On the hunt for weekend festivities? Now that summer is officially here, we’ve taken a look at the best things to do this first weekend in June, from sipping rosé in the sun to partying it up at the Mighty Hoopla festival. Read on to get inspired.
What To Do This Weekend, From The Mighty Hoopla Festival To Outdoor Supper Clubs
Discover Spitalfields’ summer weekender
Welcoming summer in style this weekend is East London hotspot Spitalfields and their Fresh & Unboxed Weekender.
Taking place across four days, the series of events will unveil the destination’s new look after 18 months of renovations, celebrating the area’s community spirit and independent shops and eateries. London’s newest food hub on Lamb Street will be introduced, complete with nine exciting food operators, including Pizza Guys, Rudies Jerk Shack, Dos Mas Tacos, Ebby’s Kitchen, Burger & Beyond, Duck Truck, Smokoloko, Wicked Fish and I-Thai. Across the weekend, Ebby’s Kitchen will be giving out free halloumi fries with every order, redeemable via the Spitalfields app.
There’ll be plenty of foodie excitement also landing, including Punk Chef – the first ever deaf TV chef presenter to emerge in mainstream TV – and his pop-up restaurant; Brother Marcus’ ostrich egg extravaganza (a new brunch featuring an ostrich egg equivalent of 24 chicken eggs!); and Kill The Cat’s pop-up bar serving up craft beers. In Bishops Square Garden, look forward to a free open-air screening of Moulin Rouge! on Friday, live music and fitness challenges across the weekend. Plus, many of the neighbourhood’s boutiques will be offering discounts and offers across the weekend too. Download the free Spitalfields app to get access to rewards, discounts and events, and receive a free lunch box and tote on the day!
When: 01.06.2023 – 04.06.2023
Where: Across Spitalfields
Pop down to this wine studio
If you love all things rosé, make this the weekend you stop by the amie wine studio in Eccleston Yards. You’ve probably seen a bottle of amie on your fave influencers’ Insta stories and for good reason too, not only is the bottle super chic, it’s a delicious summer rosé. The popular wine brand has launched a wine studio space, offering you the chance to enjoy all things wine and art.
Created in partnership with Art for Charity Collective, the studio serves as an art gallery too where you can buy work from the Collective’s community of artists.
Whether you’re after new art for your walls or just somewhere to sip rosé with the girls, this is the spot to check out this summer.
Where: amie wine studio, 13 eccleston yards, sw1w 9az
Go all out with this decadent brunch offering
If there’s one brunch you need to try at least once, it’s got to be Park Chinois’ decadent number. Hosted every Saturday, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the dynamic Chinese culinary rituals, cutting-edge DJ entertainment, live music and performances.
Priced at £120 per person, you can look forward to three courses and half a bottle of Champagne. Expect dishes such as dreamy dim sum; signature mains such as grilled black cod with chilli mango dressing or honey-roasted BBQ pork; and a selection of desserts to share, all handcrafted by their in-house pastry chefs.
Plus, there’s even caviar bumps served on a silver tray and a Moulin Rouge-style trolley offering Michelin-awarded mixology prepared directly at your table. What more could you possibly need?
When: Every Saturday
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Get into the summer spirit with these day dates
While we’re lucky with the sunshine, now’s the time to make the most of the city we call home and hit up every summer date activity in town.
From ice-cream parlour crawls and summer terraces to picnicking and theatre shows under the stars, we’ve put together a guide to the best date night ideas for summer.
Explore Saatchi Yates’ new exhibition
This weekend sees Saatchi Yates welcome its latest major exhibition takeover. Running until 10th August, the exhibition entitled ‘Bathers’ will bring together a series of contemporary art, featuring work from post-war and historical masters, all depicting Bathers.
Expect some huge names to be on display including Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso.
When: 01.06.2023 – 10.08.2023
Where: 14 Bury Street, St. James’s, SW1Y 6AL
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Party it up at the Mighty Hoopla festival
Festival season is well and truly here and where better to spend the sunny weekend than at Brockwell Park’s Mighty Hoopla weekender!
The line-up is packed with big pop musical names, including Saturday’s headliners Years & Years, Róisín Murphy, Jake Shears, Confidence Man, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Sunday’s Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Natasha Bedingfield and Aqua.
When: 03.06.2023 – 04.06.2023
Where: Brockwell Park
Sip into summer at this rosé terrace
For a ticket to London’s pinkest terrace, look to Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden and their rosé partnership with Whispering Angel. They’ve teamed up to create the hottest springtime sipping spot, complete with stunning florals, breathtaking views over London’s skyline, a delicious sharing menu from head chef Kerth Gumbs and, of course, rosé.
Settle in for an afternoon filled with foodie delights, including mushroom and truffle arancini; native oysters with Vietnamese dressing; and BBQ whisky-glazed chicken wings, all served with a bottle of pale rosé by Whispering Angel.
Where: Fenchurch Terrace, Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
Give your hair a makeover
Giving your skin a detox might be common knowledge, but did you know your hair needs a root detox to grow properly? GA salons are offering a completely natural approach, aimed to rebalance your scalp by eliminating any built-up toxins. This process helps create a healthier environment for your hair to thrive- long locks pending.
The team uses purely natural ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, so you can avoid any harsh chemicals and avoid any further damage. Bespoke treatments for dry, frizzy or unruly hair can be booked online too.
Where: Various London locations
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Check out this bao pop-up store
Taking over Neighourhood’s community space this spring-summer is Baohaus by Eddie Huang. The American author, director and chef has been making waves across the pond and lands in the UK for the first time this month, for a 13-week foodie pop-up.
As the name suggests, there’ll be plenty of bao to tuck into, from the Chairman, complete with braised pork belly and haus relish to the Szechuan Lemon Pepper, made with 24-hour brined fried chicken and Szechuan lemon pepper sauce. As well as bowls piled with fried rice and meaty flavours, from the Taiwanese minced pork stew to the poached turkey.
When: 13 week pop-up from 26.05.2023
Where: neighbourhood, 77 upper street, N1 0NU
Repair your old garments at Selfridges’ pop-up
Helping you to do your bit when it comes to shopping for a more sustainable wardrobe is Selfridges’ month-long pop-up, The Stock Market at the Corner Shop. Running until 10th June, the experience allows visitors to uncover the value of what they already own, exchange items for Selfridges credit and restore or upcycle clothing and accessories to give them a new lease on life.
Drawing inspiration from the London Stock Exchange, The Corner Shop has been transformed into a ‘trading floor’, an immersive space for buying, selling, repairing and upcycling. Head here to resell and build your capsule wardrobe with secondhand pieces, repair and restore old pieces you love or get their team of expert tailors to help you alter your clothes into dream pieces.
When: until 10.06.2023
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
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Cheer on your favourite at The Derby Festival
For horse racing lovers, The iconic Derby Festival returns this weekend, filled with two unmissable racing moments.
On Friday 2nd June, AKA Ladies Day, head down in your best attire and soak up all of the action in The Betfred Oaks race, one of Britain’s five classic races. Or, head down on Saturday 3rd for the Derby Day, complete with nail-biting drama and an atmosphere you won’t find at any other race.
When: 02.06.2023 – 03.06.2023
Where: Epsom Downs Racecourse, Tattenham Corner Road, Epsom, KT18 5LQ
Book in for this outdoor supper club
Just thirty minutes outside of London, you’ll find the launch of Birch Cheshunt’s summer series kicking off this weekend. Hosted by cooking extraordinaire Robin Gill, the estate’s newest event space, The Meadow, will be taken over for a sizzling feast full of flavour and music.
The first event of the series kicks off this Saturday and will see Robin plus special guest chefs serve up fresh dishes created from ingredients grown on the Birch grounds, all cooked over a live fire.
Completing the festival vibe will be live music and plenty of craft beers, cocktails and organic wines. This is summer dining at its peak!
Where: Birch Cheshunt, Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, Goff’s Oak, Waltham Cross, EN7 5HW
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Make memories at this family-friendly festival
For a festival experience outside of London, look to Wynwood Festival for three days packed with electrifying music, delicious street food and family-friendly activities.
There’s plenty for the whole crew to get invovled. with, from dancing into the night to performances from Travia, Happy Mondays, Sam Ryder and Melanie C to over 100 workshops and activities designed for kids.
When: 02.06.2023 – 04.06.2023
Where: Cheltenham racecourse, Cheltenham GL50 4SH