June 3 – June 10: Sunny days call for outdoor activities

Street Feast at Merchant Yard, Hackney. Pic: Street Feast

Street Feast at Merchant Yard, Hackney. Pic: Street Feast

With the sun promising to stay out for the second successive week, here are some more ideas to entertain you out and about the town.

From fairs to food festivals, the capital is as lively as it can get.

Tunes of the season

June 7 to June 22

Various venues in the borough

The Summer Festival 2013 from Spitalfields Music offers an eclectic mix of musicians being showcased over the two following weeks. From classical to contemporary and everything in between, there will surely be something on offer for any music taste. Check their website here to see what’s on, when, where and for how much.

Art skate fix

June 7 to June 30

Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH

James Jarvis’ “Objects in Space”, his second solo showing, takes his fictional character Sphere to several famous international locations. These locations are also popularly used and visited by skaters, adding their own twist to these architectural landmarks. For more information on the collection and the artist, check here.

Family fun

June 7 – June 9

Near London Fields station, E8 3EU

The “Family Funfair” runs this weekend and promises rides to catch the fancy of young and old alike. All rides for just a token on Friday before requiring double the amount on Saturday and Sunday. Tokens available at £1.20 for a single or £10.00 for ten. Not a bad price to get the summer fun rolling! Look here for more information.

Feast on the street

June 7

317-319 Kingsland Road, E8 4DL

Over 20 different traders come together to bring a variety of street food to Merchant Yard and are sure to provide tasteful reasons to part with your money. From ribs and burgers to curries and desserts, your tongue is sure to be satisfied at the end of this evening. A “Barn Party” the next day will continue from where the fun lets off. Click here for more!

Cultural identity and art

Until June 9

140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

The London based art community "s-a-l" (Spanish Artists in London) explores the changing cultural contexts of Spain. This mixed media exhibition is a reflection of how these changes have affected the different artists who make up the collective. To read more about the exhibition, go here.

Folk/hip-hop music treat

June 7

Park Lane, Croydon, CR8 1DG

Fair Fields Hall Croydon presents Dizraeli and the Small Gods on Friday June 7th.  This seven piece band combines folk and hip hop, mesmerising their audiences with written poetry on riots, poverty and atheism. The band released their second album ‘Moving in the Dark’ last March. They are currently touring the UK. A gig at the Venue, Bristol in 2009 was described by the Venue magazine as “far beyond that of a normal hip-hop show into something quite remarkable.” Tickets can be purchased for £8.00 here.

Oliver Twist at Croydon

June 10

Norbury Library, Beatrice Avenue, SW16 4UV

You do not require a time machine to see and feel what life was like during the Victorian era. Was it as grim as the workhouse portrayed by Charles Dickens in 'Oliver Twist'?  This and many more facts are to be uncovered in a talk by librarian and historian Janice Hendry at 2pm. This event is one of many events organised as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival. Click here if you want to find out more!


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