Pinboard 24 August: fill your bank holiday with free food, boat-bound TV fame and jerk chicken

Herne Hill: Book now to see The Breakfast Club at Brockwell Lido Earlier in the summer, Brockwell Park’s beautiful Lido …

Herne Hill: Book now to see The Breakfast Club at Brockwell Lido


Earlier in the summer, Brockwell Park’s beautiful Lido hosted an excellently appropriate open-air screening of Jaws (well, appropriate if even in swimming pools you fret about what might be about to grab hold of your legs… maybe that’s just us). Now the giant screen is back – and the movie this time? The Breakfast Club. The film choice was the result of a public vote set by organisers, the Luna Cinema: either south London’s 1980s teenagers are feeling nostalgic, or the decade’s kitsch appeal is continuing to reach out to new generations.

The screening isn’t until next month, but tickets are going fast so you’ll need to book in advance. And just in case you haven’t seen the cult American 1985 coming-of-age teen flick, it follows the shenanigans of five high-school kids in a Saturday detention. Gloss over the fact that goodie-goodie, Molly Ringwald, handsome jock Emilio Estevez, quirkball-who-gets-a-girlie-makeover, Ally Sheedy et al look way too old to be in school, and grab a few pals, some popcorn and cross your fingers for an Indian summer. We’re only gutted the dinghies-for-two are sold out…
Doors 6.30pm, 18 September, Brockwell Lido  Book your tickets from The Luna Cinema

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White Men Can't Jerk chicken
White Men Can’t Jerk chicken

London Bridge: White Men Can’t Jerk
Can’t be bothered with the mayhem and crowds of Notting Hill Carnival, but don’t want to be left out of the culinary traditions? Stop by the humorously named pre-Carnival pop-up White Men Can’t Jerk. The food has funny names too, we task you to order “it’s a wing ting” without a smirking (there’s also jerk halloumi for vegetarians and Red Stripe chicken for beer nuts). These Caribbean-flavour mad guys are fairly new to the foodie scene but why should that hold them back? In their words: “You will be showered with bold flavours and feel good vibes.”
White Men Can’t Jerk is at The Skyroom, 148 Tooley Street, SE1 and opens tomorrow, Friday 23 between 5-11pm. Two courses £14.50. @WMCJ_LDN

merrybobbinsimg_0767-webSouthbank: The Village Fair
The countryside is popping to London this Saturday at the Southbank Centre’s Village Fair. They have billed a full on creative day including a vegetable sculpture competition and a falconry to give all an insight into country living with an urban twist.

The fair is part of The South Bank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood, which is in its last few weeks and worth checking out in itself. You could rock up and be taught how to jive with London Swing Dance Society or try and nab a ticket to Hot Dub Time Machine’s party where they will get you grooving along to a song for every year from 1954 to the present day.
The Village Fair happens on Saturday 24 August at 11am, in the Southbank Centre’s Foyer Spaces. For all Festival of Neighbourhood events and tickets visit 

battersea_bargeNine Elms: Audience tickets for Mary Portas’ new Channel 4 show filming on the Battersea Barge
Ever fancied yourself on the telly box or want to see how a big show all comes together? Channel 4 have a few spaces left to be in the audience of a new entertainment show they’re filming on the Battersea Barge next Tuesday. The TV show is Mary Portas’ new one, the Barge’s owner Peter told us earlier today. It is to be called Age Against the Machine and has Portas launching an employment agency for the over-65s. And if you’ve never been to the Barge, but can’t make it on Tuesday, the out-of-the-way floating comedy and music venue really worth checking out other days of the week – there’s an old-school bar, a summer-friendly top deck and the funny wobble you get after a few hours on a boat, whether you’ve been on the shandies or not.
Event is 27 August but you must have advance (free) tickets. To register, call 020 7498 0004 or email

A Fry's sweet chilli warm flatbread
A Fry’s sweet chilli warm flatbread

Brixton: Fry’s Family Foods massive food giveaway
No such thing as a free lunch? Well there is in Brixton next week. A week today vegan food giants, Fry’s Family Foods, are luring in the locals with gratis sarnies in the hope of showing them how tasty a meat-free diet can be. It’s all happening at Ms Cupcake, the vegan bakery in the market, where owner Mellissa Morgan says she is always up for anything that will educate her community about “kinder, more environmentally food”. So get in line and grab one of the 300 freebies.
Thursday 29 August, 6pm Ms Cupcake Bakery, 48 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton

brixtons hamletBrixton: last chance to see Hamlet in the market car park
We’re praying for dry weather on Sunday, as it’s the last chance to see this acclaimed production of Brixton’s Hamlet, a version of Shakespeare’s regal tragedy set in the run-up to the area’s 1980s riots. Or, as the production company behind it, Synomatic, explain: “By 1980, a revolt was impending and the streets of Brixton had an air of discontent. The neglect of the government bred bitterness and unrest. A performance of Hamlet as a victim of circumstance among a family with a reputation that has grown powerful and violent in Brixton.”
Take a blanket to sit on to the Traders’ car park on Canterbury Crescent, SW9. Tickets are £10 or £15 from @BrixtonsHamlet

Words: Sarah Fox

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