From Totally Thames to Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and London Mural Festival, there are plenty of great things to do in London this weekend
Lead image: Amaranthine by Company Chameleon is part of GDIF’s Dancing City (photo: Joel Chester Fildes)
1 Totally Thames, various locations
Totally Thames returns this September, with a slightly adjusted, Covid-secure programme of river-related activities, heritage events and public art installations taking place throughout the month. This weekend’s highlights include Thames TideFest, a celebration of fun on the river with London’s biggest angling competition and paddlesports like kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding all taking place at Strand on the Green on Sunday 6 Sept; Brunel’s London, a boat trip under three Brunel Bridges to the launch ramps of his monster ship on the Isle of Dogs, plus a guided tour through the Thames Tunnel, taking place daily in Sept (Mon-Fri meet at 10.20am at Embankment Tube Station, Sat-Sun meet at 11.10am, tickets £14-£16); a Sea Kayaking Taster Weekend at Chelsea Kayak Club (5-6 Sept with two-hour sessions at 9am, 11.30am and 4pm).
The inaugural London Mural Festival launches this more with more than 150 global artists heading to London to paint some 40 large scale walls, alongside a plethora of smaller activations. As well as using London as a vast canvas to celebrate creative communities across the world, there will be a 100-artist hoarding jam taking place at International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford, closing the festival on 3 & 4 October. The festival will showcase art from local, national and international talent, including Camille Walala, Gary Stranger, Lucy McLauchlan, Mad C, Marija Tiurina, Otto Schade, Suiko and Zabou. Wembley Park will unveil its LMF commission as part of its new site-wide public art trail, which launches this autumn.
3 Openaire Float-In Cinema, Paddington Basin
From 2 September
It’s move over drive-in, hello float-in, when a new joint venture between Openaire, Merchant Square and GoBoat comes to town in September. A fleet of 16 eco-boats will provide the seating for up to 128 people at this innovative new alfresco cinema experience on Regent’s Canal. First, you can captain your self-drive vessel around Little Venice, before mooring at Merchant Square to settle in and see the film – just don’t rock the boat. A giant 6-metre by 3-metre hi-res LED video screen will beam blockbuster hits such as Titanic and A Star Is Born across the water, while high quality audio will be provided via sanitised wireless headphones. The line-up includes afternoon showings of family favourites such as Toy Story and The Lion Kings, while evenings lend themselves to singalong showings of Grease, Rocketman and The Greatest Showman. Tickets are £200-£250 for boats accommodating six to eight people, while deck chairs are £15 each. Running from Wednesday to Sunday throughout the month from 2 Sept.
4 Kara-soaky at Bunga Bunga, Battersea
From 5 September
Bunga Bunga is making a splashing return to its original Battersea home with the launch of London’s liveliest new night on the tiles, ‘Kara-soaky’. Bunga Bunga has reincarnated its karaoke offering to tick the Covid-safety boxes, taking the power shower to the next level with three shower cubicles, each with a spotlight and shower head fitted with a microphone and disposable cover. Plus, the venue has been transformed into an Instagrammable Italian bathroom, bedecked with bathroom props, including loofahs, rubber ducks and even mini bathtub drinking vessels. The tables will be separated by see-through shower curtains and big screens will be spaced throughout the venue to display each kara-soaky performance. The Kara-soaky experience will be accompanied by a two or three-course Italian feasting menu featuring a Bunga Bunga signature metre-long pizza. Available every Friday and Saturday from £27pp (£17pp with EOTHO).
37 Battersea Bridge Road SW11 3BA; bungabunga.com
5 Peckham Salvage Yard
Hunt for personal treasures, rummage for bargains and refresh your living space with unique finds at Peckham Salvage Yard. Located within Peckham’s Copland Park, Peckham Salvage Yard is south London’s go-to destination for vintage gems and salvaged old things, with over 60 hand-picked traders offering 20th Century furniture, salvaged French homewares, curiosities and collectables, kitschenalia, reclaimed industrial fixtures and unexpected oddities. Location on Copeland Road, the massive salvage yard is also conveniently located next to an array of new local restaurants, food vendors, cafes and bars. 11am-6pm. £1 entry.
