This weekend is set to be a scorcher so get out and about with our top picks of where to go and what to see in the city…

Words Helen Brown

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Dickens’s classic story, set during the French Revolution, is adapted for the stage this summer. It’s first in line in a two-part Dickens season at Regent’s Park open-air theatre, which ends with Oliver Twist for all ages. Set against a background of discontent in London and Paris, A Tale of Two Cities is the tale of the impoverished standing up against the aristocratic. With drama, comedy, battle action and love all rolled into one, this is not to missed.

openairtheatre.com

THE GENIE’S CAVE AT CUTTER & SQUIDGE

London’s favourite all-natural bakery has transformed their Brewer Street store into ‘a whole new world’. The Genie’s Cave at Cutter & Squidge invites guests to travel deep underground to discover a deliciously mesmerising menu. All guests will begin with A Genie’s Welcome – a raspberry and pomegranate meringue amuse bouche that encases a delectable surprise. Other delights include Magic Carpet Cookies, Hidden Gem and a Ruby Dream Cake. Head down this weekend for the magical setting and an afternoon tea to remember.

cutterandsquidge.com 

URBAN ART FAIR

Josephine Avenue once again becomes an art fair this weekend, offering the perfect chance to buy work direct from artists themselves. It celebrated its 15th year last year, and offers a fun atmosphere for visitors. Exhibitors range from the novice to the established and with prices to match this really is an event for all tastes and budgets. There is also street food on offer and live street art being created, making it a fun outing for all ages.

urbanart.co.uk

FOLEY’S NEW MENU

Fitzrovia’s Foley’s has launched a brand new summer menu, packed with the very best from Asia and the Middle East. Headed up by breakthrough culinary talent, Mitz Vora, the menu splits into five sections each delivering signature Foley’s flavours. Book a table this weekend for the ultimate spice trail from West London to the Middle East.

foleysrestaurant.co.uk 

GQ BAR

Soak up the sun at the Holborn Dining Room this weekend. They’ve opened up their terrace to the GQ Bar Pop-Up this summer, inspired by the magazine and fast becoming one of the most stylish bars in town. With breakfast, bar bites and an extensive drinks menu, it’s the perfect place to settle in from dawn till dusk.

holborndiningroom.com

LAST DAYS OF SHOREDITCH

The Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera is back with a sensational summer programme of beats, bars and beach life. Kick back on the urban beach to the sounds of XOYO DJs who are taking residency every Saturday this summer. Expect cocktails, craft beer and mouthwatering street food.

lastdaysofshoreditch.co.uk

GABETO

This week saw the launch of Gabeto, an epic new restaurant and bar space in the heart of uber hip Camden Market. Built within a historic Victorian stable block, Gabeto offers all day modern British dining with a Latin twist. There is also a cocktail bar and a large outdoor terrace perfect for sinking a few after office hours.

gabeto.co.uk

WICKED THE MUSICAL

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Critically acclaimed hit musical Wicked, re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story we know and love. The show continues to captivate audiences at the Victoria Apollo with its catchy songs and dynamic staging. A fun weekend treat for the whole family.

wickedthemusical.co.uk

GRAYSON PERRY: THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER

British artist and one of the most astute commentators on contemporary culture, Grayson Perry presents this major exhibition of new work at the Serpentine Gallery. The works touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape. Working in a variety of traditional media such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry, Perry is best known for his ability to combine delicately crafted objects with scenes of contemporary life. Aptly titled, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever, this one’s a must-see. 

serpentinegalleries.org

LONDON BRIDGE SUMMER FESTIVAL

This annual summer festival is back with a jam-packed programme of events. Head over to the big screen to catch the first weekend of Wimbledon. There’s also live music, karaoke, cinema and free fitness classes to get stuck into.

visitlondon.com

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