The penultimate weekend before a bank holiday is usually filled with very little going ons in London as all of the bars, restaurants and venues ready themselves for a giant three day-er. But this weekend seems to be a little different from the rest. It’s jammed with new events, exclusive one weekend only pop-ups and restaurant launches. 

From seaside excursions to secret alfresco gardens, mini golf to immersive pop-ups, we’ve packed in everything you need to make August weekend one to remember.

Head to the coast for beach games and wine

In partnership with Most Wanted Wines 

Summertime calls for long weekends at the seaside. The sound of crashing waves, copious portions of fish and chips and, most importantly, booze on the beach with your pals. What’s not to love? Thankfully Most Wanted Wines is here to help out on the booze front with their On The Run summer series. 

The wine experts will be headed to their favourite seaside locations and urban beaches this summer in their mini can van, The Getaway Wheels. They’ve made it their mission to get the wine to the people so they’ve partnered up with local bars to offer refreshments in the form of a chilled can of wine.

This weekend they are pitching up at Hastings Pier, bringing with them classic beach games, the chance to win exciting prizes and, of course, lots of canned fizz.

When: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August at Hastings Pier

Keep up to date with the tour on Instagram

Try this poshed up street food

Ever thought you’d be tucking into your favourite childhood crisp in a refined, Michelin star level quality dish? Nope, we didn’t either but ex-Brat chef Whyte Rushen is set to change the rules this weekend with his exciting Mortimer House pop-up.

Taking place for three days only, Rushen will be joining Mortimer House’s guest chef series, serving up his refined signature street food in a whole new way.

The three course menu includes a starter of Oysters and Monster Munch 2.0, a unique take on your traditional oyster dish that is served with a warm monster munch café de Paris butter made up of about 14 different ingredients, fried perilla leaf and fried and fresh tarragon. Sound enticing? It’ll be followed by Stamford Hill Estate, a combination of wagyu meatballs, brioche, burger sauce, gherkin ketchup and duck fat fries; and Off Licence, a flambé basque cheesecake with crème fraiche, poached fruit and crumbled crunchies. 

An innovative mix to say the least.

When: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd August
Where: Mortimer House, 37 – 41 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH

Skate on over to this free exhibition 

Did lockdown see you purchasing a skateboard? This period not only saw the return and rise of roller skating, but also the rise in skateboarding became ever apparent too. If you too joined the craze, you’ll want to head over to Somerset House to visit No Comply, a free exhibition that explores the popularity of skateboarding and its impact on communities in the UK over the past 45 years. 

With the surge of skateboarding well underway and 13-year-old Sky Brown becoming the youngest Team GB athlete to compete (and winning the bronze medal!), skateboarding is in high demand right now. This exhibition celebrates this and its vibrant community through photographs, films, design and fashion. 

Uncover this DIY culture in a whole new light, and you never know, you might want to get yourself a board to join the trend too.

When: Until 19th September
Where: Terrace Rooms South Wing, Somerset House, WC2R 1LA

Try out a Swinger’s (mini golf) club

Ok, so not quite the Swinger’s you might have thought. But if you fancy giving crazy golf a try, rather than any other escapades, then head over to either Swinger’s West End or City. Delicious cocktails like their ‘George Of The Jungle’ will see you through all (or any) hole-in-ones. If you find you’re scoring way over par, then why not chill out at their main bar and watch as everyone else struggles to get past the windmill shot.

Swinger’s has come a long way from their pop-up in Shoreditch and with two prime locations across London it’s never been easier to practice your swing. Along with being a great date spot, Swingers caters for those who just want a fun night out with friends. Tuck into a pizza from London favourite Pizza Pilgrims, or try the ‘Smokey Robinson’ burger from Patty & Bun.

Where: West End & City

Venture to our favourite secret garden

Looking for somewhere away from the crowds to soak up the best of the August air whilst dining? Venture over to our favourite secret garden hidden inside Corinthia London. 

The Garden has been decked out with florals and vines to create a true Mediterranean oasis this summer. You’ll be able to sit amongst fragrant lemon trees while sipping on refreshing cocktails, including the Sterling Cup, a mix of Woodford Reserve, Amaro Nonino, Angostura Bitters, lemon and ginger ale. 

André Garrett has crafted a menu of dreams too, featuring dishes such as burrata with baked figs; lobster linguine with cherry tomato, courgette, courgette flower and lemon; and oven roasted veal chop with salsa verde.  

Don’t skip dessert – the toasted meringue with Amalfi lemon is sweet, sugary and zingy.

Where: Corinthia London, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD

Plant yourself at Neat Burger’s newest opening in Finsbury Park

Beloved by vegans and meat eaters alike, Neat Burger is best known for its delicious foodie bites. Launching its brand new location in Finsbury Park, Lewis Hamilton’s brainchild is sure to make an impact on east London’s food scene. 

From their Big Stack Burger loaded with American style cheese, lettuce and topped with tangy Big Stack sauce, to their Southern Style Chick’n Bites, you’re sure to find something to curb any and all appetites.

Neat Burger works in association with The Eden Projects, so for every product sold they plant a tree – that’s enough reason for a weekend cheat meal, don’t you think?

Where: 38 Well’s Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3FP

Listen to our album of the week, Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet

If you’re familiar with the indie music YouTube scene that flocked to the surface back in the early 2010s, then you might recognise Orla Gartland’s signature understated pop sound. 

Defined best by her often folk-pop sound, Gartland’s debut album, Woman on the Internet, out this Friday, is set to rewrite everything fans once knew, catapulting her sound and stardom to new heights. 

Expect her album to still have fragments of her softer, acoustic sounds mixed amongst riffier guitar lines, vibrant pop sounds and catchy refrains.

Release Date: Friday 20th August
Listen on Spotify

Refresh you look with this blow-dry package (+ free wine)

Are your locks looking a little lacklustre post-lockdown? Well, your prayers are about to be answered as London’s top affordable hairdressers Blue Tit has teamed up with canned wine specialists BABE to create the ultimate salon experience with the ‘Blow Out’ package. 

Affordably priced from just £44 and available at all ten Blue Tit salons, the package invites Londoners to delight in a bouncy blow-dry, or switch it up with braids or a new summer shag look. To see out the last few weeks of summer, unlimited BABE wine and a goody bag worth £140 will be thrown in for good measure.

Refresh your post-lockdown look with a blow-dry or new style.

When: Available until 31st August
Where: Available at one of BlueTit’s salons

Test out this immersive whisky pop-up

Forget everything you thought you knew about whisky because The Glenlivet’s exciting new immersive pop-up is about to rewrite the rulebook. 

Go beyond a tumbler glass by the fireplace and take the whisky drinking up a notch with their new Caribbean-inspired pop-up. Running Thursday through to Sunday, The Glenlivet is bringing a tropical excursion to your London doorstep. Well, if your doorstep is Brick Lane’s Boiler House. 

Boiler House’s outdoor courtyard has been given a tropical twist, offering refreshing cocktails, lj DJs and immersive moments. To kick off the party, you’ll receive two free drink tokens!

When: Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd August
WherE: Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, E1 6RU

Get your tickets here

Work up a sweat at 1Rebel’s new Hammersmith studio

Fancy facing one of the toughest workouts in London? 1Rebel has just launched its hardest workout to date, RIG, that’ll see you put your fitness to the test in a functional fitness meets HIIT class.

Alongside the new, improved and terrifying sounding workout, they’ve also just opened up a brand new site in Hammersmith! The site launched on Wednesday alongside the new workout, offering a unique space to boost your fitness, push your endurance levels further and break a sweat.

Where: 10 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith, W6 7AP

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