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Kensal Flea

Kensal Flea is a boutique flea market popping up this weekend.

Organised by Park Life – a blog for residents in Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park – there’s a whole bunch of stuff going on throughout Saturday, March 19, and it all sounds fab.

£1 entry gets you into the market which will be hosting stalls selling a variety of wares, including  jewellery, clothing, cakes, vintage fashion and homewares and more.

The entry fee will be donated to a couple of charities, including the local Lexi Cinema.

There’ll also be a pop-up art gallery and a selection of refreshments (including a pie stall, yum!) – as well as entertainment in the way of bands and DJs – and 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny will be hosting things from 1-3pm.

If that’s not enough, there’s an after-flea party with comedy from 7:30pm (£2 charitable donation), and then at 9pm a DJ will be on to entertain you for the evening (£3 entry).

It’s all taking place at Paradise by way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane.  The flea market opens at 12pm and runs til 5:30pm.  You can get more info and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Nearest Tube: Kensal Green.  Kensal Rise, Queen’s Park and Ladbroke Grove are all nearby.

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Gloomy Valentines

It’s that time of year again, Valentines Day is just around the corner.  If you’re single though FEAR NOT.  Feeling Gloomy and Down With Dating are here to save the day.

Tonight you can head down to o2 Academy Islington and drown your sorrows/meet your future love from 8pm.

The evening is split into two parts:

Feeling Gloomy embrace single behaviour on Valentines

Part One is organised by Down With Dating and is a speed hating and blind hate event.  No – that’s not a typo.

Speed Hating works the same as speed dating, but you get to rant about all the things you dislike about the world, and hope the person opposite you feels the same way.

Blind Hate works as if Cilla were there in person, asking you questions like “If I left you how would you take your revenge on my beloved pet kitten?”

Surprisingly, many people have found love through these events…

Part Two is brought to you by Feeling Gloomy, who will play you sad songs to let you remember your singledom.  Expect heartbreakers like Tainted Love and classic hairbrush sing-along song Total Eclipse of the Heart.

To add insult to injury, dead flowers will be scattered around the room, along with tissues to dry those eyes, and favourite divorce film Kramer vs Kramer will be screened on the wall throughout the evening.

Down With Dating starts at 8pm; Feeling Gloomy starts at 10:30pm.

Down With Dating tickets are £10 advance, whilst Feeling Gloomy tickets are £4.50 adv, £6 before midnight, £8 after, NUS £5.

All tickets are available from Feeling Gloomy or Down With Dating – or call 0844 477 2000

Nearest Tube: Angel

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London International Mime Festival

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Sorry, was just miming out that this weekend sees the start of the London International Mime Festival.  Did you get it?

Hmm, I’d better tell you about it then.

It starts on Saturday, January 15th – and there are all sorts of things to be getting involved with.

Not only are there lots of performances to go and see (click here for the listings and how to get tickets), but there are also workshops to have fun with.

Topics include ‘Creating Theatre and Performance’, ‘Introduction to Commedia for Performance’ – based on the old Italian mime shows, and ‘Clown Through Mask’.  Information on all of these – and others – can be found here.

The performances include mime, mask work, acrobatics, circus skills, animation and puppetry. Venues include Southbank Centre, Barbican, ICA, Roundhouse and Royal Opera House.

Ticket prices vary.  The festival runs until January 30th.

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Christmas Pudding Race

If you missed out on signing up for the Great Christmas Pudding Race, it’s not too late to join in the fun.

The race starts at 11:15am on December 4, where teams (dressed in appropriately Christmassy attire) will battle it out to get their Christmas puddings past the finish line in tact.

It’s kicking off at Covent Garden Market and is in aid for Cancer Research UK, so not only is it worth a watch for the silly costumes, but it’s for a good cause too.

Nearest Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Charing Cross

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Great Christmas Pudding Race

Christmas is all about giving, right? So why not do something good and have fun at the same time?


The Great Christmas Pudding Race is taking place on December 4 in Covent Garden Market in aid of Cancer Research UK.

If you want to get involved, you need to register a team of up to 6 people on the website – then get training! Don’t forget to start thinking about your costume – fancy dress is strongly encouraged!

Of course, it’s free to watch the madness unfold if you don’t want to take part.

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Underbelly Comedy

The Purple Cow

The Udderbelly comes alive

The Underbelly started in Edinburgh  at the Edinburgh Fringe – and it’s back for its second year in London on the Southbank.

Music, comedy and theatre, including shows from the likes of Alexei Sayle, Brendan Burns and smaller but equally as good comedians like Carl Donnelly and Andrew Maxwell’s Full Mooners – and a beatboxing show – are all on offer throughout the festival.

I went there last week to hang in the beer garden.  Drinks are reasonably priced and the garden is a nice place to catch the sun (if it’s out!).  You don’t need tickets to sit in the garden.

Shows are on right now and  run til July 18.

Ticket prices depend on the show –  for more information go to the Underbelly website.

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

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Free Ben & Jerry’s!

Tomorrow, if you can, head down to Leicester Square and you might meet Ben and Jerry, of B&J ice cream fame.

Between 10:30am-12:30pm there will be the chance to snaffle free ice cream, see live music and watch excellent comedian Carl Donnelly perform.  (I love Ben and Jerry’s but will be heading down to see Carl too as he’s very funny – have seen him a few times at the Edinburgh Festival).

Nearest Tube: Leicester Square

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