We have given up on a hot London summer but we haven’t given up on making the most of the endless events happening in and around the city. From nosing around Abbey Road Studios to heading down to the seaside for Brighton Pride, here’s what do to.
Things To Do This Weekend, From Brighton Pride To Summer BBQs
Grab an easy lunch at this new healthy spot
When you’re busy running around the city, it’s easy to fall into the same fast food traps. Thankfully Kaleido Rolls have opened up a new healthy salad roll bar in Kingly Street to help you refuel and feel energised when you’re out and about.
Try the brand’s famed rice paper rolls complete with ten delicious flavour combinations, from parma ham and melon to chicken caesar, tuna and pickles to roasted aubergine.
Made fresh daily, these light and easy rice paper rolls make for a great grab-and-go lunch option.
Where: 10 Kingly Street, W1B 5JP
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Get into the summer spirit at this curry BBQ club
If you’re struggling to choose between a BBQ extravaganza or a classic curry this weekend, opt for both thanks to the Curry Club’s summer BBQ series.
Following a sell-out session in July, they are back at Hackney Chinese Community Centre this weekend serving up a selection of delicious barbecue specialties. Ana Da Costa (aka @_lotsofbutter) will be on hand to cook up a storm.
Tickets reserve you a spot and they will be operating on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis on the day.
Where: Hackney Chinese Community Services, 28-32 Ellingfort Road, E8 3PA
Nosy around Abbey Road Studios
If you aren’t the next big star since the Beatles, chances are you haven’t actually been inside Abbey Road Studios. It’s rarely open to the general public for visits but luckily for music lovers, there are a few dates in August they are peeling open the doors to let you explore a little of the magic.
Book yourself in now and look forward to stepping foot inside Studio Two, exploring the past, present and future of the world’s most famous recording studio.
There’ll be lectures led by Recording the Beatles authors Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew telling the story of the Studios and its iconic rooms, equipment, talented engineers and renowned musicians who have recorded here.
When: Various dates throughout august
Where: 3 Abbey Road, NW8 9AY
Head to Summer on the Square
The National Gallery’s annual Summer on the Square has returned. The month-long free celebration of art takes place on Trafalgar Square daily.
A great family-friendly festival for the summer, you’re invited to head down and immersive yourself in the various creative-led activities. Expect everything from drawing sessions and working with new materials to costume-making.
When: until 28.08.2023
Where: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DS
Get your run on with The Runner Beans
Whether you’re a running veteran or you’re gradually picking up your pace, mark your calendars for Saturday 5th August as you’re invited to take part in a scenic 8km social run led by The Runner Beans.
The event will see you taking in some of the city’s most iconic sights as you run alongside fellow runners. After you hit the 8km mark, you can look forward to a post-run picnic with food, drinks and games. On your marks, get set, run!
WHERE: THE WESTIN LONDON CITY, 60 UPPER THAMES STREET, EC4V 3AD
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Visit the Kensington & Chelsea Festival
From outdoor arts and theatre to circus performances and music, the Kensington and Chelsea Festival is in full swing right now.
There’s plenty to get involved in throughout the rest of the festival, including this weekend’s highlights such as the giant swing sets with aerial dance performances; and a recreation of Mars by artist Luke Jerram.
When: until 31.08.2023
Where: Across Kensington & Chelsea
Enjoy a pint at this beer festival
With over 100 beers to discover, it’s hard for any beer lover to say no to attending the Great British Beer Festival.
Landing back at Olympia London this week, the festival brings together beers, perries and ciders from across the UK and international names too. Breweries from all over will be on hand, serving up their wonderful creations, as well as street food stands and live entertainment.
When: until 05.08.2023
Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
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Celebrate at Brighton Pride
The ‘official’ Pride month may be June but Brighton’s legendary celebration always takes place on the first weekend in August. And what a celebration it is!
There’s plenty to get involved with, from the giant parade through the city to Fabuloso, the pride festival featuring a mega line-up including Black Eyes Peas, Steps, Melanie C and Zara Larsson. There’s also the Pride Village Party on Saturday and Sunday, which sees the city’s famous Kemptown turn into one mega party-land.
Don’t have tickets to the Street Party or festival? Venues across the seaside city celebrate and host events all weekend long.
When: 04.08.2023 – 07.08.2023
Where: Across Brighton
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Watch a show at the Edinburgh Fringe
Whether you’re wanting to discover a new comedy name, catch a theatre performance or just soak up the best of all things arty, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has returned and, as you’d expect, it’s jam-packed with events to book.
Running from Friday 4th to Monday 28th August, there are hundreds of events taking place in and around the Scottish capital. To help you out, we’ve handpicked a selection of our favourite shows.
When: 04.08.2023 – 28.08.2023
Where: Across Edinburgh
Party at Wilderness
For those wanting a festival that’s a smidge tamer than the rest, look to Wilderness. This culturally diverse occasion in Oxfordshire sees revellers enjoying all things from music to well-being, talks and debates to feasting and dining.
This year’s headliners consist of Christine and the Queens, The Chemical Brothers, and Fatboy Slim. For the foodies, you can expect foodie delights from big names too – previous names include Olie Hercules, Jeremy Lee, Dom Fernando, and Patrick Williams.
When: 03.08.2023 – 08.08.2023
Where: Conbury Park, Oxfordshire