Hampstead Summer Festival has kicked off

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All those looking for things to do in London this week should look no further than the Hampstead Summer Festival, which kicked off yesterday and will last for a week.

For those at a loose end this evening, a pub quiz at The Magdala at 8:30pm could be the perfect opportunity for people to put their general knowledge skills to the test with family and friends.

Kicking off on Wednesday, the Hampstead Contemporary Art exhibition will be showing prints and drawings by three local artists – Anne Gournay, Clare Grossman and Marianne Nix – in the Peggy Jay Gallery at Burgh House. Those wishing to attend can download an invitation from the official website.

For those interested in music, there will be a piano recital – also in Burgh House – performed by Thorsten Lindner on Thursday, for which tickets can either be booked or bought on the door of the venue. Attendees can expect to enjoy music by Bach, Ravel, Boulez, Kurtag, Rzewski, John Cage and Ligeti, as well as the last piano sonata by Franz Schubert in B flat major.

Between 7:30pm and 9:00pm – also on Thursday – there will be a free Sahaja yoga meditation session for all those who are fans of the relaxation phenomenon. Even those who are not familiar with it are welcome to go along, as there will be an opportunity to pick up new and easy techniques to help with everything from balance to mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

At the same time that evening, there will also be another pub quiz taking place at the King William IV on Hampstead High Street.

Come the weekend, Saturday will see all sorts of fun events taking place, including a big balloon race, a summer bazaar and a raffle draw. There will also be a garden party at Fenton House at which people can expect to find plenty of stalls to browse, as well as exotic food and drinks to keep people fed and watered throughout the afternoon.