September 19 – 25: Nature and architecture

Forage for wild plants on the Taste the Wild Walk Pic: Alan Fryer

Forage for wild plants on the Taste the Wild Walk Pic: Alan Fryer

Summer is winding down! Celebrate the great outdoors while it’s still relatively warm and light out. This week’s pick of the line features a number of events held in green spaces across the ELL boroughs. Open House London is also running from September 20-21; here’s a round up of must-see locations.

Hidden River Festival
Sunday September 21, 12-6pm
West Resevoir Centre just off Green Lanes N4
The New River, built over 400 years ago, is neither new nor a river. Regardless, this fresh water aqueduct is one of Hackney's best kept secrets. Join the Manor House Development Trust in raising awareness of the area. Live music, food stalls, and a number of workshops will be available. More info here.

Restart Party
Saturday, September 20 1-4pm
Morningside Community Hall, Cresset Road Hackney, E9 6SJ
Bring your broken or finicky electronics to this volunteer run workshop and learn how to fix them yourself! The last Restart event drew in large crowds, so it may be best to stick to bringing just one gadget. All ages welcome. More information here.

Taste the Wild Walk
Saturday September 20, 1:30-5pm
Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Soanes Centre, Southern Grove E3 4PX
Learn how to identify edible plants on this nature walk! Attendees will be able to try a variety of leaves, berries and roots. A cooked dish composed to wild ingredients will be served as the grand finale. Run as part of the Urban Food Fortnight, this event costs £7.50 and needs to be booked in advance. See more details here.

About Brick Lane
September 18-30, 1-7pm
Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG
This new exhibition brings together the work of 11 different contemporary artists. All inspired by the East End, works range from from paintings to videos. The exhibition is open until September 30. More info here.

Secret Garden Project
Saturday, September 20, 12-4pm
The Secret Garden Project will offer a full day's programme in various venues around Lewisham. A walking tour, as well as a screen printing workshop will be held at the Sue Godfry Nature Park, where the mobile sculpture "Bureau of Urban Wilds" will also be on display. Visitors can also pick up a free recipe book of herbal remedies at the park. Artist Henry Korkatsis will be on hand to talk about his new sculpture, Turning Tree, at Ladywell Fields, and a birdwatching workshop will be held at the Riverpool Linear Park. See the full program here.

A Night At The Cinema in 1914
Monday September 22, 7:30pm
David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower. Katharine Street, CR 9 1ET
Tired of all those CGI action films? Experience cinema in its earliest forms. Films from the BFI National Archive will be shown at the David Lean Cinema along with musical accompaniment. More info here.

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