ‘life uniform’ – a collection of eight pieces that can create 22 different looks taking you from office to bar and mid-week to weekend. The shop will also give free styling advice and host in-store events, panels and masterclasses with iconic female entrepreneurs such as Dame Helena Morrissey, Samantha Cameron and Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council.
70-72 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone Village; marylebonevillage.com
Join The Pink Singers – an LGBT+ community choir of some 90 singers – as they celebrate what it means to be a diva at the iconic Cadogan Hall. Formed in 1983, the ‘Pinkies’ are the longest-running LGBT choir in Europe. Featuring fantastic arrangements, gorgeous harmonies and, of course a sprinkle of glitter, The Pink Singers: Divas Through The Decades promises to be a memorable evening! 7.30pm. Tickets from £13.50 to £30.
5 Sloane Terrace SW1X 9DQ; cadoganhall.com
9 British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden Market & The Garden Museum
New Covent Garden Market, the UK’s premier flower supplier, will be celebrating British Flowers Week with a week-long celebration uniting florists, flower growers, wholesalers and flower lovers. This year, New Covent Garden Market’s campaign to support British-grown flowers will see five of Britain’s top florists exhibit innovative installations at the Garden Museum, using flowers from the Flower Market. This year’s theme is Memories and the florists – Ruth Davis from All for Love, Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth from Worm, Graeme Corbett from Bloom + Burn, Rowan Lewis of Rowan Blossom and Carly Rogers of Carly Rogers Flowers – will showcase their creations based around their personal memories. The exhibition is the first time contemporary floral design has been given centre stage in a London museum.
10 Buzz Bingo Thank You Event with Jo Brand, Tooting
Buzz Bingo, the UK’s largest retail Bingo operator, has announced its Thank You charity event in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, celebrating over £500,000 in donations for the organisations. Taking place at Buzz Bingo Tooting in South London, the Thank You event will feature an appearance from award-winning comedian and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Jo Brand, marking the moment and receiving the cheque from Buzz Bingo’s Chief Retail Officer Peter Brigden. Open to all Buzz Bingo members, guests will be welcomed with a free drink on arrival before having the opportunity to meet and greet Jo Brand and then competing for one of 10 £1,000 Full House prizes on offer throughout the evening.
50 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 9NA; buzzbingo.com
11 Crystal Palace Festival, across Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace Festival is back with an eight-day extravaganza of live music, film, theatre, comedy, dance, arts and crafts and wellbeing events. From Cabaret Lates to Palace Paws Dog Show and a Silent Disco Walking Tour to Comedy Club 4 Kids and an Art & Mindfulness Workshop, there’s plenty to see and do. The event opens on Saturday 15 June at 12.30pm with a performance by brand-new Crystal Palace choir, Palace Acappella, taking place on the Village Green in Crystal Palace Park. Events take place across Crystal Palace, Anerley and Gipsy Hill.
12 A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bell House, Dulwich
The Dulwich Players return with another alfresco performance this summer. This time it’s Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the gardens of Bell House, Dulwich. Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander, but is betrothed to Demetrius. And no one loves Helena, though her heart belongs to Demetrius. When Hermia and Lysander elope through the forest, Demetrius gives chase, followed by Helena, only to find themselves in the midst of a Fairy King and Queen at war. When, in turn, they are followed by a group of amateur actors intent on rehearsing a play, the scene is set for a night of mischief, misunderstandings and merriment. Performances on 16, 22 & 23 June at 2pm & 5pm. Tickets £12.
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG; dulwichplayers.org
13 Cutty Sark Studio Theatre’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival Warm Up Shows
16 June-28 July
Following the success of previous sell-out comedy seasons, the Cutty Sark hosts its pre-Edinburgh comedy festival from within the ship’s Michael Edwards Studio Theatre again this summer. Comedians including Josh Widdicombe, Joel Dommett and Desiree Burch will be performing new material for their sell-out Edinburgh performances in the Lower Hold of Cutty Sark. During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other cargo relating to the ship’s extraordinary history. In the evening, the central section is transformed into a 92-seat studio theatre. Tickets from £12-£17.50.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk
14 Eid Banquet with Saima Khan x Mandy Yin at Sambal Shiok
Saima Khan, founder of the private dining experience @hampsteadkitchn, is joining forces with Mandy Yin of @sambalshiok to bring you a Malaysian Pakistani banquet at Sambal Shiok, Holloway Road, to celebrate the end of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr. Muslims across the world are currently fasting for the month of Ramadan, and the first meal after the fast is something to be savoured. Both Saima and Mandy believe that food is the greatest way to promote peace, respect and unity, since the simple act of sharing food connects us and encourages understanding and finding that all important common ground. The menu includes a sharing platter of aubergine, spinach and potato pakoras, Papa Khan’s lamb seekh kebab and more to start, followed by Royal Malay chicken biryani with eggs, Nyonya achar, cumin raita and pomegranate seeds for the main. Tickets £55.
171 Holloway Road N7 8LX; eventbrite.co.uk
15 Independent Bookshop Week, across London
Packed with a line-up of amazing events across the UK and Ireland, this year’s Independent Bookshop Week will see authors Ben Aaronovitch, Patrick Gale, Katherine Rundell, Cressida Cowell, Catherine Doyle and more touring indie bookshops, as well as early releases, exclusives, illustrated windows and hundreds of prizes to be won. This weekend, join Nigerian-British writer Irenosen Okojie and the co-hosts of Not Another Book Podcast for a bold and honest podcast at Housmans Bookshop on 16 June at 4pm. Okojie, whose debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award, will talk about disrupting narratives and her forthcoming novel Curandera. Tickets £3 (book here).
5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross N1 9DY; indiebookshopweek.org.uk
16 Sunset Wine Tasting on Tower Bridge Walkway
Loire Valley Wines is bringing a bit of Loire magic to London this month with one-off wine tasting events showcasing their world-class wines. This weekend, you can try Crémant de Loire, the best of the Loire Valley sparkling wines at Tower Bridge walkway during sunset. Entry is free but capacity is limited, so sign up online at loirebucketlist.com (7pm-8pm). Other events include a Rosé Pop-Up at Love Lane, Clerkenwell Green, from 22-23 June and a Sauvignon Blanc Pop-Pp at Portobello Road Market on 29-30 June.
For further details and to sign up, see loirebucketlist.com
Until 16 June
The timeless tale of Cinderella becomes a spectacular ballet in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall this month as Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon re-stages his sparkling production for the Royal Albert Hall. The production, danced by the English National Ballet with some 130 dancers, combines magnificent sets and costumes, surprising theatrical tricks and lively choreography, all to the melodious tunes of Prokofiev’s sublime score, performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Tickets from £15-£88.45.
Kensington Gore SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
18 Country Music by Simon Stevens at Clapham Omnibus
Until 23 June
It’s 1983 in Gravesend and Jamie has committed a crime – an event that will shape the next 20 years of his life. Originally presented at the Royal Court in 2004, Country Music is a subtle yet powerful play by Simon Stephens, whose work includes the multi-award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and On the Shore of The Wide World. The play, which is about protection, atonement, and how our experiences and circumstances can define who we are, but not necessarily who we become, was developed through visits to various prisons between 2001 and 2003. Tickets £16 (£13 concs). Performances Tue-Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7 Sun 4pm.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
19 In the Tracks of Pissarro in Dulwich, 1871 at Bell House, Dulwich
Bell House is hosting a small exhibition examining the year 1871 – a key moment of change in south London. Dulwich was a rural retreat at this time, and at the front of Bell House you can still see the ‘ha-ha’, a sunken wall designed to keep out the sheep that were driven along College Road. It was transformed by three major developments – the relocation of the Crystal Palace to Sydenham in 1854, the arrival of the railways, and London’s expansion south. The railways paid for the new Dulwich College and made the area more accessible, encouraging development. Pissarro, fascinated by such turning points, captured the area in this transition, painting not only the new College but also the Crystal Palace and Lordship Lane station. This free exhibition at Bell House (also open by appointment from 10-14 June 2019) coincides with the Impressionist painter Pissarro’s Dulwich College at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG; bellhouse.co.uk
20 London Festival of Architecture, across London
Until 30 June
London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival, returns this month to explore the theme of ‘boundaries’. The packed programme of some 400 events and activities will open the doors to iconic tours and architectural installations, as well as energetic debates, Studio Lates, workshops and exhibitions. Highlights include LFA Symposium: Thresholds or barriers? taking place at the Royal Academy, explores the role and application of boundaries in architecture and placemaking (14 June), and aLL Design presents an aLL Alsop Whistlestop Tour, a self-guided tour that features new Neuron Pod Building for Queen Mary University in Whitechapel, Peckham Library, the Palestra and more.
21 Coal Drops Yard Pre-Pride Street Party
Coal Drops Yard – London’s newest shopping and dining district – will celebrate Pride Month with its first ever Pre-Pride Street Party this weekend. The Coal Drops Yard Pre-Pride Street Party gathers together London’s LGBTQ creative community for a perfect afternoon of pre-pride preparations, so sharpen your Vogueing skills, craft the perfect look and hit the shops. The street party is free and open to all, with the Floral Orchestra presents LGBTQ anthems to kickstart celebrations (2pm-2.45pm), a live installation from artist and costume designer Jack Irving (2.45pm-3.45pm), Disco Soundtrack from Sonic Yootha, DJs from Liverpool’s monthly new wave, old rave, disco, electro, rock, pop and soul social (2.45pm-4pm), Hooping Experiences with the Cocoa Butter Club throughout the day, and a Vogue Masterclass with Jay Jay Revlon (4pm-6.15pm), and One Last Dance with Savage Disco (7pm-8pm).
King’s Cross N1C 4DQ; coaldropsyard.com
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