The best things to do in London this weekend (8-9 June 2019) from a Prince Party with a vegan BBQ to Soho Music Month and The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson…
Lead image: Summer by the River
The timeless tale of Cinderella becomes a spectacular ballet in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall this month as Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon re-stages his sparkling production for the Royal Albert Hall. The production, danced by the English National Ballet with some 130 dancers, combines magnificent sets and costumes, surprising theatrical tricks and lively choreography, all to the melodious tunes of Prokofiev’s sublime score, performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Tickets from £15-£88.45.
Kensington Gore SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
2 World Ocean Day at Soho Music Month
Soho Music Month is a celebration of the diversity of music talent in an area rich with heritage running 1-30 June at various venues across Soho. On Ganton Street this Saturday, celebrate World Oceans Day in partnership with ocean conservation organisation Project 0. A celebration for the eco-conscious and ocean-enthusiasts alike, expect live music from world music collective Lokkhi Terra, sultry vocals from Delilah Holliday, laid-back sounds from St Martiins and electric soul from Ese & The Vooduu People, as well as talks, ocean-themed artwork and installations with music. Ganton Street will be transformed with a ‘grass’ lawn, bean bags, photo booth and free ice lollies while stocks last (12-6pm).
Find the full line-up at carnaby.co.uk
3 Prince Party at Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle, Hackney
Meriel Armitage’s Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle, London’s first 100% vegan pub in Hackney, is launching Sunday Sessions, a series of Ribs and Roots BBQs and guest DJs. On 7 June it’s the Prince Party, paying homage to their musical idol, the pub will throw their annual Birthday party in his honour with DJ Sonic Emporium blasting out Prince’s greatest hits until late. Meriel’s Ribs and Roots BBQ menu is inspired by Texan-style BBQ with Sticky Glazed ‘Ribs’ made with jackfruit, mustard potato salad, lashings of hot sauce and – for this event only – purple Prince taco. Landlady Sherri-Lee Estabrook will be mixing up a host of summer cocktails, including the one-off Raspberry Beret. The Ribs and Roots BBQ will be available every Sunday. 4pm-9pm.
224 Homerton High Street E9 6AS; thespreadeaglelondon.co.uk
Zela London is hosting a unique sake dinner this Friday night. The ENTER.Sake Dinner and Tasting, hosted by ENTER.Sake founder and Sake Sommelier Richie Hawtin, will feature a nine-course dinner of Japanese-inspired cuisine created by Chef Curro López Gullón. Dishes include sea bass tataki, nigiri and wagyu gyuataki, all expertly paired with delicious sake. From 7.30pm. Tickets are £115 per person. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
336-337 Strand WC2R 1HA; zelarestaurants.com / entersake.com
5 The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
Until 8 June
The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson is a Brexit-inspired comedy drama from journalist, broadcaster and playwright Jonathan Maitland (An Audience with Jimmy Savile, Dead Sheep). It was the dinner that changed history – the night in February 2016 when Boris Johnson decided to vote ‘leave’. Guests included fellow MP Michael Gove and his wife columnist Sarah Vine, media mogul Evgeny Lebedev, and, for Boris at least, the spirits of past Prime Ministers – Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. Fast forward to post-Brexit Britain 2029 – a country divided. Boris is back in the political wilderness and has ambitions to make Britain great again, but what are his true intentions? Tickets £18.50-£32.50.
Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP; parktheatre.co.uk
6 Brockley Max, across Brockley
Until 8 June
Brockley Max, the annual community arts festival, returns for its 18th year to celebrate local talent across venues in Brockley, Ladywell, Crofton Park and Honor Oak. Spanning nine days, the event offers a packed programme of 70 events, from music and comedy to art and theatre. The event comes to a close on Saturday 8 June with Art in the Park, chock full of creative workshops, storytelling, theatre performances, a craft market, live music and dance performances from 12pm-6pm. And there’s plenty more in between, including brockleymax.co.uk
7 SoLo Craft Fair: The Pride Special, Balham
Returning to the ballroom at Balham Bowls Club, the market will have up to 30 independent traders who identify themselves as LGBTQ+ and/or who celebrate diversity and colour in their products. On top of the donation directly from SoLo Craft Fair, there will be a fundraising tombola, with handcrafted prizes donated by the traders, and a glitter station – all raising money for The Albert Kennedy Trust. PopUp Painting will also be running painting workshops throughout the day and there will also be a kids corner. 12pm-5pm. Free entry.
