East London’s festivals, pop-ups and outdoor shindigs for those who love London in the quiet of August. EastLondonLines will be back in September with new ideas for having fun along the Ginger line.
Following last years’ success Street Feast has returned to Model Market serving tasty portable dinners from the likes of Rola Wala, Mother Flipper and SmokeStak alongside drinks most notably including, alcoholic slushies and shandies served from an old hair salon. Based in a formerly abandoned 1950s covered market, you can find a spot among the outdoor and indoor eating spaces, or head up to the rooftop to catch the evening sun.
When: Until September 26 every Friday and Saturday, 5pm – 1am
Where: 196 Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LS
Cost: Free before 7pm, £3 after 7pm
Bathe On Blackheath Beach this summer
The Victorian-themed On Blackheath Beach offers London’s seaside lovers the opportunity to feast on an array of pop-up eateries, indulge in cakey treats and listen to live music all while dipping their toes in the sand. The urban beach also hosts a Punch & Judy show, daily activities and a ‘Seaside Sunday Brunch’ with coffee and baked goods. Entry is free but space is limited so make sure you arrive early to lay your towel down!
When: 10am- 6pm
Where: The Conservatoire, 19-21 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ
Cost: Free. You can reserve a spot for £4 here.
The Airballoon Garden Party
An extension of Airballoon Records, this family run festival will be bringing some of best Indie folk and acoustic artists to Rickman Hill Park in Coulsdon this August bank holiday weekend. With headline performances from Willie and the Bandits and Keston Cobblers Club, along with a rodeo ride and surf simulator, make sure you don’t miss out on this newcomer festival! You’ll also get money off your ticket if you make a contribution to Croydon Foodbank.
When: August 29-30
Where: Rickman Hill Park, Ridgemount Avenue, Coulsdon
Cost: Children £4, Adults £8 (or £7.50 when tinned food contributed to Croydon’s food bank)
The History of Racial Equality
The History of Racial Equality exhibition covers the major events since the 1960’s that triggered changes to UK law.
When: From August 27 until September 4 every Thursday and Friday, 10am-2pm
Where: Norwich Union House, 96 St George Street, Croydon, London CR0 1PJ
‘Happy Ever After’ Festival
The free ‘Happy Ever After’ family festival will transform Weavers Fields Pocket Park into a fairy-tale wonderland featuring performances, potion-making workshops, mystical storytelling and badly-behaved goblins. Families can also watch the magic unfold while feasting at banqueting tables.
When: August 22, 11am-4pm
Where: Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green, Viaduct Street E2
Floating Cinema comes to Bow
Don’t miss the award winning Floating Cinema as it heads to Bow for an extra-terrestrial programme of open air screenings and hands on workshops. From apocalyptic comets to our enduring fascination with alien life form, local artists from UP Projects explore what happens when space invades.
When: August 21- 23
Where: Riverside Green, Three Mills Lane, Bow, E3 3DU
Cost: Open air screenings are free, on board tickets are between £5–£12
Berlin Bottomless Rooftop Brünch
Berlin brunch is back for an August rooftop event where there’ll be deck chairs, seasonal cocktails and unlimited coffee from Volcano coffee works. Hidden away above London Fields’ Railway Arches, the rooftop bar will also host a live local DJ playing Berlin Tunes while serving up a selection of German cold cuts, cheeses and other treats.
When: August 16, with sittings at 11.30am & 2.30pm
Where: Hothouse Rooftop, Access via Martello Street (railway arch end), E8 3QW
Retro Video Gaming at Joypad Arcade
Head to Boxpark on Tuesday for an evening of retro video gaming. Joypad Arcade has recreated the living room that your 12 year old self always dreamed of, with five generations of retro consoles and more than 800 games to choose from.
When: August 18, 6-9pm
Where: Boxpark Shoreditch