With the River Stage at South Bank, a Sunset Cruise and West London’s latest beach hut to enjoy this weekend in London, who needs a holiday? Here’s what we’ll be doing…
Words Helen Brown
THE BEACH HUT AT KENSINGTON PLACE
Kensington Place brings the seaside to Notting Hill this summer with the launch of the Beach Hut. A limited edition fish and seafood menu is available, as well as weekend brunch with bottomless Prosecco.
SOUTH BANK RIVER STAGE
The National Theatre’s River Stage Festival returns once again for five free weekends this summer. Expect the best and brightest entertainment accompanied by a host of delicious food and drink pop-ups on the South Bank. Launching this weekend, the festival brings an eclectic combination of theatre, DJ’s, family fun, outdoor cinema and the very best in live music acts.
ART OF PATRÓN
Discover what it takes to create some of the world’s finest tequila at this one off event by Patrón. Art of Patrón London will take guests on an immersive journey celebrating the city’s most talented bartenders and artists. Expect live art performances and artworks inspired by the Patrón bottle, alongside four art inspired Patrón cocktails.
Tickets available here.
BAKE FOR SYRIA
This weekend #CookForSyria is branching into Mary Berry territory with it’s first ever charity bake off. #BakeForSyria on Columbia Road welcomes some of the country’s best bakeries, bakers and restaurants to put a Syrian twist on their favourite sweet treats. With over 15 traders, live music and a cake competition for aspiring bakers there is something for all the family. All proceeds from the sales will go to NEXTGen London to help raise funds for Syria and the region.
BOMPAS & PARR
Bompas & Parr are joining forces with The Portuguese Cork Association to launch their Neuroenological Tasting: The Grand Cork Experiment. This multi-sensory experience will test how the sounds, aromas and sensations associated with opening a wine bottle affect the brain and influence our taste buds. In true Bompas & Parr style, visitors can expect to be surprised and delighted every step of the way.
Tickets available here.
KETEL ONE DUTCH BRUNCH
Ketel One Vodka are joining forces with acclaimed East London eatery Paradise Garage for a Dutch summer season. Championing brunch the Ketel One way, cocktails will match perfectly with brunch dishes from Robin Gill, while Michael Zee of Symmetry Breakfast social media fame adds a Dutch twist. The iconic terrace at Paradise Garage has also been given a summer makeover, so guests can enjoy their Dutch experience al fresco.
THE ULTIMATE GIN EVENT WITH WARNER EDWARDS
For one week only, Jason Atherton’s Temple & Sons are hosting the ultimate event for gin-lovers. Head over to the garden terrace for the chance to try the latest offering from craft gin producers Warner Edwards. The limited edition gin was created in collaboration with Jardin Blanc at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It has a unique recipe that includes fresh elderflower heads hand-picked from the Warner Edwards Botanical Garden on Falls Farm. The gin will be available exclusively on the terrace, along with Warner Edwards’ award-winning elderflower and rhubarb variants.
LONDON SHELL SUNSET CRUISES
London Shell Co, the floating restaurant aboard The Prince Regent canal boat, is going all out to celebrate the delights of British summertime. The sunset cruises will take you along the Regent’s Canal, gently floating past London’s most iconic landmarks. Guests will see a hidden London from a luxurious and leisurely setting, whilst eating and drinking the Best of British.