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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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Open House, Open City

Normally closed to the public, the Arsenal in NYC’s Central Park was one of the buildings I visited as part of Open City in New York

Ever been having a stroll around London (do people ‘stroll’ in London?) and seen a house you’ve thought ‘that looks lovely.  Wonder what it’s like inside…’?

Well, now’s your chance to have a nosy around some of London’s best loved buildings, as well as somearchitecturally interesting homes.

Open House London is happening on September 18 & 19, enabling you to have a look around all these places for FREE.  There are over 700 buildings, architectural walks, cycle tours and more to keep you busy over the weekend.

I went to Open House in New York City once, and it was a really great way to get to know the city and find out some interesting nuggets of info on the buildings.

You have to book for some of the viewings/talks – so order your guide here to get the full listing of events and buildings.  (The guide costs £6.50)

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Ping-a-ling

This weekend why not get outdoors and try out something different?

Ping London are setting up a load of ping-pong (or table tennis, if you’d prefer) tables around the city, ready for you to have a go! Bats and balls are provided so there’s no excuse.

Tables are all over the place, including Heathrow, The British Library and Soho Square. There will be classes available too.

The tables will be out and about until August 22 – plenty of time to turn you into a ping-pong champion!

Time Out have a helpfully created map of all the table locations.  Click here for more info.

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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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Vintage Fashion Fair

If art isn’t your thing, why not head to Primrose Hill for an afternoon of vintage fashion?
The Vintage Fashion Fair is taking place this Sunday, March 14, at Cecil Sharp House, and will have plenty of clothes, accessories and textiles ranging from the 1800s to the 1980s to rummage through.

Homemade food and refreshments will also be available.

As this Sunday is Mother’s Day, the first 30 mums through the door will receive a special treat.

You can apply for free tickets here, but if you’re unsuccessful, you can get in for £3 on the door.

Doors are 11am-5pm.

Nearest Tube: Camden Town

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Wallace and Gromit & Diwali

This weekend I headed off to The Illustration Cupboard on Bury St (nearest Tube: Green Park) to check out some of the original illustrations from Wallace and Gromit over the last 20 years.

I was expecting the place to be a large art gallery, but it’s actually quite small and only really took about 15 minutes to look around.  There weren’t as many pictures as I was expecting, but I’ve mentioned it a) because if you like Wallace and Gromit it’s worth a look, and b) if you’re in the area and want something free to do for a few minutes it is actually quite a nice place to go into. Also, it was FREE!

The Wallace and Gromit exhibition is on until October 24, but there are other illustrations on display (including Miffy and Clarice Bean), as well as children’s books to purchase.

Diwali

The other, probably more interesting thing I did this weekend was visit Wembley for the Brent Diwali festival – if anyone saw my last post and decided to go, I’d love to know what you thought.

The festival was great and had a great community feel to it.  There were thousands of people lined up along Ealing Road to watch the very colourful parade, which included floats, dancers and drummers.  The ladies were dressed up to the nines in fancy costumes and beautiful saris.

The parade concluded in Barham Park with a fireworks display and laser show, which was very impressive.  The fireworks went on for around 20 minutes and were pretty spectacular.  There was also a fairground so I went to have a look at that.  The rides were reasonably priced – my friend and I had a go on the ghost train for a mere £2 (although my friend was not impressed with it even at that price).

As we were waiting for the parade to get started we got a bit peckish, so wandered around the shops on Ealing Road to get a few samosas etc.  I got 2 samosas, a spring roll and an onion baji (and a drink) for less than £3 – a total bargain.

Also, if any of you are looking for any sort of cookware, lots of the Asian shops are having sales on for the festival.  We saw huge cooking pans for under £5, amongst other things.

Next week I have a pretty busy weekend planned – including wine tasting and secret bingo! – so check back then for more cheap and interesting things to do…

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Tonight!

If anyone is in the Wembley area tonight, there are Diwali celebrations going on which are FREE!

Lighting of the lights starts at 6:30pm on Ealing Road, with the parade starting at 7pm from Ealing Road to Barham Park.  The festival will end with a fireworks display and laser show at 8:30pm.

The nearest Tube station is Wembley Central.

Check out http://www.brent.gov.uk/arts.nsf/Festivals/LBB-17 for more information.

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