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WANT to know what you can do in Hackney this evening, next weekend, or next month? Then look no further, for the first time, information on the vast array of amazing events and activities happening every day in the borough, has been collected together on this website.

Destination Hackney features free listings information about arts; cinema; clubs; comedy, community events; days out; fun for all the family; museums; music; sport; theatre; and activities for the over 50s and young people.

Just search a date and get exploring everything the borough has to offer.

19 July 2017 530pm to 18 July 2018 9pm

Slimming World

A really warm welcome awaits you as you take this life-changing step towards a healthy, slim new you. Success is an incredible journey, not just a destination, and I'm thrilled that to help you with your journey with us. Hand in hand, your dreams can come true.

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16 August 2017 10am to 28 March 2018 1230pm

IT drop-in

Free IT tuition for Hackney residents over the age of 50. Volunteers on hand to teach you how to set up an email address, browse the internet safely, shop online or use a Smartphone. One to one support means you learn at your own pace in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

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13 September 2017 1pm to 06 September 2018 2pm

Line dancing for the over 50s

Slow line dancing classes are a great way to combine fun and exercise, especially stimulating for the mind as well as being very sociable. Classes are led by an experienced teacher and performance artist. £2.

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13 September 2017 1pm to 30 August 2018 2pm

Line dancing for the over 50s

Hoxton Health invites you to come line dancing. A style that incorporates many genres such as country and western, waltz, rhumba, tango and salsa. This class is both exercise for the mind and body. Suitable for both beginners and improvers. Price: £2.

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25 November 2017 12 noon to 03 February 2018 6pm

Shadow

Catherine Story's commission for Peer fuses her long held interest in early cinema with architectural forms encountered recently on a trip to North Africa. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Free.

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22 November 2017 10am to 28 March 2018 1115am

Yoga for over 50s

For residents of Hackney who are over 50, wishing to connect with people your age group and start practicing yoga. Kim is a fully qualified and veteran yoga instructor. Mats, belts and blocks all provided. Come in for a taster, by getting in touch with us on 020 7923 0350.

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22 November 2017 12 noon to 28 March 2018 3pm

Coffee Afternoon

Are you fed up of watching the telly? Wish to meet people who are over 50 and connect with people? We can help. Every Wednesday you can come and join us for tea/coffee and chat. Bring a friend or 2, sandwich and enjoy the company of wonderful people.

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08 December 2017 to 27 January 2018

Tomorrows World exhibition

Visions of our future from more than 40 selected local and international artists. The exhibition includes paintings, prints and digital artworks depicting utopias, dystopias, sci-fi, prophecies and predictions. Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm and Sundays in December, 12 noon-5pm.

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08 January 2018 9am to 28 February 2018 5pm

Half Price treatments for new patients

Half price on all acupuncture, massage, osteopathy, shiatsu, herbal medicine and homeopathy treatments for new patients to Hoxton Health, Monday to Friday during January and February. Treatments vary by age: for someone over 70 a half price osteopathy or acupuncture treatment will be £8.50, and a half price massage £12. Call to book.

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07 September 2017 10am to 03 August 2018 1pm

£5 foot clinic for over 60s

Low cost local foot health clinic. Offering toe nail cutting, treatment for callouses, corns and bunions. Drop in from 10am to 1pm. There may be a short wait. Alternatively, make an appointment by calling Hoxton Health 020 7739 2533.

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17 October 2017 to 20 December 2018

Tuesday & Thursday classes De Beauvoir Pilates

Small friendly pilates classes for all abilities. Work at your own level. Mats available. £11 per class, drop in. Benefits: strengthen and protect back, improve posture and balance, flatten stomach, tone overall body muscles. Improve motor skills and develop body awareness for everyday activities. Feel great. All abilities - beginners welcome. Every Tuesday evening, 6.30pm-7.30pm and Thursday morning, 9am-10am.

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04 January 2018 5pm to 25 January 2018 6pm

Capoeira Angola for 7-11 year olds

Teaching Capoeira with the use of games, fun activities that develop confidence, co-ordination and phisicality. Thursdays during school term time. £5 per class. Discount for full term bookings.

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26 December 2017 10am to 13 December 2018 11am

Over 50s exercise class

Indoor jogging and walking suitable for the over 50s with or without chronic health conditions. With strengthening exercises which can be done on the floor or seated. Every Thursday morning

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11 January 2018 5pm to 29 March 2018 630pm

After school manga drawing club

Every Thursday we feature different drawing themes and techniques to help develop children's general drawing skills step by step. The future themes will be related to Japanese manga and anime including manga figures, animals, fantasy creatures, robots, monsters and more. Also, our tutor will introduce Japanese culture.

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11 January 2018 6pm to 11 January 2019 730pm

Women's yoga class

The first class (11 Jan) is free. It's then £8 per class or £30 for 6 classes. People on benefits can attend for free. If you bring a friend, your next class is free.

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18 January 2018 730pm to 26 April 2018 830pm

Swing Patrol - Clapton

Join us for fun and friendly beginner Swing Dance classes with Swing Patrol. It's a great way to meet new people, have fun and get fit. Classes are £10. No need to book, no need to bring a partner and no experience necessary. Every Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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25 January 2018 10am to 30 January 2018 5pm

Voids Rage Chimera Bloom - painting exhibition by Alexander Heaton and Mark Metcalfe

Voids Rage Chimera Bloom is the first pairing of Alexander Heaton and Mark Metcalfe. The show brings together a shared regard for painting as a means of retelling existing narratives, and mythos that sit deep in the psyche, where archetypal forms and bizarre phenomena are brought to the surface. Public view: Thursday 25 January, 7-9.30pm.

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01 September 2017 to 01 September 2018

Hackney Community Orchestra

If you long to play with other musicians, and develop your skills then this the place is for you. The Hackney Community Orchestra aims to create a unique and creative ensemble for Hackney. Whether you already play or just know the basics, all abilities are welcome. Please contact jayaneric@msn.com.

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08 September 2017 1130am to 07 September 2018 1230pm

Tai Chi for the over 50s

Hoxton Health invites you to join Tai Chi classes. Tai Chi is a form of martial arts developed in ancient China that's a great way to relieve stress and tension, ease aches and pains, and improve balance and posture. Classes led by Matt, an experienced teacher. Chairs provided to enable seated exercise. £2.

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13 October 2017 6pm to 09 March 2018 8pm

Fixing Fridays

Do you feel frustrated by electronic and electrical appliances that stop working? Want to learn to make them last longer? Join Hackney Fixers for Fixing Fridays, where we show you how to repair and take back control. Free workshops at Dalston CLR James Library. Booking required.

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26 January 2018 9pm to 27 January 2018 3am

Scott Garcia's Birthday Bash and It's a London Thing with Oxide and Neutrino

We've pulled out all the stops to put together a huge line up of UKG legends and amazing new DJs as we celebrate the birthday of one of UKG's early pioneers. Tickets start at just £5. Get yours now. Price: £6 - £11.

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19 January 2018 730pm to 28 January 2018 10pm

Dick Whittington and His Cat

The Hackney Players' annual pantomime: Dick Whittington and his Cat. Evening performances, 7pm, 19 and 20 January. Matinee performances 3pm, 20-21 and 27-28 January at 3pm.

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26 January 2018 9pm to 27 January 2018 3am

Dugout Soul Club - Mascara Bar, last Fridays

Some exciting new guests on the decks, welcome return of Alan Powell ('Down in the Basement' http://en5radio.com) and new duo, Lee and Shar Deason, joining resident Rich Walker. Classic club and northern soul, funk and Motown, choice tunes from passionate players. All welcome. Great sound, wooden dance floor, free entry.

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26 January 2018 11am to 28 January 2018 5pm

Fiorucci Sample Sale at The Box

Fiorucci kicks off an exciting year of events at The Box with an exclusive three-day sample sale. Shop their womenswear, menswear and underwear at up to 80% off. Prices starting at £8. Friday 26 January: 11am - 7pm, Saturday 27 January: 11am - 6pm, Sunday 28 January: 11am - 5pm.

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19 January 2018 7pm to 16 March 2018 9pm

Lishi Bathhouse daoist tai chi

Every Friday at 7pm. Learn Lishi daoist breathing, yoga, tai chi, massage and qi gong. £7 per class. Contact Mem to book place on imem@lishi.org.

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16 September 2017 10am to 31 March 2018 12 noon

Instrumental taster scheme

Try out four instruments over 20 weeks. Guitar, cello, flute and violin. Starts 16 September. Primary school years 1 and 2, 10.15-11am. Primary school years 3-6, 11.15am-12 noon. The best way to start your musical journey. Spaces filling up quickly. Please email or call to find out how to sign up.

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13 January 2018 10am to 03 February 2018 1pm

Baking and Cake Decorating Made Easy

Have you ever meticulously followed a recipe, only for your cake to come out of the oven under-cooked, flat as a pancake or sunken? Do you want to turn your ordinary cakes into fantastically looking cakes? This workshop introduces you to the art of baking and cake decorating. £220.

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12 December 2017 12 noon to 01 September 2018 11pm

East London beer tour

This tour starts from Mason and Co near the Olympic Park and ends in the Hipster Shoreditch district.

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27 January 2018 2pm to 5pm

Swish and Style

Come to this Swish and Style event to swap unwanted clothes for something new-to-you, or even get help and create your own unique upcycled style. Delicious vegan cupcakes and refreshments will be served throughout the event.

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20 January 2018 12 noon to 31 March 2018 2pm

Hackney Try-a-bike

Hackney Cycle Loan scheme is open to all Hackney residents who would like to try cycling for one month. For just £10, you can try a bike, and the price includes a lock, lights and a helmet. Register at www.hackneytryabike.com or just drop by. Alternate Saturdays from 20 January.

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27 January 2018 11am to 5pm

Provisional Driving - introduction to using a sewing machine

Build your confidence in using a sewing machine from setting up, understanding the different stitch functions to basic sewing techniques - seams, hems, adding a patch and more. In the afternoon create your own applique cushion or tote style bag. £35 1/2 day £60 full day. Booking essential.

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27 January 2018 2pm to 26 January 2019 430pm

Women's Circle

Women meet together once a month to practice yoga and editation, in sync with the moon cycles. Share self-care, have tea, create a community of women to support each other in a safe space, throughout the year. £15 - please register in advance. Check for benefit and concession rates.

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28 January 2018 2pm to 430pm

St Augustine's Tower open day

Hackney's oldest building will be open to the public. Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney. Disabled access to ground floor. Admission free.

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28 January 2018 11am to 530pm

Introduction to garment repairs and alterations

Learn how to care, repair and alter your clothes in a variety of ways from simple mending to more creative make overs. Areas covered - getting a good fit, changing lengths, replacing fastenings, fixing holes/tears, embellishing and refashioning. £35 1/2 day £60 full day. Booking essential.

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28 January 2018 12 noon to 6pm

SoulFull Sunday Roast at Grow in Hackney Wick

Come to Grow in Hackney Wick for a SoulFull Sunday Roast and Bloody Marys for your belly and DJs playing funk, soul and jazz for your ears.

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04 September 2017 1130am to 03 September 2018 1230pm

Chair-based excercise for the over 50s

Designed to mobilise joints and stretch and strengthen muscle groups in the upper and lower body. Run by an osteopath. All classes set to music to make exercising enjoyable. £2.

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08 January 2018 230pm to 05 February 2018 330pm

Baby massage

Free five-week baby massage course. Limited space, so please call to book.

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05 September 2017 2pm to 04 September 2018 3pm

Nordic walking for the over 50s

Nordic Walking with Hoxton Health. Increase your stamina and fitness levels. Improve your posture. Regain your wellbeing. Join us every Tuesday in Shoreditch Park. Learn the basics, then lets explore our beautiful green city. Subsidised class for the over 50s. Call Michelle on 07860 9326 36 for more info.

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05 September 2017 2pm to 04 September 2018 3pm

Tai Chi for the over 50s

Hoxton Health invites you to join Tai Chi classes. Tai Chi a form of martial arts developed in ancient China is a great way to relieve stress and tension, ease aches and pains, improve balance, posture. Classes led by Matt an experienced teacher. Chairs provided to enable seated exercise. £2.

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24 October 2017 8pm to 30 January 2018 930pm

Rachel James

Enjoy the benefits of yoga; cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. A breath with alignment led practice that presents a different focus each week. Open level class to enable people to work to their capabilities, offering modifications or further challenges. Drop in £11 or 5 classes £50 / 10 = £95

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05 December 2017 1pm to 11 December 2018 2pm

Movement to Music - exercise class for the over 50s

Come and join our exercise class and have some fun while getting fit. Every Tuesday. Cost £1 per session.

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30 January 2018 2pm to 4pm

Stress workshop

This free workshop is designed to provide support for those struggling with stress. We'll look at the triggers of stress and introduce practical techniques to help alleviate the symptoms. This will equip you with the knowledge and skills to reduce your stress. Booking essential. For a place email: huh-tr.talkingtherapy@nhs.net.

