Something for the weekend

Three summer festivals to spice up your weekend

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Between a tequila celebration, dynamic street photography and unlimited beer on tap, this weekend there’s a festival for everyone

August is the month of out-of-office emails and empty offices. If you’re unlucky enough to be one of the few remaining in the capital, never fear: London still has plenty to keep you occupied. Case in point: this weekend offers up not one but three festivals to try, from craft beer, to tequila, to photography. So whatever you fancy, these festivals bring a little taste of everything. Grab your sunblock and linen jacket, and head out to experience some of the best London has to offer.

1. London Street Photography Festival, Hackney

If a boozy weekend in the sun isn’t for you, then head over to Hackney’s Street Photography Festival. With an ethos of community-building, this international exhibition features an array of dynamic street photography, as well as informative workshops, special lectures and some friendly competitions. Showcasing a lively collection from the likes of Chris Steele-Perkins and Ania Klosek, expect an immersive experience in the world of visual art. Begin the festivities with a street food breakfast, followed by an enlightening talk with Wall Street Journal photo editor Dan Gaba. Why not take your camera and get snapping, too?

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2. Tequila Festival, Acklam Village

Eagerly awaiting the Notting Hill Carnival? Prep your party spirit this weekend with a visit to the Tequila Festival. This Saturday, Acklam Village in west London plays host to an unforgettable Mexican adventure, filled with mariachi bands, decorated piñatas and of course – all things tequila. Unlike your typical agave journey, the Tequila Festival offers more than just Jose Cuervo. There’s over 30 brands on deck at the signature cocktail bar, alongside some tasty tacos and loaded fajitas. But don’t worry newcomers, you’ll be handed a ‘tequila bible’ on arrival, making you party ready.

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weekend festivals, london craft beer festival, the jackal magazine3. Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock

Endless ales and tasty food – what more could you want of a lazy Sunday? Returning to the capital this weekend is the annual Craft Beer Festival. This year it’s moved to Tobacco Dock, which means the party’s only going to get bigger. There’s over 65 craft beer brewers on board for the festival, plus pop-up kitchens and DJ sets from the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and Huey Morgan. Snag an all-inclusive ticket and dive a weekend that celebrates the very best of craft beer.

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