15 Things to Do in London this Weekend: 31 August-1 September

From a Heinz Beanz Muzeum and Elmer the elephant on parade to Mai Tai Day and an A.T.M. for gin lovers, it’s all going on in London this weekend…

Lead image: St Paul’s Cathedral (sento-pōru-jiin © Anno Mitsumasa, courtesy of Anno Art Museum)

1 Mai Tai Day at Trader Vic’s, Mayfair
30 August
Trader Vic’s is hosting a one-off event celebrating the infamous Tiki cocktail, offering guests a chance to try the ‘world’s most authentic Mai Tai’ – that is, a Mai Tai as historically accurate to Trader Vic’s original as it’s possible to get! Victor ‘Trader Vic’ Bergeron created the Mai Tai cocktail back in 1944, using a 17-year-old Jamaican rum, a squeeze of lime, a dash of rock candy syrup, a splash of orange curaçao and some French orgeat poured over cracked ice. Bergeron’s friend Carrie Guild exclaimed, ‘Mai Tai; Roa Aé! – Tahitian for ‘Out of this world; the best!’ – after her first sip, and so the Mai Tai was born! Made with Plantation ‘The Collector’ Rum – based on the very same rum that Trader Vic used to make the original Mai Tai – it’s the perfect way to celebrate Mai Tai Day, complete with a host of Polynesian dishes, live music, dancing, Tiki cup-making classes and rum masterclasses. Tickets are £25 and the limited-edition Collector Mai Tai is available from the bar for £44. 7pm till late.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1BE; tradervics.com

2 London’s Chinese Food Festival, Potters Fields Park 
30 August-1 September
London’s Chinese Food Festival returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary this weekend. Set by the banks of the Thames in the shadow of Tower Bridge, vendors such as Mei Ume, Chilli Legends, Master Wei, Yun, Buy & Bite, Ricebrothers, Ugly Dumplings, Miss Teppanyaki, Wheelcake Island, Handian, Yifang, Jiaba and more will come together to showcase London’s incredible range of Asian food. Plus, non-Asian vendors like Crosstown Doughnuts creating unique items for the festival. Chinese culture in the UK will be represented with the UK Han Culture Association (UKHCA), with traditional performances, authentic hanfu clothing to try on and complimentary Han Beauty experiences. The CFF Cookery School will be hosting workshops on creating the authentic taste of regional Chinese dishes using ingredients available in the UK, and the Jiangxiaobai Baijiu Bar will be serving drinks until late.Open Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm & Sunday 12pm-7pm.
Potters Fields Park SE1 2AA; chinesefoodfestival.com

3 Hendrick’s Portal to the Peculiar, Bermondsey
29 August-1 September
This summer the unusualists at Hendrick’s Gin invite the curious to escape the conventional and take a leap into the peculiar by visiting the A.T.M. (Automated Transport to the Marvellous). Recent research by Hendrick’s revealed that 44% of UK folk admit the monotony of their daily lives can get them down, and that 51% wish they led a life of curiosity and exploration. And so, in the second in Hendrick’s series of Portals to the Peculiar, the gin connoisseurs are offering a platform to depart from the ol’ routine with a quirky immersive experience accessed via the seemingly regular Hendrick’s Bank ‘hole in the wall’. The A.T.M will transport you to a marvellous moment of whimsical oddity infused with rose and cucumber – complete with a gin & tonic, of course. The A.T.M. can be found in Bermondsey for four days from Thursday 29 August until Sunday 1 September. Book your complimentary ticket via EventBrite (over 18s only).
6 Crucifix Lane, Bermondsey SE1 3JW; hendricksgin.com

4 Meatopia at Tobacco Dock, Wapping
30 August-1 September
Meatopia rolls into town this weekend delivering delicious grills alongside the message of sourcing quality, sustainable meat. Chefs will be flying in from around the world, alongside some of the UK’s top-of-their-game chefs including Tom Brown of Cornerstone, who celebrated a double win at the National Restaurant Awards in 2018; Ottolenghi-alumni Ramael Scully of Scully; Nieves Barragan Mohacho of Sabor, who led Soho’s Barrafina to Michelin-starred glory; and David Carter of cult BBQ restaurant Smokestak. There’ll also be live demos, talks and workshops at the Cutting Room stage, TAPtopia with beers, ciders and craft cocktails curated by Melissa Cole and, new this year, The Cellar Table powered by Quandoo – an intimate dining experience where you can meet and eat with your favourite chefs. Plus, serving up authentic beats for Meatopia 2019 will be the likes of Metronomy’s Olugbenga, Orbital’s DJ Phil Hartnel, BBC 6 Music favourite and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan, and Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay. Open Friday 30 August 5pm-11pm, Saturday 31 August 11.30am-10pm (sold out) and Sunday 1 September 11.30am-7pm.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; meatopia.co.uk

5 Audible Live: Hag at Phonica Records, Soho
30 & 31 August
Audible is launching a unique interactive exhibition bringing to life eight new short stories from award-winning authors and Sunday Times best-sellers. Audible Live: Hag features a mix of art installations, sound-rich listening experiences and interactive displays all designed to showcase Hag – an Audible Original short story collection that re-frames obscure British folk tales as modern-day feminist fables. Just as the Brothers Grimm codified Germany’s rural folk lore, Hag catalogues and modernises forgotten fables with new queer, feminist, working-class and diverse perspectives. Hosted at The Vinyl Factory, Soho, each meticulously designed space is an immersive, Instagram-ready experience which brings these eight short stories to life in a live environment. 5pm-7pm on 30 August and 10am-6pm on 31 August. Free; register here.
51 Poland Street, Soho W1F 7ND; universe.com

6 Anno’s Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa at Japan House London, Kensington
22 August-27 October
This family-friendly exhibition showcases the life’s work of award-winning illustrator Anno Mitsumasa, who has been producing picture books and imaginative paintings for over 50 years. Mitsumasa, born in 1926, trained as a primary school teacher in Yamaguchi and worked in Tokyo before becoming an illustrator, mostly of children’s book. ‘Anno’s Journey’ depicts a small figure journeying through the cultural and literary landscapes of Europe, with scenes from London, Windsor, the Cotswolds and beyond on display, and you’re invited to hunt out famous places and characters hidden among the detailed landscapes. This is his first UK exhibition. Free admission. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm.
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk

7 EFG London Jazz Festival Summer Stage at Royal Albert Dock
31 August

The EFG London Jazz Festival hosts its first-ever outdoor event this summer, bringing fresh sounds, workshops and family-friendly activities to the Royal Albert Dock in east London. The Turbans will headline, bringing the bacchanalian spirit of the Eastern Mediterranean, with the likes of Kefaya – winners of the Best Newcomer Songlines Music Award – joined by MOBO-nominated saxophonist Camilla George to deliver a fresh take on Afghan folk music, as well as an exuberant performance by Kinetika Bloco, mixing influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, funk and hip hop. Plus, vocal collective Urban Flames will showcase young, rising talent in gospel, soul, RnB, hip hop and more, and the drinks will be served by the team behind the bars at Wilderness, alongside some great international food trucks. 12pm-7.30pm.
RAD London, Royal Albert Dock E16 2YP; rad.london

8 Sounds Familiar Music Quiz at Skylight Rooftop, Wapping
1 September
The Sounds Familiar Music Quiz is headed for Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock for the UK’s biggest, most raucous music quiz. This is the first time this legendary quiz will be held outside and it promises to be an epic afternoon of fun, with more than 100 wall-to-wall bangers crammed into a couple of hours, covering loads of genres and all of the decades. At the end of the night, everybody will be on their feet, dancing on the tables and belting out the tunes – and there’s swag to be won too, with a first prize jackpot, goodies for the first, second, third and last place, as well as one for the best team name. There’s plenty to fight for… 2pm-5pm. Ages 18+. Tickets £10-£100.
Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping E1W 2SF; skylight.designmynight.com

9 Camberwell Fair, Camberwell Green
31 August
Camberwell Fair exploded onto Camberwell Green in 2015 with the first Fair for 160 years after it was banned by the authorities in 1855 for causing ‘immoral and riotous behaviour’. Up until then, there had been an annual fair on the same site since 1279, when people would come together to dance, trade, eat, drink and be merry. Now in its 5th year since being relaunched, the modern Camberwell Fair stays true to those same principles with three music stages (the Camberwell Stage, Wormfood Stage and Louie Louie Stage), 40 market stalls, Peng Street Food, interactive games and great drinks including a specially brewed Camberwell Fair Tropical Pale Ale. 12-9pm. Free.
Camberwell Green SE5; camberwellfair.co.uk

10 Heinz Beanz Muzeum Pop-Up, Covent Garden
30 August-1 September
Heinz is opening the world’s first official Beanz Muzeum in Covent Garden this weekend. To celebrate the 150th birthday of Heinz, the museum’s curious collection will lift the (tin) lid on the impact this much-loved British icon has had on the nation over the last Century. The Beanz boffins at Heinz have delved into the archive and curated over a century of beanzy know-how, creating an immersive fan experience – with interactive experiences and exclusive personalised cans – where Beanz lovers can follow the journey of the humble baked bean over the last 150 years and what the future of Beanz might look like. The museum is open from Friday 30 August until Sunday 1 September 2019.
White Space, Covent Garden, 5 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JB; heinz.co.uk

11 Blank Walls at The Arches, Bethnal Green
31 August 
Blank Walls is launching its street art collective with a day and night of music, street food and urban art by a talented line-up of internationally based artists. Some of the UK & Europe’s most talented street artists will be painting live and exhibiting in an open gallery alongside works from Blank Walls’ international artists in Australia. You’ll find screen printing by Jealous, live art battles, spoken word and a raffle, and all of the works will be available to buy, with 30-50% of the proceeds being donated to charities. 1pm-11pm.
The Arches, 157-162 Malcolm Place, Bethnal Green E2 0EU; eventbrite.com

12 London Brunch Fest at the Old Truman Brewery
31 August-1 September
London Brunch Fest, London’s only festival dedicated to brunch, returns to the Old Truman Brewery for its second year. New headliners this year include Avobar, Le Swine, Brother Marcus, The Espresso Room and Brickwood, delivering exclusive dishes, and there’ll also be talks, workshops, demos, DJs and a brunch-themed marketplace. Plus, there’s the brand-new addition of Sweet Street, a room solely dedicated to the sweet side of brunch with the likes of Naked Dough (London’s first safe-to-eat raw cookie dough cafe) and Butter Believe It (selling cakes, brownies, cupcakes and doughnuts), as well as two Prosecco bars, Espresso Martinis and a Bloody Mary stand provided by Longbottom & Co. Sessions take place from 10am-1.30pm and 2pm-6.30pm each day. Tickets from £12.50.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QR; londonbrunchfest.com

13 Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! at The Fellowship & Star, Bellingham
31 August
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! – the hugely popular London 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco night for those who remember the tunes from the first time around – is headed for Bellingham’s beautifully refurbished boozer, the Grade II listed Fellowship and Star. The south east London landmark is steeped in rich history – it was the first pub to open on a London housing estate as part of the Homes for Heroes development after WWI and it’s also where British boxer Henry Cooper trained before his world-renowned fight against Muhammed Ali. And now, HSDY is bringing the boogie to The Fellowship’s upstairs ballroom with choreographer-led dance routines to the likes of Carwash and Love Train, with DJ Da’Lynne spinning the tunes and Lady Boo leading the dancing. Tickets £10, available online or at the bar (cash only).
Randlesdown Road, Bellingham SE6 3BT; haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk 

14 Pop Up Cinema, various locations
31 August-1 September
We do love a pop-up cinema, and London never fails to provide come summer. Time’s running out to catch an alfresco film screening though – so get yourself booked in before it’s too late! This weekend, Rooftop Film Club is screening Bohemian Rhapsody at the Bussey Building in Peckham on 31 August at 8pm; Pop Up Screens is showing Top Gun at Priory Park in Hornsey on 1 September at 8.30pm; The Luna Cinema is also showing Bohemian Rhapsody, but this time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich at 8pm, followed by A Star is Born at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre on 1 September at 8pm. FYI: Backyard Cinema is about to launch its first permanent location, and it’s good news if you live in Wandsworth

15 Searcys at The Gherkin’s Sky High Botanical Glasshouse, the City
Until 1 September
Searcys at The Gherkin has transformed the entire Iris bar on level 40 into a luscious botanical glasshouse in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne this summer. Enjoy champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët, a botanical gin cocktail menu, a seasonal menu celebrating the best of British produce, exclusive private dining experiences and live entertainment – all while enjoying panoramic views and glorious sunsets from one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers. Perrier-Jouët vintages and Champagne Masterclass tasting flights (from £40pp) are available all summer, Iris Bar mixologists have designed a menu of botanical gin-based cocktails, and Searcys’ Shaun Rowlands is showcasing the flavour and versatility of British seasonal produce with a summer menu featuring the likes of Colchester rock oysters and dressed Portland crab.
30 St Mary Axe EC3A 8EP; searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

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