From boozy brunches to ice-cream pop-ups, we’ve rounded up the ten best activities going on in the capital this weekend. 

This weekend is set to be a scorcher, with temperatures reaching up to 27 in some parts of the city so make sure you pack your SPF, sunglasses and don your best floral dress. Here’s where you’ll find us hiding out… 

Try Sixes Cricket Club’s boozy brunch

You know we’re never ones to pass up a bottomless brunch and when it looks this good, who could blame us? This weekend why not book into Sixes Cricket Club’s boozy option. 

Available every Saturday and Sunday from their Fitzrovia branch, the brunch includes elevated classics, from rhubarb and custard French toast to coronation bubble and squeak. Don’t miss out on a round of Maldon Rock oysters too, available in three ways: plain, crispy or buttermilk. 

For drinks, there’s the option to enjoy bottomless cocktails and prosecco; bottomless cocktails and Quatre Vin Rose; or for a real bougie moment, bottomless cocktails and Veuve Clicquot. Finish off your brunch with a round of inside cricket.

When: Every Saturday & Sunday
Where: 170 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 5QB
Website: www.sixescricket.com

Or, for something a little different: The Globe Girls brunch at NYX Hotel London Holborn

Taking brunch to a whole new level is NYX Hotel London Holborn. This Saturday sees the Globe Girls, the capital’s captivating collective of professional drag queens, take centre stage as they host a brunching event to remember.

Guests can expect an afternoon filled with world class cabaret, wild costumes and performances, alongside disco tunes blasted out by DJ Philly helping you unleash your inner diva.

On the menu, expect a choice of buckwheat buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon bagels and the OTT NYX raclette burger, plus drinks and mini tacos to start.

When: Saturday 17th July
Where: NYX Hotel London Holborn, 50-60 Southampton Row, Holborn, WC1B 4AR 

Book your tickets here

Enjoy theatre alfresco style

This summer sees the return of Summer Showtime, London’s only open-air theatre and cinema experience. Returning to Battersea Power Station, the experience will see a mega line-up of film screenings and theatrical performances take over the Coaling Jetty on the Thames. 

Summer Showtime, running between 17th July and 30th August, will once more be the backdrop of all of your favourite silver screen classics courtesy of The Cinema in the Arches, as well as live performances from The Turbine Theatre.

See some of the brightest theatre performances of your favourite productions come to life outside, including performances of Jane Eyre, Romeo & Juliet and The Best of Frankie Valli. As well as family-friendly productions of Wind in the Willows, Beauty and the Beast and Three Little Pigs.

When: RUNS 17TH JULY – 30TH AUGUST
Where: Battersea Power Station
Website: www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Visit the new Harry Potter exhibition 

Broomsticks at the ready, a giant Harry Potter exhibition and butterbeer bar has landed in London and you’re invited.

Open in Covent Garden from 12th July, the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition will see fans journey through the memories of the ten years spent creating the spellbinding films. On display will be hundreds of behind-the-scenes images, never before in one place.

Hundreds of iconic photographs will be on display, showcasing key moments in the film series, from Harry’s first journey from Platform 9 ¾ through to the Battle of Hogwarts in the film finale. Wizarding fans will see where all of the magic was first introduced, uncovering areas inspired by the Ministry of Magic and the famous King’s Cross station.

No Harry Potter experience is complete without a pint of Butterbeer and the attraction will house London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar! Enjoy Ron’s favourite drink served in a souvenir tankard or take a bottle home to be enjoyed at home, in your own dorm. The soft drink features a fun new take on the butterscotch flavour too. 

A fun attraction for all the family, this is one experience Potterheads won’t want to miss.

Opening Monday 12th July

Where: London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, WC2E 7BN
Website: www.harrypotteronlocation.co.uk

Celebrate Freedom Day at The Piano Works

Freedom Day is in sight! To celebrate, why not head down to The Piano Works Farringdon for one hell of a night to remember… 

The Piano Works is hosting a countdown party this Sunday for the day that we’ve all been longing for: lockdown restrictions easing (almost) completely! Feeling a little like New Year’s Eve, they’ll be cutting the ribbon on their dance floor the moment the clock strikes midnight and offering free Prosecco for one hour from midnight too. We just hope you’ve booked off Monday so you can recover…

When: Sunday 18th July
Where: The Piano Works, 113-117 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, EC1R 3BX 

Order your tickets here

Cool down from the heat at Magnum’s immersive pop-up

If you love ice cream, you’ll love this new pop-up that’s arrived just in time for the heatwave… 

Ice cream lovers, prepare to cool down this weekend at Magnum’s multi-sensorial tasting experience. Taking place Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th July, the Magnum Pleasure Sensorium will see Magnum lovers taken on a new immersive journey that explores the layers of the decadent Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire, showing them that pleasure has more than one layer.

