Summer of Love Local by #ShopStroudGreen

Written by: Sophie Taylor

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love ’67 where freedom of expression, art and love reigned supreme.

#ShopStroudGreen are celebrating the fact with a Summer of Love Local weekend festival this June. Across Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June there will be a veritable smorgasbord of activities hosted, run and made by your friendly neighbourhood businesses, artists and creative types.

The Charity Arts Project, Pretty Shing Shop, Finsbury Park

All events and workshops are free except for the guided Stroud Green walk which is a modest £5 and the Stroud Green Festival music events which are a bargainous £12 (£8 concessions). To take full advantage of all the goings on, look out for the #ShopStroudGreen poster in participating shops to collect your trail map. Then get skipping up the road with flowers in your hair ready to get stickered up like a cool cat. Once you’ve collected at least 10 stickers (one per shop – no cheating) you’re entitled to a free drink from either La Fabrica, The Deli at 80, Walnut, The World’s End or The White Lion. You don’t have to buy from the shops to get the sticker although #shoplocal is encouraged, of course.

But it’s not all about free booze (or tonic), is it? Well is it? I’m not sure I know these days. The weekend will also see a map bursting with artist pop ups, craft workshops, talks, walks, demos, live art and exhibitions from local photographers, ceramicists, designers and illustrators. Music will float across Stroud Green too as the weekend is also host to an array of events curated by The Stroud Green Festival.

MoseyHome Finsbury Park Stroud Green

Here’s the full line-up (Woodstock eat your heart out, yeah baby):

Saturday 17th June Only:

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Guided Walk “From Hay to Houses, Stroud Green Discovered” a guided walk by Paul Sinclair, meeting at The World’s End. Entry is £5 and totally worth it for the unique insight of your local area.

12pm – 5pm – Live Signwriting & Kids Workshop by The Aboard Dude vs The Barefaced Movement. Everyone’s favourite letterererererer and his cronies at local design collective The Barefaced Movement will be hosting a live signwriting and kid’s chalkboard workshop at The World’s End pub, while the parents quaff a restorative ale indoors. 

12pm – 5pm – Liquor Tasting Try a liquid lunch from East London’s first vodka, gin and whisky distiller, East London Liquor Company at Clapton Craft.

The Deli at 80 Stroud Green

12pm – 5pm – Clay Workshop get your hands dirty at the Birds of Love and Peace clay workshop for families, friends and anyone who fancies it really, with Veronica Seifert at Charter Court.

1pm – 3pm – Pottery  Wheel Demo more clay fun at Pretty Shiny Shop with Claytime who will be providing a workshop to appease the budding ceramicist (or fervent fans of the film ‘Ghost’) in all of us. 

1pm – 3pm – Balloon Demo Fun watch how they twist bits of rubber into unexpected shapes and enjoy the squeaky nonsense that ensues at Top Balloon. 

2pm – 3pm – Free Talk by The Arts Society one for the culture vultures… The Arts Society are hosting a Summer of Love ‘60s: Art, Music and Photography talk at The John Jones Art Building, co-hosted by Stroud Green’s very own purveyors of the finest Mid Century Modern wares, MoseyHome. One not to miss! 

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5.30pm –  Tea, Cakes & Cantatas in Costume for all the family with The Little Baroque Company as part of the Stroud Green Festival at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road N8 9LP  Tickets £12 (£8 concessions)  tickets from:

Sunday 18th June Only:

12pm – 5pm – Affinity Brew Co tastings oh we do love a beer or five, and you can also get some really special local flavours from the Affinity Brew Company. Hosted at Clapton Craft, get your hands on the likes of Toowomba – a Lamington cake inspired Stout conditioned with toasted coconut and cacao nibs. Screw the rest of our plans, we’ll be sipping on this all Sunday thanks. That or the sourmashed Hibiscus Spritz brew. Yum.

1pm – 3pm – Lampwork Glass Beading Demo the glorious Pretty Shiny Shop are hosting a lampwork glass beading demo, which is pretty much the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in between indie retail therapy and pub hopping isn’t it?

5.45pm and 8.15pm – Pygmalion a quirky 45 min rom-com opera for all the family with animation & dance! Part of the Stroud Green Festival music series held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stapleton Hall Road, N4 4QA  Tickets £12 (£8 concessions) Tickets here:

All Weekend:

12pm – 5pm – Tastings The Deli at 80 is about to ruin our diets and tickle our taste buds with a Doisy and Dam chocolate tasting, or you can be positively saintly and have a nibble at the new Crop Drop veg box scheme tasting. Chocolate dipped carrots anyone? 

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All Weekend – Local Photographers Takeover Exhibition local snappers such as Mike Barry (he of North Four magazine fame) and Type Chap are taking over the windows of Davies and Davies Estate Agents on the corner of Stroud Green Road and Tollington Park. For one weekend the entire shop front will be turned into a gallery, showcasing North London’s finest emerging and established photographic talent.

12pm – 5pm – Arts/Makers Pop-ups from The Charity Arts Project cards and prints to clothing by Absolutely Bear, (both local businesses) the beautiful space at Pretty Shiny Shop will be full to bursting. Look out for even more pop ups popping up in the store by local artists, Stewart Johnson, Suzie London, Nina Kupenda and Emma Styles too.

12pm – 5pm – Tarot Card Readings Clover will be giving out some insightful tarot card readings at the Deli at 80, find out your destiny (or perhaps just get some informed advice about what to eat for dinner).

12pm – 5pm – Furniture Design Pop Up contemporary furniture design group, Studio GBD will be setting up shop at the beautiful mid century modern and contemporary interiors shop, MoseyHome.

7am – 6.30pm – Artist Pop Ups tasty deli Boulangerie Bon Matin will be showcasing Maria Gerardo‘s oil paintings all weekend, while Giulia Ballistreri’s work will be on show at the fabulous Moroccan, West African and Indian textiles shop, Boutique Yamina.

Keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground for any further updates.

Keep it local.

#lovelocal #shopstroudgreen

The #ShopStroudGreen team are:
Georgina Black (owner, Pretty Shiny Shop)
Mary le Comte (owner, MoseyHome)
Bridget Orr (owner, The Deli at 80)
Claire Holly Davies (owner, The Barefaced Movement / North Four Magazine)

For more info contact:, 020 7263 5292


Top – event flyer by Julia at The Barefaced Movement

Photos 1 (The Charity Arts Project at Pretty Shiny Shop), 2 (MoseyHome) and 3  (Deli at 80) all by Mike Barry at The Barefaced Movement

Bottom – Summer of Love Local map and poster by Julia at The Barefaced Movement

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