12 Things To Do This Heatwave Weekend

It’s set to be scorching this weekend. Make sure you prepare with the best of London’s outdoorsy – or, better still, air conned – events. Expect the weekend to be packed out with everything from food festivals and music experiences to an adorable Miffy themed pop-up.

Travel around the world at this foodie festival

If you’re looking to avoid the airport chaos at the moment but still want to experience the best of the travelling experience through food, you’ll want to book in for the National Geographic Traveller Food Festival. 

Returning to the Business Design Centre, Islington, the foodie festival will bring some of the biggest names in the food industry together for demonstrations, talks and tutorials. Look forward to seeing culinary experts like Andi Oliver, Jay Rayner, Grace Dent, Aldo Zilli, Santosh Shah, Jack Stein, Ping Coombes, Fuchsia Dunlop and José Pizarro sharing their secrets of the kitchen. As well as talks from cookbook authors and food writers, including Mimi Aye, Romy Gill, Ben Tish, Ixta Belfrage, Zuza Zak and Jp McMahon.

You’ll be able to wander from country to country, sampling food and drink offerings, exploring masterclasses and immersive international experiences. You’ll travel from sandy beaches in Greece to small towns in Wale, the Tuscan mountains in Italy to rural villages in Cyprus. 

Plus, as a Handbook reader, you can get £5 off your ticket purchases when using the code ‘THEHANDBOOK’*.

*Booking fee applies. 

When: 16.07.2022 – 17.07.2022

Where: Business Design Centre, islington, N1 0QH 

Website: www.natgeotraveller.co.uk

Explore the British Museum’s summer exhibition, Feminine Power 

The British Museum has launched a brand new exhibition centred around the influence of female spiritual beings within religion and faith. On display until late-September, the retrospective takes a look at the roles goddesses, demons, witches, spirits and everyone in between have played in the shaping of the world.

Judy Chicago (b. 1939), ‘The Creation’, part of ‘The Birth Project’. Print, 1985.

Head down to take a look back over the last 5,000 years, searching for answers as you see the connection between these traditions and femininity, and how they have shaped how we perceive femininity and gender identity today.

When: Until 25.09.2022

Where: The British Museum, Great Russell Road, WC1B 3DG 

Website: www.britishmuseum.org

Visit this adorable new bunny pop-up

Everyone’s favourite childhood bunny is hopping to London! Popping up in Ichiba at Westfield London will be Miffy’s first food and drink experience, arriving with it will be bunny shaped Japanese baked treats, Miffy lattes, exclusive merchandise and engaging workshops for all ages.

The pop-up will take over the specialist food centre from 11 July to 30 September, and there might even be a chance for your little ones to meet Miffy in person. Could a pop-up be any more adorable? 

Make sure to follow @ichibalondon on Instagram for further information.

Everyone’s favourite childhood bunny is hopping to London!

WHEN: 11.07.2022 – 30.09.2022



Get your live music fix courtesy of Somerset House’s Summer Series with American Express

Love a festival but can’t bear the thought of camping? Get into the festival spirit with Somerset House’s Summer Series with American Express. It’s an 11-day experience consisting of open-air gigs, great music and fun. 


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It’s an 11-day experience consisting of open-air gigs, great music and fun. 

Taking place from Thursday 7th until Sunday 17th July, the series will bring together a handful of the biggest names in music right now, from Arlo Parks, Yussef Dayes and Molly Payton to Carly Rae Jepsen, Ghetts and John Legend.

When: Until 17.07.2022

Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA 

Website: www.somersethouse.org.uk

Channel your inner yogi with the Meroula method

Do you ever find yourself at a workout class, and either work far too hard and burn yourself out, or not enough that you don’t feel challenged? Ex- professional ballerina Meroula Hondrou struggled to find a class that combined her love for yoga with more targeted exercises- and so the Meroula Method was born!

The class is broken down into 3 sections – a fiery vinyasa flow before moving on to the sculpting section – involving Pilates, strength work training and power abs. Once you’ve sweated and burned in places you didn’t know existed the class finishes with a stretch and a relaxation meditation.

Where: ​​1 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 4AQ

Website: www.meroulamethod.com

Soak up the best of the heatwave at one of London’s nearest beaches

Let’s face it, unless you have air conditioning, London in the heat isn’t great. It’s stuffy, it’s sweaty and gets so bad that the roads start melting. So why not escape the city and swap it for sea views, sand and a cocktail or two on the beach. 