Balham Bowls Club SW12 8QX; solocraftfair.com
8 Bottomless Gin Brunch at Bull in a China Shop, Shoreditch
Celebrate World Gin Day on 8 June at London’s first ever bottomless gin brunch. Gin Mare is joining forces with Silent Pool, Colonel Fox and KI NO BI, to host the event, which will offer up a selection of unlimited gin cocktails (bottomless for two hours) including a Colonel Fox G&T, Silent Pool Lavender Bees Knees, Gin Mare Red Snapper and KI NO BI Collins. You can also choose from a range of brunch dishes, from pancakes & lavender maple syrup served with crispy bacon and summer berries to a Full Bull breakfast and free-range eggs poached in a tomato salsa with a corn tortilla and avocado smash. 12pm-5pm. Tickets £20.
196 Shoreditch High Street E1 6LG; bullinachinashop.london
9 St James’s London Fashion Week Men’s Show
The only show in the London Fashion Week Men’s calendar open to consumers, St James’s London Fashion Week Men’s Show will feature more than 30 menswear brands from St James’s will take to the catwalk on Jermyn Street. Curated by stylist Catherine Hayward, the catwalk shows will showcase see-now-buy-now pieces from John Smedley, Dunhill, Cubitts, Aspinal of London, Aquascutum, Sunspel, Lock & Co, Paul & Shark, New & Lingwood and more. The pedestrianised street will also host food trucks from local restaurants and live music performances. Shows take place at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked online.
10 George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Blackheath Halls
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, the world’s very first Ukulele Orchestra and the driving force behind the worldwide phenomena of ukulelemania, head for Blackheath Halls this weekend. The royalty of the ukulele scene, the independent rock stars of the ‘bonsai guitar have plucked and sung with the likes of the Clean Bandit, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and even Blue Peter. Tickets £27.
23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; blackheathhalls.com
11 Brixton Vintage Kilo Sale, Pop Brixton
Brixton Vintage Kilo Sale returns to Pop Brixton with tonnes of vintage clobber for you to buy direct from the wholesaler at only £15 per kilo. Shop sustainably, ethically and affordably by buying hand-picked vintage fashion by the weight. Choose from 1,000s of seasonal and trend-led items, as well as vintage staples from sportswear and denim to coats, dresses and more. Entry is free all day and stock will be replenished throughout the weekend. 11am-4pm.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
12 Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House
Until 11 June
This spring, the Royal Ballet is reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic ballet masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Set to Sergey Prokofiev’s seminal score, the performance will feature a number of principal and debuting dancers in the roles of Juliet and Romeo in the performance at the Royal Opera House. The work has been performed by The Royal Ballet more than 400 times since it was premiered at Covent Garden in 1965, making Romeo and Juliet a classic you can’t miss.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk
13 Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner! at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
Until 16 June
Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner!, in collaboration with AKG Archives, Getty Images Archive London & Mirror Group Archives, is a breathtaking new photographic exhibition at Wimbledon’s Galerie Prints. With Brexit drawing closer we must ask ourselves, who we are as Britons? And as Londoners? Featuring 64 archival images showing the changing face – and faces – of London from the 1920s to present day, this exhibition offers a rare insight into what has always made this city so great – diversity, contrasts, resilience, passion and fashion. Admission £5. Print prices start from £205.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com
14 MARTINI Fiero Waterfront Pop Up, Paddington
Until 21 June
The Fiero Waterfront pop-up is MARTINI’s genius way of launching it new summer aperitivo, MARTINI Fiero – a leisurely cruise to Little Venice and back on a vintage Riva yacht, with an aperitivo picnic and MARTINI Fiero & Tonics. On the bustling waterfront, you can enjoy MARTINI Fiero & Tonics alongside an exclusive menu created by Italian streetfood maestros Pasta e Basta, featuring authentic dishes like n’duja calabrese crostini, creamy burrata pugliese and cured meat platters, or opt for the cruise experience. The waterfront pop-up is open on selected dates from 22 May-21 June, 12pm-9pm. The MARTINI Fiero Riva yacht will be available for walk up and pre-bookings on 22-24 May, 31 May, and 7, 14 & 21 June. Groups of four can book ahead by emailing email@example.com
Merchant Square, Paddington Basin W2; martini.com
Until 30 June
Open Space has launched a temporary ‘art cafe’ cafe in Peckham where everything – from the food to the furniture and tableware – is both a functional object and an artwork. Even the food is a work of art, with a regularly changing seasonal menu created by Inês Neto dos Santos, a London-based Portuguese artist and co-curator of the exhibition, who is known for her food-based practice, using what we eat as a medium of artistic expression and social commentary. Taking place at AMP Gallery in Peckham, the exhibition and cafe will be open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am-6pm. Go forth and Instagram your lunch free of judgement!
