Visit London Blog » udderbelly Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 31 May – 2 June Mon, 27 May 2013 09:00:14 +0000 June arrives in London this weekend, bringing with it lots of fun events and – hopefully – some sunshine too!

Toast Festival, Shoreditch

Shoreditch plays host to a thoughtful celebration of London’s dining culture this weekend, as the Toast Festival comes to town. Raising money for charity Action Against Hunger, the festival features talks by culinary luminaries such as Jeremy Lee and the Bompass and Parr team, as well as tastings, workshops and even an after party. Entry to the festival area, with its associated food stands and pop-up shop, is free, but tickets are required for talks and workshops. See the festival website for full details. 1-2 Jun 

The Soho Flea Market

Soho’s Dean Street will be closed to traffic on Sunday, as a range of artists, designers and craftsmen take over the street with stalls displaying their wares. Between 12pm to 8pm visitors can browse the unique stands and enjoy a variety of music and comedy performed on the outdoor stage. More information. 2 Jun

Ship Hats at the Cutty Sark 

Head to the Cutty Sark’s family fun weekend for a chance to learn about millinery and naval history. In honour of the fact that the ship once sailed under the Portugese flag as the Ferreira, the museum is inviting families to make spectacular ship hats in their special workshop, which can then be worn on Portugal Day on 10 June. The workshops are free with Cutty Sark entry (£12 for adults) and take place between 11.30am and 1.30pm, and 2pm to 4pm. 1-2 Jun 

The Circus Maximus Finals, Udderbelly Southbank

Udderbelly’s Circus Maximus contest has brought together 20 top circus acts to decide who will be crowned the UK’s top circus act. In the finals, you can see the last five acts perform a stunning new show that has been created especially for the competition. Expect spectacular displays of physical skill, as well as lots of laughs!  Tickets start from £23. Until 1 Jun

The Honeypot Pop-Up Kid’s  Boutique and Festival, Shoreditch

Children’s charity Honeypot is hosting a two day festival and pop-up clothes sale to raise money for the support it provides to young carers.  The event is open between 11am to 5pm on both days, and features a huge sale of kids’ clothes as well as workshops in street art, dance, music and fashion. You can also dazzle the crowds with your karaoke skills from the Honeypot Bus on Saturday afternoon – see the website for full event details and timings. 1-2 Jun

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London Video of the Week: Udderbelly Festival 2013 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:20:54 +0000

Udderbelly Festival’s purple cow has arrived at the Southbank Centre in London for a summer of fun! The festival’s giant upside-down cow stage will host a packed programme of comedy, circus and family shows, including appearances by comedians Richard Herring, The Boy With Tape On His Face and Ardal O’Hanlon.

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What’s On This Weekend. 12-14 April 2013 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:00:22 +0000 It’s a great weekend for vintage transport in London, as you can learn about the tube’s history in Acton and admire traditionally-attired cyclists during the Tweed Run. If that inspires you, why not jump on a Boris Bike and explore the city on two wheels?

The London Tweed Run

Are your sartorial senses dismayed by today’s lycra-clad cyclists? Celebrate proper cycling attire at the annual Tweed Run, a refined bike ride through London in which all participants are dressed in tweed. Many of the bicycles used match the traditional clothing, and you’ll see unicycles and vintage bikes amongst the mass of cyclists. Places for participants have now been allocated, but spectators can watch along the route – keep an eye on the Tweed Run website for details. 13 Apr

The E4 Udderbelly Festival

Get ready to giggle as the upside-down purple cow returns to the South Bank for another summer of top comedy, circus and cabaret. Not only does the E4 Udderbelly Festival give you the chance to see hilarious acts such as Richard Herring and Stephen K Amos, but the festival space also boasts a huge outdoor bar which is great for sunny afternoons. Visit the festival website for ticket and schedule information. 12 Apr-14 Jul 

Asia House Festival

Immerse yourself in the Orient at the fourth Asia House Fair, which features the best in arts, crafts and design from across Asia. More than 35 stalls will be present, offering unusual handmade gifts from the likes of China Life, Memsahib and Treasures from the Silk Road. Visitors can also enjoy Afternoon Tea in Mackwood’s Tea Room. Entry is free and you can check the fair’s opening times on the Asia House website12-14 Apr

The RHS Orchid and Botanical Art Festival at Royal Horticultural Halls

See spectacular displays of orchids at the Royal Horticultural Society’s show, which presents displays from prominent British and international growers. Visitors can also shop for beautiful plants, listen to talks by orchid experts and marvel at the largest botanical art display of the year. Tickets are £8 and can be booked on the RHS website, where you can also view the show’s opening times.  11-13 Apr

Spring Open Weekend at the London Transport Museum Depot, Acton

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground at the London Transport Museum’s Depot, which houses more than 400,000 items. As well as seeing the Metropolitan Steam Locomotive No. 1 in steam, families can ride the model railway, listen to talks, see fascinating displays and even make their own model steam train. Tickets are £10 and the event runs from 11am-5pm both days. 13-14 Apr

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Brazil! Brazil! A festival of Capoeira, Football and Samba Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:22:07 +0000
I was given a terrific opportunity to see a taster of the eagerly anticipated Brazil! Brazil! show before the London leg of the tour starts on Friday at the E4 Udderbelly on the South Bank.

After warming up with a number of keepie uppies with the football, the performers stripped off to reveal their scarily toned bodies and set about showing me what they could do.

It was obvious this group of athletic Brazilians are an extremely gifted bunch. Some were playing their drums in the rhythmic samba beat; others were doing back flips and practising capoeira– a martial art performed to music. Meanwhile, Brazil’s national football freestyle champion, Arthur Mansilla, was busy juggling the football in all manner of ways.

Brazil! Brazil! explores the link between capoeira,  samba, and football. The show also tells the story of how the origins of these cultural obsessions in Brazil stem from slavery – particularly in the north-eastern Bahia region.

The skills needed for capoeira, samba and football are very similar. The word Ginga, which means dodging, is used in all three activities. While capoeira and samba were formed by slaves, Brazilian football was transformed by them into what it is today.

Mickey Beigi, a capoeira artist from Salvador da Bahia told me: “I practised capoeira since I was ten years old and today capoeira and dancing is my job, my work and my life. In Brazil everybody likes capoeira and everybody likes music. My capoeira has taught me a good life; it has shown me different cultures and different people.”

He tells me how excited he is to be in London: “It’s my first time in London but I have [always] intended to come to London because it is so big and so beautiful,” he says. “I haven’t seen much yet but once the show has started I want to see more. I want to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Harrods.”

Beigi also says he is looking forward to watching the World Cup while in London. With Brazil fever surrounding every World Cup, there is no better time to showcase the Brazilian culture. The show forms part of Southbank Centre’s three-month Festival Brazil.

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Frisky and Mannish at the E4 Udderbelly in London Tue, 08 Jun 2010 09:00:41 +0000 Last Thursday I went to see self-proclaimed pop educators Frisky and Mannish perform at the E4 Udderbelly – a giant, upside down, purple cow on the South Bank.

The duo’s hilarious show provides a musical “education” in the form of comedy, cabaret, and pop songs as you’ve never heard them before.

I don’t want to ruin the show by giving away the songs – part of the fun of the night is recognizing songs which they’ve turned into something that sounds completely different. But to give you a taste, you’ll hear nursery rhymes Girls Aloud style, Lily Allen taking on Noel Coward and Radiohead’s Creep reimagined.

Not only was the show brilliantly funny but I also learnt something – it’s not necessarily what you sing but how you sing it.

Frisky and Mannish are playing two more shows in the Udderbelly in London (on 10 and 17 June) as well as hosting a special Frisky and Mannish party.

Even if you don’t have show tickets, I’d recommend a trip to the Udderbelly. It has a lively beer garden with various food outlets including Pizza Express and is a great spot for a drink on the South Bank. It really feels like a little slice of the Edinburgh Festival in London.

E4 Udderbelly in London until until 18 July 2010. Full programme

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