We’ve missed the weekend, it’s been a five days since the last one…but that no longer matters because tomorrow is Friday! To celebrate we have a new street festival in Peckham, the Lord Mayor’s Show, a dating event to take away the Sunday blues and, shock horror, an avocado-free brunch!
Shoreditch High Street (0.2 miles)
What: The Wet Proof Series
Why: London music collective, TwoSixtySix are back at Hackney House with The Wet Proof Series. Starting this Friday, the evening will champion the live creation of art as they team up with different visual artists. This week graffiti duo Krooked Heroes will be joined by a mix of exclusive live music performances and eclectic bass DJ sets from TwoSixtySix. The evening itself if free but donations are being taken for the Poppy Appeal so you’ll be doing a bit of good on your Friday evening.
Where: 25 - 27 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3LT
Bump Roller Disco
What: An Alternative to the Festive Ice Rink
Why: At this time of year the only thing we’re used to festive ice rinks popping up here there and everywhere but why not leave the chill outside and put on your rollerblades instead. Returning for another year to the Southbank, Bump Roller Disco opens on Friday for the Christmas season, with Fridays and Saturdays seeing guest DJs create a party atmosphere from 7-11pm.
From Friday 11th November
Where: Southbank, SE1 8XX
What: Feeling Peckish?
Why: Feeling peckish? Of course you are. Well this weekend sees the launch of a new street feastival in Peckham. Running every Friday and Saturday in November (and then Thursday to Sunday in December) some of London’s best food trucks will be parking up in Peckham’s Copeland Park. We’re talking about the likes of The Cheese Truck, Popdogs and Forza Win. Add to that Spirited Mixers who will be serving up Hot Tequila Beena, crazy golf from Birdies and DJs providing the soundtrack and you have a great weekend!
Friday and Saturday
Where: 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN
Old Spitalfields Night Market
What: Monthly Night Market With a Magical Twist
Why: The nights are long so make the most of them and socialise after dark. Spitalfields’ monthly Night Market is back this Friday – it’s only every second Friday of the month. Expect all the usual Old Spitalfields Market action with the addition of drinks, live music from Hoxton Radio and street food (Bleecker Street Burger represent) and this time around the theme ‘Myths and Magic’, inspired by the new Harry Potter film. Drinks are being provided by Prosecco Box (who do cocktails, craft beer and wine too) and The National Centre for Circus Arts demonstrating their skills.
Where: 109 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BG
What: Avocado-Free Brunch
Why: The other day someone said they felt somewhat left out of brunch because they didn’t like avocado…whilst some might say you heathen, the team at Mustard are getting on board with their brunch that launches this weekend. They’re swapping avo for Calder Valley nettles and oats served with grilled rainbow chard, poached eggs, roast tomato, woodland tomatoes and wholemeal bloomer. Other dishes include smoked haddock, kale and potato omelette; The Full Mustard: bloomer with bacon, sausage, eggs, beans and mushrooms and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and rainbow chard. To accompany will be beers from Portobello Brewery, English sparkling wines (Furleigh Estate and Hampshire’s Hambledon) and spirits from Sussex-based Blackdown Distillery. If you need a little rejuvenation then go for the Mustard Gin Mary with gin, tomato juice, mustard, horseradish and spices.
Launches Saturday 12th
Where: 98 - 100 Shepherd’s Bush Road, Brook Green, W6 7PD
Duke of York Square
What: Christmas Lights Switch-On
Why: Oxford Street led the way last weekend with Craig David doing the honours and switching on the famous Christmas lights. Duke of Square is following suit this Saturday with their switch-on but instead of Craig you’ll find Father Christmas settling in to his grotto for another year, arriving in style on his sleigh – real life reindeer included. You’ll also find elves, ballet dancers, stilt walkers and singers – kids and big kids all welcome.
Saturday 12th from 2pm
Where: Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY
Lord Mayor’s Show
What: The Annual Lord Mayor's Show
Why: This Saturday sees the annual Lord Mayor’s Show take to the streets of London – this year is the 801st. Kicking off with a river pageant at 9am, a flotilla will float down the Thames before the procession sets off just after 11am, with the new Lord Mayor swearing allegiance at the Royal Courts. Don’t worry if you had a big Friday night, head to the banks of the Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars and catch the amazing fireworks display at 5.15pm. Welcomed with a bang.
Saturday 12th, all day
What: Go Behind the Scenes
Why: Weekends are a time to take a step back and breathe, so make the most of our city of world-class culture and some of the amazing (if under-appreciated) architecture this weekend at one of the National Theatre’s architecture tours. Celebrating the concrete structure which manages to feature on lists of the most loved and most hated buildings in London, the 90-minute tours guide visitors through the building’s history right through to the present day. Why not go one step further and book a backstage tour whilst you’re there?
Saturday 12th November, 2.30pm
Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX
Swingers x Bumble
What: Bumble Dating Event
Why: You know what is better than aimlessly swiping through Bumble? Actually meeting the people you’ve matched with on Bumble. Whadda ya know? And what is a pretty good date, crazy golf obviously. Something to do, something to talk about and no having to sit opposite someone with awkward silences. This Sunday, Swingers Crazy Golf are hosting their first dating event with Bumble. The evening starts with drinks on the Swingers gin terrace before you’re split into small groups to play crazy golf and who knows potentially meet someone… either way it’s better than staying in on a Sunday night feeling lonely and swiping.
Where: The Crazy Golf Club, 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 8AL