On the hunt for something fun to do this weekend? Read on to get inspired by the best events, activities and new menus to book this week, from the fashion exhibition everyone’s talking about to the sustainable pop-up we can’t wait to visit.

Explore this major fashion exhibition

Loved the pivotal fashion moment from Harry Styles as he made history by being the first solo male cover star of US Vogue? Adored Billy Porter’s iconic Oscars red carpet moment as he wore a tuxedo gown by Christian Siriano? Make this weekend the time you head down to the V&A’s landmark exhibition, Fashioning Masculinity: The Art of Menswear to see your favourite celebrity fashion moments in person. 

The exhibition, created in partnership with Gucci, celebrates masucline attire, from iconic looks by legendary designers and rising stars to historic treasures and acclaimed artworks. Displayed across three galleries, you’ll be able to see how men’s fashion has changed over time, from Renaissance paintings through to contemporary designers. 

You’ll have the opportunity to explore iconic works from legendary designers such as Harris Reed, Gucci, Grace Wales Bonner and Raf Simons.

V&A members go free

When: Until 06.11.2022 

Where: The Sainsbury Gallery at the V&A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL

Book now at www.vam.ac.uk

 

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Check out London’s newest fairground

Somerset House has undergone a huge transformation this month, turning its courtyard into a wonderland open to all. 

Named This Bright Land, the space has been created by Somerset House Studios artists Gareth Pugh and Carson McColl, and will feature the likes of day-and-night performances, music, dance, talks, workshops and a 35m observation wheel and open-air Vogue balls.

When: Until 29.08.2022

Where: SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND, WC2R 1LA

Website: www.somersethouse.org.uk

Catch some comedy at the Camden Fringe

The Camden Fringe has returned, bringing a brilliant line-up of comedy, theatre, opera, musicals and everything in between to North London. 

Taking place until the 28th August, the Fringe will be taking over 20 venues across the area. Expect some really exciting rising stars and innovative performances, including KITES, a sensory journey of womanhood in post-war Ireland; Dog/Actor, two hilarious plays performed by the same actor; and Janet, a witty coming-of-age story centred around identity. 

When: Until 28.08.2022

Where: Across North London

Website: www.camden.ssboxoffice.com

Tuck into decadent dim sum

Looking to ditch the booze? Mayfair’s Park Chinois is making the switch easier thanks to the launch of their new booze-free dim sum lunch. Created in collaboration with French Bloom, the alcohol-free French sparkling wine, the menu is perfect for the wellness seekers or somewhere to head for a work-lunch. 

Expect signature dumplings and dishes such as the Iberico Siew long bao dumpling and delicious no- or low-alcohol cocktails – we love the strawberry and basil with French Bloom Le Rose.

When: Every Thursday & Friday from 12pm 

Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair,  W1J 8EA

Website: www.parkchinois.com

Wander along this sculpture trail

Perfect for kids, art lovers and everyone in-between, Chelsea Barracks has welcomed its first ever Sculpture Trial, allowing Londoners the chance to explore art out in the open. 

On display until the end of August, wander through Belgravia stopping by the works from world-renowned artists and sculptors, including Jason deCaires Taylor, Barbara Myers and Jill Berelowitz. It’s the perfect place to think, reflect and get inspired creatively. 

When: Until the end of August 

Where: Chelsea Barracks 

Website: www.chelseabarracks.com

Try a roast with a difference

The perfect marriage of the land and sea, beef and oysters have been enjoyed together since Victorian times. Make your Sunday one to remember with this food pairing at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. 

Taking place on the first Sunday of every month, their Beef & Oyster Club sees executive chef Nicholas Simmons’ curated menu bring together the very finest of Irish Hereford beef and the plumpest oysters from across the Isles in a gastronomic fusion of flavour. 

Delight on crab cakes with lime aioli, fennel and kohlrabi; roast sirloin of Irish Hereford beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish; and raspberry Bakewell tart with praline ice cream.

When: 07.08.2022 & every first Sunday of the month 

Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG 

Website: www.bentleys.org

Shop sustainably at this pop-up shop

Looking for more eco-friendly swaps? Helping you to shop sustainably is online sustainability platform Stories Behind Things and their brand new pop-up. 

Launching this weekend in partnership with slow fashion brand Vestiaire Collection and chocolatiers Tony’s Chocolonely, The Corner Shop will play host to over 40 brands who are putting the planet first. 

On Saturday 13th, there’ll be a Big Clothes Switch where you can bring your unused items and swap with a selection of their curated second hand pieces, vintage and brand donations. While on Wednesday 17th, there’ll be the chance to learn how to curate a capsule wardrobe that you’ll actually wear with Vestiaire Collective. 

Expect to shop, meet inspiring eco leaders and take part in workshops. 

When: 05.08.2022 – 21.08.2022 

Where: 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ 

Website: www.storiesbehindthings.com

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Check out this new restaurant opening

Want somewhere that’s summer all year round? While we can’t promise you sunny rays during all four seasons, this new Californian-inspired dining spot is the ultimate place for brunch and cocktails. 

Opening up in Canary Wharf’s new neighbourhood, Wood Wharf, restaurant Feels Like June is serving up Europe-meets-West Coast flavours. The new destination for brunch, expect the counters to be laden with fresh pastries, pastrami and mustard buns and glazed cinnamon buns, as well as serving up indulgent morning options. Think banana buttermilk pancakes piled with maple syrup, crème fraiche and macadamia nuts; breakfast burritos packed with potato, cheddar cheese, eggs, pico de gallo, avocado and salsa rojo; and more.

Lunch will see small plates and larger dishes, including a twist on the usual US tater tots – it’s filled with a cacio e pepe filling and served with a pecorino aioli – yum. 

In the summer months, look to their balmy terrace perfect for sundowner moments and cocktails like the Rhubarb Cosmo and the PB&B made with peanut butter, bourbon, honey liqueur, bitters and orange.

OPENING DATE: 01.08.2022

WHERE: 15 WATER STREET, CANARY WHARF, E14 9SB

WEBSITE: WWW.FEELSLIKEJUNE.COM

Visit the new exhibition everyone’s talking about

Looking for a new exhibition to spark your interest? Venture over to the Southbank Centre this month to dive into In the Black Fantastic, a new exhibition centred around myth, science fiction, spiritual traditions and the legacy of Afrofuturism.

On display until mid-September, the exhibition sees 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora come together to draw on these themes and recontextualise them into the 21st century. Explored through painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media installations, it is an immersive experience that sits somewhere between the real world and a multiplicity of imagined ones. Viewers are invited to think and reflect through the creative and cultural liberation addressed, and are offered new perspectives on ‘addressing racism and social injustice by conjuring new ways of being in the world’.

When: Until 18.09.2022

Where: Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk


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