Arriving in London this weekend, the Magnum Pleasure Sensorium has been co-curated with food artist and anthropologist, Caroline Hobkinson, and is set to take guests on a sensory journey of feasting. Expect all of your senses to be interconnected as you’re guided through the rooms to uncover what your perfect ice cream situation might just be. At the finish line, you’ll be able to create your own unique ice cream in the ‘Dipping Bar’.

When: THURSDAY 15TH – SUNDAY 18TH JULY, 12PM-9PM

Book your tickets here

Catch a film on a big outdoor screen

Grab your popcorn, settle into your red deckchair and enjoy the warmer weather in style this weekend at London City Island’s The Islander Festival. 

London City Island, home to independent restaurants, shops, creative hubs and alfresco spaces across its 12 acres, is putting on quite the show this summer with their giant outdoor screen in Hopewell Square. From 12th – 18th July, Londoners can head over and enjoy blockbusters under the roaring sunshine. 

Expect family favourites including Mamma Mia!, Moana, Paddington and School of Rock, as well as some adults only screenings of Top Gun and Dirty Dancing.

When: 12th – 18th July
Where: Hopewell Square, London City Island

Find out more here

Take a stroll around Seven Dials in Bloom

Who doesn’t love a floral display? This weekend while you’re out exploring, sightseeing and shopping, make sure you stop off at our favourite London hideout, Seven Dials. 

Home to independent boutiques and restaurants, the area is colourful, bright and always has something to offer. This week sees the area welcome a collection of vibrant community floral displays that have been scattered around the streets of Seven Dials. 

They’ve teamed up with floral design experts and social enterprise group, Urban Growth London, to create seven floral art designs, all made from reused and repurposed items. From old suitcases and pianos to theatre seats, the flowers can be found blooming in a unique way. The display hopes to celebrate the return to normality as restrictions ease further next week.

WherE: Seven Dials
Website: www.sevendials.co.uk

Visit Lush’s music pop-up 

Join Lush as they host a month-long pop-up celebrating Lush Music and the digital launch of the new Karma album.

Beginning this Saturday will be a four week pop-up located in London’s Soho and it’ll be an immersive space where guests can shop and enjoy Lush’s full music catalogue. It’ll offer a platform for local London musicians to showcase their music, as well as offer goers the chance to pamper themselves with products inspired by music. Expect to find a new Karma soap vinyl scented with Lush’s best-selling Karma fragrance, pretty cool.

When: Running for 4 weeks from Saturday 17th July
WherE: Beak Street, Soho
Website: weare.lush.com

Celebrate Record Store Day at one of these independent stores

The second instalment of 2021’s Record Store Day arrives this weekend! Running on Saturday 17th July, it’s a day that celebrates independent record shops to their fullest. Musicians release special releases, reissues and Record Store Day exclusives to celebrate record shops and their diverse culture. 

If you’re looking for a new LP or are trying to snap up a new reissue of your favourite artist, we’ve got you covered with our edit of London’s best independent record stores. 

So take your finger away from the Spotify app and read on to find out our favourites…

Elevate your picnic game with this cocktail-in-a-box 

With a heatwave on the horizon, there’s only one thing you’ll find us sipping on and that’s plenty of cocktails. Luckily for us, The Drinks Drop is on hand with all of our portable cocktail needs this summer, helping to elevate your picnic game. 

They’ve launched the ultimate party centrepiece – a Bag-in-Box sharing cocktail. Delivered straight to your door, these three litre bag-in-box cocktails have been created in collaboration with a handful of our favourite award-winning bars, including the team at Hawksmoor who have crafted their popular Plum Negroni into sharing form.

Two of our favourites from the collection are the Watermelon Margarita from Crazy Pedro. A refreshing mix of Patron Silver, watermelon syrup, Supasawa and orange liqueur. And Lake Kane’s Cuban Colada, a blend of Santiago De Cuba 11 year old, coconut and pineapple syrup, Supasawa and caramel.


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