Other than frantically trying to book a table at your local pub or restaurant this weekend, what are you planning to do this weekend? Allow us to make some suggestions…
Lead image: All Star Lanes
1 Catch a Drive-In Movie
From 3 July
London’s new drive-in cinemas launch in earnest this weekend, with Celestial Cinema at Flamingo Park in Bromley the first to kick off on 3 July (tickets £29.50 per car). Three more launch on the 4th of July: Sunset Cinema on Twyford Avenue Sports Ground in Acton (tickets £50 per car), The Luna Drive-In Cinema at Allianz Park in Hendon (tickets from £29.50), and The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water in Enfield (tickets £55 per car). For more on London’s drive-in cinemas, including locations and launch dates, click here.
2 Take a City Cruises Boat Tour
From 4 July
City Cruises, the largest tour boat operator on the Thames, resumes sightseeing and dining sailings from 4 July. Experiences will cast off across London with all sailings operating with social distancing measures in place and reduced passenger capacities. The new Sightseeing Flexible Open Pass, from £19pp, offers a 24-hour ticket that allows you to hop on and off at Westminster, London Eye and Tower of London and rediscover the capital away from the crowds with a guided commentary. City Cruises also has two dining passes to choose from: The Daytime Dining Pass (from £35pp) for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; and the Thames Flexible Dinner Pass (from £82pp) for a Showboat or Jazz cruise with a sit-down meal. City Cruises has also launched new weekly and monthly passes for commuters from £29 a week or £99 a month.
3 Trinity Riverside Bar Opens
From 4 July
The 4th of July is a very special day indeed, with pubs, bars and restaurants across London reopening. One cool new hotspot to open includes Trinity Riverside Bar at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Launched by the team behind Stratford’s Roof East, which is also opening on 4 July, the new riverside bar this summer has a glorious south-facing alfresco terrace with socially distanced deckchairs and tables, overlooking the river Thames and the O2 Arena. There will also be a large indoor lounge area with comfy sofas, armchairs and summer tunes. Drinks include beers, spirits, wine, cocktails, prosecco, mocktails, softies and hot drinks on offer, and food options include burgers, hot dogs, wraps, nachos, flatbreads, salads and Belgian waffles.
64 Orchard Place, Trinity Buoy Wharf E14 0JW; trinitybuoywharf.com
4 Hungry Heart Livestream House Party #9
Friday 3 July
Hungry Heart returns with yet another ode to Bruce Springsteen, this time celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the iconic Live in NYC shows at Madison Square Gardens and the 1999/2000 reunion concerts. Get your requests in – the Hungry Heart team will be asking for your favourite tracks from the shows in the lead-up to the livesteam and on the night, so get on socials at @hungryheartuk (across all platforms) and get your requests in. The event is free but donations towards the costs involved in hosting are welcome at paypal.me/hungryheartevents. From 8pm.
5 The Big Listen: Black Lives Matter
Friday 3 July
The Big Listen is a new fundraising initiative from London Contemporary Voices. The first Big Listen fundraising event took place last Friday in celebration of Pride Month, and this Friday, it’s all about the Black Lives Matter movement. The event will create a safe space for listeners to actively engage with anti-racism and the scrutiny of privilege. As well as pre-recorded musical performances from Deepa Nair Rasiya, Manu Delago and Imogen Heap, there will be a live interview with Bobby Kasanga, founder of Hackney’s first ever semi-professional football club, reflecting on how a lack of opportunity led him into a life of crime. 7pm-9pm. Tickets are free (click here to register) but charity donations are encouraged (click here to donate).
6 Hackney Herbal’s Online Workshops
4 & 5 July
Hackney Herbal, a social enterprise that teaches you how to incorporate herbs into their lives in the form of recipes, skincare and natural remedies, has moved its workshops online during lockdown. Upcoming workshops include Harvesting Herbs to Make Remedies, taking place on Saturday 4 July from 11am-1pm, and Herbal Potions for Your Garden, which will show you how to address a range of garden problems using natural ingredients, taking place on Saturday 4 July from 2pm-4pm. On Sunday 5th July, from 11am-1pm, you can also take part in an Essential Oils for the Home workshop, where you can learn how to harness the benefits of aromatherapy. Workshops are all priced £20 and all profits reinvested into free community activities in Hackney.
7 All Star Lanes Launches Summer Of Song
From 4 July
All Star Lanes has been bowled over by the news that bowling is still on lockdown, so instead, All Star Lanes will open its White City and Brick Lane venues for drinking, dining and singing from 4 July. The ‘Summer Of Song’ will see the venues decked out with top-of-the-range karaoke equipment from Singa. The luxury karaoke booths, which can be booked for as little as £10pp for one hour with a drink, will be fully cleaned after each group leaves to ensure singers are kept safe. Additionally, from 4 July, All Star Lanes White City’s spacious new terrace will be adorned with a pop-up Lanson horsebox bar and additional seating for champagne and refreshing cocktails in the sun, alongside takeaway pizzas and ice cream.
