London Living: Time To Get The Painters In?

If your pad badly needs a make-over but like me you have no eye for design and zero skill in the paper hanging department you might want to consider using the services of one of the many great painting and decorating companies in the London area.

In my experience good decorators are worth their weight in gold. After all who wants to spend their weekends trailing round B&Q sampling products, choosing colour palettes, picking out wallpaper and spending hours up a ladder only to find the finished job looks like a dogs breakfast?

My favourite painter and decorator is Mike Tiller of MJ Tiller Decorators in Woodford Green.

A Little Bit About MJ Tiller Decorators

As well as being a thoroughly nice bloke, Mike is a very experienced and professional painter and decorator. He undertakes all types of commercial and domestic work, both interior and exterior, but specialises in listed and period properties so he’s a dab hand with Lyncrusta (that’s putty-filled wallpaper in case you didn’t know) and a real magician when it comes to fiddly jobs like making ornate ceiling roses and cornices look as good as new.

“It’s All In The Preparation That Makes For Better Decoration” is Mike’s motto. He guarantees a long-lasting finish on every job, thanks to the amount of time and care taken to prepare surfaces before repainting or papering and the fact that he only uses high quality paint and materials from top notch brands like Farrow and Ball.

Mike is a stickler for deadlines and will always leave your property looking immaculate when the job is done. It’s this reliability and good old-fashioned customer service that have helped the company build up a faithful following in the 38 years they’ve been in business. (Trust me on this, my extended family have been using Mike’s services for as long as I can remember).

Because he has been in business so long, Mike has a big fact contact book that’s always at your disposal, which means that if something needs doing he can always put you in touch with a man (or woman) who can. Which makes him a very useful person to know even if stunning feature walls are not your thing.

Contact Details

MJ Tiller Decorators
33 Gaynes Hill Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 8HU
Telephone: 020 8491 6553.

Commercial Vehicle Security

It seems that key-less car theft around London is becoming a major problem with more than 20,000 cars and vans being targeted every year. This is a high-return crime with a fairly low risk for the perpetrators, because the car or van engines alone can be sold for up to £1,000 on the black market. According to the Metropolitan Police, half of last year’s break-ins and thefts were committed without the use of force, proving that action needs to be taken by vehicle owners to heighten vehicle security. Although organised crime groups might not be slowing down, there is something you can do to avoid becoming a victim.

Commercial Vehicle Security for Reduced Crime Rates

A company in the commercial vehicle security sector will offer anti-theft devices for big and small vehicles. When you consider the fact that hi-tech gadgets are now being used to steal vehicles, it is becoming increasingly important to stop perpetrators in their tracks. While the majority of thefts will occur on residential streets, many are also taking place on driveways. Robust, high quality products will deter thieves and will give you peace of mind so you can get on with your day, minus the worry of prowlers lurking nearby.

Recommended Commercial Vehicle Security Companies

There are many leaders in vehicle security systems scattered around the London landscape and choosing one that best suits your needs requires some research. The following trusted companies offer a range of key products, such as GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems, Satellite Navigation, Remote Access and Protection Devices.

  • recommended commercial van security companyCommercial Vehicle Locks Ltd. – The team at this company boast over 100 years of combined experience in the commercial vehicle security industry. Their security solutions suit individuals with vans and small incomes, as well as large fleet operators with big budgets. A variety of cost-effective products are on offer, with entry level security systems being made available from just £200. To prevent thieves from compromising your vehicle’s On Board Diagnostic port and Electronic Control Unit, Commercial Vehicle Locks Ltd. has produced a number of hardware solutions to protect even the most accessible areas. The fact that group companies create the available solutions means that there is always a remedy for an associated risk. Down time is minimised, thanks to this company’s in-house and on-site installation services.
  • The Master Locksmith (www.themasterlocksmith.com) – A recognised auto, domestic and commercial locksmith, The Master Locksmith offers services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you want to upgrade an existing commercial vehicle security system or get a new one installed, hassle-free, reliable assistance is guaranteed. Spare car keys can be purchased for 75 percent cheaper than the main dealer prices and in the event that your car or van needs to be recovered, you can simply pick up the phone and arrange emergency call-out locksmith services. Some of the company’s commercial vehicle security upgrade options include Slamlocks, Deadlocks, Armaplates and Handle Guards.
  • Select Auto Systems (www.selectautosystems.co.uk) – What makes this company different is that a group of experienced engineers work in-house to adhere to the strict Thatcham Recognised Installer (TRI) regulations. Serving customers throughout London, Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Dorset, Sussex and Hampshire, Select Auto Systems offers nationwide installation, with many of their installers being Category 5 & Category 6 trained. Customers can get high quality vehicle security in the form of tracking systems, vehicle CCTV systems, entry level alarms, GSM car alarm pagers and central locking products. In addition to this, they also sell and install car audio products.

London After Dark

Proud Cabaret City LondonLondon is the world’s most visited city, and for good reason. Home to an array of covered and open-air markets, landmarks and tourist attractions, there’s no wonder why a record number of tourists explore the metro area every year. By day, the city is bursting with life, as people from around the world tour Westminster Abbey, stroll down No. 10 Downing Street and peruse the finest art ever created inside the National Gallery. By night, comedy clubs, pubs, live music venues, bars and theatres open their doors to party-goers of all ages.

Nightlife in London – Where to Go

Away from the classical spots, historical museums and grand palaces of entertainment, you will find a very different side to London. An urban area that once went quiet at 11:00 pm now remains very much alive until the early hours, thanks to relaxed licensing laws. The exciting opportunities are endless, from watching Broadway productions inside the theatres of the West End to watching up-and-coming musicians perform live to intimate crowds at hidden locales.

Just because The Tube doesn’t stay open all night, doesn’t mean you should miss out! The following after-dark hot spots are worth visiting if you’re a dusk till dawn kind of person:

  • Proud Cabaret City on 1 Mark Lane – Tuck into something form the modern British menu at this 1920s style cabaret club, where you can enjoy a combination of dining and entertaining. During the unrivalled prestige experience, you will be treated to the glamour of a bygone era, after being greeted by charismatically dressed burlesque dancers on arrival.
  • Cellar Door in Covent Garden – An intimate bar with a larger than life atmosphere, Cellar Door is the place to go for film screenings, burlesque shows and everything in between. Tucked away beneath the Aldwich, this is not your average bar. Live acts perform every night of the week and while you wait for specialty cocktails to be made, you can snack on free popcorn! It doesn’t hurt to make a reservation at this cosy spot.
  • Royal Vauxhall Tavern on 372 Kennington Lane – Offering the best in alternative entertainment, this popular London club hosts weekly cabaret drag acts and club nights. The gay hangout spot was formerly a Victorian music hall and is the oldest surviving gay venue in South London. Lily Savage once started a riot at this venue, which has been threatened with closure in the past for its generally risqué shows.
  • EGG on 200 York Way – If you like glitz and glamour you will love what EGG has to offer. A party animal’s haven, it boasts a 24-hour licence, so you really can dance all night. The warehouse-style club continuously pushes the boundaries and presents visitors with sets from worldwide DJs.
  • Electric Ballroom on 184 Camden Street – By day, this swanky social spot is a historic marketplace and by night, it transforms into an iconic indie club. Back in the 1930s it was known as The Buffalo Club, making it one of the longest-serving music venues in the area. Over the years, it has played host to Jim Reeves, The Clash, The Killers, U2 and Stereophonics, among many other big name performers. The venue itself has a capacity of 2,000 and is available for event rental.
  • The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town on 12-16 Artillery Lane – Dimly lit with a somewhat mysterious vibe, this sophisticated spot is the secret that you really want to know about. Cocktail lovers congregate inside the bar, where you can feast on snacks and sip classic beverages, but not before making it through the fridge entrance!

Domestic cleaners South East London

If like me you’re a total slacker and prefer to spend your valuable leisure time enjoying everything this great city has to offer rather than doing the housework, you might want to think about employing the services of a professional domestic cleaning company.

For those of you looking for domestic cleaners in South East London I can highly recommend Onyx Cleaning who have saved my life with their amazing after-party cleaning services on more than one occasion!

What Does Onyx Cleaning Do?

Onyx Cleaning’s guarantee is what sets the company apart from others, because these domestic cleaning specialists aim for 110 percent customer satisfaction. Their standards are so high even your Mum will be impressed!

