Imperial College London is inviting us all to find out more about their research and work at their annual festival of science and engineering. Meet hundreds of scientists, hear talks from world-leading thinkers and doers and join interactive demos, workshops and live experiments.
Mark the 40th anniversary since the first 'Rock Against Racism Carnival' at Victoria Park by looking at original Rock Against Racism artefacts, and listening to speakers and discussions exploring what RAR achieved.
See brilliant Kodachrome images of the East End back in the day at this exhibition of long-lost photos by Stepney-born-and-bred photographer David Granick. The scenes will be hanging up at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives and span 20 years from the 1960s, including sights such as now-demolished Stifford Estate and the wonderful George Tavern in Whitechapel. Find out more here.
Whoever said the Square Mile is purely the domain of bankers and stockbrokers? The seventh edition of this urban sculpture trail will bring a dose of high culture to the City from June 27. It's quite a blokey line-up this year; look out for work by shark-pickling troublemaker Damien Hirst and American schlock merchant Paul McCarthy. You'll find a handy map of the trail here.
Get your flowery spring fix at ‘Sense of Space’, a pop-up exhibition hoping to awaken your senses. There are four rooms to explore, but make sure you catch the blossom-filled ‘infinity garden’, where you’ll feel like you’re in a never-ending meadow of pink flora thanks to the mirrored walls. Find out more here.
Oregon's kookiest city is known for its coffee shops, microbreweries, farmers markets, independent bookshops, colourful food carts, zine culture and kooky suburbs full of crafty shops. Now a slice of Portland is taking over the Old Truman Brewery. For three weeks, Londoners can get a taste of The City of Roses at this pop-up shop featuring stalls from Portland's best designers and makers. There'll also be series of events and workshops giving visitors an insight into Portland culture, including talks with leading designers and entrepreneurs, live mural drawing, craft beer and tea sampling, free vegan tattoo inking and spoken word slams.
London accidentally gained a new celebrity earlier this year when an enormous ‘fatberg’ – a huge, congealed blob of wet wipes, condoms, nappies, fat and cooking oil – was found lurking in a sewer under Whitechapel Road. The ‘evil, gut-wrenching, rancid blob’, as Thames Water affectionally called it, was the largest ever recorded. It weighed the equivalent of 11 double-decker buses and measured 250m – that’s six metres longer than Tower Bridge. One final piece of the putrid mass remains and now you can see it for yourself at the Museum of London as part of the museum’s ‘City Now City Future’ season in 2018. It might not be the Elgin Marbles, but it’ll certainly spark a few reflections on our consumer-driven, disposable society. Find out more here.
Celebrate the Brixton-born superstar by discovering his south west London roots in this guided tour. As well as exploring some rarely celebrated landmarks, including Bowie’s birthplace and primary school, classic hits, such as Starman, Heroes, Life on Mars - to name just a few, will also be performed en route. Guests should meet at Brixton tube at least 10 minutes early. Book tickets here.
Expressive dance and indulgent dining collide at this supper exploring femininity. American director Kate March’s all-female creative collective will use the tables as a stage while the audience eats, slowly becoming part of the art piece as the dancers interact with them.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is getting a magical makeover, inspired by the fourth film ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. From Easter 2018 visitors will get to see the Goblet itself, which is returning to the Great Hall for the first time since filming wrapped eight years ago. There will be special effects demonstations, showing how parchments were expelled from the Goblet, as if by magic. Many new props and costumes from the Triward Tournament and beyond will also be on display, including the boot Porkey, the Prefects’ Bathroom and Tom Riddle’s grave. Entry is included in ticket price.
Calling all comic buffs! Heaps of costumes, comic pages and preparatory sketches, models and props used in the DC Entertainment films are waiting for you at The O2. Each room of this exhibition give a a behind-the-scenes look at the mythical realms created for the likes of Superman, Catwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and Mr Freeze, accompanied by original soundtracks from the blockbuster flicks. Get your peepers on exclusive artwork made for last year’s ‘Wonder Woman’ release, the original costume worn by Lynda Carter’s ‘Wonder Woman’ in the 1970s and that iconic cape donned by Christopher Reeve as ‘Superman’ in 1978.
'Wear it Again Market' is a market with a mission, to change the way Londoners consume fashion from a ‘buy, use and throw away’ culture to a re-using one. With people around the world buying more that 80 billion new items of clothing a year and tossing out early as much to make room for new purchases, these guys are putting pre-loved clothes back into the shopping cycle. Pick up the second hand garms while sipping on beer and listening to DJs. Find out more here.
London welcomes its first weekly vegan market, bringing together 30 of London's best vegan food stalls in one place. Expect plenty of Vegan street food from the likes of Young Vegan's, Club Mexicana and Spice Box, sweet treats from The Dough Society, Vegan Slice and Sourdough Mess as well as vegan beer, wine, spirts and coffee stalls. There’ll also be a vegan butcher selling meat-free burgers, sausages and bacon. Find out more here.
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A members club, but not as you know it. For starters the joining fee is only £35 (pennies compared to the likes of Soho House) and you get your own code for the door, as well as a gold keyring for placing orders when you're taking advantage of their late license. There's a late-'50s and '60s look to the design here but the drinks – mostly cocktails – are modern, and served until the wee hours (nights finish at 4am). It's dinky too, so it should have an intimate vibe. Keystone is open Wednesday to Sunday.
Venue says: “Award-winning cocktails and great conversation, within the walls of Don Draper's living room. Tuesday through to Sunday, 6pm-4am.”