Walk London launches Spring into Summer – over 30 free guided walks covering London’s seven top walking routes. All walks are designed to be away from traffic and connect some of London’s best attractions, parks, woodland, rivers, canals and open spaces.
London is a fantastic city to explore by foot, with many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Not only is walking carbon free, it is proven to reduce stress, and improve your physical health. The free guided walks are perfect for singles, couples, families, or groups who want to discover what’s on their doorstep – culturally, historically and environmentally.
Walk London, a Transport for London project, works in partnership with all the London boroughs to promote walking as part of Londoner’s many day-to-day journeys.
Walks include Old Camden Town which is a distance of less than five miles. More challenging walks include The Thames Path Super Walk which is over 17 miles and lasts eight hours. All the walks will be great fun and are organised by professionals. Simply choose the walk that best suites you.
The London Sketch Comedy Festival (aka London Sketchfest) is a unique comedy festival unlike any other. Dedicated to sketch comedy it’s a fast-paced, jam-packed assortment of comedy, where the unexpected should always be expected.
Sketch comedy, which is different from improv and stand-up, usually consists of short written scenes, rehearsed beforehand and performed by a group of people or ‘a troupe’. It’s imaginative, surprising and often a little wacky. In recent years the definition has also expanded to include the explosion of comedy groups creating short films and video sketches.
There will be 12 different groups across three nights of shows, bringing you new and undiscovered acts as well as presenting a few favourites. A gloriously fresh and inspiring journey into the world of British sketch comedy today.
Artists from East London and beyond have created an interactive experience for your eyes, ears, and even your nose. The basement of Shoreditch Town Hall has been transformed into a digital labyrinth for you to explore.
Over twenty unique digital installations will take you on a multisensory exploration through light displays, soundscapes and darkened corridors. Each of the exhibits will contain interactive aspects, from digital elements like twitter hashtags, to reactions to the movement of your body or the sounds you make as you move through a room.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House makes its annual return this summer with a varied programme including one world premiere (About Time) and two UK premieres (The Way Way Back, Prince Avalanche), double and triple bills, iconic classics and contemporary greats. All films are presented in the spectacular setting of the Somerset House 18th century courtyard on a giant 17 x 8 metre screen with full surround sound, with early evening DJ sessions, food and drink, and special live introductions to selected films.
Thursday 8 August | WORLD PREMIERE/OPENING NIGHT FILM: About Time Friday 9 August | Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Saturday 10 August | TRIPLE BILL: Mean Girls & Carrie & The Loved Ones
Sunday 11 August | The Untouchables Monday 12 August | Guys and Dolls Tuesday 13 August | UK PREMIERE/CENTREPIECE FILM: The Way Way Back Wednesday 14 August | Kes Thursday 15 August | Throne of Blood Friday 16 August | DOUBLE BILL: Predator & Gremlins 2 Saturday 17 August | DOUBLE BILL: Badlands & Raising Arizona Sunday 18 August | Crazy Stupid Love Monday 19 August | The Red Shoes Tuesday 20 August | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Wednesday 21 August | UK PREMIERE/CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Prince Avalanche
To coincide with this year’s screenings, Somerset House and Film4 have teamed up with Dalston studios Print Club London to curate a one-off poster exhibition in the newly opened West Wing Galleries. Working with some of the biggest and best illustrators from the UK and USA, they will design and produce 17 new, original silk screen prints inspired by the roster of films screened at Film4 Summer Screen with American Express this year. Participating artists include Kate Gibb, Anthony Burrill, Hattie Stewart and Hvas & Hannibal. The prints will be editions of 200, each signed by the artist and for sale at £40.
Propaganda is all around us. It is used to fight wars and fight disease, build unity and create division. Whether monumental or commonplace, sincere or insidious, propaganda is often surprising, sometimes horrific and occasionally humorous. While it’s never neutral, it can be difficult to define and identify.
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is the first exhibition to explore international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. From the eye-opening to the mind-boggling, from the beautiful to the surprising, posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts reveal the myriad ways that states try to influence and persuade their citizens.
Exploring a thought-provoking range of exhibits, you will find yourselves looking anew at the messages, methods, and media used by different states – discovering how they use propaganda through time and across cultures for both power and persuasion.
After 3 extremely successful years, Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the international design calendar, winning Best Festival and Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards to attest to its success. Boasting over 60 showrooms, a wealth of creative businesses and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, CDW takes advantage of this creative hub every May for 3 days.
Rachel Whiteread continues her exploration of positive and negative space, this time casting the interior of a garden shed using concrete.
Following the installation of her first permanent public sculpture in the UK at the Whitechapel Gallery last year, Rachel Whiteread now has a major new solo exhibition at Gagosian.
Her use of industrial casting to present negative space as a monolithic, solid form continues the practice behind her most famous works, including House (1993), Ghost (1990) and the enormous Boathouse (2010), which was installed on the water’s edge in the remote Nordic landscape of Røykenviken.
Nike and Elle have come together to bring London a running experience like no other that fuses style and fitness.
Having signed up with their friends for We Own The Night, women will join an inspiring six-week personalised training programme. Combining the digital with the physical, Nike will create a truly motivating journey from start to finish.
Digitally, runners can track their time, distance, pace and calories burned via Nike+ to get more out of each run. They can make every workout count with the Nike+ FuelBand and Nike Training Club App, and can join Nike communities via Facebook. Each week ELLEUK.com/beauty/running <http://ELLEUK.com/beauty/running> will feature updates from the ELLE Running Club including video tutorials, guest running blogs, need-to-know expert tips, ELLE’s edit of the most stylish running kit, essential dietary advice and much more.
Physical classes will include weekly ‘Run with ELLE’ and ‘Train with ELLE’ events across London. These classes provide a chance for women to express their personal style by wearing the most cutting-edge looks and sharing them via @ELLEUK, @ELLEUKrunning and @NikeUK.
The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is holding a screening of Studio Ghibli’s Acclaimed fantasy Spirited Away.
Part of the festival, this is one of the many screenings that will be held in the area.
Ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble into a fantastical realm of witches and monsters. We follow her adventures as she struggles to return her family to the human world – but a simple plot synopsis cannot do justice to this film of mesmerizing beauty. With accolades that include the 2002 Oscar for the best animated feature, Spirited Away (Dir Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, Japan, Cert PG, 120mins) is frequently cited among the greatest animated features of all time.
This will be the first full-length outdoor screening of a film in the history of Brockwell Park and, we believe, will be ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Herne Hill Free Film Festival 2013 programme.
Stalls will be selling a mouth-watering selection of hot food and the park café will be open for drinks and light refreshments.
Please note this event will be taking place in an unlit park and you are asked to bring torches. This is an outdoor screening without seats so please bring your own chairs, rugs or cushions. And are advised to dress for British Summer weather! Even if it’s a lovely day, it might be chilly after dark.
A totally free event that could be a great night out, grab a sweater and bring some popcorn.