LONDON Events & Activities AUGUST 2016 #London

Events & Activities

Ship Shape Saturdays: Signals at SeaHMS Belfast, Saturdays in August 2016
Hop on board HMS Belfast for Ship Shape Saturdays and learn how to become a member of the ship’s crew and find out how the Royal Navy signal from ship to ship using lights, codes and flags. This immersive activity will give everyone the opportunity to experience many different ways that messages can be sent in secret and understood by only those who should know. 

London at Night
Guildhall Library, 3 August 2016

Many people over the centuries have been fascinated by London at night.  Even in the twenty-first century, London after dark has lost none of its charm and intrigue.  In a talk to accompany his exhibition of photographs, Simon Gregor (artist-in-residence at Guildhall Library) will share some of his experiences of photographing London at night, and the stories behind the images. He will also reflect more generally on the links between the photographic image and the time and place in which it was created.  

Caught By the River Thames
Fulham Palace, 6 – 7 August 2016

Caught by the River Thames is a remarkable new music, arts and nature festival. Bringing together a gathering of bands and brewers, authors and artists, thinkers and drinkers, Caught by the River Thames will be part gig, part literary gathering and part nature symposium. It will unearth archival London audio-history and provide poetry in the total serenity of a Victorian chapel; play host to jump-up party music from the four corners of the world while holding a low-impact, locally sourced Ten Mile Beer Festival.

Visions Festival Across the borough of Hackney, 6 August 2016Now in its fourth year, Visions brings Hackney a big dose of creative fun this summer. The promoters have earned their reputation for booking up-and-coming artists, with this year’s acts including Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Mykki Blanco and Gengahr. There’s also a range of non-musical activity: markets, exhibitions, street food stalls and the like.

Rio Olympics at Beach EastQueen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 6 – 21 August 2016Life's a beach once again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with over 2,200 square metres of sand deposited at the site for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. This year's tropical offering will have a Rio theme in celebration of the Olympics and there will be big screens to watch all the action on. 
Splash Fest 2016Battersea Park, 7 August 2016
Splash Fest is set to transform Battersea Park into London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle course. Featuring five zones of water-themed challenges and games over a 2.5km trail – as well as a lively event village – Splash Fest will see families conquering slides, foam, water spouts and more! Organised by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), all profits will go to the lifesaving charity.
River Rat Race
ExCeL Centre, 13 August 2016

Round up your mates and get ready to swim, crawl, jump, slide and laugh your way around the wettest obstacle race in the UK. Be one of the 1000’s of Rat Racers who tackle over 35 obstacles including a 50ft water slide, giant inflatables and the biggest water jump in any UK race. This is a totally unique challenge in London’s Docklands achievable by anyone with a sense of adventure and a sense of humour. 

Notting Hill CarnivalNotting Hill, 28 – 29 August 2016
The streets of West London come alive every August Bank Holiday weekend as London celebrates Europe's biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival. With a Caribbean theme that sees West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls, the Notting Hill Carnival is a huge party. Expect a sea of colour as amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets of London. Whether you want to join in the fun or simply watch the crowds go by, don't miss the chance to be part of one of London's biggest and best annual events.

Gin Festival London 2016
Tobacco Dock, 26 – 28 August 2016

Over 100 different gins including new gins, new producers and a variety of entertainment will be on offer over the festival. You'll also be able to try an exclusive new gin, Tarquins "Single Estate Tea" Gin, made especially for Gin Festival. Throughout the event there will be talks from gin industry experts, food available to buy and chit chat with other gin lovers.
StreetXo
Mayfair, opening summer 2016
David Munoz, chef and creator of Madrid’s three Michelin starred DiverXo is bringing his street-food inspired spot StreetXo to London. The focal point of the restaurant will be the open kitchen with chefs front and centre, serving up a rolling menu of tapas-style sharing plates, inspired by the chef’s Spanish heritage and travels around South-East Asia. Be sure to look out for the trolley laden with one-off creations circulating the room.  

Magpie 
Location TBC, opening summer 2016
The actual location is still under wraps, but the restaurant will be in central London. With around 30 dishes on the menu, each from £3 to £12, diners will be able to pick what they want as they're wheeled around the room. Elizabeth Allen, will create small plates influenced by Japanese dim sum, including chicken heart popcorn with hot sauce, koji-grilled corn, mussels with miso and beef dripping toast and duck rillettes with sourdough and nukazuke pickles.

Carve
London Bridge, opening summer 2016
The unique licensed carvery will serve high-protein meals in the form of ‘carvepots’, from breakfast through to dinner. Impeccably sourced fish, meat and vegetarian options are hand carved, pulled and prepped by experts on customer-facing carving podiums, and served with spices, rice, relishes and roots. Creative all-day combinations include smoked pork leg with apple slaw, crème fraiche, piquillo peppers and pineapple ketchup; roasted tofu with sesame seed crust, tamari, ginger and turmeric root; or salmon gravlax with leeks, fennel, radish, chopped egg, dill and mustard. For more information follow them on Twitter @CarveCity

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