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Let the good times roll!

Saunders 1865 Team Recommendation – Let the good times roll!

Camden Lock Live

On Friday, the Camden Lock Live Festival will be running all day.  As London’s only free boutique festival, Camden Lock Live will play host to a celebration of live music, street performers, theatre, outdoor bars, street food, art, and culture all day and well into the night.  There will be a mega ping pong tournament, spoken word artists, juggling and circus skills classes, hoola-hoopers, and DJs as well.  Price: Free.  Date: 12 July.  Nearest tube: Camden Town/Chalk Farm.

Chap Olympiad

Perhaps the most eccentric sporting event you will ever attend, Chap Olympiad is held annually in celebration of ‘athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases’.  You shan’t find any cricket or football at this venue, instead you’ll find Passing the Port, Breadbasket Ball, and Umbrella Jousting.  There will also be live cabaret, an old-fashioned bar, a hog roast, and several traditional fun fair games including hoopla, boules, and coconut shy.  However, if you should make your way over to this extravaganza, bear in mind the dress code of: ‘elegant finery, military wear, formal wear, dandy wear.  No sportswear please except cricket whites and absolutely no denim’.  Price: £20.  Date: 13 July.  Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road.

Bastille Day

UKFROn Saturday night, head to the Brunel Museum’s garden bar Midnight Apothecary to kick off your Bastille Day celebrations with some French cocktails.  Bastille Day, or La Fete National (literally The National Celebration) commemorates the 14 July 1789 storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, which is now symbolically linked to the beginning of the French Revolution.  Price: Free entry; cash only bar.  13 July.  Nearest tube station: Canada Water.  Nearest Overground station: Rotherhithe.

On Sunday, continue to celebrate France’s rich history by attending the Bastille Festival at Borough Market and Bankside.  There will be food, wine tasting, a silk-weaving demonstration, bi-lingual storytelling, face painting, sing-a-longs, and snail races, plus more.  For a full list of events, please check online.  Price: Free entry.  Date: 14 July.  Nearest tube: London Bridge, Borough, Southwark.

For the Kids

Both Monsters University and Pacific Rim open on Friday, 12 July.  Monsters, the prequel to Pixar’s hit 2001 animated film Monsters Inc., chronicles the story of Sully and Mike on the arduous trek through their first year of university and a competition to see who the scariest undergrad is.  In true Pixar fashion, heart-warming moments and hilarity ensue.  Pacific Rim, meanwhile, tells the tale of alien invaders (kaiju) who come to earth through an alternate dimension that can be found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean and how an elite team of marshals and rangers battle them to save the human race.  Monsters University (U), Pacific Rim (12A); available in 2D and 3D. Date: 12 July.

Big Nature Day at the Natural History Museum is also on this Saturday.  All day long, both children and adults can enjoy a series of free events on the museum’s east lawn and Darwin Centre Atrium including worm charming, face-painting, hunting for ladybirds (ladybugs to any Americans out there), and free talks from the 50+ nature groups in attendance.  Suffice to say, there’s something there for everyone.  Price: Free.  Date: 13 July.  Nearest Tube: South Kensington.

 

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