It’s the biggest British sporting weekend since the 2012 Olympics. England are in the final of the Euros. This hasn’t happened, well, ever. So excuse the country for being a little bit excited about this. Oh, and let’s not forget it’s also the final of Wimbledon 2021 this weekend. 

If you aren’t a sporting fan, fear not as our weekend guide is bursting with loads of exciting going ons in and around the city, many of which have nothing to do with sports whatsoever. Mind you, we can’t guarantee that you won’t bump into a leary group of cheering football fans along the way. 

Without further ado, here’s what to look forward to this weekend.

Visit London’s best foodie festival

In partnership with Taste of London

London’s leading food and drinks festival, and our personal favourite, Taste of London returns this weekend, bringing with it entertaining live demonstrations, food producers from across the globe, fun, games and free samples. 

Taking place over two long weekends in July, Taste of London is set to bring over 135 dishes from London’s diverse restaurant scene that festival goers can sample and enjoy. Expect pop-ups from London favourites including Burger & Lobster, Napoli Gang and Flesh & Buns, as well as new concepts like Casa Calavera by Hakkasan. Professor Green and Gizzi Erskines concept ‘Giz n Green’ will also be making a special appearance too.

The Fire Pit will also be returning with London’s biggest and brightest chefs cooking up a storm over the open-flame. Heading up the line-up is Jack Whitehall & Marcus Petty-Saphon’s brilliant Food Slut concept. 

Whether you call yourself a foodie or not, this is one festival you won’t want to miss.

When: 7th-11th & 14th-18th July
Where: Regent’s Park

Book your tickets here

Check out By Rotation’s first ever physical pop-up

Pastel hues and dreamy interiors, we’re almost certain we don’t need to convince you about heading to this one. By Rotation has launched its first ever physical pop-up at Westfield London and it’s the largest ever fashion rental pop-up in the UK, featuring collections from celebs and influencers.

Running until Sunday 11th July, the pop-up is inviting its online community in person to rent their favourite interiors, garments and accessories. Alongside showcasing items from the popular rental app, there will be panel discussions, workshops and sustainability masterclasses taking place. 

Head here for interior inspiration, rent dresses for that wedding you’ve got coming up or take part in one of the flower crown masterclasses led by My Lady Garden.

When: 1st – 11th July
Where: Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GF
Website: www.westfield.com

Delight in our favourite afternoon tea takeover 

When two of London’s greatest hospitality establishments do a collaboration, you know we’re in for a good time. 

This July sees Lyaness, the award-winning bar from Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan, team up with Sri Lankan restaurant, Hoppers, to create a limited edition afternoon tea menu. Available at Sea Container London’s Lyaness, the tea draws inspiration from both Mr Lyan and Hoppers director Karan Gokani’s South Asian heritage and brings the tastes, smells and sights of the Sri Lankan landscape to life. 

Cocktails will be infused with Sri Lankan flavours, while the food brings Sri Lankan flavours and spices to an afternoon tea experience. Guests can expect to enjoy mutton rolls; arrack black pork kari puff; curried chicken salad sandwiches; scones served with pineapple and black pepper jam; and pandan and coconut profiteroles.

WHEN: AVAILABLE FOR THE DURATION OF JULY
WHERE: LYANESS, 20 UPPER GROUND, SOUTH BANK, SE1 9PD
WEBSITE: WWW.LYANESS.COM

Watch the Euros final in style 

England made history last night. They are in the final of the Euro 2020 for the very first time. England has only ever been in the final of the World Cup back in 1966 when they won, but since then they’ve only come close less than a handful of times.  

If you were one of the few people who didn’t tune into the match last night, England defeated Denmark in the semis. And this means they’ll be battling against Italy on Sunday evening for the title of the championship. 

Will they win? We hope so. It might be coming home after all…

 

Or, catch the Wimbledon final on the big screen

If I’m being honest, it feels as though the Euros have definitely overshadowed the Wimbledon tournament this year. Those who would typically call themselves both a football and tennis fan have opted to extend their viewing time solely to watching England make their way up the Euros rank. 

That said, if you have been paying close attention to Wimbledon this year, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the final this Saturday and Sunday. In which case, you’re probably searching for somewhere that’ll be showing the tennis rather than the football this Sunday and thankfully we know just the places. 

Get your grill on at this BBQ pop-up 

Don’t fancy enduring another round of your uncle’s burnt burgers? Smith’s Bar & Grill has a new pop-up designed to help you take the hassle out of your impending family BBQ this weekend. 

Running every day for lunch and dinner until 8th August, Smith’s Bar & Grill will be serving up BBQ classics straight from their grill. Their chefs will be firing up their outdoor gas barbecue, cooking up some sticky mouthwatering meat. Expect boneless chicken thighs marinated in miso sauce and sticky pork ribs slathered in smokey barbecue sauce. 

Book in and avoid munching through any more sausages burnt to cinders at home.

