From beauty festivals to fitness classes, drag brunches to Rick Stein’s must-try seafood pop-up, here’s everything you need to plan the perfect weekend in the capital.

Tuck into a weekend filled with seafood at Rick Stein’s new pop-up

We’re a sucker for a pop-up and it always gets our seal of approval where seafood is involved. And the latest is from The Goring, who has teamed up with Rick Stein for a week-long pop-up filled with lobster, crab and the freshest fish available. 

Presented on the sunny veranda overlooking The Goring’s secluded garden, the pop-up will see Rick and his team bring to life Rick’s signature dishes, filled with fresh fish.

Alongside the pop-up guests can book in for an overnight stay (with a guaranteed upgrade!) and they’ll be treated to a three-course lunch or dinner. A Rick Stein book will also be included in the package, so guests can cook up a seafood storm at home. 

Dishes available include Whole Dover Sole meunière with noisette butter and Tronçon of Turbot with Hollandaise sauce, plus Sea Bass Ceviche with red chilli, tomatoes, red onions, coriander and avocado and crispy Smoked Mackerel and Green Mango salad.

When: Monday 14th – Sunday 20th June
Where: The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW
Website: www.thegoring.com

Take part in John Lewis’ Beauty Feel-Good Festival 

With this weekend looking like a washout and our skin needing a little TLC after the constant change in weather, how better to spend your Saturday than with a little beauty therapy. Thankfully John Lewis is hosting a virtual beauty festival that ticks all of the boxes above. 

My John Lewis Beauty Feel Good Festival is an unmissable one-day virtual beauty festival that’s jam packed with insider tips and masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the beauty business. Spread over six tutorials and classes, the festival will see you on your way to becoming a beauty goddess, perfecting your bronzing techniques and learning the ins and outs of keeping your skin hydrated in a heatwave. 

Expect one of the UK’s top make-up artists Cher Webb to be sharing her knowledge, alongside beauty journalist Nadina Baggott to be spilling all on how to get summer skin ready. 

When: Saturday 19th June
Where: Online!

Book your day-pass here

Sip on cocktails all weekend long at Cocktails of the City 

The first instalment of Cocktails in the City begins this week, bringing with it a weekend bursting with alfresco vibes and cocktails from some of the city’s finest bars. 

Located within London’s largest Georgian Gardens, the outdoor festival will welcome the return to the city, allowing you to enjoy the best of London’s lively bar scene all in one place. Alongside the cocktails, expect live music, street food, tastings and demonstrations from the best in the business. 

Featured bars include Nightjar, Callooh Callay, Heads + Tails, Trader Vic’s and Coupette.

When: First series takes place Friday 18th – Saturday 19th June
Where: Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES
Website: www.cocktailsinthecity.com

Book in for a wild drag brunch party at The Court

See in the weekend in style and sashay your way down to private members’ club, The Court for an afternoon filled with lip-syncing drag queens and brunch.

The Court, located on Kingly Street, will be welcoming guests to experience London’s first drag brunch that has an exclusive line up from the West End stage. The talented Queens will be performing everything from musical theatre tunes through to disco, pop and R&B. 

On the brunch menu, expect to be chowing down on two courses. A selection of pastries and fresh fruit, followed by a choice of main from their brunch a la carte menu, plus a cocktail on arrival. 

Limited spots available. To book, email [email protected] 

When: Saturday 19th June, from 12pm-4pm
Where: The Court, 9 Kingly Street, W1B 5PH
Website: www.thecourt.co.uk

Step up your picnic game with this Lina Stores x Della Vite collaboration

You can’t have a park picnic without a bottle of Prosecco in tow. Level up your picnic plans this weekend and try out the new collaboration from Lina Stores and Della Vita, even if it means having a picnic inside because of the rainy weather outside.

Della Vite, the Prosecco brand from the Delevingne sisters, has teamed up with London’s favourite Italian delicatessen, Lina Stores, to create the best picnic package, perfect for parks, garden parties and weekend get-togethers. 

The La Scampagnata Picnic Bag comes complete with a bottle of Della Vite Superiore Prosecco DOCG, Rosemary & sea salt focaccia, Nocellara del Belice olives, Salame felino, Coppa, Taleggio, Ubriaco al Prosecco, Sicilian cannoli and a Della Vita bottle stopper. It all comes packaged inside a limited-edition tote. There’s also a vegetarian option too.   

Order yours at shop.linastores.co.uk

Cheers to the weekend at the Sea Containers X Laurent-Perrier Summer Terrace 

Ibiza might be off the cards, but you can still get those salty sea air in your hair vibes at Southbank’s Sea Containers this summer. Well, the next best thing anyway. The luxury hotel has teamed up with world-renowned Champagne house Laurent-Perrier to create a summer terrace serving up a selection of seafood small plates, decadent fruits de mer platters,  British oysters and plenty of bubbles to wash it all down with. 

The dishes take inspiration from the newly launched ‘HEDGEROW by agua’ line of ingredients that celebrate the thriving British hedgerow and the indigenous flora. Sink into colourful seating surrounded by lush green foliage right on the edge of the River Thames. On the menu are delights such as pan-fried scallop in an almond soup with fish eggs and fennel; steamed mussels with pillowy potato bread; and lobster atop toast and celeriac remoulade. 

And don’t even think about leaving without a side of the hotel’s famous ceviche tacos. A reason to go all on their own.

Where: Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

Soak up Greenwich Peninsula’s summer sessions series

Summer is finally here and where better to soak up the balmy weather than at Greenwich Peninsula’s Summer Sessions. 

Playing off the colourful installation, Hundreds and Thousands, by British artist Liz West, the bright stage is designed by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori, and will play host to a series of music, film and entertainment events. This weekend sees residences from community radio stations Reprezent FM and Foundation FM take place, while on Saturday evenings will see open-air screenings of films. 

There’s also street food, outdoor bar, mini golf and more to enjoy and get involved with too. It’s the perfect riverside escape this summer.

When: Various events through the summer, until 19th September
Where: Along Greenwich Peninsula
Website: www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk

Catch Kevin Hart’s latest movie, Fatherhood

Famed for his stand-up and starring roles in some of Hollywood’s funniest comedies, Kevin Hart stars in Netflix’s latest heart wrenching comedy-drama, Fatherhood. 

Hart will take on the role of Matthew Logelin, a single father as he raises his daughter following the tragic death of his wife who died shortly after their daughter’s birth. 

Directed by Paul Weitz, Fatherhood is based on a true story and follows the story through the narrative of the widowed father, as he deals with everything from the heartbreak to dirty diapers.

Release Date: Friday 17th June
Catch it on Netflix

Try out this new bottomless brunch 

New to Bermondsey Street, The Last Talisman is the new Asian grill and drinking den you need on your radar. Focusing on small plate-style dishes, with particular focus on skewered meat, fish and veggies cooked on a Japanese hibachi grill, The Last Talisman opened up last month and has added a new bottomless brunching menu that’s sure to be a hit. 

Available Friday – Sunday, the bottomless brunch menu boasts classic favourites including Eggs Benedict and Avo on Toast, or for something a little different, try the vegan ‘grilled cheese’ made with crispy beancurd skin, mixed cheese, spicy tomato ketchup powder, thyme, nasturtium and cherry tomato or try their signature Nasi Lemak. Think fried chicken or tofu with coconut rice, sambal, crispy anchovies and peanuts, fried eggs and cucumber – yum.

Stay around until the evening and the cocktail bar sees weekly live performances from musicians and DJ sets, offering a prime space for a nightcap with friends.

When: Available Friday – Sunday, 12-4pm
Where: 171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
Website: www.thelasttalisman.com

Check out Kensington Palace’s royally approved fashion exhibition

Calling all fashionistas and royalists alike, we’ve found an exhibition that brings a whole lot of both together. Enter Royal Style in the Making, Kensington Palace’s new temporary exhibition that explores the relationship between fashion designer and royal client, exploring every detail from the designs through to the finished gowns. 

Running until the beginning on 2022, the exhibition will showcase Princess Diana’s wedding dress, which is on show at Kensington Palace for the first time in 25 years, and also the toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.

When: Running until 2nd January 2022
Where: Kensington Palace, W8 4PX
Website: www.hrp.org.uk

One to book: Dinner & Piano Concert at 11 Pall Mall

Catch the piano performance of the year when you book in for 116 Pall Mall’s special summer dinner and piano concert, running Thursday 24th. 

World-renowned classical pianist Francois Xavier will be performing an evening set, accompanied by a sensational three-course summer menu and a glass of Fitz English Sparkling Wine in the grand Carlton Room. 

Xavier will be performing a host of piano favourites, including Schumann’s “Carnaval” and ending with Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

Book your tickets here: www.116pallmall.com

Tuck into a visual feast created by TikTok sensation & Michelin-trained chef, @Poppy_Cooks

Potatoes can be made into anything and everything, but we never thought we’d see the day that a potato doughnut came rolling around… That is, until TikTok sensation and Michelin-trained chef Poppy O’Toole rewrote the rules of cooking by producing one and you can try it out for yourself this Friday. 

The creation comes as American Express Gold and Deliveroo have recently partnered and to celebrate, they’ve enlisted the help of Poppy and visual artist Pip & Pop to create an #ARTFEAST, a one-of-a-kind hamper filled with gold desserts. 

Available exclusively on Deliveroo for one day only, the hamper will be packed with 24K Macaroons, apple marshmallows, golden isomalt lollies, golden plant pots, and of course, the potato doughnuts. 

Give it a try for yourself and if it’s worth the hype. 

When: Friday 18th June
Available exclusively on Deliveroo


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