If you’re not heading off on your holidays this month and vacation envy is settling in, worry not because London holds the key to a perfect August filled with festive delights. From workshops to exhibitions, pop-us to parties, here are the very best things to do to make your final month of summer count.
Fiz at Lights of Soho
Now, there’s bottomless brunch and there’s bottomless brunch and I prefer mine in one of London’s jazziest exhibition spaces. You’ll find no cheapo bubbles and sub-standard avo-toast at Fiz, oh no. Fiz is currently enjoying a residency at Lights of Soho, a gallery, member’s club and social enterprise that’s somewhat of an institution in central London. Filled with neons and light-based works of art, the glowing spot has been transformed into a sparkling wine bar inspired by the Cava spots of Barcelona for the month of August. With a sumptuous menu, lovely staff and a menu of the most delicious bubblies I’ve ever tasted (try the rosés), you’d be straight-up silly not to check this place out.
When? Until the end of August
How much? From £20
It’s Called Art Mum, Look It Up at Protein Studios
You might have spotted Polly Nor’s drawings on sites like Vice and Dazed but and now you can see a brilliant collection up close and personal at one of our favourite event spaces, Protein Studios in Shoreditch. It’s Called Art Mum, Look It Up launches this month and is set to be a great exhibition showcasing the Polly’s dark satirical images. Inspired by life in the internet-age, this show explores themes of identity, sexuality and anxiety through unique illustrations and sculptures. Click attending on Facebook here.
When? Friday 18th August – Tuesday 22nd August
How much? Free
KERB Livin’ on the Veg: the Ultimate Vegan Rumble
KERB have formulated the ultimate v-gang day out by bringing together the best of London’s vegan street food to conjure two days straight of vegan indulgence for one and all to enjoy. Not a mung bean or buddah bowl in sight, expect a fast food fiesta complete with vegan deep fried buffalo wings, chocolate brownie mud pies, red Thai curry pots, chip butties and Tandoori naan. Try them all for yourself and cast your vote for the best… There can be only one winner.
When? Friday 18th – Saturday 18th August
How much? From £26.87
Ohh Deer’s Summer Fiesta at The Hoxton
Great news, my good friends at Ohh Deer are holding a big creative event at the Hoxton Hotel’s Living Room in Holborn and you’re invited. Kicking off at 11am and running until 4.30pm, there’ll be special guests, workshops and a pop-up shop filled with gorgeous bits and pieces. The amazing Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire will be signing their books and Ohh Deer’s resident illustrators, such as Nina Cosford, Fran Meneses and Imogen Owen will be hosting creative making sessions. So swing by, make some new friends, enjoy snacks and drinks and leave with a special goodie bag. What better way to spend a Saturday?
When? 19th August
How much? £5
The Art Conference #07 at The Hoxton
The journey from struggling contemporary artist to rising star is long, lonely and more often than not embarked upon without a map. The Art Conference asks how today’s emerging talent can hope to enter and navigate the art market. The talk will be followed by the announcement of the Secret Art Prize 2017 winners and a presentation of the artists who will be exhibiting at Moniker Art Fair, this October. Hear speakers such as Creative Debuts Director Calum Hall, the inspiring Founder of Curious Duke Gallery Eleni Duke, Printmaker & Photographer Craig Keenan and more discuss the ins and outs of being a young creative.
When? 22nd August
How much? Free
Workshops with Collage Club
Collage Club runs regular get-togethers for anyone keen to flex their creative muscles. Swapping pencils for scissors and a wealth of beautiful papers and magazines, each session features a range of different activities including speed-collaging, collaborative image-making, ‘exquisite corpses’ and working from interesting still-life set ups. Book onto the the upcoming workshop at Shoreditch’s wicked KK Outlet and check out the brilliantly bright exhibition by Lakwena Macliver whilst you’re there. Or, why not check out one of Collage Club’s other upcoming sessions at unique creative venues and institutions around London.
When? 23rd August
How much? £8.50
Events, Workshops and Shopping at Future + Found
One of London’s most gorgeous shops just got even better and take it from me, it’s worth a visit. Future + Found in north London’s Tufnell Park is an independent design, lifestyle and homewares store packed with beautiful things. The shop offers workshops, an interior design consultancy service, a stunning studio space and a jazzy patio area where the shop’s summer events have all kicked off. I highly recommend a trip to the shop for a nose around and a look at Future and Found’s upcoming workshops. From ceramics to styling and floristry, they’ve got it all.
Words: Emily Beeson | @boogiemargaret