Psst… guess what! It’s very nearly the weekend. Not only that, but the buzz around the office (and I’ve not checked any freely available weather channel, website or app, instead choosing blind belief) is that it’s going to be a scorcher. So what are you going to do with yourselves? Well, obviously you could go and watch the football (blah blah), or you could do something fun at any number of places on this list this weekend. Here’s some ideas…

The Bloomsbury

Ola Bloomsbury!

The Bloosbury’s Club Bar will spend this summer dressed up as a tiki-inspired Palm Terrace thanks to Diplomático rum. The hotel bar’s new look launches this Friday with a medley of tiki-inspired cocktails, weekend vinyl DJs and a new Venezuelan uniform for the staff. Look forward to palm leaves, the vibes of South America and lots and lots of Diplomático rum.
Launches Friday 22nd June

Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Website: www.doylecollection.com

Soundtrack, Seven Dials

Fest Your Ears On This

Seven Dials, at the heart of Covent Garden, is getting a summer festival makeover this weekend with a free one day music festival with a line-up from Citadel, London’s newest music festival. The event will showcase music, comedy, theatre and debates, plus various fun-and-games, with traffic banished from the seven interconnecting streets and a pop-up lawn installed instead.
Saturday 23rd June

Where: Seven Dials, Covent Garden
Website: www.sevendials.co.uk

Print Club London

CHOOSE LOVE

The Print Club London gallery is the home for Choose Love, a fundraising exhibition with pieces from over 30 famous artists inspired by the iconic “Choose Love” slogan. The event is to raise money for Help Refugees and the prints will be sold online and at The Print Club London’s Salston gallery. Artists taking part include The Chapman Brothers, Stanley Donwood, Quentin Jones, Mr Bingo and Noel Fielding and all their artworks are based on Katharine Hamnett’s 1980s Choose Love slogan.
From Thursday 21st

Where: 10-28 Miller's Avenue, Dalston, E8 2DS
Website: www.printclublondon.com

Tetley's Pop-Up

Vitamin-Tea

Tetley’s, yes the tea people, are launching a pop-up ‘smocktail’ bar and it’s totally free. In the heart of Shoreditch (obvs) the tea makers will be offering Tetley Super Squash, a vitamin infused squash range designed to help keep drinkers all vitamined up. As well as the free stuff, they’re teamed up with Soul Sisters Fitness to create a VitHIIT session package.

Where: 133 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E2 7DG
Website: Tickets available here...

Covent Garden

Get Gelato-ing

Gelato just got real: the London Gelato Festival is just around the corner, that is if you’re currently round the corner from Covent Garden, and it kicks off this weekend. The two day festival will bring some of the most amazing gelato from across the UK and Italy to central London and give guests the chance to try from a huge selection, vote for the the London winner to send them to the 2021 gelato World Masters (yep, a real thing) in world gelato capital Florence.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June

Where: Covent Garden, WC2
Website: Order tickets here...

White City Place

Bye Bye Diet, Hello Loukoumades

Greek street fooders, The Athenian will be at White City Place for a weekend to celebrate loukoumades. The light, fluffy, doughnut style balls are drenched in honey and while a staple in Greece have yet to penetrate the UK. Which is exactly why this incredible food is going to be here in all its glory in White City Place. Look out for classic loukoumades topped with honey and cinnamon as well as modern takes on toppings like hazlenut and praline and chocolate sauce. That diet just got a whole lot tricker…
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June

Where: 201 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7TU

Percy & Founders

Spritzes On The Terrace

Get all alfresco down at Percy & Founders with their spritzes On The Terrace. The restaurant fancies itself as having one of the best terraces in the city in the pedestrianized Pearson Square. No bookings are required, so just walk in!
Any time, but how about this weekend?

Where: Fitzroy Place, 1 Pearson Square, London, W1W 7EY
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.percyandfounders.co.uk

Rovi

Hello Rovi

There’s a new Ottelenghi in town, welcome to Rovi. The new Fitzrovia restaurant opens this Friday and looks like it’s going to be pretty special, after all Nopi (like Rovi except for the R. And the P) was a huge success. At the time of writing there are a smattering of tables left, if you want to be among the first to check things out…

Where: 59 Wells St, Fitzrovia, London W1A 3AE
Website: www.ottolenghi.co.uk

Palm Greens Salad Bar

Vegan Fast Food

If you’re as big a fan of vegan stuff as Charlotte in our office is, then you’ll probably want to get down to Hoxton Square for Kali Cooking’s market stall Palm Greens Salad Bar which will be serving some of their apparently delicious vegany food. Kali Cooking’s ethos, to serve well sourced, fresh plant based salads and snacks in a fast food style, is really catching on and their supper club is incredibly popular.
Open on Saturdays

Where: Hoxton Square Market, Hoxton, N1 6QT
Website: www.kalicooking.com

Asia de Cuba

Brunch And Bubbles

Over at Asia de Cuba they’ve only gone and gotten in the Champers. Specifically, they’ve teamed up with Laurent-Perrier for a brunch extraordinaire. Oh, and it’s bottomless! There’ll be a live Latin band, getting down with the vibes while you get high on the bubbles.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June

Where: 45 St Martins's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX
Website: www.asiadecuba.com