Monthly Archives: April 2010

May Day Madness

Another bank holiday is upon us – time to celebrate!

Here’s the best of what’s going on over the weekend…

Camden Crawl

Saturday and Sunday sees an invasion of live music at venues around Camden, including a series of concerts at the Roundhouse in the evenings.

There are loads of great bands playing, including: The Drums, New Young Pony Club, Summer Camp, Pendulum and We Are Scientists.  Click here for a full line-up.

Tickets are still available – £38 for a day ticket.  You can get them from the box office at the Roundhouse.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

Canal Cavalcade

Slightly random, but here at LondonLovelies we embrace the quirky.

Little Venice is hosting a range of stalls, refreshments, boat trips and even a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at this canal festival.

Highlights are a pageant of decorated boats on Saturday afternoon and an illuminated boat procession on Sunday night.

Runs from Saturday to Monday – click here for more information on specific timings.

Nearest Tube: Warwick Avenue

Gumball 3000

The Gumball 3000 is the famous car rally which sees a variety of vehicles make their way across Europe, Canada and America over eight days.  It’s a whopping £30,000 to enter, but don’t worry, you can watch it all kick off for free from 1pm on Saturday at Pall Mall.

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Craft Fair

For those of you in SE London, check out this craft fair on Saturday.

Handmade jewellery, cakes stalls, books, stationery, clothing and lots of other cool stuff will be on sale at Dulwich Wood House.

11am-4pm, free entry.

Nearest Train: Sydenham Hill

Nun Run

If you want to do something worthy whilst taking in some exercise, how about going for a run? Don’t worry – the marathon was last week – this week it’s a Nun Run for Barnado’s.

They do loads of these in America – including the infamous Santa Run in Philadephia…!

This one’s organized in conjunction with Sister Act The Musical.

It starts on Potters Field next to City Hall.  Registration is from 8:30am, race kicks off at 10am.  There’s just about  time to enter – it’s £20.

Free night out

Pure Groove is putting on a free night out on Monday – here’s the official blurb:

Mon 3rd May – Tough Love presents Seams / Shells (Live) Becoming Real (DJ set) plus special guest TBA! – 7-11pm FREE

Seams is part of the new wave of twisted electronica coming out of the capital – guys taking the influences from garage, cut n’ paste sampling, minimal techno and myriad other genres to create something very modern, very internet and very, very good! Shells is another in this field, bringing a slightly more dancefloor groove to his soundscapes – can’t wait to hear the two of them live. Plus Becoming Real DJing PLUS A VERY SPECIAL GUEST!

Nearest Tube: Farringdon/Barbican – West Smithfield in the E End.

Elephant Parade

Lots of painted elephant statues will be popping up around London on Monday – including at the Southbank and Trafalgar Square.

It’s all for charity,  to raise awareness of the endangered Asian elephant – they’re the ones with the smaller ears.

All the ellies have been painted by artists, celebs and designers inc. Diane Von Furstenberg, Paul Smith, and Storm Thorgerson who I mentioned on last week’s radio show (or you can have a gander here if you can’t remember).

The following items were suggested by G Parmar via Twitter:

On Monday you can take a walk along the Thames.  It starts at Kew Bridge at 11am and is organized by Thames21. You’ll take a walk along the river and learn a bit about how to look after the environment.

Sunday sees Night Of 1000 Voices hit the Albert Hall in aid of Leukemia and Lyphoma Research.  It features stars from West End musicals like Oliver and Wicked.  Tickets are priced from £15 and all money goes to charity.

Have a great weekend everyone – and if any of you have other suggestions for things to do over the next couple of weeks, let me know and I’ll post them up.

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Alternative Fashion Week

The last few days of Alternative Fashion Week are on at Spitalfields.

The event, which features designers from around the world, is hosting market stalls and fashion shows at the popular Spitalfields market near Liverpool Street.

There’s a fashion show which kicks off at 1:15pm each day, showcasing 14 different designers.  The Really Tight Corsettes will be accompanying the models with their live jazz.

The market itself runs from 11am-5pm – so plenty of time to have a wander round and see what’s on offer.  The event is free, and includes a programme featuring all the designers. The event ends on Saturday.

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

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Georgie Porgie Pudding & Pie

We’ve had Paddy, now it’s time for George.

Friday sees St George’s Day, and there are lots of events going on around the city to keep us entertained and bring out the patriots in us all.  These are my pick of the best free events around London this weekend….

St George in Southwark

There’s loads going on in Southwark from the 22nd-25th, from the Southwark Mysteries, a St. George’s Day lunch and Morris Dancers!

Most of it’s free, but some things (like the lunch) have a small fee.

Find out more here

St George’s Day at Trafalgar Square

Lot’s of stuff going on at this  free event, on Saturday the 24th.  Events kick off at 1pm with music from young musicians, followed by traditional songs that you can get involved in by picking up a song sheet

The day ends with a free concert by Joe Brown and his band.

Nearest Tube: Charing Cross/Leicester Square

St George’s Day Pageant

The revival of a tradition not seen since 1585, this parade sees St. George ride through the city on horseback.

The pageant will start on Friday, April 23, at 11:45am at the Armourers’ Hall on Coleman Street.  It goes a (sort of) circular route, passing St Paul’s Cathedral, before finishing back at Coleman Street.

St. George will be accompanied by the King and his daughter and a lamb led by a maiden.  In addition, the Band of the Parachute Regiment, soldiers and armoured combat vehicles will be in the parade.

Nearest Tube: Moorgate

For Those in the North

Various events happening in Willesden and Kingsbury.

On Friday, there is story telling for adults and children alike (afternoon tea and cakes at the different events) at Kingsbury Library Plus (11am) and Willesden Green Library (from 2:15pm onwards).

Saturday sees Brent Archives open to the public at Willesden Green Library – to check out Medieval documents and experience some Medieval cooking.

See the website for full details.  All events are free.

Nearest Tube: Kingsbury or Willesden Green

St. George’s Gardens

A traditional fete-style event, there’s lots on here at the Gardens on Saturday.  From 2pm you can find Morris Dancers, music, food stalls, and, slightly randomly (although you can see the connection) a Chinese dragon dance.

Nearest Tube: Kings Cross/Russell Square.

For the best of the rest, try Time Out’s list of things to do, or View London’s guide.

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Lemon Souffles

Lemon souffle

So, as I tweeted over the weekend, my contribution to the family Easter weekend was to make lemon souffles for everyone on Easter Sunday.

There aren’t many ingredients, so you can make an impressive dish quite inexpensively!

Here’s how to do it:

Makes 2

3 Eggs

150g Lemon Curd

1 tbsp Caster Sugar

1 tbsp Butter

1. Preheat oven at 200 C or Gas Mark 6, and place a baking tray in the oven to heat up

2. Butter the inside of two ramekin dishes and dust with sugar

Grease the ramekin dishes with butter, then dust with sugar

3. Separate the eggs, whisk the yolks with the lemon curd until fluffy…

then beat the whites until they form stiff peaks

The whites should form stiff peaks, a bit like whipped cream, or 'soft' meringue

4. Fold the whites into the lemon curd mixture and pour into the ramekins.

5. Place the dishes onto the hot baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Check they’re ready by putting in a skewer into the centre of each – if the mixture is still runny leave them in for a few minutes more.  When they’re ready, serve immediately.

Once ready, serve immediately

To give them a bit more zing, try adding in a bit of lemon zest to the lemon curd/egg yolk mixture.  You can also add lemon juice to the egg white mixture if you like.

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Stormy weather? It’s only Rock’n’Roll…

A new exhibition has opened by commercial designer Storm Thorgerson.

Name doesn’t ring a bell? You may recognise his work though – he created the cover art for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon album, as well as a ton of other bands including Muse and Led Zeppelin.

The FREE exhibition is being held at Idea Generation, in East London, and runs until May 2.

Mon-Fri: 12pm-6pm

Sat/Sun: 12pm-5pm

First Thursday of the month: 12pm-8pm

Easter Monday: 12pm-5pm

Nearest Tube: Liverpool St/Old St

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Real Food Market

The Real Food Market returns to Covent Garden this weekend.

There are tons of stalls to tickle your tastebuds, including those selling fudge, soup, tea, cupcakes and olives.

The market will run from 10:30am-6pm every Saturday, and the best bit is, between 3pm-4pm there’ll be free tasting sessions (for this weekend only).

Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

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Free P.A.R.T.Y

Lovebox, of Lovebox Weekender fame, are having a party.  And you’re invited.  For FREEeeeeee!

Interested in dancing the night away?  Here’s what’s up:


ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD (DirtyBird / Made to Play)
FAZE ACTION (Faze Action Records)

The event’s happening at T Bar, in Aldgate.  For more details, check out the event page on Facebook.

Nearest Tube: Aldgate/Liverpool Street

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