It’s National Prosecco Day, there’s a giant beer festival landing and a Mamma Mia! themed party is taking place? It must be the weekend…
This week’s weekend guide is packed with exciting activities, initiatives and celebrations taking place across the capital. Read on to get inspired…
Celebrate National Prosecco Day
Prosecco lovers, this one’s for you! National Prosecco Day falls on a Saturday this year, meaning there’s even more of an excuse to sip on your favourite tipple all weekend long. Our brand of choice? Mionetto, the ‘Masters of Prosecco’ renowned for its rich Italian heritage and authenticity.
With a 135 year history of perfecting prosecco, the brand uses premium Glera grapes from the rolling hills of Valdobbiadene, just north of Venice. The Mionetto Prosecco Brut has refreshing notes of golden apple, honey and white peach, and pairs brilliantly with savoury and small plates.
It’s delicious served solo or for something different, it’s a great addition to cocktails like Aperol Spritz and Limoncello Spritz. The perfect accompaniment to any al fresco occasion, this is the bottle to serve at this weekend’s heat wave celebrations.
For a London terrace experience, look to their terrace partnership at London Marriott Hotel Regents Park for cocktails, antipasti and fizz with friends.
Head to a Mamma Mia inspired party
Get ready to sing your favourite Abba hits at the top of your lungs this weekend as The Richmond Club welcomes the return of its popular Cinema Club with the summer classic, Mamma Mia!.
This Saturday 13th will see their outdoor garden transformed into a Greek paradise for this ultra fun immersive cinema experience. Expect Greek gyros and veggie options to be available, as well as cocktails and plenty of heartwarming moments in the movie favourite.
Where: The Richmond Club, 115-117 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PN
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Grab a pint at this beer festival
Know your stout from your IPA? Head down to Tobacco Dock this weekend to take part in London’s huge celebration centred all around the humble pint.
London Craft Beer Festival returns this weekend to celebrate their tenth anniversary, filling Londoners with the best beer on offer. Expect to meet some of the hottest new breweries around, as well as sampling new brews, stouts, IPAs and everything in between.
There’ll be plenty of food to keep you fuelled, from Chick’N’Sours to Tacos Padre, Tendril to Adam Hardiman.
When: 12.08.2022 – 13.08.2022
Where: Tobacco Dock
Celebrate UK Black Pride
Returning this weekend for its annual in-person protest will be UK Black Pride, the largest European celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent.
Having outgrown its usual grounds, this year’s pride event will be taking over Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Expect performances, stalls, talks and food vendors to be on offer and celebrate the community.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
Shop a whole new (rented) wardrobe
Back by popular demand, By Rotation returns with another pop-up shop! Running until September 20th, the pop-up will allow Londoners to browse from the best wardrobes on the app, from silky slip dresses to summer sliders.
The space will be highlighting independent and new designers, as well as a variety of pieces exclusively available in-store. Shop your next alfresco dinner party, wedding guest or graduation looks all at this cutesy pop-up.
When: Until 20.09.2022
Where: 75 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia,, SW1W 9PJ
Catch this family-friendly exhibition
The National Gallery’s annual Take One Picture programme returns for another year, bringing with it works from 30 primary schools across the country. This year’s theme saw primary school students respond creatively to ‘The Finding of Moses’ by Orazio Gentileschi.
The painting depicts a scene from the Old Testament (Exodus 2:2-10), in which Pharaoh’s daughter discovers baby Moses in a basket along the River Nile. The painting discusses cross-curricular themes from rivers and journeys to fashion, gesture and family.
Let your child see their work on display or head down to let their little minds get inspired by the works in front of them, from woven baskets to handmade jewellery.
Find more family-friendly exhibitions here…
When: Until 11.09.2022
Where: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Sip cocktails at our favourite speakeasy
Partial to a cocktail after dark? Let us introduce you to our favourite speakeasy… Set behind the façade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden hand-shaped handle is Blind Spot at St Martins Lane London, a late-night speakeasy that offers guests bespoke and signature cocktails bursting with flavours influenced by the British Empire and its ancient tea trade.
We’ve teamed up with them to offer our readers an exclusive offer. Sip into the summer on cocktails for just £10 (normally £14)., from the ‘Spin the Globe’ menu for the month of August. Click here to redeem the offer.
When: Offer available until 31.08.2022
Where: 45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
Try a cocktail from this free-flowing negroni fountain
Free flowing negronis. I repeat, free flowing negronis can be found over at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel this summer.
A free-flowing negroni fountain has landed in London this month, and anyone who loves a bit of theatrics with their cocktail sipping is guaranteed to want to get in on the action. Available from St James’ Court’s courtyard, you can expect to find the fountain as well as G&T ice lollies being served up all summer long.
As well as the cocktails, the hotel has launched its ‘Summer in the City’ package which offers accommodation and spa discounts until September 25th. When booking two-nights or more visitors will receive a 15% discount on their stay, with breakfast included and 10% off any Jiva Spa treatments.
When: Until 25.09.2022
wherE: St. James’ Court, 54 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
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Escape the heatwave with a day at the salon
Young LDN know a thing or two about treating yourself, and there’s no better way to enjoy a blissful Saturday of doing nothing than at their Notting Hill location. Air con and facials? Yes please.
Treatments like Emsculpt, gel manis and the famous Fire & Ice intensive treatment from iS Clinical are all available, so you can have a well deserved day of pampering without moving from one salon to the next.
Where: 228 WESTBOURNE GROVE, NOTTING HILL, W11 2RH
Enter a comp to launch your own pop-up
Are you a budding entrepreneur? Have a side hustle you’re looking to grow? This Is Soho has launched the ‘Soho Incubator’ initiative giving budding UK brands across fashion, fitness, beauty, lifestyle and homeware the chance to win a rent free pop-up shop this Autumn/Winter in the popular London destination.
The lucky brand will receive a three-month rent free shop in Soho, £5,000 toward internal fit out, and 1-2-1 business mentoring all courtesy of property owner Shaftesbury.
This is an extremely rare and exciting opportunity for any small business owners and brands looking to get their foot in the door.