The best things to do in London this weekend (13-14 July 2019) from QUEENS Pride on Ice cool down to Queen of Hoxton’s 10th Birthday Party and HYPER JAPAN at Olympia
Lead image: Festibowl
1 QUEENS Pride on Ice, Queensway
In partnership with Pride In London, QUEENS is hosting Pride on Ice, the official ‘ultimate cool down’. The weekend following the huge Pride Parade through the streets of London, Pride In London will take over QUEENS’ 1,200 m sq Ice Rink and the Sin-Bin Bar by MEATliquor to celebrate #PrideJubilee. A refreshing escape from the summer heat, Pride on Ice at QUEENS will feature ice-skating, drinks and dining as well as performances by Crayola the Queen and her Drag Team, live PAs from Pride’s Got Talent and Flawless Talent and even a special guest DJ spinning over the rink till midnight. Skate sessions run 6pm-8pm, 8pm-10pm (over 18s) and 10pm-12 midnight (over 18s). Tickets from £5 (includes ice-skates and a donation to Pride in London 2020).
17 Queensway W2 4PQ; queens.london
2 Screaming With Laughter at Underbelly Festival, South Bank
Screaming With Laughter returns to Underbelly Festival Southbank for two epic shows where the comedy is strictly for grown-ups, but babies are welcome. Resident MC Hatty Ashdown presents podcast pioneers The Scummy Mummies, AKA Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, who create comedy for less-than-perfect parents, and prince of puns and talented animator Darren Walsh. There’s plenty of room in the Spiegel Tent to get up and have a wander, pop out changing mats, as well as baby changing facilities, a play area and, most importantly, a judgement-free atmosphere. Screaming With Laughter welcomes mums, dads, friends, aunts, grans, carers and all. 1pm. Tickets £10-£15, concs £8.50, babies go for free.
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
3 Craft Beer by the River, Wandsworth
London’s oldest independent brewer, Sambrook’s, is to host a unique beer festival at Ram Quarter – the site of the capital’s former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth. The one-day Craft Beer by the River festival takes its name from the River Wandle, which flows through Ram Quarter. Hidden for centuries behind the walls of Young’s Ram Brewery, this stretch of the river has been opened to the public by Greenland’s redevelopment of the site with homes, restaurants, and retail and leisure space. There’ll be two fully-stocked bars serving a bespoke menu for the day, food stalls including Liberty Cheese Steak, live soul, pop and folk music, children’s games, an opportunity to meet the Young’s dray horses, a giant outdoor screening of the Wimbledon Women’s Singles tennis final, and tours of the historic brewery site at 1pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. Midday until 6.45pm. Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the gate.
Wandsworth High Street SW18 1TH; eventbrite.co.uk
4 Catford Vegan Festival
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Catford Vegan Festival, Catford Broadway will once again go meat-free, dairy-free and car-free for a day. Created by the team behind the Catford Food Market in collaboration with Plant Bass LDN (the organisation behind Vegan Nights at the Old Truman Brewery), the festival will showcase some of the best vegan street food and produce. Try vegan doner kebabs courtesy of Catford residents The Hippie Turks, Scandinavian open sandwiches from Daun’s Deli, or vegan cakes by MissFlits Bakes Vegan (loved by comedian Romesh Ranganathan). Catford Cornucopia will also be there offering the much coveted Catford hoodies and t-shirts alongside other non-food traders offering cosmetics, homeware, craft and plants, as well as live music and free kids activities. Free admission. 10am-5pm.
Catford Broadway SE6 4SP; catfordfoodmarket.com
5 12 Photos 12 Tracks at Bold Tendencies, Peckham
In 2017, Greenwich-based musician & producer Vinzenz Stergin sent a Polaroid camera on a global journey to 12 people in 12 countries, spanning all the continents. Each participant had a single chance to take a photo of a place that is important to them. The camera travelled 61,800 km in nearly two years and, on its return, Stergin worked together with band Ode to Lucius to create 12 songs inspired by the photos and their stories, which has been developed into an hour-long multimedia spectacle brought to life by live visual artist Artemis Evlogimenou. Don’t miss this world premiere of this concert and Exhibition at Bold Tendencies in Peckham’s Multi Storey Car Park. 7.30pm. Tickets from £5.
7th-10th Floors, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane SE15 4ST; 12photos12tracks.com
6 Queen of Hoxton’s 10th Birthday Party, Shoreditch
One of East London’s original party starters, Queen of Hoxton, is celebrating turning 10 years old this weekend with a huge birthday party loaded with old-school classics, underground sounds and a sprinkling of cutting-edge future garage. Teaming up with east London’s biggest garage brand, Has it Come to This, the night will feature headline sets from two of the biggest names in UKG – Zed Bias, with a history of Garage set, and Plastician, with a Bass set – taking you right back to the early 2000s, an era before dubstep, grime and electro, when garage reigned supreme. As with any 10th birthday party, cake, balloons, face painting, confetti cannons and surprise gifts will also feature. Tickets £5 in advance or £8/£10 on the door. 8pm-3am.
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queen-of-hoxton.com
7 Festibowl, London Bridge
Until 14 July
Festibowl – the summer pop-up that has given the quintessentially British sport of lawn bowls an inner city spin – will complete its run at Potters Fields Park in London Bridge on 14 July, before returning to its summer base in Finsbury Park base. Get involved in the silliest, most theatrical game of bowls you’ve ever played while indulging in street food and catching all the Wimbledon action on the big screens. 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 the views of Tower Bridge and the Thames provide a beautiful backdrop for drinks and eats with the likes of Mama’s Jerk, Popdogs, The Bowler, Baggio Burger and Hanok on rotation. 12pm-11pm daily. Festibowl will also pop up in Canary Wharf from 6-23 August.
Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2AA; festibowl.co.uk
8 Genevieve Taylor’s Mediterranean Summer BBQ at The Stafford London
BBQ and live-fire cooking expert Genevieve Taylor is visiting the newly refurbished outdoor Courtyard of The Stafford London this weekend, grilling up a Mediterranean menu alongside the hotel’s Culinary Director Ben Tish. The duo will be showcasing summery dishes from their latest book releases – Charred from Genevieve, which steps away from burgers and sausages offering veg-centric alternatives, and Moorish by Ben, a celebration of the vibrant flavours from the Mediterranean and North Africa. The afternoon’s grilling starts with a trio of snacks including mini jerk-spiced plantain, shallot and halloumi kebabs and baba ganoush from Genevieve, alongside Ben’s chorizo and piquillo pepper skewers. Main courses include Ben’s slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Genevieve’s aubergine rolls with walnuts, herbs and pomegranate seeds, and Ben’s charcoal-grilled fennel seed sardines with plates of Genevieve’s peppers with olives, chickpeas and harissa.
16-18 St James’s Place, St James’s SW1A 1NJ; thestaffordlondon.com
9 LOCO London Comedy Festival, BFI Southbank
The LOCO London Comedy Festival, a not-for-profit foundation that discovers, develops and screens the world’s most original comedy film-makers, takes place at BFI Southbank this weekend. Highlights include the LOCO Rom-Com Karaoke on Saturday 13 July from 8pm-11pm, where you can sing the most iconic songs from our favourite rom-coms, hosted by drag superstar E.Z. Street; a When Harry Met Sally 30th Anniversary Screening (also on Saturday 13 July, at 8.45pm); and LOCO Shorts: Intimate Details, a selection of short comedy films about sex, love and romance that includes Custom Love, where Steve, the ‘perfect man’, takes his girlfriend Sarah out on her perfect date – she’s just waiting for the perfect question… LOCO Shorts: Intimate Details featuring Custom Love screens at NFT3 on 13 July at 3.50pm and NFT2 on 14 July at 3.20pm.
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XT; locofilmfestival.com
10 Rosé On The Road, Wimbledon
British botanical drinks brand Fentimans is taking its oh-so Instagrammable Land Rover to the streets of Wimbledon to celebrate the concluding weekend of the world’s most famous tennis championships. The eye-catching Land Rover, blushed with the Rosé Lemonade’s signature hue and covered with luscious and vivid pink roses, will be parked up offering passers by a refreshing can of Rosé Lemonade, as well as a chance to pose for photographs with the flower-festooned car. Plus, anyone who spots, snaps and shares their photos on Instagram will be entered into a prize-draw to win a weekend stay in Ibiza.
11 The Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone, Shepherd’s Bush
Until 14 July
Catch all the Wimbledon action without jostling the crowds in SW19 at the Jaguar x Wimbledon Fan Zone at Westfield London. Open every day throughout the Championships, the state-of-the-art fan zone comes complete with a big screen, bean bags, deck chairs and the chance to win a pair of tickets to Wimbledon if you play the Jaguar Ace Pace Wimbledon Edition app in the purpose-built Wimbledon Centre Court experience. Also on site will be a fleet of Jaguar’s latest Pace series including the electric I-Pace, which will be available for test drive bookings, bars, restaurants and fellow Wimbledon partners Pimm’s, Lanson and Häagen Dazs. Open 10am-8pm.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush W12 7GF; uk.westfield.com
12 The Grand Flâneur Walk, Mayfair
The Chap magazine, a quarterly magazine and the founder of the Chap Olympiad, marks its 100th edition and 20th anniversary this summer with The Grand Flâneur Walk. The immaculately dressed mass-saunter through the busy streets of London will feature more than 100 Chaps and Chapettes in full regalia, and you’re invited to join the louche wandering of the city. Starting at the Beau Brummell statue on Jermyn Street in Mayfair at midday, the route has no destination and no schedule – a novelty for the google-map reliant over-planners of the 21st century.
