WINTER IS OVER! Spring, and summer term has arrived so we’ve decided to create an LCF guide for those bracing themselves for summer in London.

Tea Building and Shoreditch High Street station by Bluenose Girl, Creative Commons.

In September we published our LCF freshers guide to studying in east London, which was a rough guide of places to eat, visit and socialise around Mare Street, Curtain Road, and Golden Lane. But London and the weather changes this time of the year. You’ll find more people outdoors instead of in coffee shops and museums avoiding the cold. Here are some suggestions to make the most out of spring and summer.

Celebrate the long weekend with Field Day at Dinerama in Shoreditch. The festival and Street Feast are hosting a Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April day of music, food, and beer ahead of the festival in June. Erol Alkan, Django Django DJs, and Tim Burgess will be providing music on the day. Make sure you check out the Yumplings and Prawnography food stands!

Exhibitions and masterclasses

Hackney Walk are hosting masterclasses throughout April with Susie Bubble and Christopher Raeburn. Keep an eye out on their website for other classes, tutorials, and sample sales. Or walk from Mare Street in 10 minutes.  J.W Anderson also runs workshops at his 100 Shoreditch High Street store by Ace Hotel, previous guests include Alasdair McLellan. You can also watch his catwalk collections live from the store!

Walking distance from Golden Lane is the Barbican’s new exhibition on Japanese architecture and life after World War II. The arts centre offer a huge discount for anyone 25 years and younger through their Young Barbican scheme, over 50,000 tickets across art, film, music, theater and dance from £5. Well worth a visit. We also highly recommend you signing up first before booking your place.

Step into Cool Britannia and the Swinging Sixties fashion at the Whitechapel Gallery this spring. Eduardo Paolozzi was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. Known as the ‘godfather of Pop Art’ to many, this exhibition captures five decades of his work and features.

Want to check out London Craft Week? There are events throughout the city between 3 – 7 May, including a talk between Grayson Perry and Professor Frances Corner, hosted at LCF. Ticket details were in last weeks LCF Events-Bulletin. Other events taking place include a tour of Alexander McQueen’s Sarabande Fountain in Haggerston and an open studio session at Philip Colbert.

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We’ll also be showcasing LCF graduate work for LCF BA17 during the first week of June at Spitalfields market. Keep an eye out for more information on the blog. Meanwhile here is some work from last year’s show below!

Festivals and markets

Go to a festival! East London makes the most out of its large open spaces and green parks in the summer, hosting everything from street carnivals to festivals with some of the world’s biggest musicians.

  • Field Day, 6-7 June at Victoria Park. If Aphex Twin and Flying Lotus aren’t enough for you, then maybe try UAL alumni Flamingods or Berghain-resident Marcel Dettmann. This year’s line has a much more electronic music feel than previous ones, so if experimental electro or pounding techno is your thing then head to Field Day.

  • Lovebox, 14-15 July at Victoria Park. Same site as Field Day but a completely different festival. Frank Ocean will be headlining the festival and making his first appearance in London for over four years. Add Jamie xx, Solange, and Kano to the line-up, plus some of the biggest DJs in the industry to the list of artists and musicians at Lovebox.
  • Citadel Festival, 16 July at Victoria Park. Happening on the same site and set-up as Lovebox, just the following day. Headliners this year include indie rock band Foals and electronic music master Bonobo.
  • Visions, 5 August, around various London Fields venues. Visions is a festival, street food and craft beer market alongside record and zine fair. The festival promotes emerging indie bands. Headliners this year include Liars, Blanck Mass and Jenny Hval.
  • Hackney One Carnival, 10 September, happening around Dalston and Hackney Central. The carnival parade starts at Ridley Road before heading to Hackney Town Hall. Music, magnificent costumes and dancing across the borough. The carnival is free and NTS had a sound system there last year.

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Spend time in the park! Here’s a quick list of places to spend time in over spring and summer: Hackney Marshes, Victoria Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Spa Fields Park, London Fields, Barbican lake terrace, Haggerston Park, Hackney Downs, Clissold Park and Mile End Park.

London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, it’s probably most evident in east London. This means you have culinary dining options from all other the world. You can try tacos at del 74 or maybe Scotland’s finest food stall Deeney’s at Chatsworth Road or Buddha Bowl at Whitecross Street Market. You can eat almost anything in east London, here are some other recommendations for spring and summer:

  • Head to Hoxton Street if you are based on Curtain Road. Some of our favourite places are Shades Food truck, 100 Hoxton, Olive and The Barrell Boulangerie. There’s always an express burger from Patty & Bun on Redchurch Street too.
  • Around Golden Lane, you have Yum Bowl, Breddos Tacos, The Iskele, Pham Sushi, Holmesbake Pies and HOP Vietnamese.

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  • Mare Street has Green Papaya, The Advisory, and E5 Bakehouse round the corner during the week. The markets come to live over the weekend with Broadway and Netil Market, definitely try BAO and Lem Lem. You also have Wells Street market the first Saturday of each month – there you’ll find some vintage clothes bargains and fresh food stalls.

Have a drink and watch a movie at The Institute of Light under the arches in London Fields, a two-minute walk from Mare Street. You can get tickets to most films from £6 a screening or have a glass of wine during one of their Jazz nights.

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