28.06.18: Five Unmissable Events Happening in London This WeekendBy Iona Goulder
Looking for things to do in London this weekend? Well, your weekend starts here. There’s nothing we like better this time of year than day parties, summer feasting and getting our dancing shoes on. Diaries at the ready, here’s 5 unmissable events happening in London this weekend:
Weekend Guide: Friday 29th June
What: Motorcity is the latest event from London’s infamous Borderline venue. Taking place weekly, this unique night features all things funk, soul, disco, motown plus some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll thrown in. Disco balls, confetti, live bands and DJs for a fiver? Oh yes.
Why: Motorcity plays a refreshing but classic mix of all the best motown, soul, funk, disco and rock ‘n’ roll greats to keep feet stomping into the early hours. As the clock strikes 12, darkness falls with a classic cover band taking the limelight for the party to continue on until 4am.
Price: Tickets here.
Where: Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB
Weekend Guide: Saturday 30th June
What: Hawker Union is Street Feast’s street food market in Wood Green. To kick off their opening weekend (Sat/Sun from 12pm), Street Feast are giving away 1,000 free drinks – Coronas, Tequila Colada Slushes, Prosecco, Cornish Orchards, and hundreds of ice lollies for their special ‘No Lease, No License Food Rave’.
Why: Hawker Union has it all: five bars, three trampolines, two football screens, pool tables, a huge sound system, and a sun-trap yard on the old Olympia Industrial Estate. Traders include Petare with their Venezuelan munch, White Men Can’t Jerk, wood-fired pizzas from Fundi, and mad ice cream concoction from Chin Chin Labs.
Price: Free entry.
Where: Hawker Union, Wood Green, London N22 6TZ
Photo Credit: Fundi Pizza
What: Back by popular demand, the Queen’s Park Book Festival brings together a mix of local, national and international writers and fresh literary talent. With over 40 events across the weekend (30th/1st), the programme covers current affairs, politics, fiction, stage and screen, sport, music, cookery, poetry and more, as well as free children’s events and family-friendly activities.
Why: Literary giants and local legends Zadie Smith (Feel Free) and Nick Laird (Modern Gods) join academic and critic John Mullan to talk about their lives in writing and to read from new works. Three novelists, Susie Boyt, Tessa Hadley and Lucy Hughes-Hallett, discuss the importance of reading to them as writers. Susie’s novel Love and Fame, Tessa’s short story collection The Past, and Lucy’s novel Peculiar Ground are all recently published in paperback. And Man Booker shortlisted author Philip Hensher (The Friendly Ones) and brilliant young novelist Joe Dunthorne (The Adulterants) discuss their most recent books with John Mullan.
Price: Tickets here.
Where: Queen’s Park, London NW6 6HA
Photo Credit: Robert Catto
Weekend Guide: Sunday 1st July
What: After three successful years and over £100,000 raised, Jason Atherton’s Social Sunday returns on Sunday (1st July) to unite some of the nation’s best and most respected chefs to raise money for the charity Hospitality Action. Atherton, the principle patron of the charity, and his chefs at six Social Company restaurants will each welcome a top UK chef to create a bespoke and one-off lunch menu with all proceeds raised going to Hospitality Action.
Why: At the group’s flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social, Jason Atherton will be cooking alongside his Head Chef, Dale Bainbridge and acclaimed chef Tom Aikens of Tom’s Kitchen and chef patron of Michelin-starred Restaurant Story, Tom Sellers – a former protégé of Aikens. The 9-course (plus snacks) menu will feature signature dishes from each of the chefs including Sellers’ celebrated ‘Storeo’ (a squid ink biscuit with smoked eel crème and vinegar powder).
Price: Tickets here
Where: See the full schedule here.
What: Nice little plug for our own event here…but we’re hosting a special ‘How to Break in Journalism’ masterclass on Sunday (1st July) at Work Life, Camden. We don’t believe journalism should only be open for established journalists – and we think you should be able to try out different career paths before settling. Lifestyle journalism can feel like a closed club, the table of the cool girls at lunch you’re not invited to join, and we say it’s about time that changed.
Why: As well as lots of new friends and contacts, a few of the skills you’ll take away from the day: how to think creatively around editorial themes; how to pitch publications and editors; how to use social media effectively to boost your content; how to make your blog shine; and how to decide on your content structure. Guest speakers include our very own Editor-in-Chief, Angelica Malin, Assistant Editor at the Sunday Times, Ellie Austin, and Senior Commissioning Editor at Culture Trip, Lily Niu.
Price: From £20. Grab tickets here.
Where: 13 Hawley Cres, Camden Town, London NW1 8NP