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14 MAKE THE FUTURE LIVE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK Make the Future Live is returning to London, kicking off the summer season with a celebration of innovation, inventions and bright energy ideas. This free action-packed festival takes place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between May 25 – 28. Over the weekend, visitors can take a virtual reality journey beneath the earth’s surface, run as fast as possible to generate energy in giant zorbs and check out how power can be generated from kites. Grab yourself a burger cooked by used coffee grounds and see cars of the future battle it out in the iconic Shell Eco-marathon mileage challenge. The park will be transformed into three themed zones that explore brilliant bright ideas for a lower-carbon energy future. Guests can also listen to live music, watch weird science shows and meet celebrity guests. There’s a new exciting addition to the festival schedule, Make the Future Live Lates on 26 May. Catering for over 18s, this unique event offers something different for those looking for Friday night fun. Visitors will be treated to an exclusive live podcast recording on stage by Intelligence Squared, debating how London could become the world’s first carbon neutral city. Joining them are special guests, former Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury and comedic genius Richard Ayoade. 42ND ANNUAL COVENT GARDEN MAY FAYRE & PUPPET FESTIVAL Punch & Judy Professors from all over the country will gather in the garden of St Paul’s Church (the Actor’s church) on Sunday 14 May to celebrate the first recorded sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in May 1662. The day starts at 11.00 with a Grand Procession around the neighbourhood of Covent Garden led by the Superior Brass Band. At 12 noon there will be a Special Church Service with Mr Punch in the Pulpit. From 12.30 to 17.30, Punch & Judy and Puppet Shows, Puppet Workshops, Stalls, Refreshments, Folk Music and Maypole Dancing will take place in the garden of St Paul’s Church. SOUNDS OF THE CITY AT LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM Get ready to party at the opening night of the new Prize for Illustration: Sounds of the City exhibition at London Transport Museum on 19 May. With bars, a DJ, talks, tours, a quiz and creative make-and-take workshops guests can enjoy a range of activities inspired by the exhibition. The 100 illustrations on display, which were chosen from over 2000 entries by a panel of independent experts, celebrate the variety of sounds associated with our cities: lyrics and language; hubbub and stillness; heritage and science; wildlife and nightlife; transport and sport. Friday Late activities include Cries of London when The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life tells stories of the celebrated street traders of Covent Garden and reveals unexpected social realities of their lives; and The Lost Worlds of Sound – sound archivist Ian Rawes takes you back through time on an auditory journey into the past through soundscapes of London history from the 1950s to the 1880s. The Friday Late takes place at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2. Tickets can be booked in advance at The Prize for Illustration 2017: Sounds of the City exhibition runs until Sunday 3 September. SUMMER STREETS RETURNS TO REGENT STREET This July, Regent Street will be celebrating the return of its annual traffic-free Summer Streets events. Taking place every Sunday in July, the series will see Regent Street become pedestrianised from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, in a bid to encourage Londoners and visitors alike to relax, and enjoy the range of entertainment and activities along the street. It will see the area’s retailers, restaurants and businesses coming together with a selection of curated partners to offer the public memorable summer days out. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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