Unit 8, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham SE15 3SN; facebook.com
6 Black Minds Matter Market at BOXPARK Croydon
To support Black Minds Matter UK, BOXPARK has collaborated with food and cultural events group Carib & Co Brunch to host a monthly marketplace for black-owned businesses across its London venues. Head for BOXPARK Croydon this Sunday to support and shop at an impressive selection of black-owned British brands, including Leanne Creative, EduCup Yourself, KokoKrafts and The Aqua Closet. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the event aims to raise money for Black Minds Matter UK, the charity providing free mental health support for black individuals in the UK. In addition to the market stalls, Carib & Co Brunch will be displaying artwork from a group of talented black artists including pieces by SLD Cartoons, founded by Shakira Lagrin, and Custom Street Fashion, brought to you by The Purple Girl. 11am-6pm. Adults £3, children free.
99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD; boxpark.co.uk
JUBEL, the exceptionally refreshing craft lager cut with fruit, launches five outdoor pop up bars across London from Friday 4 September. To celebrate, JUBEL is giving away free Peach pints, a classic pilsner style beer combining lively lager with the zest of ripe peaches, across all five bars for Tappy Hour (6pm-7pm) on the day. JUBEL pop ups will launch at Big Chill Brick Lane, Four Quarters in Hackney Wick, Barge East in Hackney Wick, Vapianos at Tower Bridge and The Oyster Catcher in Greenwich. Each bar will be kitted out with deck chairs and oil drum tables, so stick around and try JUBEL’s other two delicious beers, Grapefruit and Elderflower. Open Friday 6pm-late, Saturday 1pm-9pm and Sunday 12 midday-8pm.
8 Concours of Elegance 2020, Hampton Court Palace
The Concours of Elegance returns to Hampton Court Palace with another splendid parade of classic, rare and unique cars. This year, with additional Covid-secure measures, the event will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a two-day driving tour in the days running up to the main event. Plus, there’s the Club Trophy, which sees some of the UK’s most prestigious car clubs offer up their finest examples to an independent panel of judges, and the winning Club Trophy car will secure a place in the following year’s main Concours of Elegance event. Tickets from £30.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU; concoursofelegance.co.uk
9 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, various locations
Until 12 September
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), the festival of outdoor theatre, is set to be the UK’s first full festival since lockdown. The programme, running across the Royal Borough of Greenwich and east London, features site-responsive theatre, dance and street arts. This weekend’s highlights include Dancing City, GDIF’s annual outdoor dance programme, which will take over Canary Wharf’s fantastic alfresco piazzas and landscapes on Saturday 5 September from 1-5pm; Cloudscapes by Gobbledegook Theatre, a dreamy commentary on the passing skies with a Cloud Museum where you can learn about cloud-gazing and climate change (5-6 September at 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm at Oxleas Meadows); The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric MacLennan, a thought-provoking performance inspired by the great 19th century painter JMW Turner and the 31 sea areas of the Shipping Forecast (5-6 September from 2pm-5pm at Oxleas Meadows); and On Your Doorstep events at Greenwich Peninsula’s spectacular alfresco area, The Tide, on 6 September from 2pm-5pm. All events will have free, allocated access for local residents, with further free and paid ticketing arrangements to help manage capacity.
10 Tenet at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Until 10 September
Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is now fully open to the public following the easing of lockdown restrictions, with a new programme that includes screenings of Christopher Nolan’s hotly anticipated sci-fi epic, Tenet. The film – one of the first major new releases since lockdown – is breaking new ground opening in territories outside the US. Originally due to launch in July, the film is the follow-up to Nolan’s 2017 war epic Dunkirk and has been called ‘his best movie since Inception’ following secretive press previews. The action-packed time-travel movie stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, John David Washington and Kenneth Branagh. Several screenings daily. See website for times. Tickets from £10.
