MUST DO: Bottomless booze, free street party – and unconsciousness

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Drink endless cocktails on Sundays at Big Chill House. Plus the Cally Festival – and other ways to alter your perception this weekend


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COMMUNITY: Cally Festival

7000 locals on this iconic thoroughfare. Photo: CF
7000 locals on this iconic thoroughfare. Photo: CF
One of the area’s longest running yearly bashes is back this weekend. As usual it’ll be taking over and closing the area’s key thoroughfare up north, Caledonian Road. 7000 locals and visitors cram this massive street party with its market stalls, creative activities and eclectic live music and performances, allowing the community a chance to come together for a one day celebration. Sunday 19th June. Free, from 12-6pm, more info.

GARDEN: Roam the skip

Skip Garden. Photo: John Sturrock
Skip Garden. Photo: John Sturrock
Get a tour of the Skip Garden, nestled right up where the swimming pond meets York Way, during the next Open Garden Squares Weekend. Gardeners and volunteers will on hand to provide detailed info as part of this very popular annual event that sees around 200 gardens take part across London, from contemporary spaces to museums, schools and allotments. All day Sat 18th June – Sun 19th June

SKILLS: Learn phone photo tricks

Masterclasses on how to take the best snaps. Photo: STP
Masterclasses on how to take the best snaps. Photo: STP
Still think you’re not getting the most out of your favourite device? Every Tuesday in June, masterclasses, led by experts Foto Ruta, will be held in new St Pancras station eatery, MI + ME. You’ll learn the basics of street photography and given tips on how to capture the best shots, before being given a map and heading off into the neighbourhood to take snaps. Tickets are complimentary and include a glass of wine but must be reserved here.

EVENT: Lunchtime mass debates

Comedian Alex Keely. Photo: Kerb
Comedian Alex Keely. Photo: Kerb
Work in the area? Well, streetfood pioneers Kerb are hoping to make lunchtime a bit more interesting with the launch of Kerb Crates, a series of quick-fire talks and performances exploring the question ‘What is the city for?’ There’ll be a diverse offering of speakers from the arts, academic, culinary and business worlds, the idea being to offer a platform to a raft of modern-day brilliant minds. Thursdays in June (9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th) from 12.30pm-1.30pm. King’s Boulevard N1C


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EXHIBITION: Let’s get unconscious

Explore disorders of memory... Photo: WC
Explore disorders of memory… Photo: WC
If you’re fascinated by the conscious experience, you should catch States Of Mind, an exhibition examining perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists. Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, it explores what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined. Featuring work by artists Carla MacKinnon, Louise K Wilson and Aya Ben Ron. Free. Runs until 16 October. Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd NW1

BRUNCH: Go bottomless at Big Chill

Two hours to guzzle your choice of cocktail for £15. Photo: BC
Two hours to guzzle your choice of cocktail for £15. Photo: BC
Fancy a ‘Bottomless Sunday’? Yup, so do we. Expect brunch and apparently endless drinks on the sunny roof terrace of this KX gem every weekend. Choose one dish of your choice (minimum £5) and indulge in two hours of unlimited Bloody Marys or Mimosas for £20 while soaking up both sun and choons from resident DJs spinning funk, soul and disco. Bookings on the roof terrace are reservation-only and last two hours, maximum table size eight guests. Sundays, 11am-5pm. More info here. 257-259 Pentonville Road N1


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