Hurricane Gert is poised to attack this weekend – but no forecaster seems to know whether it’ll spell good or bad news for the weather. At the moment it’s looking like sunny spells, so drop the brolly and make the most of this lot (including London’s only Thames-side beach) this weekend.
What: Oodles and oodles of gin
Why: Greenwich, London’s green and pleasant land, will be home to a gin festival this coming Friday. The British restaurant Rivington Greenwich is inviting a host of artisan gin distillers over for tea (make that Royal Tea = tea with gin) and those hanging out mixing their own unique spins on classic G&Ts include Plymouth, Bathtub, Portobello Road and Caorunn.
Friday 18th August
Where: 178 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN
What: Bottomless Beachside Sundays
Why: Escape to Neverland at London’s only Thames-side beach venue for brunch, taking place Sunday August 20. The fantastical bar are throwing bottomless brunches in partnership with BULLDOG gin. It means there’s not only unlimited prosecco, but different gin cocktails that have been designed especially for the brunch too. The idea is to bring a flavour of Ibiza to the Thames, with high-energy DJ sets for when the prosecco hits.
Sunday 20th August
Where: Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW6 2TY
Website: Get Tickets Here
What: Free-Flowing Aperol Spritzes
Why: The hipster classic avocado and poached eggs has been given a face-lift for Fucina’s new brunch, Executive Chef Jordan Sclare has added a mortadella taleggion cheese fondue to the mix. There’s other luxurious twists too, highlighting authentic Italian ingredients rarely found in London. But onto the best bit: Aperol Spritzes are free-flowing throughout the weekend, along with Italian beers and ‘Hugos’, a light prosecco-based cocktail, if you fancy switching things up.
Saturday 19th August
Where: 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QY
What: A Paradise of The Arts
Why: The Royal Academy are hosting a series of Lates, giving art lovers intriguing new ways to get under the skin of the capital’s culture. The latest event, called The Other Paradise, is a boutique late night arts festival in Mayfair with a ‘Paradise’ theme. Think secret bars, creative workshops and pop-up activities including immersive theatre that’ll have you lost in the RA’s headquarters in no time.
Saturday 19th August
Where: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 0BD
Spotlight at Seven Dials
What: Seven Dials Puts Pedestrians First
Why: For six hours on Saturday, the roundabout holding the seven dials together will grind to a halt – but only if you’re a driver. Those of us who aren’t can flock to the area and arrogantly take a seat in the middle of the road on temporary AstroTurf, then take in tens of live musical performances from hit West End shows, a 50-piece brass brand and an indie choir. There’s plenty of events going on in ninety-five of the surrounding independent shops and restaurants too.
Saturday 19th August
Where: Seven Dials, WC2H 9HA
What: Vegan Feasting
Why: Kerb King’s Cross are pulling out all the stops to show that vegan cooking can be about comfort food too, by welcoming meat eaters to experience a vegan street food-style festival. Street food mecca Kerb will host a two-day vegan event, pulling together eight of the capital’s very best vegan chefs who are saying no to mung beans and yes to vegan fried chicken, chocolate brownie mud pies and red Thai curry pots.
Friday 18th – Saturday 19th August
Where: West Handyside Canopy, King's Cross, N1C
London Jazz Festival
What: Jazz On A Peninsula
Why: Greenwich Peninsula (London’s loveliest river-side community space) are throwing a series of live jazz events throughout August. The last of the series takes place this weekend; Summer Jazz Weekenders is a free-of-charge event with daily live bands. Also showing up are DJs, contemporary circus performers, and food and relaxation workshops from Motherbrunch so it’s not all sitting back and relaxing to music (although that sounds like just the ticket to us).
Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th August
Where: Greenwich Peninsula, Peninsula Gardens, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0ES
Lucky Voice Islington
Essex Road (0.3 miles)
What: We Don't Just Live For The Weekend
Why: Lucky Voice karaoke on Islington’s Upper Street is aiming to sprinkle some glamour over the midweek hump. Every Wednesday, book a karaoke session and enjoy unlimited bubbles for two hours for £15. ‘Move over Wednesday,’ they say, ‘We’re making it Proseccoday’. Book online and claim the code PROSECCO on booking to claim an extra £15 worth of prosecco, too.
Where: 173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG