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March 2017 / Diary / by Naomi Misquita-Rice

London’s own Bestival

Following the first few bursts of spring sunshine in London this week, we’ve started to daydream about summertime – and along with warmer, brighter days, that also means festival season. If, like us, you are already craving a slice of that action, The House of St Barnabas has got you covered: Festival Embassy, a series of three one-day micro festivals, kicks off there this Saturday, 25 March. The first event is co-curated by Bestival and brings you rising stars, intimate acoustic gigs, plus renowned and emerging DJs, set in the beautiful Georgian townhouse, stunning French gothic chapel and secluded courtyard garden. As well as music from Will Varley, Mary Epworth, Bud and Halia, there will be sound bath meditation, a tie-die workshop and Mother’s Day Card Making (just in time for Sunday!). And when you’ve worked up an appetite, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will be on hand to offer a mouthwatering bottomless brunch, washed down with delicious cocktails. After which, you’ll be ready to shake your thang to DJ sets from Felix (Basement Jaxx), Rob da Bank, Shepdog + Serocee and Goldierocks.

What’s more, there will be a ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme in operation – the cost of each ticket purchased will buy another for someone who couldn’t afford to buy their own, in support of The House of St Barnabas’ Employment Academy, which helps people affected by homelessness into lasting paid work. This promises to be one atmospheric and magical event and we’ll certainly be skipping over to Soho to sample the festivities.

Tickets are available at hosb.org.uk/tickets and cost £15 (or £40 for bottomless brunch and festival entry, including a donation to the cause). Festival Embassy also takes place on 6 May (curated by Eat Your Own Ears) and 20 May (curated by Worldwide). The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