Discover Cockney culture at Cockney Heritage Festival

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The Cockney Heritage Festival is currently celebrating the history and heritage of Cockney culture, meaning all those staying in London hotels this weekend looking for something to do might consider going along as it will be finishing this Saturday (July 27th).

For those currently in the capital, this evening at 6:30pm there will be a session entitled 'Who speaks Cockney?' at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. It's absolutely free and will see research fellow in sociolinguistics at Queen Mary, University of London Dr Sue Fox look at the history of Cockney language, exploring right through to its usage in the present day.

Tomorrow, 'Any old iron? Queer Cockneys' at the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road will see writer Linda Wilkinson explore what life was like before people were able to be more open about their sexuality – when 'being different' was far more of a taboo subject than it is nowadays. She will use the stories of individuals who lived in the East End during this time, with her talk followed by a set by DJ Jo Purvis.

This Saturday at midday there will be an event called Mile End Knees Up at the Southern Grove Community Centre, which – as the name would suggest – promises to be a fun-filled, family-friendly street party with all those living on the Eric Street Estate in Mile End. The party will, of course, be Cockney-themed and attendees are invited to bring along their own food.

Other exciting events taking place this weekend in London include the Waterloo Food Festival – which is in fact running until the end of the month – and Camden Beach 2013, opening on Saturday, for all those who fancy a trip to the beach in the centre of the city.