8 The Old Vic presents First, Do No Harm
Sunday 5 July
The Old Vic presents The Greatest Wealth’s newly commissioned monologue First, Do No Harm, written by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo. First, Do No Harm will be performed by Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke and directed by Adrian Lester, airing on the theatre’s YouTube channel on Sunday at 7pm to coincide with the NHS’s 72nd birthday (The Greatest Wealth series, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti, was created to celebrate the NHS). The Old Vic is in great financial difficulty due to lockdown, but despite this the theatre remains committed to providing free content, including The Greatest Wealth, as part of the Your Old Vic initiative.
Saturday 4 July
West End Musical Brunch presents the Lockdown Live version, delivering the biggest stars of London’s West End straight into your living room for a boozy singalong. Multiple guests will perform live at each event, along with interactive musical theatre-themed games and a Q&A with the stars. Prepare your brunch (alas they can’t do that bit remotely for you) pop a bottle of prosecco and gather the family, your social bubble or join your friends remotely to share in the fun. 2pm-3pm. Tickets from £9.75.
10 Le Tour de France French Wine Tasting
Winfield Wines usually runs fun group wine tastings in London, but that we’re all stuck in our isolation stations, it’s time to get to know your grapes online. The virtual tutored wine tastings offer a wine education from a WSET qualified instructor conducted via Zoom. Hop online beforehand and book your ticket, which includes six sample bottles of wine that will be mailed out to your address. Tickets are £55 per household and the experience takes place from 6.30pm-8pm.
To book see designmynight.com
11 The Great Sustainable Organic Market at StreetCube, Wandsworth
StreetCube, Wandsworth’s sustainable street food hotspot, is hosting The Great Sustainable Organic Market this weekend. StreetCube was set up by Olivier Blanc, son of chef Raymond Blanc, in partnership with chef Pascal Gerrard as a ‘revolutionary’ sustainability-focused – and importantly, affordable, street dining concept. The aim is to serve top quality ‘food-to-go’ while being committed to reducing CO2 levels, eliminating plastic waste, and developing a better food system for both people and the planet. And now, the street food market has launched a new organic and sustainable food market, billed as the biggest in London, featuring some of the nation’s most ethical farmers and organic food producers. So ditch the supermarket this weekend and step out into the fresh air for a more sustainable, and enjoyable, way to fill up your fridge. Social distancing regulations apply.
The Piazza at Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth High Street SW18 4TQ; wandsworth.town
12 The Best in Stand Up with The Comedy Store Live
The Comedy Store is delivering its unique comedy club experience directly into your home by sharing some of The Comedy Store’s greatest shows. Nightly from 7pm, a £5.50 ticket will grant you an hour of world-class stand-up comedy, complete with all the heckles, put-downs and infamous electric Comedy Store atmosphere. A new show runs every week. This week’s show is The Best in Stand Up, featuring the finest comics on the circuit, including Kiri Pritchard-McLean (MC), Mark Simmons, Ben Norris, Russell Kane. The shows were originally filmed at The Comedy Store London in Soho and profits will be split between the performers and the upkeep of The Comedy Store’s London and Manchester venues until they are able to reopen.
13 THEWHODUNNIT? Presents Murder on The Underground Express
Until 9 August
THEWHODUNNIT?’s Murder on The Underground Express is a virtual murder mystery that revolves around the killing of self-made millionaire Langdon Park during the inaugural outing of his new underground train, the Express Line. Only guests of the victim were present at this private opening ceremony – so whodunnit? As a guest aboard the Underground Express, you are cordially invited to attend an evening of investigation and revelations with world-famous detective, Reynard Gull. Tickets £10pp (couples £15pp), offering access to the interactive virtual murder mystery experience via Zoom. Running daily until 9 August.
To book see designmynight.com
14 Flea Vintage & Makers Market at Vinegar Yard
Flea – Vinegar Yard’s resident vintage and makers market – is back with its eclectic mix of vintage fashion, antiques and art. Flea offers a sustainable shopping experience featuring an array of vintage and artisanal traders. The market has operated virtually during lockdown, and will continue to do so each Saturday with Insta Flea, but for those who have missed rummaging through the aisles to find beautiful and unique pieces, get set for the return of Flea IRL. COVID-secure measures include a one-way system, strictly capped capacity, careful spacing of vendors in the outdoor yard, increased sanitation procedures and attended bathrooms. The Gentlemen Baristas will be on hand to provide artisanal coffees to take away, along with a selection of snacks. Open Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Vinegar Yard, St Thomas Street, London Bridge SE1 3QU; flealondon.com
15 Gosnells Drinks Pop-Up
Gosnells, the Peckham-based meadery, has launched a weekly collaboration outside Gosnells production hub, alongside beer brewers Anspach & Hobday of Croydon and Bermondsey. The event, taking place every Saturday from 12pm-7pm, will offer a selection of their canned produce for sale from both breweries. Gosnells will be offering up its unique range of sparkling, gluten-free meads, as well as iced cocktail slushies, ‘Meadaritas’ and some exclusive Gosnells x Anspach & Hobday cocktails. ‘We have so much space outside the meadery,’ says Tom Gosnell, ‘and this will be a great opportunity to introduce visitors to what Anspach & Hobday and ourselves have to offer. I am personally besotted by honey and I want to show the flavour-inspiring cleverness of the bee.’ Anspach & Hobday is also gearing up to sell takeaway draught from their Bermondsey Taproom and Camberwell bar, The Pigeon.
Gosnells Meadery, Print Village, Chadwick Road, Peckham SE15 4PU; gosnells.co.uk
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