It's always refreshing when something does what it says on the tin, especially when that tin is wearing a fedora, strumming a double bass and sipping a cool pint of beer. The Greenwich Beer and Jazz festival is, quite simply, a 5 day celebration of the best of both those things which takes place in the picturesque grounds of the Old Royal Naval College at the end of this month. Running from 12-11pm every day and boasting a fine array of musicians and beverages, the third year of this event promises to be a fun, relaxed way for London to usher in the summertime.
With a range of over 100 beers from a great selection of breweries, including Wolf, Rebellion and London favourite Meantime, as well as a generous helping of cider, Pimms and champagne, it seems like you’re sure to find something quaffable. (As long as you're an adult, that is, as under 18s aren't allowed into the festival after 5pm.) Nevertheless, factor in a trendy-yet-tasty range of food stalls and a covered area to protect attendees from the rain and you've surely got a winning combination. As with most beer festivals, you'll pay a (redeemable) fee for a glass on entry and can get discounted tickets if you're a CAMRA member.
Furthermore, each day boasts a different line-up of well respected jazz acts who will be playing from 12.30pm and providing the best accompaniment to beer since the invention of salted peanuts. Highlights include the James Taylor Quartet, Tony Hadley and his Swing Band and the irrepressible Fun Lovin' Criminals. Tickets range from £15 to £27.50 depending on when you want to go, although you'll have to factor in the sneaky £2.50 booking fee that Ticketmaster whack on top unless you're prepared to risk it and try booking at the box office on the day. Tickets are selling out fast, however, so we'd recommend booking ahead if you want to guarantee yourself a piece of the cool frothy jazz action.