Tourists might be flooding back into London but you can still soak up the best of the city and all of its wonders without hitting the tourist traps. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we’ve clubbed together ten things going on in and around the city this weekend, from Selfridges car boot sale to space themed pop-ups.
Head to Selfridges for their luxury car boot sale
This Saturday sees Selfridges host the Women for Women International x Alex Eagle #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, a celebration of sustainability and the powerful work the charity continues to do for women living in countries affected by conflict.
Taking over the Selfridges Car Park, boots will be filled with past-season, vintage and pre-loved designer fashion, all donated by big names in the designer world. Expect to find fashionable hits from Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Elizabeth Saltzman, Jenny Packham, Laura Bailey, Manolo Blanhnik, Margherita Missoni, Reformation and Simone Rocha.
See fashion photography come to life
Photo London returns to Somerset House for another celebration of the photographic medium in all of its glorious forms. Taking over the space from 12th until 15th May, this year’s fair focuses on fashion photography, showcasing two solo exhibitions from fashion photography icons, Nick Knight and Frank Horvat.
There’ll also be displays from the likes of Alexandra De Viveiros, Crane Kalman Brighton, Doyle Wham and more.
To quench your thirst, the 1857 The Bar at St. James’s Hotel & Club will be popping up, offering a range of rare and unusual wines, vintage ports, single quintas and aged tawnies, as well as cocktails too.
WHEN: 12.05.2022 – 15.05.2022
WHERE: SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND, WC2R 1LA
Book in for this new cocktail experience
Add some magic to your weekend and book in for Fitz’s new cocktail experience. Titled The Theory of Colour, the experience has been curated by general manager Scott Gavin, with each cocktail matching a different treatment of the 1660 piece of art by Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem’s ‘Vase of Flowers’.
Available from this week, the experience will guide you through the artwork. You’ll be handed a UV light pen and you can use this to illuminate the hidden meaning behind each cocktail. Inspired by Scott’s interest in colour psychology and its impact on food and drink choices, expect the colours to trigger your cocktail choices and sip on something truly unique this weekend.
Fall back in love with live music at this music festival
Escape London this week and head to the capital’s trendier little sister, Brighton for the Great Escape music festival.
Spread over four days across multiple music venues around the city, it’s the perfect festival to attend to uncover up-and-coming artists. Expect every genre to be catered for, whether you’re into indie rock, hip-hop or a bit of everything. Oh and there are always a few surprise acts who show up too.
When: 11.05.2022 – 14.05.2022
Where: Across Brighton
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Celebrate London Craft Week
It’s London Craft Week, the annual celebration of British and international creativity. Running all week, the event highlights over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world together to celebrate their work and achievements.
This year the Royal Exchange is hosting a special Makers’ Market, from 10th – 13th May, showcasing the best of skilled craftspeople working in the UK today. Eight makers will be exhibiting, selling their products and showcasing their skills in the Exchange, from Cassandra Sabo, the hand-weaver and designer who uses natural materials to create interior products and lighting, to umbrella designer, James Ince Umbrella 1805.
When: 09.05.2022 – 15.05.2022
Where: All over the city
Treat yourself to a boujee brunch
Tucked away behind the crowded Oxford Street lies The Montagu Kitchen. Their decadent brunch is the perfect way to while away an afternoon with friends, or to take a rest from the busy London crowds.
Dishes include the Sir Winston Treat, of poached free-range eggs, lobster hollandaise and smoked salmon on a toasted English breakfast muffin; or if a hearty lunch is on the cards why not give the Sunday Special of a rump of Hereford Beef a try?
When: every Sunday at the Montagu Kitchen, from 12:30 to 15:30pm
Where: The Montagu Kitchen, 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH
Bask in the sun at one of London’s best rooftops
If this week is anything to go by, summer is feeling like it’s officially here! Cue Londoners searching for somewhere to sip cocktails in the sun. If your heatwave plans sound similar, we’ve put together a list of London’s best rooftops to help you out.
From endless cocktails to party vibes at every rooftop, these are the ones you’ll want to be seen at this summer.
Get summer ready skin with a bespoke facial
We’ve all been there – a new spot shows up just when you think our skincare routine has been perfected. With June being acne awareness month, the team at Young LDN have a range of treatments to get your skin clear and glowing before the sunny weather hits in.
Young LDN has also created an Acne Club, a programme that includes 1 bespoke acne treatment, along with three shorter maintenance treatments to continue improving members’ acne through a combination of techniques picked specifically for their skin. Alongside the treatments, members have access to advice from Young LDN’s skin experts with exclusive access to masterclasses, webinars and a Facebook group.
Where: 228 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Head to space for the day at this pop-up
Step into space at this new immersive pop-up. Australian winemaker Penfolds has teamed up with Harrods to launch a new experience titled ‘Venture Beyond’ as part of their space exploration campaign.
The pop-up will see wine lovers invited into Penfolds spaceship. The experience will begin in the interactive cocktail and will see explorers discover Penfolds 6L Imperial St Henri vault and gifting station, before finishing with a wine tasting of three Penfolds wines: Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (Baby Grange), Bin 311 and Bin 8.
Stay in & binge Conversations with Friends
The long awaited arrival of the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends finally comes to an end this month. The 12-part series will follow the same narrative and timeline as the original book, following Frances, a 21 year-old student living in Dublin, as she navigates her way through her early twenties through a series of relationships. Alongside her the whole way is best friend and former lover, Bobbi.
The pair have a love affair with spoken word and often perform on stage in the city. At one of their shows they meet Melissa, a writer, who becomes fascinated with them and introduces them to her husband, Nick.
A series of evenings unveil that the group of friends’ relationship isn’t as easy to understand as it looks at first glance. Sparks begin to emerge between Frances and Nick, and this ultimately tests the bonds of all four of them. Expect the series to be gritty, intimate and full of raw emotion that’ll tug on your heartstrings.
RELEASE DATE: 15.05.2022