1 Acorn Parade, Peckham SE15 2TZ; openspacecontemporary.com
16 London Festival of Architecture, across London
Until 30 June
London Festival of Architecture, the world’s biggest annual architecture festival, returns this month to explore the theme of ‘boundaries’. The packed programme of some 400 events and activities will open the doors to iconic tours and architectural installations, as well as energetic debates, Studio Lates, workshops and exhibitions. Highlights include LFA Symposium: Thresholds or barriers? taking place at the Royal Academy, explores the role and application of boundaries in architecture and placemaking (14 June), and aLL Design presents an aLL Alsop Whistlestop Tour, a self-guided tour that features new Neuron Pod Building for Queen Mary University in Whitechapel, Peckham Library, the Palestra and more.
17 Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain
Until 11 August
The latest EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, is Tate Britain’s highly anticipated exhibition of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Exploring how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career, and how he, in turn, inspired British artists like Walter Sickert and Francis Bacon, the exhibition includes some of his most famous works, such as Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhône and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. Running until 11 August.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
18 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 31 August
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, is back with a new gig – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
19 Summer by the River, London Bridge
Until 1 September
Sprawling arts and entertainment festival Summer by the River returns for 2019 with a touch of The Hamptons’ coastal elegance about it. With unrivalled views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the City skyline, the riverside walk and The Scoop will come to life with open-air cinema and theatre, live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and summer sports on the big screen. Pop-up guru Jimmy Garcia will deliver his hugely popular BBQ Club, and cycle café pioneers Look Mum No Hands return to transform The Pier area at London Bridge City into a bar serving wholesome food, drinks and its own programme of events. There’ll also be a table tennis area and a new pop-up staging area in Hay’s Galleria championing emerging musicians.
London Bridge City SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk
20 FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A, South Kensington
Until 20 October
The V&A’s new exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate explores current experiments at every stage of the food system, from compost to table. The exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable and delicious food future. Do check out Selfmade, a gastronomic experiment showcasing five cheeses cultured from human bacteria – a Cheshire cheese made using Alex James’s bacteria, Comté made using Heston Blumenthal’s bacteria, mozzarella made using Professor Green’s bacteria, Stilton made using Ruby Tandoh’s bacteria, and Cheddar made using Suggs’ bacteria. Selfmade is one of over 70 contemporary projects in FOOD: Bigger than the Plate that explore innovation in sustainability. Tickets £17.
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
21 As I Live and Breathe by Claire Morgan at the Horniman, Forest Hill
Until 4 May 2020
As I Live and Breathe is a series of thought-provoking works by award-winning visual artist Claire Morgan exploring our relationship with nature, drawing on the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings. A dramatic large scale installation suspended from the ceiling and descending over two floors will captivate visitors, composed of thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene torn by hand from used shopping bags. Inside the Natural History Gallery, four taxidermy specimens of prolific residents of urban London – the grey squirrel, red fox, carrion crow and rose-ringed parakeet – feature fragments of torn bin bags protruding from their mouths.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk