Pick of the Line: Go out and enjoy the open-air season!

Exaudi will be performing on 3 June at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. Pic: Exaudi

Exaudi will be performing on 3 June at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. Pic: Exaudi

The warm season is coming and East London offers a tasty lineup both inside and outside.

Duguot Soul Club

A roster of ace DJs spin Northern Soul, Funk, RnB, Boogaloo at this renowned North London venue, celebrated for its relaxed, cosmopolitan vibe.

When: 29 May, 9.00pm
Where: Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill
How much: Free!


State of Independence Market

The State of Independence Market kicks off at Hackney Downs Studios on Saturday and Sunday with a line-up of independent makers and includes a BBQ, bar, DJs and workshops all weekend.

When: 30-31 May
Where: Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace
Price: Free


Hammer & Tongue

The best in live poetry brought to you by the biggest network of slam nights in the UK. This month is the last round of H&T Hackney’s annual open mic slam and features special guests, Alicia Sometimes – touring Australian writer, poet, broadcaster and musician, and Doncaster born, Brighton-based Sally Jenkinson.

When: 2 June, 7.30pm
Where:The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street
Price £6, £5 Concessions


The Private Dining Experience

Michelin-starred Accursio Craparo is migrating from his eponymous restaurant in Modica, Sicily to set up camp at an East London hotspot. His six-course tasting menu is on offer to guests every night throughout the residency. Accursio has designed a menu that takes diners on a wonderful journey through the daily rhythm of the Italian piazza; from early morning birdsong, to evening aperitivo.

When: 29 May, 7.00pm; 30 May, 12.00pm; 31 May, 7.00pm
Where: The House of Peroni, 152 Brick Lane
How much: £55-£75


2 Degrees Festival

What can we do together to create a sustainable future? International artists present cutting-edge responses to climate change, urging you to act now to build a more positive future.

When: 1-7 June, 7.30am
Where: Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street
How much: £0-£10 (depends on performance)


Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

The East London festival returns this June to fill venues including Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields, the Tower of London and the historic Geffrye Museum with dynamic early music and intriguing contemporary works.

When: 2-16 June
Where: Multiple venues
How much: £5-£35 (free for people from Tower Hamlets)


Brockley Street Art Festival

A week long Street Art Festival, which includes live mural painting, children's colouring competition and art talks for adults in various locations.

When: 29 May - 7 June, 12pm-10pm
Where: Multiple venues
How much: Free!


Crystal Palace Beer Festival

The Crystal Palace Beer Festival will feature many rare brews sourced from all over the country. Several ales and porters from the local Cronx micro-brewery will be presented. Local bands, Birdog Blues and Seattle Inc will be joining along with the South London Jazz Orchestra.

When: 30 May, 12pm-7pm
Where: Selhurst Park Stadium
How much: £10-£15


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