Some of you are probably waiting in excitement for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Some of you may have gotten lucky enough to have tickets to the games. Some of you would do anything to avoid the madness at the tube stations.
Still, some of you will want to enjoy this beautiful and real summer week we are experiencing in London whilst doing something which is NOT related to the Olympics, but fun nevertheless. In that case, you should have a look at the V22 summerclub located just 3 minutes away from Bermondsey tube station. Yes, Bermondsey will be one of the busiest stations since it links to the Olympic park; but if you are waiting for the rush hour to recede or just happen to be enjoying the view at London Bridge which is just 15 minutes away, you should certainly visit V22 for a series of films, workshops and a dose of contemporary art.
I went there last weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the enormous Peak Freans Biscuit factory, now converted into an arts space which exhibits 54 artist-led initiatives and events. Inside the halls you will find a quirky pop-up record store called Sound//Space which showcases some very talented artists and labels and supports various genres (experimental-sound art-free Jazz-electonica-exploratory music). You can also buy some hand printed releases and screen printed posters to adorn your arty walls at home. I did!
If you are suddenly struck by hunger pangs while browsing through the art, quickly make your way to the organic cafe called PowerLunches which is right across the record store and serves some healthy yet delicious and affordable hot soups, sandwiches, salads, fresh juices and coffee. I had a beautiful cheese toastie and did not feel guilty despite the fact that I had had a proper lunch just two hours before.
If you are with your friend or waiting for your friend or just feel like having Cider because, well, it is London and you don't really need a reason to glug a pint of that bittersweet juice, head to the Summerclub bars right next to the cafe, where David will serve you some west country organic cider, local ales, wines, cocktails and tinnies with a very bright smile.
If you have kids or pets or both you can have all the more fun on a Sunday which is a kid's special day with kid's choice film screenings in the small cinema hall, The Muppets show and the best of children's television. There is also an arts workshop called 'The Wall of Smiles' which will take place in the afternoon of 29th.
Since I neither have kids nor pets to have fun with I amused myself with a 'Catwalk' which is an art walk/tour that introduces you to the vibrant art emerging out of south east London. So there, if you are looking to do something arty this weekend or looking for a new place to eat and drink at or just want to soak up anything but Olympics, do visit V22. I am very pleased with my discovery because even if you don't want to do any of the aforementioned things and just like walking around the streets of this wonderful city, you will be very happy to have come across this Biscuit factory, which does not produce biscuits but provides some really intriguing art and some exciting entertainment.