A FOOD AND BOOZE WITH KILLER VIEWS THING
QUEEN OF HOXTON’S LOST VEGAS ROOFTOP
All year round Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is one of the more fun places to spend London evenings but, when the summer months loom, the place really comes alive. This year they welcome the sunny times with Lost Vegas: twisting Las Vegas in their own inimitable way to create what’s basically a boutique festival on a rooftop. Expect exceptional craft cocktails, top quality food for vegans and non-vegans alike (we are naturally very interested in the Out’N’In Burger), a Little Vegas Wedding Chapel, a yellow school bus bar and a whole host of Nevada-themed treats and surprises.
A LONDON BECOMES A STAGE THING
If you’re walking past the Tower of London and see the moat filled with 150 dancers and musicians performing to everything from grime to gospel you’ll have found Hofesh Shechter and East London Dance’s contribution to Lift Festival. What’s Lift? Well, it’s a lot of things, but you could say it’s an extraordinary exploration of London with a focus on community and battling preconceptions. Take a teenager-led night walk through East London, absorb Session’s thrilling dance-party celebrating youth and belonging, or watch Fly By Night as 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar over the Thames. And, honestly, that barely scratches the surface of Lift.
A MOVIE FESTIVAL THING
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: LONDON
The 2018 London edition of Robert Redford’s Utah-based behemoth film festival brings us a typically exciting array of UK film and documentary premieres, plus engrossing talks at Picturehouse Central. Highlights for us include Amy Adrion’s Half The Picture doc in the wake of #metoo, and U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner film, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post.
A LEARNING IN THE PUB THING
PINT OF SCIENCE FESTIVAL
We like pubs. We like learning. So cheers to Pint Of Science Festival for bringing three days of science lecturers and talks in a host of London pubs including favourites like Farrs School of Dancing, The Colonel Fawcett and The Star of Kings. There are way too many events and talks to list here, but Goats Who Stare At Scientists at Putney’s Boma Bridge probably wins on name alone.
A CULTURE WHEN THE SUN’S DOWN THING
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT
Museums At Night sees London’s bastions of culture open their doors past normal hours, allowing us to experience the settings in fresh new ways. From The London Transport Museum’s jaunt through the swinging sixties, to a unique exploration of coral reef at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, to the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising’s dive into Twitter’s brand story, there’s something for everyone, and cocktails too.