Martinis, meringues, fashion and a festival; here’s your weekly line-up of what’s going on this weekend in London…

Words Helen Brown

MARTINIS & MERINGUES POP-UP

To celebrate the season of full floral blooms, Quaglino’s is teaming up with baking babes, The Meringue Girls for a sugary sweet, summer pop-up. Expect show stopping cocktails paired with mini meringue kisses and delicious desserts. The pop-up will be live from June and we will be hosting Meringue Masterclasses and a dessert station in the Mezzanine Bar.

quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

AFTER-HOURS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY

The Picnic on the Portico at the National Gallery this weekend offers a breathtaking location to watch the world go by. It’s the perfect place for a picnic with a difference. Beer experts will be on hand to suggest beers that will perfectly complement any picnic. Try out craft activities as you enjoy the view overlooking Trafalgar Square. Pre-packaged picnic hampers with menus inspired by the art collection will also available to purchase in advance.

Tickets available here.

MIGHTY HOOPLA FESTIVAL

London’s leading club nights join forces for the Mighty Hoopla, bringing their pop phenomenon to East London’s Victoria Park. London’s primo alternative club nights – Sink The Pink, Guilty Pleasures, The Glory, Ultimate Power, We Love Pop and more – will take over four stages, with a stellar lineup of world-renowned live acts and DJs. This year’s itinerary includes Years & Years, All Saints, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Raye.

4th June, Victoria Park
Ticket available here.

BALENCIAGA SHAPING FASHION

Explore the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. With over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, this exhibition marks 100 years since the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of his famous fashion house in Paris.

vam.ac.uk

PIMM’S BRUNCH SERIES

The Pimm’s Brunch Series – launching just in time for summer – sees a selection of coveted brunch destinations add an exclusive Pimm’s menu to their usual roster. It’s sure to whet the appetite of the loyal brunch brigade. Celebrating the season, Pimm’s have also revealed a series of new serves to complement the traditional Pimm’s No. 1 Cup including the Pimm and Proper, Pimm’s Fizz, Pimm’s Short and the Gentleman’s Mule. Head over to Bourne and Hollingsworth, Egg Break, Friends of Ours, Megan’s, or Brother Marcus and Brew this weekend to enjoy!

NEVERLAND LONDON BEACH

Neverland London takes guests on a journey to paradise at Fulham’s first ever Thameside beach spot. This is one unique and affordable, alfresco, dining and drinking experience. Dine on long feasting tables, tuck into London’s best street food and bask in the summer sun. Go with a group, book a beach hut and hire your own personal ‘Beach Butler’ to keep the bespoke cocktails coming all day.

neverlandlondon.com

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

The event that launched the likes of Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Matthew Williamson returns will a stellar showcase of fashion’s fastest rising stars. On top of 22 catwalk shows, industry insiders such as Alesha Dixon, Henry Holland and Gok Wan will be taking to the stage for ‘in conversation’ sessions. With the opportunity to listen to fantastic names in the industry, the talk live space is full to the brim with expert advice and experienced opinions.

graduatefashionweek.com

I HAPPEN TO LIKE NEW YORK

New York, New York. A vibrant city, pulsing with life, theatre and music. I Happen to Like New York takes you on an exploration of the city that doesn’t sleep. Discover its rich musical history, with songs guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

orangetreetheatre.co.uk

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