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Lost Weekend: 18th - 21st August

This weekend's best culture, shopping, food and drink events

Published on August 18th 2011.

Lost Weekend: 18th - 21st August

The UKs Official Air Guitar Championships

Believe it or not, Britain is home to two official UK air guitar championships. The one taking place in Islington this weekend supports Teenage Cancer Trust and was set up by Zac ‘The Magnet’ Monro who travelled to Finland twice to claim the world title. Now in its sixth year, all competitors (there is still time to sign up!) must give a smashing performance to sweep the judges off their feet to win the golden ticket to Finland. For non-competitors, the night will bring good music, entertainment and hysteric laughter.

The Garage
6:30pm – late
Saturday 20th August


London HoneyLondon Honey Festival

Calling all sugar-loving Londoners: head to the south bank this Sunday for a day full of tastings at the Honey Festival. The London Honey Festival is a celebration of London honey, created in one of the two and a half thousand beehives found from Croydon to Bexley and Tottenham to Ruislip. Head to the observation hives to see bees at work, taste your local honey, have a chat with London’s proud beekeepers or get dancing on your sugar rush to one of the bee-themed DJs.

Clore Ballroom
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
Noon – 5pm
Sunday 21st August


Mad Hatters

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Feel like Alice in a cupcake Wonderland this Saturday at Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s dainty bakery. Come dressed as your favourite character, sit at the Mad Hatter's long table and be part of history’s maddest tea party. The most delicious homemade pastries will be served unlimited, so get your hands on some jam tarts, Baileys trifles, cupcakes, marshmallows, mini meringues, brownies or scones. Tea will, obviously, also be served in plenty. Space is limited so if you want to jump down the rabbit hole, do it quick!

Bea's of Bloomsbury
44 Theobald's Road
7pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 20th August


Turn_Of_The_Screw543[4]Glyndebourne opera

The world famous Glyndebourne opera festival, held in East Sussex, is brought live to London this Sunday by the Science Museum. The museum will screen Benjamin Britten’s The Turning Of The Screw on their IMAX cinema screen, so mix old with new and watch the opera on one of the biggest screens in the UK, accompanied by 12,000 watts of digital surround sound. Opt for the golden ticket (£45), and you’ll receive a picnic hamper to snack from during the screening.

£30 – £45
Science Museum
6pm – 8.35pm
Sunday 21st August


Vintage BallVolupte’s Vintage Ball

This Saturday, burlesque venue Volupte is hosting the Vintage Ball. Join in the vintage bonanza with four lovely burlesque ladies for an evening, which combines fine dining, cabaret with tasty stripteases. After dinner, the evening will be filled with tunes from the ‘20s and ’40s and lovely people swinging around. It’s possible to solely attend the club night, which starts at 9pm and costs only £10.

£10 (club only), £35 including a meal
7 -9 Norwich Street 
6pm – 3am
Saturday 20th August



The Poet & The Beat

The Poet and the Beat, making a pun out of ‘beat poet’, offers Londoners a night induced with poetry, live music and DJ Skinny Macho. It’s enticing to not know what to expect, the music can be from all genres, the poetry about love or hate. The night is seasoned with humour by host Mo The Comedian, who talks guests through the event. Performing are Mikill Pane, Poeticat, Conrad the Scoundral, United Vibrations and James Massiah.

Pizza East
8pm – 1am
Thursday 25th August

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