Get away from the Games with our non-Olympic events guide featuring the best of what’s going on in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham.
Friday 27 – 30:
What would it be like for a group of artists to paint together in complete silence over three days? Filmmaker Renne Rilexie answers this question in her short documentary film, ‘Collage in Silence’, which is on exhibition at the Espacio Gallery from July 26 – 30. A private view will be held on Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 from 6 – 8pm, followed by an open Q&A session. Entry is free.
Espacio Gallery,159 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7GD
July 30 – August 4
Sample cutting edge music from around the world at Wilton’s Music Hall. Gnawa artist Simo Lagnawi will take to the stage on Monday July 30 to play the Guembri – a traditional lute-like stringed instrument made from camel skin. Peruvian music is the order of the day on August 1 with multi-instrumentalist Carlos Saldana, whilst Nigeria is centre-stage on August 2, with a performance from master drummer and multi-instrumentalist Baba Adesose Wallace.
Every night, 7 – 11pm. Entry is free.
1 Grace’s Alley, Ensign Street, E1 8JB.
Sunday July 29
St Augustine’s Tower Tours, Hackney
Fancy climbing 135 stairs for a prime view of Hackney from above? Hackney’s oldest building, St Augustine’s Tower, will be open to the public over the summer, and guided tours will be taking place on Sunday July 29, from 2pm – 4.30pm. History and culture witthe added bonus of exercise – it’s time to get your walking shoes on!
Free admission. All ages welcome.
Mare Street, Hackney. E8 1HR. Contact: Laurie Elks.
Photo exhibition celebrating the 50 years of Jamaican independence, Hackney Picturehouse
Featuring images from the past which many in the UK will have never seen, this exhibition at the Hackney Picturehouse captures special moments in Jamaican history, through the archives of the Jamaica Gleaner and the Voice newspaper.
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare street, Hackney, London.
Email: email@example.com. Telephone: +44 7812 145 337
Sunday July 29
Free bike ride in Croydon
Explore the depths of Croydon with a guided bike ride this Sunday. Covering 19 miles and taking around three and a half hours, this free bike ride organised by Sky Ride Local will leave you knowing Croydon like the back of your hand.
Places must be booked in advance.
Starts at 10am, from Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 The High Street CR7 8LF.
For more information and to book, visit:
Tuesday July 31
21st Century Tea Dance at Blackheath Common, Lewisham
Entelechy Arts have updated the tea dance for the twenty-first century. Supported by the Positive Ageing Council and the Young Mayor’s Team, these tea dances have been have been developed in collaboration with Lewisham Homebound Library Service to support isolated older people in their communities. On July 31 you can swing and shuffle to the sounds of music hall star turned rapper, Ida Barr and swing band, The Jive Five.
Free entry but early booking is advised.
Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London SE3 0TY. Telephone: 020 8692 4446
Sunday July 29
Sing out! Blackheath Common, Lewisham
BBC singers join 15 local choirs and 500 members of the community to sing for the afternoon in an eclectic range of musical styles. Come and join in the song.
Free admission. 1pm – 7.30pm, Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London SE3 0TY
Telephone: 020 8921 6885
Thursday August 2
Look up and smile: Skyline walk, Deptford Lounge, Lewisham
Time to stop navel-gazing! This free walk for seniors around Deptford and New Cross focuses on what we usually ignore: tall buildings, distant views and wildlife on high. Bring binoculars and a waterproof jacket.
10.30am – 12 noon. Meet outside Deptford Lounge.
9 Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street, London, SE8 4RW.
Telephone: 0208 314 6131