The Happy List: 6 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

Back by popular demand, our Happy List brings you 6 more awesome events this week across London. Make sure you never miss out on another great happening by signing...

Back by popular demand, our Happy List brings you 6 more awesome events this week across London. Make sure you never miss out on another great happening by signing up to our mailing list.

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1. Attend the launch party of Birdsong’s new ethical fashion concept store @ Hoxton Station – Thursday 27th

Join social enterprise fashion brand, Birdsong, for the exclusive opening of its new concept pop-up store. Following the success of last year’s LGBT-focused pop-up, this time the theme is “Summer of Sisterhood”. Fans can expect more from Birdsong’s own brand this time around, with a selection of partnerships on board from LFW designer Clio Peppiatt, sustainable swimwear brand Auria, period pant company THINX and a Grenfell Tower print sale fundraiser in collaboration with Charlie Craggs & Polyester Zine. Thursday’s launch party kicks off at 6pm (with free beers) and the store will be open everyday 10am – 9pm until Tuesday 1st of August 1st.

Birdsong is a social enterprise fashion brand for people who expect more from their wardrobes, working on a promise of “no sweatshops & no photoshop”. All clothes are made by women’s organisations here in London – from knitting grannies to migrant seamstresses.


2. Join musicians against mutilation @ KOKO – Tuesday 25th

A night hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo will see internationally renowned rapper Little Simz take the stage for #C_nttouchthis at KOKO, headlining an evening of music that will also feature smooth soul artist Tawiah and Senegalese rapper Sister Fa. The event launches Global Comfort, a charity working to help put an to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in our generation and raise awareness for it’s presence in the UK.

Doors open at 7pm and the £12.50 tickets can be bought online HERE.


3. Explore London’s Creative Square Mile @ Hackney WickED Festival – Friday 28th to Sunday 30th

Hackney WickED returns for its 9th year, inviting you to come and explore the labyrinth of artist studios spaces and venues across Hackney Wick and Fish Island from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017. Over 20 creative spaces, encompassing all art forms, will be opening their doors to the public. You’ll get the chance to explore, be inspired, and find art works to take home from renowned international names to the exciting new generation of students… and everything in between. The opening party starts at 6pm on Friday with studios open from 12pm – 6pm over the weekend. Fringe events will also take place across the weekend so check out the website for full details.


4. Take part in a bake-off for Syria @ Columbia Road Market –  Saturday 29th

#BakeForSyria is taking over Columbia Road market this Saturday for a huge event in support of Syria. All your favourite market shops will be open and celebrated baker Lily Vanilli has organised a street closure to throw the world’s greatest bake sale. Some of the country’s best bakeries will be serving up delectable treats with a Syrian twist… and if you fancy your chances, bring along your finest Syrian inspired baking for an open competition at 3pm. The winner’s recipe will be featured on the #CookForSyria website alongside Syrian dishes from some of the country’s favourite bakeries. All funds raised will go to support #CookForSyria, which raises funds for Syria and the Region via NEXTGen London.


5. Grab one of the last tickets to a sustainable supper club @ Skip Garden and Kitchen – Sunday 30th

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Enjoy an intimate evening of amazing ethical vegetarian food at Skip Garden and Kitchen’s unique glasshouse lantern space in King’s Cross, curated by two of their wonderful chefs. This supper club is all about demonstrating how delicate, nourishing and delicious grains can be… think along the lines of rye crumb radishes, potted spelt with under-utilised cheese and toasted einkorn cheesecake with brown bread icecream. Expect a communal dining style dinner where you can chat to your neighbours, casual chilled vibes with a cheeky complimentary grain cocktail and some interesting storytelling. Space are limited to 20 and tickets are almost sold out, so get in there quick! 

Skip Garden is the home of Global Generation – an environmental and education charity – where local people both young and old can connect with the roots of their food.


6. Learn how to build a sustainable future @ London Permaculture Festival – Sunday 30th

The annual London Permaculture Festival is back this Sunday in Camden. Come along for workshops (introductory and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, films, a stalls market and a ‘families at the festival’ zone. Enjoy discussions, networking and learning about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future.  The festival win run from 11am – 6pm at Cecil Sharp House, Camden. Tickets are £6 or £4 for concessions.