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Tonight: The Launch of Carnival Del Kerb

Kerb’s bringing the zing and the hurgh back to Friday nights with a brand new event – Carnival Del Kerb. The new night market takes place at The Paperworks, 48-50 Newington Causeway in the heart of grisly Elephant & Castle.




What is it? 

There’ll be Kerb’s spiciest traders, brilliant music collaborations and a load of South London drink choices.


Think Herne Hill hero, Baba G, doing his Biryani Bar, street food’s magic man (and of nomadic status), Angus of The Everybody Love Love Jhal Muri Express, pedalling the Kolkata zing or Kimchinary adding an extra K-Town kick to those famous burritos.


Also ready to sizzle is new trader BBQ DREAMZ and his fearless Fillipino BBQ, South Norwood-er, Pitmaster G of Miss P’s Barbecue firing up his #BadBoyBeefRibs and our first ever jerk trader to hit the KERB. It’s taken a while but we’ve finally found the one that works a scotch bonnet like no one else – introducing Boxed Freshstraight out of Croydon and with jerk pork galore, done on the drum.


Then it’s Sri Lankan heat from Kothu Kothu and family, Vietnamese twists from Bill or Beak and London’s most tropical doughnuts brought to you by the always inventive You Doughnut  girls.


If this isn’t making your face sweat then try the sauces on the counter of Vinn Goute‘s mobile creole kitchen – or taste how far award-winning Crabbie Shack has ramped up the heat on his soft-shell crab burgers. And at the back there, turning to his favourite repose of rogue, is the old KERB does Peckham mucker, Fleisch Mob with his flame-cooked menu: shoulder of pork, sea bream, chuck-eye steak. (Stray beyond him to the apex of The Paperworks and you’re in for an edenic treat, FYI).


Then if you just need to sit the hell down with a drink and some tapas, there is no one better suited than the Donostia Social Club and his pintxos bar on wheels for making this happen.

The music:

To warm everyone up for Carnival weekend and Carnival del KERB, it’s Love Glove and their attic full of 45s – disco, funk, motown, reggae.




The drinks: 

Four bars serving cocktails, London beers, wine, prosecco, shots – all designed to help you eat and then dance better.



Starts Friday 22nd August then the following three Fridays – 5pm-11pm


FREE ENTRY! Bring cash for food. Bars take cards.


Today – Sat 23rd Aug: Free Savoury Ice Cream in Soho

London is bored of delicious ice cream, apparently. That’s why Jacobs (of cream cracker fame) have come up with a novel idea – a savoury ice cream parlour.




That’s right, a whole ice cream parlour stocked exclusively with savoury ice cream. This three day pop-up parlour will include all the favourite Jacobs flavours (twiglets, mini cheddars etc) but in icy, melty form. There’ll also be ‘Blue Cheese & Crackers’ and ‘A Pint of Ale & a Packet of Twiglets’.


Are you brave enough?


P.S. It’s free. Tweet your pics with #snackhappy.



Thurs 21st Aug, 7pm – 9pm,

Fri 22 Aug – Sat 23rd Aug, 2pm – 8pm


Located in a truck parked at:

15 Bateman Street,



World’s First Knitted Sweet Shop Now Open

London’s got a brand new corner shop, but this one’s not like the others. Created by Lucy Sparrow, this shop is entirely crafted from felt. Every single item in the world’s first knitted sweet shop has been meticulously sewn, stuffed and priced by Lucy over the past seven months to made one cuddly corner shop!


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Where can you find it? I’ll give you three guesses…


Yeah obviously it’s in Bethnal Green. You guessed it, I’m sure you did.


Its housed within what was, until recently, a disused commercial space on Wellington Row. And there’s a nice bit to the project too, 12 community making workshops, developed in collaboration with local groups, enrol the socially excluded, and non-art audiences in shared-making activities as part of the installation. A live ‘felt cam’ will stream all the events too, meaning even if you can’t be in the cornershop you can see what is going on.

Its all about building social skills and encouraging reflection on the changing politics of consumption on the high street… including, of course, the sad demise of the corner shop.


The installation all started with a Kickstarter campaign to raise £2,000. And now it’s open, so head over to Wellington Row for a cornershop experience like no other. You can even buy the knitted merchandise!


Open until Sunday 31st August

Daily from 10am to 7pm

19 Wellington Row,


E2 7BB

The Cornershop Blog:

Belvedere Opens Legends of the Martini Exhibition

When it comes to alcoholic tasting experiences vodka may not be the first drink that comes to mind, but premium vodka brand Belvedere are set to change all that with a new exhibition this summer – Legends of the Martini!


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Opening on the 1st August 2014, Legends of the Martini is an all sensory experience exploring and celebrating the iconic cocktail. Head to the Royal Academy Senate Rooms, Burlington Gardens to enjoy a curated experience which will take you on an interactive journey through the evolution of the martini, from gin through to vodka, meeting glamorous and enigmatic characters from popular culture that have made the martini famous along the way. The experience will explore the evolution of the martini and its significance in the life of each of the legends.


A selection of cutting edge names in photography, set design, film and music have been commissioned to re-interpret characters or ‘legends’ from history associated with the martini.


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Guests will be invited to match a list of legends including Elizabeth Taylor, Ernest Hemingway, Kate Moss and of course, perhaps most famously, James Bond, to a piece in the experience, based on one of the characters.


Still life photographer Jess Bonham, who has created work for likes of Kenzo, Vogue, and Twin Magazine, is working alongside set designer Gemma Tickle (Elle, GQ Style, Wallpaper*) to create a selection of still life images for six of the legends. Film maker Chris Read who has created films for Adidas, Dr. Martins and Kenzo has reinterpreted one of the legends through film and concept house band Let the Machines do the Work, who have recently toured alongside Booka Shade, have created a musical score based on one of the legends. Poet Greta Bellamacina (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler) has created the accompanying imaginative text and Set Designer Carrie Louise (Vogue, Another, Vanity Fair, GRAFF) has designed the exhibition.


Curator Tory Turk said: “The martini cocktail has had many manifestations throughout its development, and now holds a distinct image within popular culture. Its connotations evoke an invitation to a sophisticated lifestyle and Legends of the Martini opens the door into this world.


“From the roaring 20s, past the swinging sixties, through the 90s to the present day, it will highlight characters who have been known to enjoy a martini (or two) in their time.”

Guests also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the accompanying tasting bar where they can sample three flights, or miniature versions of martinis on arrival, showcasing the variables of the martini including: Shaken vs. Stirred, a choice of vermouths, Wet vs. Dry and different garnishes.


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The sessions that will last for an hour and fifteen minutes and will run from 5pm-10:30pm Monday- Thursday, from midday- 10:30pm Friday and Saturday and midday- 5pm on Sundays. Larger versions of guest’s preferred martini variation, alongside special martinis inspired by the legends will then be available to purchase.


Claire Smith, head of mixology and spirit creation at Belvedere Vodka said: “The martini is one of the world’s most iconic drinks, it is steeped with history and glamour, yet is extremely divisive. We want to demystify the drink, helping people work out which martini suits their palate and teaching them that there really is a martini to suit everyone.”


The curated part of experience (exclusive of the tasting session) will also be open to the public free of charge from 10am-10pm daily and a pop-up martini bar selling a selection of Belvedere martinis will also be open outside the entrance to the experience from 6pm-10pm daily (excluding Friday).


Belvedere Legends of the Martini Experience (includes curated experience and tasting)

Friday 1st August- Sunday 31st August

Royal Academy Senate Rooms (Burlington Street entrance)

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Opening times: 5pm-10:30pm Monday- Thursday

Midday- 10:30pm Friday and Saturday

Midday- 5pm Sundays


Tickets are available from: for £15.

Pop-Up Footwear at Boxpark, Shoreditch

A new pop-up joins the wonderful world of shipping containers at Boxpark this May, and this time it’s all about footwear. Victoria, the Spanish casual shoe brand born in 1915, is opening up at Boxpark to launch its Spring/Summer Collection in May. Visitors will also be treated to special editions, events and more from the urban fashion brand.




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Immersive Dining & Drinking at Mode, Notting Hill

Mode Magazine has escaped the bounds of Ugly Belly telly-nonsense to become a real life THING. It’s in Notting Hill, and it’s an ‘immersive restaurant’ and bar where guests can have ‘experiences’ in different ‘chapters’ which change every six months. HOW TRENDY.

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