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With temperatures set to soar to 36 degrees this weekend, we’ve rounded up eleven activities that’ll help you keep cool and make the most of your two days off.

From the un-bee-lievable bees installation that’s arrived at The Yards Covent Garden to the delivery service that’s delivering beers straight to the park, here is everything to explore this weekend.

Explore the un-bee-lievable art installation at The Yards Covent Garden

*Hive* a wander around the new un-bee-lievable art installation that’s just arrived at The Yards Covent Garden. 

Inspired by nature’s buzzing workers, The Bees installation features colourful life sculptures, a 50ft floral mural and an immersive ‘honey factory’. Each piece has been designed to reflect London’s notorious urban landscape and will be in support of the Bee Friendly Trust. 

Explore the works and discover the world of bees and how honey is really crafted. It’s a truly interactive experience and is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of bee fused fun. 

If you’re interested in more bee action, you’ll be able to take part in bee-themed workshops and offers online too.

Running until early AutumnThe Yards
17 Slingsby Place, St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AB
www.theyardscoventgarden.co.uk

Experience Heritage’s famous cheese fondue fuelled brunch

Is there anything better than thick, oozy cheese fondue? Head on over to Heritage this Sunday and experience their mouth wateringly delicious Sunday brunch extravaganza. 

Their two hour brunch experience offers you unlimited access to cheese fondue, rostis and crêpes. As well as unlimited brunch staple cocktails (mimosa, Bloody Mary or sparkling wine), plus one of their tempting desserts. You’d be a fool to miss it.

Every Sunday
18-20 Rupert Street, W1D 6DF
www.heritagerestaurant.co.uk

Party it up at Sumosan Twiga’s new Can’t Tame Her DJ nights

Get your groove on as London’s finest female DJ, Carly Foxx, pumps up the volume at Sumosan Twiga’s brand new Can’t Tame Her DJ nights.

Running every Friday night from 9pm, Carly and her friends will be taking to the decks to bring diners, drinkers and dancers the best fresh remixes, inspired by her travels around the world. She’s performed everywhere from Glastonbury to the Grand Prix, Monaco to Marrakech.

Every Friday
165 Sloane Street, Belgravia SW1X 9QB
www.sumosantwigalondon.com

Explore some of the greatest Impressionist works at the Royal Academy of Art

Book in to catch some of the greatest Impressionist works as part of Denmark’s Ordrupgaard Collection. This 60-piece collection gathers work from some of the finest artists of our bygone generation from Monet to Renoir, Pissarro to Morisot, not forgetting the glorious finishing selection of Denmark Gauguin’s Post-impressionist work.

Running 7th August – 18th October
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, BURLINGTON HOUSE, PICCADILLY W1J 0BD
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Get your heatwave essentials at The Royal Exchange

With this weekend set to be a scorcher, get your heatwave essentials courtesy of The Royal Exchange. 

The Royal Exchange is home to some of the finest boutiques and has become a cultural hub and luxury dining destination that Londoners and tourists alike love to explore. From Aspinals of London to Tom Davies, Jo Malone to Hermés, enjoy a little splurge this weekend and pick up some ‘me’ treats. We’ve picked out three items on our wish-list.

Royal Exchange, Cornhill EC3V 3LR
www.theroyalexchange.co.uk

Head to Tottenham’s equivalent to Costa Del Sol

Your summer holiday to Costa Del Sol may have been cancelled due to COVID but we’ve found Tottenham’s next best equivalent.

Introducing Costa Del Tottenham, a brand new outdoor beer hall serving up some of the best fried chicken in London. The site comprises two huge areas, both within minutes of one another, and boasts a medley of bottomless brunches, interactive entertainment, pub quizzes and drag queen cabaret. 

At the Northside area, Only Jerkin will be on hand to serve up some of the best fried chicken. Each Caribbean bite has been marinated for 48 hours with signature spices and seasoned flour. Served alongside jerk seasoned skin-on-fries and creamy slaw and you’ve got yourself a delicious weekend lunch.

Ashley House Depot, Ashley Road, Tottenham, N17 9LZ
www.costadeltottenham.co.uk

Cool down with an ice cream from Skye Gyngell’s Spring in Summer pop-up

With temperatures reaching up to 36 degrees this weekend, cool off with a freshly whipped ice cream. 

Skye Gyngell has launched ‘Spring in Summer’, a brand new specially fitted, pale pink shipping container that’s opened in the courtyard of Somerset House. The container will be serving up ice cream and other tempting treats all summer long, including their josterberry ripple and granitas with softly whipped Heckfield Home Farm cream. Yum.

Somerset House Courtyard, Strand WC2R 1LA
Follow @spring_ldn for more information

Get beer delivered straight to the park with Beavertown Brewery’s new service

If you’re local to east London’s Clissold Park, you’re the lucky lot who get to revel in Beavertown Brewery’s new beer delivery service, Beavertown SOS.

This Saturday, the brewery is trialling their delivery service, powered by what3words, and it means that you’ll be able to get a free ice cold Beavertown beer while you’re sunbathing at the park.

All you need to do is download the ‘what3words’ app, take a selfie with you and your pals at Clissold Park and share it to Instagram or Twitter tagging Beavertown Brewery with the hashtag #BeavertownSOS.

 

Saturday 8th August, 12-4pm
Clissold Park, Green Lanes, Stoke Newington N16 9HJ
www.shop.beavertownbrewery.co.uk

REOPENING OF THE WEEK: Puttshack White City

Get your putts at the ready; Puttshack White City is reopening this weekend. 

If you’ve missed your crazy golf fix, Puttshack is here to heal your sorrowful months as they return with the revolutionary Trackaball. If you’ve got no idea what we’re actually talking about, the genius team behind Puttshack put in place a special programme that computerises each person’s points, as well as showing you how far your mini white ball has moved and who it belongs to.

It’s the perfect course to explore this weekend if you’ve grown tired of the mini air hockey kit you bought during lockdown or fancy mixing up your usual go-to date night plans.

Reopening Saturday 8th August
Westfield, Ariel Way, White City, W12 7HB
www.puttshack.com

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: American Pickle

Cinemas have slowly started opening up shop and one of the first new releases is American Pickle, a comedy following an immigrant worker who miraculously tumbles into a vat filled with pickles and brine for over 100 years. You know, just your usual storyline. Starring Seth Rogan, the immigrant reawakens in the present day, preserved and unaged, and finds his great-grandson. It’s completely bizarre but we wouldn’t expect anything less from a film starring Rogan.

In cinemas from Friday 7th August

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Glass Animals – Dreamland

If you’re on the search for a new energetic mix to blast out at your BBQ this weekend, get a load of Glass Animals’ new studio album, Dreamland. 

The psychedelic indie-pop band is formed of four childhood friends and came onto the music scene after the release of their debut EP, Leafings, back in 2010 and have since grown their audience thanks to their fun, youthful energy and electrifying sounds. 

These guys are the type of band that’ll lift listeners spirits within seconds and their new album will let you break free from your current anxieties, even if just for an afternoon.

Release Date: Friday 7th August
Stream Here