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This Week 18th – 24th May

18 May 2015 Imogen Greenberg

Spring is here, bringing plenty of showers with it. London’s gone green-fingered galore, and gardening is on the agenda. If that’s not your thing, try one of our recommendations for fashion, free sculpture or a family-friendly literature festival. Plus there’s always frivolous fun at the Granary Square fountains.

 

The Line

What to Expect: An art trail between iconic London venues.

This world-famous sculpture trail is coming to London. It will link two iconic venues, the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Park, passing through the Royal Docks, and you can join at any point along the three miles of waterways. Artists involved include by Damien Hirst, Martin Creed and Gary Hume. This free trail was hard won, after a huge fundraising campaign. A chance to explore an ever-expanding part of London, and to see distinguished sculptures for free.

The Line opens on 23rd May. For more information please see their website

 

Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900 at the Fashion and Textile Museum

What to Expect: A glimpse of the seaside in central London.

The Fashion and Textile Museum presents a new exhibition of fashion at its most fun. Featuring over a hundred years of Riviera Style at the seaside, including bright patterns, boat necks, playsuits, bikinis and burkinis. It charts how fashions have changed and how technology has changed the industry, in pursuit of the perfect fabric.

Riviera Style opens on 22nd May at the Fashion and Textile Museum. For more information and to book tickets, see the website here.


Greenwich Book Festival

What to Expect: Something for everyone with thoughtful talks alongside family activities.

The inaugural Greenwich Book Festival has joined the already packed programme of The Royal Greenwich festivals. It’s held at the beautiful Old Royal Naval College, and there will be pop-up bookshops all weekend.

Highlight talks include Jessie Burton, author of the acclaimed The Miniaturist on her prizewinning debut. Jon Ronson will be discussing his current bestseller So You’ve Been Publically Shamed, about public shaming in the digital age. Singer Tracey Thorn, who recently wrote the soundtrack for The Falling, will discuss her acclaimed memoirs.

There’s also a special children’s programme, with star author-illustrator Alex Scheffler, best known for The Gruffalo. There will also be drop-in activities all weekend with local artists, for adults and children alike.

The Greenwich Book Festival runs from 22nd-24th May. For more events and to book tickets to talks, please see their website.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

What to Expect: Over the top gardening and a glass of Pimms.

Founded in 1804, the Chelsea Flower Show is a London institution. Even if you’re not green-fingered, some of the gardens on display are stunning, and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. It can be pretty pricey but for reduced prices, head down in the late afternoon.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from the 19th May - 23rd May. For more information and to book tickets, please see their website.


Natural History Museum: Big Nature Day

What to Expect: A chance for kids to explore the museum’s gardens.

If you prefer your nature fix to be free, try the Big Nature Day at the Natural History Museum instead. It’s an annual event at the Museum, in recognition of the UN International Day of Biological Diversity. It includes special events for children like ladybird hunts and pond dipping, and free Nature Live talks. Whilst you’re there, see the Sensational Butterflies exhibition in a special tent on the front lawn.

Big Nature Day is on the 23rd May from 11 until 5. For more information on events, please see their website.


Granary Squirt

What to Expect: Flashbacks from the 90’s.

The clever people down at the Granary Square development have created an App that lets you take control of their fountains. Not only can you mess with the lights, it lets you play games. If you miss the good old days of having Snake on your phone, you and up to 8 people can now play it across the fountain bays, dodging the sides and other snakes.

For more information on how to download the app, please see their website.

 

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