Our city is a hubbub of exciting goings-on; wherever you look, there's a fantastic live music gig, cultural exhibition or likewise keeping us entertained. And with Black History Month, we're shining a light on just some of the amazing black-run events in London. From Caribbean bottomless brunches and art installations to sip and paint parties, here's what to check out.
Found over in East London, The Hackney Social is a creative, community space that celebrates all things art and music. Pop by to catch exciting performances, from the Romarna Campbell Trio spellbinding us with their jazz and hip hop fusion sounds to rapper Kieron Boothe spitting bars. They also regularly collaborate with Black Eats London, setting up a fantastic black-owned market in London - just keep an eye on its listings for the latest info.
Having made quite the name for itself as the city's first Caribbean diner, Ma Petite Jamaica now has two venues in Camden and Shoreditch under its belt. At both, they rustle up cool Afro-Caribbean events in London - mega Jamaican Bottomless Brunches. Fill your boots with dishes such as the tongue-tingling jerk chicken wings or fragrant St Lucian coconut fish curry, and wash it all down with punch, rum maria or prosecco.
Owned by Clement Ogbonnaya, The Prince of Peckham is a gorgeous boozer that’s won the hearts of many a South London imbiber. It flaunts slinky interiors, from hanging foliage to vintage wallpaper. But did you know this place also puts together lots of cracking goings-on? Think fun pub quizzes, mates and dates nights, plus hospitality industry discount evenings. During October, it’s also throwing a bunch of Black History Month events in London, from interviews through to poetry.
Love yourself a bottomless party? We know just the thing - Old Skl Brunch. Founded by a collective of musicians and creators, it hosts regular events across the capital, where you can snap up two mouthwatering courses, free-flowing rum punch or prosecco and fun giveaways. That’s not all, as it also promises live DJs and lip-sync battles, with the chance to throw shapes on the dancefloor to absolute bangers.
Fusing modern British cuisine with Jamaica flair over in Brixton, Wood & Water from April Jackson is slinging out scrumptious small plates that’ll have you coming back time and time again. Moreover, it keeps us entertained during the weekends with its fabulous bottomless brunches – and if that wasn’t enough? You can find happenings like its ’77 Supper Club, which blends Cuban and Caribbean flavours, pairing them with plenty of rum, music and good vibes.
A poppin’ party palace over in Camden, Duo is a much-loved destination for lip-smacking plates, killer cocktails and late-night debauchery. And to top it all off, the founder, Julian Holder, puts together all manner of exciting events. What’s on the roster? Party N Paint sessions, UKG Bingo, plus pancake and prosecco bottomless brunches. But that’s not all, as it also holds club nights on Saturdays, complete with banging beats and exclusive packages.
SipNart, run by a fantastic woman called Karen, hosts a whole load of exciting activities, from bottomless brunches to themed events. You get all of your art supplies included, plus two hours to create your masterpiece. And while you do so, there’s often unique entertainment, in the way of live DJs and delicious grub. To celebrate Black History Month, it's having a special event on the 16th of October, with themed freestyle painting and a free raffle.
Celebrating the sights, sounds and flavours of Trinidad and Tobago, Limin’ Beach Club is quite the vibe. It’s a welcome calm from the hustle and bustle of Southbank, with sand under your feet and pretty palm trees. You can often find the owner, Sham Mahabir, in the kitchen, whipping up a storm. This cool hangout also hosts lots of fun things to do, from rum tasting to beach parties, as well as a gorgeous celebration of the Festival of Lights on the 29th of October.
Black Cultural Archives
Brixton's Black Cultural Archives, managed by Lisa Anderson, is renowned for holding some of the best black cultural events in London, from book readings and plays to exhibitions. Plus, on the 20th of October, Inspiring Our Culture: A Celebration of Black Art will see the talented Laurence M. White discussing his journey as an artist, what it's like to establish yourself in the industry and the things we can do to support and cultivate black British artists going forward.
Museum of London: London's Black History
On the hunt for black exhibitions in London for 2022? Museum of London is exploring black culture in the capital with a lineup of top-notch events. Venture over for the free display that delves into the history of grime or one that shines a light on African and Caribbean businesses. Or, if you fancy scoping out some art, there's a curation that showcases pieces from the 1980s through to the present day.