The best things to do in London this weekend from a floating jazz festival in Waterloo to feminist-punk-rock wrestling in Bethnal Green and the chance to go behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios
Lead image: The Lost Love Speakeasy (photo: Hanson Leatherby)
1 Nile Rodger’s Meltdown, Southbank Centre
Nile Rodger’s Meltdown festival continues into a second weekend at the Southbank Centre with his hand-picked line-up of music, art and free events. From co-founding disco pioneers CHIC with Bernard Edwards to his success as a songwriter and producer, Rodgers has contributed to records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. The music legend will employ his unique creative vision to curate festivities across the Royal Festival Hall, the newly revamped Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and the rest of Southbank Centre’s 17-acre cultural quarter on the banks of the Thames. Meltdown has previously been curated by the likes of John Peel, David Bowie, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Massive Attack and, last year, The Cure frontman Robert Smith.
2 London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock
London Craft Beer Festival returns for its seventh year with yet another whopping line-up yet of the finest craft beer, food from top London restaurants and some stellar music. Featuring a bolstered line up of 80 breweries from the UK and around the world, the three-day festival will feature close to 500 different beers on tap, including the likes of Evil Twin, Kings County Brewing Co. and Interboro from New York, Brasserie Popihn from France, Cerveja Letra from Portugal, and Cloudwater, The Kernel and Hackney Church Brewery from the UK. There will also be live entertainment from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, along with DJ sets from the Kaiser Chiefs, and Friendly Fires, as well as deliciousness from Berber & Q, Club Mexicana, Hoppers, Brigadiers, Pitt Cue and Bun House. Tickets start from £49.95 which includes unlimited 100ml pours.
Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk
3 Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden, Farringdon
Hidden behind ivy-covered walls in bustling Farringdon lies the Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden. The garden will be unlocking its doors on Thursday 8 August, providing a hideaway filled with fragrant herbs and aromatic plants serving a dedicated menu of spritz cocktails. Try refreshingly effervescent spritzes, such as the fruity Rhubarb Spritz (Fentimans Pink Rhubarb Tonic Water and Martini Bianco, garnished with orange and mint) and the aromatically floral Rose Spritz (Fentimans Rose Lemonade and Prosecco, garnished with strawberries) in a garden filled with medicinal herbs, plants and a 200-year-old olive tree. The Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden will also have a romantic swing seat, trailed with jasmine, babbling lemon-filled fountain, and a bar hidden through a privet hedge.
St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, Clerkenwell EC1M 4DA; secretspritzgarden.com
4 Great British Beer Festival, Olympia London
Not one, but two beer festivals this weekend – it’s like all our Christmases have come at once! The Campaign for Real Ale’s Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London will feature rock and folk bands, string and brass groups and even a ‘not-so-typical’ Queen tribute band. Now in its 42nd year, the festival will boast over a thousand British and international beers, ciders and perries, alongside a wine bar and – new for 2019 – a gin bar. On Friday afternoon, there’ll be performances from classic rock band Swallow, with Bulsara & His Queenies taking to the stage on Friday evening. On Saturday afternoon, you can enjoy performances from the 27-piece Fulham Brass Band. Plus, if you’re keen to attend midweek, the event will host its first ever silent disco, with three different music channels for dancers to choose from on Wednesday evening. Tickets are £9-£11 in advance or £14 on the door. VIP tickets £39.
5 Jazz on the Water, Waterloo
Lipton is launching its latest product, Real Iced Tea, with a jazz festival featuring jazz bands performing on a floating stage in the middle of a swimming pool – how very #SummerInLondon! Bottomless helpings of the new Real Iced Tea, available in five flavours including Black Tea with Peach & Apricot and Green Tea with Rose and Elderflower, will be on tap throughout the one-day festival, as upbeat, acoustic jazz bands, headed by Dat Brass Acoustic Soundsystem, bob along on the pool. You can enjoy a little splash too, with a paddling pool to help guests chill. You’ll even get your own reusable Real Iced Tea water bottle to keep, as well as guilt-free poolside summery snacks. Take along a picnic blanket and make a day of it. 1pm-6pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance here.
Imax slope via Upperground (next to The Green Room restaurant), South Bank SE1 9PP; eventbrite.co.uk
6 Art’s House, Three Mills Island
East London’s Three Mills Island, the picturesque canal-side destination between Bow and Stratford, will host two exciting festivals this summer Art’s House on 10 August and One Day At The Disco on 24 August. Art’s House, now in its second year, returns for an all-day party sound-tracked by two of London’s most iconic DJs: Artwork and DJ Harvey. Expect cold craft beers, street food and a great back-to-back set from two of the dance scene’s most respected pancake turners. Then, on 24 August, brand new festival One Day At The Disco will be headlined by 2ManyDJs and a soon-to-be-announced special guest playing back to back. The line-up also includes Derrick Carter Does Disco, Inner City Live, Detroit Swindle, CC:Disco! and Chaka Khan’t.
Three Mills Island E3 3DU; onedayatthedisco.co.uk; artshousefestival.co.uk
7 EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling Present: Fights and False Lashes, Bethnal Green
You’ve binge-watched the hit Netflix series GLOW, now get ready for London’s underground answer with the real thing as EVE’s Riot Grrrls of Wrestling return to the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green this month with Fights and False Lashes. EVE is the ground-breaking feminist-punk-rock wrestling live event experience filled with action packed wrestling stunts, fuelled with characters, cabaret, comedy and more. Over 18s only. EVE events often contain strobe lighting. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets £25.
265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green E2 9RA; EVEwrestling.com/Tickets
8 Project Loud debuts Loud Professional Soundsystem at Proud Cabaret Embankment
The highly-anticipated Project Loud series is set to kick off in bold, adventurous fashion at Proud Embankment. The new game-changing party will unveil the best Soundsystem in the word and international DJs Art Department, Goldcap and residents will be put it through its paces to mark the the first time the system has been installed in a London venue. Loud Professional is a young, ambitious, world-rated company that has developed a bespoke Soundsystem with development by the best minds in the industry and tried and tested by the likes of Extrema in Belgium, Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza, and used at the X-Factor Arena. The opening party is a big one with Canadian house tastemaker Jonny White, aka Art Department, headlining. Tickets from £20.
8 Victoria Embankment WC2R 2AB; residentadvisor.net
9 The Floral Art And Design Show at Islington Business Design Centre
The Floral Art And Design Show, taking place at Islington Business Design Centre, is London’s newest major flower show. Presented and organised by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies’ (NAFAS) to celebrate 60 years since the charity was established, the event will showcase the latest trends and techniques in flower arranging. Individual floral arrangers and flower arrangement clubs and societies will be competing for gold, silver and bronze awards, and you can also give it a go with two-hour workshops led by experts. In the lead up to the event, shop owners on Camden Passage will be getting involved in the floral festivities by adorning their shop fronts with bright and beautiful blossoms. Plus, on Friday 9 August, a Dazzling Diamond Dinner will take place at Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane (tickets £150). Day tickets start at £15 for a half day and £20 for a full day. Four-day tickets start at £50.
52 Upper Street, Angel N1 0QH; floralartdesignshow.com
10 Festibowl, Canary Wharf
Festibowl – the summer pop-up that has given the quintessentially British sport of lawn bowls an inner city spin – is relocating to Canary Wharf for the next few weeks. Get involved in the silliest, most theatrical game of bowls you’ve ever played while indulging in street food and drinks. People of all ages can play as the rules are simple and the bowls are easy enough to roll down the green, but Festibowl is so much more than a game when the hilarious MC, Mr Benjamin Owls Esq, gets on the mic, narrating each group’s Great British Bowl Off. If you don’t fancy a game, the gorgeous greens and views of Canary Wharf provide a beautiful backdrop for drinks and eats with the likes of Mama’s Jerk, Popdogs, The Bowler Meatballs and Baggio Burger. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm and Sat 11am-6pm.
Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf E14; festibowl.co.uk
11 Vegan Indian Cookery Masterclasses at The LaLiT London
Baluchi, the pan-Indian restaurant within The LaLiT London, is hosting a masterclass in authentically Indian vegan dishes led by Executive Chef Santosh Shah. Offering the ultimate gastronomic experience for any Indian food fan, guests will join Chef Shah at the Naan’ery, the dedicated bread bar within Baluchi, for the chance to take their culinary skills to the next level. The Chef Shah will teach you to blend spices like a pro, and transform simple plant-based ingredients into a delicious five-star meal. Your day will start at 10am with a welcome breakfast at Baluchi, before donning your apron to create and taste your own three-course masterpiece complete with paired wines. Tickets are £150 including breakfast, an apron to take home and a goodie bag. 10am-4pm.
181 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2JR; designmynight.com
12 The Studios That Became A Legend at Abbey Road Studios, St John’s Wood
From 8 August
Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studios, is openings its revered doors for a series of exclusive talks in Studio Two on the past, present and future of the iconic recording studio. The Studios That Became A Legend series will take place over two weekends (8-11 & 16-18 August), offering a rare opportunity to step inside the historic building and hearing extraordinary stories about the world’s first purpose-built recording studio. The lecture series aptly kicks off on Thursday 8 August – exactly 50 years to the day since The Beatles lined up for the iconic Abbey Road album cover photograph – diving deep into the studios’ legacy of innovation, from the patenting of stereo to the invention of recording techniques used across the globe today. Tours of the legendary Studio Two Echo Chamber and the famous Control Room will be offered. Tickets £125.
3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood NW8 9AY; abbeyroad.com
13 Canalside Family Day at Here East, Stratford
Here East is hosting a free family festival on the Hackney Riviera, offering free workshops, live music, and food and drink from the local vendors. Highlights of the Canalside Family Day include social enterprise Hackney Arts leading an arts and craft session of pot painting and tie-dyeing, and Turning Earth’s Hoxton Studio offering free pottery lesson and the opportunity to fire them at their studio. Hackney Wick locals Code Street Clothes will also be running free workshops on using upcycled materials to create purses, phone cases, and how to mend your own clothes. The event will also include free circus skills workshops running throughout the day, with a chance for kids to have a go at poi, juggling, stilts and more, as well as live music, free eco-glitter face painting and food and drinks from all the Canalside restaurants and bars. 10am-6pm.
Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E20 3BS; hereeast.com
14 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
15 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.
16 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
17 The B Word at Arboretum, West End
Until 31 August
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
18 VIP Afternoon Tea in the Potion Room at Cutter & Squidge, Soho
Until 31 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 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
20 Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Until 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
21 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. 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. Plus, 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