THINGS TO DO | July + August 2016


What with plans for our next event in full swing and an onslaught of getaways and holidays in the YGT calendar, we’ve decided to squeeze July and August’s listings into one big, fat piece, just to make sure you get the best out of London whilst we’re away. This month sees everything from art markets to huge exhibitions at some of the city’s famed institutions flow into next month’s flurry of rooftop cinema nights and food fests. Whatever you’re into, there’ll be something creative happening to suit you and everyone you know.


When? until Sunday 2nd October 2016

How much? £11.50

See Hockney’s vivid portraits in all their glory. His subjects – all friends, family and acquaintances – include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy. A must-see this year. Find tickets here.

THE LONDON ARTISAN at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Every Sunday

How much? Free

A free makers market taking place once a week, this event is one of our favourite London hangouts. Staged at the Old Truman brewery, a Shoreditch institution surrounded by the likes of Rough Trade East, DF Mexico and a host of pop-ups and vintage stores, TLA showcases creative talent from London and beyond. Whether you’re after a screenprint, handmade card or potted plant, you’ll find it here. Find out more here.

MODERNIST LUNCH at BEERS Gallery, Shoreditch

When? Friday 15th July to Saturday 20th August 2016

How much? Free

Modernist Lunch pairs the work of Thrush Holmes and Jonathan Lux; two artists with clear and confident artistic perspectives. When paired, a subversive sense of irony and nostalgia kicks in. Both artists explore a brightly-coloured, often humorous, and defiantly revisionist approach to Modernism. Find more here.


When? Sunday 17th July 2016

How much? Free

Showcasing over 50 ceramicists, and DIY potters. With a diverse range of original ceramics for sale from lamps, tableware, and vases to sculptures and unique pieces, this is the ideal location for discovering a new wave of ceramic artists. Click attending here.

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at various venues across London

When? Dates throughout July and August

How much? £15

Visit venues cross Peckham, Shoreditch, Kensington and more to catch everything from new releases to cult classics. Sip cocktails and feast on street food while you take in the sights of London’s skyline and what sits beneath it. Perfect for summer evenings, find more about venues, screenings and tickets here.

MORETTI GRAN TOUR at Brick Lane Yard, Shoreditch

When? Tuesday 19th July onwards 2016

How much? Free

The Moretti Gran Tour celebrates everything that matters in Italy. From enjoying an ice cold Birra Moretti to delicious Italian street food inspired by the country’s many different regions including Naples, Lombardy, Puglia and Sicily. All enjoyed in great company. Book masterclasses here and click attending here.


When? Tuesday 19th July 2016

How much? £3

In asking ‘how and when did you become a black man?’, Philadelphia-based artist Shikeith attempts to prompt discussion in his open-format and experimental documentary, #BlackMenDream (2014). The film explores the construction of black male identity in America, through candid interviews and by extending the conversation to a safe space online, establishing an exclusive hashtag #BlackMenDream for debate on social media. This will be the first screening of #BlackMenDream in the United Kingdom. Find tickets here and click attending here.

THE ART CONFERENCE at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey

When? Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th July 2016

How much? From £45

The Art Conference is set to transform Bermondsey’s Ugly Duck into an exploration and celebration of urban and public art, comprising film screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions and digital art installations. Attendees will be given the unique opportunity to experience the intersection and evolution of technology, art and culture via a program of more than 15 international keynote speakers, each renowned for addressing, confronting and impacting social challenges through artistic expression. Find tickets here and click attending here.


When? Sunday 24th July 2016

How much? Free

Bow’s Roman Road Summer Festival is back for a third year with a line up that packs enough fun, food and frolics to warrant a quiet night in on Saturday night. Expect performers, talks, poetry and more. Get in the festival spirit, why don’t you?

HACKNEY WICK ON THE BEACH PARTY  at Cre8 Lifestyle Centre, Hackney Wick 

When? Sunday 24th July 2016

How much? Free

Teaming up with East London’s Alternative Market and Music Space The Wick in the heart of a thriving creative community, Cre8 presents a multi-arts, retail and gastronomical party with music from infamous party starters Avant Garde, plus a wide range of electronic sounds all day both inside and outside. Click attending here.

PRINTOUT – COVER STORIES at The Book Club, Shoreditch

When? Tuesday 26th July 2016

How much? £6

What are the secrets of a successful cover? For this edition of Printout, Stack Magazines and Magculture bring together four magazine makers to reflect on the covers they are most proud of – and the ones they’d rather forget. Come along to see some of today’s most exciting independent magazine makers lifting the lid on the dark arts of cover design and revealing their own learning processes. Find tickets here and click attending here.

V&A MORNING YOGA at the V&A Musem, South Kensington

When? Thursday 28th July 2016

How much? £20

Start your day with an early morning yoga class in the peace and tranquillity of our stunning garden before the doors open to the public. Yoga teacher, Dina Karim has 19 years of experience teaching the Iyengar yoga method and will lead you through a series of postures to help you develop a thorough understanding of the poses and develop an enjoyable and progressive practice. Find tickets here and click attending here.

