For about 35 years Lambeth Country Show has been one of South London's best kept secrets, thanks largely to Lambeth Council, which does very little to advertise it (at least it's now on their website, at
It's a huge event, and on again this weekend at Brockwell Park.
The Show brings the country to London, so there's plenty of farm animals, rare breeds, traction engines etc etc; it's also a huge bazaar where you can buy all sorts of exotic clothes, booze etc; there is live music, a big funfair and, probably my favourite aspect, lots of food stalls selling fish and chips, noodles, wholefood, etc. My personal favourites, however, are the Carribean food stalls - jerk chicken, ribs, mutton curry, vegetable curry, fishcakes etc. You can also get beer, but best of all is the draught cider - the Stowford Press and scrumpy (and others) are so unbelievably drinkable, but deceptively strong.
Bring your families and enjoy a great day out, and don't eat before you go. And don't drive there either.