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Monday 4/8

13.00Organic at The Russet
Hyper-organic with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and amazing sourdough bread. You’ll be fighting for a table with graphic designers, filmmakers, photographers and the hip mothers with their dogs. Well worth it.

The Russet, Hackney Downs Studio, 17 Amhurst Terrace

15.15 –
Exhibition: Return of the Rude Boy
Photographer/filmmaker Dean Chalkley and creative director Harris Elliott showcase the return of the urban sartorial subculture ‘Rudeboy’ to the UK in the 21st century. A study in impeccable style, and the modern interpretation of the influence of American Jazz and RnB musicians on sharply dressed young rebels.

Somerset House, Strand, London


18.50Dusk tour with The Floating Cinema

A floating cinema on board a converted canal boat – brilliant! This evening it’s time for the Dusk tour through the canals of London. Perfect rewinding after finishing a long first day of the week.

Towpath near Rembrandt Gardens.


21.00 –Dinner at Farr’s School of Dancing

Local vintage-style pub offering amazing southern US influenced, Louisiana-style grub with locally produced brewed beverages. Reasonably priced, and far off from the touristic beaten path of central London. The décor is splendid!

Farr’s School of Dancing, 17-19 Dalston Ln, London


Tuesday 5/8

09.00 – Quick Breakfast at Leila’s Shop

Wholesome easy-going food, hidden from the crowds. The environment is the key – breakfast here is easeful, with the best eggs found in London yet.

Leila’s Shop,15-17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London


10.30 – Maria Abramovic´: 512 Hours,  

When the grandmother of performance art is coming to London, missing out would be a crime. 512 Hours encourages the visitors to literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind, stepping into the role of performing body. In other words, a marvellous way to start a Tuesday.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London and


20.30 Filmageddon – A Film Quiz
The film quiz of all film quizzes. Taking place at London’s ‘Home of Cult Film’, this quiz is likely to be two things: a success, and an unprecedented gathering of semi-pretentious cineastes. Would not miss it for the world.

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London

Wednesday 6/8

12.30 – Lunch at Bubbledogs, 

Gourmet hot dogs served with champagne. What can go wrong in this equation?

Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, London


16.30 – Camden Beach

What better way to celebrate making it through mid-week than with a drink and some good food at the beach? Too bad the Thames isn’t exactly known for its rad beach life. But don’t despair – being in central London doesn’t necessarily rule this option out. Head for Camden Beach, safely tucked away on top of Roundhouse sunny terrace. This place hosts all you need for a proper city-beach hangout: drinks, a swimming pool, a pop-up fish restaurant, and ping pong. Enjoy yourself shamelessly.

The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London


20.00 – Concert: Owl John at Oslo Hackney
Sounding like a mixture of orchestral timbre and The Black Keys, the solo-project of former vocalist of Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchison, is bound to be interesting. It’s dark, its poetic, and its beautiful. Besides, the fact that Oslo Hackney is a redeveloped railway station with great atmosphere, good beer, and interesting people makes it well worth a visit.

Oslo Hackney, 14 Amhurst Road, Hackney, London


Thursday 7/8

11.15 – Visit to the Hannah Barry Gallery

Being named one of 15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain at the age of 25 is quite an achievement. Entrepreneur Hannah Barry’s gallery opened in 2013 inside a former meatpacking factory, and is the perfect way to spend a Thursday morning discovering the urban talent and charm of East London.

Hanna Barry Gallery, 4 Holly Grove, Peckham, London


15.30 – Exhibition Close and Far: Russian Photography Now 

It’s Russian Art Week in London and this is too good to miss out on. This display of Russian contentious photography is intriguing, comparing contemporary works with re-discovered works of pioneer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky. This shows more than ever the difficulty of finding a common Russian identity.

Calvert Gallery, 22 Calvert Avenue, London


20.50 – Backyard Cinema 
Outdoor cinemas are THE thing in London this summer. This place is intimate, personal, and neat with the most comfortable seats ever experienced in the history of cinema. The drinks are great too.

Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, London


23.50Frank’s Café 

Peckham has been crowned the new Dalston in terms of nightlife. For a night out the open-air venue Frank’s café, located on top of a multi-storey car park, is perfect for enjoying an alternative view of the London skyline with a peppy sea of sweaty twenty- and thirtysomethings.

Frank’s café, 10th floor Peckham multi-storey car park, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London 


Friday 8/8

All day: Wilderness Festival 2014 (7/8-10/8)
Although being located in neighbouring Oxford, this year’s Wildnerness Festival is well worth the short ride. This festival has it all: outdoor theatre, debates, a pop-up lakeside spa, long table banquets in the wild with leading chefs, and not least: a spectacular line-up! Enjoy top class food in a glammed-up forest environment to the tunes of Burt Bacharach, London Grammar and Metronomy.

Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxford


Saturday 9/8

11.00 – Brunch at Bistrotheque  
Good place for people watching and praiseworthy brunch. With live music even during brunch, this is a good way to kick-start a Saturday.

Bistrotheque, 23-27 Wadeson Street, London


13.45 – Secret Street Art Tour and Workshop

No matter if you’re a newbie or an ingrained Londoner, there are always new things to discover throughout this town. This tour and subsequent workshop allows for indulging in East London’s street art culture through both viewing and creating own street art with overview of professionals. This is perfect to find out whether there’s even the slightest chance of you ever being the new Banksy.

Organised by Alternative London, secret location decided upon booking


20.30 – Tapas at The Mockingbird
Tapas and cocktails – simple yet fantastic. Good vibe, proper tapas and delicious drinks. That’s all you need to know.

The Mockingbird, 50 Stoke Newington Road, London


23.20And drinks at Shacklewell Arms 

Although Peckham is the new place to be, this cult place is well worth a visit. Scruffy and raw atmosphere, where the 1970’s seems to still be dominating with white sneakers, chain smoking of rollies, and proper Disco. This evening its time for Boogie Down Dalston – a study in pulsating groove of the best 80’s Boogie and Afro Beat.

Schacklewell Arms, 71 Schacklewell Lane, Dalston, London


Sunday 10/8

11.00Village Green Market 
Hackney Down Studios is a creative hub in East London, gathering a mixture of small local businesses such as record labels, florists, vintage bicycles and the like in a venue holding a secret garden, rooftops, and railway arches (sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it?). Pop by the Village Green Market on Sundays for some free morning yoga, before strolling around the stalls showcasing local talent featuring vintage home ware, prints, herbs, and plenty more.

Hackney Down Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London

15.30 –
Mint Vintage
Browse through well-sorted and trend driven vintage with focus on high quality. Fair prices, and exceptional sections for both men and women. Focus especially on shoes, bags, and sunglasses. Word of warning: visits here tends to be time consuming.

Mint Village, 71-73 Stoke Newington High Street, London


16.15 – Crate Craft Beer Brewery
Sunday afternoons are best spent by the canal at Crate Brewery’s beer garden. Besides great craft beer (which naturally is the most vital part), their Street Food Sunday’s offer all you need to cure those last lingering remains of Saturday. Grab some beer, a chorizo, and enjoy the good vibes.

Crate Brewey’s, Unit 7, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London
Written by

Swedish postgrad currently stationed in London. Cineaste and occasional amateur photographer with a visual mind and a thing for green food. Likes people who say unconventional things in conventional situations.

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