Ten Of The Coolest Things To Do In London This Weekend
The further easing of restrictions has meant there is more happening in London than ever before. Sure, the weather may not be on our side, but sometimes you have to embrace it. We have curated a list of ten of the coolest things to do in London this weekend, whether you are in the mood for art, theatre, good food or all of the above.
By Layla Turner
Escape The Everyday With W London’s ‘Advena’ Island
The luxury five star hotel invites guests to the virtual world of ‘Advena’ this summer, a virtual reality experience created in collaboration with artist Georgia Tucker. Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding foreign travel, many of us may not be jetting off to sandy beaches anytime soon. Advena has been created to fuel guests ‘lust for life’, offering a tropical getaway in the heart of the city. Guests will experience a paradisal landscape of tropical fauna, swaying palms and giant pineapples. Of course, no holiday is complete without a cocktail – after the experience, guests will be invited to enjoy a tropical tipple of Belvedere and Cointreau with pumpkin, pomegranate, lemon, and apple. Sign us up.
10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF
Enjoy A Fresh Lobster Dinner At FishWorks
London’s favourite seafood restaurant FishWorks has launched a delicious set lobster menu running exclusively throughout August. The perfect dinner destination for both lobster enthusiasts, FishWorks will be serving up a lobster cocktail with avocado and red chilli, black ink risotto with lobster before finishing with the pièce de résistance: a lobster cheesecake for dessert (yes – you read that right). With three locations across London, FishWorks is the perfect date night restaurant for seafood lovers across the city.
Dare To Get A Piercing At The Alkemistry
Feel like stepping out of your comfort zone? Head down to The Alkemistry and decorate your ears with one of their bespoke piercing packages. Carefully designed with wellbeing in mind, each package includes a complimentary calming drink pre and post piercing alongside a goodie bag for brave guests. Dazzle your friends with their curated line of fine jewellery specifically designed for piercing – you’ll have everyone wanting to book in.
22 Floral Street, WC2E 9DS
Get In The Nude At Sophie Tea
Manchester’s coolest artist Sophie Tea has opened her latest gallery in the heart of Carnaby Street. On display is her famous range of ‘nude’ artworks, as well as a ‘nudie booth’ that invites guests to bare all in the tiny, mirrored booth. It’s the perfect destination for Instagram lovers, complete with compliment mirrors, pick up lines and washing machines.
10 Carnaby Street, W1F 9PF
Book In For A Wellness Retreat At Sea Containers London
In need of a pick me up? Book a ticket to Sea Containers London’s day-long fitness retreat this Sunday. Guests can enjoy a variety of workouts including a 5km across the Thames with The Runner Beans and a dynamic vinyasa yoga session alongside innovative wellness experiences to include journaling with Laura B Childs and a relaxing sound bath to finish off the day. Those looking to make a weekend of it can benefit from discounted rates on the hotels plush suites and guestrooms, ahead of leaving feeling rejuvenated and prepared for the week ahead. Namaste.
20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Travel Back In Time At Aire Ancient Baths
There are many words we would normally use to describe Charing Cross, and relaxing is not usually one of them. Just a short walk away from Embankment station is Aire Ancient Baths, an otherworldly experience that transports guests to the ancient baths of Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations. Described as a space dedicated to the relaxation of the body and the mind, Aire is complete with seven bathing experiences, including the caldarium (40 degree water), flotarium (salt water bath) and balneum (bath of a thousand jets). The experience is one truly unique to London in the sense that every element of the interior space has been designed with wellbeing in mind, whilst the temperature contrasts of the baths encourages blood circulation, relaxes muscles and tones the skin. It’s truly a must visit relaxation experience in the heart of the West End.
2-3 Robert Street, WC2N 6BH
Embrace Your Inner Child At London Wonderground
London Wonderground is a must visit Summer attraction suitable for all age groups. With late night comedy shows, a city beach, vintage fairground rides, live music and some of London’s finest street food and drink offerings, the wonderground has firmly cemented its position as the ultimate staycation destination this year. Kids of all ages will rejoice at the carousel and helter skelter, whilst adults can enjoy entertainment provided by world wide smash hit performers 360 Allstars.
Empress Place, SW6 1TT
Scribble All Over The Tate Modern
It’s of general opinion that kids drawing on walls is bad. It’s almost unheard of to see museums and galleries actively encouraging the behaviour. For parents that normally shy away from visiting museums with children due to the crippling fear of them knocking into something or generally causing a nuisance to the general public, the Tate Modern is here to let both you and the kids blow off some steam. In partnership with Uniqlo for the Uniqlo Tate Play programme, guests are invited to draw all over the floor of the Turbine Hall in an ever-changing artwork, Mega Please Draw Freely by Ei Arkawa. Each drawing will become part of a collective artwork that will be displayed in the gallery every Monday.
Bankside, SE1 9TG
Marvel At The Moon In Kensington
Londoners may be familiar with Luke Jerram’s Marvel At The Moon installation, as it has proved popular in recent years. The installation will be returning to the capital this August from the 11th to the 15th, this time as part of West London’s Kensington + Chelsea festival. The moon is a rare sighting in London, so guests will rejoice at being able to see it up close until 10pm at night, before it inevitably disappears for the evening. The installation will be displayed against a background of music by award winning composer Dan Jones, in the heart of Kensington Town Square.
See Lily Allen Live In The West End
The UK’s favourite pop singer is making her West end debut in supernatural thriller, produced by award winning writer Danny Robins and being showcased at the Noël Coward Theatre. Lily Allen gives an emotional performance throughout the tale of a middle class wife, Jenny (Allen) who fears her weeping ghost is haunting her newborn baby’s room every night at 2.22am. The play is scarily good, with a stellar cast including Hadley Fraser, Jake Wood and Julia Chan.
85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AP
Sip Cocktails In The Sky
Head to the Sky Garden for the ultimate view of London, and an ultimate cocktail menu to match. The iconic building has launched a botanical ‘Spritz In The Sky’ pop up bar in partnership with Fever Tree tonic. The venue has had a summer style makeover to celebrate the partnership, complete with deckchairs, a wooden swing and a flower wall backdrop. It’s the perfect destination for a date night or after work drinks with a dreamy view of London.
1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF