The Handbook
The Handbook

The weekend is almost here! So we’ve rounded up the best London has to offer so you can make the most of your time off. Party at the Playboy Club, get boozy at brunch and eat hot dogs, stock up on more food at Foodstock, watch rugby players run up and down in the sand and worship the sun with a beer. Ah how we love you weekend. 

Sea Containers London

Ditch Friday

When sunny skies are as elusive as they are in the UK, it seems to us like a massive waste of time to spend any time inside when you could instead be basking in the rare sunshine. That’s why Mondrian London is inviting you to head to its Rumpus Room for an afternoon party that’s not strictly outside of office hours… since it starts at 2pm on Friday afternoon. Complete with a DJ, cocktails, bar bites and unbeatable views, it’s time to start thinking about a convincing alibi…

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.backofhouse.morganshotelgroup.com

Corona SunSets Festival

Sun Worship and Beer

Corona SunSets Festival is a day of worshipping the sun and the magic of the sunset and partying. Taking place in Greenwich Peninsula the quay will be transformed into a beach and some of the world’s best DJs will take to the decks for a day of partying including the likes of Robin Schulz, Norman Jay and Nightmares of Wax. As well as the DJs there’ll be make-up artists, silk screening, beach games and plenty of Corona! Sun, you have one job…just show up.
Saturday

Where: Meridian Quays, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10
Website: www.coronasunsets.com

Bubbledogs Brunch

Boozy Brunch

The last thing you would think of having for brunch is a hot dog. But if it’s the first thing on your mind, you will not want to miss bubbledogs’s Bottoms Up for Brunch Party this Saturday. Aside from being able to enjoy different types of hot dogs, bubbledogs will be pairing with The 86 Co. to create a special menu of Bloody Mary’s curated by bartenders from London and New York. Even bubbledogs’s founder, Sandia Chang, will be offering champagnes and sparkling wines. If hot dogs and Bloody Mary’s weren’t enough to put you in the heart of New York City, the event will be complete with an old school East Coast v. West Coast hip hop playlist. Better start practicing your American accent.
Saturday

Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QG
Website: www.bubbledogs.co.uk

Cocktails in the City

Cocktail Weekender

There are few things that are more enjoyable than day-drinking in the park with DJs and street food. Cocktails in the City is back to bring us this and more. Between tasting tables, masterclasses, and cocktail creations by 25 of London’s finest bars, there isn’t much else needed to convince us to spend four hours of the day in Bedford Square. Not to mention, all cocktails are at a fixed price. You will need tickets for this event, however, and it easily sold out this past spring and last summer. You can choose from Friday night or two time slots on Saturday, so be sure to visit their website to purchase tickets and to get more information.
Friday and Saturday

Where: Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES
Website: www.cocktailsinthecity.co.uk

Foodstock

Two Day Feast

Foodstock is two days of music and food – what more could you want for a summer weekend? Feast on gourmet food, pick up produce at artisan stalls and in the farmers market, take part in workshops, watch cooking demonstrations and listen to live music at the bandstand – with the line up being put together by The Bedford in Balham. Stock up on food, grab a load for your dinner party later or just lie back in the park and eat.
Saturday and Sunday

Where: Battersea Park
Website: www.enablelc.org

KERB Reggae Roast

Crazy Golf, Street Food and Reggae

Street food vendor KERB is collaborating with Reggae Roast Soundsystem to bring vibrant cooking, cold drinks and reggae music to King’s Cross Granary Square – all perfect for both celebrating and cooling off in the summer sun. Food offerings will include jerk chicken, rum cake, Bajan fish fritters, ackee patties, curry goat and pineapple ice lollies. And if that’s not enough to get you dancing with glee, the weekend’s music comes courtesy of Reggae Roast and will feature DJs, an MC and live acts as well. Plonk is also joining in on the fun, providing guests with an island themed Crazy Golf course throughout the weekend.
Friday and Saturday

Where: Granary Square, Kings Cross
Website: www.kerbfood.com

Pharmacy2 Lates

Late-night Happy Hour

The duo behind Pharmacy 2, the new restaurant at the Newport Street Gallery, will put the “art” in party as they introduce a new Saturday summer lates series complete with DJs, dinner, cocktails, light British bites and art south of the river starting at 10pm. Every Saturday, the restaurant will encourage a late night lock-in to mark the highly anticipated arrival of the Jeff Koons exhibition in London. Sounds to us like the perfect prescription for a long work week.
Saturday

Where: Pharmacy2
Website: www.pharmacyrestaurant.com

London Beach Rugby

Rugby Meets Volleyball

Swapping a grass pitch for Finsbury Square covered in sand, London Beach Rugby will see 5-a-side teams battle it out in tournament, raising money for the London Air Ambulance. If you play rugby then there is still time to sign up, or if you just want to head on over, soak up the atmosphere, have a beer or two and watch some great rugby then it’s free! Ideal. Taking place on Friday and Saturday the rugby starts at 11am until 7pm but the party will be carrying on throughout the evening.
Friday and Saturday

Where: Finsbury Square, Moorgate, EC2A
Website: www.londonbeachrugby.com

Hackney House

Comedy and Cabaret

It’s hard to be cheery when the British summer so often brings us nothing but rain and overcast clouds. But lucky for us, Cube Space at Hackney House is keeping us laughing amidst the dreary weather by hosting a comedy night with an epic line up of five acts for a night of comedy and cabaret. CON FU SE comedy night will provide acts such as Phil Kay, The Greatest Show on Legs and Twisted Loaf to help us vitamin D-deprived Londoners find some sunshine.
Saturday

Where: 25 - 27 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3LT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.hackneyhouse.uk

Village East

Beach party

Slip into your favourite swimsuit and lather on the sun cream because Village East is throwing the Ultimate Beach Party, delivering a four course menu, tiki-inspired cocktails and a beach bar complete with a sandpit. And if that isn’t enough of an excuse to ditch your work clothes and reclaim those long lost tan lines, there will be prizes for the best board shorts.
Saturday

Where: 171-173 Bermondsey St, Southwark SE1 3UW
Website: www.villageeast.co.uk

The Star & Garter

Tropical summer party

Kick the weekend off with a party along the river! Star & Garter will be hosting their Summer Party where you can enjoy Pimm’s, Sipsmith’s jugs, and an array of other refreshing summer cocktails all whilst being serenaded by tropical tunes. It’s hard to believe how many consecutive days we have had of sunshine, and we pray that London graces us with enough sun to get through the weekend. There is no better way to bring in August or celebrate summer than with a cold drink, good music, and a riverside view. Did we mention entry is free? We can only hope the drinks will come with fun little umbrellas as well.
Friday

Where: 4 Lower Richmond Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW15 1JN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Putney (0.4 miles)
Website: www.thestarandgarter.com

Lulu Guinness

Retail cleanse

Much like Oxford and Carnaby Street, we know Covent Garden is no stranger to massive crowds on Saturday. If you’re a shopper who would rather starve than wait in longer lines because you stopped to eat, we have got the solution for you to stay energized and able to shop. Fashion House Lulu Guinness is teaming up with juice and smoothie bar, Supernatural, to host a picnic pop-up that will feature three limited edition, cold-pressed juices for shoppers to enjoy. There will also be a #SupernaturalxLulu photo booth where you can snap yourself enjoying your juice for a chance to win an exclusive prize from Lulu Guinness. Ultimately, we think your bank account will forgive you if you’re making healthy choices.
Friday -Sunday

Where: 5 East Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8HD
Website: www.luluguinness.com

Farmopolis

Putting the Green in Greenwich

Ever wondered what happened to all the thousands of plants that make up the RHS Chelsea Flower Show after it has finished? Well many have been rescued and replanted at Farmopolis a new floating garden which is opening this weekend. The garden will be home to a year long programme of events including supper clubs, immersive theatre, talks and workshops, to celebrate the launch this weekend all the events will be free! Although they do suggest a £3 donation, so that they can save more plants! If you’ve got little ones then on Sunday Disney’s Zootropolis will be taking over for a day of Disney fun!
Saturday and Sunday

Where: The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10
Website: www.farmopolis.com

Southbank Centre

Dare-devil acrobatics

London Wonderground, the South Bank’s fortress of cabaret, burlesque, circus and comedy, is about to get even bigger. Not only is the center one of the most distinctive outdoor drinking spots, but this Friday it is taking it up another notch and reopening with fairground rides and two brand new bars. As for the shows, the raucous French-Canadian circus troupe Cirque Alfonse is putting audiences on the edge of their seats with the extraordinary dare-devil acrobats in BARBU. So head over for some astonishing performances and outrageous feats…if you dare!

Where: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

If you’re part of the Pokémon GO craze and need to take a break from pounding the streets looking for Pikachu then why not head to The Botanist in Sloane Square who are serving a Pokémon inspired cocktail complete with vintage card or if you want something a little sweeter, Maxwell’s have Pokémon freakshakes…

 

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