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16 January 2018 8pm to 20 March 2018 915pm

Vox Voices - all-female singing classes

Vox Voices is a course of friendly and playful vocal workshops for all female singers and would-be singers, regardless of experience, or talent. 9 workshops on Tuesday evenings. Led by SoundsCreative director Tara Franks with Rhia Parker.£10 single session drop in - pay on the door or book in advance. £72.50 full course.

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23 January 2018 730pm to 10 February 2018 11pm

Oranges and Elephants: The Musical

A new all-female musical about two rival female gangs in Victorian London. Based on an original idea by Lil Warren. The story follows Mary's arrival in London and her introduction to gang life. How will she make her life expectancy of twenty-five when the two gangs are after owning her?

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31 January 2018 6pm to 12 midnight

AmericanaFestUK 2018 - The Showcases

AmericanaFestUK 2018 - The Showcases. An evening of carefully curated Showcase gigs across four well-loved live music venues in Hackney; OSLO, Paper Dress Vintage, MOTH Club and The Empire Bar. Price: £25.

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31 January 2018 6pm to 730pm

Jsai - handmade Shea butter cosmetics

This free event will bring together a selection of handmade Shea butter products made with essential oils for skin and hair. Introducing Jsai, a cosmetic brand launched by a young entrepreneur - come along to hear more about this fantastic product and sample. For more info ring 0207 249 4542.

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01 February 2018 730pm to 930pm

De Beauvoir WI

Ever wanted to know more about the history of Hackney? Come along and find out more as we welcome Hackney Archives, who will be talking about the history of Hackney and De Beauvoir when they visit our monthly meeting. Plus - meet new friends, and enjoy tea and cake

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01 February 2018 630pm to 8pm

Lifezone cancer support group

A free group open to men and women. First Thursday of each month.

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01 February 2018 7pm to 930pm

Philosophies of East and West 16-week course

This 16-week course will introduce you to the major systems of East and West. Prices: £160, concession: £120.

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01 February 2018 10am to 06 February 2018 5pm

Elaborate Ruse - an installation by Charlotte Williams-Foster

Drawings are hung to divide the space in a layered arrangement that connects with the busy street outside the gallery window. The paper screens have been cut into, opening onto and visible through one another. Marked, collaged, painted and embellished both sides, they intersect and interconnect in ways that shift. Public view: Thursday 1 February, 7-9.30pm.

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02 February 2018 730pm to 10pm

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits present: Jean K and Winnaretta

Jean K are a new four-piece band based out of East London. The band formed with the noble aim of infusing indiepop with a much-needed disco twist. Jean K's debut single, Billy, a homage to Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse Five, was released last year on Crocodile Records. Free entry.

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02 February 2018 9pm to 3am

Earthly Measures #5 with Mehmet Aslan and Jonny Rock

It's Earthly Measures #5 and we are very excited for this one. For our first event of 2018, we find ourselves migrating to another great East London venue in the form of Mick's Garage.

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02 February 2018 10pm to 03 February 2018 4am

Metalheadz London at Village Underground with Icicle, Ulterior Motive and Randall

Metalheadz returns to London for a mammoth takeover at Village Underground. Icicle (special guest) B2B Ulterior Motive, Randall (Blue Note set), Blocks and Escher (album launch) and Benny L.

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02 February 2018 10pm to 03 February 2018 2am

Scared To Dance: synthpop special

We'll be playing the likes of New Order, Devo, Soft Cell, Kraftwerk, Future Islands, OMD, Erasure, LCD Soundsystem, Eurythmics, The Horrors, The Human League, Stereolab, Neu!, Simple Minds, Hot Chip and more. £4/£6.

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03 February 2018 10am to 1pm

Learn to knit a 'Top Down' jumper or cardigan

Join local knitter Jill Bulgan who will guide you through knitting your own raglan style jumper or cardigan using her brilliantly adaptable formula and pattern. You will work with chunky yarn (for speed) using circular needles fitting to your body (or some else). £40. Booking essential.

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03 February 2018 230pm to 530pm

Macrame Workshop

Learn the basic knots in 'Macrame' work whilst creating your own stylish plant pot hanger. During the class you will also learn how to make your own rope from recycled materials. £40. Includes all materials. All levels welcome. Booking essential.

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03 February 2018 7pm to 11pm

Re:Naissance

An excercise in artistic curiosity. This cabaret night is hosted by Mad Pirvan and Belén Berlín, that will present you some of the most wicked wonderground artists in London.

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04 February 2018 330pm to 25 February 2018 530pm

Personal safety course (including self defence) for women and girls 13+

A free 4-week personal safety and self defence course for women and girls over 13. No upper age limit. You must be able to commit to all 4-sessions to qualify for a potential space. £10.50 deposit is required to secure your place, which will be returned at the end of the course. Terms and conditions apply.

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04 February 2018 11am to 5pm

Sew your own 'Sculptural Bucket Coat'

Spend the day with the wonderful Tree from Stitchless TV (check out YouTube!) making your own version of her stylish coat design. Tree will guide you through the steps from cutting out using her pattern, assembling on the machine to finishing. £90. Includes the pattern. Booking essential.

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05 February 2018 430pm to 05 February 2019 6pm

Yard Youth: theatre-making for 12-16 year olds

Join Yard Youth and work alongside world class artists to tear up everything you thought theatre could be, then build something extraordinary in its place. Yard Youth are The Yard Theatre's radical theatre-makers. We meet weekly, every Monday in term time, in Hackney Wick to experiment, play and create a phenomenal new world. More information: bit.ly/2CTt0FU.

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06 February 2018 230pm to 330pm

Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading

Experience the art of tea leaf reading (tasseography) with diviner Freya Ingva in the beautiful surroundings of Springfield Park and its welcoming cafe. Enjoy the views or walk among notable trees of interest before an afternoon tea with a difference. Taster price £7 includes tea. www.freyaingva.com

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08 February 2018 2pm to 4pm

Sleep workshop

This free workshop is designed to support those who are having trouble sleeping, whether it's difficulty in falling asleep, continual waking or waking early. The workshop introduces helpful behaviours and relaxation techniques to break these cycles and promote a better night's sleep. Booking essential. For a place email:
huh-tr.talkingtherapy@nhs.net

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09 February 2018 7pm to 11pm

The South London Soul Train Weekender Part 1 - Tony Allen live in concert

The launch of the inaugural dance floor direct, ultimate global soulfest that is the 2 day, 2 venue, 3 event The South London Soul Train Weekender.

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10 February 2018 12pm to 4pm

Valentine's gift day and craft fair

A free event for the community. There will be decorative items from local businesses, designers, artists and craft makers. Browse the variety of stalls to select gifts for a special person for Valentine's day. For further information and stall/table booking contact: Suzanne: 07956905730. Email designsbysuzanne01@hotmail.com.

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11 February 2018 12 noon to 6pm

SoulFull Sunday Roast at Grow in Hackney Wick

Come to Grow in Hackney Wick for a SoulFull Sunday Roast and Bloody Marys for your belly and DJs playing funk, soul and jazz for your ears.

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14 February 2018 7pm to 1030pm

Valentine's 2018: Ola Szmidt Ep1 launch + Elsa Hewitt+ Anna Waldmann

Candle lit, atmospheric evening of music celebrating a debut release from the Steve Reid InNovation Award winner and FourTet's mentee: Ola Szmidt. Special guests: Anna Waldmann and Elsa Hewitt. More info and book tickets (£11.50) via https://olaszmidt.bandcamp.com/merch/valentines-2018-ola-szmidt-ep1-launch-elsa-hewitt-anna-waldmann.

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17 February 2018 10am to 12 noon

Cake decorating for beginners

Did somebody say cake? We have a wonderful cake decorating workshop for beginners at a fantastic price with our 50% discount code JAN 31. Places must be booked before 31 January. For information ring 0207 249 4542 or see www.htea1.com.

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25 February 2018 2pm to 5pm

Give and Take day

Give and Take days are community exchange events, which give you the chance to donate unwanted but reusable items you no longer want and take something you need - for free.

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06 March 2018 230pm to 330pm

Experience the Art of Tea Leaf Reading

Experience the art of tea leaf reading (tasseography) with diviner Freya Ingva in the beautiful surroundings of Springfield Park and its welcoming cafe. Enjoy the views or walk among notable trees of interest before an afternoon tea with a difference. Taster price £7 includes tea. www.freyaingva.com

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15 April 2018 1050am to 130pm

Stoke Newington Ghost Signs Walk

Travel back in time with the 'ghost' signs of Stoke Newington as your guide. These fading painted signs whisper from the walls with stories of advertising past, and local researcher Sam Roberts shares these alongside numerous archival images on this TripAdvisor award-winning walking tour.

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26 April 2018 7pm to 29 April 2018 12 noon

Prosecco Springs

Prosecco Springs, London's foremost festival solely dedicated to Prosecco, is returning to East London's Oval Space from Thursday 26-Sunday 29 April 2018.

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