The Happy List: 7 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

We’ve got a bumper #HappyList to get you through the bank holiday weekend with 7 more awesome things to do this week. Get it straight to your inbox by...
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1. Attend London’s first street photography festival @ Stour Space – Fri 25th to Sun 27th

London Street Photography Festival will be happening in London for the first time this weekend at social enterprise creative venue Stour Space in Hackney. The festival is a nonprofit cultural event that promotes Street Photography and unites photographers from all over the world. It will feature works from a contest in 4 categories – Best Single Photograph, Best Photography Series, Best London Photograph and a special contest for under 21s which is free. In addition to the contest, Stour Space will host the weekend of free workshops, talks and portfolio reviews by established photographers such as Vineet Vohra, Richard Bram and Rammy Narula.

The full programme of events is available here. No need to book, just turn up on the day and enjoy.


2. Learn how to DJ the inclusive way @ Miranda, The Ace Hotel – Thu 24th

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Intersessions is an inclusive sound initiative that provides a safe space to teach women and LGBTQ+ folks how to DJ. On Thursday, Intersessions is bringing a DJ panel and workshop to Miranda, The Ace Hotel’s basement nightclub in Shoreditch. Featured instructors will be teaching CDJS, Traktor/Serato and Vinyl and giving tips on the ins and out of the world of DJing. There will be a panel hosted by Chippy Nonstop, followed by a tutorial and hands on workshop with Nino BrownManaraSerena PassionAmy Becker and panel members from UNITI. And stick around for the after party.

The workshop will run from 5pm – 8pm. The numbers are capped at 60, so register for free as soon as possible. If you have any questions feel free to contact the organisers on the Facebook event page or email at


3. Check out Tooting’s first vegan festival @ Tram and Social – Sat 26th

Tooting is getting its first ever vegan festival! It will be taking place on Saturday at Tooting Tram and Social – a former tram shed transformed into a spacious bar with chandeliers and lots of cosy corners to relax in. Take your pick from a great variety of street food, treats and gifts, enjoy an eclectic playlist, art workshops and talks, with a fine selection of Vegan drinks including Amstel, Heineken, Stowford Press, Blue Moon and Desperados. Further details and a full list of confirmed stallholders can be found on the Facebook group

It’s £1 to get in (under 16s for free). Doors open at 12pm and the festival will end at 6pm.


4. Celebrate the culture and community action that make London great @ Shuffle Festival, Tower Hamlets Cemetry Park – Sat 26th to Sun 27th

Shuffle Festival is back this year for another celebration of everything that makes our city great. Shuffle is grassroots, nonprofit organisation with a mission to join people together to create the kind of cities they want to live in. The week-long festivities involve film, science education, storytelling, performance art, architectural installations, walks, food, comedy and music. Tickets are priced to be affordable with the revenue providing funds for long-term neighbourhood regeneration projects. Highlights this year include screenings of both Trainspotting films with a post film discussion with director Danny Boyle and male mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), exploring masculinity, mental health and public and private space.

Tickets can be bought online here for £22.50 (day pass) or £37.50 for the weekend. E3 residents get a discount. The full programme of events can be found on the website.

5. Take a tour of Silicon Roundabout and Tech City to raise funds for charity – Sat 26th

This weekend, the tour company Insider London will be running three alternative tours of London with all proceeds going to the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. These tours will take you to some places that are typically only accessible to private groups:

Tickets are £20 or £12 for concession. Please contact for booking or more information (do not use the on-page booking system, otherwise it won’t contribute to the fundraiser).

You can also read more about the fundraiser on the Insider London blog here.


6. Film of the week: Kedi @ Rio Cinema – Mon 21st to Wed 23rd

If you love cats, then Turkish documentary Kedi is a must this week. Described by Indiewire as ‘The CITIZEN KANE of Cat Documentaries,’ Ceyda Torun’s delightful Kedi, proved to be an irresistible attraction at the American box office earlier this year. With a mesmerising music score by Kira Fontana, Kedi captures the colours, textures, and grandeur of the city of Istanbul and the world of its feline population. Undoubtedly, the most adorable film of the year!

Kedi will be showing from Monday to Wednesday at 6:30pm at social enterprise Rio Cinema in Dalston. Book tickets here.


Comedian Adam Buxton brings the BUG Bowie Special to the Union Chapel for a fan’s journey through selected moments in the career of an artist whose influence on modern popular culture will continue to be felt for decades. The BUG Bowie Special incorporates music videos, rare clips, animations and comedy in a show that like Bowie himself, is by turns inspiring, moving and hilarious – a must see for Bowie and comedy fans alike. The proceeds from this show will be donated to TeamEvie, a charity set up in memory of Evie Johnston to help sick children and their families both in hospital and in the community.

Doors open at 7pm, tickets are £25 (£15 for concessions). Food will be available when the doors open from Margins Cafe – Union Chapel’s social enterprise, providing employment opportunities to homeless people.


Join the conversation and find other people going to these events at our Facebook community group: London’s ethical city explorers.
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