With another scorching weekend on its way and England’s first Euros game on Sunday, you might be wondering where you can head to soak up the best of it all (or, if you loathe football, where you can get away from it all). Either way, we’ve rounded up the best things going on in and around the city this weekend from new exhibitions to catch to sampling TikTok’s latest food craze.
Here’s what to do…
And breathe… Returning to the fast paced atmosphere that city life has thrown at us since lockdown began easing hasn’t been easy. But, Devonshire Terrace’s new CBD pop-up bar might just help you ease back into the swing of things a little more smoothly.
They’ve teamed up with TRIP, the leading premium CBD brand, to bring Londoners a little relaxing oasis in the heart of the city. The UK’s first pop-up bar from TRIP, the terrace has been transformed into a pink haven – expect floral wreaths, neon signage, pink deckchairs and pampas grass scattered throughout.
For cocktails, you’ll be sipping on a bespoke range, all containing 15mg of the highest quality CBD. The must-try cocktail being the Cloud Nine, a blend of Beefeater pink gin, Campari, apple and elderflower and mint TRIP.
Where: Devonshire Terrace, Devonshire Square, EC2M 4WY
Record Store Day returns with an epic two day extravaganza, with the first landing this Saturday 12th June. Celebrate the day dedicated to vinyl at Pop Brixton as renowned record shop Container Records return with a day of DJs, raffle, vinyl deals and street food.
For those who don’t know, Record Store Day is an annual celebration of the UK’s independent record shops and their diverse culture. New releases line up to launch on this day, as well as special reissues and Record Store Day exclusives. This Saturday, head down to Container Records at Pop Brixton to join in the party.
There’ll be DJs on hand all day soundtracking the event, while vinyl lovers flick through the thousands of records on sale. A raffle in aid of charity The Baytree Centre will also be hosted, while goers can also enjoy Pop Brixton’s selection of street food.
When: Saturday 12th June
Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ
We’ll admit that some TikTok food trends are a little overrated, but this Korean cheesy corn dog, available from London’s Bunsik, is one you really do need to try out.
Recently opened on Charing Cross Road, Bunsick specialises in Korean street food and it’s now the home to TikTok’s biggest food craze: Korean corndogs.
Head down early to beat the queues and you’ll soon be tucking into the cheesiest, crispest corndog in London. There are six options to choose from: original, potato, ‘cheese and cheese’, beef, potato-mozzarella and ‘octo legs’.
Where: 62 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0BU
Keep up to date via Bunsik’s Instagram
Another week, another new art exhibition to explore. This week why not head down to the Royal Academy of Arts to peruse the Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch retrospective titled ‘The Loneliness of the Soul’.
The popular contemporary artist, known for her neon signage, has always been fascinated by Edvard Munch’s work, notably The Scream. See Emin and Munch’s work side by side at this new exhibition. Over 25 of Emin’s works will be showcased, some of which have not been shown before, alongside 18 carefully selected oils and watercolours by Munch.
If, like us, you’re constantly longing for a little countryside break away from the city but can’t always find the time to tear yourself away from the alluring vibrancy that London has to offer, don’t fret. Because there’s a giant forest that has popped up right in the middle of the city this summer.
Four hundred trees have arrived outside Somerset House this month, featuring 23 species of tree that are typically found in the UK and northern Europe.
Popping up from 1st to 27th June, the urban forest will be the focal installation of the London Design Biennale 2021, a global celebration of some of the most vibrant, pioneering and imaginative designers, curators and design institutes from around the world. This year’s theme is Resonance, chosen by Artistic Director, Es Devlin, who is the brains behind this ‘forest of change’.
When: Running until 27th June
Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Launching Friday 4th June, the London Eye will see one of its pods decked out to replicate the Great British ‘pub experience. Expect the pod to be transformed, adorned with beer pumps, velvet coated benches, bar tables and a fully functioning bar.
The launch runs in celebration of the London Eye’s reopening and is in partnership with Beefeater Gin. Become a pub local for half an hour and enjoy two drinks, including Beefeater’s new Peach & Raspberry Gin, craft beers and wine. You’ll even be allowed to take a souvenir enamel gin cup away with you, how fun.
If you grow tired of the views and drinks, there’s a magnetic darts board you can play too. Note that it’s magnetic rather than the real deal, we suspect they won’t want the pod shattering from a miscellaneous dart throw that went wrong…
When: Running from 4th June
Where: London Eye, SE1 7PB
Catch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest big release, In The Heights
Originally scheduled to arrive on the big screen in late June 2020, catch In The Heights in cinemas this summer and be transported to New York City in an instant.
Created by the musical legend Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind his starring role and script in HAMILTON, watch as this big feel good movie unravels over just three days in the New York City Dominican-American neighbourhood.
Expect catchy lyrics and memorable one liners, just like HAMILTON.
Release Date: Friday 11th June
Catch it at cinemas across the UK
Haven’t secured your bar booking yet for England’s first Euros game? This Sunday will see England battling it out against Croatia, hopefully we’ll be able to kick the ball into the goal enough times to win…
If you’re looking for somewhere to catch the game, we’ve got you covered! From restaurants with the game on the big screen to skyline drinks with the game in the background, here’s where to head.
Fancy escaping real life and entering a world of virtual reality? Head to Zabludowicz Collection’s latest VR exhibit and be thrown into a dream-like underwater scene.
You’ll enter The Jellyfish, an underwater world where the flickering lifeforms invite you to sing along with them. The organisms will respond to your voice through the varying pitches and vibrations, they’ll mimic your sound in their own little choir. Created by Mélodie Mousset and Edo Fouilloux, this is one experience you won’t want to miss.
When: 20th May – 15th August
Where: 360 VR Room, Zabludowicz Collection, 176 PRINCE OF WALES ROAD, NW5 3PT
Escape the bustle of the city and venture to Four Seasons Hampshire to take part in their Global Wellness Day experiences.
Kicking off the morning at 10am will be resident hypnotherapist, Mark Williams, who will transport guests to a state of calm and relaxation with a group mind massage. Following this, fitness specialist Kinga Matuszczak-Saad will take guests through a body alignment class. The stretches involved will be aimed at strengthening muscles. Finish your afternoon off with a trip to the spa.
If you’re taking part from home, there are several virtual events you can get involved in, including from a muscular awakening class with former triathlete and fitness coach Pierre-Antoine Guilhem with Four Seasons Cap Ferrat; a Vinyasa Flow yoga class with Four Seasons Budapest; virtual sound healing meditation with Four Seasons Toronto and a fitness class with renowned fitness instructor Tahiti Hernandez Kemper.
When: Saturday 12th June
Where: Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hampshire, RG27 8TD