London's To Do List
22 Jul 2016 | Paul Wells
After last weeks journey to a galaxy far away, this week we are staying in London. We are planning to cruise on a boat, share love on Copacabana beach, stop the Fire! and as a reward, eat a dum dum. Sounds good?
Rekorderlig's Midsommarstång Festival @ Regent's Canal
Rekorderlig's Midsommarstång Festival is ending this Sunday so this weekend is your last chance to enjoy summer in Swedish style. And if you’re not exactly sure what a Swedish summer is, we have a short but efficient description – a bottle of sweet cider on a boat cruising along the Regent’s canal, stopping at three beautiful spots: Merchant Square at Paddington Basin, Granary Square at King’s Cross, and the Olympic Park in Stratford.
The festival is following a Swedish folklore tradition called ‘The Seven Flowers’ – it’s common for single ladies to pick out 7 types of flowers and put them under their pillow. The tradition says that that night they will dream of their future husband. In the spirit of ‘The Seven Flowers’ Rekorderlig's Midsommarstång is organizing Swede dating, a sort of speed-dating. Sounds fun? Hop on the board, you have only a couple of days left.
Festival of Love @ Southbank Centre
On the other hand, you have much more time left to explore the Southbank Festival of Love – ending on 29 August. Complex of artistic venues, the Southbank, based in Westminster at the bank of river Thames, is giving its love away by providing (almost) free pop-ups, art installations, workshops and family activities. The annual festival has a packed programme of music, art, dance and performance, dedicated to love. Join the festival and discover 7 different types of love, as celebrated by the Greeks.
If you already have enough love and you just want to relax after work, grab a quick snack from one of the many stalls and head to copaCABANA beach, situate on Queen Elizabeth Walk. 85 tonnes of white sand, a smoky grill and Caipirinha bar are waiting for you!
Great Fire Exhibition @ Museum of London
The eagerly awaited Fire! Fire! exhibiton at Museum of London is finally opening its doors, this Saturday, to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Back in 1666, the fire broke out in a baker’s shop in Pudding Lane; strong wind and dryness spread the fire around the city and destroyed more than 70,000 homes over 4 days, including some of the biggest landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral.
The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the destruction through the eyes of people who were there; over the past years the Museum of London has collected a variety of documents and archaeological objects to investigate why and how fire started. Be one of the first to experience this interactive exhibition and discover London before, during and after the Great Fire.
Just Eat Food Festival @ Red Market, Shoreditch
Have you ever heard of Just Eat? Are you one of their regular Friday night consumers? If not, you may just become one after this weekend.
Online food order and delivery service company Just Eat is launching their first, 3-day food festival in Shoreditch, this weekend. The aim is to showcase their partners and provide an insight into their versatile offer; choose from American, Caribbean, Italian food etc. (for more details check #Restaurantology).
You don’t need tickets, just show up and start sampling dishes - we heard there will be a special option of getting 3 items for £8. Pretty good for a restaurant quality dishes, right?