To offer you some inspiration, we’ve rounded up the eight best beaches near London, from trendy Margate to Kent’s sandy Broadstairs, oyster favourite Whitstable to quaint seaside resort town Littlehampton.

From trendy Margate to Kent’s sandy Broadstairs, oyster favourite Whitstable to quaint seaside resort town Littlehampton.

Celebrate the World’s 50 Best at London’s best bars

World’s 50 Best is coming to town and to celebrate One Hundred Shoreditch is going all out!


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At Seed Library, their speakeasy style bar from Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan, will be collaborating with Parisian favourite, Little Red Door on Friday 15th. They’ll be offering a handful of exclusive cocktails and innovative serves to enjoy from the guest French bartenders. Book here. 

While on Saturday 16th at Goddard & Gibbs, head chef Tom Moore will be teaming up with two Michelin star chef Tim Raue, serving up a four-course menu and wine pairing offering. Book here.

When: 15.07.2022 – 18.07.2022

Where: One Hundred Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ 

Website: www.onehundredshoreditch.com


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Head to a gin festival

Love gin? Then this Friday you’ll want to escape the city and head to Surrey for Great Fosters’ gin festival!

Taking place this Friday 15th, they’ve joined forces with Fever-Tree to host a mini gin festival. You’ll have the chance to sample, buy and chat to the distillers.

Expect gins from Cardrona, Silent Pool Gin, Pinkster, Ramsbury Gin, Nordes Gin and more.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

When: 15.07.2022

Where: Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

WebsitE: www.alexanderhotels.co.uk

Catch a film alfresco style

The summer isn’t short of entertaining pop-ups arriving every year but catching a cheesy film in the sun might just be one of the best. We love Adventure Cinema thanks to their wide range of screenings, from family-friendly adventures to cult classics you can’t help but love.

They have venues all over the country, from Beckenham Place Park to Basingstoke. Escape the city, choose your destination of choice and prepare to be flung into the magical world of Hollywood, from Mamma Mia to sing-a-long versions of The Greatest Showman. 

When: all summer

Where: various locations 

Website: www.adventurecinema.co.uk

Cool off at this ice-cream pop-up

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ice cream. 

The Royal Exchange has welcomed a refreshing ice-cream offering in the form of a pop-up bicycle! Located outside on the Terrace at REX, you’ll be able to indulge on your favourite kind of scoop. 

Special flavours have been imagined from Fortnum’s, including the Fortnum’s One, a mix of strawberries, Fortnum’s English Sparkling Rosé and cream sandwiched between brown butter shortbread; and the Malty, a reimagining of everyone’s favourite chocolate complete with a malt parfait sandwiched between an oat biscuit half dipped in chocolate. 

The Malty, a reimagining of everyone’s favourite chocolate complete with a malt parfait sandwiched between an oat biscuit half dipped in chocolate. 

When: Until 15.07.2022

Where: Pop-Up bike on the Terrace at REX

WebsitE: www.theroyalexchange.co.uk 

Take part in your own Tour de France

Can’t make it across the Channel to see the Tour de France action in person? Let Balthazar bring the best of it to you with their special Tour de Rosé experience. 

On going until 24th July, their unique tour will showcase rosés from all four regions along the race route. 


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The first stop will be the Loire Valley featuring a dreamy pink Sancerre Rosé, bursting with summer fruits and citrus flavours. Before heading to Provence, renowned for its lavender fields and vines. A bottle of  Château d’Esclans’ Whispering Angels will be on offer here. 

You’ll be able to ride along the Riviera coast, sipping Gérard Bertrand’s Art de Vivre  before finishing with a glass of Moët & Chandon’s Rosé. 

A special Paris Brest dessert will be on offer, the perfect accompaniment to the finale.

When: Until 24.07.2022

Where: Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ 

Website: www.balthazarlondon.com

Make the most of National Steakhouse Month

Meat lovers rejoice! National Steakhouse Month is in full swing, and where better to indulge on some mouth watering delicacies than STK Steakhouse?

Running until the end of July, STK Steakhouse are offering a delicious Wagyu menu, full of melt-in-the-mouth options.

From Wagyu tartare to Australian Wagyu Ribeye, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Umami butter, Bourbon bacon marmalade and miso bacon butter are just a few toppings to complete your sensational steak.

Wash down your meat feast with one of their speciality cocktails, or make the most of their happy hour from Monday to Friday.

Where: 30 John Islip St SW1P 4DD

Website:  www.stksteakhouse.com

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