Five Ways for Londoners to Hit the Town and Change the World This Week

Coffee kicks in London, women-in-food and a full-on-film-fest: it's this week's Happy List

1. The London Coffee Festival goes all social enterprise –  Friday 13th to Sunday 15th


Coffee addicts of London rejoice! The annual London Coffee Festival will be taking over the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for three stimulating days… and the best bit? 50% of your ticket price will go to Project Waterfall – the charity bringing clean, safe drinking water, sanitation and education to coffee growing communities.

Expect lots of tastings, demonstrations from word-class baristas, interactive workshops, live music, art exhibitions. And of course, espresso martinis. Keep your eyes peeled for fairtrade and social enterprise roasteries at the festival… we reckon there will be plenty hanging around.

Tickets are £16.50 for each half-day session, £4.50 for kids and a VIP option for £45. Prices are more expensive on the door, so get yours in advance here.


2. Hit up the East End Film Festival @ various cinemas – Wednesday 11th to Sunday 29th


The East End Film Festival kicks off this week with screenings across some of East London’s favourite social enterprise cinemas (Rich Mix and the Rio). It’s an annual, non-for-profit festival exhibiting some of the best new and local talent in the industry alongside large releases. The festival has a welcome focus on showcasing new voices from the edges of society… so expect some powerful films. And there’s lots more going on than just big screening… expect pop-ups and immersive experiences. The festival starts with a screening of documentary “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years” at the Rio.



3. Check out a local makers market @ Stour Space – Sunday 15th


Community venue Stour Space in Hackney Wick is hosting another local makers market. Expect a unique selections of homewares, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and workshops. The Stour Space cafe / bar will also be open for brunch, lunch and drinks.

For more details, check out their Facebook events page.



4. Roy’s People Art Fair @ Oxo Tower Bargehouse – Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th


Roy’s People Art Fair is an artist-led fair that gives artists an alternative platform to show their work, and visitors the chance to meet each artist and buy directly from them. Each artist has been selected based on quality and talent.

Their next event is taking place at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, owned and managed by social enterprise Coin Street. Features include an interactive entrance, live painting, print your own Tote Bag, learn about Letter Press Printing and of course the chance to meet the stars of the show, the exhibiting artists.

Tickets are free. Full details can be found here.


5. Menus Making Change @ Benk + Bo – Saturday 14th


Menus Making Change is a supper club with a social initiative. The aim is to bring people together through fantastic food, to start a conversation and support grass-roots projects. In an industry predominantly led by men, MMC celebrates women in food by putting women back in the kitchen. In one special evening they bring together London’s leading ladies through four courses brought to you by the best supper clubs, street food vendors and artisan producers. A cause for empowerment: supporting Wangu Kanja Foundation, Nairobi.

The evening will be centred on Middle Eastern flavours- think hibiscus drinks and harissa spices- but the actual menu is a surprise till the evening. With options for all dietary needs, whether a carnivore or strictly plant loving’, they have you covered.

The £40 ticket includes a four course meal and can be bought on GrubClub here. It’s BYOB.


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