London’s vibrancy is back in full swing, with everything from homeware pop-ups to art fairs, Harry Potter installations to exhibitions opening up left, right and centre. And we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Whether you’re searching for plans or you find yourself at a loose end this weekend, we’ve rounded up the best 11 activities going on in and around the city. Read on to uncover our favourites…
In partnership with The Other Art Fair London
Longing to pimp your walls but don’t know where to start when it comes to sourcing great art? The Other Art Fair London has you covered with their collection of limited edition and original works, with prices starting from £100.
Taking place this Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th, The Other Art Fair London, presented by Saatchi Art, returns after a hugely successful event in July. The fair, located at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, will present the work of 140 artists, all of who will be there in-person for you to meet and buy directly from. From rising stars to independent artists, the fair will be home to an exciting roster of artists, including a special guest artist Noel Fielding, who will be showcasing brand new work as well as selling not one but two exclusive posters, for only £50! Expect works from the likes of Yassen Grigorov, JOY Bomb, Lola Luk, Kay Gasei, Locker & Studd and Luna Collective too.
Other standout experiences include the ‘Me, My Brain, and I’, an exhibit showcasing the human brain re-imagined through art by a host of exciting artists including Tracey Emin and David Bailey; Henny Beaumont’s moving series ‘Disappearing Women’, a collection of some of the 118 women that were killed by the hands of men in 2020, shown for the first time; a hand poked tattoo pop-up from Sticks not Stones, aka Charlotte Lacheusse; and an immersive exhibition which will host a sound bath. There’ll also be a treasure hunt, adults-only workshop and a sound artist performance.
On Thursday night Soho Radio will be soundtracking the night, and on Friday, guests will be joined by Ain Bailey and DJ Francesca Bruno, and El Rayo will be giving out free tasters of their signature Tequila and Tonic.
When: Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th October
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QR
The days are getting shorter, the cold weather is setting in and we’re all longing for a warm weather escape. If the latter isn’t the reality for you (us either), then why not bring the sunnier days to your home at this homeware pop-up?
Following the success of their initial online sales of curated homeware, @Brocante_26 is launching an exciting shopping experience in Notting Hill this weekend, so fans of the collection can slip to the south of France without leaving the city.
Taking place from Thursday 15th to Saturday 23rd, the pop-up Ca Suffit will offer customers the chance to purchase a beautifully curated collection of pieces sourced from the best flea markets, antique dealers and artisans of the Provence-Alpes-Cote D’azur region. From small furnishing items to one-off homeware pieces, bring the sunshine to your home thanks to this curated pop-up.
When: Friday 15th – Saturday 23rd October
Where: 2 Blenheim crescent W11 1NN
Fall back in love with nature at the Natural History Museum’s annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Returning this Friday, 100 captivating photographs will be on display, each telling their own story of the climate crisis.
Some of the world’s best wildlife photographers’ photos will be on display so it’s an incredibly unique chance to see the natural world through a lens.
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When: Friday 15th October – Saturday 5th June 2022
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Selfridges London to bring back their Insta-worthy Le Tram for another four-month long pop-up. The Champagne house will be taking over the bar and retail space on the ground floor, transforming it into a fun, retro installation.
Inside Le Tram expect to find a 10-seated bar and a unique menu of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and curated cocktails, including a pear and ginger mule. Keeping on the retro theme, the Champagne brand has launched the new ‘The Veuve Clicquot Tape’, a limited-edition homage to the audiocassette tape. It’s a perfect gift for the Champagne music lovers.
When: Until January 2022
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1C 1JS
With the release of Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, finally making its way to the big screen after months of scheduling due to COVID, 108 The Strand is launching a new exhibition dedicated to the release.
Running for a month from 14th October, 180 Studios will be transformed into a 1970s spectrum, a space that’ll illuminate Anderson’s The French Dispatch aesthetic beautifully. The studio space will be filled with original sets, props, costumes and artwork showcased and used in the new film, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with this fun, Anderson inspired era.
For those not yet acquainted with the film, it’s a blockbuster in its own right. It’ll see the welcomed return of his cast regulars including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan, as well as the new addition of Timothée Chalamet. The narrative follows the staff of a European newspaper who are set to release a tribute edition showcasing the best stories over the last decade, and in true Anderson fashion, they are as odd as ever.
Memorable stories include an artist facing life in prison, chaotic student riots and a kidnapping that was strangely resolved thanks to a friendly chef… And as part of the exhibition, visitors will receive a copy of the limited edition The French Dispatch magazine as a little Anderson keepsake – pretty cool. Fans can also expect to delight in classic French refreshments from the “Le Sans Blague” Cafe.