13 HYPER JAPAN, Olympia
HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s largest celebration of all things Japanese, returns to London for its 10th year to celebrate Japanese culture and cuisine with a feast for all the senses. For foodies, the EAT-JAPAN Live zone is a great spot to try everything from ramen to bubble waffles and wagyu, as well as food demos, seminars, workshops and a Sake Experience. The Asakusa Culture Zone will feature a bonsai-filled traditional Japanese garden, a digital koi pond where the fish react to human input, a Yagura Matsuri Tower installation, and a host of workshops including Kokeshi doll painting, origami and calligraphy. There’s also gaming a-plenty, with the chance to play some of the newest formats around, including Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker 2 game for the Switch, as well as retro games, plus Manga, cosplay and the HYPER Kawaii area for those into super cute J-Style. Tickets from £17.
14 Turning Tides Festival, Greenwich Peninsula
The Tide, London’s first linear riverside park, designed by the co-creators of New York’s High Line, launched on 5 July to great fanfare with the first weekend of Turning Tides Festival. The second weekend brings even more live music, performance art, wellness events and Riverside Feasts to Greenwich Peninsula, with highlights including sober ravers Morning Gloryville, Riverside Feasts with guest chefs at the 27m-long picnic table, a pop-up cinema, and The River Knows, an unforgettable event with musical director Dave Okumu and guest vocalists including Laura Mvula interpreting beloved river songs by the likes of PJ Harvey, Neil Young and Patti Smith.
The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula SE10; turningtides.london
15 Summer Nights at the Bandstand in Greenwich Park & Regent’s Park
The bandstands of Greenwich Park and The Regent’s Park will come alive this summer with free performances from a variety of local concert bands, jazz big bands, small groups and choirs taking place every Sunday until 8 September in Regent’s Park and 26 August in Greenwich Park. On Sunday 14 July, you’ll find the Lewisham Concert Band (12.30pm-2.30pm) and Lambeth Wind Orchestra (3.30pm-5.30pm) in Regent’s Park and, over at Greenwich Park, you’ll find the Heroes Band performing from 3pm-5pm. It’s all free and perfect for a summer picnic.
For further details, see regentsparkmusicfestival.org.uk and friendsofgreenwichpark.org.uk
16 Glass Room x VII Hills Floating Negroni Bar, Victoria Embankment
Until 24 July
Glass Room, Bateaux London’s restaurant and bar on the Thames, has teamed up with award-winning Italian dry gin brand, VII Hills, to launch the capital’s only Floating Negroni Bar in time for Negroni Week. Hop on board Glass Room, docked at Embankment Pier, for an unrivalled sailing experience with 360-degree views of London’s famous landmarks, complete with an Negroni in hand available when you pre-book a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner experience. VII Hills’ talented brand ambassador Gabriele Manfredi has created four exclusive VII Hills Negronis, from the Bateaux Signature Barrel-Aged Negroni, to the Fiori De Pesco, a peachy concoction made with VII Hills, peach liqueur, Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino and Campari. Tickets start from £39 for a 90-minute lunch sail.
Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2N 6NU; bateauxlondon.com
17 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
18 River Stage at National Theatre
Until 4 August
The National Theatre’s River Stage Festival kicks off this weekend, bringing leading arts and performance companies to the riverside for free summer fun. This weekend, Shubbak Festival brings the best of the Arab cultural scene to the River Stage with family activities, bands, spoken word and DJ sets. It’s National Park City Festival from 19-21 July – a line-up dedicated to all things green and wild in celebration of London becoming the world’s first National Park City. From 26-28 July, Frantic Assembly celebrates its 25th birthday with DJs, live music, movement workshops and performances, and finally, from 2-4 August, its the National Theatre takeover with family theatre, dance and music.
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
19 Kevork Mourad Seeing Through Babel at The Ismaili Centre, South Kensington
Until 15 August
‘Where Babel separated, visual art connects,’ says Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad, who’s solo exhibition, Seeing Through Babel, at The Ismaili Centre launches on 1 July. In the Old Testament story of Babel, mankind is punished for attempting to construct a tower to heaven, an act of hubris that led God to create multiple languages to prevent such collusions happening again. Running in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the exhibition features a six-metre hanging sculpture created using Mourad’s trademark techniques – monotypes and drawing onto the surface of the work. Designed to allow visitors to walk in and around it, the artist intends to connect people with different languages and cultural backgrounds.
1 Cromwell Gardens, Cromwell Gardens Entrance, South Kensington SW7 2SL; the.ismaili
20 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
21 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