What makes visiting the Columbia Road Flower Market a great non-touristy thing to do in London? If you know when to go, it’s a great ‘nearly’ free experience for people who love flowers and gardening.
Londoners love green spaces. And we love free stuff. The developers of Greenwich Peninsula know this, so they’re throwing a free music and arts festival to mark the opening of The Tide – London’s new ‘linear park’ – over two July weekends. Its futuristic landscape will be made up of raised walkways lined by sunken tree gardens and decorated with outdoor art from Damien Hirst and Allen Jones. But it won’t all be opening this month, just the first 1km; the completed version of The Tide will be 5km long. The ‘park’ is all located riverside – which means that free festival will be taking place by the water during what’s set to be a scorching summer weekend. The line up is looking pretty smoking too.
Turning Tides festival will kick off during the first weekend in July (July 5-7), with performances from Supergrass leader Gaz Coombes, LGBTQ+ all-stars Sink the PInk, and father of ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke. Morning Gloryville will be having a bit of a lie-in, throwing one of its sober raves at a very civilised 11am. The riverside space is also making way for some fairly high-profile public art, with giant inflatable raindrops from LA artist Geronimo and an installation of Yoko Ono’s ‘Wish Trees’ (write your wish, and add it to a branch, and bam! you’re part of a Yoko artwork). Film site Mubi will be adding to the esoteric atmosphere with screenings of movies like ‘In Praise of Nothing’ a satirical essay-film voiced by Iggy Pop.
Looks like they’ve got the grub covered too – if you’re speedy enough to book a place for the Riverside Feasts, a dining experience on a 27-metre picnic bench with a changing line-up of top chefs. That part, sadly, is not free.
The fest will close on July 14 with a group performance they’re calling ‘The River Knows’, which has Laura Mvula, Beth Orton, Kwabs and a whole bunch of other musicians in the mix.
New London events can be a bit of a gamble, but other than your track of time before that last tube home – there’s nothing to lose. IT’S FREE.
Find out more about Turning Tides here.
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Look, it can be tough when trying to whittle down a firm plan of spots to explore on your next trip around England, especially if you’re short on time. This is why I wanted to share some of the best places in the south of England to visit on your next trip. Some the cities, others … Continue Reading
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Who says museums have to be grey and drab affairs? At the Fashion and Textile Museum, your visit will be full of colour.
While fashionistas will be at home here, all visitors (no matter what your fashion sense) will learn something new. Exhibitions change very quickly, which makes repeat visits a must. Often these exhibitions take a different slant when it comes to fashion – some tackle a specific historic angle while others will highlight a certain design technique.
Some displays focus on well-known designers. However there are plenty of displays where the designer is not known (this is especially true for exhibitions based on different cultures or periods in history).
Along with the educational exhibitions, there are plenty of opportunities to learn a bit more about fashion through the museum’s numerous talks and events. Even if your mother still dresses you (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone) this Fashion and Textile Museum is worth a strut!
There are several foods from around the world that you really must try when you are visiting.