101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith W6 9BN; riversidestudios.co.uk
11 Rooftop Comedy Experience at Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham
6 & 7 September
The team at Bussey Rooftop Bar are working in partnership with award-winning production outfit Plosive to bring guests the best comedy alongside panoramic views, pizza and classic cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. The Rooftop Comedy Experience launched back in August, and headlining on Sunday 6 September is panel show pro Sara Pascoe, alongside the provocative Dane Baptiste and viral comic Laura Lexx. On Monday 7th, Nina Conti, nominee and Live at the Apollo and Cats Does Countdown regular, will headline the show, alongside Shooting Stars scorekeeper Angelos Epithemiou and another support act. Tickets are £30 for two, £60 for four, or £70 for five (over 18s only, advance bookings only).
133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; busseyrooftopbar.com
12 Summer Showtime on The Coaling Jetty, Battersea
Until 20 September
Summer Showtime at The Coaling Jetty’s is a series of open-air theatre performances and cinema screenings from local companies Archlight Cinema and The Turbine Theatre. The historic Grade II* listed Coaling Jetty has incredible views of the river, making it a great spot for a late-summer evening al fresco. This weekend the theatre is offering up Hair the Musical, an outdoor concert, directed by Arlene Phillips and with an all-star cast (4-6 Sept), and Bard in the Yard, a solo show about William Shakespeare being stuck in a plague quarantine in London in 1605 (5 Sept, 2pm). You can also enjoy special pre-theatre menus, picnic boxes and takeaways from local retailers including Megan’s, Vagabond Wines, Fiume and Battersea Brewery. Ticket prices vary.
Until 9 September
A team of local event organisers have come together to put on a festival to help Chiswick House & Gardens get back on its feet after having to cancel all of its events due to coronavirus. The festival, which kicked off in the gardens on 21 August, is delivering 20 consecutive days of live, alfresco, socially distanced acts – one per evening – to the area, from big-name comedy to local bands and classical performances, as well as inspirational speakers and daytime fitness classes. Don’t miss stand-up with Dara Ó Briain, Suzi Ruffell and Nathan Caton on 4 September and TFI Britpop + Dollery & Hamilton, a Chiswick-based band specialising in 90s Britpop, on 5 September. Times and ticket prices vary.
14 The Luna Cinema at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Until 8 September
Following a stint of drive-in screenings in Hendon and Rotherhithe, The Luna Cinema is back in its original, cinema-under-the-stars format. Or as close as is possible while physically distancing… The open-air cinema experience will now involve a number of pitches, pre-laid out for groups of two-to-four with chairs set up ready for you. Following visits to Hampton Court Palace, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and Chiswick House, The Luna Cinema is spending bank holiday weekend at Royal Hospital Chelsea (25 August-8 September), with stops at Dulwich Park (16-20 September) and Wimbledon Park (29 September-4 October) still to come.
15 London Grads Now at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Saatchi Gallery reopens on Thursday 3 September with London Grads Now, a thought-provoking exhibition showcasing works by graduating students from London’s leading fine art schools. More than 150 graduating artists from the likes of Royal College of Art, UCL: Slade School of Art, Goldsmiths: University of London, UAL: Chelsea College of Arts and UAL: Central Saint Martins have organised an exhibition to showcase their works in a Covid-secure way within international-quality gallery spaces. Victoria Cantons, MFA graduate and curator of the selected works from UCL: Slade School of Art, refers to her artists as ‘fresh graduates who provide a snapshot of the exciting ideas, explorations and discussions that are occurring in art today. The work is important as a reflection of the experience we’re going through now.’ Tickets £3 (Saatchi Gallery Members free).
Duke of York’s, King’s Road SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com
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