The best things to do in London this weekend (20-21 July 2019) from Moon Festival in Greenwich to fashion by Kate Moss, London’s first brunch food market, and an immersive exhibition celebrating the glory days of rave
Lead image: Lost Souls of Saturn installation, part of Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today (photo: Justin Piperger, courtesy of Saatchi Gallery)
1 The Brunch Collective at Flat Iron Square, Southwark
London’s first brunch food market launches at Flat Iron Square this weekend. The Brunch Collective offers a cornucopia of exclusively designed, wholesome brunch dishes from some of London’s top street food traders including Waffle On, Jackaolpe’s All American Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Muffin Man & Co, and The Farmer’s Mistress, as well as on-site restaurant Where the Pancakes Are. Launching this weekend and taking place regularly throughout the summer, this must-do for brunchers even features live vinyl DJs, a DIY Ketel One Bloody Mary stand, entertainment from cultural collectives like Poet in the City, Advaya Initiative and Embers Collective, as well as a Regeneration Station, complete with head massages and healing shots, should you have a little hangover to fix… Free entry with free Bloody Marys for the first 100 people to follow and DM Flat Iron Square on Instagram. 11am-5pm.
64 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk
2 Selected by Kate Moss at Pure London, Olympia
Visitors to Pure London will be the first in the UK to view Selected by Kate Moss, the new collection from one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing labels, NIKKIE. Created by Dutch designer Nikkie Plessen, the collaboration with British supermodel Kate Moss debuts for the first time in the UK at London’s inspirational festival of fashion, Pure London. Moss, the international face of NIKKIE, compiles her favourite designs for the Selected by Kate Moss collection each season, featuring jackets, dresses, skirts, trousers and tops that represent her tough-yet-feminine style. For SS20, you’ll find impactful black and white pieces with embroidered materials and feminine shapes and a strong focus on ‘country’. Pure London hosts more than 700 fashion brands and designers, as well as industry insights and future trends across three days of panels, seminars and keynote talks.
3 Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 14 September
Sweet Harmony: Rave | Today is an immersive retrospective exhibition celebrating the birth of dance music and the club scene of the 80s and 90s. Featuring multimedia room installations and audio-visual works by some of rave’s most prolific and authentic visual commentators, the acid house revolution will be charted through typographic accounts, photo stories, live music events, talks and panel discussions. Accompanied by Spotify-curated playlists by music personalities related to the sub-genres of Detroit Techno, Acid House, Happy Hardcore, UK Garage, and Grime, the exhibition will recapture the new world that emerged from the acid house scene and narrates the ascendancy of rave culture with the youth of today. It also features The Mott Collection exhibit Kraftwerk Dance Forever, documenting Kraftwerk’s output from the early 70s to the present.
Duke of York’s, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com
4 Moon Festival, Royal Borough of Greenwich
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing, Moon Festival celebrates our relationship with the moon with a week of unique night-time events in collaboration with the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The festival will showcase an eclectic programme of art, music, politics, botany, astronomy and gastronomy, all seen through a lunar lens. Highlights include the Opening Night Street Party and Lunar Market at General Gordon Square, Woolwich (6pm-10pm on 19 July, free), Maverick Women and the Moon: a series of talks headlined by Margaret Atwood at Greenwich University (6.30pm-10pm on 20 July, tickets £40), and Posh Club Late, a special night-time edition of the legendary cult cabaret for elegant elders, presented by Duckie and hosted by Amy Lamé at Rothbury Hall, North Greenwich (24 July, 7pm-11pm, ticketed).
5 CASA Latin American Arts Festival, Dalston
CASA, London’s largest celebration of Latin American arts, celebrates its 10th festival this year with a two-week extravaganza running from 16-27 July at various venues in Dalston. Performances include dance from Argentina, theatre from Mexico, puppetry from Chile and film from Venezuela, as well UK-based Latin American creatives, feature in a diverse programme of performances, screenings and workshops embracing cross-cultural themes and tacking topical subjects such as immigration and gender identity. The event spans three venues in Dalston – The Arcola, The Rio Cinema and Dalton East Curve Garden.
6 London Green Film Festival, Regent’s Place
Regent’s Place, the busy work and social hub located between King’s Cross and the West End, is launching the outdoor London Green Film Festival this week. The free eco-documentary season for conscious humans that like good films, is hosted in partnership with the renowned San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) and will explore environmental issues through a series of innovative and thought-provoking documentary films. Lounge on deck chairs and experience the outdoor cinema safe in the knowledge that the event is fully powered by natural renewable electricity sources, including the screen itself, by SmartestEnergy, and Biff’s Jack Shack will be offering indulgent vegan fast food including its signature crispy fried jackfruit burgers.
Regent’s Place Plaza, off Euston Road NW1 3BG; regentsplace.com
7 The Waterfront’s Gin Festival, Wandsworth
The Waterfront in Wandsworth is celebrating its new look following a refurb with a gin festival this Saturday. Head down to the Thameside pub, just by Wandsworth Bridge, complete with expansive outdoor terrace, for a gin fest packed with gin tastings, gourmet gin treats and live music. From household names such as Tanqueray, Hendrick’s and Bombay Sapphire through to London brands including Half Hitch, Hayman’s and Sipsmith will be hosting tastings with specially selected Fever-Tree tonic pairings. Try the likes of Sipsmith’s new Strawberries & Cream Gin liqueur made with summer fruits and strawberry and cream Campino boiled sweets, and Bombay Sapphire’s edible paint, plus gin popsicles, corn hole games and more. 12noon-5pm, with live music continuing till 10pm. Free entry.
Baltimore House, Juniper Drive, Wandsworth SW18 1TS; thewaterfrontlondon.co.uk
8 The People’s Tower at Guildhall Yard, the City
French artist Olivier Grossetête, known for creating monumental structures involving local communities, will be soliciting Londoners’ help to build a monumental cardboard tower inspired by the Guildhall. The People’s Tower will stand up to 20m tall and weigh more than 1.5 tonnes, but Grossetête needs your help to build it. Leading up to the main weekend event, the artist is inviting volunteers of all ages to cut and assemble the building blocks in workshops at Barbican Exhibition Hall 2 running from 15-19 July. Then, on Saturday from 11am-6pm, participants are invited to help to build, lift, construct and consolidate the structure. On Sunday, the tower will be demolished in a fun-filled ‘mash up’ session from 1pm. The event is part of Fantastic Feats: The Building of London, a festival commissioned by the City of London Corporation to celebrate the capital’s history of architecture and engineering.
Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street EC2V 5AE; cityoflondon.gov.uk
9 Hysterical at Phillips London, Mayfair
18 July-21 August
Phillips London will transform its Berkeley Square gallery into an immersive landscape with Hysterical, a selling exhibition in collaboration with set designer and artist Gary Card. The exhibition will bridge Card’s creative wonderland as a backdrop to a selection of works available for private sale by contemporary artists including Erik Parker, Cindy Sherman, Kenny Scharf, Ugo Rondinone, Joyce Pensato and Paul McCarthy, as well as Card’s designs, which focus on the farcical and neurotic. The showcase will also feature a collaboration with Dior Homme artistic director Kim Jones and a piece with renowned photographer Tim Walker. Known for his dreamlike scenes, Card has worked with major brands such as Nike, Hermès and Balenciaga.
30 Berkeley Square, Mayfiar W1J 6EX; phillips.com
10 National Park City Festival, across London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the next step towards making London the world’s first National Park City, with plans for a week-long National Park City Festival. Working with the National Park City Foundation and other major partners, including the National Theatre and Open City, the free festival will celebrate London’s green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways. Key events include the National Park City Stage (part of the National Theatre’s River Stage Festival), National Park City Rooftops, offering free access to some of London’s most dynamic and beautiful rooftop gardens in partnership with Open City, and National Park City Splash, London’s first multi-site outdoor swimming and paddle sports event with stand-up paddle boarding and open-water swimming.
11 International Busking Day in Wembley Park
KT Tunstall has been announced as the headline act at this year’s International Busking Day in Wembley Park on Saturday. Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2004, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent, selling more than five million record sales worldwide. With a new album – WAX – out now, KT is playing at festivals all over the UK during summer 2019. International Busking Day is a celebration of busking and street acts, created and managed by Busk in London, and supported by the Mayor of London. The world’s largest celebration of street performance, hosted at Wembley Park for the second year, will showcase the talent of more than 50 artists across five stages. The event runs from midday until 8pm with the official after festival party taking place at Boxpark Wembley from 8.30pm. Register for a free ticket here.
It’s National Ice Cream Day on Sunday and some of London’s best gelaterias are offering up some neat treats… Whole Foods Market in Piccadilly is giving away 500 ice creams from vegan ice cream company Miiro from 1pm on Sunday 21 July (20 Glasshouse Street W1B); Gelatorino in Richmond and Covent Garden is offering one lucky person the chance to win free gelato for a year – just order an ice cream on Sunday 21 July and if it’s served in a gold cup or cone, you win free gelato (with a friend) once a month for the next 12 months; over at Swingers West End, Hackney Gelato has whipped up a special menu featuring dark chocolate, coconut and lime sorbets, as well as frozen milkshakes (add a nip of whiskey or rum for an extra fiver). Oh and don’t miss the chance to visit the new Fuller’s Kitchen House of Ice Cream in Farringdon, where you can order fried chicken and tips topped with ice cream without judgement. Happy days.
13 The London Artisan at Old Truman Brewery
The Summer Edition of The London Artisan celebrates independent producers and makers with a two-day marketplace featuring some 50 contemporary designers at the Old Truman Brewery. Browse a unique selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, Illustration and beauty products and buy direct from the designers themselves. A must for anyone who’s passionate about handmade, organic and sustainable goods. Free entry. 11am-6pm.
Elys Yard Entrance (off Hanbury Street) E1 6QR; thelondonartisan.com
14 High Barnet Festival, High Barnet
Head to High Barnet for a massive weekend of special events, live music, fair rides, a circus, real ale festival and surprise celebrity appearances. Live music and DJs will take to the stage, the Labyrinth Challenge – the world’s largest inflatable assault course – will be there, alongside an amusement park with thrilling rides for grown ups and children’s rides too. There will also be an authentic Victorian Punch & Judy show by Professor Styles, as well as plenty of bars, food stalls and a craft market. Presented by Fancy Fair. Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for kids. From 10am.
Barnet Elizabethans Rugby Club, Byng Road, High Barnet EN5 4NP; fancy-fair.co.uk
15 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 27 July
A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for the first time in seven years in a new production directed by Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Running from 28 June until 27 July, the production see the lovers’ world transformed into a place of magic, laughter and healing through live music, playful adventure and physical invention. To conclude the season, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita from 2 August until 21 September. Tickets from £25-£65.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com
16 Promenade Performance of Hamlet, St Paul’s Church
Until 27 July
Iris Theatre presents an outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the beautiful grounds of St Paul’s Church this summer. Amid the rubble of the old politics a populist King rose to power, promising a return to England’s golden age. But now he is dead, murdered, and in the following bloodbath his brother has seized the throne. There is whisper of a resistance, gathering in the dark. To be or not to be? Can the nation’s heir, Hamlet, find the answers? Tickets £20 (under 16s £15).
Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9ED;iristheatre.com
17 VIP Mezcal Tasting & Three-Course Feast at Temper, various locations
Until 31 July
Treat your taste buds to a mezcal tasting and a three-course feast at temper, a whole-animal barbecue restaurant with locations in Covent Garden, the City and Soho. Exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, this experience features will give you a real insight into one of the world’s on-trend drinks – mezcal, the agave-based liquor that can be thought of as the cooler, smokier little sister of tequila. Enjoy your own mezcal flight and signature mezcal-based cocktail – the Shrewberry Maze. Then, you’ll sit down for a meal featuring in-house butchered meats, cooked in an open kitchen with zero food waste and no products sourced from industrial farms. Relishing high-quality meats and cocktails in a sustainability-focused restaurant with your favourite people? That’s priceless! (Well, actually, it’s £60pp).
To book see priceless.com
18 River Stage at National Theatre
Until 4 August
The National Theatre’s River Stage Festival kicks off this weekend, bringing leading arts and performance companies to the riverside for free summer fun. This weekend, National Park City Festival delivers a line-up dedicated to all things green and wild in celebration of London becoming the world’s first National Park City. From 26-28 July, Frantic Assembly celebrates its 25th birthday with DJs, live music, movement workshops and performances, and finally, from 2-4 August, its the National Theatre takeover with family theatre, dance and music.
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
Until 15 August
‘Where Babel separated, visual art connects,’ says Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad, who’s solo exhibition, Seeing Through Babel, at The Ismaili Centre launched on 1 July. In the Old Testament story of Babel, mankind is punished for attempting to construct a tower to heaven, an act of hubris that led God to create multiple languages to prevent such collusions happening again. The exhibition features a six-metre hanging sculpture created using Mourad’s trademark techniques – monotypes and drawing onto the surface of the work. Designed to allow visitors to walk in and around it, the artist intends to connect people with different languages and cultural backgrounds.
1 Cromwell Gardens, Cromwell Gardens Entrance, South Kensington SW7 2SL; the.ismaili
20 VIP Afternoon Tea in the Potion Room at Cutter & Squidge, Soho
Until end August
Exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, this immersive afternoon tea is inspired by magic, wizardry and alchemy. Leave London’s busy streets behind as you descend downstairs to the Potion Room below Cutter & Squidge, where you’ll don a cloak and sit down at school-style desks for a lesson from your Potions Master, before brewing a variety of concoctions and enjoying an afternoon tea with classic British flavours. Plus, you’ll get two alcoholic beverages of your choice and a take-home goodie bag. Tickets are £45pp.
20 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 0SJ; priceless.com
21 Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 8 September
Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery shines a spotlight on a brief but intense period of inspirational printmaking during the 1930s. The exhibition is the first major show of work by artists from the Grosvenor School, including teacher and artist Claude Flight and his students Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi, William Greengrass and Leonard Beaumont. The school played a key role in the story of Modern art, becoming a leading force in the production of printmaking and linocuts. The Grosvenor artists were renowned for their iconic, vibrant prints that championed the energy of contemporary life in the interwar years. As part of the exhibition, Japanese paper cut artist Nahoko Kojima has created a unique eight-metre-long crocodile sculpture, cut entirely from one sheet of paper, for the gallery’s entrance hall.
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
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