The Happy List: 8 Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Week

Lots going on across London this week – from candlelight yoga to Latin American culture – and all in support of great causes. Never miss out on another Happy...

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1. Discover London’s hidden Colombian food scene @ Elephant & Castle – Saturday 21st

Taste the unique flavours of Colombia on a 3.5 hour culinary walking tour right in the heart of the Colombian community here in London… with all net proceeds going to support Children Change Colombia.  From empanadas (stuffed and deep fried corn pastries) and juices of exotic fruits to the famous aguardiente (anise-flavoured spirit), you’ll get to taste this South American’s most popular foods and learn the fundamentals of its cuisine. Tickets include lots of goodies including food and drink, recipes, a tote bag, a voucher for a free meal at Maize Blaze and a voucher for a free coffee at the Colombian Coffee Company in Borough Market.

The tour starts at 5pm outside Elephant & Castle station. Tickets are £48 (inc booking fee) and can be bought here.


2. Attend a mindful pub crawl @ Shoreditch – Wednesday 18th

Club Soda is a pioneering mindful drinking movement supporting people who are looking to cut down on their alcohol intake. On Wednesday, they’re teaming up with Morning Gloryville to take you on a unique Mindful Pub Crawl through the streets of Shoreditch, locating the boozers (and not-so-boozers) where you can sup on great drinks with low or no alcohol. Whether you’re hoping to moderate your drinking or just after an alternative night out, Club Soda is a great movement to support.

Tickets are a fiver but you get your first drink free. Find out more here and buy tickets here.


3. Learn how to cook amazing vegan food… then eat it all in a buffet lunch @ Sunshine International Arts – Saturday 21st

Join Lee and Jane from Beachhouse Kitchen for a celebration of whole food, vegan cooking with brand new diverse recipes… all taking place at not-for-profit venue Sunshine International Arts in Brixton. Lee will be cooking a variety of nutritious and tasty dishes inspired from his travels around the world, demonstrating that healthy eating can also be decadent. Techniques will be explained clearly and you will receive a bespoke recipe booklet meaning that you’ll have the confidence and resources to try all the dishes at home. You’ll get to taste all dishes at the end when we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch.

£40 per person including lunch and recipe booklet. For more information click here.


4. Do yoga by candlelight @ Skip Garden  – Thursday 18th

This week, social enterprise Skip Garden is launching its weekly yoga by candlelight sessions taking place on the unique urban garden in King’s Cross. This class is a combination of alignment-based flow yoga in graceful, mindful sequences, along with longer held postures. Each class is designed around a theme, with a focus on the breath, to create space in the body and quieten the mind.

The cost is £10. Bring your own mat or email to reserve one. Drop-ins are welcomed, but pre-booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. More details here.


5. Take part in an immersive Chilean film, music and dining experience @ The Cinema Museum – Saturday 21st

It’s been a tough week for Chile with the Selección Chilena‘s last minute elimination from the World Cup qualifiers. So in solidarity with our South American amigos, we’ve selected award-winning director Marcela Said’s Cannes entry – Los Perros – as our film of the week. It’s taking place at the not-for-profit Cinema Museum, a unique charity venue steeped in cinema history (Charlie Chaplin used to work here). Expect Q&As with the director herself along with authentic Chilean food and live music to top off an awesome evening. The event is hosted by South Social Film Festival – a grassroots film initiative showcasing independent international films and celebrating the diversity of South London’s expat community.

Get your tickets here for £18 (or £12 for students / seniors). The evening starts at 6:30pm.


6. Listen to mythical stories about power and politics onboard a floating community hall @ The Village Butty – Sunday 22nd

The Embers Collective is a London based storytelling and live music collective, bringing audiences together through the exploration of myths and folklore from all over the world. Each story is accompanied by a live, professional multi-instrumentalist whose soundscapes take listeners on a journey. For their first Autumn event, they will be exploring the theme of power and politics and their representations in mythology. Almost everything in our modern world seems wrapped up in power and politics; let them take you on a journey through ancient mythology and folklore to see if there’s anything we can learn from these old tales.

Entry is £6 and the event will be taking place on the Village Butty floating comunity hall, which is moored at Stonebridge on the Tottenham Marshes. More details here.


7. Check out Tibetfest @ Candid Arts Trust – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Free Tibet is pitching up at the Candid Arts Trust in Angel for a weekend-long festival of Tibetan culture, history and activism. Special guests include monks from the Gaden Ngari Khangtsen Monastery, who will be opening our festival with a beautiful ritual before creating a sand mandala that will be the centrepiece of the event. There will also be a wide range of educational displays, art installations and campaigning activities, plus an events schedule full of talks, arts & crafts classes, live music and workshops such as circle dancing and guided meditation.

A £10 ticket gets you access to the entire weekend, including all the workshops and talks. (Free entry for children 12 and under) The full schedule and tickets can be found here.


8. Attend London Literature Festival @ Southbank Centre – Friday 13th to Sunday 29th

London Literature Festival kicked-off on Friday and will run all month at the Southbank Centre. In their words: “The festival celebrates the role words can play in reimagining a world on the brink, with poets, novelists and major speakers reflecting on recent times and the future of the planet. The festival shines a light on the extraordinary creativity of poetry from languages perilously close to extinction. We also illuminate Royal Festival Hall, inside and out, with the written dreams of migrants and refugees from across Europe, and launch the largest exhibition of artworks, outside the Nordic region, from the indigenous Sámi.”

Check out the full line-up of events here.


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