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Lost Weekend: 22 - 24 July

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

Published on July 21st 2011.

Lost Weekend: 22 - 24 July

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
WHILST the gates of Buckingham Palace remain prime tourist hotspots, there’s no reason why locals shouldn’t embrace this landmark and make a visit to see what goes on behind closed doors. Ok, so you won’t be able to spy on Prince Phillip eating his breakfast, but it’s a great insight into the life and history of the Royals. The Palace is open from this Saturday until 3 October. Advance booking is essential.

Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA

Memories of a Music HallMemories of a Music Hall

Memories of a Music Hall
Celebrating everything that’s great about the East End, Hoxton Hall will be laying on a day of events this Sunday. There’ll be a vintage flea market, Shakesperian-themed walks and a finale of a traditional Cockney singalong at 6pm. Everything is free apart from the evening musical event which’ll set you back £6.

Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH

High VoltageHigh VoltageHigh Voltage Festival
Victoria Park continues to hold its name as the city’s finest festival destination this summer by hosting this weekend’s High Voltage Festival. If heavy metal and rock are your thing then you’ve probably already got your ticket – make sure to catch Judas Priest take to the stage on Saturday as it’s their farewell performance.

Victoria Park, E3

Pop up Afternoon TeaPop up Afternoon Tea

Bea’s of Bloomsbury Pop Up Afternoon Tea
For their first pop up tea party of the year, Bea’s of Bloomsbury will be taking over Dennis Severs Hospital and serving their much loved range of baked goods. Not only do guests get to enjoy the food and drink, but they’ll also be treated to a silent tour of the historical house. Tickets to the event cost £30 and must be booked in advance.

18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX

Sample Hunters Sale
From Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July, Sample Hunters will be hosting a sale offering up to 80% of designer goods. There’ll be International names available for purchase with both men’s and women’s clothes for sale.

The Old Truman Brewery, Shop 25, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR

Sundae on the CommonSundae on the CommonSundae on the Common
What do you get when you mix Ben and Jerry’s ice cream together with a festival? Sundae on the Common, obviously. Maximo Park and Ocean Colour Scene are the musical headliners over the two days, but really this festival is just as much about the free ice cream as it is the music. Saturday tickets are sold out but there’s still a chance for you to enjoy a sundae on Sunday.

Clapham Common

Scoot the Thames
Ok, so we don’t all have vintage scooters, but whether you do or don’t Scoot the Thames looks set to be something different to be a part of this Saturday. Those with scooters can ride from Petticoat Lane across several different bridges to Lower Marsh, whilst those without scooters can enjoy the vintage street market being held outside ScooterCaffé the end of the ride.

From Petticoat Lane, E1 to Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE

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