With the weather still set to soar, make sure your weekend is packed with activities that are fun for your household. From exciting new food pop-ups to London’s coolest secret garden, we’ve handpicked the best events and home activities going on this weekend.
Read on to find out more…
In partnership with HOMEtainment.com
With London opening up again and indoor visits back on the cards, we’re finally waving goodbye to virtual dinner parties (thank goodness!) and hello to reconnecting with old friends in style. But if you’ve forgotten how to host a dinner party, fear not as we’ve found a service that’ll help take your hosting skills to new heights.
Enter HOMEtainment.com, a new online platform that brings entertaining experts to you. Having recently launched in London, HOMEtainment boasts close to 100 experiences from a curated selection of experts.
Handpicked by co-founder Antoine Melon, a hospitality expert with 25 years in the industry, each of the ‘HOMEtainers’ offer a fun, entertaining experience to be enjoyed in your home. There are four great categories to choose from. For food, think chefs, bakers, sushi masters and pasta makers who will all create a delicious menu for you and your guests, taking the hassle out of your night. While the drinks category plays host to mixologists and baristas who’ll have your taste buds tingling with refreshing tipples.
For the music lovers, get your toes tapping with DJs, flamenco dancers and salsa teachers, or find something unique in ‘play’, with an animal whisperer, happiness coach, crystal healing or get creative at a floral workshop. After a year of no entertainment and cancellations, it’s an exciting new way to host parties that’ll be sure to be the talk of the town.
Intrigued? Visit www.hometainment.com for more information
In partnership with REN Clean Skincare
Looking for a new way you can help out your local community? Get involved in one of these fun free clean ups.
Luxury beauty brand, REN Clean Skincare has teamed up with Not for Profit organisations, including Surfrider and Planet Patrol to host coordinated clean up across the US and UK. And you can get involved too!
As part of their mission to be zero waste by the end of the year, REN Clean Skincare hosts clean ups with Planet Patrol all over the UK, combining fun activities with litter picking. From stand-up paddle boarding to parkour, yoga to plogging, you can help do your bit for your local area all while having a laugh at the same time.
This week REN Clean Skincare is cleaning up Hackney Wick Canal with Plastic Patrol and its #WeAreAllies partner brands to celebrate World Ocean Day. Their #WeAreAllies campaign defies industry conventions, forming an alliance with four competitors: Biossance, Caudalie, Herbivore and Youth To The People – it’s a shared goal of helping to tackle the environmental crisis regarding packaging waste.
To volunteer, check out Planet Patrol’s upcoming schedule here. If you can’t make it down to one of the clean ups or fancy getting involved this weekend, download the Plastic Patrol app on your phone and record any litter that you find on your daily commute or weekend wander. It’s a simple way we can all do our bit for the environment, while raising awareness of the waste caused by companies and holding them accountable.
Catch the world’s greatest street artist’s work come to life in the giant new exhibition running in Seven Dials.
The Art of Banksy showcases 80 of Banksy’s original works, from prints and screenprints to sculptures and canvases dating from 1997-2008. You’ll find some of his most popular works, including the ‘Girl and Balloon’, ‘Flower Thrower’ and ‘Rude Copper’, plus artworks that the public has rarely seen before.
The pieces touring within The Art of Banksy exhibit are not authorised by Banksy, but have been loaned from private collectors, making it the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy works.
After you’ve visited the exhibition, why not venture around Seven Dials and catch the Unplugged sessions. Running on selection Saturdays until the end of June, discover a new favourite artist at one of these live acoustic performances.
Running until 31st October
Where: 50 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LJ
Parents visiting this weekend and want to take them to somewhere that’s sophisticated, outdoors and has a bountiful selection of fine dining options? Treat them to a dinner at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.
This month On The Terrace plays host to Mei Ume, a month-long pop-up from Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. The alfresco area will be transformed, serving top quality dishes from Ten Trinity Square’s popular menu.
Expect Mei Ume’s famed Peking duck, roasted black cod and wasabi king prawns, perfect for wowing the parents while they are in town.
Whatever the weather, ice cream is always a good idea. If you’re on the hunt for a city pitstop that’ll both fuel you and satisfy your sweet tooth, we’ve put together a list of our 12 favourite ice cream parlours around London.
From ice creams dazzled in sprinkles and candy floss to homemade garden party ice cream kits, here’s where to get your ice cream fix...
Travel the world through art as the Saatchi Gallery’s JR: Chronicles explores one of the most influential artists of our generation, JR.
This is the largest solo exhibition to date of the French artist, JR, renowned internationally for his large scale photography installations. Explore some of his most iconic projects spanning the last fifteen years of his career, from his early documentation of graffiti artists in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide and recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse communities.
Running 4th June – 3rd October
Where: Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY
Looking for somewhere that’ll score you serious points for pulling off the best first date? Look to The London Cabaret Club, the lively night venue that combines sophisticated entertainment with high-end dining.
The London Cabaret Club, tucked on Bloomsbury Square, will bring you hours of entertainment, live cabaret and most importantly, a whole evening of fun. Featuring stars from London’s West End, expect an evening full of premium production.
Right now, the theme is London Never Dies, an evening of ‘Bond’ inspired dining and entertainment.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA
Lose yourself in the magic of London and sip the night away with a little helping hand from The Secret Garden at South Place Hotel.
This summer their secret garden has been transformed into a beautiful oasis abrim with flowers hanging from above. Created in collaboration with Chambord, the garden has been given a fiery new cocktail menu too, including tipples such as the French Martini – Chambord, vodka and pineapple and The Garden Club – Chambord, elderflower liqueur, white grapefruit vodka, lemon and egg white.
Running from 17th May
Where: 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
Now that London’s lively gallery scene has reopened, take this weekend to appreciate all of the beautiful, dedicated and talented artists and works as part of the inaugural edition of London Gallery Weekend.
Running Friday to Sunday, over 130 of London’s leading contemporary art galleries will be coming together to launch a new, free annual event, celebrating the long lasting culture and creativity in the capital.
There is mountains to explore, from Maddox Gallery to Opera Gallery, Pangolin London to The Fine Art Society.
Whether you’re a DC fan or not, Netflix’s latest series, Sweet Tooth, is the perfect bingeable show to catch this weekend in between your lunch dates, park picnics and general errands.
Based on the DC comic, Sweet Tooth follows a young, loveable boy who is half-human and half-deer. As he tries to come to terms with the post-apocalyptic world that he’s grown up in, we follow him on his search for a new beginning that he embarks on with a gruff protector.
Release Date: 4th June
The first time I saw Wolf Alice live was at Reading Festival and midway through the performance lead vocalist, Ellie Rowsell, stopped singing to welcome a couple on stage, with the girlfriend proposing to her love right in the heat of the set. And it’s one of those festival moments you never forget.
This Friday sees Wolf Alice release their third LP, bringing with them an anthem-led album filled with cathartic sounds and their punchiest lyrics to date. The brightest shining light in the current British indie rock scene, we’re super excited to see where this album mentally takes us.
Release Date: 4th June