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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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Driven Creativity

The weather outside is frightful…so why not do something indoors yet cultural this weekend?

The Brick Lane Gallery is hosting Driven Creativity – an exhibition showing off shortlisted and winning entries from the G-Technology Driven Creativity competition

You’ll be able to see photography, film and music – and the best bit is, it’s all free!

The exhibition is running until Monday, November 22 and is open 1-6pm every day.

Nearest Tube: Liverpool St/Aldgate

 

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World DJ Championships

I’m sure I’ll get hate mail for saying this, but the X-Factor of the DJ world is coming to London.  No? Ok then, what about a battle of the bands, if you will?

The UK leg of the DMC World DJ Championships is happening at Koko this weekend, as DJs from across the UK prepare to battle it out to be crowned champion.  Previous winners include Scratch Perverts and A-Trak.

There’s also a UK v France beatboxing battle – that should be worth watching – and a performance by Yarah Bravo.

The event is over two days, with the World Championships being held on Monday, October 18.  Tickets are available for one or both days, priced at £15/£25 respectively, and can be bought here.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

Nearest Tube: Mornington Crescent

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Urban Barn Dance

Looking for an unusual way to spend your Saturday? Mosey on down to the Deptford Project for their Urban Barn Dance and dosey doe to your heart’s content.

Line dance your way through tracks by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and other country classics, and even the kids can get involved as animals from Kingston City Farm will be making their very own special appearance!

The fun begins at 11:30am and ends around 6pm, and is taking place at the Deptford Project on Deptford High Street.  Entry is a thigh-slapping bargain at £2. 

Yee-ha!

Nearest Tube: Deptford/New Cross

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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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Notting Hill Carnival 2010

So, it’s carnival time already, what better way to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn than dancing your blues away with the Notting Hill Carnival?

Running on Sunday and Monday here are a few tips:

Sunday’s carnival starts at 9am and is Children’s Day.  Monday is Adult’s Day and starts at the same time.  Both days finish around 9pm.

The parade normally starts on Great Western Road and heads Chepstow Road, Westbourne Avenue and Ladbroke Grove.

Organisers advise that you head to watch on the southern part of the route, as northern parts get very congested.  (See here for a map)

Ladbroke Grove Tube is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Westbourne Park and Royal Oak are exit-only from 11am-6pm.

Notting Hill Gate is exit-only from noon-7pm on Sunday and noon-6.30pm on Monday.

Arrange a meeting point with your mates in case you get separated.

There’ll be lots of people knocking into you – beware of pickpockets.

But most of all – ENJOY!

Nearest Tube: Westbourne Park, Royal Oak and Notting Hill Gate.

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Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Jazz.  Nice.  Free jazz. Even nicer.  Canary Wharf is hosting a free jazz festival this weekend – what’s not to like about that?

There’s a fairly full line up:

Friday 13th August
7 – 8pm Robert Mitchell Trio
8.30 – 10pm Alex Wilson

Saturday 14th August
1.30 – 2.15pm Jazzphonica: Roundhouse Jazz Ensemble
2.45 – 4pm TBC
4.30 – 5.45pm Matthew Halsall
6.15 – 7.30pm The Baker Brothers
8 – 9.15pm Ruby Turner

Sunday 15th August
1 – 2.15pm Ernesto Simpson
2.45 – 4pm The Haggis Horns
4.30 – 5.45pm Natalie Williams
6.15 – 7.30pm Pee Wee Ellis

Why not take a picnic and chill out in the park? (Word of warning – glass bottles and portable furniture are not permitted)

It’s all taking place in Canada Square Park and is totally free!

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf

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