The best things to do in London this weekend from a Love Island themed brunch to Backyard Cinema’s L.A Nights in Camden and International Scottish Gin Day
Lead image: Backyard Cinema’s L.A. Nights pop-up cinema
1 Island Love Brunch at Skylight Rooftop, Wapping
Whether you love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping Love Island, so why not just raise a glass and get loved up over brunch? Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock has partnered with Impossible Things Entertainment for a Love Island-themed brunch this Sunday, celebrating the finale of yet another dramatic season. Head for the rooftop for an afternoon of Love Island entertainment including summer club anthems, live performances and plenty of games inspired by the hit TV show, from lip syncing to singalongs, quizzes and even a drag version of Caroline Flack… Three ticket types are available – ticket only, ticket plus bottomless prosecco, and ticket plus bottomless prosecco and brunch priced £10-£45. Stay on after the brunch to enjoy Skylight’s rooftop and lawn games. 12pm-3pm.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylight.designmynight.com
2 The B Word at Arboretum, West End
Arboretum, the botanically inspired members’ club on the edge of Soho, launches The B Word, a series of brunch parties running throughout August, this weekend. The first event on Saturday is being hosted by Sarah Marshall and will feature music from Capital XTRA’s Manny Norté, one of UK urban music’s most long-standing and respected figures. As well as music, cocktails and an indoor garden, Arboretum’s team of innovative, talented chefs have put together a menu featuring goats cheese and fig crostini, truffle arancini and stacked caprese salad, featuring 80% vegan and vegetarian dishes in keeping with the club’s botanical theme. 11am-5pm. Party only tickets £20, brunch tickets £30-£50. Table packages available.
2A Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HF; thebword.club
3 Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
2 August-21 September
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is #SummerInLondon goals, and following a Midsummer Night’s Dream is Evita, beginning its run this weekend. See Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical Evita live on stage at . From a life of poverty to spiritual leader of the nation, Eva Peron, the wife of powerful President Juan Peron, was loved, hated, derided and venerated, dividing the Argentinian people. Her patriotic speeches, ambition, glamour and magnetism established ‘Evita’ – played by Madonna in the 1996 musical film – as the world’s first major political celebrity. The chart-topping score includes the heartbreaking masterpiece Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and the Oscar-winning You Must Love Me. Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. Tickets from £25-£65.
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4NU; openairtheatre.com
4 Backyard Cinema’s L.A. Nights at Roundhouse, Camden
Until 25 August
London’s themed cinema experts, Backyard Cinema, have opened the doors at Camden’s Roundhouse for an ‘all singing, all dancing’ retro, West Coast show: L.A. Nights. Featuring the biggest sing-along beach parties in town this summer, adult only Slush Puppie cocktails, musical mash-ups from DJ Jaguar Skills and dazzling light shows for each screening. Transforming Camden’s Roundhouse into L.A.’s legendary Venice Beach throughout August, with towering palm trees, a retro beach bar, classic West Coast tunes and a sea of giant bean bags on the sand, the pop-up cinema guarantees a rain-free screening thanks to its very own roof. Films include sing-along versions of Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman, as well as A Star Is Born, Pretty Woman and the new Aladdin. Tickets from £18.99.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town NW1 8EH; backyardcinema.co.uk
5 Allpress Lates at Allpress Espresso Roastery & Café, Dalston
Until 27 September
Allpress Espresso is teaming up with some of the most respected names in food and drink this summer to mark its 30th birthday with Allpress Lates. The new series of free to attend, one-off weekend events will showcase old foodie favourites and new cocktail creations from the likes of Mr Lyan Studio and Wildflower, and also includes a couple of sassy supperclubs, all taking place at the Allpress Dalston roastery garden. Sustainable food brand Knuckle will bring award-winning chef and cookery writer Olia Hercules to the café for a ticketed supper club on Friday 2 August, while Max’s Sandwich Shop will be showing off a new grilled Brindisa chorizo bun on 9 August, served alongside cocktails from Dalston favourite Three Sheets. On Thursday 29 August, Alex Hely-Hutchinson of Covent Garden’s much-loved 26 Grains will host a one-off ticketed event on Thursday 29 August, From 9 August onwards, Allpress will be serving the ultimate Tennessee Nitro Espresso Martini, created by Mr Lyan Studio and Jack Daniels, at all the Lates.
55 Dalston Lane E8 2NG; eventbrite.co.uk
6 Sounds of the Shack at Windmill Clapham
The Windmill Clapham’s alfresco live music Saturdays have been livening up Clapham Common’s most famous beer garden since spring. Enjoy a drink in the beer garden while the sun shines (in theory) and local bands bring the beats. Headlining this Saturday is Grooveline, a nine-piece band from south west London and Surrey playing an infectious mix of jazz funk, soul and disco from the 70s, 80s and 90s, with Matt Heron opening. 4pm-9pm. The Sounds of the Shack series continues on Saturdays until 21 September.
Windmill Drive, Clapham SW4 9DE; windmillclapham.co.uk
7 Getting to Know… Footloose at Southwark Playhouse
Until 3 August
One of the world’s most iconic musicals, Footloose is a nostalgic marathon of joy and exuberant dancing. Featuring classic songs such as Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Holding Out For A Hero, and radio favourite, Footloose. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school, but he’s not prepared for the local preacher’s rigorous orders, including a ban on dancing. It falls on Ren to help the adults to realise the wisdom of listening to young people. Presented by the British Theatre Academy, Getting to Know… Footloose is an abridged version of Footloose especially designed for performance by young people. Tickets £27.50.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6BD; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
8 House of Ice Cream, Farringdon
Until 2 August
It’s your last chance to visit the House of Ice Cream this Friday, where you can eat ice cream with fried chicken, chips and hot sauce. The Fuller’s Kitchen pop-up, located next to The Conductor pub in Farringdon, just by the City Thameslink station, is also serving up boozy ice cream floats like tequila served with blood orange sorbet, pink gin and raspberry sorbet, and Bacardi and cola with coconut ice cream. The ice cream, made from Laverstoke Park Farms’ Buffalo milk, is rich in calcium (more so than cow’s milk) and a good source of minerals like magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, and there’s even a build-your-own station where you can top your serves with Oreos, Maltesers, gummy bears, marshmallows, popping candy, popcorn, smarties and party rings, as well as a DJ playing all your favourite old school garage and hip-hop tunes after work.
1 Fleet Place, Farringdon EC4M 7RA; fullers.co.uk/house-of-ice-cream
9 International Scottish Gin Day at Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, Covent Garden
In celebration of International Scottish Gin Day, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden will be taking all lads and lassies on a trip to the Highlands with a special menu dedicated to Scottish gin. Home to more than 200 of the most unique, interesting and rare gins from around the world, Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour will be tasking its mixologists with creating an irresistible selection of Scottish-inspired gin cocktails to the menu for a Highland hurrah. Try serves like the Scottish Spice (Caorunn Gin, apple juice, cinnamon syrup, lemon, Bols Genever and egg white), Hendricks in the Highlands (Hendricks Orbium gin, cashew milk, rose syrup and Schweppes muscovado dark spirit mixer) and the Scots Seaside Martini (Edinburgh Seaside Gin, Tio Peppe Fino Sherry and grapefruit bitters). From 1.30pm.
1 New Row, Covent Garden WC2N 4EA; mr-foggs.com
10 Pop Up Screens, Holborn
Pop Up Screens is screening more than 40 of your favourite films this summer, and this weekend it’s headed for Corams Fields, next to Brunswick Square Gardens in Holborn. On Friday 2 August buckle up for Baby Driver, while on Saturday 3 August you can sing along with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya during The Greatest Showman, and on Sunday 4 August its teen cult classic, The Breakfast Club. Each screening is catered by Big Dogs, serving up gourmet hotdogs. Keen to get cinema lovers enjoying London’s green spaces, Pop Up Screens is setting up in picturesque locations across the capital this summer, from Denmark Hill to Kingston, plus a trip to Hornsey for the first time this year. Tickets start from £12.50 for adults and £8 for children and you can take your own blankets, beanbags and cushions, or even hire a director’s chair.
Guilford Street, Holborn WC1N 1DN; popupscreens.co.uk
11 (In)Visible Dancing, Woolwich
Until 4 August
Dance company Luca Silvestrini’s Protein will be tapping, spinning and leaping their way along the streets of Woolwich as they take their celebrated mass participation dance project, (In)visible Dancing, to London for the very first time. Seemingly ad-hoc performances by professional company members and local troupes will pop-up on the high streets, corners and commons over the two weeks from 22 July until 4 August, growing in scale before culminating in an explosive flash-mob style finale of over 200 dancers, six live musicians and any passers-by who have learned the steps. The finale takes place on Sunday 4 August from 3-4pm in Woolwich Town Centre.
12 The Lost Love Speakeasy, London Bridge
Until 24 August
Following a seven-week sold-out run attended by over 7,000 people, The Lost Love Speakeasy, London’s secret hot jazz experience, has released an additional 4,000 tickets. Available from 26 July until 24 August, the experience combines hot jazz, dancing, a compelling story, fantastic food courtesy of Temper Restaurants Head Chef Neil Rankin, and great cocktails. Taking place in a hidden speakeasy near London Bridge, the experience stars Stella and her house band, The Lost Love Rhythm Kings, who will take you back to the Roaring Twenties to rub shoulders with the damned of New York. Chef Neil Rankin will put his legendary open-fire spin on some American classics, such as baked oyster with habanero mornay, Four Roses Bourbon and pickles, and Love Lost Steak with sirloin, rib-eye, blue cheese mash and eggplant gumbo, as well as New York Beignet, a deep-fried cheesecake with salted bourbon caramel. Tickets from £15.99 to £149.99.
13 2-for-1 Cryosauna Sessions at SaiSei Cryotherapy, Stoke Newington
30 July-3 August
SaiSei Cryotherapy in Stoke Newington is offering 2-for-1 cryosauna sessions in celebration of International Friendship Day on 30 July. Book a session and bring along a friend and you you can both try the treatment for the price of one). Cryotherapy is a cold therapy experience designed to give you an overall boost, both to your immune system and central nervous system. You will spend two-to-three minutes in a cryosauna, exposed to pressurised liquid nitrogen vapours of -120°C to -160ºC, energising the body. Popular with athletes, the procedure can treat tissue damage and decrease inflammation, but it can also increase cell rejuvenation, improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging. Priced £89 for a session. Book by calling the studio on 020 7923 1825 (ask for Nyambe).
19-20 Barn Street, Stoke Newington N16 0JT; saiseicryo.co.uk
14 Denis O’Regan Gallery, Hammersmith
David Bowie, Queen and the Rolling Stones are just some of the legendary artists that Denis O’Regan, one of Britain’s top rock photographers, has collaborated with – and now, he has his own gallery. His illustrious 45-year career has seen him serve as official photographer at festivals like Glastonbury, Download and Coachella, and on tour with Duran Duran, Thin Lizzy, Spandau Ballet and Pink Floyd. His iconic images have captured both the grit and glamour of rock star life, and documented the emergence of movements such as Punk & New Wave, New Romantic, Heavy Metal and Grunge. O’Regan’s limited-edition prints and unique pieces, such as his signed limited-edition boxed set, Ricochet : David Bowie 1983, will be available to buy at the new Denis O’Regan Gallery in Hammersmith, which opened on 26 July.
Ravilious House, 271 King Street, Hammersmith W6 9QF; denis.co.uk
15 Political Cocktails at Conrad London St James
If you can’t beat ’em, drink ’em… Pretty sure that’s how the saying goes? With our political landscape in turmoil, Conrad London St James’ passionate team of mixologists at the Blue Boar Bar have turned party politics into a cocktail party with the tongue-in-cheek launch of a new drinks menu, illustrated by political cartoonist David Lewis. Sample a selection of incredible Political Cocktails including the No Big Deal, Maygarita, Spiced Figrage and Boris on the Rocks. With the Houses of Parliament just a stone’s throw away, Conrad London St James, and particularly the Blue Boar Bar, is a regular haunt for politicians looking to mull over their manifestos with a stiff drink. You might even hear the House of Commons Division Bell – rung eight minutes before every parliamentary vote to give politicians lingering over a pint enough time to get back to cast their vote.
22-28 Broadway, St James’ SW1H 0BH; conradhotels3.hilton.com
16 Continuing The Legacy Symposium at 198 Contemporary Arts, Herne Hill
To accompany the Lost Legacies of the British Black Panthers photography exhibition, 198 Contemporary Arts is hosting Continuing The Legacy, a symposium featuring intergenerational conversations on topics of womxn in activism, anti-racism, activist strategies, cultural activism and archiving. The day starts at midday with a morning meditation, memory, and memorial walk, followed by the legacy discussion Womxn, British Black Panthers and the Anti-Racist Struggle at 1pm, then, at 2.30pm, there’ll be a talk titled Exploring the Past and Present of Cultural Activism. At 4pm, there’ll be a long table Intergenerational Discussion on Strategies, and finally, from 5.30pm-9pm, there’ll be music and food. From 11.30am. Free.
198 Railton, Herne Hill SE24 0JT; 198.org.uk
17 Grey Goose’s Live Like Summer Never Ends terrace, Covent Garden
Until 19 August
The Live Like Summer Never Ends terrace by Grey Goose Vodka is hosting live music, sub-zero cocktails, food pairings and mixology masterclasses in Covent Garden this summer. As well as trying the world’s first sub-zero cocktail draught tap system – showcasing four different flavours of Espresso Martini including Grey Goose L’Orange Chocolat – you’ll be able to try bespoke serves from some of Covent Garden’s top bars and restaurants, including Covent Garden Cocktail Club, Grind and Balthazar. With every bespoke cocktail purchased, a golden ticket will be issued with one lucky consumer each week winning an experience at the partner venue. Keep your eyes peeled for the teppanyaki ice cream cocktail experience where you can get your favourite cocktail frozen and rolled into a Grey Goose treat, too. Open Weds-Sat 12pm-10pm and Sun-Tues 12pm-8pm.
East Piazza WC2E 8RB; billetto.co.uk
18 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
19 Beyond the Road at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Until 8 September
Saatchi Gallery and Beyond Projects have extended the run of their ground-breaking immersive experience, Beyond the Road, an independent project developed by Colin Nightingale and Stephen Dobbie of Punchdrunk, with music pioneer James Lavelle (UNKLE). Beyond the Road merges the worlds of visual arts, music and film to create a multi-sensory world led by sound where you can explore and interact with music. Collaborating with the likes of director Danny Boyle, contemporary artist Nathan Coley, award-winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser and taxidermist Polly Morgan, the immersive experience deconstructs an exclusive soundtrack by Lavelle to create a completely new and multi-disciplinary sound experience. Plus, there’s even more fun to be had with a new series of Lates with Tanqueray no.TEN on selected Thursdays. Tickets £20.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; beyondtheroad.saatchigallery.com
20 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
21 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
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