Whether you fancy trying out a new brunch, want to listen to your podcast live in person or are trying to get your hands on the new Sally Rooney novel, we’ve rounded up the best things going on in and around the city. 

From Pride celebrations to new photo exhibits, read on to find out about all the best events happening this weekend.

Celebrate Pride with a colourful brunch

Pride parades might be on hold for another year but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate this September. Kick off the celebrations with a trip to The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury Hotel and tuck into their festively coloured Pride brunch. 

Running this Saturday, the brunch will be hosted by Busola Peters and will be packed with live DJs, performers, dancers and a whole lot of cocktails. On the menu expect rainbow acai bowls; buttermilk pancakes; and baked shakshuka with smoky chorizo, feta and flatbread.

Don’t miss the Pride inspired cocktails too, from the Love at First Sight, a blend of Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Gin, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, grapefruit and blood orange sorbet, to the I Want To Break Free, the rockstar of the menu made with Tanqueray 10, mango, LE orange and elderflower, lemon, Crème de cassis and Lustao East India Solera Sherry.

When: Saturday 11th September
wherE: The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
Website: www.thecoralroom.co.uk

Catch the new photo exhibit at ME London

ME London isn’t one to shy away from the cultural scene and this September is no different, with an exciting new photo exhibit popping up for the month. Available to catch until 6th October, Me London will be displaying an exclusive selection of large scale photographs from the October Gallery. 

Known for their provocative work and fuelling the current art discourse, October Gallery will lend some of its greatest contemporary works to ME London for the month. These works will provide an additional exhibition to the wider Photo London experience taking place at Somerset House.

When: 7th September – 6th October
Where: Strand, WC2R 1HA
Website: www.melondonhotel.com

See your favourite podcasters in action at the London Podcast Festival

If you’re back commuting, you’ve probably enlisted your trusty old friend the podcast to help you through the slog. Or, perhaps you never waved goodbye to them in the first place. Either way, this weekend you can see all of your favourite podcasts in action with the return of the London Podcast Festival.

Returning for the sixth year, the London Podcast Festival will be running until Sunday, and is packed with an exciting roster of podcasting talent. Performances will take place at Kings Place and include the likes of The Rest is History; Kermode on Film’ Spit or Swallow; Masala Podcast; and Inside the Comedian. 

When: Until 12th September
Where: Kings Place, 90 york Way, N1 9AG
Website: www.kingsplace.co.uk

Visit a hidden retro cabin cocktail pop-up

Bringing a slice of the Scandi spirit to London is alcohol brand Nuet Aquavit who has launched an exciting cabin pop-up at Callooh Callay, Shoreditch this week. 

Running until 12th September, a retro cabin pop-up, named Nuet Smörgåsbar, will be bringing Scandi vibes to Shoreditch. Expect Callooh Callay to be decked out with vintage skis, sheepskin ugs, fire lanterns, music and even some scents to really create that old school cabin feel. Alongside all of this will be cocktails, created by mixologist Jame Barter.

On offer will be Shoreditch Cleanse Hype, a blend of Nuet, Prosecco, carrot and ginger cordial and lemon juice; One & Done, mixing Nuet, sugar syrup, lemon juice and cherry puree together; and Oh You’re That Guy, featuring Nuet, Lillet Blanc, white chocolate and caper reduction. 

When: 8th – 12th September
Where: Callooh Callay, 65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY
Website: www.calloohcallaybar.com

Take part in the ultimate pasta party 

Get ready for the ultimate pasta party. Fresh pasta delivery service, Pasta Evangelists are putting on quite the performance this September thanks to their Pride pasta and drag charity pop-up. 

Despite London’s Pride Parade being cancelled this year, they are pulling out all of the stops allowing guests to take part in a rainbow-coloured pasta masterclasses. Spread over three sessions, pasta makers can expect to be guided by Roberta d’Elia, Pasta Evangelists’ head chef, and two drag artist co-hosts, as they learn the art of making pasta shapes from scratch and filling pasta. 

Unlimited Prosecco will be on hand, along with exclusive performances from the drag acts. All of the proceeds will be donated to Stonewall.


Pick up a copy of Sally Rooney’s new book 

The long awaited arrival of Sally Rooney’s new book has finally arrived! And if you haven’t already got your hands on a copy, make sure you head to your local bookstore this weekend to fall hopelessly in love with her new tome. 

Released on Tuesday 7th, the new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, follows four young adults – Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon – who, while are all still in their youthful element, feel as though life is catching up with them. They feel young, free and able to do as they please both sexually and with their career, but they are constantly riddled with the worries of their friendships and the world around them.

It’s a narrative about learning to navigate where you fit in, from your personal day-to-day worries through to your societal expectations and career driven goals. With a splattering of flirtation, lust and allure sprinkled in for good measure.

Catch the last few days of the Secret World Of Plants exhibition

Always thought trees didn’t mutter a word? Or fancy exploring somewhere fun with the family? Look to Kew Gardens’ exciting exhibition exploring the secret world of plants. 

Catch the last few days of this outdoor exhibition and stroll amongst the trees that whisper, immersive structures and funky seating areas. Those with small ones, there’s even a family trail where the kiddies can uncover and learn more about different plant species, the sounds of water moving inside trees and how to help wildlife in your local area.

© RBG Kew
© RBG Kew

When: Until 19th September
Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AE
Website: www.kew.org

Pimp up your Pride celebrations at NYX Hotel

Let your bumper Pride weekend go out in style and book your spot at NYX Hotel’s post-Pride brunch. 

Running this Sunday, the brunch will be packed with all of your usual favourite dishes from classic eggs benedict and buttermilk chicken waffles, to crab, ginger and coriander rosti and French toast with banana, agave, hazelnut crumb and coconut yoghurt. Alongside the food, there’ll be a live DJ playing non-stop bangers to help you recover from the night before. 

To secure your table, book your free ticket now on Design My Night.

When: Sunday 12th September
Where: 50 – 60 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AR
Website: Book your free ticket here

Sing along with West-End stars at Mrs. Riot’s Musical Mondays

Have you ever dreamed of meeting the stars behind your favourite musicals, or wondered at how they made it to the bright lights of London’s West End? Mrs Riot in Covent Garden will become the new showbiz hot spot for West End performers, graduates and fans. Each week will host a line-up of live performances from the stars of some of the biggest shows in the West End, as well as a selection of the best up-and-coming talent, all hosted by Natalie Woods and Christopher Howell, stars of Hairspray the Musical.

Get involved with the drama while you sip on a ‘Lady Beverly’ cocktail, and belt out your fave show tunes surrounded by glittering disco balls and funky artwork. The new event will give fans the chance to see their favourite West End Divas up close and personal, as well as shining a spotlight on future stars.

© Photography by Jake Davis

When: Monday evenings
Where: 10 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8PS
Website: www.mrsriotlondon.com

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