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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