Get ready for a taste adventure as the Just Eat Food Festival arrives in Shoreditch, plus the Espresso Martini Society is back with even more variations on the classic cocktail. Here’s what we’ll be doing this weekend in London
Things to do this weekend in London
Summer at the the Ivy Kensington Brasserie
In celebration of summer and to coincide with this year’s BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, The Ivy Kensington Brasserie has partnered with iconic fashion brand RIXO. For the duration of summer the brasserie will be decked up in beautifully designed florals making it perfect place to spend the sunny weekends. Sip on one of the exclusive new cocktails the restaurant has to offer whilst admiring the show-stopping flowers adoring both the façade and terrace of the brasserie.
Granary Square Brasserie Tropical Summer Terrace
This summer, Granary Square Brasserie has transformed its terrace into a tropical paradise in collaboration with Jamaican coconut rum, Koko Kanu. Sun-seekers will be transported to an exotic tropical island with a striking installation and archway featuring luscious palm trees and pink hummingbirds, as well as a series of limited-edition cocktails and weekend brunch events.
Espresso Martini Society
After two sold-out pop-up bar series last year, Espresso Martini Society is back in Soho. The four-week pop-up will host the largest list of Espresso Martini variations in the world, but with a summer twist. The twenty-strong menu features a whole host of sunny season tipples from the temperature twist on the classics with a host of frozen espresso martini options, through to refreshing variations over ice, and our boozy espresso martini hardshakes. Tickets are available here and include a complimentary classic espresso martini (shaken or frozen).
This saturday Bagatelle London will host a fabulously fun Hawaiian Brunch. Brunch-lovers should expect a Hawaiian Twist on the traditional brunch menu with live music and island beach vibe. The vibrant and flavoursome Hawaiian dishes include Salmon Ahi Poke Bole, Tuna Tartare and an indulgent Soft Shell Crab Burger, alongside exotic passionfruit cocktails. Bookings can be made here.
Just Eat Food Fest
Food Fest has returned to London to offer guests two days of live music, cocktails and Just Eat’s favourite takeaway dishes – with an immersive twist. Upon arrival guests will follow up to six different tantalising taste trails along a foodie treasure hunt. Secret staircases and other mysterious routes will lead festival-goers to their own delicious world of tasty experiences. Classic summer takeaway dishes, new flavours and unique experiences will be found along the trail – the world will be each guest’s oyster. Or burger, or even bubble waffles..
Floating Film Festival
Cinematic viewing is turned on his head this summer as St. Katherines Docks announces its hotly-anticipated Floating Film Festival. Daily until the end of the month, the floating theatre will offer a food and drink-fuelled evening while screening box-office hits, and Oscar-winning favourites including A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody as well as musical numbers like Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and The Greatest Showman.
Rooftop Film Club
Rooftop Film Club is celebrating love in all its guises with a lovingly-curated programme filled with cult classics, tear jerkers 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.
Traid by Anthropology
Anthropologie has teamed up with fashion reuse charity Traid for a fortnight of vintage and second-hand shopping. An exclusive pop-up shop has been set up on the King’s Road and curated by Anthropologie Head of Creative Luella Lane and the Traid team to celebrate the collaboration and to help pass on clothes that are no longer used or wanted.
18 July-4 August, Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Anthropologie, 131 – 141 Kings Road, London, SW3 4PW; anthropologie.com
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.
The Colour Palace
This summer, the Dulwich Pavilion returns 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.
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.
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.
Ask for Janice
Smithfield Market restaurant, Ask for Janice, has launched a new summer menu heavily focused on seasonal, wholesome produce that is bursting with creative elements and foraged ingredients. Try the London burrata, pickled watermelon with mint or the
Lamb rump, aubergine, sumac onion, radish, spring onion for a twist on a British classic. Wash it all down with one of Janice’s extensive selection of gins with 39 perfect serves on the menu.