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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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My Sugarland Car Boot Sale

Car boot sales. Always fun.

I love a good rummage around; I also love clothes. So this weekend I’m in luck – because My Sugarland (cool vintage and new clothes/fashion website) is hosting a car boot sale.  Wooo!

Catering for men, women and children (generous), the car boot sale is on over two days starting on Sunday, January 30th and is open from 10am-6pm on both Sunday and Monday.

Head on down to 402 St. John Street to bag yourself a bargain.

Nearest Tube: Angel

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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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Vintage Fashion Fair-Free Tickets!

If you missed it last time, the Vintage Fashion Fair is being held again on Saturday, September 12.

Generally, the Fair is held every month at Primrose Hill’s Cecil Sharp House, and you can while the time away rummaging through all sort of vintage clothes and accessories.

Normally it’s £3 entry, but if you head to their website, there’s a chance to get yourself a  free ticket for this weekend.

It’s open 11am-5pm – plenty of time to grab yourself a bargain.

Cecil Sharp House is located on Regents Park Road.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

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Thames Festival

Another week, another festival.  This week, it’s the turn of The Mayor’s Thames Festival – a weekend long jolly along the river between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.

There are tons of activities and events to keep you occupied, and areas along the river are split up into four zones so you know where you need to be for each one.

Highlights look like:

Feast On The Bridge

Does what it says on the tin….it kicks off on Southwark Bridge (which is in Zone 3, fyi) at noon on Saturday and continues long into the night, ending around 10pm.  As well as all the food, you can feast yourself on the live music, dancing and baking – and that’s just for starters.

Photography Masterclasses

On both Saturday and Sunday, there’s a free drop-in photography masterclass in Zone 1, based on a first come, first served basis.  Once you’ve got all your tips, get snapping and you could win a new camera by entering the festival’s photo competition.

Walk and Explore

On Saturday, you can join a charity walk which explores the streets of London.  There are three walking challenges to choose from, and there’s an optional donation to take part in the event – click here for more information.  The walk officially starts at 10:30am (although it sounds like you can turn up at any time) from outside the front of the Tate Modern.

Festival Market

Covering all zones and running on both days, the Festival Market will be showcasing independent shops and designers, selling things from arts & crafts to food. With over 300 traders, you’re sure to find something you like!

Thames River Parade

Saturday sees a parade along the Thames of all who use it.  From barges to tugs to cruiseliners – you got it.  It sets off at 2:30pm from the Queen Elizabeth II Pier outside the O2 – click here for the full itinerary.

Beach Activities

Hang on to summer by hitting the beach on the foreshore at Gabriel’s Wharf (in Zone 2) on Sunday.  Activities include sandcastle making and wellie throwing. Suitable for all ages, all equipment for the activities will be provided.

Carnival and Fireworks

Concluding the Festival, a 2000-strong parade of dancers and musicians start partying at 7:15pm from Victoria Embankment.  The procession finishes around 9:15pm behind the National Theatre in time for fireworks, which will be going off from two barges stationed on the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.  The display starts at 9:45pm.

The Festival is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge/Waterloo/Embankment/Southwark/Tower Hill/Borough

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Real Food Market

Bored of Borough? Why not head to the Real Food Market this weekend and sample some snacks on the Southbank?

Fresh veg on offer at a food market

There are over 40 Real Food producers at the market, selling everything from hog roasts to chocolate – and everything is regional, seasonal and wholesome (yes, even the chocolate).

As well as the food stalls, there’ll be live cookery demos, talks and interactive events to get involved with.

It’s all happening on the Southbank, running this weekend 10am-6pm and the weekend of October 1-3, 12pm-6pm.

Bon appetite!

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

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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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Escape To….Lincoln

Abraham, Nebraska, the dude from Prison Break.  All fine Lincolns.

But none as fine as our very own one. Behold Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.

The cathedral towers above Castle Square

A city bursting with history, Lincoln can be traced back to the 1st century BC – the name Lincoln is thought to be taken from Iron Age Celtic ‘Lindon’, meaning pool.  It’s centered around Brayford Pool (probably where the name came from), where the University now lives, and the River Witham runs through the centre.

Through the ages many people have come and gone, including the Romans (some Roman arches still stand in the Bailgate area) and Normans – William the Conqueror built Lincoln Castle, which houses one of the only four remaining copies of the Magna Carta in the country.

One thing you’ll never miss on a trip to the city though, is Lincoln Cathedral.  Perched at the top of the Steep Hill (more on that later), it can be seen for miles around and has even doubled up as Westminster Abbey in the film The Da Vinci Code.

Entry to the Cathedral is £5 adults/£3.75 concession, and once you’re inside you must go and hunt for the Lincoln Imp (not to be confused with the Lincoln Imp pub on one of Lincoln’s council estates).

The top half of the Steep Hill

Both the castle and cathedral are at the bottom end of an uphill area of the city called the Bailgate.  An historic area of the city, it’s full of small independent shops and boutiques, as well as some lovely pubs and restaurants.  Gino’s, an Italian, is one of Lincoln’s most well thought of places to eat; there’s also the Ice Cream Parlour just off Castle Square, which sells homemade Lincolnshire ice cream – and needless to say, is very popular in the summer.

Shopping

Move away from the Bailgate, and you hit The Steep Hill on your way down into the city.  It’s not called Steep for nothing – going down is almost as difficult as going up because of the incline – but there’s a handrail to aid you, should you need it.

The Steep Hill is also home to more boutiques and historic restaurants.  The Wig & Mitre pub and Brown’s Pie Shop, are two of Lincoln’s long-standing favourites, and definitely worth a visit.  Further down is Reader’s Rest, a second hand book shop conveniently situated midway on the hill.

The Wig & Mitre and Brown's Pie Shop

LondonLovelies is a fan of vintage shops, and there’s no better place to go in Lincoln than Tasty Vintage, situated at the bottom of the hill.  But you don’t have to be in Lincoln to see it’s wares; you can check out their website for vintage clothing and accessories.

Just past the vintage shop is the Jews House restaurant and Jews Court, built on the site of a medieval synagogue.

A Night on the Town

The town centre has become a much more vibrant place to go out since the arrival of Lincoln University just over ten years ago.  Although much has changed over the years, currently there’s Ritzy/Pulse/Jumpin Jaks on Silver Street, and Sakura and Walkabout on the High Street.  Along the Brayford Waterfront, there are tons of restaurants and bars including a Scream bar which has a club upstairs.

Other places of interest

The Usher Gallery is located on Lindum Hill (with free entry), and if museums are your thing, the Lincolnshire Life Museum on Burton Road might be of interest.

The Cathedral by Night

Further afield, Market Rasen – the town that was the epicentre of an earthquake a few years ago – has a racecourse which is worth a visit for a fun day out.

In the summer, the Castle hosts concerts in the grounds.  Previous shows have included Jools Holland and Liberty X.

December sees the internationally famous Lincoln Christmas Market, which snakes through Castle Square, the Castle grounds and the Cathedral.

Getting There

Lincoln is about 2.5 hours on the train, and is served by East Coast trains, changing at Newark for the East Midlands service.

In the car, it’s about 3 hours from London, depending on traffic!

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