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This Week 25th - 31st May

25 May 2015 Imogen Greenberg

With June on the way, the summer seasons are beginning and across London, events are heading outside. For half term, plenty of places have special events for the whole family. But you’re never too old for activities so check out our other listings, including cinema screenings for the lazy and athletic events for the active amongst you.

 

Kew Gardens – Full of Spice

What to Expect: Kew spiced up for the summer.

Kew’s Summer Season is all about spice. Every weekend from now, Kew will be hosting special performances and events, so there’s plenty to see and do. Highlights include:

The Spice Exchange - a special timber structure laced with thousands of spice jars, it includes a spice market, chai bar, library, open-air theatre and participatory story exchange.

Every Sunday, the Spice Exchange will host Spicy Sunday, a drop in music session with live acts inspired by different regions of the world.  

Every other Saturday, the Spice Exchange will host Spicy Saturday, taking you on a trip along the ancient spice trade routes, visiting a different world region each time. With speakers, storytellers, performances, food demos and workshops that blend history, mythology, travel and taste.

Full of Spice Lates - every Wednesday, you can explore Kew after dark, including the iconic tropical greenhouses and the aerial Tree Top Walkway. With drop in talks, live music and spicy cocktails. 

Rickshaw Rides - special rides in boutique rickshaws are available to book throughout the festival, and will take you on a journey through Kew’s world of spices.

Spice Mix Super-Computer - head to the super-computer to compare and combine smells, choose your favourite and then take home your unique spice blend, and experiment. You can add your recipes to the growing collection.

For more information on Kew’s Full of Spice season, and to book tickets, please see their website.


Rooftop Film Club

What to Expect: Expect great films, hope for great weather.

Come summer, it feels like you can’t move for open-air cinemas in London. But rooftop film club has the edge with its aerial locations, and it launches this week.

They’ve got great listings too. There’s classic Rom Coms including The Breakfast Club and 10 Things I Hate About You. Or if you fancy something darker, try Taxi Driver or Requiem for a Dream. Other highlights include Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Amelie and Memento. They’ve also got new releases including Wild, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything. Not to mention the critically acclaimed 50 Shades of Grey.

Take your pick from the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, Bussey Building in Peckham, Roof East in Stratford and Roof Gardens in Kensington.

For more listings, and to book tickets, please see their website.


Half Term at the Science Museum

What to Expect: A family day out, with some science thrown in.

Half Term at the Science Museum includes drop-in workshops, demos, storytelling and simulators. Meet Hannah White, the fastest woman on water, and her amazing speedboat. Find out how radios work and build your own. Make a magic lantern and test it with different colours. Experience the RAF’s newest jet, the Typhoon, or discover the thrill of flying with the RAF Red Arrows.

For more events during half term, please see their website.

 

ITU World Triathlon

What to Expect: Some healthy sibling rivalry!

The Vitality Triathlon has taken place in Hyde Park since 2009, involving top triathletes from around the world, as well as the enthusiastic public.  If you don’t fancy splashing about in the Serpentine Lake, head down anyway to see Hyde Park transformed, and to watch Britain’s Brownlee brothers in action on the course, competing for the top spot.

They’re also hosting the Paratriathlon for the first time, ahead of its first outing at the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

The ITU World Triathlon is held on the 30th and 31st May. For more information, please see their website.


The Improvathon

What to Expect: the unexpected.

The London 50 hour Improvathon is an annual event and a one of a kind in Europe, which has grown a cult following in the last few years. It’s split in to 25 episodes, so you can drop in for one or more 2-hour sessions, or stay to watch all 50 hours with an event pass.

It is entirely improvised, the actors having only agreed on a setting beforehand. Past settings included Victorian London and a 70s New York nightclub. As they get more sleep deprived, the performance only gets more exhilarating. Audience members have even described it as ‘life changing’.

To book tickets, please see their website.

 

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