When: Thursday 14th October – Sunday 14th November
Where: 180 THE STRAND, WC2P 1EA
This October sees Kew Gardens celebrate Japanese art, plants and culture to the fullest extent. The month-long celebration, running until Sunday 31st, is filled with tonnes of exciting activities, from calligraphy performances from London-based Japanese artist KASHUŪ to the soundscape trail from Yosi Horikawa.
There’s also the Momijigari Trail, a visiting space that’ll be bursting with red leaves throughout autumn and will lead you through to Kew Gardens’ Japanese landmarks, including the Minka House and Ginkgo Grove.
Most exciting, there’s the large-scale installation, One Thousand Springs, designed by Chiharu Shiota on show too. It’s a giant construction of 5,000 haikus suspended in a web of red threads, right in the centre of the Temperate House. Walk around it and immerse yourself in its rosy beauty.
WHEN: SATURDAY 2ND – SUNDAY 31ST OCTOBER
WHERE: KEW GARDENS TRAIL & TEMPERATE HOUSE
Meticulously curated by Head Sommelier Giuseppe Iacona, the wine cave is ever-expanding at Coq d’Argent as he consistently adds unique and rare wines from both the Old and New World, with a focus on French wines. Coq d’Argent currently features Old World wines from 13 different countries and 8 from the New World, including an extremely rare 1921 Château d’Yquem.
An exciting Truffle Tasting Menu is also launching in the restaurant on Monday 25th October, which will include premium wines such as the famed Tokaji Aszú 2016, a luxury concentrated wine from Hungary that is sold by a crystal spoonful.
Sit back and enjoy views of the London skyline from their rooftop terrace, all washed down with the wine of your choice.
You can forget brunch and stuff your lunch, because we’re all about Mayfair’s new Dim Sum Afternoon Soiree. Berkeley Street’s Park Chinois has launched an exciting afternoon menu abrim with dim sum and Chinese favourites.
Running every Saturday, 1-5pm, enjoy a glass of Champagne before settling in for a three-course menu. Menu highlights include duck roll platters; Chef’s selection of dim sum; stir-fried black cod in shacha sauce; Szechuan kung pao corn-fed chicken; and the seasonal mushrooms with thai sweet basil and king soya.
Let’s not forget, all Park Chinois moments are always served alongside immersive live performances, so expect one hell of an afternoon to remember.
When: Saturdays, 1-5pm
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
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When: WEDNESDAY 13TH – MONDAY 25TH OCTOBER
Where: Leicester Square
Calling all witches and wizards, this October sees Leicester Square transform into a Harry Potter haven to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Leicester Square will make way for nine giant wands as they form a trail along one of the square’s multiple paths. Popping up from Wednesday 13th until Monday 25th October, the wands will light up every night to create an illuminated scene that looks like it’s been plucked straight from the film. Arriving this week, each night the installation will light up between 6pm and 8:35pm every day.
These massive wands aren’t the only Harry Potter festivities happening over in Leicester Square. The wands will join the Scenes in the Square, an interactive film trail taking place in the heart of Leicester Square. Fans can see a statue of Harry Potter as he takes flight on his legendary Nimbus 2000 broom in his first Quidditch match.
nhow London, famed for their electric interiors, is back with another live music night packed with two exciting artists.
Taking place this Friday, the Macclesfield Road hotel will welcome singer-songwriters Yiannis (@yiannis.tkkds) and Cinderina (@the_cinderina) for the evening. Start your weekend with a bang. Expect an evening packed with live music, cocktails and fun vibes.
When: Friday 15th October
WherE: 2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG
Japanese restaurant Bisushima has launched the ‘Shima hour’, an innovative take on the classic Italian aperitivo. The hidden sushi restaurant in the centre of Covent Garden sits on the rooftop of Phase8 Hotel and boasts a wrap-around terrace with 360° views of the city. The new menu will offer guests a signature cocktail from Bisushima’s carefully curated list alongside an inventive small plate, all priced at £20. An Asian-inspired cocktail menu is paired with dishes such as squid or chicken kara-age, Wagyu gyoza and pork tonkatsu.
Alongside the new Shima Aperitivo hour, a full a la carte menu features starters such as yuzu dressed oysters and a luxury Exmoor Oscietra caviar offering. There is a dedicated carpaccio menu celebrating the quality and freshness of their fish, and fresh sushi is prepared on site to order. The rooftop views offer a glamour background for any celebration, date night or Friday night catch up with friends.
The menu is the work of restaurateur and chef owner Sergey Men and offers a modern look at the food of Japan, focussing on sourcing excellently priced, high quality ingredients to showcase the simplicity of the food.
The Shima Aperitivo hour will run from 6pm until 7.30pm, Tuesday – Saturday. Booking is recommended but walk-ins are also welcome. You’ll find us at the bar!
When: Available Tuesday – Saturday, 6-7:30pm
Where: 8 St. Martin’s Place, Covent Garden, WC2N 4JH