Taste your way around London’s most decadent desserts with a whole festival dedicated to the sweet stuff and shop at Paddington’s Floating Market; here’s what’s on this weekend in London
Things to do this weekend in London
London Dessert Festival
This weekend you can taste your way around an incredible celebration of London’s finest and most fanciful desserts. Featuring top influences and some of the biggest names in gastronomy, the London Dessert Festival is an immersive experience guaranteed to inspire, captivate and entertain in the sweetest way possible.
Tickets available from eventbrite.co.uk
Film4 Summer Screen
Somerset House’s iconic fountain court transforms into a beautiful open-air cinema for the summer. In what is the ultimate al fresco film experience under the starry sky, there’ll be fourteen evenings of screenings taking place now until 21 August, plus Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club on-site and top-class DJs spinning tunes as the sun goes down.
Paddington Floating Market
Having kicked off on Wednesday, the Floating Market returns to Paddington, transforming the area once again into a bustling hub of stalls and boat traders. This year the five-day extravaganza has more delicious food and drink offerings than ever before, including freshly baked goods, seafood and wine, all served alongside a variety of live music.
The Great Fête
The Great Fête is back at Ally Pally with three live music areas, a screening of the classic Bladerunner film, a dedicated play zone for little ones and StrEATlife, the free street food and craft beer festival that will run alongside the event. Expect lots of fun and frivolity, live DJs and some of the capital’s biggest names on the street food scene.
Afrodisiac at Madison
International DJ, Shane Mac blends Ibiza beats with 70s disco funk for the city’s coolest Friday night offering. Afrodisiac guarantees good vibes with nu-disco, Afrobeats, funk and disco house spun late into the night, with Madison’s cocktails, champagne, bar snacks and iconic view of St Paul’s served alongside.
Subterranean Summer Series
Ocho tequila has brought five of London’s most popular cocktail bars together for a spectacular summer series of subterranean drinking. On offer in each underground venue is a creative menu of bespoke Ocho tequila-based cocktails, all priced at a purse-friendly £5. The summer serves can be found at Spitalfields’ Discount Suit Company, Bar Three, Hawksmoor, Ruby’s Bar & Lounge in Dalston, and Nine Lives. Each bar will feature its own twist on the classic spirit, as well as offering a free drink for those who stamp off all Subterranean Summer Cocktails during the month.
Live Like Summer Never Ends
Grey Goose Vodka has set up shop in Covent Garden with the Live Like Summer Never Ends terrace. Guaranteed to be the ultimate al fresco cocktail destination, the bar will play host to unexpected moments, live music and sub-zero cocktails. Guests will have the chance to get a complimentary cocktail during Summer O’Clock each day, and for those with a sweet tooth, there will be a teppanyaki ice cream cocktail experience where guests can get their favourite cocktail frozen and rolled into a Grey Goose treat.
Rooftop Film Club
Rooftop Film Club is celebrating love in all its guises with a lovingly-curated programme filled with cult classics, tearjerkers and heart-warming must-sees – all screened under the stars. This year, curtains opened with cult classic Pulp Fiction at the Bussey Building, Peckham, but there are also fabulous blockbuster sing-alongs at Roof East and chances to long-standing favourites like Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing at Queen of Hoxton.
Lost in Brixton
The newly opened Lost in Brixton has added to south London’s lively social scene with drinks, food and guaranteed good times. Billed as a concrete jungle, big enough to get lost in, the new rooftop terrace promises music, local draft beer from Brixton Brewery, a Latin American inspired cocktail menu, a retractable roof and a service that will bring food from the market itself into the venue.