The weekend kicks off with a Friday 13th, so that’s good. Assuming we all survive that, then we’ve two whole days to recover from losing the World Cup ahead of us. Given the temperatures are rumoured to be hitting 29 degrees, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Here’s some ideas…

The Orrery

In case France wasn’t going to be dominating the headlines enough this weekend, don’t forget it’s Bastille Day this Saturday. So French restaurant Orrery in Marylebone will be laying on a one-off dinner on their terrace. The meal will draw influences from across L’hexagone, to wave a tricolore for France’s national day.
Saturday 14th July

Where: 55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Regent's Park (0.4 miles)


Did you know that Sunday is national ice cream day? Of course you didn’t, only the people who work in ice cream marketing know this, but now you and I are in on the secret we could do worse than to head to Biscuiteers. The Northcote Road icing café offers beautifully iced biscuit topped cones, perfect for celebrating this highly niche feast day. Or just celebrating.
Sunday 15th July

Where: 13 Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 1NG


Streetfooders Raclette Brothers have their first permanent site, at Pop Brixton. Inspired by the Alps (so much so they named it Alpes, which is Alps in… well you get it) the they’ll be serving – you guessed it- raclette, being the first restaurant in London to serve it from a traditional machine with the front of house team scraping melted cheese at the table in front of customers (I’m not going to lie, I copy-pasted the second half of this sentence as I have no idea whatsoever what a raclette machine would look like or even do). And for Bastille Day they’re going to be winding the machine right up (do we think it winds? Maybe they’re firing it up? Or riding it in? Go to Alpes to find out!).
Saturday 14th July

Where: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ

Brooklyn BBQ

Are there two better words in the dictionary than beer and meat? Possibly efflorescence? Or nitwit? Either way, New York BBQ legends Fette Sau have teamed up with Brooklyn Brewery to bring beer and meat to Hackney’s Mare Street Market this weekend for the launch of  the “Brooklyn BBQ”, a weekend of unrivalled meat-feasting and beer drinking that will run from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July.
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July

Where: 117 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4RU

Chap Olympiad

Given it’s going to be 29 degrees of course you’re going to want to grab some tweed. The world’s hottest substance after lava. But then you’d have to be a bit whacky to attend the Chap Olympiad in the first place. This gathering of eccentrics bills itself as London’s best dressed sporting games and summer garden party. The brainchild of the Chap Magazine (yes, it’s a thing) and bar and events group Bourne and Hollingsworth this year’s event will be hosted by Boodles Gin who will be running a three-legged gin and tonic race alongside other Olympiad games.
Saturday 14th July

Where: Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B 4DA


Banksy may be the most illusive artist on the planet, but thankfully his artwork isn’t. That’s thanks in no small part to Steve Lazarides, the artist’s original gallerist. Now Lazarides has brought together a Banksy ‘greatest hits’ exhibition, featuring Banksy’s most important works gathered from a wide array of private collections. Launching today, the exhibition promises to be eye-opening and fascinating and a chance to see works like Girl and Balloon, Show Me the Monet and Love Is In The Air.
Thursday 12th July – 25th August

Where: 29 Sackville Street, Mayfair, W1S 3DX

Ace Hotel, London

The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch are putting on their tokyobike x Ace London Cycleography Rides again, with this Saturday’s ride taking in the River Thames and Victoria Embankment before heading down the back roads to Richmond Park and Pen Ponds. Enjoy deer spotting and light refreshment before heading back to the hotel.
Saturday 14th July



Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JQ
Website: Book tickets here...

Little Bat

It’s my favourite name for a bar (up there with Mayor of Scardey Cat Town anyway) and Little Bat now have their own brunch menu. Served all-day on Saturdays and Sundays it comes with a list of brunch-inspired cocktails and to a backing of 80s pop classics.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July

Where: 54 Islington Park Street, Islington, N1 1PX