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Top 10 things to do this May bank holiday

With a killer line-up of events, this bank holiday weekend is set to be a belter

Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and get out and about over the first May long weekend. Plan your time off to the minute with our round-up of the very best events taking place in the capital this bank holiday (Monday May 4 2015).


London Coffee Festival

Returning for 2015, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London's vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.

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Old Truman Brewery Thursday April 30 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015

Pick Me Up

Celebrating graphic design in all its manifestations, the best artists, illustrators and designers will once again create engaging displays and interactive stands in the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House. For all the high-profile names involved, there’s an informal art-school vibe to this annual festival. There will be plenty of opportunity to learn about the different processes and techniques at live demonstrations as well as encouraging festival-goers to get involved and try their hand at making their own work.

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Somerset House Thursday April 23 2015 - Monday May 4 2015

Street Feast

Street Feast returns to Kingsland Road in 2015 for a summer-long stretch of night markets for those who like to be seen eating. The tempting line-up of street food favourites includes flavour-packed Korean burritos from Kimchinary, delicate Taiwanese buns from Bao London, crisp fried chicken from Spit and Roast and juicy burgers from Mother Flipper, among many others. Eating on your feet is likely unless you've managed to snaffle a corner of one of the tables, lots of which are covered, but if you want to be sure of a seat to go with your dinner the table service at one of the Dalston Yard Diners might appeal. 

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Dalston Yard Friday May 1 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Canalway Cavalcade

The pretty waterways of Little Venice will be even more colourful than usual for 2015's May bank holiday weekend as the Inland Waterways Association organises their annual gathering of canal boats. Around 130 boats will be moored along the stretch of the Grand Union Canal between Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent for the Canalway Cavalcade, which has taken place every year since 1983. Many of the waterborne homes will be dressed up to the nines ready for the pageant, and visitors can expect plenty of very British fun including morris dancers and a real ale tent.

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Little Venice Saturday May 2 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free


Let’s face it: everyone could do with improving their street cred occasionally. Thankfully, we can all up our game at Streetfest – which takes in top-level DJs spinning underground beats, furiously fresh rappers and cutting-edge designs from graffiti artists and tattooists. If all that ink sounds a little static, enjoy some physical thrills instead. Breakdancers will be battling while skateboarders and BMX riders throw themselves around a big ramp for your sadistic viewing pleasure. 

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Tobacco Dock Sunday May 3 2015

Electric Run

This American import sees a 5km fun-run turned into a glowing, flashing, colourful party of light and movement as around 15,000 participants run, walk or dance their way through an illuminated route of electric-themed landscapes. As a reward for completing the course, once they've crossed the finish line runners will find themselves in a huge party with live DJs, where they can dance off any energy they've got leftover.

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Wembley Park Saturday May 2 2015

Land Of Kings

The celebrated, multi-venue Dalston mini-fest returns for another one-day extravaganza, showcasing some of the finest, hippest alternative sounds around. There'll be plenty of bleeding-edge electronic explorations from the likes of Nathan Fake and Koreless, dancefloor-focused flavours from house revivalists Waze & Odyssey, cosmic-disco duo Psychemagik and party-starters The 2 Bears, plus various arty bands. 

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Various Dalston venues Sunday May 3 2015

The Alice Look

Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' turns 150 in 2015, and to mark the anniversary this exhibition will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations which show how Alice has both followed and influenced fashion over the decades.

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V&A Museum of Childhood Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015 Free

Sony World Photography Awards

The leading photography competition returns to Somerset House to showcase the winning and shortlisted images selected form a staggering 173,444 entries from 171 countries. Featuring work by professionals and amateurs in categories including travel, wildlife, portraiture, landscape and fashion.

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Somerset House Friday April 24 2015 - Sunday May 10 2015

Vivienne Westwood: Cut from the Past

This new exhibition, displayed within the ornate setting of Danson House, celebrates the impact of  eighteenth-century art and design on British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Designs and outfits on show reference the Rococo paintings of French artists Watteau and Boucher. Working with pieces loaned from the V&A, the exhibition will also showcase pieces from Westwood's earlier creations including the Cut, Slash and Pull and Mini Crini collections.

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Danson House Until Friday October 30 2015

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By: Elizabeth Darke



Just saw the advert for the Morden food event and saw that the name Edith Blyton was used as a novelist.  Is this the same lady that wrote the "famous five" and the "secret seven" novels?    If it is, I think her name was ENID BLYTON.