This weekend in London is another one of sport with plenty on for the finals of Wimbledon and the 2018 World Cup. But for anyone not-so into the short shorts and tennis whites, here are a few other cultural nuggets to check out…
Words Helen Brown
Things to do this weekend in London
Hyper Japan is back this summer bringing the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Japan to the capital. With sake tasting, fashion stalls, karaoke, exhibitions, a food festival and creative workshops to experience, Hyper Japan is the ultimate event for those eager to get a taste of this most intriguing and intoxicating travel destination.
SHE STOLE THE SHOW
Today’s society is filled with constant pressure and self-doubt. In a summer takeover at The Book Club, London-based artist and designer, Kelly Anna will explore the dichotomy between external forces – work, relationships, social media – and our own internal strength with her strong use of colour, bold graphics, witty slogans and powerful figures.
JOHN VERNON LORD: ILLUSTRATING CARROLL AND JOYCE
This solo exhibition of work by master illustrator John Vernon Lord features his extraordinary work for five books by Lewis Carroll and James Joyce. From Finnegan’s Wake to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses, his pen and ink drawings are rich with pattern, metaphor and codes, displaying a rare obsession with detail.
Indirect Sunlight is an immersive sculptural garden installation by Glasgow-based artists Laura Aldridge and James Rigler. Set to transform NOW Gallery into a rural retreat, the exhibition draws nature inside, inviting visitors to discover an unexpected garden space for contemplation and calm.
New York BBQ legends Fette Sau and pioneers of beer Brooklyn Brewery are joining forces at Hackney’s modern marketplace, Mare Street Market this weekend to launch the Brooklyn BBQ – a weekend of unrivalled meat-feasting and beer drinking. The beer and brisket will be celebrated with an exclusive nine-piece menu that includes pork ribs coated in a homemade dry rub blend, smoked meat-flavoured Burnt End Baked Beans and Pork sausage links with chilli and apricot BBQ sauce. Meat sweats expected.
WIMBLEDON MEN’S FINAL
The spectacular summer of sport is coming to an end as the Wimbledon Men’s Final kicks off this Sunday. With Pimm’s strawberries on tap and Pimm’s galore, check out a few of the top spots to catch the action here.
BRUNCH AT MARKET HALL FULHAM
This month, Market Hall Fulham launched a brand new brunch menu and it’s as drool-inducing as you’d imagine. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 3pm, all of the new brunch dishes have been created exclusively for Market Hall Fulham, with highlights including Butchies‘ Fried Buttermilk Chicken, Smashed Avocado, Fried Egg & Sriracha Toasted English Muffin, and Fanny’s “Avo’bab”, featuring avocado, feta, pomegranate, tomatoes, red peppers, mint, and coconut yoghurt seasoned with Middle Eastern spices. But the best bit? The Bloody Mary Toolbox comes with all the ingredients necessary for you and your table mates to mix up the perfect pick-me-up. There will be a Bloody Mary Masterclass hosted by Our/London on the 28 July, for those who’ve not quite nailed it by the time brunch is over.
LAST DAYS OF SHOREDITCH
An Art’otel Hoxton development means that Last Days of Shoreditch really is on its way out. In its current spot, anyway. The hub became a pioneer in the area eight years ago with an original idea of mixing street food with art, family-friendly events and night-time culture, and has grown in popularity each year. But fear not; curators are on the hunt for a new home for the next edition, and there is still time to enjoy The Enchanted Garden – which is this year’s theme – and all the food, fun and frivolity it brings, until it closes on 29 July.