There are sugary sweet treats and Champagne galore this weekend in London, here’s what we’ll be doing…
Words Helen Brown
Make the most of the British summer 100ft above the streets of London and enjoy a full day of live entertainment at The Roof Gardens. Returning this weekend, Reverb offers live music, comedy, garden games and summer BBQ food. Expect some of the best up-and-coming music and comedy talent from the nation’s capital and beyond. This Saturday Raye will be bringing her electro-pop hits to West London. The BBQ grills will be fired up throughout the day serving a range of delicious gourmet summer-time snacks. 17th June, tickets available here. virginlimitededition.com
Laurent Perrier Pop-Up at Taste of London
Taste of London festival descends on London’s Regent’s Park once again for five days of foodie wonderland. Laurent-Perrier has announced its return as the official champagne partner of the festival. They are inviting guests to step into the sparkling world of champagne with an exclusive masterclass experience. For the first time, guests can ‘Go Behind The Label’ and sample the entire range of its seven champagnes. Discover unheard stories and new flavours in this tasting journey like no other.14th – 18th Juneondon.tastefestivals.com
Boxpark Shoreditch has had a makeover just in time for summer with a new terrace and selection of delicious new traders. Taking control of the top floor are Coqfighter, Poptata, bubble waffles from Nosteagia and more. What The Pitta also join with their vegan kebabs and the celebrated vegan spot, CookDaily expands with its second unit. Looking to shop? The Camden Watch Co. and Papersmiths will be popping up too.
London House Secret Garden
This summer, celebrate the British summer inside or out, with the Secret Garden at Gordon Ramsay’s London House restaurant. This little haven, tucked away in Battersea, transports guests to an enchanted space with cascading wisteria, plants and flowers. The Secret Garden is a hidden gem in London, offering the ultimate outdoor space to enjoy drinks and food.gordonramsayrestaurants.com
Around the World at Balls & Company
This June, meatball specialists Balls & Company are taking a whirlwind trip around the world. The venue’s new menu takes inspiration from founder Bonny Porter’s favourite flavours from afar. Bonny will take guests from Morocco to Mexico, Italy to Argentina, for one month only. The ‘Around The World’ menu will be supporting the World Food Programme, with a £1 donation added to each bill. ballsandcompany.london
Maynards Bassetts Sweet Art Gallery
Sweet lovers are in for a treat this weekend as Maynards Bassetts opens the doors to the UK’s first Sweet Art Gallery. The unique pop-up offers art and sugar lovers a chance to delve into Willy Wonka’s world with all their favourites from Bassetts under one roof. The Sweet Art Gallery will exhibit an array of artworks created from the sugary stuff. The ultimate feast for both eyes and mouth.Tickets available here.
HIR at Bush Theatre
New this weekend to the Bush Theatre is Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, Hir. Isaac gets back from serving in the Marines to find war has broken out at home – his mum is blowing up entrenched routines. In a cheap house made of plywood and glue, notions of masculinity and femininity become weapons with which to defeat the old order.
Bush Theatre 15th – 22nd Junebushtheatre.co.uk
What better way to cool down than with vats and vats of gelato? Throughout the month, the best producers from across the country will be taking part in London’s Gelato Festival. Marie Antoinette, Brown Bread & Butter and Bakewell Tart are just three of the intriguing creations on offer. Tantalise your taste buds with chocolate miso and coconut, extra dark chocolate with real Yorkshire tea and more. There’ll also be the chance to pop into Gelato School and learn about the sweet treat’s history and visit the Gelato Laboratory. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite flavour!
Old Spitalfields Market, 16th – 18th Junegelatofestival.it
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Omnibus Theatre are hosting a magical, immersive adventure with their unique performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Part treasure hunt, part play set in the streets, this interactive theatre experience brings to life Shakespeare’s Classic tale of love and mischief on a summer’s night. The starting point will be emailed to participants 24 hours before their mission commences. All locations are within walking distant of Omnibus Theatre.
Various location in Clapham, 16th – 30th Juneomnibus-clapham.org
The Japanese House at the Barbican
Step inside the Barbican’s ‘The Japanese House’ and across to the other side of the world. Their latest exhibition outlines the history and context of Japanese domestic post-war architecture. Discover photography, film, architectural drawings, model houses, maquettes, and a reconstructed Japanese tea-room. They all come together to explain a very different ‘home’ that is worlds away from our own. Roam the reconstructed rooms, including a full-size recreation of the Moriyama House and Gardens.Until 25th Junebarbican.org.uk