When: Every day for lunch & dinner until 8th August
Where: 25 Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EY
Website: www.smithsbarandgrill.co.uk

Reconnect with nature at this garden festival

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival returns this week, bringing with it a whole host of outdoorsy activities and your chance to get expert advice on how to turn your sprawling garden into a peaceful oasis. 

Running until Sunday 11th July, the festival will see experts, designers and gardeners come together to showcase their works, alongside celebrity talks, demonstrations, workshops and your chance to browse the boutique trade stands. 

There’s also the gorgeous Festival of Roses to explore, where you can immerse yourself in the world of the Queen of Hearts’ favourite bloom and chat to exhibitors about how to create your own rose garden at home. 

When: 6th – 11th July
Where: RHS Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
Website: www.rhs.org.uk

Catch the last weekend of the Women Making History exhibition

To mark 100 years of the first UK women getting the vote, Artichoke Trust is hosting a new exhibition with over 100 banners to act as a reminder of the importance of feminist activism and the power of protest in today’s society. 

Back in June 2018, thousands of women came together to embrace the idea of ‘processions’ and created a mass-group artwork to celebrate the 100 years of women’s votes. Now, three years later, these stories continue to create an impact in the Women Making History exhibition. 

Inspired by the suffrage movement and their banners, it’s a chance to relive the monumental impact of the movement in the modern day.

When: Running until 11th July
Where: Artichoke Trust, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB
Website: www.artichoke.uk.com

Join Paddington on an adventure at The British Library

Join Britain’s favourite bear, Paddington (joint with Pooh, of course) as he heads out on a new adventure to The British Library to celebrate 60 years of Michael Bond’s stories. 

Paddington has been one of the world’s most renowned – and loved – bears since Bond first brought the colourful, marmalade loving character to life more than 60 years ago. The British Library’s new exhibition celebrates the loveable bear in all of his glory. 

Fans, old and young, can uncover every part of Paddington’s story, from the original illustrations featured in the first books through to clips and sounds from the more recent animated series and cherished films.

When: 9th July – 31st October
Where: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
Website: www.bl.uk

Nab some art at Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair

Tired of staring at your bare walls? Longing to find that perfect art piece that won’t break the bank? Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair is here to help you bag yourself the right print for your living room – and budget. 

The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park this weekend, bringing with it a chance to scan a hand-picked selection of works from galleries around the world. Prices range from £100 to £6,000, so there really is something for all budgets.

Gallery: art8star.co.uk
Gallery: Lime Tree Gallery

When: 8th – 11th July
Where: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ, UK
Website: www.affordableartfair.com

Get grooving at the Soho Music Month

This July sees Carnaby and Soho unite for a free month-long music and culture festival! Taking place throughout the whole month of July, the Soho Music Month will showcase an exciting array of activations, from talks and exhibitions to music history hours and a one-day record market. 

So, what’s happening? Well, there’s a pop-up gallery at 57 Carnaby Street dedicated to the rock legend Ronnie Wood. He’s personally curated the exhibition, spanning his career as an artist and there’ll even  be limited edition prints on offer. Also at 57 Carnaby Street, there’s a rare exhibition of vintage photographic prints featuring the likes of Terry O’Neill, Gavin Watson and Normski.

Over at 5 Upper James Street, the Creative Media Network will be putting on talks, showcases and masterclasses for young creatives, while music lovers can take part in free music history tours every Wednesday, strolling through the sites where some of the greatest artists have walked. 

On Saturday 18th, there’s also a one-day record market, the ‘Independent Label Market’ which will see vinyl stalls and emerging record labels take over Carnaby Street for the day. 

When: Taking place throughout July
Where: Various venues across Carnaby & Soho
Website: www.carnaby.co.uk

Finally see Marvel’s Black Widow in cinemas

We’ve all been longing for this one… 

Loved Wandavision and want another Marvel female lead to fill the void? Enter Black Widow, the new Marvel film dedicated to the master assassin. 

Starring Scarlett Johannson, we finally see where Black Widow mastered her craft. From her Russian assassin roots to the present day freelance operative, or badass, fans will get to see Johannson in all her glory. Other huge Hollywood names will also appear, including Little Women and Heredity star Florence Pugh, Stranger Things sheriff David Harbour and The Favourite star Rachel Weisz.

Out now in cinemas across the UK

Journey down the rabbit hole… 

In celebration of the V&A’s Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser exhibition, The Egerton House Hotel has transformed their afternoon tea offering into a tea party fit for the Mad Hatter himself. 

This Thursday, Kate Bailey, the curator of the Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser exhibition at the V&A will be sharing stories and insights into the Alice in Wonderland stories and films.

Venture to Wonderland and expect to be delighting in treats inspired by Carroll’s famous story. You’ll be tucking into a “Queen of Hearts” raspberry jam tart with almond crumble; a “Pearl of Oysters” white chocolate Lanson Champagne truffle based upon the Oysters in “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, a poem recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Alice; and “Eat Me” chocolate cake with a rich buttercream icing inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

When: Thursday 8th July
Where: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, SW3 2BX
Website: www.egertonhousehotel.com


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