Covering the whole of South East London, including Blackheath, Greenwich, Peckham, New Cross, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Brockley and Bermondsey, Onyx provide a full range of services, including:

  • Regular Domestic Cleaning
  • After-Party Cleaning
  • Kitchen Appliance Cleaning
  • After-Builder Cleaning
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Wash, Dry and Iron
  • Steam Cleaning
  • Pre and End Tenancy Cleaning
  • One-Off and Spring Cleaning

Reasons to Get Cleaning Services from Onyx Cleaning

Not even one dust bunny will remain when Vanya and her hard-working team at Onyx Cleaning get to work. Even if you are a proud pet owner, your four-legged companion can still have normal access, because the team will be happy to work around them. All cleaning materials and supplies are provided by the cleaners.

Additional Services

If it’s commercial cleaning services you’re after, Onyx can also provide high quality and reliable cleaners for any type of commercial premises, including offices, restaurants/pubs, dental/beauty clinics, professional kitchens, retail stores, wash rooms, gyms and nurseries/schools. As if that wasn’t enough, the company’s portfolio of services also includes pet sitting services and handyman services.

Money Saving Options

All services are reasonably priced and quoted by trained cleaning consultants, so you can enjoy the benefits of domestic cleaning weekly, monthly or whatever suits your requirements (and bank balance).  You won’t pay more than £12 an hour and you can pocket £15 if you recommend a friend. Discounts are also available on most packages.

Give Onyx Cleaning a call today or check out their website here: www.onyxcleaning.co.uk. Tell them Harry sent you.

Upcoming London Gigs

The music scene in Britain is nothing short of amazing, with London being one of the top destinations for concerts and gigs. Live music bars are scattered around the metro area, each one filling with pop, rock, folk and dance music lovers throughout the year. How lucky are we to have all of this right on our doorstep!!!

So get ’em while they’re hot – the following gigs have recently been announced and tickets are selling fast.

Aesthetic Perfection at The Garage on Sunday, August 2

aesthetic perfection in londonLondon’s premier club and live music venue will welcome floods of fans for this gig. The American electronic musical project began back in 2000 and since this time, Aesthetic Perfection has released a string of successful hits, like “All Beauty Destroyed” and “A Violent Emotion.” Their performances focus on rare songs and you can watch them take to the stage just after 7:00 pm on August 2. Tickets cost £16.50 per person.

Nero at Village Underground on Wednesday, August 5

NeroA platform for culture and creativity, the Village Underground venue is a cultural hub with true charm. The revamped shipping containers and tube carriages displayed inside give the venue a true underground feel, which is fitting for the forthcoming Nero gig. “Promises”, “Satisfy” and “Innocence” are just a few songs you can sing along to when you watch the electronic music trio play to jumping crowds. Ticket prices start at just £19.25 per person.

Jimmy Cliff at The O2 in London on Friday, August 7

Jimmy_CliffA bowling alley and exhibition space are snuggled inside the state-of-the-art O2 arena, which is the largest on South East London’s Greenwich peninsula. World-famous Jamaican ska and reggae musician Jimmy Cliff will take to the microphone at 8:00 pm to perform songs both old and new. The 67-year-old is better known for releasing tracks like “I Can See Clearly Now”, “Wonderful World” and “Hakuna Matata”. The upcoming gig is sure to make you feel good, so get your tickets from £29.40 to avoid disappointment.

Seth Troxler at Tobacco Dock on Saturday, August 8

SETH_TROXLERHead to this Grade I listed warehouse to watch the American DJ and producer that is Seth Troxler perform live. “Acid Future” is the name of the event, which pays homage to the city’s acid house history and will run from 12:00 pm-10:30 pm. With his house and techno vibe, the gig is expected to entice a young, hip crowd. “Hurt”, “Love Never Sleeps” and his latest hit “Blue Rawls” will get devoted house music fans on their feet from start to finish. The former tobacco store is sure to be filled to the highest capacity for the gig. The venue is designed with outdoor, quayside space and indoor area. The 4th release tickets cost £42.50.

Viet Cong at Scala on Wednesday, August 19

VietCongBoasting four levels and two dance floors, Scala is a top venue for alternative events, competitions and live music. Originally constructed as a cinema in 1920, the club has welcomed musicians and bands like Avril Lavigne, The Chemical Brothers and Super Furry Animals through its doors since opening to the public in 1999. At 7:30 pm on August 19, Canadian post-punk band Viet Cong will get crowds on their feet with songs like “Continental Shelf”, “Pointless Experience” and “Bunker Buster”. The band’s sound is a mix of crooning vocals, Blade Runner-style instrumentals and smooth harmonies. Get your tickets at the Scala box office for £11.50.

Top 5 Places To Eat in Covent Garden

Sophies Steak House Covent GardenIf there’s one London district worth visiting this year, it’s Covent Garden. More than 44 million descend on the historic district annually, which has featured in numerous film and literary works, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 film Frenzy. Served by its own Tube Station, the area is favoured mostly for its wealth of restaurants. One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, Covent Garden’s picturesque location on the West End’s eastern fringes makes it a preferred spot for casual and sophisticated dining.

The local eateries satisfy every imaginable palette and budget. Whether your taste buds are calling out for authentic Chinese cuisine or delectable French fare, the following five restaurants won’t disappoint with their reasonably priced international dishes:

  1. Sophie’s Steakhouse & Bar on 311-313 Fulham Road – You can sink your teeth into the best value British steak at this unpretentious steakhouse, which also serves roast beef on Sundays and tender beef burgers every other day of the week. The independent business has a New York warehouse-like feel, making it the perfect spot for special occasion dining. Menu items that taste great washed down with a martini include Chargrilled Tuna Steak with red onion salsa, Black Angus Burger minced with chili and Welsh Leg of Lamb Steak drizzled in Oxford sauce. So impressive is the service and menu that the business scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
  2. Brasserie Blanc on 35 The Market – For a taste of France, make your way to this upscale eatery. The chain of restaurants boast six locations in London – Coventry, Winchester, Charlotte Street, Chancery Lane, Threadneedle Street and Tower of London. Private dining is available inside the informal space, where you can sip fresh cocktails and order tantalisingly tasty dishes from the ever-changing a la carte menu. Everything on the menu is prepared by Frenchman Raymond Blanc with fresh in-season ingredients. Brasserie Blanc is open for breakfast, mid-morning bites, lunch and dinner.
  3. Flesh & Buns on 41 Earlham Street Quality and service with a smile is guaranteed at this Japanese Izakaya bar and restaurant, which has a pub-style menu. It is known for serving steamed buns with fresh seafood or meat fillings. You can enjoy the sound of rock music as you devour the Flat Iron Steak and BBQ sauce, Crispy Piglet Belly and mustard miso or Fried Mackerel and yuzu mayonnaise bun. If you’re not that hungry, nibble on snacks like the Mixed Sashimi Set with yellow tail, salmon and tuna, before treating yourself to Kinako Donuts with black sugar custard or S’mores with passion fruit marshmallows! Wash it all down with cold sake by the masu or carafe.
  4. Great Queen Street on 32 Great Queen Street – This sit-down pub is a product of the gastropub development that gained momentum in the noughties. With New London Theatre being situated just two minutes around the corner, Great Queen Street is constantly filled with customers who are hungry for a pre-theatre bite. Some popular options featured on the “Feasting Menu” include the Pork with pear, walnuts and goat’s curd, Chicken with basque ham, Spanish toast and olives, and Beef with cured mackerel, rhubarb and horseradish. You can get two courses for £18 here or pay £2 more and tuck into three delicious courses
  5. Imperial China on White Bear Yard – Both traditional and dim sum dishes are served at this three-floor Cantonese restaurant, which can be found in the heart of Chinatown. Fill up on a set meal or choose individual dishes, like Beef Shin marinated in soya sauce, Crispy Aromatic Duck with Pancakes or Steamed Sea Bass with spring onion and ginger. Planning a special get-together? Book a private room.

10 Funky Places To Shop In London

cyberdogFeeling stressed? If so, a retail splurge could be just what you need to lower stress levels. Retail therapy is proven to be good for health, because filling your bags will lift the mood and all of that walking around will keep you in shape! London is the perfect destination if you’re searching for a pick-me-up, whether it’s a new outfit or snazzy piece of jewellery. So popular is the city for shopaholics that approximately 16 million international visitors will visit to explore the bric-a-brac markets and high-end stores annually.

Don’t walk around in circles trying to find the city’s hidden gems, because the following 10 hip shops boast a diverse selection of goods that put other businesses to shame:

  1. Alice Through The Looking Glass on 14 Cecil Court – Take a look around London’s exciting new boutique, which was named after the 1993 adventure-fantasy film and inspired by the find of a chessboard that was hand painted by Sir John Tenniel. A true charmer, the small store will take you on an adventure-like experience as you peruse Victorian top hats and vintage clothing. Look out for the big white rabbit in the window!
  2. Blitz on 55-59 Hanbury Street – Men’s and women’s clothing accessories can be picked up at Blitz, which is housed inside a two-storey Victorian warehouse. Many of the items are second hand, giving each piece a unique story behind it.
  3. Cyberdog in Camden Market – If you enjoy a rave you should really hit up this place before getting your dancing daps on. The loud music, hyped up staff and eclectic neon rave gear will really get you in the mood for a night at one of London’s baddest party venues.
  4. Dover Street Market on 17-18 Dover Street – Exclusive fashion collections are constantly being updated and they feature bags, shoes, clothing and accessories from respected brands like Adidas, Gosha Rubchinskiy and Nike.
  5. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies on 159 Hoxton Street – Are you a fan of all things weird and wonderful? If so, stop by at this wonderfully weird store, which was established back in 1818. It stocks unusual finds, such as cubed earwax, ‘Escalating Panic’ boiled sweets and a range of salts made from real human tears!
  6. Lewis Leathers on 3-5 Whitfield Street – Since 1892, this business has been acknowledged around London for selling the most original and best leather goods. Supermodel Kate Moss owns many items from this store, where you can purchase quality classic bikers’ jackets, boots and gloves.
  7. Persepolis on 28-30 Peckham High Street What might appear as just a corner shop is in fact a unique business that stocks a range of Perusian goods. Tuck into freshly prepared Middle Eastern fare at the on-site cafe/deli, after browsing hampers, gift packages, handicrafts and cookware.
  8. Tatty Devine on 236 Brick Lane – If you like handmade stuff, you’ll love the quirky selection of jewellery here. Featured products include laser-cut jewellery crafted with acrylic materials, like earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches.
  9. The Old Shoreditch Station on 1 Kingsland Road – This former railway station office has been transformed into a hip coffee shop, where lots of business professionals stop by for their morning or lunchtime latte. If you fancy something stronger, order a beverage from the wine and whiskey bar after a day of shopping.
  10. Tombland Bookshop on 8 Tombland – This is the second largest bookshop in East Anglia. It sells used out-of-print books and a selection of rare reads over two floors inside a 15th-century building, where over 30,000 books are on display. The reserve stock exceeds 100,000 and you can shop by author, title, description or genre.

What’s Hot On The London Art Scene

Did you know that three of the world’s top 10 museums are based in London? Boasting a vibrant art scene, the city is home to a total of 875 art galleries. The National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and Serpentine Gallery are just a few of these notable galleries and over the last few years, Notting Hill has also fast gained momentum as a must-visit spot for creative souls.

Infectious and intriguing, the artistic displays that are speckled around the city are well worth checking out. In addition to this, you can join creative individuals at city-wide painting workshops and festivals. All kinds of art exhibitions are featured in different locations each month, so why not make a day of it? If you plan on exploring the metropolis over the next few weeks, discover what’s hot.

Soundscapes: Listening to Paintings at the National Gallery

This exhibition opened to the public on July 8 and will continue through September 6. Six sound artists and musicians have been invited to create an original masterpiece inspired by the work of art of their choice at the National Gallery. Located on Trafalgar Square, the gallery houses some of the world’s greatest paintings. Each artist’s effort will be displayed in individual rooms and will be accompanied by a site specific sound piece.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

You can find Tate Modern in the Bankside area of the city. Featuring a varied collection of international modern art dating back to the 1900s, the gallery will welcome an influx of visitors through August 9 for the EY Exhibition, which is free for Tate members. Described as the “European doyenne of abstract art”, Sonia Delaunay’s 60-year career will be highlighted at this exhibit. It is one of many events commencing at the gallery throughout the season, with other summer exhibitions including Fighting History and Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World.

Carsten Holler: Decision at Southbank Centre

On June 10, the Carsten Holler: Decision exhibit opened to Southbank Centre visitors. People of all ages will make their way to the gallery on Belvedere Road to see the UK’s largest artist survey show. During the experience you will be able to wander around numerous experimental environments, designed to induce hallucinations. The disorientating installations and objects include robotically-engineered beds and oversized revolving mushrooms.

Summer Exhibition 2015 at Royal Academy of Arts

This exhibition is very different from the others that will take place this summer. Why, you ask? Well, if you have a creative streak you can unleash it and see your work shown at the world’s largest open-submission exhibition! The fee is just £25 per submission and you can register online as a first time entrant. Whether you plan on representing an Architecture Company or a collaboration of artists inside this gallery at Burlington House, Piccadilly, you can enjoy the satisfaction of having your work hung next to previous exhibitors, like Cathy de Monchaux and Patrick George.

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 at Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery hosts tours, events, workshops and tours year-round. One of the city’s major attractions, it will host monthly talks this summer, enabling visitors to discuss the Black British artist struggle, which spanned from the 1960s to the 1990s. Eric and Jessica Huntley’s life works are highlighted in this exhibition about Black British cultural identities. Running from now until January 24, 2016, it will also feature an interactive, multi-sensory installation about the Bogle L’Ouverture Press. Expect to see masterpieces created by Sokari Douglas-Camp, Eddie Chambers, Sonia Boyce, Denzil Forrester and Errol Lloyd at the exhibit, too.

Free London Events in August

Are you keen to unleash your social side this summer? If so,why not  join fellow social butterflies at the many free London events in August taking place around the capital?

A lot of people think London is just for the rich, but the truth is, there is so much free stuff to do that you have absolutely no excuse for being a couch potato. So put your best foot forward in August and get out there and discover what makes this the greatest city on the planet. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

March for Mothers on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 am

March-for-Mothers-Photo-3Every year, 340,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth. By participating in the March for Mothers you can raise money for Health Poverty Action – an international development organisation that uses a distinct approach to strengthen health services. The sponsored 5K run will be held at The Serpentine at Hyde Park.

The Rubiks on Saturday, August 8 at 1:00 pm

the-rubiks-logoFancy a giggle? Make your way to the Theatre Delicatessen on 119 Farringdon Road to watch as various genres are merged to create a sidesplitting show based on audience suggestions. Guests are encouraged to arrive from 7:00 pm to give suggestions to the comedians.

The City of London Epping Forest Department on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm

Families will congregate at Wanstead Flats Playing Field for this two-hour game of rounders, which is suitable for all ages. Games will also commence on Saturday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 19. Make a free booking by calling 020 8532 1010.

The Africa Live Festival on Saturday, August 15 at noon

Africa Live Festival London August 2015Africans arrived in London in the early 16th Century. You can immerse yourself in the rich African culture by attending this fun-filled shindig. The location is The Elephant & The Nun at Burgess Park. The event presents an opportunity to sample authentic treats at the African Market, admire the creative arts, participate in activities and dance to live music.

Painting in Watercolour & Acrylic with Sharon Finmark (Various Dates)

Putting a paintbrush to a canvas could offer a host of health benefits, from stress relief to brain stimulation. Whether you’re an experienced painter or budding artist, join London-based artist Sharon Finmark as she invites you to experience her workshop over five days – August 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. At the weather-permitting event she will share painting, photography and sketching tips. The destination is Lauderdale House Waterlow Park on Highgate Hill, and each session will begin at 10:30 am.

Future Music Open Mic Competition on Sunday, August 23

future micThousands of singers are attracted to this event. You can sign up, or spectate as talented individuals from Camden and the surrounding area show off their singing potential from 9:00 onwards. The winner will be chosen from a national vote and will have the opportunity to visit a recording studio, as well as scoop £5,000! The venue is Dingwalls on 11 Middle Yard.

Canons Park Fair on Sunday, August 30

This fair is approaching its 11th year. Taking place from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm at historic Canons Park in the Edgeware area, the free event will feature all of the usual attractions and activities, such as go karting, face painting, a kids’ bouldering wall and assault course organised by Army Reserves. Don’t forget to fill up on various foods at the Artisan food court!