If you’re after a taste of Dickensian London, head to St Clement’s Hospital in Bow. The former workhouse and psychiatric hospital is now the happy home of Shuffle, the brilliant community-run festival Danny Boyle first curated in May. Back with a winter edition, Shuffle’s line-up is pretty special. Boyle will drop in to chat with Prof Brian Cox and Mark Kermode after a screening of his film sci-fi ‘Sunshine’. Jarvis Cocker will interview Brit director Nicolas Roeg on stage after ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ (below).
There are science lectures (‘evolutionary genetics of the Bible’ sounds a bit interesting), and Irvine Welsh will stop by to tell stories. The whole thing is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers, keeping the Olympic flame alive. The building is due to be converted into flats next year, so grab the chance while you can.