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After a brief, four day working week, it’s time to enjoy a chilled weekend in the city. From an intimate hour with Margaret Atwood to COVID friendly karaoke, here are 11 wonderful ways to see in the weekend.

Gabrielle Sey

Finally jig to some live music at Seven Dials Unplugged sessions 

With festivals and concerts across the country cancelled and postponed until 2021, Seven Dials has taken live music into their own hands with a season of surprise, acoustic live music performances popping up every Saturday along seven of the cobblestone streets. 

Running every Saturday, between 1-5pm, until the 10th of October, Seven Dials Unplugged will give gig goers and music lovers the opportunity to enjoy live music in a new intimate setting. 

The sessions have been launched to help support a number of UK performances who have been devastatingly affected by COVID-19. Each performance runs for 15 minutes, to abide with social distancing rules and to give you a taste of some of the UK’s best up and coming talent.

Take 15 minutes out of your afternoon and enjoy some live music at last. 

Check out @7dialsLondon or sevendials.co.uk for the latest live music schedule.

Seven Dials Unplugged will give gig goers and music lovers the opportunity to enjoy live music in a new intimate setting. 

Every Saturday, 1-5pm, from 29th August to 10th October
Spread over seven streets in Seven Dials, London
www.sevendials.co.uk

Explore Earth in a whole new light at the Gaia exhibition 

Explore Earth from a different perspective at the glorious Gaia exhibition this weekend. 

Luke Jerram has designed a huge illuminated 3D installation of Earth, which has been suspended from The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, and slotted alongside surround sound by award-winning composer Dan Jones. In short, the installation will feel as though Earth is floating right in front of you… 

Inspired by the mythological mother of all life on the planet, as well as the epic scientific discoveries in space travel, the installation really is rather spectacular and will guarantee you those all important double taps on the ‘gram.

It’s part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival, which runs until 12th September. Check out the full schedule, here.

Gaia runs until Sunday 6th September, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival runs until 12th September

The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN
www.festival.org

Get your CBD fix courtesy of Brasserie of Light’s new CBD cocktail menu

CBD is having a hot moment right now, but if you’re still on the fence about giving it a whirl, unwind with Brasserie of Light’s new limited-edition CBD based cocktail menu. 

Running throughout the month of September, guests will be able to sample the restaurant’s three cocktail combinations infused with MEDA CBD.

The three cocktails include: The Glow, a light blend of Gin Mare, elderflower, lime, biotin and olive leaf CBD; The Recovery, a mix of Havana Club 7-year-old rum, orange, pineapple, turmeric and ginger CBD; and The Espresso Medatini, a twist on the coffee classic, with Absolut Elyx Vodka infused with CBD, served as a cold brew coffee with maple syrup and tonka bean.

Relax and unwind with a CBD cocktail under Brasserie of Light’s iconic glistening, sparkly pegasus.

Available throughout September 

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, Duke Street, Marylebone W1A 1AB
www.brasserie-of-light.co.uk

Eat Out To Help Out at Fenchurch Restaurant, Sky Garden

Fenchurch Restaurant is reopening this Friday and to welcome back guests they’re offering the EOTHO discount through September. 

Soak up the best views over London as you dine sky high at Fenchurch. Head Chef Michael Carr has created a new menu, focusing on seasonal produce, vibrant flavours and picture-worthy presentation. Dine here this weekend and see the double taps coming in on your Insta grid. 

This weekend, the scheme will be available Friday – Saturday but going forward it will run Thursday through Sunday.

Reopening Friday 4th September

1 SKY GARDEN WALK, London EC3M 8AF
www.skygarden.london

Explore the best of the Thames Festival Trust’s Totally Thames 2020

This September welcomes the arrival of Totally Thames 2020, a celebration of the River Thames with art events, activities and environmental initiatives. 

Wander down and explore the Rivers of the World, a series of art created by children from around the world, created during lockdown. Or make a splash at the Thames Tidefest as you canoe or paddle board along the Thames.

Running throughout September
Various Locations along the Thames
www.thamesfestivaltrust.org

Saturday 5th September, 6:30pm
Book Here: www.howtoacademy.com

Enjoy an evening with novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood

With large gatherings off the cards for the foreseeable, take to the virtual world and explore the vibrant world of the iconic novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood in How To Academy’s livestream this weekend. 

Famed for creating the dystopian world of The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood will be joining How To Academy’s team for an intimate hour long talk, reflecting on her literary career, and learn what inspired her to revisit the novel 35 years after publication in her seminal novel, The Testaments.

Shop ‘til you drop at the luxury retail landscape, Burlington Arcade

Whether you’re after a vintage watch or a new statement necklace to spruce up your jewellery collection, uncover the wealth of luxury retailers on offer at Burlington Arcade this weekend. 

Known best for its tail-coated Beadles and being Mayfair’s original luxury retail landmark, Burlington Arcade offers a bespoke retail experience for all. Wander through the space exploring the varied boutiques before refuelling with a coffee from Noxy Bro’s or sampling Ladurée’s famed macaron treats.

KEEP UP TO DATE ON THEIR INSTAGRAM, @BURLINGTONARCADE

51 PICCADILLY, MAYFAIR W1J 0QJ
www.burlingtonarcade.com

Dive into Six by Nico’s new menu dedicated to Childhood

Relive your fondest childhood foodie moments with Six by Nico’s new six course tasting menu. 

From fish fingers to mum’s trust mac ‘n’ cheese, Six by Nico’s new menu takes childhood favourites and elevates the flavours to high-end standard. The result? Simply breathtaking. 

Every six weeks the six course tasting menu will be entirely reinvented, inspired by memories, ideas and places. Catch ‘Childhood’ while you can.

‘Childhood’ is available 2rd September – 18th October
41 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 1RR
www.sixbynico.co.uk

Sing your heart out at Bunga Bunga’s new shower karaoke experience

Karaoke lovers, Bunga Bunga is making a wild, splashing return this weekend with the arrival of their new ‘Kara-soaky’ experience. 

In order to reopen Bunga Bunga has had to create a few Covid-safe regulations and of course in true Bunga Bunga style they’ve thought outside of the box and gone totally extra. With this, this September sees the arrival of sparklingly clean shower cubicles so karaoke lovers and enthusiastic singers can sing their heart out without the worry of spreading germs.

That’s not all – expect see-through shower curtains, rubber ducks and show caps to be making an appearance too. They’ve also decided to offer 50% off food and non alcoholic drinks (up to £10) every Friday and Saturday throughout September too. Bonus!

50% off food & non alcoholic drinks (up to £10) available every Friday & Saturday throughout September

37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea SW11 3BA
www.bungabunga.com

Uncover the foodie haven of Wandsworth Town

If you’re looking for a new alfresco dining spot this weekend, head to Wandsworth Town and support the thriving local businesses. 

Old York Road has become pedestrianised for the summer season, allowing passersby and locals to dine alfresco style. From our favourite Indian street food restaurant in the area to the ultimate spot for a coffee and bap, discover all of our favourites here.

What To Watch This Week: Les Misérables

The film on everyone’s lips this week is Les Misérables – no, not the three hour musical epic – but the gritty narrative set in the commune of Montfermeil in the aftermath of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Directed by Ladj Ly in his feature length directorial debut, the narrative follows a group of French youths, who are being targeted by the police, after a young black boy takes a lion cub from the local circus. Although it seems a somewhat humorous jovial crime, the council estate youths are wrongfully harassed, targeted and racially discriminated against by the cops. 

Gritty and upsetting at times, Les Misérables gives a real insight into the racial brutality forced upon minority communities in France.

In Cinemas From Friday 4th September