Pick of the Line August 31 – September 6

Pic: Jubilee Sailing Trust

It’s a week for widening your horizons along the East London Line as bordering boroughs poach our best and brightest (come on! Nunhead is practically Telegraph Hill!), German students sail tall ships in and out of Canary Wharf, Hackney Attic hosting shows from Edinburgh, and Dalston’s Passing Clouds jazz venue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence!

Friday, August 31:

Regent’s Canal opera, London tour

King’s Place, York Way, N1 9GU

While not technically in our boroughs, this “folk opera” marks the 200th anniversary of Regent’s Canal, which runs from the River Thames through Limehouse all the way to Paddington. It will celebrate the lives not only of the canal’s architects but of the Irish navvies who dug their way through east London to build it beginning in 1812.

The show will be moving along the canalside through September, arriving in Mile End on Sunday, September 23. Catch it earlier at a variety of N1 and NW1 venues.



Saturday, September 1:

Tall ship tours, Canary Wharf

Wood Wharf, Isle of Dogs, between 2pm and 4pm

On Saturday afternoon the tall ship Tenacious will be open for tours. The ship was sailed alongside Wood Wharf on August 29 by a crew of able-bodied and disabled German students, and is easily accessed by people of all physical abilities. You can join in the running of the ship, from setting sails to steering – and it’s your last chance before the ship departs on Sunday. Apparently even borough mayor Lutfur Rahman is getting in on the action.

Find the ship a few minutes’ walk east of Canary Wharf station. It should be easy to spot!


Find out more about the ship itself from the Jubilee Sailing Trust which operates it.


Saturday, September 1 – Sunday 2:

The Nunhead Experience

Nunhead Green

Assuming you’re not in danger from postcode wars, pop across the border from Lewisham to Peckham for this weekend of fun on Nunhead Green. Events include bike-powered cinema screenings of Horton Hears a Who! and Bugsy Malone, as well as live music, art workshops, a local food banquet and “two beings dressed in metal suits” who “interact with the power of lightning”. Oo-er.

The event is free and open to all, and is still looking for volunteer stewards.


Tuesday, September 4:

Vegas Gallery, 274 Poyser St, E2 9RF, 12pm – 6pm

Three hundred postcards, new and vintage, cheap and swank, colourful and drab, form the basis for this exhibition which is “just as much about words as it is about art”. That’s 70,000 words, to be precise – well, give or take a few hundred – in an ever-growing collage of expression, critique, advertising and nonsense. Featuring artists Katie Elder, David Anthony Hall, Sorcha O’Brien, Ann Pitkin, Olympia Polymeni, Roy Wright, and Gwen Yip.



Thursday, September 6:

The Long And Short Of It
Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE

Give us this day our Maidenhead, and lead us not into Penge Station…so runs the Bus Driver’s Prayer which gives its name to this regular slot now hosting an uprooted Edinburgh Fringe show with mixed music/comedy/spoken word about “toast toppings, Gary Lineker, and, of course, buses.” Nothing left out, then!

Entry: £4, £3 concessions



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