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Lost Weekend: 23 – 25 September

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

Published on September 22nd 2011.


Lost Weekend: 23 – 25 September

Swarovski Treasure Hunt
Sparkling jeweller Swarovski celebrates its 115th birthday this year and, following everyone’s expectations, fetes its heritage big and bold with a move into cinema. The 90 second cinema spot, entitled Discover Your Light, is ready to launch on the big screen this September, and never missing an opportunity for a party, Swarovski celebrates the launch with a city-wide treasure hunt. The winner will fly in business class to Florence, spend five days in the most luxurious hotel in the city, fill their belly every night at the best restaurants and will have £1,000 to spend on whatever his or her heaart desires... Without wasting more time, start downloading the app from Swarovski website and get ready for the hunt!

Free

The Lawrence Hall

Horticultural Halls
Greycoat Street
SW1P 2QD

Saturday 24 September


Trinny+Woodall+Leaving+BBC+Studios+London+1Zgmeyeijmsl Trinny’s Closet Clear Out
Trinny Woodall, half of the raging fashion couple Trinny & Susannah, is selling off designer and high street pieces out of her own closet at the Notting Hill The Merchant boutique. Trinny’s fashion sensitive eyes have collected a wide variety of intriguing clothes over the years, including one-off pieces by Miu Miu, Chanel, Balenciaga and Celine. On sale are clothes, bags, shoes and jewellery, all previously worn by Trinny herself.

Free 

The Merchant

36 Ledbury Road

W11 2AB 

9am – 9pm

Friday 23 September


Great Gorilla Run2 The Great Gorilla Run 2011
While we aredoing research for this column, there is always one event that is just so plain strange and enticing, that you can’t quite wrap your head around it. This week, it’s The Great Gorilla Run. Without doubt. The Great Gorilla Run is a charity run aiming to raise money to fund protection for the last 700 or so mountain gorillas that remain in the wild. One thousand Londoners will put on their hairy suits and go ape for the day, running seven miles around the north and south sides of the Thames. The run is set to be one big a spectacle, so make sure you’ll take a sneak peek if you’re in for a laugh.

£80 registration fee (including gorilla suit)

Between Tower Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge on both sides of the Thames

10:30am

Saturday 24 September


Eid Festival Eid At Trafalgar Square
Eid ul-fitr is the big Islamic feast that officially marks the end of fasting for the Ramadan and is celebrated in all its glory at Trafalgar Square. After a month of fasting, expect a food overload and indulge in the overly sweet dishes, such as stuffed dates and plenty of pastries. Next, attempt to dance off those extra calories at the main stage, where a wide array of Islamic performers will make you dance the afternoon away. The line-up includes acclaimed Canadian hip-hop ensemble Sound of Reason, acoustic jazz by Nebila and reggae fusion by Rakin Niass.

Free 

Trafalgar Square

2pm – 6pm

Saturday 24 September


Malaysian Night Market Malaysian Night Market
Malaysia and its cuisine are not as well known to Britain as their Asian neighbours, but if it’s up to Malaysia Kitchen, the organisation behind the Night Market, that won’t be for long. Night markets, or pasar malams, are as much part of Malaysian culture as shepherd’s pie is to us, and for one night only, will set up on Trafalgar Square. The Market is comprised of twenty different stalls, serving traditional Malaysian courses, drinks and desserts. If you’re sold after trying a couple of dishes and start feeling frisky about paying up for tickets to Kuala Lumpur, don’t worry yet, you can buy genuine herbs, spices and sauces at the market. In addition to the food fruitfulness, you can enjoy live performances by Malaysian artists.

Free 

Trafalgar Square 

3pm – 10pm

Friday 23 September


Scope Free Films At The Scoop
There is no better way to enjoy a film than with 800 others, surrounded by the City’s impressive skyline, while sipping from a beer and having a snack from your hamper. Right? If you agree, head to The Scoop on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays throughout September, where a wide variety of films are screened for free (!). Every week, a collection of cult classics, vintage films and recent hits glide across the screen – with such a variety, there will be something for everyone to gush about. This week, The Illusionist (contemporary), The Social Network (recent hit) and The African Queen (vintage) are showing, but all films are on a first come first served basis so make sure you’re there early.

Free 

The Scoop

2A More London Riverside

SE1 2DB

7:30pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 30 September


Bermondsey St Festival Bermondsey Street Festival
In the midst on the bustling south bank we find up and coming Bermondsey, an area that has taken Shoreditch’s edgy chic and turned it into a more down to earth subculture, minus the hipsters and wannabes. Bermondsey has an atmosphere that combines contemporary cool with a village vibe and that imperturbability is expressed best during this weekend’s Street Festival. The Festival programme is stuffed to its limits with events, ranging from dog shows in the park to fashion shows on the catwalk and include an impressive music line-up, a farmer's market with fresh food and real animals to pet plus a screening on the square of the classic Cabaret.

Free

At Bermondsey Street, Square and Park

11am – late afternoon

Saturday 24 September


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