Planning the weekend…. London has festival fever!

As London gears up for this forthcoming big games event thing, there seems more than ever going on….. Although I can’t say I’m terribly excited about the prospect of a jam packed London this summer, I am loving the fact that more even than ever, every corner I turn there’s something going on!

Here’s my pick of what’s going on this weekend…..

The London Festival of Architecture is a celebration of the capital’s architecture and architectural talent. Bringing architects and communities together, this year’s theme is ‘The Playful City’,  in response to the impending London 2012 Games. Focussing in different ‘hubs’ all over the city, the festival is this weekend hosting stacks of events in its Fitzrovia hub, with workshops for families, open studios, exhibitions, walking tours and games.

The festival runs until 8th July and you can find a list of events here.

Masterpiece London is one of London’s leading art and antiques fairs, and it’s new home at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, saw 28,000 visitors last year. Dubbed a forum for distinctive design, the fair carefully curates its contributors, offering a huge variety of excellent exhibits including wine, cars, jewellery and decorative arts.

Runs until 4th July, tickets from £20 available here.

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is considered London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts, and features ground breaking new performances in theatre, dance, and street arts. One production that has caught my attention is ‘Crow’ by Ted Hughes, presented by Handspring Puppet Company (the talent behind the incredible puppetry central to the War Horse stage show).

The show runs until 7th July and tickets are available here from £10. You can see the other events in the festival here.

The London International Festival of Theatre is a biennial event which takes place in theatres, arts venues and sites all over London. Working in often unconventional sites with artists from across the world, the festival seeks to find new ways of seeing the city, and produce theatre which is surprising and stimulating as well as simply entertaining. Amongst this year’s offerings is the ‘Adventure Map’, a limited edition map which promises to take you on adventures across the city, and to reinvent your relationship with it. You’ll need to book a ticket for your ‘Departure’ on dates from 5th July to 22nd August here.

This weekend, London’s new Pleasure Gardens opens with a spectacular ‘grand opening’ featuring pyrotechincs, live music, street art, sideshows, a Ballroom, vintage funfair and stacks of other stuff. Harking back to 200 years ago, when London hosted numerous common spaces known as Pleasure Gardens, this event is set to emulate those meeting places where Londoners could immerse themselves in culture and experience the joys of open air entertainments. This opening event is free to get into and promises to set the benchmark for future events at the venue and start things off with a bang! The opening event is open from 1pm to 11pm on Saturday and 1pm to 10pm on Sunday….just turn up at the Pontoon Docks venue…no need for a ticket!

One of my favourite places in London is closing for refurbishment after this weekend, but Wilton’s Music Hall is not one to go quietly….. This weekend the stunning music hall is preparing for a big overhaul by inviting us to visit and take a tour, as well as enjoying their new bar and lots of cake! It’s your last chance to see this incredible venue until it’s due to re-open again next year once essential repairs are made to the auditorium. Visitors are also being asked to donate cakes to sell, contributing to their ongoing fund raising, as well as writing letters which they will stow away under the floor when it’s lifted up and laid again as part of the work…. what to write?!?!
Come along on Saturday from 5pm – 11pm (7pm talk) or Sunday from 3pm – 6pm (3:30pm talk). It’s free to sit in on one of the talks but you need to book a place here.
Well I know that’ll be enough to keep me busy…. hope you have a wonderful weekend too!
Ems x

6 thoughts on “Planning the weekend…. London has festival fever!

    • Oh no! Hope you had a good weekend anyway!

      I usually post a list of ideas for the weekend like this, every Thursday/Friday…. keep an eye out if you have a weekend that needs filling with funs!

  1. I’m absolutely gutted I missed the Pleasure Gardens grand opening, it sounded amazing! Although I was watching The Stone Roses live in Heaton Park, which was amazing!!
    Have you been to any of these yet?

    • No I really wanted to go to the Pleasure Gardens this weekend but was so shattered from wedding on Saturday that we only managed to go to Wilton’s on Sunday (which was brilliant). Got a much clearer weekend this week though so looking forward to some spontaneity!

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