It’s set to be a weekend of patriotic celebration as The Queen officially celebrates her 90th birthday with street parties, Trooping the Colour and an RAF flyover above Buckingham Palace that will hopefully give us a glimpse of Princess Charlotte. Elsewhere, foodie festivals, bake off competitions and an Ibiza-themed brunch mean there’s something for everyone. Read on for our pick of what to do this weekend.
Fork to Fork
What: Fork to Fork Food Festival
Why: Some of the biggest names on the London food scene are coming to Kensal Rise for a family-friendly day of picnic-ing, live music, talks and tastings this Saturday. Raising money for The Open Air Classroom Project, you’ll be helping kids learn through gardening and outdoor persuits as you tuck into food from top restaurants including Hoppers, Ottolenghi, Barafina, Caravan and Bluebird.
Where: ARK Franklin Primary, Harvist Road, Kensal Rise, NW6 6HJ
Great Architectural Bake-Off
What: Great Architectural Bake-Off
Why: Mary Berry has been absent from our screens for a little too long now but you can get your dose of Bake Off this Saturday, when top London architects gather to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings… out of cake. A little less sturdy than the real deal but no less inventive, the teams from participating practices include Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects with Sam Bompas of Bompass & Parr on the judging panel.
Where: Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, W1T 6EY
100 Wardour St
Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)
What: Ibiza Comes to Soho
Why: Ibiza 2016 is in full swing but if you can’t make it to the white isle just yet, get a taste of partying with 100 Wardour Street’s ‘I’d Rather Be in Ibiza’ brunch this Saturday. DJs and a saxophonist will be recreating poolside beats while you tuck into crispy fried squid and gluten free pancakes with blueberry compote. Make it bottomless with unlimited Bloody Mary’s and a glass of MOET Ice on arrival, since it also happens to be #MoetPartyDay.
Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN
What: Indian Street Food
Why: As things heat up for summer, spice up your tastebuds at Druid Street Market’s latest addition, the Darjeeling Express, which begins a four week residency this Saturday. Indian street food on offer includes pakoras with chilli chutney with a special dish which will change weekly – expect chicken chaap and Hyderbadi haleem. As if you need any more reason to visit, part of the profits will go to Action Against Hunger to improve water hygiene in Syrian refugee camps.
Where: Druid Street Market, 126 Druid Street, Bermondsey, SE1 2HH
Beaufort House Chelsea
Imperial Wharf (0.7 miles)
What: Chelsea Street Party
Why: It’s street parties galore this weekend as the nation celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Chelsea’s Cranley Mews are holding their own party this Saturday from 2.30pm onwards, with food and drink from Beaufort House Chelsea – a salad bar and grill and Champagne, prosecco and Pimms galore. Simply donate £5 to the partner charity, Ataxia UK to get in on the live music, dancing, raffle and performances. Once the food has run out, Beaufort House are hosting the official after party, with DJ Loren providing the soundtrack.
Where: 354 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ
The Perception at W London
Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
What: Male Fashion and Grooming Pop-Up Lounge
Why: There’ll be no shortage of stylish men in the capital this weekend as London Collections: Men kicks off. Put on your smartest shoes and head to the W Lounge at W London for complimentary haircuts, wet shaves and beard trims, shoe shining and a personalised embroidery bar. A three-day installation from emerging designer Wan Hung means you can witness some SS17 even without front row access.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF
The Queen's 90th Birthday
What: Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
Why: You don’t need us to remind you that this Saturday is the Queen’s official 90th birthday but with celebrations across the city you may be struggling narrowing it down. A Friday service at St Paul’s Cathedral will kick things off, with Trooping the Colour parade and procession on Saturday giving us mere mortals a chance to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family. Sunday sees a giant street party on The Mall, with suitably giant screens in Green Park and St James’s Park showing the festivities and the Mayor of London’s Patron’s Lunch in Trafalgar Square seeing food tastings, demos, workshops and a football challenge.
69 Colebrooke Row
What: Sunday Night Live Music
Why: 69 Colebrooke Row, otherwise known as ‘The Bar With No Name’ is celebrating its 7th birthday this Sunday with a party which coincides with the launch of their Summer Sessions. Running every Sunday night, 5-9pm from July till September, founder Tony Conigliaro will welcome his favourite musicians – a medley of honky-tonk, folk and jazz – to play and the best bit? If you book a table at the Sunday Sessions you will get a complimentary signature ‘Prairie Oyster’ cocktail.
Where: 69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, N1 8AA