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August Roundup

4 August 2015 | Josh Barrie

Here’s August, then. If you’re not away on holiday, you’ve got Notting Hill Carnival for dancing, Street Feast for munching, and all the remaining festivals for camping. Still, if you’ve a spare weekend in London, it’s not short of fun. There are plenty of new bars and pop-ups to keep you occupied – and ‘geeky’ events to savour while hungover afterwards.

 

We think probably the most intriguing addition to venture out and tantalise some summer excess is Storeys, a new rooftop ‘experience’ atop an old BBC building.

Two things immediately spring to mind, here. Primarily, with all the conversation about the BBC at the moment, it seems so readily topical. But also, Peckham’s well-known contemporary now has a contender. But it’s not disloyal by the way, to try this new place, because Frank’s gets monster rammed these days.

Storeys looks a similar proposition. Opening this Friday and running through August, the old Television Centre car park rooftop will host pop-up food experiences, drinks events and – naturally – stunning views across London. But from White City, which is a different angle altogether.

Dining offerings include Le Bun and Crabbieshack, two stalwarts of the street food game, and booze will follow suit in the form of Rum Shack and lager from Frontier. Other boxes are ticked, too – yoga, film screenings, art space for young talent, and DJs later in the day. We’re sold. Entry is free. More info on opening times and route plans here.


Much like the BBC, we’re going to diversify now. It’s what 2015 is all about. To do so, we’ve been having a look at this truly marvellous, certainly fun event called ‘Who Run The World? Girls’. You know the song. If you don’t, perhaps you should, as it’s coming at you this month.

Basically, it’s a get-involved, all-action dance class from the Drink Shop and Do brigade, paying homage to pop superstar Beyonce herself. It looks a hoot. It proved exactly that last year, so it’s back again to give more of you Londoners the chance to get down and dancing.

“We’re going to teach you the official dance to Beyonce’s Run the World,” organisers explain.

“Over the course of just two hours, our fun class will take you through the dance floor moves every girl needs to know. A fondness for cooing ‘Who Run The World?!’ totally recommended.”

For women, this seems an obvious choice for some summer fun. And for men, it’d probably be a laugh too – if nothing else, an amazingly amusing way for you to explore yourself. What’s more, it’s only £10 a ticket. More info here.


If you’re tired from dancing, why not wear yourself out in a whole different way? Rather than flexing your leg muscles, how about infiltrating the inner workings of your mind. It’s equally tiring.

This is where our reference to ‘geek culture’ chimes – the Mind Sport Olympiad, an event for intelligent frivolity, something for your brain to savour.

Between August 23-31, from 10am to 10pm, board games for all ages will be on offer – a dedicated, passionate affair for all things dice and everything nice. It’s an annual festival for the sedentary, though tournaments get competitive – because who wants to lose a board game?

Classics such as Carcassonne (one our favourite Christmas delights), Settlers, amateur poker, and much more will be spread. But it’s not just board games exclusively. The Olympiad also hosts quizzes, computer programming, and the odd bit of Tetris, too. Naturally.

The event is free to attend, and there are dozens of contests to get involved in. Visit the site to register and find out what’s happening and when.


Last but not least, we thought we’d go full circle. Yes, let’s roll back to some wine – it’s summer, and who knows what weather September will bring? We’re already stockpiling intriguing new books and ideas for autumn exhibitions – things that don’t depend so heavily on rain.

The 3 Crowns wine fair takes place on August 15. And yes, we know we haven’t done this chronologically this time. But we had to split up the alcohol. Anyway, the event is held outdoors during the day, just in front of the pub in Brunswick Place. Don’t worry, the road is closed and there’s some greenery.

From midday you can expect wine tasting, food, games, and live music, and from 10pm a disco begins – if you’re still up for partying after all the booze. We expect you will be.

The 3 Crowns has got some top wine in this year, including bottles from Field Morris and Verdin, Alliance, and New Generation Wines, with vintages from the old world and new. Glasses are served in 125ml, so you can try plenty of varieties (good news), all poured into a take-home wine glass, which costs £5. A glass will cost between £4-6, bottles £15-25.

From the kitchen, head chef Lee Urch will be making sure you’re full – because we’re not students any more, and really shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach – and is dishing up the likes of baked chicken legs, Middle Eastern fattoush salad, and Neal’s Yard cheeses, which if you haven’t tried before, your life is about to change. More info here.

Let’s enjoy the last throngs of summer…

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