Another summer weekend is on its way – we’ve rounded up the 11 best things to do this weekend to make the most of London living. From Theatre on Kew’s witty new Alice in Wonderland adaptation to the jazz festival to book, these are the events we’re heading to…
Things To Do This Weekend, From Theatre On Kew To Luxury Auctions
Enjoy a slice of Sicily at this summer party
Home House, Marylebone’s exclusive private members’ club, is preparing for its highly anticipated annual Summer Party.
Taking place this Friday, the theme of this year’s extravaganza is La Dolce Vita, offering Londoners a chance to bask on the sun-kissed island of Sicily. A haven of elegance and sophistication, members can look forward to revelling in the atmosphere evoked in the hit show The White Lotus. Expect a series of live performances and DJ sets throughout the house. Guests are invited to ‘dress to impress and channel their inner favourite characters from White Lotus’.
Where: Home House, 20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW
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Head to this free community festival
Brand new for 2023, In a Field by a Bridge is a local festival celebrating sustainable living and community action.
Taking place this weekend, the festival will be filled with an array of activities, from live performances and interactive workshops to film screenings and architectural tours.
When: 22.07.2023 – 23.07.2023
Where: Potters Fields Place, SE1 2QX & St John’s Churchyard, SE1 2LD
Grab a designer handbag at this luxury auction
For handbag lovers, we’ve found the best way to get designer goods for a fraction of the retail price. This weekend sees Fellows’ highly-anticipated Designer Collection auction return with another stellar line-up of desirable designer handbags, jewellery and watches.
Offering Londoners a chance to skip the queue and get their hands on designer items from big-name labels. Expect everything from a Hermès Rose Dragee Swift leather Birkin 35 handbag that comes complete with its original box and dustcover to a Yves Saint Laurent Tweed Sac de Jour handbag that comes with a removable shoulder strap and original dust cover.
Running as a timed auction for over two weeks from 21st July and closes on 3rd August. You can head down to view the collection on the 24th July or book a free virtual viewing online.
WHEN: TIMED AUCTION RUNS FROM 21.07.2023, CLOSING 03.08.2023
WHERE: VIEWING DATES 24.07.2023 AT 29 CHARLES STREET, W1J 5DT
Fall down the rabbit hole at Theatre on Kew
Every summer there’s a new Alice in Wonderland experience we’re excited for, and this summer’s edition at Theatre on Kew is our favourite yet. You’re invited to once again swirl down the rabbit hole and enter Lewis Carroll’s magical wonderland, uncovering the curiouser and curiouser characters that wait within.
Set in the enchanting Kew Gardens, this outdoor performance’s surroundings couldn’t fit more perfectly with the themes that arise throughout the production. Follow Alice as she searches for her way home, meeting all of your favourite characters, from the Cheshire Cat to the bad-tempered Queen of Hearts.
WHEN: 22.07.2023 – 28.08.23
WHERE: VICTORIA GATE, KEW GARDENS
Book Ahead: Summer Opera Concert & Afternoon Tea at 116 Pall Mall with London Chamber Orchestra
This one may be in a couple of weekends time but book your place now to avoid disappointment. Searcys is set to host a Summer Opera Concert complete with afternoon tea and champagne in the stunning setting of 116 Pall Mall.
Taking place on Saturday 5th August, prepare to be amazed as the London Chamber Orchestra and soprano Charlotte Bowden put on the show of the summer. A rising star in opera, Bowden was the prestigious 2022 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and performed at other iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall, so you know you’re in good hands.
The experience will be complemented by an afternoon tea created by the Searcys team with a champagne bar open on the day. Secure tickets now via the link below.
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Head to this Mediterranean-inspired terrace
Back by popular demand, The Terrace by Megan’s at Clapham Common has reopened for the summer season. In partnership with Mirabeau, the space has been completely transformed.
Walk through the fairy-lit archway, entwined with jasmine before settling in for a Mediterranean-inspired feast with sustainable rosé. Order in a selection of sharing plates from their new summer menu including the new addition of the Pide – available with n’duja and labneh, burrata and prosciutto or charred tenderstem and piri piri.
Where: 10 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DD
Get weekend ready with a VIP glow dry experience
Fancy a weekend glow-up? Duck & Dry has just launched at luxury retailer, Harvey Nichols, bringing their signature blow dries and expert treatments to Knightsbridge.
The new space is truly Insta-worthy, complete with golden styling egg-pods, lush greens, wildflowers and a treatment area made to feel as if you’re in a wild meadow. Head down to be one of the first to try this VIP experience that’ll see you get one of their blow dries or treatments.
Where: Ground Floor at Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Try these Michelin-approved cocktails
Following the roaring success of winning the first every ‘Exceptional Cocktail Award’ by the 2023 Michelin Guide, Mayfair’s Park Chinois’ bar team has been busy at work creating a rejuvenated cocktail menu that’s sure to delight.
Head bartender Makis Kazakis and their award-winning team have crafted a menu with intriguing ingredients and components. Think porcini mushrooms, aquafaba and delicate blends of spices and herbs.
Favourites include the pre-dinner Porcini Old Fashioned, made with Michter’s Bourbon infused with porcini mushroom, 20 years Oloroso Sherry, maple syrup and a house blend of dark bitters; and the Serenity Sour, a mix of Roku Gin, Aker Aperitif, mastiha liqueur, honey and citrus.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
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Experience summer at this pop-up beach
If you fancy something a little different this weekend, look to Ben’s Yard and their beach pop-up. The newly opened rural retail destination, home to luxury boutiques and botanical-inspired eateries, welcomes a summer pop-up that’ll see you basking in the sun from the comfort of a deckchair.
Perfect for little ones and adults alike, the beach boasts warm sand to run your toes through and a refreshing paddling pool to cool off in.
There’ll be various events running alongside throughout the summer and to kickstart the pop-up this weekend, kids will have the chance to meet and greet with their favourite superheroes.
When: 21.07.2023 – 29.08.2023
Where: Ben’s Yard, Stuntney Estate, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TR
Don’t miss the jazz festival of the summer
Whether you’re a lover of jazz or looking for an adventure to embark on this weekend, book yourself tickets to this year’s Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
This year’s line-up features over 110 concerts featuring acts from across Scotland, the UK and international stars. Highlights include Zoe Rahman, Arild Andersen, Lakecia Benjamin, Ali Affleck, Pasadena Roof Orchestras, Hamilton Loomis and more.
When: Until 23.07.2023
Where: Various venues across Edinburgh
Dance into dusk at Wakehurst’s Summer Nights series
Wakehurst’s Summer Night series comes to a close this weekend, complete with live performances, music, wood-fired food and botanical cocktails, all set within the beautiful surroundings of the gardens.
You’ll be greeted with everything from aerial performers in tree canopies to dancers drifting through the gardens. Wander through the estate soaking up the best of the golden hour, stopping by the acts and live music from around the world.
Keeping you fuelled throughout the evening will be bower + hawthorne serving up floral cocktails, while The Herb Kitchen will be firing out wood-fired food.
When: 20.07.2023 – 22.07.2023
Where: Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN