The best things to do in London this weekend (29-30 June 2019) from alfresco theatre to a floating negroni bar and a CBD pop-up shop
Lead image: Festival 30 at Seven Dials
1 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
28 June-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
2 Glass Room x VII Hills Floating Negroni Bar, Victoria Embankment
24 June-24 July
Glass Room, Bateaux London’s restaurant and bar on the Thames, has teamed up with award-winning Italian dry gin brand, VII Hills, to launch the capital’s only Floating Negroni Bar in time for Negroni Week. Hop on board Glass Room, docked at Embankment Pier, for an unrivalled sailing experience with 360-degree views of London’s famous landmarks, complete with an Negroni in hand available when you pre-book a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner experience. VII Hills’ talented brand ambassador Gabriele Manfredi has created four exclusive VII Hills Negronis, from the Bateaux Signature Barrel-Aged Negroni, to the Fiori De Pesco, a peachy concoction made with VII Hills, peach liqueur, Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino and Campari. Tickets start from £39 for a 90-minute lunch sail.
Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2N 6NU; bateauxlondon.com
27 June-7 July
Chinese artist Mao Jianhua launches his debut UK exhibition, Spirit of the Valley, with an immersive experience at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea this weekend. The new series of 48 specially commissioned works will immerse you in Jianhua’s spiritual exploration of the Chinese mountains, with large-scale works and music to help induce a meditative state. A very spiritual person, Jianhua derived the title of his exhibition from a phrase of verse by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, which draws parallels between the mystery of the creative process and that of nature. His greatest inspiration is the Yellow Mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Eastern China and a place of artistic pilgrimage for thousands of years.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; maojianhua.com
4 The Ultimate Ceviche Celebration dinner at Floral by LIMA, Covent Garden
It’s National Ceviche Day on Friday 28 June, and Floral by LIMA in Covent Garden is celebrating with The Ultimate Ceviche Celebration dinner. The special evening, hosted by Head Chef Patricia Roig, will feature a delicious array of Peruvian cuisine highlighting the country’s much loved dish; ceviche. Guests will be welcomed with a Pisco Sour at Floral by LIMA’s bar, The Lost Alpaca, before settling in to the restaurant’s beautiful private dining room. A selection of traditional Peruvian snacks and small plates will be served followed by three of Roig’s favourite ceviches to showcase the dish’s flavour and diversity, finishing with a refreshing lemon dessert. Tickets are £50.
14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9BJ; limalondongroup.com
5 TASCHEN Warehouse Sale, Chelsea
TASCHEN’s biannual warehouse sale kicks off in the Chelsea store with a drinks and preview night on Wednesday 26 June from 5pm-9pm. Enjoy 25-75% off select, super-coveted monographs that include Andy Warhol: Polaroids, Stanley Kubrick Photographs and David LaChapelle, as well as larger, more sumptuous tomes for reduced prices. Whether you’re looking for a good holiday read, some glorious vintage snaps for the coffee table or a beautiful hardback gift, you won’t want to miss this one.
12 Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4LY; dukeofyorksquare.com
26 June-3 July
The Chillery, Europe’s first premium CBD e-commerce platform, will be holding its first ever London pop-up shop, showcasing the best CBD products on the market. The event week-long pop-up will kick off with a panel talk, CBD From Dusk To Dawn, with the founders of two of London’s pioneering companies, Ohana & Disciple, on Wednesday 26 June at 6.30pm, and there will also be Turmeric CBD lattes from Wunder Workshop, a CBD Bath Salt Workshop with Kloris, and The Chillery co-founders Marisa & Floriane will be on hand to answer all of your CBD questions. 10am-7pm.
297 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA; thechillery.co
7 Festival 30 at Seven Dials, Covent Garden
The Seven Dials Trust is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the iconic Sundial Pillar with Festival 30, a free one-day family friendly festival. For one day only, each of the seven interconnecting streets will be traffic free with a pop-up lawn around the dial, alfresco dining, music, entertainment, workshops, in-store promotions, activations and exclusive discounts. KERB will showcase their award-winning food traders at Short Gardens, Neal Street will be transformed into a hub of creativity with free interactive masterclasses by creative hub CREOATE, and you’ll also find family friendly games on Mercer Street, plus a pop-up exhibition detailing the history of Seven Dials and the effort to reconstruct the iconic sundial pillar at the heart of Seven Dials. 11am-6pm.
For the full festival line-up see sevendials.co.uk
8 Gosh! Kindness Café, Shoreditch
No such thing as a free lunch? There is if you’re kind… Following its debut last year, the Gosh! Kindness Café returns to London to offer a free lunch to those who pledge an act of kindness. Turning kindness into currency, the free-from, plant-based food brand Gosh! is encouraging hungry Londoners to promise an act of kindness pledge for a fellow human or animal – donate money to the homeless, wash up the dishes for your parents or just be nicer to fellow commuters at rush hour – pin it onto the pledge wall, and receive a Gosh! Plant Pot for free. Moroccan Falafel Salad, Zesty Sweet Potato Pakora Salad and other plant-based goodies – all free from the top 14 allergens – are up for grabs. Find it at Shoreditch Boxpark from 28-29 June 2019, 11am-3pm.
2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Hackney E1 6GY; kindnesscafe.goshfood.com
9 Xanadu at Chiswick House and Gardens
27 June-8 July
Giffords Circus returns to Chiswick House and Gardens this summer with a new show, Xanadu, celebrating the flower power movement is at its height. It’s midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads gather to play, sing, dance, protest and perform. Policemen and a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations as Nell Gifford builds a pleasure dome and, as evening approaches, the ever more chaotic event careers towards a joyful, transcendental finale. Giffords will also be hosting a pop-up rustic restaurant, Circus Sauce, serving a three-course menu which changes depending on the seasonal produce of the area. Tickets from £15 (kids £10).
10 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), various locations
Until 6 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, returns to locations across Royal Greenwich, Royal Docks and Tower Hamlets this month. Highlights include The Tide, presented By Talawa Theatre Company, which unpicks the stories and imagery of the most pertinent issue of our era – migration – set against a waterfront location, and Leviathan, a contemporary retelling of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick that combines athletic dance, martial arts and capoeira (both in Canary Wharf on 29 June). Don’t miss the spectacular finale, Cristal Palace, which fuses dance, music and acrobatics, transforming General Gordon Square into a glittering outdoor ballroom (6 July, 1pm-11pm).
11 Massaoke at Summer by the River, London Bridge
Sprawling arts and entertainment festival Summer by the River hosts Massaoke for a mass sing-along karaoke session this Friday 28 June at 7.30pm at The Scoop. While the live band plays rock, pop and indie anthems – Bon Jovi, Adele, Queen, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Tyler, Guns n’ Roses – the lyrics flash up on a giant video screen and everyone gets stuck in! On Saturday 29 June, same time, same place, Junior Bill – a ska-tinged global-local collage of sound with dubby basslines and concrete grooves – takes to the stage. Summer by the River sees the riverside walk and The Scoop come to life with open-air cinema and theatre, live comedy and music performances and summer sports on the big screen. Do grab a monkfish burger from Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club while you’re there.
London Bridge City SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk
12 Battle of the Bands at North End Road Summer Market, Fulham
Who needs Glastonbury when you have the Fulham Music Festival? Featuring a huge line up of musicians (many from the nearby British and Irish Modern Music Institute), this year’s Battle of the Bands will bring North End Road to life. In addition to great sounds, there are over 150 stalls packed with seasonal produce, fresh fruit and veg, arts and crafts, clothing, fashion accessories and vintage goods lining the traffic-free street, as well as a variety of street entertainment. There’s also the chance to treat your taste buds to exiting street food from Caribbean and Ethiopian to Filipino and Korean. 9am-5pm.
North End Road, Fulham SW6; lbhf.gov.uk
13 Shakespeare in the Squares, various locations
Until 11 July
Shakespeare in the Squares continues its 2019 tour of London’s beautiful, privately-owned square gardens with an alfresco production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The tale of swapped lovers and fantastic beasts will be set in pre-war 1920s Britain, where the lovers seek to escape the constraints of convention and find freedom in the forest. This weekend’s performances take place at Paddington Street Gardens W1 on 28 June, Little Wormwood Scrubs W10 on 29 June, and Ladbroke Square Garden W11 on 30 June. Tickets £25.
14 Promenade Performance of Hamlet, St Paul’s Church
19 June-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
15 Solomons’ Yard Weekenders, Camden Market
Solomons’ Yard Weekenders are back, delivering a summer-long series of immersive 1920s-inspired nights, complete with epic street food, live music, entertainment and old school cocktails, all set against the backdrop of Camden Market. Running for 10 consecutive Friday and Saturday nights until 24 August, the events will transport you back to pre-market days, when Solomon Yard played host to the real-life Alfie Solomons (the main character in Peaky Blinders) and his underground whisky smuggling and gambling. Getting the party started on Friday is The Sugarhill Gang (tickets £10), with The South London Soul Train taking over on Saturday (tickets £5). 6pm-11.30pm.
Middle & West Yard, Camden Market NW1 8AF; camdenmarket.com
16 Le Cordon Bleu London Summer Festival, Bloomsbury
For the first time ever, Le Cordon Bleu London will throw open its doors for a Summer Food & Drink Festival. The world famous cookery school will host a fabulous array of chefs including Asma Khan, Olivia Burt and Anna Hansen. During the day, you’ll be invited to immerse yourself in all things food and drink, with event highlights including a pop-up cookery bookshop hosted by Phaidon publishers, behind-the-scenes tours of Le Cordon Bleu, cookery demonstrations hosted by top chefs, wine tastings, a slow-food market and practical workshops on boulangerie techniques, plant based food and patisserie techniques (all priced at just £25). 10am-6pm. Admission £5.
15 Bloomsbury Square WC1A 2LS; cordonbleu.edu
17 Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery
19 June-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
18 London Festival of Architecture, across London
London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival, comes to a close this weekend. Don’t miss Yinka Ilori: Happy Street, a new large-scale public artwork from Yinka Ilori, which will revitalise the gloomy underpass beneath the Thessaly Road railway bridge in SW8. The installation, featuring a rainbow of colours inspired by the vibrant hues observed at sunset over the Thames, will come to life over the weekend of 28-30 June. Don’t miss the Home Sweet Home pop up on 28 June either, where tp bennett open their studio doors for an interactive installation where, in a miniature flat-packed cardboard town, you can ‘buy’ a plot of land and home, decorate it and contribute to the building of a new community, discussing ideas with your ‘neighbours’ at the tp bennett pub (5pm-9pm).
19 FairforSaatchi Pop Up Fair at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
FairforSaatchi, a new pop-up art fair at Saatchi Gallery, focuses on modern and contemporary British and international art, showcasing some 25 dealers. Highlights include Op Art and Kinetic Art by key artists like Julian Stanczak at The Mayor Gallery’s extensive curated display, while Castlegate House Gallery’s stand features a superb charcoal self-portrait by Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Self Portrait. John Martin Gallery presents a new series of paintings created during a year-long residency in Berlin by Martin Finnin, and in association with Five Seven Two, Adrian Hill is showing limited-edition prints of David Shrigley’s seminal works Be Nice and I’m Sorry for Being Awful. Preview tickets (26 June) £20, free admission from 27-30 June.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; fairforsaatchi.com
20 Pre-Edinburgh Comedy with Joel Dommett & Joanne McNally at Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Following the success of previous sell-out comedy seasons, the Cutty Sark hosts its pre-Edinburgh comedy festival from within the ship’s Michael Edwards Studio Theatre again this summer. Comedians including Josh Widdicombe, Joel Dommett and Desiree Burch will be performing new material for their sell-out Edinburgh performances in the Lower Hold of Cutty Sark. This weekend, it’s Joel Dommett & Joanne McNally from 7pm on Sunday (tickets £15). Warm-up shows run until 28 July. Tickets from £12-£17.50.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk
21 Tender Touches at AMP Gallery, Peckham
Until 30 June
It’s your last chance to visit Open Space’s temporary ‘art cafe’ cafe in Peckham this weekend, where everything – from the food to the furniture and tableware – is both a functional object and an artwork. Even the food is a work of art, with a regularly changing seasonal menu created by Inês Neto dos Santos, a London-based Portuguese artist and co-curator of the exhibition, who uses what we eat as a medium of artistic expression and social commentary. Taking place at AMP Gallery in Peckham, the exhibition and cafe is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am-6pm. Go forth and Instagram your lunch free of judgement!
1 Acorn Parade, Peckham SE15 2TZ; openspacecontemporary.com
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