From rooftop Sunday sessions with a twist to exquisite cooking classes, here are five fun things to do in London with family and friends this week, July 17-23.

1 Lift 109 Lates’ Sundown Session, Battersea Power Station

A bit of a twist on a rooftop Sunday session, Battersea Power Station have launched its Lift 109 Lates series with a Sundown Session. With Collyer Twins on the decks, have a boogie 109 metres above ground and with 360-degree views of London as the sun goes down, as the lift transforms into a micro club of sorts. Drinks will be available during the 45 minutes spent cutting shapes above London and there’s only 12 spaces per session.

Date: Thursday, July 20

Time: 8pm-9pm or 9pm-10pm

Ticket: £59 which includes one drink.

Address:  Battersea Power Station, SW11 8BJ


2 Out to Lunch Lunchtime Jazz at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea

Take a proper break from the working day with this middle of the day music series featuring artists from around the world.  The lunchtime jazz gig will host the likes of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra musical director Phil Veacock, and vocalist and composer Tara Minton who has worked with Bjork and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars across trad jazz and world music to improv sessions and contemporary jazz. Concerts runs for two hours, with a 30 minute interval, and audience are welcome to stay for a brief 20 minute visit or settle in for the full two hours.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays July 18-August 24

Time: 12pm to 2pm, with a 30 minute interval.

Tickets: £5 or free to stand

Address: Culford Room, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea SW1X 9DQ


3 Take the kids out for a free roast at Pivot, Covent Garden

A school holiday treat for the kids and your wallet, the Scottish-inspired Covent Garden restaurant is offering free Sunday lunches to kids these summer holidays. As well as starters such as chicken and hazelnut terrine or the creamy white bean soup, there’s road beef and chicken, as well as cod or a ratatouille for the non-meat-eaters. There’s a few T&Cs, like free meals are limited to two children under 10 per table, and only when two or more adults order a main meal.

Dates: Sundays through summer school holidays

Price: £32 for two courses, £38 for three

Address: 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8LU


4 Black Venus, Somerset House

This exhibition examines the historical representation and the changing legacy of Black women in visual culture. It brings together 18 Black women and non-binary artists to explore othering, fetishisation, and reclaiming Black femininity narratives. Curated by Aindrea Emelife, artists on display include Sonia Boyce, Widline Cadet and Shawanda Corbet.

Dates: July 20- September 24

Tickets: Pay what you can

Address: Strand, WC2R 1LA


5 Summer fruits cooking masterclass at Sauce by The Langham

Join pastry chef Anna Higham as she takes you through ideas on how to use up your summer fruit in this seasonal and warm weather cooking class. The award-winning chef, who cut her teeth at the Gordon Ramsay Group, will take you through recipes for jams, cordials, syrups and vinegars to make in-season sweet treats. After you make your concoctions, you can enjoy them with a glass of English sparkling wine.

Date: Saturday, July 16

Time: 9.15am to 2pm

Tickets: £175, includes welcome tea and coffee, takeaway goodies from the class, recipe pack, apron, cloth and tote bag

Address: 1C Portland Place, Marylebone W1B 1JA