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This Week 15-21 May

This Week 15-21 May

15 May 2017 Will Rathbone

Hooray! Rooftop bar season is upon us. Make the most of those longer, balmier evenings by taking a trip to your local vantage point and gazing out across our beautiful skyline. Frank’s in Peckham - a firm favourite in these offices – opens this week, as does Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night at the Globe if you’re after more al-fresco activities. Elsewhere on the Southbank the Underbelly Festival is up and running, whilst the deep and soulful grooves of Submotion Orchestra come to Earl’s Court and there’re bargains galore at the Hackney Flea Market.

Frank’s Cafe – Peckham


Image Credit: Kat Sommers

You know summer is starting when Frank’s opens up. Now in it’s 9th year, this no-frills rooftop bar in the heart of Peckham has one of the finest views of London and captures a beautiful sunset when the weather’s good. The atmosphere is as perfectly chilled as the Negronis, and the car park on which it sits hosts a series of site-specific exhibitions and performances – most notably from the BBC Proms-featured Multi-story Orchestra – throughout the summer. Early arrival is advised to avoid the queues.
 
Frank’s opens on May 19 until late autumn on top of Peckham Multi-story Car Park, Tue-Fri 5-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. Entry is free.  
 
Underbelly Festival - Southbank

Another staple of the London summertime is well underway. It’s a little different this year as, for the first time, the Udderbelly and London Wonderground have come together to form the Underbelly Festival. Hosting a plethora of circus, comedy, cabaret and family shows – most lasting a very sociable 60 minutes or less – the buzzing spiegeltent setting also includes many a bar and street food stall to peruse. It’s the perfect after-work spot if you’re anywhere near the Southbank. Our highlights include Flip FabriQue’s Catch Me, and the Black Cat Cabaret.
 
The Underbelly Festival runs till September 30 on the Southbank and opens Mon-Wed 12-11pm, Thu-Fri 12pm-00am, Sat-Sun 11am-00am. Entry is free but all shows are ticketed at various prices.     
 
Hackney Flea Market


Image Credit: Dannie

Having been going strong for four years now, the Hackney Flea Market, located in Stoke Newington’s bustling Church St., is one of the liveliest markets in London. There are bargains to be had for sure – just make sure you’ve got your best haggle on and get there early. If you just fancy a browse it’s good for that too – there are vinyl DJs keeping the vibe easy as well as art and furniture stalls amongst the bric ‘n’ brac.  
 
The Hackney Flea Market runs May 20-21 in Stoke Newington from 11am-6pm. Entry is free.
 
Twelfth Night – Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe on a warm Spring evening is a magical place to be. Whilst the addition of a grime soundtrack and strobe lighting may have changed the atmosphere somewhat there’s no denying it added an energy and buzz that made for a thrilling evening. Emma Rice’s final Summer season begins in earnest with her own Twelfth Night – one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies – combining shipwrecks, mistaken identity, love triangles, cross-dressing and song. Watch out for the incomparable cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat as Feste.
 
Twelfth Night runs from May 18 - August 5 at Shakespeare’s Globe. Tickets start at £5.
 
Submotion Orchestra – Nell’s Jazz and Blues


Image Credit: Karel Verheyden

Without a doubt one of the finest live acts around, Submotion Orchestra combine the scale and majesty of the Cinematic Orchestra with heavy, heartfelt bass and stirring melodies from ethereal singer Ruby Wood and Bobby Bedoe’s piercing flugel. Having toured extensively, gaining a massive live following in the process, their stage show is an unforgettable experience and comes highly recommended.
 
Submotion Orchestra are performing at Nell’s Jazz and Blues on May 18. Tickets are £35.

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