Attend Bookstock-On-Sea in Shoreditch this weekend
Since 2011, Shoreditch venue The Book Club has made the August bank holiday that bit more eccentric with Bookstock - an exciting and eclectic street festival that takes place on Leonard Street. This year's edition is just around the corner and, perhaps inspired by the recent British heatwave, has been specially rechristened Bookstock-On-Sea - "a celebration of the great British summer and all the fun of the seaside", according to organisers.
Bookstock-On-Sea promises to be bigger and better than any previous incarnation of Bookstock, with festivities taking place across three distinct zones - the so-called Promenade, the End of the Pier and Under the Pier. The last of these takes place in the basement of The Book Club itself, which will be transformed into a den of over 30 lights and lasers for the occasion.
Alongside the requisite live music, food and drink, attendees should expect a quirky approximation of a traditional British seaside holiday. Themed attractions include a Punch and Judy Show, a Musical Bingo tournament and gastronomical delights like gourmet ice cream and sea salt cocktails.
More inventively, visitors will be able to participate in a Knobbly Knees competition and a Slow Motion 'Baywatch Running' contest.
In terms of musical entertainment, meanwhile, The Book Club are promising a "summery soundtrack" supplied by a solid lineup of acts old and new. These include legendary disco ensemble Odyssey - the band behind hits like Native New Yorker and Inside Out - and Prince tribute Princeless.
Bookstock-On-Sea takes place on Sunday (August 25) between midday and 8pm. It's entirely free to attend, but potential visitors are warned that they might be turned away if the event exceeds capacity.
To avoid disappointment, they're advised to pick up priority wristbands - enabling them to enter the festival site regardless and jump the queues into the bargain. These can be collected from The Book Club itself.
Leonard Street should prove easy to reach for those staying at hotel accommodation in London and travelling via public transport. It's a stone's throw from the Shoreditch High Street Overground station.