From the wild debauchery of St Bartholomew’s Fair to the 20th anniversary of one of London’s most influential night clubs fabric, the area has a fascinating role in the culture of the city, which Culture Mile Nights celebrate through everything from pub quizzes to immersive live performance, from poet and performer Joshua Idehen through to interactive theatre makers Coney.
Oi Barman! in the City
with Poet in the City
Oi Barman! is a lovesong to bar life. To low pay and late nights; to our fellow champions in spirits, and brethren in tips. Spoken word artist Joshua Idehen draws on a decade as a bartender in London’s liveliest cocktail bars, to capture a cross section of London life; from skinheads to bankers, office parties to Nigerian hen dos.
Bird of Smithfield, EC1A 9LB (downstairs bar, down one flight of stairs)
Thu 21 Nov: 7.30pm & 8.45pm
Fri 22 Nov: 7.30pm & 8.45pm
This is an immersive performance in a bar, and lasts 30 mins with audience standing. If you require a seat or more information on access, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The performances listed above take place down one flight of stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible performance to be announced.
Tickets are £8 and include a free cocktail on arrival (Sex on the Beach, Pornstar Martini or Woo Woo)
Oi Barman! in the City Afterparty
On Friday 22 November, join us for a special aftershow party celebrating the best of London’s nightlife. Featuring DJs, MCs and spoken word performances it promises to capture the energy and diversity of London’s club-culture.
Featuring: Shay D, Eklipse, Joshua Idehen and a DJ set from Ellie Prohan.
Bird of Smithfield, EC1A 9LB
Fri 22 Nov, 10pm - midnight
Free and unticketed - get there early to avoid disappointment
Smithfield Night Tours
Smithfield comes to life after dark, as the ancient meat market cranks up alongside the pubs and clubs. In medieval taverns, Victorian saloons, underground wine bars and converted warehouses, the spirit of ancient London revelry lives on in this alluring part of town. With the area on the cusp of major change, follow Tom Bolton on a walk around Smithfield’s many pubs to explore the area’s layered history of trials and executions, riotous summer fairs, buried rivers, lost neighbourhoods, slaughterhouses and markets - ending, of course, with a drink.
Meet at Farringdon Tube Station, end at Smiths of Smithfield
Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Free and unticketed
The Jazz Mile
Join Jazz musicians from Guildhall School of Music & Drama for a unique night of music showcasing some of London’s finest emerging talent. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance Jazz scene, seven bands will bring you contemporary re-imaginings of music from the era in the atmospheric confines of Smithfield’s Piano bar.
Piano Smithfield, EC1A 9PN
Sat 23 Nov, 6pm 'til late
Free and unticketed
Last Night of the Pleasure Fair!
Coney will host an evening of entertainment, interactivity and play around the theme of London’s counter culture, responding specifically to the history of Smithfield & the surrounding area. The event will be inspired by elements of historical research and explore how counter culture in London is now under threat.
The Rising Sun, EC1A 7JQ (upstairs bar, up one flight of stairs)
Sat 23 Nov, 8pm 'til late
Tickets are £5 and inlude a free drink on arrival (beer, small glass of wine or soft drink)
This performance takes place up one flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible performance to be announced - for more information contact email@example.com
The Future of Club Culture
Barbican’s latest Gallery exhibition Into the Night celebrates clubs, bars and cabarets as spaces in which artists, performers, designers, musicians and writers could push the boundaries of artistic expression throughout modern history.
Club culture and night life is changing rapidly in London. This panel will be a collaboration between fabric and Culture Mile to explore the role clubs have played both past and present,the pressures London’s nightlife is under today and whether this allow for clubs to remain a place for artistic experimentation and boundary pushing.
The event will also feature a 360 video installation from the Culture Mile project Musicity, presented by ARUP.
Speakers and DJs TBA. Free drinks for early arrivers
fabric, EC1M 6HJ
Friday 22 November, 6 - 8pm
Free and unticketed
Plus don’t miss the Museum of London’s new exhibition which celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Clash’s album, London Calling and the Barbican’s upcoming exhibition Into the Night, a journey into the world’s most iconic cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art through the lens of pioneering artists. It’ll be three nights to remember.
For more information on any of these events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org