Take a bite of the Big Apple at London’s latest afternoon tea and catch a sunset cinema screening on the Thames; here’s what’s you should be doing this weekend in London
Things to do this weekend in London
Weekend of Wellness
As #SelfCare continues to clock up millions of posts on Instagram, British Vogue has joined forces with Westfield to create a Weekend of Wellness. Held over two weekends (14-16 June, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush + 28-30 June, Westfield Stratford City) Weekend of Wellness invites Londoners to become part of the wellness conversation with two three-day interactive events that are absolutely free. Expect to see beauty, food and fitness combined to educate on positive steps towards benefitting mental wellbeing through classes, workshops, unique products and treatments.
Covent Garden’s La Terrasses St-Germain Bar
St-Germain has brought a flourish of French charm to the heart of Covent Garden with its flower-festooned Citroën van and delicious St-Germain elderflower liqueur cocktails. Visitors to the pop-up, which is around until 23rd June, can take their pick from three exclusive cocktails which celebrate the 1,000 elderflower blossoms that go into each bottle of St-Germain. Every beautiful drink will be served straight from the Citroën van bar which has been decorated by renowned florist June in March.
NY-Tea: A Taste of the Big Apple
This month, visitors to Balthazar Restaurant can get a taste of the Big Apple with a unique afternoon tea that puts an American spin on the British pastime. In celebration of the eatery’s New York roots, the NY-Tea kicks off with a selection of sandwiches packed fillings that showcase both New York and British culinary heritage: pastrami with egg and pickle, coronation chicken with apricot, smoked salmon with lemon crème fraîche and hummus with cucumber and mint. Next up is a creative selection of pastries including a PB&J eclair, a zesty key lime pie and a take on Balthazar New York’s famous cheesecake, served on a bed of pistachio crumble.
Movies on the River
Cinematic viewing is turned on his head this summer as Time Out Live joins forces with City Cruises to present London’s first ever cinema on the Thames. Each night throughout June and July, a movie boat will offer a food and drink-fuelled sunset cruise, playing all manner of classic movies on the open-air top deck.
Define London x Covent Garden Endless Summer
With live music, wellness classes and Wimbledon screenings, Covent Garden is the entertainment spot in London this summer. For fitness fans, Define London will be popping up in the iconic Market Building, bringing their unique fusion of floor barre and mat work to the cobbles for six Saturdays in June, July and August. Fans can book into the class for free via EventBrite.
Balham Literary Festival
Balham’s Literary Festival returns for the fourth year running with a focus on Balham and south London. From fictional depictions of the area to speakers who have strong links to the area, the festival showcases all that is great about this side of the Thames. Expect talks, readings, author specials and workshops from now until 19 June.
13-19 June; balhamliteraryfestival.co.uk
The Colour Palace
This week, the Dulwich Pavilion returned with the Colour Palace, a magnificent structure, free and open to the public fusing West Africa with influences from Europe. Created by Pricegore architects and designer Yinka Ilori, the structure embodies the buzz of fabric markets in Lagos, Nigeria, while showcasing the symmetry, curves and right angles of Sir John Soane’s iconic 1811 design of the gallery.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Hampton Court’s annual festival returns with a series of open-air summer concerts in the spectacular Tudor courtyard. Now in its 25th year, the event invites world-class acts to the stage, including Busted, Jools Holland and Caro Emerald.
Until 22 June; hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com
Beyond the Road
Beyond the Road is a ground-breaking, fully immersive exhibition developed by the team at Punchdrunk creatives, merging the world of visual arts, music and film. Inviting visitors to leave behind their modern day lives and lose themselves in a multi-sensory world led by sound, the exhibition features works by multi-Oscar-winning director and producer Alfonso Cuaron, award-winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser and contemporary artist David Nicholson.
Summer by the River
London’s largest free festival returns to bring a touch of the Hamptons glamour to London Bridge. Summer by the River kicks off tonight for four glorious months of music, entertainment for all ages, summer sports, live comedy, fitness events, fantastic street food and more. All served alongside one of the very best views of the city skyline. All festival events are available to view here and will be updated throughout the duration of the festival.
Queen of Hoxton’s Las Mexicanas Rooftop
Good news for Londoners looking for a spot of rooftop revelry, Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop terrace is back in action for the summer season, this time inspired by all things Mexican. It’ll be like you’ve stepped into the colourful town of San Cristóbal as you go all out on tacos, tequila and giant frozen margaritas.
Officially back for the summer months, Fulham Beach brings an urban jungle paradise to south west London. Having taken inspiration from the tropics, the vibrant indoor and outdoor space is a lush and colourful summer paradise, where you’re invited to eat, play, dance and drink the summer away. Expect refreshing cocktails, bottomless rosé, beach brunches, top street food vendors and live music.
Find out if you have what it takes in the ultimate adult playground where there are six action-packed gaming lanes where you can curl, bowl or shuffle to victory, as well as crazy golf, Jenga, foosball and table tennis. If that’s not enough, Roof East will also be introducing Roof Eats: a line-up of London’s best street food vendors serving everything from vegan Vietnamese cuisine to burgers and North Indian Kati rolls.
Feature image: © Time Out, David Tett