Looking for things to do this weekend? We’ve rounded up the 11 best events, pop-ups and activities going on in and around the city. 

From day music festivals to 83p pints over at the Only Fools & Horses pop-up pub, here’s what to book in for this weekend.

Check out NOW Gallery’s My Head Is A Jungle exhibition

Chances are, you’re following Manjit Thapp, the UK based illustrator, on Instagram already. If you aren’t, head over now to fall in love with her intricate designs which centralise around female characters before heading to Now Gallery to see their exhibition dedicated to her beautiful work.

Thapp’s canvas draws on inspiration from popular culture in music and fashion, and with the influences, she combines digital and traditional media by layering patterns and textures to create striking illustrations.

When: Running until 31st October
Where: NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ
Website: www.nowgallery.co.uk

Get your meat on at Meatopia 

Carnivores unite, London’s meatiest weekend has arrived and you’re invited. This weekend sees Meatopia OnFire London arrive at Tobacco Dock, bringing with it chefs, culinary professionals and eager meat enthusiasts come together for a three day bumper festival centred around food. 

Running Friday to Sunday, you are invited to wander around the festival, feasting on fire-cooked food made by top chefs. Chefs taking part include Tom Griffiths, Niklas Ekstedt, Will Bowlby, Adriana Cavita, Genevieve Taylor, and Freddie Janssen.

When: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September
Where: Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
Website: www.meatopia.co.uk

Celebrate the Proms with croquettes and cocktails

The BBC Proms are back with a bang, bringing with them a summer season filled with live music at the Royal Albert Hall. For those attending, why not grab a bite to eat pre- or post-concert at the nearby restaurant and bar, Publiq? 

This little South Kensington restaurant brings the best selection of pre-curtain drinks and nibbles, including their crowd favourite – beef brisket croquettes with truffle mayo for dipping. Paired alongside a glass of wine or some cocktails, it makes quite the pairing for the occasion. 

Right now they have two great offers available. For just £10, guests can enjoy two croquettes with any glass of house red, white or rose, or switch it up a notch and opt for a cocktail instead for £15.

When: BBC Proms run until 11th September
Where: Publiq, 1D Palace Gate, South Kensington, W8 5LS
Website: www.publiq.london

Bring your pooch for cocktails at Skylight

If you’re yet to show off the pooch you purchased during the pandemic, now’s the perfect time as Skylight welcomes back the return of its popular Dog Day. 

Running this Sunday, prepare for dogs to take over the popular Tobacco Dock rooftop destination. In collaboration with UK Charity Dogs On The Streets (DOTS), there’ll be plenty of activities for you and your four legged friends to take part in, including dog-themed cocktails for humans. Alongside this, dog friendly brands will be providing complimentary treats and goodies, including Lily’s Kitchen, Nibble and Nosh, and Green and Wildes.

When: Sunday 5th September
Where: Skylight, Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
Website: www.skylightbars.com

Catch the National Theatre’s Rockets and Blue Lights 

Winsome Pinnock’s Rockets and Blue Lights returns to the big stage this season. Taking place on various nights until 9th October at the National Theatre, the plot follows actress Lou on the set of a new film about Victorian artist, J. M. W. Turner and her taunting past. 

Elsewhere, in 1840, Londoners Lucy and Thomas are embarking on their own path and freedom. Flitting between past and present day, the story intertwines the two stories together.

When: 25th August – 9th October
Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX
Website: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Give baking a go this Cake Week

Apparently it’s Cake Week! To celebrate the week-long period dedicated to the spongy delights, we’ve rounded up three tiered cake recipes that would guarantee you’d secure a cheeky wink and handshake from Paul Hollywood himself if you were entering them on the Great British Bake Off.

We have chosen three easy layered cakes which you can whip up at home, from a decadent chocolate fudge cake to a moreish Victoria sandwich.

Grab an 83p pint at the pub from Only Fools & Horses

Pints haven’t looked this cheap since the 80s. Don’t miss your chance to catch Del Boy and Rodney’s favourite local boozer come back to life for one weekend only. 

Running Friday and Saturday, TV channel Gold have recreated the Nags Head, famed for being the local haunt in the hit 80s comedy sitcom, Only Fools & Horses. 

The pop-up pub will kick off Gold’s celebrations ahead of the channel turning back time by showing the first episode of the hit show on Wednesday 8th September, 8:30pm, the exact same date and time that it aired in 1981. 

As for the pop-up, expect an exact replica of Nags Head, even down to the ashtrays. Pints will be served at the very affordable price of 83p – unheard of for London dwellers these days. Wash it down with some pork scratchings and you’ve got yourself a great night out.

When: Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th September, 12-9pm
Where: Farringdon, London, WC1N 2PB
Book your table here

Let loose at Brockwell Park’s Wide Awake Festival 

We may have waved goodbye to the bumper bank holiday week and its All Points East shenanigans, but that doesn’t mean festival season is over just yet. Enter Wide Awake, Brockwell Park’s music festival that’s known for bringing underground sounds to the city.

Taking place this Friday, the festival will see the likes of Idles headlining alongside sets from Black Country, New Road; Fenne Lily; Goat Girl; Dram Wife; and Squid.

When: Friday 3rd September
Where: Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, SE24 9BJ
Website: www.wideawakelondon.co.uk

Book into Selfridge’s sweet new spot

We’ve never gotten that excited about a department store restaurant, until now. HIVE on Selfridge’s 3rd floor (it sits right beside Kimmy K’s body-contouring shapewear brand Skims, if you’re wondering) is nothing short of excellent. 

And as the name suggests it’s inspired by all things honey, in fact, honey made by the 100,000 bees that reside on the iconic store’s roof in hives that can be watched from the restaurant itself. The menu is French fare classics with a modern twist, sweetened up with said sweet elixir and the dishes are as delicious as they are Instagrammable – think dry ice and plenty of edible flowers. 

We tucked into scallops with pea and celeriac purée and topped with salty samphire; oozy St Marcellin cheese baked with mountain honey and rich truffle; and a meaty monkfish roasted with rosemary honey and the creamiest polenta ever. 

Book in to break up your next shopping trip and don’t forget to order their signature dish – a chestnut honey, pear and ginger delight served in the shape of a hive and surrounded by dry ice, if for the Insta opportunities alone.

WHEN: Monday to Saturday 10am–9pm and Sunday 11am–6pm
WHERE: 3rd Floor, Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
WEBSITE: www.hiverestaurant.uk

Head to your very own ice-cream ball

Cinderella, you shall go to the ball… if by ball, we mean a one-off exclusive screening of Kay Cannon’s musically-driven Cinderella adaptation. 

To celebrate its landing on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, the musical will be shown on the big screen in London for one night only. Häagen-Dazs has teamed up with Everyman Cinemas to screen the film at Broadgate Cinema. Guests are invited to head to the ball, enjoy a mini cup of ice cream and lose themselves in the magic of the fairytale.

When: Friday 3rd September
Where: Everyman Broadgate, 1 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PF

Book your spot here

Get an icy face lift at Young LDN

If you’re still recovering from the bank holiday weekend and are in need of some TLC, look no further than Westbourne Grove’s Young LDN. Set amid the colourful blocks of Notting Hill, this beauty lounge is a one stop shop for every beauty qualm and query.

Founded by mother-of-two Sue Carroll, Young LDN began as a salon where her teenagers could learn to look after their skin. Now offering everything from shellac manicures to hydrafacials and body sculpting, there’s never been a more ideal place to take a few hours off. Chill out with their signature Cryofacial, which combines the resurfacing & rejuvenating powers of The 40 facial with a high pressure shot of frozen CO2 for an intense concentration of oxygen.

Sit back and unwind after a busy month- you deserve it.

Where: Young LDN, 228 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Website: www.youngldn.com


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