CHROMA FORM at Well Hung, Hoxton 

When? Thursday 4th August 2016 onwards

How much? Free

Chroma Form is a group exhibition showcasing artists who explore the interplay of colour, form and line, including Carl Cashman, Fiona Grady, J.M.YES, Mark McClure and TEZ. Together they showcase an impressive body of work, which explores how chroma and form has the power to evoke emotions, affect light, inspire energy create depth. The exhibition takes a fresh look at abstract forms and how they create the space we inhabit. With a variety of imagery and techniques including spray paint on wooden panels, reclaimed wood collage, drawings on paper, screen prints and digital prints this show promises to capture your imagination. Click attending here.

INTRODUCTION TO PATTERN CUTTING at Fashion and Textile Musem, London Bridge

When? Saturday 6th August – Sunday 7th August 2016

How much? £160 – includes materials and exhibition entry

Led by creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis, participants will cover the basic rules of flat pattern cutting. The 2-day course focuses on using fashion blocks to create womenswear garment components including simple sleeves and skirts. You will be taught to use a block, identify balance lines, take measurements from the body and make basic fitting adjustments, dart manipulation, pivoting and slashing to create style lines and design components such as pleating and gathers, work with seam allowances and sew a toile, pattern terminology and how to use specialist equipment. Find tickets here and click attending here.

PECKHAM SALVAGE YARD at 133 Copeland Road, Peckham

When? Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th August 2016

How much? Free

Peckham Salvage Yard is Peckham’s largest weekend vintage market and South London’s go-to destination for vintage treasures, oddities, salvaged home decor, and bargains. With over 30 handpicked traders, including veteran sellers from established markets like Spitalfields and Bermondsey selling alongside locals clearing out their loft, discover an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects.

MAKE YOUR OWN ESPADRILLES WORKSHOP at The Thrifty Studio, Stoke Newington and other venues

When? Wednesday 10th, Tuesday 16th and Saturday 27th August 2016

How much? £45

Spend a fun evening or weekend making your own pair of espadrilles, in a fabric of your choice with expert creatives from Suzie London. You’ll walk away with one completed shoe, with all the knowledge and skills to finish the second one at home. Over the course of a three hour workshop you’ll master patterns and fits, stitching methods by hand and much more. A unique workshop, this one is perfect for those wanting to learn something new or a great gift for the friend who has everything. Find tickets here.

LONDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL at Oval Space, Cambridge Heath

When? Friday 12th August 2016

How much? From £33.50

A celebration of great beer, passionate brewers, and a true beer city is back. This, thefourth year, will be the biggest and best year. Another great beer party of a quality London has yet to see, expect truly exceptional beer, great food and wonderful musical artists to boot. Find tickets here and click attending here.

HACKNEY FLEA MARKET at Abney Hall, Stoke Newington

When? Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th August 2016

How much? Free

Hackney Flea Market returns with an eclectic selection of over 30 hand-picked vintage stall holders, all selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects, and handmade items. Items for sale will include, Vintage Clothes, 20th Century Furniture, Records, Glass & Ceramics, Jet Set Junk, Handcrafted Jewellery, Salvaged French Homeware, Antique Luggage, Curiosities & Collectables, Textiles, Kitschenalia, Trench Art, Reclaimed Industrial Fixtures, Mid Century Danish Decor, Atomic Era Electricals & Handmade Goods, and the unexpected. Click attending here.


When? Saturday 13th August 2016 and the following two Saturdays

How much? £200

Ideal for creating accurate and detailed design elements, Illustrator has a vast range of tools perfect for fashion and textile designers. This course will teach you how Illustrator is used in industry to create technical flat drawings, decorative textile designs and patterns and the best way to present your ideas. Suitable for beginners or those with basic knowledge of Illustrator. Find tickets here.

PALM WINE BEATS LIVE at Total Refreshment Centre, Stoke Newington 

When? Saturday 20th August 2016

How much? £10 – £13

Soul Labels presents a one-day festival of all things Africa and the diaspora to celebrate the launch of Lo-Fi Odysseys’ Palm Wine Beats Volume 3. Also on the bill: a tonne more music from seminal artists and new kids alike, presentations, a panel discussion on Africa’s advancement through its rich cultural archive; and a juju workshop for music enthusiasts who like to get between the notes. Find tickets here.

CAMBERWELL FAIR at Burgess Park, Camberwell

When? Saturday 20th August 2016

How much? Free

An inclusive festival celebrating the music, people and culture of Camberwell and the surrounding areas. The Fair will host two music stages, a market for local businesses, games, dance workshops, cocktails, craft beer, fairground rides and delicious food from across the globe. What better excuse to head down to Burgess Park of a Saturday? Click attending here.





Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth