Picks of the week: Sud de France Festival and a history of river walks

17:17 28 August 2013

Sud de France will bring a taste of the south of France to the South Bank.

Sud de France will bring a taste of the south of France to the South Bank.

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Adam Lay from The Listings Editor picks the best events of the week.

Sud de France Festival

In days gone by, one would have to go to all the bother of either crossing the English Channel or at least bunging on a VHS of ‘Allo ‘Allo! to get a true taste of French culture. Fortunately, this rigmarole is now history for Londoners as the South Bank decks the riverside with a fine selection of all things French.

Aiming to recreate the south of France holiday experience as accurately as possible (and thus confusing any visiting French tourists), intrepid strollers will get the chance to sample a feast of regional wines, food offerings from top chefs and delicatessens and even a range of French craft beers.

Complete with a sandy beach, visitors can either take part in some intensive lounging, have a crack at playing boules or enter the sand castle building competition. With DJs Garfld & Sundae and Gilles Peterson on deck duties, an appearance and signing session by author Kate Mosse and possibly even a glimpse of a Mr Creosote tribute act.

August 31, 12pm to 9pm. Riverside Walkway and Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground, SE1 9PH. Free.

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History of the River Walks

Before it was made famous by the EastEnders title sequence, the river Thames already had a particularly interesting past, one that has shaped and defined the capital city as we know it.

As a prelude to the Thames Festival, the good people at the Museum of London have given in to their Reithian urge to educate, inform and entertain and are sharing their wisdom as they take knowledge hungry pedestrians on a watery trek from Millbank down to Vauxhall.

From whales to James Bond and the Black Death to Jeffrey Archer’s riverside home, the many tales, facts and figures relating to London’s greatest natural asset (the river, not Jeffrey) are so broad and varied that even the most jaded of Londoners will find something to spark their imaginations.

Must be booked in advance.

September 1, 11am to 1pm. Meeting point and bookings: 020 7001 9844. £8-£10.

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