23rd Aug 2013 9:24am | By Alasdair Morton
Not a literary spin on Woodstock, as the name might suggest, but a street festival centred around east London bar The Book Club. This third annual event takes on a nautical theme, celebrating the British summer by the seaside.
There will be music from disco band Odyssey, hip-hop duo Nextmen, Prince tribute Princeless and more, including a slow motion ‘Baywatch running’ competition, a Punch and Judy show and donkey rides along with a wealth of fish and chips and sea salt cocktails. Top stuff.
Free, Sun, Aug 25, 12pm-9pm
Leonard Street, EC2A
Tube | Liverpool Street
A big part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood, this 70m-long urban beach stretches the entire length of the South Bank’s Queen’s Walk and is a perfect riverside location for chilling out in the sand with a beer, lapping up those rays of sun and watching the people of London go past.
Free, Until Sep 4,
10am-11pm Southbank Centre,
Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Tube | Waterloo
It’s your last chance to catch some top comedy and theatre as the Fringe enters its final week. Check out surreal solo character show Paolo Ferrari Live And Al Dente and Ezra Elia’s absurd comic thriller, Heads Bodies Legs, in which a hospital patient forfeits his soul so that he can pay his bill (both until Aug 25).
Until Aug 25, times and venues vary
Tube | Camden Camden Town
After going down a storm last December, this hugely popular exhibition returns to the OXO Gallery. Photographer Roger Hooper’s work focuses on wildlife and the natural environment, capturing magical moments not often glimpsed, as well as the many WWF projects that he’s covered.
Free, Until Sep 1, 11am-6pm
108 Stamford Street, SE1 9NH
Tube | Southwark
Now in its 13th year, this annual event boasts a weekend of horror movie mania with a load of flicks screening over five days. Top picks are Ryan Reynolds time-travel thriller R.I.P.D., camcorder horror V/H/S/2 and Aussie Sharni Vinson’s You’re Next (above). There are also loads of special guest stars in attendance, including Bobcat ‘Zed from Police Academy’ Goldthwait, who is now a celebrated director.
Free, Aug 22-26, times vary
Empire Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA
Tube | Leicester Square
Part spoken word, part performance art, part heavy rock, part world music – safe to say four-piece PoetiCat is not your usual group. Resolutely alternative and proudly DIY, they’re wildly original yet wholly accessible as well. You’ll be converted instantly into their weird and wonderful world.
£3, Aug 24, 7pm
22 Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5BZ
Tube | Brixton
This annual bank holiday event has been going since 1966, led by members of the West Indian community. With around a million people attending, it is one of the biggest street festivals in the world, with music, food and its famous parade. Turn to P26 for our must-not-miss survival guide.
Free, Aug 25 & 26, 9am-7pm
Notting Hill, W11
Tube | Latimer Road
Photo: Llewellyn Cass
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