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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Adam Lay from The Listings Editor picks his top 10 London events for the week ahead.
1. The Great Pop Prom
With Mick Jagger not looking a day over 80, can it really be 50 years since the Beatles and the Rolling Stones played together at the Royal Albert Hall? Well, the calendar (and the press release) say that it is so, and to mark the occasion The Great Pop Prom are exhibiting some previously unseen photographs of the historic concert.
A fresh look at two of the biggest bands of all time, expect rare contemporary prints, original John Pasche posters and artwork dug up from a top secret vault.
September 21 to October 22, 10am-4pm. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. Free.
2. The Pop Up Pub
Like benevolent Japanese Knotweed, you just can’t move in the capital these days without something or other popping up on your nearest high street. This latest effort is a classy affair for connoisseurs of quality beers and ales.
Promising a mighty 5,500 fine craft beers and ales, the pop up pub is set to run every Friday and Saturday over three months, dishing out the best brews to a thirsty and appreciative public. Various chefs and street food traders will also be hanging around to offer sustenance and moral support.
Until mid December. The Craft Beer Social Club, 2 Tudor Grove, London Fields, E9 7QL.
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3. Open House London: LSO St Luke’s
The doors of this 18th Century Grade 1 listed Hawksmoor church are flung open for curious members of the great unwashed to poke their noses in and take a good look around. Dicsover how, ten years ago, the roofless shell was miraculously converted into the high tech, vibrant music hub of today.
With tour guides will answer all but the most impertinent questions, this is a chance to savour a venue that has seen musical performances from the likes of Elton John and the London Symphony Orchestra.
September 21, 10.30am-12.30pm. LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, EC1V 9NG. Free.
4. Decorex International 2013
Luxury furnishings, comfort and style are the key words for this interior design show. For anyone who is sick of the surroundings of their drab hovel, this is the place to head for as over 300 of the finest interior designers compete to sell you high end furnishings that would even put the furniture section of the Argos catalogue to shame.
September 24, 1pm-7pm. Perks Field & The Orangery, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX. £30.
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5. Kensington Gardens’ Allotment Harvest Festival
Put on your best Felicity Kendal wig and don some Richard Briers false teeth to enjoy the good life at this celebration of growing food. Join experts from the Royal Parks Guild as they take visitors on a stroll around this hidden gem of a location and offer tips on how to grow things on an allotment. With a range of farm animals, face painting and activities for youngsters to take part in.
September 21, 11am-4pm. Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX.
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6. Land of Our Fathers
A blistering dark comedy from the pen of rising playwright Chris Urch, Land of Our Fathers tells the story of six Welsh miners who are trapped down a coalmine for an agonising two weeks (fear not though, the play isn’t set in real time).
Set in South Wales 1979, just as Maggie Thatcher is counting her votes and Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave, this is the story of a generation who lost its voice, where everything you know and believe in can be changed within a mere few weeks.
Until October 12, Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm, Sunday 5pm. Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW.
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7. Goldsmiths’ Fair
The Glidd of Glood, Auric Goldfinger and probably a few magpies are just some of the types to be drawn to this stunning display of elegant treasures. Quite possibly Europe’s largest and most prestigious fair for gold and silver jewellery and precious objects, this is the place to meet both established and up and coming designers and sample their beautiful wares.
The antithesis of mass-production, the makers here consider themselves artists and so you are only likely to find highly original pieces, many of which are well worth making an investment in.
September 23 to 29, 11am-7pm. Goldsmith’s Hall, Foster Lane, EC2V 6BN. £10-£15.
8. Have Love (whoa baby) Will Travel
An exhibition of visually mesmerising works from artist Kerry Brewer, Have Love (whoa baby) Will Travel is the first exhibition at the exciting new Unity Gallery.
Atmospheric, mysterious and highly compelling, Brewer’s compositions deftly toy with the viewer’s perception and cognitive vision, provoking fascinatingly different responses from each individual.
Until September 28, Monday to Friday 11am-7pm. The Unity Gallery, 3-5 Hatton Wall, EC1N 8HX. Free.
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9. Roots and Shoots International Day of Peace
Now that the world leaders appear to have given the ‘give war a chance’ brigade short shrift, the public mood for peace couldn’t be better represented than at this dove filled day of calm.
Youngsters from all corners of the UK are set to gather for a jaunty parade in which song, dance and a giant dove can be witnessed along the calming sludge of the Thames.
September 23, 8am-4pm. More London Riverside, Tooley Street, SE1 2DB. Free.
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10. The Rest is Noise Festival Southbank
The second part of a whopping year-long festival, The Rest is Noise is a knowing exploration of the 20th Century using concerts and events to convey a sense of history.
Focusing on music composed between 1945 and 2000, the noisy wonders include everything from works by Britten to performances from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Swingle Singers.
September 27 to December 14. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX.