The best things to do in London this weekend from the COSMIC dragon boat race in Paddington to Fido Dido’s pop-up house in Covent Garden and the launch of rock photographer Denis O’Regan’s Hammersmith gallery…
Lead image: COSMIC’s Dragon Boat Race returns to Paddington Basin for 2019
1 Fido Dido’s 7UP Pop Up, Covent Garden
Calling all children of the 80s! Fido Dido, the 7UP mascot of the 90s, is back! The laid-back King of Chill has had enough of us all battling over Instagram likes and suffering from FOMO and is inviting us to his pop-up 7UP Free Covent Garden crib to rediscover the lost art of relaxation. Enjoy a super-chill weekend at his multi-sensory crib, which will have artistically inspired chill out rooms where you can hang in a hammock, watch (and join) artists doodling, discover a hidden bar in Fido’s fridge, nap to soothing sounds or listen to mellow 90s tunes and, of course, enjoy an ice-cold bottle of 7UP Free. Open 10am-9pm.
6a Langley Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JA; fidodidohouse.eventbrite.co.uk
2 Just Eat Food Fest, Shoreditch
Now in its fourth year, Just Eat’s Food Fest has become one of the hottest food dates on the summer calendar and has attracted a long list of celebrity guests including Dua Lipa, Nicole Scherzinger, Professor Green, Pixie Lott and Ella Eyre. The Just Eat Food Fest will offer two days of live music, cocktails and top takeaway dishes with an immersive twist. Follow up to six different tantalising taste trails where your choices will influence your taste adventure via secret staircases and other mysterious routes full of delicious surprises including a 1950s retro Americana games room and exquisite Insta-worthy grub from Just Eat’s restaurant partners. Entry is free, food tokens can be bought at the box office. Open Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm.
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6QL; just-eat.co.uk
3 Vincent Simone Dance Masterclass at Karen Hardy Studios, Imperial Wharf
Karen Hardy Dance Studios is hosting an evening of entertainment featuring Strictly’s one and only Vincent Simone. One of the most popular pros over the years, wowing audiences with his stunning Argentine Tango prowess, Vincent is going to be the special guest teacher at Karen Hardy Studios’ masterclass evening on Friday 26 July. The event is open to members and non-members alike to learn the Argentine Tango from the master himself. Don’t worry if you’ve never danced before, the evening is open to all abilities, and if you’re not brave enough to don your dancing shoes, you’re welcome to go along and enjoy the social side and make some new friends! Tickets are £20 for members and £25. The Resident readers can get tickets for £20 by calling the studio on 020 7731 7316 quoting ‘Resident Offer’. Happy Hour: 7.15pm. Masterclass: 8pm-9pm. Photos, Social Dancing & Showdances: 9pm-10pm.
10-12 The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf SW6 2UB; karenhardystudios.com
4 Jazz on the Lawn at Fulham Palace
Sponsored by the Chelsea’s 606 Club, Jazz on the Lawn returns to the garden at Fulham Palace for two outdoor live concerts on successive nights. On Friday 26 July, charismatic soul singer Wayne Hernandez, a fantastic singer who has worked with Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Blur, Grover Washington, Roberta Flack, Madonna & Rag’n’Bone Man, performs with his seven piece band. On Saturday 27 July, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE, who has no fewer than eight British Jazz Awards to her name, will perform with her quintet, featuring the superb UK trumpeter Martin Shaw. Gates open at 6.30pm on both evenings. Adults £17.50, children (4-10) £11.
Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue SW6 6EA; 606club.co.uk
5 Cigarette Records’ Parties at the Mansion, Beckenham Place Park
Cigarette Records has announced its next series of Parties at the Mansion in Beckenham Place Park, with the next event taking place this Friday, followed by events on 27 September and New Year’s Eve. Beckenham Place Park is currently hitting the news following the opening of its wild swimming lake, and with the new Basement Bar at Beckenham Place Mansion (which is run by the same team behind Peckham’s Bussey Building and Copeland Park), the reasons to visit continue to grow. Cigarette Records, founded by Beckenham resident Owain Jones, is making the most of its Grade II surroundings with his vinyl-only Parties at the Mansion playing chiefly funk, disco and UK Garage, with a new second room playing electronic music. 9pm-2am. Tickets £8.
Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham BR3 1SY; beckenhamplace.org
6 The Lost Love Speakeasy, London Bridge
26 July-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.
7 Denis O’Regan Gallery Launch, 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. 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. Tickets for the launch night are £50. 6.30pm-9pm.
Ravilious House, 271 King Street, Hammersmith W6 9QF; denis.co.uk
8 Beyond the Road at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
25 July-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
9 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
10 COSMIC Dragon Boat Regatta, Paddington Basin
The annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Regatta will see some 20 boats battle it out over a series of heats in this 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. Teams of 10 rowers and a drummer, who helps keep the rhythm, will race each in Chinese Dragon Boats along Paddington Basin. Hosted in association with Merchant Square and Paddington Central, the friendly competition is a fundraiser for the local Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC) charity. The starting pistol will sound at 5pm at St Mary’s Bridge. The Rubber Duck Race will also be taking place at St Mary’s Bridge from 12.30pm – sponsor a duck for £3 here.
Paddington Basin, Merchant Square; merchantsquare.co.uk
11 Fizzy Pop at Pop Brixton
This Saturday, Pop Brixton is launching Fizzy Pop, an all-day UK Garage mini-festival powered by renowned London label and radio station Rinse. The free event will see old-school talent perform alongside London’s top up-and-coming DJs, all playing the finest underground garage and jungle. The line-up includes Groove Chronicles, responsible for one of the most seminal garage tracks ever made, Stone Cold; Rinse FM resident Jetsss, who will bring the heat with incendiary UK rap, grime, old school bassline and garage; and Trudy Knight, an 80s baby delivering genre-hopping sets heavily inspired by her exposure to groove and funk-lead diva vocal house, rave music and garage of the 90s. 2pm-11.45pm. Free entry.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
12 Hackney WickED, Hackney Wick
Hackney WickED open studio event returns for its 10th edition this weekend with more than 20 artist studios, galleries, venues and thousands of creatives across Hackney Wick and Fish Island joining forces for a three-day arts extravaganza. Highlights include Hackney WickED DIY Open Studios at various venues from Friday to Sunday, Some Obscure’s live gigs at the Old Baths (Saturday 6pm-12pm), Morning Gloryville, the world-famous sober rave, which will be creating a wellness garden with free yoga, massage and more at the Old Baths (Sunday, 12pm-4pm), Secretsundaze Daytime Terrace Razzz-Up at Studio 9294 on the river (Saturday, 6pm-12pm), and Hackney Herbal Communi-tea Party with herbal activities for all ages at Trowbridge Gardens (Saturday, 1-5pm).
13 Wanderlust 108 Mindfulness Triathlon, Battersea Park
Wanderlust 108 returns to Battersea Park with its unique Mindfulness Triathlon, involving a 5K run followed by a 90-minute DJ-powered yoga session and a 30-minute guided meditation. The event kicks off at 7am, when you can check in your bags and orientate yourself before the 7.20am Secret Sunrise Meditation by Silent Event. There’s a Pre-Run Stretch presented by Classpass at 8.45am, before the 5K at 9am, the DJ-powered yoga class presented by Yogi Bare at 10.30am, and guided meditation at 12pm. The event continues until 6pm with a Kula Market showcasing more than 50 local craft vendors including food, drink, clothing, jewellery, artisan crafts and wellness products, bonus activities from aerial yoga to bodywork slacklining and sound healing to cooking demonstrations, and finally Soulsonyx & Dance Expression, which merges breathwork with psychoacoustic electric soundscapes. Tickets from £25.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; wanderlust.com
14 CASA Latin American Arts Festival, Dalston
Until 27 July
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.
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 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.
17 Hysterical at Phillips London, Mayfair
Until 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
18 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
19 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
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
- 15 Great Places to Visit in London with Children
- 53 of the Best Things to Do in London: July 2019
- Festival Feasts & Sober Ravers to Launch London’s First Linear Riverside Park
- The World’s Biggest Adult Obstacle Course Returns to London this Summer
- 17 Super Fun Places to ‘Kidult’ in London
- 35 of London’s Best Bottomless Brunches