14th Jul 2012 11:55am | By Editor
Your guide to the top events, festivals and fun in the capital
This is London’s first Photobooth festival – a day shaped around the little booths that used to be for people seeking passport photos and couples in American teen movies. How things have changed.
This event boasts six ‘star’ booths – Dinky Dub (The Campervan Booth), Toddlerbooth (the world’s smallest), Photostream Booth (retro with rivets), the Pop Art Booth (Warhol-esque), the Discobooth (self explanatory), and the 3D Booth (extra-dimensional) – as well as DJs and a BBQ amid the fun and photography.
£10. Saturday, July 21. 10am-8pm
7 Ezra Street, E2 7RH
Tube | Hoxton | photoboothfestival.com
This festival in 13 parts, celebrating London’s East End in Olympics year, comes to a close this week. There are free exhibitions, workshops, performances and film, all showing why this iconic area of the capital is renowned for its ‘diversity, debate and disagreement’. Top choice? Viva EastEnder! The Olympic Cabaret, for certain.
Various prices, July 21. 12pm
E1 6LA | Station | Shoreditch High Street
The street artist, who designed covers for the Chili Peppers and Madonna, brings a showboating two-parter to town. Stage 1 at the Opera Gallery exhibits stencils, canvasses, and brand new works. Stage 2: takes over three floors of The Old Sorting Office, for London’s biggest pop-up art show.
Free. July 13-Aug 15. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 1pm-7pm
W1S 2TF | Tube | Oxford Circus | operagallery.com
This 20,000sqft pop-up in east London has – deep breath – street food and cocktails from local traders, a stage, Olympic Games screenings, a summer house, a mini beach, table tennis, hammocks and petanque. It will also be the last chance to see two Banksy works, which feature on the site until it is renovated.
Free, daily til September 2. Noon-11pm
288-299 Old Street, EC1V 9DP
Tube | Old Street
Part of the London International Festival of Theatre, this interactive project unveils adventure activities across the capital.
First you have to attend a ‘departure’, which outlines the project’s principles (loveliness and curiosity, for example) before you get a map that unlocks a number of free events throughout the city that explore your relationship with it.
Best known as the creative force in Underworld, Karl Hyde is also one component of art and design collective Tomato, and has exhibited his solo work across the world. This, his first collection on home turf, sees his abstract-influenced paintings on show, with pencil drawings as well.
Free, July 17-Aug 10. 10am-5pm
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, W1S 3NX
Tube | Piccadilly Circus
Marcus Brigstocke and Phil Jupitus head on down to this sub-London Bridge comedy club for previews of their Edinburgh shows. Quickly establishing itself as one of the best comedy nights out there, it has other special guests lined up, too, so don’t miss out. Unless you don’t like laughing, that is.
£10, July 19. 7pm
Relay@Cable, SE1 3JW
Tube | London Bridge
Photo: Getty Images
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