Whether it’s a weekend exploring the latest outdoor light festival you’re after or you fancy heading to the seaside for a fun-filled wine tour, we’ve got you covered with our action packed weekend guide that’s filled with the best things to see, do and eat this weekend.

Here’s how to pack out your weekend…

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Get that dreamy Insta shot at Canary Wharf’s Summer Lights festival

While the sun shines and the days are longer, make the most of the natural light at Canary Wharf’s free ‘Summer Lights’ exhibition. 

Taking place throughout the Canary Wharf estate, the colourful exhibition hopes to celebrate the natural light through a series of artworks that glimmer when the sun shines down on them. 

It wouldn’t be the first time the thriving area has put on a light show. You’ll usually find them with an illuminated light scene come winter time. However, this summer edition is different – it’s to be enjoyed during the day. Head down and explore the eleven artworks, from Liz West’s ‘Hymn to the Big Wheel’ found at Wren Landing to ‘Out of the Cocoon’ by Amberlights. 

Credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

When: Running until Saturday 21st August
Where: Throughout the estate, Canary Wharf, E14
Website: www.canarywharf.com

Seek joy at the Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition 

What does ‘joy’ mean to you? Is it spending time with loved ones? Perhaps it’s letting paddleboarding down the Thames. The Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition, Joy, will see you exploring the theme to its fullest through paintings, photography and different art forms. 

Joy sees audiences explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effects that this has on emotion, human spirit and body. Expect new commissions from Harold Offeh, Amalia Pica and David Shrigley, as well as works dating all the way back to the 15th century.

When: 15th July 2021 – 27th February 2022
Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE
Website: www.wellcomecollection.org

Visit New Zealand (without actually leaving London)

Fancy escaping London for an afternoon? This summer sees the Ground Floor at Selfridges welcome an exciting pop-up that’ll see guests transported to Marlborough, New Zealand. 

Selfridges will play host to The Cloudy Bay pop-up haven, bringing the calmness and tranquility that New Zealand is so known for to the capital. Cloudy Bay produces wine designed to be shared and enjoyed amongst friends, as the pop-up emulates that offering a calming oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Guests can enjoy glasses of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Pinot Noir, 2019 Chardonnay, 2016 Te Koko and 2017 Te Wahi, while cosied up in the little sheltered booth hideouts. Relax, unwind and enjoy a glass of wine.

When: Running until October
Where: Ground Floor at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Website: www.selfridges.com

Grab some bargains at the Classic Car Boot Sale

Car boot sales don’t come classier than this. The hugely popular Classic Car Boot Sale is set to return to King’s Cross this August with an engine-revving bang. 

The car boot sale, running 7th – 8th August, will take over Granary Square, Lewis Cubitt Square and Coal Drops Yard, bringing with it over 100 market stalls specialising in fashion, homeware, art and accessories. 

Peruse the stalls, scanning for that one special vintage item you’ve been longing for. Expect everything from vinyl records, collectibles, homewares and designer collections, prints and artworks. As the name suggests, there’ll also be vintage cars dotted throughout the market, with appearances from the Afro Classics Register and Dream Cars, as well as DJs blasting soul, funk, reggae and disco tunes spanning the decades.

When: Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th August
Website: www.classiccarbootsale.co.uk

Get your live music fix at South Facing 

Get that festival experience without the treacherous camping experience at South Facing this summer. Running on various dates throughout August, the month-long celebrations take place at Crystal Palace Bowl, and will see some of the biggest names in the industry perform as part of the open air concert series. 

The event kicks off this Friday 6th with UK rapper Kojey Radical, Mercury-nominated Ghetts and future soul powerhouse IAMDDB. Saturday sees the likes of Sleaford Mods, Baxter Dury, Jane Weave, Katy J Pearson, The Fat White and The Orielles perform, while Corinne Bailey Rae, Cymande, and Soul II Soul will sing on Sunday.

When: Various dates between 6th – 29th August
Where: Crystal Palace Bowl, Crystal Palace Park, Ledrington Road, SE26 6UT
Website: www.southfacingfestival.com

Join the Wind in the Willows gang at Kew Gardens

Everybody knows – and loves – the story of Ratty, Mole, Budget, Otter and Toad. This summer sees Kenneth Grahame’s classic story come to life at Kew Gardens. 

Theatre on Kew will be showing performances of The Wind in the Willows, an outdoor theatre production that’ll be set against the backdrop of a lake. Rather fitting seeing as this is a story of friendship on a riverbank. 

Perfect for younger and older viewers, this is one day out that’ll result in endless giggles and surprises.

When: Various dates from 24th July to 30th August
Where: Victoria Gate, Kew Gardens
Website: www.kew.org

Enjoy jazz and tea at Fortnum’s

We’re hugely excited about this one… Fortnum’s The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon has teamed up with London jazz institution, Ronnie Scott’s, to bring a series of high tea and jazz events throughout August. 

Commencing this Thursday 5th August, the music-filled series brings to life the long-held tradition of tea dances, that were hugely popular during the 1920s, to 2021. This Thursday’s session will see the Joy Ellis Trio take centre stage. A skilled pianist and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Joy Ellis’s sound mixes latin, jazz and blues, nodding to the likes of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder.

Paired alongside the legendary afternoon tea, filled with dishes like lobster omelette victoria with truffle; fresh baked Cornish brill with Champagne sauce; and puff pastry case of artichoke and confit peppers with basil pepper. 

The series runs every Thursday evening throughout August.

When: Thursday 5th August & every Thursday of August
Where: The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk

Explore Rathfinny’s summer terrace pop-up

Sussex wine producer Rathfinny is headed city-side this summer, bringing an exciting wine filled pop-up to The Soho Hotel’s Refuel Terrace. Running until late August, the pop-up will see an exciting array of Sussex sparkling wines, refreshing cocktails and small plates inspired by the summer season.

Decked out with fairy lights, petite pastel green garden furniture and dried flowers, the Refuel Terrace’s cocktail menu is the one to watch. It’s filled with summer cocktails crafted by the bar manager using Rathfinny Estate’s Seven Sisters in and vermouth, including the refreshing Picnic on Chalk Cliffs. It’s made with Seven Sisters gin, Sipsmith London Cup, berry shrub and lemonade.

Throughout the pop-up there are also a few masterclasses running with Rathfinny’s owners Mark and Sarah Driver. Book in for a night of wine tasting paired with a four-course dinner. 

When: Running until late August
Where: Refuel Terrace at The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, W1D 3DH
Website: www.rathfinnyestate.com

Check out Carousel’s latest chef pop-up 

Kerth Gumbs is one of the city’s most exciting chefs working today. He’s had the pleasure of working London kitchens, including Tom Aikens, Texture and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and was the head chef at Ormer Mayfair. Not to mention the fact that he also made it to the 2020 Great British Menu banquet final. It’s fair to say that’s certainly one chef to watch. 

Which is why it’s super exciting that he’ll be headed to Carousel this week to show off his vibrant and playful culinary skills to Londoners once more. 

Running only until Saturday 7th August, the menu including slow cooked trout with avocado, daikon, Vietnamese dressing and sesame seed cracker; Risotto with wild garlic, peas, asparagus and aged parmesan; and Paprika glazed pork loin, celeriac lasagne, aubergine, baby artichokes and nasturtium.

When: Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th August
Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB
Website: www.carousel-london.com

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