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London. July. Let’s Get It On!

2 July 2014 Josh Barrie

Ah, sport. It’s all happening. The World Cup is being screened at spots all over London, Wimbledon is well under way, and the Tour de France rolls into the capital on Monday July 7. But we know about football fever, the Federer forehand, and those fastest on two wheels – here are a few other exciting events this month.

The Chap Olympiad is perhaps one of the most dismissive of traditional sporting activities. The event, put together by the Chap Magazine, has now been running for 10 years and no doubt its anniversary will provide ample entertainment for the most refined of brogue-lovers.

It takes place on Saturday July 12 and is described as a “celebration of sporting ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases”. Indeed, the competition delights at style and panache rather than over one’s ability to curl a free kick into the left-hand corner; a capacity to put together a refreshing summer tipple or wear a delicate tie pin is much more important when at the Olympiad.

Contests are likely tea-related and inspired by gentlemanly hobbies and pursuits. They include everything from ‘Cucumber Sandwich Discus’ to ‘Umbrella Jousting’. And if that’s not enough there’s even a game called ‘Not Playing Tennis’, which we’re all hopeful Andy Murray doesn’t decide to try his hand at, of course.

It’s eccentric Britishness at best – if you can be among the most hipsterish of sorts. If so, prepare for G&Ts aplenty and head to Bedford Gardens for 12pm. Formal elegance is championed; trainers and denim rebuffed. Tickets are £20.

Although probably not in the Tour de France, chaps do love a gentle summer cycle – even over the Channel where croissants and more accessibly-priced wine await. Just a day after the Olympiad, Bastille gets underway at Borough – a true and noble celebration of all things French.

Gone are the days of bitter rivalry, at least when not partaking in anything involving a ball. For the seventh year the Bastille Festival kicks off.

Organisers offer up the likes of magicians, street performers, and live music, while classic games such as boules will also feature. Only the best food and drink will be served too (as if this is necessary to point out).

And in the true spirit of the French revolution there will be a guillotine, which will be chopping fresh watermelon to contribute to one of your five a day in a somewhat alarming manner. Touring cyclists will even get 15 per cent off and, as we all must be pondering the date, the World Cup final will be shown in the evening following a screening of the wonderful family movie, ‘Belleville Rendez-Vous’.

Outdoor cinema seems an ever popular trend in London at the moment. Queue then ‘The Power of Summer’, a series beginning on July 10 put together by Battersea Power Station and Everyman – alongside Heineken.

Naturally, the likes of The Big Lebowski, Rushmore, andGhost Busters might be enjoyed, while food from Street Feast is to be dished up to vamp up the regular old hot dogs and popcorn. Food traders such as Le Bun, Spit & Roast, and Mama’s Jerk have got stalls in place; a bar area will provide everything in the way of drink.

It will all be going on “beneath the iconic towers of the power station,” describe those behind the festivities, who add attendees may “choose from bespoke two or four person pods with waiter service included, or our comfortable bean bags under the sun”. General admission is free before 5.30pm daily and priced tickets to set shows are on sale now.

Although it’s evident that markets and pop up sites are the order of the day, sometimes it’s nice to go back to a simpler time when just one food style was enjoyed. Going to an actual restaurant might be pushing it; The Great Indian Food Feast on July 24 and 25 appears a reasonable compromise.

“Get ready for a night of indulgence,” say promoters, as food writer and pop up extraordinaire Urban Rajah brings a “gastro adventure” filled with spice and fragrance, illuminated by candles, reminiscent of another era.

The event, held in an old textile factory overlooking Hoxton Square, “will spin you across the Indian subcontinent dishing up four courses inspired by the terrain of God’s own country,” say the team.

“From Safalle (chicken dumplings) from the snowy Himalayas, to Lamb Shammi Kebabs fit for Mughal princes, and from the magical desert kingdoms of Rajasthan, to Chemmeen Prawns,” you might even begin to believe you’re Rick Stein shooting part two of his Indian tour for the BBC.

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