Wondering what to do this weekend? From poignant must-see exhibitions to new bottomless brunches worth trying, read on to get inspiration ahead of the weekend.

Explore this moving pop-up exhibition

Opera Gallery is hosting a series of pop-up exhibitions in the coming months, starting with Fur & Feathers by Lita Cabellut. The artist’s fourth exhibition at the gallery, it focuses on the surface of the skin, from how we perceive to how it’s exposed to the outside, light, darkness, pain and pleasure.

Expect to explore some really powerful and poignant paintings, expressed through colour and style.

WHEN: 15.09.2022 – 08.10.2022

WHERE: OPERA GALLERY, UNIT 6, BURLINGTON ARCADE, W1 0QJ

WEBSITE: WWW.OPERAGALLERY.COM

Order a stein at Wunderbar

It’s Oktoberfest season! Cue flurries of groups all dressed in their finest lederhosen and ordering steins of beer at beer-fuelled events. The team behind Pergola Paddington have reopened their ever popular Wunderbar. The four week pop-up transforms the alfresco space into a beer hall, serving up the best German beers and Bavarian food. 

Expect every ounce of the venue to be in spirit, from the garlands, streamers and flower-covered barrels through to the live entertainment and Bavarian oompah band.

When: Open every Wednesday-Sunday throughout October

Where: 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY

Website: www.pergolapaddington.com

Celebrate African & Caribbean culture at this pop-up market

On the hunt for a last-minute birthday gift? Head over to the Black Culture Market to pick up a one-of-a-kind item from one of 40+ Black owned businesses. 

Black Culture Market, taking place this weekend, supports emerging entrepreneurs and new black businesses of African and Caribbean descent. This weekend the pop-up market will be taking over the downstairs of The Department Store, bringing a brilliant line-up of traders, from natural skincare to children’s toys and educational products, tasty food to African art. 

Looking for other pop-ups taking place this weekend? Check out our guide here. 

When: 01.10.2022 – 02.10.2022

Where: Downstairs, The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8FR 

Website: www.blackculturemarket.co.uk

Get inspired at this immersive art exhibit

Much like the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience that launched last summer, this new Klimt experience allows Londoners to see one of the world’s greatest artists’ works in 360 degrees.

The experience features light and sound installations -expect two-story projections of Klimt’s most exciting works, including The Kiss. The whole space has been transformed into a golden paradise – visitors will even be able to spot where one brush stroke ends and another starts. 

As well as his work projected from floor-to-ceiling, there’ll be separate galleries that tell Klimt’s story, technique and influences through recreations and interactive elements.

Where: The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, E1 6RU 

Website: www.klimtexpo.com

Cheer on the marathon runners

Whether your best friend’s competing, your mum’s giving it all in the final stretch or you just fancy being in the hub of the inspiring air, cheer on the runners taking part in the London Marathon this Sunday.

Head over to the London Marathon website to explore the route and find the perfect spot for cheering on from the sidelines. You never know, it could be you running the route this time next year!

When: 02.10.2022

Where: Across London

Website: www.tcslondonmarathon.com

Check out Anya Hindmarch’s latest pop-up

Anya Hindmarch is back with yet another pop-up and this month it’s filled with just as much personality as usual. To celebrate the launch of the brand’s first ever stationery collection, they have launched a brand new pop-up concept store named The Stationery Shop. 

Taking inspiration from traditional stationery shops, the space will throw you back into your school past with its fun and quirky pieces. Think fully-stocked supple leather pencil cases, playful rulers, trendy bookmarks and of course a pencil pot with Anya’s famous googly eyes. 

When: Until 16.10.2022

Where: Anya Hindmarch – The Village Hall, 11 Pont Street, SW1X 9EH

Website: www.anyahindmarch.com

Head out of London for the Henley Literary Festival

One for the book lovers: this weekend sees the Henley Literary Festival return with a fantastic line-up of authors and speakers. 

Taking over the Kings Arm Barn from Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th October, the festival will see authors from across the country come together for special talks, readings and Q&As. 

Speakers include Ruth Jones, Ann Cleeves, Floella Benjamin, Florence Given, Nina Stibbe, Bonnie Garmus, Pattie Boyd, Giovanna Fletcher, Melissa Hemsley and more.

If you’re looking to stay the night, check out our recent Henley review here.

When: 01.10.2022 – 09.10.2022

Where: Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2DG 

Website: www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

See the latest fashion favourites at Surrey Fashion Week

Budding fashionistas: get inspired this Friday at the star-studded Surrey Fashion Week. The charity show and shopping experience will be taking place at Egham’s Great Fosters on Friday. 

Expect to spot Strictly stars, members of the Made in Chelsea cast, TV presenters and actors all to be waltzing down the runway showcasing fashion collections and accessories from established and emerging designers and brands.

When: 30.09.2022

Where: Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR

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Book in for a sunflower brunch

Ochre, the new modern British restaurant located in the heart of the National Gallery, has launched a ‘Sunflower Brunch’, a tasty celebration for art lovers and foodies alike. 

Taking place every Saturday, the brunch will be packed out with feel-good hits from their resident DJs, a DIY Bloody Mary trolley, oysters and free-flowing Champagne. 

For food, look forward to small places like seasonal Jersey oysters; soused Cornish mackerel and sea lettuce tacos; and sweet potato and English pea samosas, and big plates like harissa spiced lamb burgers; American style pancakes; and more.

When: Every Saturday 

Where: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

Website: www.ochre.london


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