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30 August – 31 August: Hackney Flea Market Goes DIY

The monthly Hackney Flea Market gets a DIY twist this month – independent creatives and vintage market stall holders are getting together in Stoke Newington to sell you their fine creations!


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Everything will have a DIY Art theme, and there’ll be over 60 hand-picked independent creatives and makers, small press publishers, photographers, illustrators, DIY wear & goods makers, printers, textilers, record labels, comic folk, bookmakers, zinesters, screen printers, ceramicists, all exhibiting, and peddling their wares at some very reasonable prices!




There’ll also be DJs and BAKED GOODS.




Exhibitors include:



















































Louise Kyme

Faith Taylor





30 August – 31 August

30 August at 11:00 to 31 August at 18:00



73a Stoke Newington Church Street,

N16 0AS


London’s Talking Statues

Ever thought London statues were a bit… quiet?


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I’m with you. And so are the people behind new project London’s Talking Statues, which launched today. Iconic statues all over London are coming to life, so lonely passers by can talk to them.


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The project has been organised by Sing London, and will enable people to swipe their phones on a  tag next to statues, after which they’ll receive a call from the famous figure on the plinth.


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Actors have recorded monologues by respected writers, there are loads to try. Have a quick chat with Queen Victoria in the City (as imagined by journalist Elizabeth Day) or tell Brunel all the latest gossip in Paddington (you’ll actually be talking to Hugh Bonneville, though, don’t get too excited).


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Other statues on the London trail include Isaac Newton, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan and Dick Whittington’s cat, while the long list of contributors features names such as Jeremy Paxman, Patrick Stewart, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Jenna Louise Coleman, Frank Skinner, Simon Russell Beale, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar.


You can even write the words for new statues which are yet to find a voice! Enter the London’s Talking Statues competition here. Winners’ chats will be recorded in time for Christmas. Ages I know, but it takes time to bring metal lumps to life, alright.

Exploring the John Lewis Roof Garden

To celebrate turning 150 years old John Lewis has opened a lovely little roof garden, at the top of its gargantuan Oxford Street store.


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The rooftop is fully covered in turf, and fitted out with deck chairs, gazebos and little conservatories full of random garden objects. Even ruined radios. Everyone’s got a ruined radio knocking about in their garden, haven’t they?


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You can also refuel on the roof with fresh juices and snacks from “Joe and the Juice”.


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It’s all down to the work of Designer Tony Woods, who takes an innovative approach to traditional garden design by utilising British landscape features with the zeitgest of today. Planting has been carefully selected to ensure that the garden provides an abundance of colour and scent throughout John Lewis’s 150 celebrations, and gardeners from the store’s own Longstock estate also helped transform the space.


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The plants are nectar-rich and include favourite plants of yesteryear, such as roses and lavender. More contemporary planting includes blocks of textural grasses, peppered with wild flowers, and living wall schemes to encourage biodiversity.


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Tony Woods became the RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2013 for his ‘Escape to the City’ urban garden. His winning design conveyed how you can achieve tranquillity and escape, even in an urban garden. Tony is founder and owner of The Garden Club London.


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John Lewis Roof Garden Opening Times: 

The John Lewis Roof Garden is accessible through the shop and open daily 10am – 4pm (Sunday 11.30am – 4pm) until 31 August .


John Lewis Roof Garden,
John Lewis

300 Oxford St,



How to Find Treasure in Chelsea: The Weekend Guide

If you’ve got a few quid to spare and fancy picking up something special Chelsea is well worth a visit. And if you haven’t got a penny to your name don’t fret – many of its museums are FREE to enter!


Chelsea’s fine art galleries, dashing museums, luxury hotels and vibrant arts scene make it the perfect spot for a weekend trip, here are five things you’ve got to do while you’re in the land of MIC.


1. Get Your Hands on Some Affordable Antiques at the Little Chelsea Fair

The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair is one of London’s most unique and individual antique fairs. Held in Chelsea Old Town Hall on London’s lovely King’s Road, the fair attracts visitors from near and far. Known as ‘the Affordable Antiques Fair’, the Little Chelsea Antique Fair is popular among arts and antique dealers, respected collectors and members of the public with prices ranging from as little as £10 to a staggering £30,000! The Little Chelsea Fair takes place on selected dates in March and October, with the next fair being held on Monday 13th October 2014. Visit and see what treasure you can find.


2. See the Sights at the Saatchi Gallery

Located just off Sloane Square on the famous King’s Road, The Saatchi Gallery is jam-packed with contemporary art. It’s all about forward thinking pieces by young artists or international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.  Having worked with the likes of The Observer, The Sunday Times and Evening Standard, the Saatchi Gallery operates as a ‘springboard’ for young artists looking to launch their careers. Don’t miss the ‘Body Language’ exhibition, on show now.


3. Open Your Ears at Cadogan Hall

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Situated smack bang in the middle of Chelsea, Cadogan Hall has become a bit of a London icon. Its excellent acoustics and totally luxurious surroundings make it a first choice for some of the industry’s top critics and UK’s top orchestras, including Cadogan Hall’s resident orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic. Soak up a bit of classical music with the world-famous BBC Proms Chamber Music Series, or take a look at their website to find out more about contemporary jazz, folk and world music events.


4. Soak up the Sun at the Serpentine Gallery 


A little further out of Sloane Square and Chelsea, the Serpentine Gallery and the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery can be found either side of the Serpentine Lake, in the middle of leafy Hyde Park. The new Sackler Gallery was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and gives new life to The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store and now delightful restaurant, providing contemporary and fresh cuisine to compliment the art on show by Oliver “Ollysan” Lange. The Serpentine galleries are totally free to enter, and showcase some pretty exciting work by contemporary artists. The Summer Pavilion is the height of interest; each year a distinguished architect is invited to build a temporary structure which sits alongside the gallery over the summer months. It’s always controversial!


5.  Go Exploring at the Victoria and Albert Museum


The Victoria and Albert Museum is a museum to get lost in. Its many galleries exhibit antiques, artefacts, decorative art and designs – a total haven of incredible art and culture. Founded in 1852, the museum is named after Queen Victoria and her hubbie, Prince Albert. The V&A has 145 galleries and a collection which spans 5000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day. The collections of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The WHOLE WORLD.