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This Week, 25th – 31st August

25 August 2014 Charlie Kenber

As summer shows no sign of stopping, find out our top picks for the week…

 Bank of England Museum

What to expect: GOLD! (Always believe in your soul…)

Get a taste of the gold stuff at this museum, a centre devoted to telling the Bank of England’s 320-year history. As the central pillar of the UK’s financial system, the Bank plays a hugely important role in maintaining economic stability and monitoring trends. The museum’s displays show how this role has changed over the years, even showcasing the pikes and muskets once used to defend the building from attack! So go and give it a go: you’ve got the power to know…

The Bank of England Museum is open Monday to Friday. Admission is free, further details available here.

 Beer by the River

What to expect:a great day out to round off the summer

The family friendly festival returns to Morden Hall Park this week, bringing together good food, music, and of course beer! The festival is in partnership with local brewery Sambrook’s, so expect a top-notch selection. Plus there is plenty for the kids to get involved with: the festival features a vintage fairground, bouncy castle and city farm as well as the music. So make sure you head down to the river to play this Saturday!

Beer by the River takes place in Morden Hall Park on Saturday 30th August from 12am – 11pm. Tickets £7.50 in advance using the code BBTR3, kids go free. Further information available here.

 Explore the Science of Hedonism

What to expect: sex and drugs and rock and roll

This month’s late event at the Science Museum sees them join forces with Guerrilla Science. Examining sex, drugs and music from a scientific standpoint, the talks and workshops will look at some of the history of narcotics, as well as the culture of a hedonistic lifestyle and even why goats engage in oral sex. Plus all your usual late event fare will be on offer, including a silent disco and pub quiz!

The late event takes place at the Science Museum on Wednesday 27th August from 6.45pm until 10pm. Admission is free, 18+ only. Further information available here.

 Crisis Café London

What to expect: an evening of piano and showtunes

If you’re a fan of showtunes, then this one is for you. Taking direct inspiration from the Crisis Café in New York, this London version gives West End pianists a platform, and you a venue for a good singalong to the biggest hits from musicals old and new. If you’re feeling really brave, you can even bring along a score and perform a solo! You’ll be warmly rewarded with a shot for your efforts. Although invariably popular with West End performers, the night is open to absolutely anyone who can do with a bit of cheer.

Crisis Café London takes place on Sunday 31st August in Soho from 7.30pm – 11.30pm. Tickets from £5, available here.

 The Cornershop

What to expect: the least useful but most unique cornershop you’ll ever visit

This month-long installation in Bethnal Green is in its last week, so make sure to catch it while you can! Textile artist Lucy Sparrow has kitted out a derelict store with all the products you’d normally see in a cornershop. There’s a twist though – each of the 4,000 items are handmade from felt and knitted cloth! From newspapers to chocolate bars and loo roll, it’s all there, and took a whopping seven months to make. The shop’s open to browse daily, and you can even buy one of the items, although you’ll have to wait until it closes to take it home.

The Cornershop is at 19 Wellington Row, E2 7BB, and is open from 10am – 7pm daily. Admission is free, further information available here.

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