From riding along the Thames to seeing your favourite cult classic on the big outdoor screen, exploring London’s new light festival to recreating the Glastonbury experience at home, here’s everything you need to ensure you have the best weekend of the summer yet.
Catch a cult classic on a giant outdoor screen
You know it’s officially summer when rooftops across London open up and show some of the best cult classics on the big screen. Rooftop Film Club has returned with two mega venues this year – Bussey Building in Peckham and Roof East in Stratford – and will be putting on a mix of old favourites and new releases everyone will love.
Grab a box of popcorn, a fizzy drink and recline in the deck chairs watching the likes of Fight Club, Top Gun: Maverick, All My Friends Hate Me, Everything Everywhere All At Once and Notting Hill.
When: Various dates over the summer
Where: Bussey Building, Peckham & Roof East, Stratford
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Explore this special summer lights festival
Who said light festivals were reserved only for winter? Canary Wharf’s annual Summer Lights display returns to the capital for another season of colourful installations, sparkling sculptures and beautiful patterns.
Opening to coincide with the summer solstice, the free festival sees Canary Wharf’s six permanent light displays joined by 11 new sculptures. Expect to be dazzled with bright colours popping up across the estate, from Toni Alter’s ‘Bird’, a three-metre-wide pointillist bird made from 98 translucent discs to Ottotto’s ‘The Long and Winding Road’, made from corrugated drain pipes where visitors can walk within and be bathed in yellow light streaming through the pipes.
WHEN: 21.06.2022 – 20.08.2022
WHERE: THROUGHOUT CANARY WHARF
Taste some amazing Portuguese wine at FESTA
Head over to East London this weekend and you can attend FESTA, a new Portuguese wine and food festival taking place across the 24th and 25th June. It’s taking over Tobacco Dock, and will play host to some of Portugal’s most cutting edge winemakers and plenty of Portuguese restaurants and chefs. You’ll be able to taste over 250 wines from producers like Titan of Douro, Quinta das Bágeiras, Hugo Mendes and Quinta das Marias, with small plates, live Portuguese music and more. Tickets can be purchased from the FESTA website at £35 per person.
When: 24.06.22 – 25.06.22
Where: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF
See a Disney villain get a story revival…
Once the villain, Disney’s Ursula gets a revival in the critically acclaimed parody musical, Unfortunate. Taking place at the Underbelly Festival, we get a chance to see what really happened all of those years ago underwater, complete with a pop soundtrack and filth humour.
Cruella had her moment, now it’s Ursula’s time to villainously shine…
When: 21ST JUNE – 16TH JULY
WHERE: UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL EARLS COURT, EMPRESS PLACE, SW6 1TT
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Fall back in love with your favourite theatre characters
Musical theatre lovers, unite! West End Live returns to Trafalgar Square this weekend, bringing with it a whole host of free performances and fun from top West End Musicals.
Look forward to performances from the likes of & Juliet, Back to the Future The Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Heathers the Musical, Disney’s Frozen, My Fair Lady and more.
WHEN: 25.06.2022 – 26.06.2022
WHERE: TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Recreate the Glastonbury experience at home
After a two-year hiatus, Glastonbury Festival has returned and is expecting to bring the biggest and best festival vibes yet. If you haven’t got tickets and don’t want to experience serious FOMO, spend this weekend recreating the Glastonbury experience at home.
From dressing up in your best festival gear to pitching up a tent in your back garden, there are many ways you can make your home look festival ready. Blast your favourite artists performances and catch up with the latest performing on BBC iPlayer. It’ll also feel like you’re there…
Book in for a new take on brunch
Drake & Morgan’s The Fable has once again teamed up with the Psychic Sisters for brunch with a twist…
Book in for a two-course dining experience with cocktails and in between courses, their psychic medium will help connect attendees and communicate with those that we can’t see.
Expect astrology themed cocktails, tarot readings and even a live DJ to help bring this magical experience to life.
When: 26.06.2022 & 24.07.2022
Where: The fable, 52 HOLBORN VIADUCT, EC1A 2FD
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Celebrate summer with fresh oysters at Gunpowder
Gunpowder’s Tower Bridge restaurant is cheersing to the summer with a limited-edition oysters and Champagne fete menu.
Available until Thursday 30th June, the menu allows guests to indulge in the refreshing summer seafood favourites, all while paired with a glass of the good stuff. It features a selection of modern Indian toppings with options like spicy raw oyster with beetroot and green chilli granita; raw oyster with mango, kasundi and black caviar; and grilled options of Goan-inspired oyster moilee with curry leaf and fermented tapioca pearls; and oyster with curry leaf butter. Delicious doesn’t even cut it.
When: 20.06.2022 – 30.06.2022
Where: Gunpowder Tower Bridge, 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD
Get your culture fix with Mayfair’s summer art festival
Mayfair has undergone a cultural transformation this week with the launch of Art in Mayfair, a celebration of the neighbourhood’s cultural scene. Created in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, some of the world’s leading fashion and jewellery brands have come together to create vibrant, giant and exciting installations.
Participating brands include Louis Vuitton, Fendi and MaxMara, and will include sculptures, pop-up events and activities throughout June and July.
When: Until 31.07.2022
Where: Throughout mayfair
Ride along the Thames with GoBoat
GoBoat is celebrating National Picnic Week by offering guests 15% off booking across all of its UK locations when they bring their favourite teddy bear along for the ride.
Exclusively available until 26th June, pack up your hamper and bring your favourite teddy in tow as you ride along the Thames on a boat. To redeem the offer, simply go to the GoBoat website and enter the code TEDDYBEAR at checkout to get 15% off.
When: discount until 26.06.2022
Where: Paddington, Canary Wharf & Kingston
Celebrate National Picnic Week
This week is National Picnic Week (yep, apparently that’s a thing) and how better to celebrate than throwing down the blanket and ringing in the summer with friends in the park.
If you’re in need of a little hosting help, read on to find out how you too can throw the perfect park picnic, from the best drinks to serve to our favourite wicker hampers on the market.